Steamboat Living Magazine
Rain, rain go away, come again some other day. Our farmers need to cut their hay, and we in Steamboat want to play.
Sure, the mountain has its new custom-built downhill trails. But Mother Nature isn’t going down without a fight. Case in point: the Fish Creek trail, which has been luring downhill aficionados all summer.
More night skiing, other improvements on tap
Building upon last winter’s resort improvements — including the new 13,000-square-foot Four Points Lodge and night skiing debut — Steamboat Ski Area continues the momentum, with upgrades to Thunderhead Lodge, snowmaking, grooming and night skiing operations.
Thanks to SmartWool, which is celebrating 20 years in the ’Boat, Steamboat Springs has become synonymous with socks. Since 1994, SmartWool has brought more than 80 million pairs of merino wool socks and apparel products to market around the globe, and it credits its success largely to its Steamboat roots.
Ski in North Routt County this winter and you might see locals schussing on a new ski underfoot, complete with gray-and-brown beetle-kill topsheets. Far from their Filthy Ski brand name, they’re works of art that are as fun to arc turns on as they are aesthetic.
There’s no reading between the lines: Emily Krall’s new BookTrails program is opening the doors for local children to open pages. Krall, the daughter of Off the Beaten Path Bookstore owners Ronald and Susan Krall, started the nonprofit BookTrails — a literacy learning program for children — in 2012, and its quick rise is a testament to her model of mixing outdoor education and activity with reading.
Don’t start the Beer Town USA talk yet, but Steamboat is getting in better standing when it comes to suds. Joining longtime brewer Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill are two new breweries — Butcherknife Brewing Co. and Storm Peak Brewing Co. — whose taps have come online in the past six months, complete with tasting rooms for everything from porters to ales.
While Steamboat’s entrepreneurial spirit is exploding, one local company is setting its sights on products built for such combustion. TALON Grips, a company based in Copper Ridge Business Park, targets law enforcement officers and other gun users desiring enhanced grip for their firearms. And sales are quickly gaining the traction of its products.
Brady Worster’s personal story serves as an inspiration to many. “It was a harsh reality to gain 70 pounds during pregnancy, and then gain more after your child was born,” says Worster, who weighed in at 220 pounds in 2008. “I bought a belt that was an XXL, and I didn’t want to be an XXL mom.”
No matter how long you’ve been here, there are certain things you ought to know how to do living in Steamboat. We’re not talking the obvious how to ski or bike, but the more intrinsic things to have in your seasonal arsenal here in Ski Town USA. No masters ourselves, we combed the valley floor for tips from experts to help ease the learning curve.
A tire education via celebs and snow laps
We’re here burning rink rubber to test Bridgestone’s new WS80 Blizzak snow tires. The company has flown in media wonks from across the country — including writers from Road & Track, Car & Driver and more — to the home of its heralded Bridgestone Winter Driving School, to let them test firsthand the grippiness of the company’s new tire technology.
Last April, an avalanche struck the Khumbu Icefall above base camp on Mount Everest, killing 16 Sherpas and marking the deadliest avalanche in the mountain’s history. One of their own, Chhiring (pronounced “sear-ring,” meaning “long life”) Dorje Sherpa, 39, who has summited Everest 12 times and seven other 8,000-meter peaks, now calls Steamboat — where he bases his guide company, Rolwaling Excursion — home.
Thirty-five years after arriving in the Yampa Valley — after meeting at Colorado State University in the late ‘70s — Ed and June MacArthur are still changing the face of town and its heralded Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club through their ceaseless generosity.
The story of how Steve “Elkie” Chambers came to Steamboat Springs is a familiar one. He first arrived on a college ski trip, loved it, and then came back to become a horse wrangler. That’s where it veers: He left to become a roadie for the Rolling Stones, dated one of their daughters, toured with AC/DC and U2, surfed with Eddie Vedder and finally married one of Tina Turner’s dancers and settled back down in Steamboat to live happily ever after.
Laura Lamun is a lot of things: a successful businesswoman, talented performer and loving wife. She knows what she wants from life and isn’t about to let anything get in her way. In the past 20 years, she’s built a national following and international business that reflects what’s important to her, and more than 120 products that she’s proud to have stamped with the name Little Moon Essentials.