Steamboat Springs Among NY Times’ 52 Places To Go in 2015
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.
It’s the people, the wildlife, the majestic Rocky Mountains, the slower pace of life, the roots that our community continues to honor combined with all those things I mentioned above. I wrote about some of the things that set this town apart from others a few months ago when Smithsonian.com ranked Steamboat as one of America’s Top 20 Small Towns.
Steamboat Springs IS really special and certainly worthy of being one of the Times’ 52 places to go, in my humble opinion anyway. I have lived here for 10 years now and I still marvel at the beauty and the opportunities each day holds.
From the New York Times:
19. Steamboat Springs, CO
Celebrating a century of skiing.
This winter marks the 100th anniversary of Colorado’s oldest continually operating ski area. In late 1914, a Norwegian bricklayer named Carl Howelsen cleared trees and brush from a steep hillside overlooking Steamboat Springs to build what would eventually become Howelsen Hill Ski Area. These days, with its one double chair, three surface lifts and 440 vertical feet of skiing, Howelsen Hill is overshadowed by the ranching and mining town’s bigger resort, Steamboat, which has 16 lifts, a 3,668-vertical-foot drop and recently expanded night skiing and new summer biking trails. But don’t let size matter: Howelsen has produced at least 88 Olympians over the years. Head to Steamboat Springs in February for the Steamboat Winter Carnival to celebrate a century of skiing in the West with jumping exhibitions, tubing parties and parades. TIM NEVILLE for The New York Times
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