Sunday, April 30, 2006

Water-sking in Boulder

I was down in Boulder this weekend to pick up Wendy and the kids then see some friends. My friend Dave Rowan was kind enough to take me out water-skiing this morning so I thought I would share this picture. I just got on a private water-ski lake here in Steamboat so I was excited to get in a few passes in the course before I make my first appearance on my new lake.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Steamboat Balloon Rodeo

UPDATE: The developers of Wild Horse Meadows announced that there will likely be one more year for the balloon rodeo at the traditional meadows site. Their current schedule permits an encore presentation of the Balloon Rodeo so they have permitted the event back on the property.

One of the icons of Steamboat in the summer, The Steamboat Balloon Rodeo, has found a new home. The Balloon rodeo has been going for about 25 years in the hay field above the meadows parking lot and the tennis bubble but it needed to find a new home since work will be starting on Wild horse Meadows. A lot of people were nervous about what they might find but I think the new site has the potential to be even better. The event will now be held just west of Lake Catamount near 131 and CR 14C in a gorgeous part of the south valley. on July 8th and 9th, 2006. If you a planning a trip to Steamboat this summer this could be the perfect weekend or at least one of many perfect times to visit we have in the summer.

I am excited about this choice since it has the potential to provide better vistas for photography and this event provides one of the best event related photo opportunities of the year. The current site was a little too close to the ski mountain and too backlit if you tried to get a picture of the balloons and the ski mountain. I have high hopes for this summers event and the chance to get some totally new shots of the an old summer time tradition. I will check out the site next time I am down that way.

Steamboat Atlanta Flight added

Steamboat's Airline program announced they will add a winter roundtrip from Atlanta to Hayden on Delta for next winter. The program uses a combination of funds from the ski area and local lodging taxes to guarantee airlines revenues as new flights are added from strategic areas. Once a flight is established they move on to add other flights. This season only half of the $2m guarantee budget was used due to strong demand for flights from visitors to Steamboat Springs. The program guarantees minimum flight loads and pays only if the loads are below set levels. The program plans to boost availible seats to about 150,000 for this coming winter from 130,000 this season. Between this and the improvements they have already started on at the Hayden Airport you can expect it to get easier to get to Steamboat by winter.

Steamboat Atlanta Flight added

Steamboat's Airline program announced they will add a winter roundtrip from Atlanta to Hayden on Delta for next winter. The program uses a combination of funds from the ski area and local lodging taxes to guarantee airlines revenues as new flights are added from strategic areas. Once a flight is established they move on to add other flights. This season only half of the $2m guarantee budget was used due to strong demand for flights from visitors to Steamboat Springs. The program guarantees minimum flight loads and pays only if the loads are below set levels. The program plans to boost availible seats to about 150,000 for this coming winter from 130,000 this season. Between this and the improvements they have already started on at the Hayden Airport you can expect it to get easier to get to Steamboat by winter.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Consistently Soft, consistent Face Shots

I couldn't agree more, it just seemed like it only got firm a few times late in the season. I often "complained" I got out of shape this winter or had to hike less for great snow. It was so soft nearly everytime I went up and I can't think of a time I've gotten more consistant face shots. It was an incredible season and everyone was sad to see it go but the siren song of spring has captured me and my bike is calling...

Quoted from the Summit (County) Daily news, the home of Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone and A-Basin:
Two ways to measure snow in Steamboat
4/15/06

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS - The 447 inches of snow received at Steamboat Springs this season fell 18 inches short of breaking the record set in 1996-97, and also snowfalls received in the 1983-84 and 1995-96 seasons, reports The Steamboat Pilot & Today.

But those in Steamboat long enough to know told the newspaper that the consistent quality of snow this year made it better than a fourth-place showing.

"To me, what made it stand out was that it was soft, cold, winter snow, and that feels so good on old knees," said Jeff Hirschboeck, a 37-year ski patrol veteran. "We had days where 4 inches fell on top of snow the previous day followed by 3 inches the next day and 7 inches the next. That's what people come to Colorado for."

"It seemed like the first 80 days of the season it was face shots every day," said Jeremy Johnston, a ski shop worker.

Monday, April 10, 2006

The lifts in Steamboat are still this morning

The lifts closed on Steamboat's Mount Werner yesterday with huge amounts of snow still left up top and Tony Furtado playing for a celebratory crowd. I plan to skin up the mountain and Buff Pass a few times for some more turns and likely some more powder before mother nature decides the season is over. Let me know if I can make a few turns for you.

Now it's very quiet up here around the base area. It's been an amazing season and I'm sad to see it go but looking forward to the chance to catch up on work and prepare for summer (plus sneak in a couple of trips to the desert to mountain bike in Fruita and maybe Moab ;). I hope that you had a chance to make it to Steamboat Springs a few times this year to enjoy all that the Yampa Valley and the surrounding mountains have to offer. If you haven't been here in the summer yet make sure to plan a trip. There are even more things to do in the summer and more daylight to do them.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Toast to a Great Ski Season


It is our tradition to have a european style picnic up on top by the weather station on the last day of the ski season here in Steamboat. This is reminiscent of our trips to Chamonix, Zermatt, & Lech. It's a great time to give thanks for where we are so lucky to live and toast the end of the lift served ski season for Steamboat. We got engaged on top of Storm Peak very close to here so the mountain is special on several levels to us. I have a much longer term tradition of skiing some of the rocky chutes in this area for my last run of the year. The snow is almost always good in my special spot even on the last day of the year. This year was no different. We are looking forward to including Alden and Neve in these traditions soon. I hope that you
have or develop some Steamboat traditions that are special to you too.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Last Powder day of 05/06 Ski Season


It's been and incredible ski season this year and an April powder day is a great way to begin to say farewell. It was one of those seasons we will still be talking about in 20 years. Check the following article in the Steamboat Pilot for more details on the snow we got this season. Update: the powder ended up lasting through closing day on the April 9th in some of my favorite secret stashes up high. The amount of snow that is on the upper mountain doesn't even begin to be captured by the snow report. There is easily 30 feet in many places made evident by some of the huge aspens that now look like saplings.