Posts Tagged ‘summer’

No Firework in Steamboat Springs on the 4th?

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

No Firework in Steamboat Springs on the 4th?

Who knew that the lack of powder days in Steamboat Springs last winter would spoil the best fireworks show in Colorado on the 4th of July. Well, that might be the case.

**Updated information is not good news either. Our dry summer looks like it will remain dryer according to the Steamboat Today.

The Steamboat Pilot has reported that because of the extreme low snow year and dry conditions, that our 4th of July fireworks just might be a big fat dud this year. That’s right, Steamboat Springs 4th of July fireworks might get cancelled.

Steamboat Springs gets fireworks. They put on a spectacular fireworks show that people talk about for months. It takes place right in downtown Steamboat Springs or just on the other side of the Yampa river on the Howelsen Hill ski area.

Steamboat Ski Mountain Closing Trails

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Steamboat Ski Mountain Starts Closing Trails

Anyone who has been watching the weather knows Steamboat Springs was sunny and almost balmy for most of March. So it’s not surprising that the Steamboat ski area announced today that it’s closing down a good portion of the Steamboat ski mountain due to deteriorating snow conditions. The open areas of the Steamboat ski mountain as of Monday, April 2nd include:

* 59 trails (from 136 open as of April 1st)

* 976 acres of skiing (about 33% of the mountain)

* 7 lifts

* All the food & beverage outlets located where ski terrain is still open

* Retail shops and restaurants at the base of the Steamboat ski mountain

Summer Reservations Heating Up in Steamboat Springs

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Summer Reservations Heating Up in Steamboat Springs

Word must be getting around that the Steamboat Springs ski mountain base area will soon be unveiling the new pedestrian promenade with Burgess Creek flowing through it. As reported in the Steamboat Today newspaper, Sheraton’s Director of Sales & Marketing is projecting the number of room nights driven by destination weddings will be up 22% this summer. In addition, revenues from convention groups are anticipated to increase around 18% as the nature of group bookings shifts from recreation oriented groups to corporations and professional associations holding multi-day meetings, trainings and conventions here.

Steamboat Today Photo of Promenade Development

Steamboat Today Photo of Promenade Development

Another potential positive is the news from Chris Diamond, Steamboat Ski Corp. President and COO, that his team is contemplating adding Thursday evenings for gondola operations to the current Friday and Saturday nights. This will mean more opportunities for dinners and special events on the mountain, and a chance for more people to enjoy sunsets and views of the Yampa Valley 2,000 feet below.

Year Round Mountain Opportunities in Steamboat

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Year Round Mountain Opportunities in Steamboat

2012 is right around the corner and it will bring the benefits of the Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2011. So what opportunities will that provide to Steamboat Springs? Well given the fact that our Steamboat Springs’SkiMountainand all of the almost 3000 ski-able acres is owned by the USDA Forest Service, this means that while formerly limited to activities allowed by an outdated 1986 law, the new law will open up our Steamboat ski mountain to year-round activities.

Steamboat Springs Summer Barn

Steamboat Springs Summer Barn

Sponsored by Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, and recently approved by President Obama, this new law permits non-skiing activities such as mountain bike terrain parks and trails, Frisbee golf courses, ropes courses, concerts and zip lines to share in the activity line-up. Protecting natural resources will remain a top priority for the U.S. Forest Service, and all activities will be subject to a review and approval process. Anything considered to be damaging to the natural environment, like tennis courts, water and amusement parks will not be permitted.

Steamboat Springs’ Mountain Base: New Look, New Season

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Steamboat Springs’ Mountain Base: New Look, New Season

For anyone who hasn’t been up to the Steamboat Springs mountain base recently, just wait until you see what they’ve been working on and how the landscape has changed. Depending on where you enter, you might be greeted by the new promenade walkway system that now directly connects the Torian Plum retail stores and restaurants to Gondola Square. The landscaping along the way is impressive and while it’ll be snow covered in the winter, it will be beautiful in the summer and fall.

Walkway from Gondola Square to Torian Plum

Walkway from Gondola Square to Torian Plum

Work is almost complete on the Burgess Creek water feature which will now surface in and around the mountain base at various points. This water feature will be a prominent focal point in the warmer months as it will surface above ground complete with a built in water fall and various small pool areas. In the winter it will be diverted back underground where it’s been flowing unseen for years.

A Roller-Coaster that is “Living in Steamboat in April”

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

A Roller-Coaster that is “Living in Steamboat in April”

We’ve all been on those roller-coasters that once it starts you just want it to end. It’s a right of passage. A necessary experience.

The few weeks between the powder fluffed ski season in ski town U.S.A. and the actual appearance of daffodils and green grass can be that long, arduous roller-coast that never ends.

This morning I look outside and it’s dumping. I mean snowing hard and looking like January.

Living in Steamboat Spring, Colorado right now is just hard. We’re right in the middle of that transition between winter and spring. Between snow blowing and mowing the lawn. Between wearing layers and wearing t-shirts.

One day it’s sunny and 67 degrees and we’re riding bikes and fishing in the Yampa River. The next we’re scraping ice off our windows and driving 18 MPH again to get to the office. It’s 18 degrees right now and snowing. WHEN WILL THIS END!!!