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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 Mud Season – What to Know

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Steamboat Mud Season – What to Know

Steamboat Springs locals and visitors enjoyed a fun closing weekend at Steamboat Resort as legendary reggae band, Steel Pulse, ​ brought our ski season to a close with their incredible music. It was awesome!


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Steel Pulse on stage for Steamboat Resort’s closing day


Now that the mountain is closed for skiing, our town enjoys a little “mud season” before the Resort opens again for mountain biking and festivities and our summer fun begins. Mud season, our unofficial 5th season, is when many of our businesses take a little time off before the busyness of the next tourist season. Locals enjoy this time because the town is quiet, parking is plentiful and businesses run outstanding specials.

Some years we really do have mud to contend with but not so much this year. Our trails have dried out quite a bit already, flowers are in bloom, and the sandhill cranes are back in the valley to raise their young.

BEFORE: A Short Video About a Short Time in Life

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

BEFORE: A Short Video About a Short Time in Life

Do you remember being 11 years old?

A good friend of mine at Slantyhouse Productions made this great video about life through the lens of one 5th grade class on the last day of elementary school. What it’s like to be 11; a tween.

This 37 minute documentary short is incredibly well done, charming and heartfelt. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


And if you are still looking for summer camps and activities for your tweens and elementary school aged children, here is a guide to summer camps in Steamboat Springs. Our town is a lot of fun anytime of year but summer in Steamboat Springs, CO is really special. Thankfully, there are many options for childcare in Steamboat Springs, whether you are a resident or not, which make it easier for parents to enjoy an afternoon to themselves.

Steamboat Springs Summer Camp Guide 2015

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Steamboat Springs Summer Camp Guide 2015


Rock Climbing in Steamboat

Rock Climbing in Steamboat Springs

It’s getting to be that time of year again, the time when parents turn their attention to planning the family’s summer. If you have school aged children, this may entail planning the kids’ summer camps and activities. To help in the time-consuming task of searching for and sorting through various camps, I have compiled a list of day camps, sport and other activity camps offered here in Steamboat Springs, CO. I hope these ideas ease the stress of planning activities to combat the dreaded words, “I’m bored”.

If you are planning to put your Steamboat home on the market or are looking for homes for sale in Steamboat Springs or  I am here to help.


Summer Day Camps

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

Steamboat Springs, CO Among NY Times’ 52 Places To Go in 2015

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Steamboat Springs Among NY Times’ 52 Places To Go in 2015


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Overlooking downtown Steamboat Springs and the Yampa River in the summer.

Steamboat Springs was recently included in a New York Times article, “52 Places To Go in 2015“.   Our small Colorado mountain town is listed as #19 actually. Further validation for our community that we have something really special going on here.

It’s not just our world-class Steamboat Ski Resort or our naturally therapeutic hot springs. It’s not just the endless miles of mountain bike, skating and running trails used for any and every outdoor recreational activity you can think of. It’s not even having Colorado’s oldest continually operating ski area and winter sports club from which 88 Olympians have been produced, as the NYT article mentions.


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Howelsen Hill at night.

Steamboat is One of the Best Mountain Towns for Retirees

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Steamboat is One of the Best Mountain Towns for Retirees

Now that you’ve said “goodbye” to the daily grind and the punching of time clocks, you can live anywhere you want. So where would you most like to spend your time now that you’re retired? If you are a lover of mountains and outdoor recreation, Steamboat Springs, CO is the perfect place for you.

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Steamboat in the summer


Recently named Steamboat among it’s top 10 Great Mountain Towns for Retirees. The article references our awesome snow, we call it “champagne powder”, opportunities for skiing, river sports, biking, hiking and ample sunshine. All of those things are true and certainly great draws for retirees but what it doesn’t mention are these 4 things, which I think would be important to most retirees:

Photo credit: Routt County Council on Aging

Photo credit: Routt County Council on Aging

Mud Season is a Good Thing

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Mud Season is a Good Thing

Okay, if you are planning on living in Steamboat Springs you need to know what mud season is all about.  I believe in educating myself and my clients. When I do this, I end up with happy clients and since I’m all about a long-term relationships, it’s a win-win for everyone.

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mud (muhd)

1. A fine-grained soft wet deposit that occurs on the ground after rain…

2. Informal slander or defamation

Mud season (muhd seez’n)

1. The season that is not winter, spring, summer or fall. Usually found in the high Rockies.

2. Peaceful, quiet season in-between the traditional four season.

Mud season in Steamboat Springs is the season when the snow is either coming or going. It’s when the weather isn’t quite spring or fall or winter or summer. It’s somewhere in-between. It’s also the times of year when tourism is at its lowest. Some people don’t like this season, I personally, really enjoy it.

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.