Archive for March, 2011

Steamboat Springs: Over 400 Inches of Snow . . .

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Steamboat Springs: Over 400 Inches of Snow . . .

Steamboat Springs can get 400 inches of snow. That is a lot of snow. Believe me, I snow blow a lot. It’s the one thing someone told me when I moved here in June six years ago: buy a good snow blower.

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This is from the Local Steamboat Paper today:
Steamboat Springs — Mid-mountain snowfall at Steamboat Ski Area topped 400 inches for the season Sunday, surpassing the powdery milestone for the third time in the past four winters and the eighth time since 1980.
A Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. news release stated that Sunday’s precipitation dropped 6 inches of new snow at mid-mountain, pushing the season’s mid-mountain total to 401 inches two weeks before Closing Day on April 10.
Eighty-two of those inches fell in October and early November, before the ski area opened for Scholarship Day on Nov. 24.
Ski Corp. stated that snow has fallen on Mount Werner on 100 out of 154 days since Oct. 23, with at least 4 inches recorded on 42 of those days.
This season’s total tally is another landmark in a series of consistently big-snowfall winters, the likes of which Steamboat hadn’t seen since the mid-‘90s.
While the 2009-10 season saw just 261.75 inches fall at mid-mountain, the ski area recorded a total of 405 inches in 2008-09 and the record tally of 489 inches in the memorable winter of 2007-08.
The 2005-06 season saw 432 inches fall at mid-mountain.
Steamboat Ski Area has recorded only eight 400-inch seasons since 1980.
Those seasons also include 1996-97, with 448 inches; 1983-84, also with 448; 1995-96, with 441.25; and 1992-93, with 416.
The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is forecasting a strong chance of snow today and tonight, with up to 6 inches of new snow possible in the Steamboat Springs area. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Northwest Colorado, effective through 6 a.m. Tuesday.
“Just a week into spring and Mother Nature has put us right back into full-on winter with mid-January conditions with lots of snow and cold temperatures,” said Doug Allen, Ski Corp.’s vice president of mountain operations. “Forecasts are calling for continued snow through this week, with the northern mountains again being the favored areas.”

Steamboat Realtor and Haakon, the Crown Prince of Norway in Rjukan

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Steamboat Spring, Colorado Realtor Charlie Dresen and Haakon, the Crown Prince of Norway. What do these two have in common? A love for telemark skiing.
The Crown Prince of Norway video CLICK HERE

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Looking out the start

My goal embarking on this trip to the World Cup Finals and World Championships was to get a top 15. I really felt that such results was attainable. Sure, I get that I’m competing against racers more than half my age. And yes, the majority of these racers literally take this sport very serious and they train on-snow, 6-7 days a week for 8 months out of the year. And yes, many of these racers are funded by their national telemark organizations. But heck, I have desire too. But I’m learning that desire, and hard work albeit sporadic, just doesn’t get you to the top of your sport. So, with one race to go, it’s looking my I will fall just shy of my goal and be content with my best finish of 16th place.

Rethinking Steamboat? Opportunity is here in the Steamboat Springs Real Estate Market

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

You’re not alone if you’re wondering about the timing for real estate in Steamboat Springs. It’s human nature to tend to buy when the market is raising and panic sell when the prices are dropping. Here’s some information that might help is your decision if you’re thinking about investing or buying real estate in Steamboat Springs. At least here’s some great reasons to come visit Steamboat and take a look at some great deals.

It truly is a great time to experience Steamboat Springs, Colorado, “Ski Town USA” and view many great properties in person – with spring skiing conditions, temps in the 50′s, blue bird days, still having fresh snow, and there’s plenty of it to last. Steamboat Springs recording over 400″ of snow 3 out of the last 4 seasons (2005/6 until 2009/10). Lodging specials up to 45% off and ‘non-stop flights from nine major airports including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Newark, New York-LaGuardia and Salt Lake City as well as one-stop connecting service from more than 200 other domestic and international cities’.
Steamboat/Hayden Airport is the most conveniently accessed resort in the Colorado Rocky Mountain’ (source :Increased Direct Flights To Steamboat Wednesday, December 03, 2008 by Steamboat Ski Corp PR)

Norway Telemark World Cup: 16th in the Classic Race

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Charlie Dresen skiing the Sprint Classic race in Norway

Feeling my age. The Classic race is a traditional telemark race that has many elements. It’s a GS race but there were 2 raps, or sharp banked turns, one large jump, a long skating section at the bottom and GS gates down the long hill. This is a one run, give it all you got race. It lasted almost 3 minutes. It’s an exhausting race but this old guy held his own. I placed 16th today out of 77 racers.

Tomorrow we leave for another area that’s about a 8 hours trip via buses and trains.

Charlie

Steamboat Realtor Placed 20th in World Cup Telemark Race in Norway

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Steamboat Realtor Placed 20th in World Cup Telemark Race in Norway

  • Things are getting better for my race results in Norway. The first race I crashed out in the first run and ended the day short. But today, under sunny skies, I placed 20th out of 77 racers. I’m pleased with that finish. I feel I can do better but after a dislocated thumb on the first day skiing and a crash on my first race run, I’m rather psyched just to finish 2 decent runs. And 20th in the world’s not bad for a full-time realtor from Steamboat Springs.

    Tomorrow is a long race called a classic that will last about 3 minutes long. After that we are off to a different area via cars, busses, and trains.

  • First race from Norway, Not the best day for this Realtor

    Friday, March 11th, 2011


    First race is in the books. Was a beautiful day with high overcast skies and a great race course. I started 31st and charged out the gate. For those who don’t know, in telemark racing we ski normal giant slalom gates but we also have to go off a jump and spring, Nordic style and clear a certain distance. Today it was around 70-80 feet. Well, I went about 90 feet and when I came down I was into the next gate and crashed out of the course.
    The race was won by a Norwegian but there was an American in 13, 15, and 17th. Not a bad showings. Tomorrow is another race similar to today but there will be an added skate section to the course.
    Here are some jump pictures.

    Steamboat Realtor preps for World Championships

    Friday, March 11th, 2011

    4 days in Norway now. Travels were pretty good. You never know what you’ll have during international travels. I must say my trip was pretty easy, thanks to a gal I sat next to on the train from Oslo to Lillehammer. I would have needed to catch a 45 minute bus ride then a $30 taxi to the hotel I’m staying in. But she knew the hotel owner and gave me a ride to my place.

    The first day we skied at an area 45 minutes from where were staying. We had arranged to train with the Danish ski team so we took a taxi to the area. It’s not that easy to get around Norway so taxi is the easiest albeit not cheap.  Skied a GS training course for a few runs then crashed and dislocated my thumb. Not a pretty sight. But it didn’t hurt much so I pulled it back out and iced it for the next 8 hours.