Sunday, September 26, 2010

Steamboat Private Lake

   If you are a dedicated Water-skier or Wakeboarder there is nothing like having access to a private lake.  The calm water and lack of traffic that you find on public water make for special days nearly every time you go out.  Steamboat is a paradise for many sports but it is tougher to be a water-skier or wakeboarder since it takes 30-40 minutes to get to our two public lakes.  Once you are there it is great but if your time is limited, you prefer warmer water, glassy water or appreciate a longer ski season afforded by a shallower lake in the valley access to a private lake is key. 

  I have been fortunate to have access to a great private lake in Steamboat for the last couple of years that is 10 minutes from town has great views and more than meets the needs of people who need glassy water and all of the other perks a private lake provides. My family and I went out today.  The water was still warm enough for a shorty, glassy as you can see above and it was a perfect afternoon in all regards.  Quality time with the family is priceless and the lake is our favorite place to get together all summer and fall. 

  If you would like to know more about the best lakes to water-ski and wakeboard in Steamboat Springs check out Steamboat Private Lake or give me a call.

For more info call Jon at 970-819-6930 or send me an email.  You can also click back to the Steamboat Springs blog main page or go to my Steamboat Springs, CO Real Estate page if you want to search for property in Steamboat.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Haying in Steamboat



Haying is a part of the ranching tradition of Steamboat and the hay helps feed cattle and horses throughout the winter. In the late summer and early fall the farmers hay the land. Visiting Steamboat, or many places out west you might notice hay bales dotting the landscape. This summer, because of the late snowmelt and the moist weather, haying lasted a lot longer than usual and has gone long into the fall. Many farmers have delayed cutting the fields because the moisture can cause mold to grow in the hay and damage the product before it is sold.

Hay bales are a popular subject for photography in Steamboat. Best bet for a good picture is to get an interesting backdrop for the field. Use a mountain or hill with aspen trees turning. Another option is to use a field that has been mown in an interesting pattern and use the pattern as the focus of the shot with the hay bales dotting the landscape.
 

For more info call Jon at 970-819-6930 or send me an email. I respect your time and will answer your questions without a sales pitch. You can also click back to the Steamboat Springs blog main page or go to my Steamboat, CO Real Estate page if you want to search for property in Steamboat.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Tradition in Steamboat - FM Light and Sons



FM Light and sons are a tradition in Steamboat. They lasted through the great depression with ingenuity. While other companies were going out of business, F.M. Light and Sons took their store on the road, driving products out to ranches and making buying convenient. Now in their 105th year of business, this forward thinking helped save their store and has turned them into a business that has thrived for 5 generations.

Many people are familiar with FM Light and Sons because of their unique advertising that can be seen driving into Steamboat from most directions. Their signs along the side of the road heading into town are grandfathered in and are the only advertising allowed. Today, F.M. Light and sons still offers the cowboy style with blue jeans, cowboy boots and hats. Get your ranching on with some real western style!


For more info call Jon at 970-819-6930 or send me an email. I respect your time and will answer your questions without a sales pitch. You can also click back to the Steamboat Springs blog main page or go to my Steamboat, CO Real Estate page if you want to search for property in Steamboat.

Friday, September 17, 2010

2nd Annual OktoberWest in Steamboat

This weekend is the second annual OktoberWest in Steamboat. The main event of Oktoberwest is at the base of the gondola from 12-6 tomorrow and there is scheduled to be 3 different, free bands. In addition, beer steins are available for purchase at $10 each and refills at $3 each. It is a great and very fun event, and a great way to send off the summer and begin looking forward to the winter!

Chamber spokeswoman Molly Killien said the event is a beer festival with a Steamboat twist, meaning there is a family aspect. 'We wanted to not only be an Oktoberfest event with beer and great food and activities. We wanted it to be really Steamboat in the sense that it’s family friendly. That’s really the magic of OktoberWest.'


Also, don't forget to cheer on the runners who will be finishing the 50 mile Run Rabbit Run race. The race begins at 6am and the top finishers should be coming in the chute around 2ish. Another fun activity to enjoy and the base of the mountain and the runners are sure to appreciate the enthusiasm. 

For more info call Jon at 970-819-6930 or send me an email. I respect your time and will answer your questions without a sales pitch. You can also click back to the Steamboat Springs blog main page or go to my Steamboat, CO Real Estate page if you want to search for property in Steamboat.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Steamboat Springs Art Walks

The First Friday Artwalks have flourished from just a few galleries at the beginning to now include restaurants and other local Steamboat businesses joining together to celebrate the arts in Steamboat. Any one is welcome to peruse art that includes photography, jewelry, sculpture, painting and more. Each venue offers appetizers and cocktails and has become one of the most anticipated social occasions in town. The Artwalks take place the first Friday of every month and are a great celebration of local artists. Some venues include the Artists Gallery of Steamboat, Chocolate Soup, The Comb Goddess, Off the Beaten Path and more. The walk is centered around downtown and begins in the evening. Maps are available online at www.SteamboatSpringsArtwalk.com


For more info call Jon at 970-819-6930 or send me an email. I respect your time and will answer your questions without a sales pitch. You can also click back to the Steamboat Springs blog main page or go to my Steamboat, CO Real Estate page if you want to search for property in Steamboat.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Winter Approaching Steamboat Springs

Once Labor Day is over, the question turns to ‘what kind of winter are we going to have?’ Predictions come based on weather patterns, on when the fall leaves turn, on the first snowfall and more. For example, this year is a La Nina year, which usually brings plenty of snow. Even in a off year, Steamboat gets enough champagne powder to keep the slopes covered for daily skiing - but in the epic years, you can regularly find yourself in powder up to your waist.

If Steamboat has heavy early snows, it usually means the weather will stay dry until late in the season, but if the snows hold off till December, then it will generally be a good year with heavy snowfall throughout the season. The one place many people forget to look for signs of winter is in nature. There’s a saying ‘nature provides.’ Last winter there were a plentiful amount of berries on the bushes and they were out early. This was an indication it was going to be a long, hard winter. Temperatures dropped below -20 degrees more often than in the last five years. While there wasn’t as much snow as usual, it was a cold winter and it lasted. This year, the berries are already out, but there don’t appear to be as many as last year, which could mean fairer weather.

For the last three years, snows have been coming progressively later in the year and lasting longer. 2009 saw heavy snows towards the end of March. This year, the Farmer’s Almanac is calling for warmer than average temperatures with higher than average snowfall for Steamboat Springs. They expect snows early in the season, then heavy snowfalls in December and January.

What the year holds, no one will know until it’s here, but if you’re thinking about a ski vacation, book your tickets now as it promises to be another great year in Steamboat Springs.
 

For more info call Jon at 970-819-6930 or send me an email. I respect your time and will answer your questions without a sales pitch. You can also click back to the Steamboat Springs blog main page or go to my Steamboat, CO Real Estate page if you want to search for property in Steamboat.