Steamboat Springs Recreation

Ice Castle Plans to Open at Steamboat Ski Area Base by New Year’s Eve

Of course kids will love the ice castle growing in Ski Time Square. What about grown-ups?

But when you’re standing next to a 50-foot icicle, you feel pretty small,” Cory Livingood said about the adults who will be dwarfed by the growing art piece at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

And the ice castle is a living art piece of sorts.  When it opens to the public on New Year’s Eve, what visitors see will be unique to them because the castle continues to grow and change as winter progresses.

The castle should reach its peak during February, Livingood said, but work doesn’t stop till weather forces the issue and the ice returns to Burgess Creek.

Livingood said he expects the outside walls of the castle to reach 10 to 20 feet, and the inside towers possibly could hit 30 to 50 feet.

There’s a timelapse camera in a tree next to the castle, and Steamboat residents or return visitors will be able to witness the changes in the castle themselves during successive tours.

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USA Pro Cycling Comes to Aspen, Breck, Steamboat, Vail in 2013

USA Pro Challenge officials unveiled the 2013 host cities. After a year off, Steamboat Springs will host the Stage 3 finish August 21 and the Stage 4 start August 22. Steamboat the finish of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge host in 2011.  USA Pro Cycling Challenge attracts some of the best cyclist in the world and it definitely puts Colorado on the map for pro cycling.

The 2013 host cities and stages are:

Aug. 19 — Stage 1: Aspen/Snowmass Circuit
Aug. 20 — Stage 2: Aspen/Snowmass to Breckenridge
Aug. 21 — Stage 3: Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs
Aug. 22 — Stage 4: Steamboat Springs to Beaver Creek
Aug. 23 — Stage 5: Vail Time Trial
Aug. 24 — Stage 6: Loveland to Fort Collins
Aug. 25 — Stage 7: Denver Circuit

When this caravan of cycling excitement came through in 2011, the city was electric and the races were quite a spectacle. Click here for more info on the USA Pro Challenge.

Steamboat’s Annual Hunt for Yule Log Begins Today

The annual Christmastime tradition of hunting for the Yule Log begins Monday in Steamboat Springs. Find the first clue in the Happenings section on page 7 in the newspaper. Clues will be listed in Happenings each weekday morning for 10 days or until the log is found. Here are some tips for your search:

■ The 3-foot-long, 50-pound log is hidden somewhere in Steamboat Springs and marked “Yule Log” in red writing.

■ Clues will lead readers from the spot of last year’s log at Casey’s Pond to this year’s hiding spot.

■ The log will be hidden within city limits and at least a portion of it will be visible from its hiding place. The log will not be on private property, inside of a building or in an area that charges a fee to enter.

■ When the log is found, alert the Tread of Pioneers Museum immediately at 970-879-2214. The log must be presented in person to claim the $150 Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association gift certificate and framed plaque.

Happy hunting!

31 Things to Do in Steamboat in August

1. Attend the Steamboat Annual Wine Festival
2. Run the Steamboat Stinger Mountain Marathon
3. Spend time at the Moffat County Fair
4. Take in all of the different types of art on display at the Annual All Arts Festival
5. Go downtown to shop the Come Sale Away Sidewalk Sales
6. Steamboat Olympic Triathlon at Catamount
7. Go to Fish Creek Falls to learn about flora, fauna, geology and history for FREE by a Yampatika Naturalist
8. Enjoy a sunset bike ride at the gondola with extended hours on Twilight Tuesdays
9. Enjoy sunset happy hour with beautiful views of the Yampa valley and signature cocktails, tapas and live music atop the gondola
10. Visit the Annual Wild West Air Fest and Labor Day Celebration
11. Experience rafting with a full or half day trip on Colorado’s best rivers.

To see the other 20 things to do in Steamboat Springs in August, Click Here.