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Attention All Trailblazers!

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Attention All Trailblazers!


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Courtesy of

For Emerald Mountain enthusiasts we have some important information for you. The City of Steamboat Springs in conjunction with the CO Forest Service, is doing Hazardous Tree Mitigation on Emerald Mountain between now and mid-October, 2016.

Trails and sections of the mountain will be closed to allow safe recreation and project management. Below is the current timeline, dependent on weather conditions and on-ground challenges:


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An interactive trail map and Emerald Mountain information can be found here. If you would like further information please contact Craig Robinson, the Parks, Open Space & Trails Manager for the City: 970-871-7034.

And don’t forget there is no shortage of alternative trails on Emerald and beyond, click here for inspiration!



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Be Spring Smart

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Be Spring Smart.

When you think of flooding, images of rivers breaking levees and cars submerged in water come to mind. But what many people don’t realize is that everyone is at risk of spring flooding, even if you don’t live near a body of water.

Yampa River flooding Rotary Park, Steamboat Springs

Yampa River flooding Rotary Park, Steamboat Springs

Spring in the mountains is unpredictable – warmer sunny weather mixed with snow, sleet and rain; a perfect cocktail for flooding. The frozen ground is slowly thawing but the rapidly melting snow and rain cannot be absorbed so creates runoff. Storm drains are often backed up, water levels are rising and streams are flowing fast. It only takes a few inches of water to cause thousands of dollars worth of damage. And in addition to flooding, this movement of water can also trigger landslides and cause damage to vegetation.

To all the home owners out there, our suggestions to you are:

Nest: Technology Changing Property Management

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Nest: Technology Changing Property Management


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Your Steamboat Spring property is the sanctuary you escape to whenever you get the chance, but busy schedules and distance can make it tricky to check in and make sure everything is just as you left it.  That tingling at the back of your neck or knot in your stomach telling you that something is amiss can drive you mad. Fortunately now you can make sure the mechanical room is warm and dry, the stove is off and your new ski’s were delivered wherever you have cell service or an Internet connection.

Many of you will already use or be considering using a property management company to monitor and maintain your vacation home. At a minimum, your home would be inspected on a weekly basis. But with the possibility of freezing pipes, leaks, flat alarm batteries, wildlife letting themselves through the open dog door, is that enough? Plus, these services don’t come cheap.

Protect Your Family Against Radon in Steamboat Springs

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Protect Your Family Against Radon in Steamboat Springs

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January is National Radon Action Month so what better time to discuss what radon is, why it matters, and what you can do if your home has high radon levels. I blogged about radon a couple of years ago but it is worth covering again because of the health risks associated with high radon levels and the preventability of those risks.

What is radon?

Danger! Radon Gas

Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. It is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas.

Where is radon?

Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building — old and new homes, offices, and schools — and result in a high indoor radon level. But you and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home, where you spend most of your time.

A Steamboat Home Your Dog Will Dig

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

A Steamboat Home Your Dog Will Dig

Oh goody, we are going for a ride! My humans are going to look at a home that’s for sale (410 Kelhi Court) in a neighborhood called Fish Creek Falls in Steamboat Springs, aka Dog Town USA. I really don’t care where we go, I just like to go!

Dogs and real estate

This is me in my favorite seat.

Things are starting off well, as we turn on Kelhi Court we realize it’s a cul-de-sac. That means it will be a safe and quiet street for the kids and I. Then we turn into the driveway…..

Kelhi Court, family home for sale in Steamboat Springs

…just look at that yard! Lush grass for rolling and chasing my tail and plenty of trees and bushes for, well, you know. I jump out of truck and sniff around. Yep, this is smelling good to me.

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Wish List for the Perfect Steamboat Home

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Wish List for the Perfect Steamboat Home 

If you are looking for a new home, you undoubtedly have a “wish list” of items and amenities that you would really like to have in your next home. Having such a list will assist your realtor in their search for homes to show you. Keep in mind though, that sometimes not all of the items on a wish list can be found in one home. With 695 Meadowbrook Circle, an unfulfilled wish list will not be the case. Or see all the active real estate in Steamboat Springs here. 

Wish List

1. Mountain town location 

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Steamboat Springs, CO, aka Ski Town USA and Bike Town USA

This beautiful home is located in the quaint mountain town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. There is plenty of outdoor activitieseasy trail and bike path accessfriendly people, and great schools.

2. Good neighborhood

Steamboat Springs’ Community Recycling Day Oct 12th

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Steamboat Springs’ Community Recycling Day

It’s that time of year again when the color of the leaves are changing, the air turns crisp and I get to clean out the garage! Well, my entire garage may not get an overhaul but the recyclable items that I have collected and stored there for the past year will finally be taken to their new home and I will have that valuable garage space again.

This Saturday, October 12 from 9am – noon at Howelson Hill the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC) and Yampa Valley Recycles will be hosting their 5th annual Community Recycling Drop-Off Day. Numerous materials will be accepted for free recycling while some of those hard-to-recycle items, like electronics, paint, and appliances, have a small fee.

You know you are in a ski town when even those get recycled! (Photo: Matt Stensland)

Please note that this is for residential recycling only, not commercial. YVSC asks for only one vehicle load per household. They will not accept trash, mattresses, furniture/couches, particle board, painted or stained rotten lumber.

Altitude Sickness Advice

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Altitude Sickness Advice

If you are visiting Steamboat Springs from a lower altitude, you may experience some symptoms of “Altitude Sickness “ or “ Acute Mountain Sickness.” Steamboat Springs, Colorado is at 6,728 ft. elevation and the top of the ski area is 10,568 ft.. Although this is not terribly high, it is still not sea level. Acute altitude sickness usually presents above 8,000 ft. so we are a little safer here. But everyone is different and you may be more susceptible to the change in altitude than someone else.

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Steamboat Springs CO

As you climb in altitude, the air becomes thinner, the humidity decreases, and the air gets colder. Lack of atmospheric pressure is the true cause of altitude sickness. The amount of oxygen you get into your body due to reduced pressure is less. Because of the low levels of oxygen, your body tries to adjust by increasing blood flow to your brain. This typically occurs 8-36 hours after your ascent to higher altitude.

Thinking of Retiring in Steamboat Springs? Yampa Valley Medical Center is Here to Help.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Thinking of Retiring in Steamboat Springs? Yampa Valley Medical Center is Here to Help. 

When you are looking to relocate for your retirement, consider Steamboat Springs, Colorado.


For the active outdoor enthusiast, Steamboat Springs just can’t be beat. There are many factors to consider when you are buying either a part-time or full-time residence here in Steamboat Springs and the medical facilities should be one of them.

AARP lists 9 factors to consider when relocating for retirement: 

  1. -How does the cost of living compare?
  2. -What’s the income tax burden?
  3. -Are Pensions taxed?
  4. -How about other taxes?
  5. -Buy or Rent?
  6. -What’s Mother Nature like?
  7. -What about Doctors?
  8. -Can you get a decent part-time job?
  9. -How far will you be from your family? 

So, what about the doctors? 

Not only do we have skiing, biking, fishing, hiking, numerous water sports, and a variety of other outdoor activities but we also have a great medical community. 

September is Realtor Safety Month

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

September is Realtor Safety Month

The National Association of Realtors has designated September to be Realtor Safety Month.  And although according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released late last week, real estate workplace fatalities for 2011 are down 37% from their 2010 high,  assaults and other violent acts accounted for a rising share of last year’s fatalities.  On that note, take a look at these four tips compiled by Melissa Dittmann Tracey at RealtorMag in her article Relationship Management: Four Safety Essentials Every Agent Needs to Know which have been designed to help keep you safer:

1. Be prepared. Find out as much as you can about new clients prior to taking them on home tours with you.   Too often agents don’t take the time to properly screen their clients before taking them to showing appointments in vacant homes.