I wish I was a better photographer but, nonetheless, here are two photos from the Latigo Ranch Loppet Nordic Race held this past Sunday on the other side of Gore Pass near Kremmling, Colorado (March 3, 2019). Top: Shawn Scholl, from Big Shooter Coffee in Kremmling, helped host the race along with Latigo Ranch owners, Randy and Lisa. The 15k and 30k race course was groomed perfectly. This was my first time skiing Latigo and some of the back hills on the course were stout! Also, one section of the race course meandered through a section of burnt forest from last summer’s Silver Creek Fire. It was surreal to ski through these matchstick trees blackened and marbled by flame. Beauty has many definitions and skiing through this section of forest was beautiful in its own right. The bottom photo is of Latigo’s family style dining room and getting ready for the post race lunch. All in all the ski racing was fun, the venue was idyllic, and the hospitality was second to none!
Quote of the Week: “People will forget what you said, forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou
The Pleasant Valley Race Ride Tour Series finale was this past Sunday. The Lake Catamount Sprint Marathon was a huge success. We had skiers from top-dog racing elites and four year olds to friends and family out to enjoy a perfect day on the Nordic trails. Here is a hearty thank you to all the skiers who showed great motivation and effort to ski their chosen distance. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped and here’s a big shout out to the groom that Lake Catamount laid down for this event. Thanks Kevin!
Quote of the Week: “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” Jesse Owens
One of the nicest XC tours in our valley is skiing along the Yampa Valley through Pleasant Valley and up into Sarvis Creek Canyon. Hearing the open water ripples of the Yampa River gives you sense of Spring even though frosty temperatures hover in the low teens. Mallards, American Dippers, Bald Eagles, Golden Retrievers, Labs, Mutts, Cross Country Skiers, Snowshoers, Snowmobilers going back to fly fish, and walkers all can be seen, passed, and observed. The trail can be packed hard or deep with fresh snow but it is never crowded despite the appearance of the parking lot. Like lots of public trails – Pleasant Valley disperses people and critters very nicely. Looking for a hint of Spring? Pleasant Valley can help.
Photos: MS & CJ
Quote of the Week: “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
This past weekend was Steamboat Springs’ 106th Annual Winter Carnival. This is the oldest, continuous Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi. Needless to say we’re pretty proud of that fact. This is a huge celebration with parades, fireworks, skiers jumping through rings of fire, horses galloping down main street pulling folks on grain shovels and skiers over jumps, the Lighted Man, and of course, THE SKI HAUS TUCKER SNOCATS! Yes, they do run (perfectly) and Ski Haus has featured them frequently in the Winter Carnival Parades and the 4th of July Parades. Pretty darn fun for us and all the folks who come out to watch.
Quote of the Week: “I believe in traditions; I believe in the idea of things being passed between generations and the slow transmission of cultural values through tradition.” Graham Moore
The Cross Country skiers of the Yampa Valley are always grateful for the Lake Catamount Touring Center and the dog trails they provide to us. People love to xc ski. Dogs love to xc ski. And people love to cross country ski with their dogs who love to cross country ski. This is a win, win, win situation! Bentley the Golden Retriever displays his big smile and love of winter!
Quote of the Week: Before you get a dog, you can’t quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can’t imagine living any other way. Caroline Knapp
The 2019 Steamboat Nordic Camp was this past weekend. What a spectacular couple of days! From beginning skate skiers and classic skiers to Nordic skiers looking to add to their quiver of technique tools to ski farther with less effort… The whole weekend was a success with excellent instructors from across the region and skiers coming from as far as Toronto! This is a wonderful Nordic weekend and shouldn’t be missed. Click the link above to learn more and plan ahead for next year!
Quote of the Week: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin
When the sun is out we dream of it snowing. When it is snowing we continue to dream of it snowing. Two great reasons to live in a snow globe… or at least Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Our friend and co-worker, Karen Vail, sent us this photo of a gorgeous scene on Rabbit Ears Pass doing its best wonderful snow globe impression… life imitating art at its best!
Photo: Karen Vail (Karen also works at Yampatika, a great local organization inspiring environmental stewardship through education).
Quote of the Week: “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir
One of our best friends from Alaska sent this photo of one of the seasonal workers up there taking in the Holidays and wishing everyone a Happy New Year. Lets hope for lots of fresh snow and cold temperatures for this early 2019 winter… which will give our friend in the photo a nice long and happy life. Best wishes to all for friendship, health, and happiness in the new year!
Photo: Chris M.
Quote of the Week: “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
Christmas Morning in the Yampa Valley near Steamboat Springs. The day begins with an early morning walk to check out the reindeer prints in the snow, along with fox and ermine, elk and moose, rabbits and golden retrievers! Bentley, the dog needs a little work on his snow angel technique but he has fun… so do the human critters having their way lit with holiday lights. And so it goes, Christmas and the Holidays in the Yampa Valley… Peace and goodwill to all.
Quote of the Week: “At Christmas, all roads lead home.” Marjorie Holmes
Ski Haus staff member, Kara Bove, shared this photo from the slopes of Mount Werner recently. Is that just snow falling from aspen trees or perhaps some Christmas magic? It is a magical time of year… Happy Holidays! Enjoy!
Photo: Kara Bove
Quote of the Week: “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale