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Catch the Drift With the Yampa River Festival

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Catch the Drift With the Yampa River Festival

Water. Water is vital to the existence of our people and planet.

The Yampa Valley is blessed with copious amounts of good, clean, cold water that comes from snow melt. It feeds our rivers and reservoirs providing miles and miles of recreational use, habitat for fish and animals, and drinking water for our neighbors downstream. In honor of this great resource, and to raise awareness and educate the public, Leadership Steamboat and the Friends of the Yampa have put together Water Week – a week of educational offerings, film screenings, and gatherings revolving around water and Yampa River stewardship.

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Thursday, May 28th marks the launch of the Catch the Drift campaign by Leadership Steamboat. The goal is to educate locals and visitors by emphasizing good stewardship of the Yampa River. The group will develop and install signage along key parts of the Yampa River, and sell Stewardship Kits containing a reusable water bottle, Catch the Drift stickers and handouts in a mesh bag, and is hosting a fundraising event at the Chief Theater featuring speakers, an auction and more.

Snow, Water, Rivers and our Environment – VIDEO

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

The ski area just closed. And there’s still snow on the mountains- but less than there was last year.  Snow and water are big deal Colorado. Water brings life to the Yampa valley and without it, Steamboat would be a lot different.  The Yampa and Elk rivers flow through Steamboat Springs creating great recreation for everyone. But cold water is something we need to think more about and get involved in keeping it here.

Here’s a great video that touches on our climate, water, and trout.

COLD WATERS from Conservation Hawks on Vimeo.

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Steamboat Springs Year-End Real Estate Report

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Steamboat Springs Year-End Real Estate Report

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Well, 2014 is a wrap and the real estate market here in Steamboat Springs, CO continues to improve.  I feel 2015 will be another good year with strong number in transactions. I don’t feel we’re going to see significant appreciation and rising prices. Slow and steady is good for real estate.


Local Steamboat Springs Market

December was a great month for Routt County real estate transactions with $58.17M in gross sales and 121 transactions.  This was up +69.29% in total gross volume with  +10% more transactions compared to December 2013. A great way to end the year.

Total gross dollar volume for 2014 was $598+M with 1,360 transactions. This was the best year we have seen since 2007. Year-to-date gross dollar volume is up +18.79% and number of transactions are up +6.42% for the year.

Steamboat Summer Camps

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Steamboat Summer Camps

Rock Climbing in Steamboat

Youth Rock Climbing in Steamboat Springs

The end of Spring Break typically marks the time where we parents turn our attention to planning the kids’ summer camps and activities. To help in preventing the dreaded words, “I’m bored” from escaping your child’s mouth this summer, I have created a a list of day camps, sport and other activity camps taking place in Steamboat Springs. I hope these ideas contribute to the entire family’s summer happiness.

Summer Day Camps

Kids’ Adventure Club at the Steamboat Ski Resort. Age appropriate activities and adventures for 3-12 year olds.

Adventure Bound in Steamboat Springs. Age appropriate activities and adventures for 3 year olds – 6th grade.

Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado Summer Camp. Drop-in program for children aged 6-18 years old.

Yampatika Environmental Camp Summer Program. Age-specific programs led by experienced Naturalists. No two weeks are the same.

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Adventures abound in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat School’s Recognized as Best in the State

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Steamboat School’s Recognized as Best in the State

Once again the Steamboat Springs School District was honored by the Colorado Department of Education as one of the best school district’s in the state. The district was one of 16 awarded the “Accredited with Distinction” honor for overall performance.

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I’ve blogged about it before but Steamboat has been recognized with this award since the Colorado Department of Education began labeling schools with it four years ago. To reach the “Accredited with Distinction” award, a school must earn 80% or more of available points based on academic achievement, academic growth, reducing academic growth gaps, and postsecondary and workforce readiness.

Three of Steamboat’s schools – the middle school, high school and Strawberry Park Elementary School – were given the John Irwin Award. This honor is bestowed upon schools that show sustained academic excellence.

Top 10 Steamboat Winter Activities That Do Not Involve the Ski Slopes

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Top 10 Steamboat Winter Activities That Do Not Involve the Ski Slopes

While skiing or snowboarding is typically the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a ski town like Steamboat Springs, those activities are clearly not all we have to offer for outdoor winter activities.

Telemark ski racing

That’s me on my way to winning Overall National Championships in 2012


Here are 10 other winter activities to be enjoyed in The ‘Boat:

1.  Breath in the beauty of the backcountry on cross country skis. The Yampa Valley offers hundreds of miles of nordic skiing opportunities, check out the Steamboat Springs Nordic Council for that list.

Nordic skiing in Steamboat Springs, CO

Nordic skiing in Steamboat Springs, CO

2.  We dare you NOT to smile while tubing Howelsen Hill – it can’t be done! Rides to the top of the hill via the magic carpet means no lugging kids and tubes making this a great family outing. Steamboat’s snow tubing will have everyone laughing and smiling.

Free Fishing Weekend in Colorado

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Free Fishing Weekend in Colorado


Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) hosts a free fishing event the first full weekend in June.  This weekend, June 1st and 2nd will be free fishing for all ages throughout Colorado for residents and non-residents. By waiving license requirements, CPW hopes the Free Fishing Weekend will encourage more people, especially children, to get out there and experience one of our most popular sports in the state.

Charlie Fishing

And I fish (and fish, and fish…)


Typically, fishing licenses are $26 annually for residents and $56 non-residents. Daily passes are $9. Children under the age of 16 are free; however, a second rod charge may apply which is $5.00. So here is your opportunity to save some money and share the joy of fishing with others.

A Day in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

A Day in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Sleeping Giant, Elk River

Sleeping Giant, Elk River

Let me tell you about my day recently:

I ran to our local Ace Hardware to get some repair parts for my irrigation system. 60 plus miles later, one $12.00 map, and a quick lunch out, I returned to my project.  A slight case of lack of focus?  Possibly. Happy I make Steamboat my home? Definitely.

I ran to Ace. They had my part. Steamboat’s Ace at the Curve always has what I need. But as I was leaving, I just drove straight instead of taking a right…big mistake. I decided spur of the moment to drive up the Elk River to check out the flow. In the next few days the river is expected to reach its peak runoff level. It was roaring!