Steamboat Springs

Timelapse: Super Moon Rising Over the Rocky Mountians

imagesAstrophotographer Cory Schmitz braved a brown bear in order to capture some wonderful images of the full Moon rise on July 22, 2013. This composite shows a series of images of the moonrise, and below is a beautiful timelapse.

A series of photos combined to show the rise of the July 22, 2013 ‘super’ full moon over the Rocky Mountains, shot near Vail, Colorado, at 10,000ft above sea level in the White River National Forest. Moon images are approximately 200 seconds apart.

Crane Festival Returns to Steamboat for 2nd Year

090613_CraneFILE_t670They are the biggest of their type. They can mate for life. Their mythology and symbolism are marked in cultures across the world. And they can dance. “They’re the best dancers in the animal kingdom,” said Nancy Merrill, the president of the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition and one of the co-organizers of the second annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival.

For Merrill, the meaning of the crane is deep and rich. They greet her every morning near her ranch in Hayden. And what started as an informal meeting of friends around this time of year eventually turned into a full-blown festival. “We thought it would be great to have a crane festival,” Merrill said. “It’s a great draw for bird watchers and nature lovers. But also, cranes are culturally transcendent. They have a great appeal.” The event made its debut last year in response to Colorado Parks and Wildlife considering a limited hunting season for cranes. After the proposal was withdrawn, Merrill and co-organizer Barb Hughes decided to turn their decadelong idea into a reality.

“We were very surprised by the turnout last year,” Hughes said. “We had people from 28 cities around Colorado and 12 states. That was with minimal publicity.” This year, with more time and planning, the second rendition is packed full of events across the Yampa Valley. Merrill and Hughes said that in the second year they wanted to showcase the cranes but also do it across the valley to help highlight the area.

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Colorado’s Top 13 Family Vacation Ideas for Summer 2013

indexSummer is just around the corner and you don’t need to look far to have a world-class vacation with your family. From theater hikes to Outhouse Races to free events galore, we have the inside scoop on All Things Colorado.


It may be summertime but Snowmass has returned to the Ice Age with the Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center that features the most significant Ice Age ecosystem find in Colorado history (and it’s free). Touch a mastodon tooth, marvel at a half-sized 6-foot Wooden Mammoth Skeleton, do a dig of your own or a daily Ice Age Discovery Hike by  Environment Studies.  Visit the Snowmass Rodeo on Wednesday nights (June 12- August 28) and sign up your kids for the Calf Scramble and Mutton Busting. Ride the Elk Camp Gondola up Snowmass Mountain where the Elk Camp Restaurant will open for activities including downhill biking, dinner, campfires, live music, movies, Stryder Park and Kid’s Playground on Friday evenings. Try your hand at some slopeside bowling at the new bowling alley below Venga Venga Cantina featuring eight full-sized lanes, a lounge area with full bar, wood-fired oven pizzas, upscale bar food and more. Then, get inspired at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, a stellar place for kids of all ages to take workshops that include sculpture, photography, painting, beading, and mask-making.

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2012-13 Skier Visits Creep Up by 4 Percent in Colorado

Arapahoe Basin Ski AreaColorado’s ski areas hosted 11.4 million skier visits last season, a nearly 4 percent increase over the previous season’s 11 million.

The 11.4 million mark, while an increase over the dismal and dry 2011-12 season, is the third-slowest season in the past decade, and the annual increase falls well below the national spike of 11 percent.

Colorado Ski Country USA, the trade group that represents 21 of the state’s 25 ski areas, reported 6.4 million skier visits in 2012-13, an increase of 3.8 percent, or 235,000 skier visits, over 2011-12. Vail Resorts’ four Colorado ski areas — Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone and Beaver Creek — saw about 5 million skier visits.

Colorado’s 2012-13 season started slowly, with weak snow and local skiers staying home. Storms in late December and late spring fueled a rebound in visitation. But it wasn’t enough to pull the state closer to the 12 million-skier-visit benchmark it reached in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011.

Declining skier visits does not necessarily correlate to decreasing revenues, as evidenced by ski areas that saw increased revenues in 2011-12, which saw record declines in visitation.

Alaska Airlines Launches New Flights to Coincide with Ski Season

0alaska-airFrom the icy snow of Alaska to the icy snow of Colorado, Alaska Airlines is launching its first ever flights to coincide with ski season.

“This will be Alaska Airlines’ first Colorado ski destination, giving our customers in the Pacific Northwest the first-ever nonstop service to world-class skiing in the Western Colorado Rockies,” said Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of marketing. “Steamboat is a family-friendly resort famous worldwide for its authentic western atmosphere and champagne powder snow.”

Alaska Airlines will begin new seasonal service between Seattle and Steamboat Springs/Hayden, Colorado, this winter. The twice-weekly flights will operate from December 18, 2013, through March 29, 2014.

Flights will take place on Wednesdays & Saturdays.

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado: Five HOT Summertime Activities

IQ2A2110-141x200This charming resort town, also known as Ski Town, U.S.A.®, was originally just a summer destination, owing much of its allure to the 150 natural hot springs that dot the landscape.  Travelers as far back as 1880 came here to partake of the waters as well as the abundance of outdoor activities. The name of the town, in fact, was given by French fur trappers who thought that one of the springs sounded like a steamboat engine.

Summertime is still one of the best times to visit, and hot springs are just an appetizer in the smorgasbord of available activities. So here is my short list of the top five things to see and do.

Located just a short drive from the center of town, Fish Creek Falls is currently ranked as the #1 attraction on TripAdvisor. There is a $5.00 parking fee that provides access to a couple of hiking trails and the overlook trail is an easy, paved affair that is ideal for families with strollers or anyone using a wheelchair. This walk is quite scenic among the aspen trees and natural foliage and ends with a grand view of the 283-foot falls after about a quarter of a mile.

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28 Hours in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

pools-signs-steamboat-springs-strawberry-park-hot-springs-colorado-300x168You know what I love about Steamboat? It can be the lazy man’s mountain town. You can lounge in their hot springs, float down their river or cool your feet off as you admire their waterfalls. (You can also, of course, hike, bike, climb, ski and/or snowboard the mountains.)

For me, Steamboat has the remote feeling everyone loves about Telluride, the pace of a small town that has no interest in overzealous developers and a beauty that can and does hold its own. Unlike many sought after mountain towns around the world, Steamboat still has a main street that staves off the t-shirt shops, small bungalows with Hondas in the driveway and people with a ready and easy smile.

David’s friends from Spain were traveling around Colorado. They had seen Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park, Telluride, Ouray and Crested Butte. We had to make sure they saw another of Colorado’s gems before leaving and told them we must meet in Steamboat.

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Steamboat Barn Village Sees Early Sales After Lots Hit Market

Barn_Village_5-19_t670Barn Village at Steamboat might have taken a while to work its way through the foreclosure process, but it wasted no time closing sales after the lots came back on the market. Four lots closed in the development last week, and more should be closing soon, according to listing broker Chris Wittemyer, of Prudential Steamboat Realty.

Wittemyer said that seven offers were accepted by the owner, Gibraltar Residential, soon after all 47 lots were put back on the market. Six of those sales had closed, he said Monday. By the end of next week, we’ll have closed 12 of them,” he said. “There’s a bunch that they were going to build a home for spec,” Wittemyer said. “Probably four or five builders are buying lots in there.”

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Steamboat Ski Corp. Executive Talks About Inaugural Tokyo flight

indexThe June 10 nonstop flight from Denver to Tokyo on a United Airlines 787 Dreamliner was years in the making. Aboard the inaugural voyage were business leaders and delegates representing various facets of Colorado. Part of that envoy was Rob Perlman, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Perlman was along representing Steamboat and the Colorado ski industry. The Steamboat Pilot & Today spoke with him about the inaugural flight and his time in Tokyo.

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Luxury Home Among Late June Building Permits in Routt County

indexA new home with a permit value of $2.6 million and two more homes with values in the $800,000 range are among the building permits issued by the Routt County Regional Building Department in the last two weeks of June.  The $2.6 million home is in the gated Stonebridge Park community close to Fish Creek and opposite Rollingstone Golf Course on Steamboat Boulevard. The general contractor for the project is Fairview Construction.

The building permit valuation does not reflect the value of the building site or the actual retail value of the finished Stonebridge Park home, which would be significantly higher when completed.  The two other notable building permits include a home to be built on Routt County Road 14C by Colorado Home Solutions. Its permit valuation is $819,520. The site is just west of Lake Catamount.

Another home that has the go-ahead from the Building Department is located on the lower reaches of Buffalo Pass Road/C.R. 38. The owner is the contractor, and the permit valuation is $847,196. Additions and remodels have represented a significant portion of the construction industry in the past several years, and Fox Construction has obtained a permit on behalf of Yampa Realty Holdings LLC to construct a picnic pavilion on Whisper Road with a permit value of $94,100.

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