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Come in as a customer... leave as a friend! Tanzanite Diamonds Indian Jewelry World Class Designers Steamboat Charms and Much Much More

Jewelry and Fossil shop oF steamboat Come visit us at the corner of 8th Street & Lincoln Avenue. • Open daily at 10 a.m. 745 Lincoln Avenue • Steamboat Springs, Colorado • 970-871-9963

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Take a sTep back in Time . . . Oldest retailer in Steamboat!

OuTfiTTin’ The WesT fOr 108 years & five generaTiOns.

Open Daily 8:30 am - 10:00 pm 830 Lincoln Ave ✦ Downtown ✦ 879-1822

Western clothiers for the whole family!

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iscover the magic of snowmobiling with Steamboat’s favorite snowmobile tour.

Our extensive trail system on Rabbit Ears Pass is a snowmobiler’s dream. When you glide over the “postcard” powder of our sheltered mountain meadows you’ll think you’re in heaven!

• Closest and most convenient

to Steamboat.

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best powder around. • Small customized tours. • 2 hour, ½ day & full day backcountry

Rabbit Ears & Flat Tops Scenic Byway

970-879-6500 Toll Free

tours with lunch.

• Sunset dinner tours. • Easy On-line booking

1-877-879-6500

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Open 11:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday - Saturday ____________________

The REAL Steamboat experience! (970) 879-2214 www.treadofpioneers.org

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Wrap up your day on the slopes by skiing or riding right into some suds and grub. Options include Slopeside Grill, just off the Right-O-Way trail at the base of the ski area; the local-flocking T-bar in the old ski patrol headquarters below the Christie lift; Truffle Pig in the new One Steamboat Place; and Bear River Bar & Grill deck in Gondola Square, now home to a European-inspired terrace and umbrella bar. A slew of choices also exist downtown, all with happy hour specials for after the slopes.

Bridgestone Winter Driving School

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Want to learn how to control your car in the winter? Learn from the pros at the Bridgestone Winter Driving School, the only driving school of its kind in North America. The school’s 77-acre facility includes three state-of-the-art ice and snow-covered tracks coated with more than 250,000 gallons of water to simulate winter driving conditions. They feature banked and off-cambered corners, elevation changes and more to suit a variety of levels. Taught by driving professionals, including former racers, courses begin with classroom instruction and video demonstra-

Shoulders loose from ski-poling? That just might spell more spares at Snow Bowl (970-8799840), Steamboat’s bowling facility on the west end of town. Theme nights and daily specials are commonplace, making it a great place for the entire family.

Want to ski with a former World Champion? Simply look for the “Billy Kidd is Skiing Today” sign at the top of the gondola and meet him at the top of Why Not at 1 p.m. In 2014, it will be 50 years since Steamboat’s director of skiing became the first U.S. male to win an Olympic medal in skiing, when he took the silver in 1964. Your whole family can ski with the Steamboat icon, who has made Steamboat home for the past 44 years. Info: www.steamboat.com

tions prior to on-track exercises.  As for wheels, choose from a variety of Lexus models, including the all-wheel drive RX 350 and GX 460; and IS 250 ES 350 sedans. Programs include the popular Second Gear full-day course and introductory First Gear half-day class. Private one-on-one training also is offered, upon completion of a standard course. Regardless, you’ll drive away with better cornering, acceleration, braking, weight transfer, skid control and accident avoidance skills — all on your vacation to Steamboat. Info: 970-879-6104, www.winterdrive.com.

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Howelsen Hill Ski Area Also see description under Cross-country skiing. The oldest ski area in continuous use in Colorado has sent more skiers to international competition than any in North America and is home to the continent’s largest ski jumping complex. Four lifts, 15 trails and 21K of cross-country trails. 845 Howelsen Parkway, 970-879-8499, Dec. 4-March 27 (conditions permitting), $17 day lift tickets for adults, http://steamboatsprings.net/departments/parks_recreation/ facilities/howelsen_ hill_ski_area/ Steamboat Powdercats Longtime outfitter offers guided backcountry snowcat skiing and snowboarding tours on 10,000 permitted acres on Buffalo Pass, just north of Steamboat Springs. All-inclusive trips tailored to ability levels includes lunch and image disk from day. Mid-December through March, $400 per guest per day. 1724 Ski Time Square Drive, 970-879-5188, www.steamboatpowdercats.com Steamboat Ski Area Featuring 18 chairlifts, one gondola, 165 trails, a 3,668 vertical-foot drop and 2,965 acres of skiable terrain for skiers and riders of varying ages and abilities. 2305 Mount Werner Circle, 970-879-6111, www.steamboat.com.

❱❱ ski & snowboard rentals Backdoor Sports Full telemark and cross-country ski touring packages available for rent, discounts available for multiple days. Also covers your backcountry needs — maps, climbing and backpacking gear, tents, backpacks, snowshoes, rock-climbing harnesses and shoes. 841 Yampa St., 970-879-6249, www.backdoorsports.com Black Tie Ski Rentals Ski rental service offers full line of premium, performance, development and junior ski and snowboard rental options delivered to your door. 1625 Mid Valley Drive, No. 2, 970-870-3172 or 800-821-4757, www.blacktieskis.com Christy Sports Offers seasonal rental packages (basic, sport and performance and demos) for adults and kids, skis and snowboards, helmets, cross-country skis, snowshoes and some Snowblades, in two locations. Precision hand tuning shops on site. 1835 Central Park Plaza, 970-879-1250, www.christysports.com

Steamboat Ski & Sport Junior and beginner to high performance ski, snowboard equipment packages and helmet rentals. Seven convenient locations, including Steamboat Sheraton Resort (970-871-5348) and NewStix Ski Technology and Sales Center, our on-mountain yurt location atop the gondola with half- and full-day demos available with on-site repair shop. Also, Ski Delivery Express of Steamboat — personalized, in-room equipment fitting for junior and beginner to high performance and telemark ski equipment packages, snowboard equipment packages and helmet rentals (970-879-6111 or 800-859-9959). Open daily 8am-6pm. 2305 Mount Werner Circle, 970-879-6111, www.steamboat.com

One Stop Ski Shop Junior, adult sport, premier and demo Alpine ski rental packages (skis, boots and poles), junior and adult all-mountain freestyle snowboard rental packages (boards, boots and bindings) as well as helmets, cross-country skis, snowshoes and skiboards. Bootfitting experts. Online reservations available (discounted). 35 11th St., 970-879-4754 or 877-754-7474, www.onestopskishop.net

Steamboat Ski Touring Center See description under cross-country skiing.

Powder Pursuits The best service for all your snow sports needs in Steamboat Springs. Independent since 1986 and determined to keep snow sports fun, we pride ourselves on the wide range of products and services we offer. Rentals, Retail and Lifestyle. 2300 Mt Werner Circle, 970-879-9086

Straightline Sports See description under fishing. Straight-To-You/ Snow Sport Equipment Rentals Condo/hotel room delivery of sport, high performance, demo and kid, telemark and crosscountry ski rental packages (skis, boots, poles), kid, adult and high performance snowboard packages as well as Snowblade, snowshoe and clothing rental options. 970-870-3053 or 866-787-8286, www.straight-to-you.net

Powder Tools Across the bridge from the transit center, this snowboard shop with a demo fleet of the latest boards has some performance packages (boots, boards, bindings) and junior rentals including helmets. Discounts available online. 2305 Mount Werner Circle (Gondola Square), 970-879-1645 or reservation line 877-754-7627, www.powdertools.com

Terry Sports Offers sport, intermediate, performance and demo Alpine ski rental packages as well as performance and demo snowboard rental packages, helmets, snowshoes and kids basic and performance ski rental packages. Online reservation available, free on-mountain ski storage and shuttle drop-off available. 1855 Ski Time Square Drive, 970-879-8414 (Torian Plum Plaza) or 2500 Village Dr., 970-879-3237 (Village Center), www.terrysports.com

Ski Haus International Rents various junior, adult sport, high-performance and demo Alpine ski rental packages as well as various snowboard, telemark and cross-country ski (classic touring and Nordic skate) rental packages. Also rents snowshoes, outerwear, helmets and accessories (gaiters, climbing skins, shovels and sleds). Call or check online for pricing. 1457 Pine Grove Road, 970-879-0385 or 800-932-3019, www.skihaussteamboat.com Sports Authority Ski and snowboard rental packages and junior and adult season lease program as well as ski and snowboard repair shop and snowshoe rentals. Call for winter hours. 705 Marketplace Plaza, 970-871-4570, www.sportsauthority.com

❱❱ snow tubing Elkhorn Snowmobile Adventures See description under Snowmobile tours.

❱❱ snowshoeing Rocky Mountain Ventures See description under rock/ice climbing.

Steamboat Ski Touring Center See description under cross-country skiing. Yampatika See description under other outdoor activities.

Elkhorn Snowmobile Adventures Elkhorn Snowmobile Adventures is located just outside Steamboat Springs in Hayden Colorado. They offer the ultimate snowmobiling experience with full and half day excursions. Tour's include endless miles of open meadows and spectacular 360 degree views and panoramas with over 100 miles of groomed trails and 100 thousand acres of riding. Tubing is FREE for all guests. Lodging is available from Mid December through March at our rustic historic lodge located at the Elkhead Historic Ranch. The lodge can accommodate corporate and family groups of up to 10 adults. 524 East Washington, Hayden. 970-485-0318 www.elkhornsnowmobileadventures.com

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Big House Burgers & Bottlecap Bar Offering a creative build-your-own burger menu (all local beef), plenty of salad options and bottled beer, soda and an old-fashioned soda and ice cream fountain. 2093 Curve Plaza, 970-870-8500, www.bighouseburgers.com

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Ciao Gelato Offering a taste of Italy in a warm family environment serving delicious pizza, paninis, coffee and gelato. 700 Yampa St., 970-870-7979

Carl’s Tavern A place for the hungry, the thirsty and the

Beau Jo’s Mountain Bistro Proudly offering Colorado’s favorite pizza for 30 years. Casual Italian dining including pizza, pasta, sandwiches and salads. Dine-in, take-out or delivery. 7th and Lincoln Ave., 970-870-6401

Steamboat Snowmobile Tours /High Mountain Tours Offers two-hour, half- and full-day and sunset dinner tours on Rabbit Ears Pass as well as a full-day Flat Tops Scenic Byway trip on Dunckley Pass while High Mountain Tours offers full-day, two- and four-hour trips in North Routt County outside of Clark. 970-879-6500 or 877-879-6500 (SST), 970-879-9073 (HMT), www.steamboatsnowmobile.com

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Canton Chinese Restaurant A true locals favorite, Canton offers a variety of fine Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechwan Cuisine. Located in the heart of downtown, with dine in or take-out. 941 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-4480

Burrito Babes Get your burritos delivered to your home or workplace. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Made

Bear River Bar & Grill In Gondola Square, the “Bear” is the place to grab a burger and frosty beverage while at the mountain. Outside, enjoy the Bear River Terrace and Umbrella Bar. 2305 Mount Werner Circle, 970-871-5165, www.steamboat.com

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Chocolate Soup Pastry Café/Enzo’s Pizzeria A delightful cafe offering homemade pizzas, as well as a variety of pastries, soups, paninis and more. 2300 Mount Werner Circle Unit C-1, 970-870-0224, 737 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-0225

Bamboo Market Health Foods Along the beautiful Yampa River, the deli offers freshly baked goods, sandwiches and wraps, as well as an espresso, juice and smoothie bar. Yampa and 11th streets, 970-879-9992, www.bamboomkt.com

Routt Powder Riders A local nonprofit promoting, protecting and preserving snowmobiling in Northwest Colorado since 1984. www.RouttPowderRiders.com

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Catamount Ranch Lakehouse & Restaurant A fantastic place to enjoy a variety of lunch options, with great food and views of Catamount Lake. 30215 Waters Edge Trail, 970-871-9229, www.catamountranchclub.com

Cantina Mexican Restaurant Colorful, festive and tasty, Cantina brings you so south of the border you’ll need a sombrero. Sip a margarita and take in the charm of downtown Steamboat. 818 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-0826, www.steamboatcantina.com

The Bakery Featuring mostly local and Colorado ingredients, including fresh breads, cakes, pastries and soup. 1117 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7735

Rocky Mountain Rentals Local mobile rental service offers snowmobile pick-up and delivery. Helmet, boots and bibs provided on request. 970-627-9673 or 877-527-9673, www.snowmobile-central.com

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Catamount Ranch Golf Course & Restaurant Fine cuisine with magnificent views of Catamount Golf Course. 33400 A Catamount Drive, 970-871-9300, www.catamountranchclub.com

Cafe Diva Seasonal menu created with fresh organic produce, naturally raised meats and wild seafood. Extensive wine cellar and staff of three certified Sommeliers. Torian Plum Plaza in Ski Time Square, 970-871-0508, www.cafediva.com

Brooklyn’s Brick Oven Pizzeria New York-style pizza offered affordably by the slice or whole pie. Open late in the heart of downtown, delivery and pick-up available. 57 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-1000

Backcountry Delicatessen Fresh bread, fine meats and the best cheeses are standard at this top-notch sandwich shop, conveniently located in the heart of downtown. 635 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3617, www.backcountryprovisions.com

Hahns Peak Roadhouse Snowmobile tours and rentals 25 minutes north of town near Steamboat Lake. Plus: lodge and restaurant facilities, sleigh ride dinners, and more. 60880 Routt County Road 129, Clark, 970-879-4404 or 800-342-1889, www.hahnspeakroadhouse.com

The Cabin Restaurant & Lounge Great meals for every taste and occasion, from burgers to filet mignon. Full bar with daily happy hour specials in a relaxed western atmosphere in The Steamboat Grand. 2300 Mount Werner Circle, 970-871-5550

Boathouse Pub American pub fare at downtown, riverside establishment. 609 Yampa St., 970-879-4797, www.boathousepubsteamboat.com

Azteca Taqueria Fresh, fast and tasty, Azteca is guaranteed to fill you up in a hurry. Dine-in or take-out with a fresh Mexican menu serving breakfast, lunch or dinner. 116 Ninth St., 970-870-9980, www.aztecataqueria.com

legendary. 7th and Yampa Streets in Howelsen Place, 970-762-2060, www.carlstavern.com

fresh daily. 970-819-1989

Blue Sage Pizza Authentic Chicago deep-dish pizza, freshly prepared dough and homemade sauce guarantee this pie will please any crowd. Available for delivery, carry-out or by the slice. Check out our new locations in Wildhorse Meadows and RIverside Plaza Wildhorse Meadows: 970-870-8600; 2851 Riverside Plaza: 970-871-0123, www.bluesagepizza.com

Caffe Corretto Casual, trendy and hip, Amante is an Italian espresso bar serving coffee drinks, cocktails and beer, plus pastries, gelato, panini sandwiches, Italian sodas and more, complete with free Wi-Fi lounge. 685 Marketplace Plaza Suite C8, 970-871-8999, www.steamboatcaffecorretto.com

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bistro c.v. Rocky Mountain cuisine at its finest, accompanied by an exceptional wine list and incredible atmosphere. Elegant dining that includes local, sustainable and organic produce. 345 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-4197, www.bistrocv.com

5th Street Market & Deli Serving everything from gourmet coffee and take out pastries to specialty deli items. 435 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-1318, www.5thstreetmarketanddeli.com

Steamboat Lake Outfitters See description under fishing.

Saddleback Ranch See description under horseback & sleigh rides.

Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare Downtown and new on-mountain locations, offering adult intro-, mid- and high-performance Alpine ski packages (skis, boots and poles), two levels of kids ski packages, adult and kid snowboard rental packages, telemark and

8th Street Steakhouse A unique cook-your-own dining experience with fresh meat and seafood, making you the master of your own meal. 50 Eighth St. 970-879-3131

Saddleback Ranch See description under horseback & sleigh rides.

Howelsen Hill The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club operates this three-lane tubing hill at the base of Howelsen Hill. One-hour sessions begin at 4:30pm. Reservations recommended. 845 Howelsen Parkway, 970-819-8010 or 800-922--2722, www.tubingsteamboat.com

SportStalker Offers four Alpine ski rental packages (basic, sport, performance and demo) helmet rentals and some Snowblades, in two locations. 2305 Mount Werner Circle (Gondola Square), 970-879-0371; 2304 Après Ski Way (Best Western Ptarmigan Inn), 970-879-3465, www.christysports.com

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Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Ambassadors offer free, guided beginner snowshoe tours at daily on a one-mile loop from the top of the gondola. Reservations necessary. Rentals not included with tour, but available from the Information Center in Gondola Square, where the tours depart. Tours available daily. Reservations required. 871-5444. 2305 Mount Werner Circle, 970-879-0740, www.steamboat.com

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Fleischer Sport Steamboat’s newest ski and snowboard shop in the new One Steamboat Place development at the gondola, as well as Fleischer Sport Ride, a new snowboard shop downtown. Owned and operated by former U.S. Olympic skier Chad Fleischer. Read 'A powder day for the ages' by Fleischer on page 82. 2550 Après Ski Way (One Steamboat Place); 635 Lincoln Ave., Suite O, 970-870-0900, 970-761-2256, www.fleischersport.com

Steamboat Lake State Park See description under cross-country skiing.

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Wildhorse Salon Between downtown and the mountain, “on the way” from anywhere in Steamboat. Call to book today. 690 Marketplace Plaza No. 4, 970-879-1222

cross-country ski packages, snowshoe rentals as wells as ski, snowboard and telemark boot demo packages. Online reservations must be placed at least four days in advance. 442 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9144; One Steamboat Place, 2250 Apres Ski Way, 970-879-6350, www.steamboatskiandbike.com

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Waterside Day Spa & Salon A full service spa and salon located on the Yampa River. 1110 Yampa St., 970-875-0271, www.watersidedayspa.com

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the Iditarod. Learn how to drive your own team, settling into the perfect trotting speed of 8 to 10 mph, or sit in the sled and enjoy the ride. Kids can also learn to drive a team, with an adult behind them for safety. Two hints: If a rabbit crosses the trail, hold on like crazy; and prepare to ride the brake on the return ride home. Info: Grizzle T: 970-8701782, www.steamboatdogsledding.com; Snow Buddy: 970-291-1114, www.snowbuddydogsledtours.com.

Kids love sledding and dogs. Combine the two and you have the perfect family winter adventure. The Yampa Valley offers one of the best places to run your own dog team in the country. Trips are offered through two outfitters in town — Grizzle-T Kennels and Snow Buddy Dog Sled Tours — either west of town or south of town near Stagecoach Reservoir and in the Flat Tops mountains. Many of the dogs you’ll drive — most of them Alaskan or Siberian huskies, built for distance — have competed in

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local art with drinks, appetizers and live music. “It’s a great community event,” local artist Ken Lee says. First Friday Artwalk maps are available at downtown art galleries and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association (1255 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-879-0880). Contact the Arts Council at 970-879-9008 or visit www.steamboatspringsarts.com for more information. To unleash your own inner artist, visit the Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym or The Potter’s Wheel, where you and your kids can create your own artwork to take home.

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With a burgeoning art community, Steamboat has become one of the state’s premiere arts destinations. Visitors can take in everything from paintings and photos of local wildlife and landscapes to bronzes, jewelry, ceramics, furniture and more in an evergrowing array of venues. You also can browse more acclaimed international work, from tribal hand-woven rugs to etchings from master printers. Steamboat’s stores and galleries reflect the town’s Western heritage, with the historic downtown district boasting an art museum and a dozen galleries. “There’s a strong artist community here, from established artists to younger ones fostering their talent,” Steamboat Springs Arts Council’s Park Myers says. To find this wealth of talent, one of the best venues is the First Friday Artwalk, a tour organized by local gallery owners from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Nearly 20 galleries, businesses and other venues participate in the monthly event, showcasing

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Yippee-Kay-ay! This winter marks the 40th anniversary of the beloved Cowboy Downhill at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, an event getting some of the best rodeo athletes in the world to trade their cowboy boots for ski boots and race head-to-head in a dual slalom race. The fun-filled event also features cowboys lassoing a ski hostess and saddling a horse, as well as racing in the grand finale, winner-take-all Stampede. The event starts with public festivities and live music in Gondola Square, with the race on Headwall and an awards ceremony following at Bear River Bar & Grill. The event was founded by Billy Kidd, Steamboat’s director of skiing, and sixtime all around world rodeo champion Larry Mahan in 1974.

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What’s new at Steamboat Ski Area

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oming off the celebration of its 50th anniversary, Steamboat Ski Area continues to better the on-mountain experience for guests with a slew of new improvements. Topping the list for 2014 is the new $5 million, 13,000-square-foot, two-level Four Points Lodge, the resort’s most significant on-mountain restaurant improvement in more than a decade. Situated in the Storm Peak/Four Points area of the mountain, the native stone and reclaimed wood facility will seat more than 200 in the main dining level and feature indoor/outdoor gas fireplaces, an outdoor deck with state-of-the-art barbecue grill, flat-screen televisions and a 30-person indoor bar. Its lower level will house a retail area and over-sized restrooms.  “This represents an incredible opportunity for us to reinvest in the dining experience for our guests with a truly exceptional on-mountain facility and several new culinary options,” Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. President Chris Diamond

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says. The resort also has continued investing in its snowmaking and grooming operations, installing 2 miles of new low-energy guns and piping along the Heavenly Daze trail and adding two new state-of-the-art Bison groomers to its grooming fleet.  Visitors also will notice something new at night. In August, the resort received approval to offer night skiing and riding from the top of the Christie Express lift, utilizing new low-impact lighting technology. “As a resort known for family activities, night skiing offers an excellent opportunity to further the guest experience, rounding out evening activities in the entire mountain village,” resort spokesman Mike Lane says. These improvements join a new promenade area and pedestrian walkway at the resort’s base, as well as a new stage for wintertime concerts

and other performances and a special area for family-friendly activities. “It’s completely revitalized the base area,” says Katie Brown, president of Mountain Village Partnership. “The new promenade and base area is a tremendous asset for guests.” Getting to Steamboat to enjoy all of these improvements is as easy as floating through its signature Champagne Powder®. The resort recently announced new nonstop flights from Seattle aboard Alaska Airlines, as well as expanded service on United Airlines’ Los Angeles and American Airlines’ Dallas/Fort Worth routes, and larger aircraft from Houston and Newark. Steamboat now is easily accessible nonstop from nine major cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Newark/NYC and Seattle) as well as via convenient connections from more than 230 other cities worldwide.

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Calendar of events For a complete list of events, visit ExploreSteamboat.com or SteamboatToday.com/events.

NOVEMBER 1 — First Friday Artwalk. Self-guided tour featuring new gallery exhibits and refreshments; 970-879-4744, www.exploresteamboat.com 8-9 — SSWSC Ski and Sport Swap. Free, Steamboat Springs Middle School, 970-879-0695, www.sswsc.org 10 — Elephant Revival. Strings Music Pavilion; www.stringsmusicfestival.com 15-16 — Warren Miller’s “Ticket to Ride,” Chief Theater, 970-879-0695, www.sswsc.org 16-25 — 18th annual Festival of Trees, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Tread of Pioneers Museum; 970-879-2214, www.treadofpioneers.org 22 – Steamboat Springs Orchestra Education Program Concert; 7 p.m.; Bud Werner Memorial Library; www.steamboatorchestra.org 23 — Big Snow Dance/Backcountry Ball (benefit for Friends of the Yampa/Backcountry Skiers Alliance); 7 p.m., Carl’s Tavern; www.friendsoftheyampa.org 27 — Opening/SSWSC Scholarship Day (season passes not valid), Steamboat Ski Area; 970-879-0695, www.sswsc.org, www.steamboat.com 28 — Routt County United Way Community Thanksgiving Dinner, 1-5 p.m., Springs Community Center, free; 970-879-5605

14 — Merry Mainstreet Holiday Celebration, 4 p.m., downtown (parade, Santa Claus, photos, gingerbread house tour, performances and more) 17-18 — SSWSC “Race to the Cup” Alpine Snowboard Racing, Howelsen Hill; 970-879-0695, www.sswsc.org 17-19 — 30th annual Women’s Ski Camp, Steamboat Ski Area (hosted by 1984 Olympic gold medalist Deb Armstrong); www.steamboat.com 20 — Sven Wiik Nordic Cup Challenge No. 1, Howelsen Hill Circuit, 5 p.m.; www.steamboatxcski.org 20-22 — SSWSC Alpine Surefoot International FIS Alpine Races “Holiday Classic,” Howelsen Hill/ Steamboat Ski Area; 970-879-0695, www.sswsc.org 23 ­— The Nutcracker: A Puppet Production, Strings Music Pavilion; www.stringsmusicfestival.com 25 — Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors Annual Community Christmas Dinner, Steamboat Springs Community Center, free; www.steamboatpilot.com/events 26 — Kids Torchlight Parade, Steamboat Ski Area; www.steamboat.com 29 — Broadway Holiday, Strings Music Pavilion; www.stringsmusicfestival.com 29 — New Year’s Relay, Steamboat Ski Touring Center; 970-879-8180, www.nordicski.net

30 — SSWSC Stars at Night Fundraiser; 970-879-0695, www.sswscfoundation.org 31 — New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks, 7 p.m., Steamboat Ski Area; www.steamboat.com

JANUARY 3 — First Friday Artwalk. Self-guided tour featuring new gallery exhibits and refreshments; 970-879-4744, www.exploresteamboat.com 4 — Sven Wiik Nordic Series No. 1, Clark Store/North Routt; 879-8180, www.steamboatxcski.org 4-5 — SSWSC Rocky Mountain Freestyle Moguls, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Steamboat Ski Area; 970-879-0695, www.sswsc.org. 4-9 — 15th annual MusicFest at Steamboat. Texas/ Americana bands, free après-ski concerts, evening concerts and special engagements; www.themusicfest.com 7-9 — 30th annual Women’s Ski Camp, Steamboat Ski Area (hosted by 1984 Olympic gold medalist Deb Armstrong); www.steamboat.com 10-11 — SSWSC Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined Junior National Qualifier, Friday 5 p.m.-8 p.m. & Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Howelsen Hill; 970-879-0695, www.sswsc.org

29 — “Light Up the Night” Holiday Season Kickoff, 6 p.m., Routt County Courthouse (Santa Claus, carols, hot chocolate, cookies and prizes) 30 — Sweet Treats on Mainstreet, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. 30 — Bud Light Rocks the Boat Concert, free, www.steamboat.com

DECEMBER 6 — First Friday Artwalk. Self-guided tour featuring new gallery exhibits and refreshments; 970-879-4744, www.exploresteamboat.com 7 — SSWSC US Cup Opener/RMD Winter Start, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Howelsen Hill; 970-879-0695, www.sswsc.org 13-15 — 11th annual Steamboat Nordic Camp and Festival (lunches, happy hour, prizes and more); 970-879-0385, www.active.com, www.skihaussteamboat.com Exploresteamboat.com

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11 — Sven Wiik Nordic Cup Challenge No. 2 (Steamboat Stampede), 23/42km, Steamboat Ski Touring Center, 9 a.m., Steamboat Ski Touring Center; 970-879-8180, www.steamboatxcski.org

24-26 — 2014 Surefoot Alpine Junior FIS; 970-879-0695; www.sswsc.org

12-17 — 25th annual Steamboat Weather Summit, Steamboat Ski Area; www.steamboat.com

25 — Candlelight Ski For Women, Steamboat Ski Touring Center; 970-879-8180, www.steamboatxcski.org

17 — Colorado High School Alpine Racing, Howelsen Hill; 970-879-0695, www.sswsc.org

 26 — Colorado Ski For Women, Steamboat Ski Touring Center; 970-879-8180, www.steamboatxcski.org

 19 — Sven Wiik Nordic Cup Challenge No. 3 (Ski Haus Classic), Lake Catamount; 970-879-8180, www.steamboatxcski.org

31-1 — Rocky Mountain Nordic Jr. National Qualifier/CU Invitational Collegiate XC Ski Races, Howelsen Hill; 970-879-0695, www.sswsc.org

21 — 40th annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill, Steamboat Ski Area; www.steamboat.com

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24-25 — Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined Junior National Qualifier, Friday 5 p.m.-8 p.m. & Saturday

5-9 — Steamboat Winter Carnival. Ski jumping, biathlon, street events, fireworks, Lighted Man, parade and more;

9 a.m.-2 p.m., Howelsen Hill; 970-879-0695; www.sswsc.org

970-879-0695, www.sswsc.org 7 — First Friday Artwalk. Self-guided tour featuring new gallery exhibits and refreshments; 970-879-4744, www.exploresteamboat.com 7 — Soda Pop Slalom/Vintage Ski Race, Steamboat Ski Area; www.steamboat.com 7-12 — Bud Light Mardi Gras Celebration, Steamboat Ski Area; www.steamboat.com 10-15 — Telemark World Cup, Howelsen Hill/Steamboat Ski Area; 970-879-0695, www.sswsc.org 11-13 — 30th annual Women’s Ski Camp, Steamboat Ski Area (hosted by 1984 Olympic gold medalist Deb Armstrong); www.steamboat.com 14 — Valentine’s Day Concert: Darrell Scott and Tim O’Brien, Strings Music Pavilion; www.stringsmusicfestival.com 14 — Valentine’s Day Torchlight Parade and Fireworks, 7 p.m., Steamboat Ski Area; www.steamboat.com 15— Sven Wiik Nordic Cup Challenge No. 4 (Steamboat Marathon), 9 a.m., Lake Catamount Touring Center; 970-879-8180, www.steamboatxcski.org 20 — Kids Torchlight Parade, Steamboat Ski Area; www.steamboat.com 28 — Key Concert Fundraiser, Strings Music Pavilion; www.stringsmusicfestival.com

MARCH 1 — Bud Light Rocks the ‘Boat Concert Series, 3 p.m., Gondola Square; www.steamboat.com 4 — Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Strings Music Pavilion; www.stringsmusicfestival.com 4-6 — 30th annual Women’s Ski Camp, Steamboat Ski Area (hosted by 1984 Olympic gold medalist Deb Armstrong); www.steamboat.com 7 — First Friday Artwalk. Self-guided tour featuring new gallery exhibits and refreshments; 970-879-4744, www.exploresteamboat.com 8 — Bud Light Rocks the ‘Boat Concert Series, 3 p.m., Gondola Square; www.steamboat.com

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8 – Tchaikovsky Spectacular Concert; 7 p.m.; Strings Music Pavilion; www.stringsmusicfestival.com 8 — 23rd annual Steamboat Pentathlon, Howelsen Hill. Skiing/snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and running; www.steamboatpentathlon.com 9-15 — Alpine U16 Rocky/Central Championships, Howelsen Hill/Steamboat Ski Area, 970-879-0695, www.sswsc.org 9-15 — SSWSC Alpine U16 Rocky/Central Championships, Howelsen Hill, 970-879-0695, www.sswsc.org 15 — Bud Light Rocks the ‘Boat, 3 p.m., Gondola Square; www.steamboat.com 12 | Explore steamboat Winter 2013-14

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1pm • 5pm • 7pm Sleigh Ride Dinner, Soup & Sleigh, Sleigh Rides. Private sleigh rides available! Reservations recommended

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15 — Glide the Divide 45km/90km, North Routt; 970-879-8180, www.steamboatxcski.org  17 — St. Patrick’s Day Torchlight Parade and Fireworks, Steamboat Ski Area; www.steamboat.com 18 — St. Patrick’s Day Concert: Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul, Strings Music Pavilion; www.stringsmusicfestival.com 21-23 — SmartWool Alpine Championships, Howelsen Hill/Steamboat Ski Area, 970-879-0695, www.sswsc.org 22-23 — Rocky Mountain Freestyle Regional Qualifying Series Championships, Steamboat Ski Area; 970-879-0695, www.sswsc.org 22 — Hakan Memorial Nordic Fest; 970-879-8180, www.steamboatxcski.org 22 — Bud Light Rocks the ‘Boat, 3 p.m., Gondola Square; www.steamboat.com 29 — STARS Mountain Challenge; www.steamboatstars.com 29 — Bud Light Rocks the ‘Boat, 3 p.m., Gondola Square; www.steamboat.com

ApRIL 1-13 ‘ Springalicious Celebration, Steamboat Ski Area; www.steamboat.com 4 — First Friday Artwalk. Self-guided art tour; 970-879-4744, www.exploresteamboat.com 5 — Bud Light Rocks the ‘Boat, 3 p.m., Gondola Square; www.steamboat.com 5-6 — Cody’s Challenge Randonee Race, Steamboat Ski Area; www.steamboat.com 6 — 9th annual North Routt Coureur de Bois, 45K and 90K ski race; www.steamboatxcski.org 12 — Bud Light Rocks the ‘Boat, 3 p.m., Gondola Square; www.steamboat.com 12 — 34th annual Cardboard Classic, Steamboat Ski Area; www.steamboat.com 13 — Bud Light Rocks the ‘Boat, Gondola Square; www.steamboat.com 13 — 6th annual Splashdown Pond Skim, Bud Light Rocks the ‘Boat concert (3 p.m., Gondola Square), Closing Day Celebration; Steamboat Ski Area; www.steamboat.com exploresteamboat.com

9am • 11:30am • 3pm A 2-hour tour around beautiful Steamboat Lake. The rolling hills, aspen groves and open snowfields make a perfect fit for all abilities. Helmets provided. Adults..$95 Riders..$45 (must be 5yrs and older)

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Even without the horses of yesteryear, getting around in Steamboat is as easy as ever. There are two main areas — Old Town downtown and the mountain village at the base of Steamboat Ski Area (including the surrounding developments). It’s easy to navigate, with free buses, taxis and even a bike path for stretching your legs after a day on the slopes.

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City bus system With extended service in winter, Steamboat Springs’ free bus system runs all year between the mountain and town. Catch it at the Gondola Transit Center and Ski Time Square and ride it all the way to the west side of town. All buses are wheelchair accessible and include exterior ski carriers. Schedule and map: www.steamboatsprings.net, 970-879-3717.

Taxi and limousine service Go Alpine is Steamboat’s taxi and limousine service, offering transportation all day and night. The standard rate is $3 per person plus $2 per mile (children under 2 ride free). Go Alpine and Storm Mountain Express offer shuttle service to and from Yampa Valley Regional Airport and Denver International Airport. Info: 970-879-2800.

Lodging shuttles Staying in a local lodge? Most of Steamboat’s lodging properties offer shuttle service for guests. Inquire at the front desk of your specific property to see what services are included with your stay.

Yampa River Core Trail The Yampa River Core Trail is the city’s concrete bike path that parallels the river. The trail is cleared of snow throughout the winter, and it’s a great place to stretch your legs and enjoy a peaceful walk or snowshoe.

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Event information and business directory www.ExploreSteamboat.com Includes Steamboat’s most complete events calendar and online business directory. Looking for pizza delivery? Simply type “pizza” into the search box and let Explore do the work for you.

Local news, sports and weather www.SteamboatToday.com Steamboat’s daily source of news, sports, weather and event information. Pick up a copy of Steamboat Today at local newsstands, or visit SteamboatToday.com to keep up with what’s happening when and where. Exploresteamboat.com

Ski resort information Ski conditions: 970-879-7300 Call this number whenever a storm rolls through. Steamboat Ski Area’s official snow and ski conditions update line is updated several times throughout the day.

General ski area: 970-879-6111 www.Steamboat.com Call the ski area’s main line for information about lift tickets, ski school programs, the Kids Vacation Center, events and more.

Ski patrol: 970-871-5911 Steamboat Ski Area ski patrol is the primary resource if you or a friend or family member are injured or lost while on the mountain.

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Medical Information Yampa Valley Medical Center: 970-879-1322, www.yvmc.org Steamboat Springs’ hospital and primary health care services campus. Winter 2013-14 Explore steamboat | 15


A to Z

Steamboat Wondering what to do this winter in this fair hamlet of ours nestled at the base of Mount Werner? practice your alphabet while thumbing through the following A to Z activities.

Art Scene With a burgeoning art community, Steamboat has become one of the state’s premiere arts destinations. Visitors can take in everything from paintings and photos of local wildlife and landscapes to bronzes, jewelry, ceramics, furniture and more in an evergrowing array of venues. You also can browse more acclaimed international work, from tribal hand-woven rugs to etchings from master printers. Steamboat’s stores and galleries reflect the town’s Western heritage, with the historic downtown district boasting an art museum and a dozen galleries. “There’s a strong artist community here, from established artists to younger ones fostering their talent,” Steamboat Springs Arts Council’s Park Myers says. To find this wealth of talent, one of the best venues is the First Friday Artwalk, a tour organized by local gallery owners from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Nearly 20 galleries, businesses and other venues participate in the monthly event, showcasing

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local art with drinks, appetizers and live music. “It’s a great community event,” local artist Ken Lee says. First Friday Artwalk maps are available at downtown art galleries and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association (1255 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-879-0880). Contact the Arts Council at 970-879-9008 or visit www.steamboatspringsarts.com for more information. To unleash your own inner artist, visit the Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym or The Potter’s Wheel, where you and your kids can create your own artwork to take home.

ApRÈÈS ApR Wrap up your day on the slopes by skiing or riding right into some suds and grub. Options include Slopeside Grill, just off the Right-O-Way trail at the base of the ski area; the local-flocking T-bar in the old ski patrol headquarters below the Christie lift; Truffle Pig in the new One Steamboat Place; and Bear River Bar & Grill deck in Gondola Square, now home to a European-inspired terrace and umbrella bar. A slew of choices also exist downtown, all with happy hour specials for after the slopes.

Bridgestone Winter Driving School Want to learn how to control your car in the winter? Learn from the pros at the Bridgestone Winter Driving School, the only driving school of its kind in North America. The school’s 77-acre facility includes three state-of-the-art ice and snow-covered tracks coated with more than 250,000 gallons of water to simulate winter driving conditions. They feature banked and off-cambered corners, elevation changes and more to suit a variety of levels. Taught by driving professionals, including former racers, courses begin with classroom instruction and video demonstra16 | ExplorE stEamboat Winter 2013-14

tions prior to on-track exercises.  As for wheels, choose from a variety of Lexus models, including the all-wheel drive RX 350 and GX 460; and IS 250 ES 350 sedans. Programs include the popular Second Gear full-day course and introductory First Gear half-day class. Private one-on-one training also is offered, upon completion of a standard course. Regardless, you’ll drive away with better cornering, acceleration, braking, weight transfer, skid control and accident avoidance skills — all on your vacation to Steamboat. Info: 970-879-6104, www.winterdrive.com. exploresteamboat.com


Cowboy Downhill Yippee-Kay-ay! This winter marks the 40th anniversary of the beloved Cowboy Downhill at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, an event getting some of the best rodeo athletes in the world to trade their cowboy boots for ski boots and race head-to-head in a dual slalom race. The fun-filled event also features cowboys lassoing a ski hostess and saddling a horse, as well as racing in the grand finale, winner-take-all Stampede. The event starts with public festivities and live music in Gondola Square, with the race on Headwall and an awards ceremony following at Bear River Bar & Grill. The event was founded by Billy Kidd, Steamboat’s director of skiing, and sixtime all around world rodeo champion Larry Mahan in 1974.

Dog Sled Kids love sledding and dogs. Combine the two and you have the perfect family winter adventure. The Yampa Valley offers one of the best places to run your own dog team in the country. Trips are offered through two outfitters in town — Grizzle-T Kennels and Snow Buddy Dog Sled Tours — either west of town or south of town near Stagecoach Reservoir and in the Flat Tops mountains. Many of the dogs you’ll drive — most of them Alaskan or Siberian huskies, built for distance — have competed in

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the Iditarod. Learn how to drive your own team, settling into the perfect trotting speed of 8 to 10 mph, or sit in the sled and enjoy the ride. Kids can also learn to drive a team, with an adult behind them for safety. Two hints: If a rabbit crosses the trail, hold on like crazy; and prepare to ride the brake on the return ride home. Info: Grizzle T: 970-870-1782, www.steamboatdogsledding. com; Snow Buddy: 970-291-1114, www.snowbuddydogsledtours. com.

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Shoulders loose from ski-poling? That just might spell more spares at Snow Bowl (970-8799840), Steamboat’s bowling facility on the west end of town. Theme nights and daily specials are commonplace, making it a great place for the entire family.

Want to ski with a former World Champion? Simply look for the “Billy Kidd is Skiing Today” sign at the top of the gondola and meet him at the top of Why Not trail at 1 p.m. In 2014, it will be 50 years since Steamboat’s director of skiing became the first U.S. male to win an Olympic medal in skiing, when he took the silver in 1964. Your whole family can ski with the Steamboat icon, who has made Steamboat home for the past 44 years. Info: www.steamboat.com Winter 2013-14 ExplorE stEamboat | 17


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Embrace an Event While most resorts offer events designed for out-of-towners, Steamboat’s line-up draws locals and guests year after year for their good, old-fashioned fun. If your vacation coincides with one, fit it into your plans. ■ New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks, 7 p.m., Dec. 31, at the base of the ski area. ■ Music Fest at Steamboat, Jan. 4 to 9. 40th annual Cowboy Downhill, Jan. 21, at the base of the ski area. ■ National Firefighters Hose Race. Need we say more? Jan. 25. ■ Winter Carnival: A unique Steamboat celebration of winter, with the world’s only marching band on skis, Feb. 5 to 9. ■ Bud Light Rocks the ‘Boat concert series: Free concerts at the new stage at the base of the mountain every Saturday starting March 8. ■ Cardboard Classic: An end-of-season tradition, locals build cardboard crafts to race down a plowed course at the ski area. This year’s rendition is April 12. ■ Splashdown Pond Skim, as part of the Springalicious closing weekend at the base of the ski area (costumes encouraged), April 13. 18 | ExplorE stEamboat Winter 2013-14

EAT OUT Steamboat offers too many great restaurants to list, all guaranteed to refuel those last carbs after a day on the slopes. To start the day off, try one of several breakfast establishments on the mountain, or head toward town to such favorites as Rex’s American Grill & Bar, Creekside Café and Grill, Winona’s, The Egg & I, Freshies and The Shack Café. Get your fill — and eat all your hashbrowns — so your legs and lungs don’t leave you before the last lift. For dinner, try such well-established

restaurants as Cafe Diva, Saketumi, the Cabin and Truffle Pig on the mountain; the Ore House at Pine Grove, McKnight’s Irish Pub & Loft, The Rusted Porch or Three Peaks Grill in between; or downtown at everyplace from the Laundry, Riggio’s, bistro c.v. and Harwig’s/ l’Apogee, Rio Mexican Restaurant, Cugino’s Pizzeria, Mazzola’s Majestic Italian Diner, Mambo Italiano, The Tap House Sports Grill and more. The options are as varied as the mountain’s terrain. (See our Menus & More guide for more information). exploresteamboat.com


Fish Creek Falls Want to stretch your legs, without skis or snowshoes? Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you have to hang up your hiking shoes. For a great, close family stroll, head to 283-foot Fish Creek Falls, located just a 3-mile drive from downtown. From Lincoln Avenue, head one block north on Third Street and turn right on Fish Creek Falls Road. From the parking lot, it’s an easy 1/4mile walk up the rest of the road to the trailhead, and then another 1/4-mile to the bridge at the base of the falls or to an overlook above. For more of a thrill, consider ice climbing it with an experienced guide. It’s far easier than you think, with top ropes ensuring safety as you live out your Spiderman fantasy. Rocky Mountain Ventures (970-870-8440, www.steamboatclimbing. com) offers half-day trips December through March, and provides all equipment and transportation.

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If Steamboat’s myriad outdoor activities aren’t enough to get your blood flowing, try any one of several fitness centers that can help get you in shape for the slopes. Steamboat offers an array of gyms and fitness centers to fit your needs. The Old Town Hot Springs ((970)-879-1828; www. steamboathotsprings.org), located in downtown Steamboat, is equipped with a full fitness center that offers more than 30 fitness classes a week to pick up your heart rate. It also has a complete weight room and cardiovascular area, as well as customized fitness programs put together by personal trainers to whip you into skiing shape. Other ways to add some muscle for the mountain include lung- and leg-busting Crossfit classes at Fusion Fit (www.steamboatcrossfit.com); Anytime Fitness’s 24-hour gym (anytimefitness.com); and personal trainers at Peak Fitness ( www.peakfitnesssteamboat.com). — Emma Wilson

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access gate through Stagecoach State Park remains closed until April 1, you can access the area via skis, snowshoes or snowmobiles on Routt County Road 18, off Colorado Highway 131. Bonus: the limited accessibility keeps angler pressure down.

If tumbling down the slopes hasn’t fulfilled your kids’ need to flip, try Excel Gymnastics off Shield Drive at the west end of town. Offering gymnastics classes from pre-school to middle school, Excel also hosts Open Gyms for the public (oftentimes at night, making it double as a great baby-sitter) where anyone can flip, tumble, jump and spin to their heart’s content. The gym is equipped with uneven bars, rings, balance beams, trampolines and the ever-popular foam pit. Info: 970-879-3467; www.879-egos.com.

Howelsen Hill That little ski area you see at the base of Emerald Mountain downtown is the oldest continually operating ski area in Colorado. Named in honor of Carl Howelsen, a Norwegian who settled in Steamboat and introduced its residents to skiing and ski jumping, cityowned Howelsen Hill offers a chairlift, poma and magic carpet for the kids; a winter tubing operation; a complete array of sanctioned Nordic jumps (the largest, most complete natural exploresteamboat.com

ski-jumping complex in North America); and miles and miles of groomed cross-country skiing trails. It’s also home to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, a nonprofit program that trains hundreds of children and teens each year in competitive skiing and snowboarding. To date, the club has helped 88 athletes make 129 Winter Olympics appearances, more than any other town in North America. Info: 970-879-4300.

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Trade your ski poles for a fishing pole. Some local anglers say winter fishing is one of their favorite times of the year to cast a line. “A lot of people have more fun during winter then they do going on summer trips,” says Mike Morton, of Steamboat Flyfisher. High on the list are snowmobile trips to the tailwaters of Stagecoach Reservoir. “When the town stretch is frozen, there are still about 5 miles of fishable water nearby,” adds Morton, advocating nymphs and blue wing olives when it’s sunny. “There’s nothing like catching a nice brown and watching fresh snowflakes dissolve on it as release it back into the water.” For fly fisherman, finding open, moving water is the main challenge. Luckily, the Yampa tailwaters yield open water and bug life throughout the winter. While the vehicle

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Ice Fishing The state record pike was pulled out of Stagecoach Reservoir in the winter, so don’t overlook ice fishing as another great wintertime outing in Routt County. Local outfitters offer guided ice fishing trips, or you can give it a go on your own, provided you don’t mind a little auger-drilling. Top local options include Steamboat Lake, Stagecoach Reservoir and Elkhead Reservoir. “Steamboat has some great ice fishing that often gets overlooked,” says Mike Morton, of Steamboat Flyfisher. “Between that and flyfishing options, there’s no reason to hang up your rod come winter.”

ICE SkATINg Who doesn’t like watching Dad slip and slide over the ice rather than on the slopes? Howelsen Hill Ice Arena (970-879-4300) features an Olympic-size sheet of ice where you can unleash your inner Apollo Ohno or Dorothy Hamill. It also hosts an array of adult and youth drop-in hockey sessions, as well as broom ball options. Unsure of yourself on the ice? Sharpen your skills with a lesson from skating director Courtney Gill. For the kids, it also offers bumper cars on ice, where your children can drive into Dad, as well as its popular Rock On Ice program, where kids can skate to music under a disco ball. If you’re lucky, your visit also might coincide with a local figure skating performance or Steamboat Springs High School hockey game. — Emma Wilson

Jumps

Steamboat Ski Area has four on-mountain terrain parks for whatever your airborne fancy. Highlighting the line-up and accessed by the Bashor Bowl chairlift is Mavericks Superpipe & Terrain Park, featuring a world-class, 500-foot-long half-pipe with 18-foot walls and 22-foot transitions, as well as three slope-style jumps for aerial acrobatics. The lower part of the park offers a variety of rails, ramps and other hits. Other parks on the mountain include the Rabbit Ears Terrain Park, which starts at the bottom of the Vertigo run and features a variety of slope-style features; the Sunbeam Terrain Park, located in the South Peak flats by Rendezvous Saddle; and the Lil’ Rodeo Terrain Park, located at the resort’s base, whose boxes, easy jumps and mini-half-pipe are perfect for the whole family. Info: www.steamboat.com.

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Library Okay, so you didn’t exactly come here to read. But for a break from the slopes, the 33,000-square-foot Bud Werner Memorial Library at 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue downtown, offers a great place to relax, complete with an educational area for the kids. The facility recently enjoyed a major, $12.5 million renovation, making it a true showcase in the state. Overlooking the Yampa River, the two-floored expansion — LEED-certified from the U.S. Green Building Council — includes

dedicated spaces for children and teenagers, a coffee shop, large community and conference rooms, pillows to lounge on, great artwork, a Library Hall for presentations and more. Carrying more than 88,000 titles, the library also has 30 public computers, audio books downloadable to MP3 players, free wireless, access to the library’s subscriptions database and additional top-of-the-line features. Info: www.steamboatlibrary.org.

Rarely will you see something sillier on skis than the Lighted Man, who makes his electrifying appearance every Winter Carnival (Feb. 6 to 10). Putting even the town’s massive fireworks show to shame, the Lighted Man lights up slopes and spirits annually as he schusses down the face of Howelsen Hill in a customized lit-up suit that would do Iron Man proud. Started in 1936 by Claudius Banks, the original Lighted Man began with a 100-pound suit with 200 lights powered by wet cells and yards of wiring. Today, Jon Banks continues his father’s tradition with an updated suit. Powered by a 12-volt DC battery, it includes lights strung on skis, poles, legs and torso, and a helmetmounted metal cylinder studded with additional flashing lights. For even more punch, he packs a customized backpack fit with 32 Roman candles and 12 sky rockets that he launches between turns. — Emma Wilson

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Nordic / Cross-Country Ski The Steamboat region’s four Nordic centers offer more than 120 kilometers of groomed trails for classic cross-country and skate skiing, as well as snow-shoeing, all within 30 minutes of downtown. Close-to-town options requiring passes include the Ski Touring Center (which provides rentals), Howelsen Hill, and Catamount Ranch. Thirty minutes north of town are groomed trails at Steamboat Lake State Park and Vista Verde Guest Ranch. There also are trails west of town in Steamboat II, as well as classic trails on the West Summit of Rabbit Ears Pass (nine trails ranging from 1.6 to 7 miles). If you’re going non-groomed, carry the proper equipment and let someone know where you’re going. For an in-town option, take the cross-country skis up Spring Creek off Amethyst Drive. Wherever you go, please yield to Olympians. 22 | ExplorE stEamboat Winter 2013-14

Massage Want a rest day from the trails? Pamper yourself with a massage or spa treatment. A host of salons, day spas and massage studios can soothe what ails you, from dry skin to your spine. According to 2013’s annual Best of the Boat survey, Rocky Mountain Day Spa (970-871-6111), Waterside Day Spa (970-875-0271) and Life Essentials Day Spa (970-871-9543) are three of the top spas to visit during your stay. Wherever you go, enjoy an endless collection of massage services, including deep tissue, reflexology, sports therapy, Swedish and more. Local providers also offer nail services, facials, skin care and other body treatments, all meant to relax and rejuvenate your body after shredding the slopes.

MUSEUM For a glimpse into Steamboat’s colorful past, visit the Tread of Pioneers Museum at Eighth and Oak streets downtown that will have you feeling like a fourth-generation local in no time. Utes, pioneers, a flying Norwegian who brought ski jumping to town and even the Lighted Man’s original suit are all on display, as is a new tribute to the history of skiing in Steamboat Springs. Info: www.treadofpioneers.org.

MOVIES Sink into a comfy chair and let the entertainment come to you at the six-screen Metropolitan Wildhorse Stadium Cinemas in Wildhorse Marketplace, which carries the latest and greatest from Hollywood every day of the week. Info: 970-870-8222, www.metrotheatres.com. exploresteamboat.com


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Ogle our Olympians Swing by Olympian Hall on the second floor of Howelsen Lodge, where you can see photos touting Steamboat’s Olympic ties and flags depicting Olympic host countries where our athletes competed. Also tour the new Walk of Olympians (start on the corner of Fifth and Yampa streets), featuring nearly 20 18-inch-by-18-inch bronze plaques inlaid into brick pavers honoring local Olympians with

photos and accomplishments. You can also find tributes to local Olympians on the second floor of Thunderhead Lodge at the top of the gondola, complete with a pair of Nordic jumping skis longer than anything you’ll ever ride. “The community really embraces our Olympians here,” says former Olympian Todd Wilson, now the Nordic director for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

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powdercats Want guaranteed fresh powder? Snowcat skiing outfitter Steamboat Powdercats is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Steamboat, guiding as many as 36 guests per day in the backcountry of nearby Buffalo Pass, home of Colorado’s deepest annual snowpack. Tens of thousands of guests have used its snowcats and professional guides to access some of the best powder in the country, including such celebrities as Warren Miller, Martina Navratilova, Cindy Nelson, Dr. Richard Steadman, Klaus Obermeyer and Seth Morrison. Several film and clothing companies also have included Steamboat Powdercats in their movies and commercials. “Steamboat always has great snow, and this is one the best ways to experience it,” says manager Kent Vertrees. Info: www.steamboatpowdercats.com.

Quaint Downtown Steamboat What’s a vacation without a little shopping? Take a break from the slopes to shop historic downtown. Steamboat’s historic shopping district combines the nostalgia of old-time storefronts with boutique shops, galleries and more. Downtown you’ll find such venerable establishments as F.M. Light & Sons (look for the plastic horse on Lincoln Avenue), founded in 1905 and now in its fi fth generation of family ownership, and All That

Jazz as well as such newer stores as Quiksilver and the Zirkel Trading Co. They all share that little taste of Steamboat you can take with you to enjoy back home. If you’re staying on the mountain, take the free city bus to Fifth Street and begin your journey by passing the historic Routt County Courthouse before entering the heart of the downtown area where restaurants, bars and shops await.

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Admittedly, there are a lot of activities that start with the letter “S” in Ski Town USA, from skiing and skating to snowshoeing and socializing at happy hour. For now, we’ll stick with the skiing, which is what Steamboat is known for. Celebrating its 50th anniversary last year, the resort’s ski season kicks off with Scholarship Day for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in late November every year and extends through the second week of April. Its

Races Aching for a little competition? Fulfill your need for speed with a multitude of races offered across Steamboat. From Dec. 9 through March 30, race friends and family down the NASTAR course in the Bashor Race Area on Mount Werner. If Alpine’s not your thing, the Steamboat Touring Center offers the Sven Wiik Cup Nordic Race Series throughout the season along with various other races, presenting something for everyone. During Steamboat’s annual Winter Carnival celebration (Feb. 6 to 10), the Soda Pop Slalom lets kids 11 years old and younger become speed demons, with the reward of a soda at the finish line. If you’re more of a spectator, cheer on racers competing in events hosted by the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, including the Race to the Cup Alpine Snowboard Race, where competitors battle for a spot on the World Cup, or the Collegiate XC Ski Races. This year, the club also will host the Telemark World Cup at Howelsen Hill. Info: 970-879-0695, www.sswsc.org.

RABBIT EARS pASS Looking to get out of town and into the wilderness? Rabbit Ears Pass, located just east of Steamboat, provides wide-open terrain for cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and snowmobiling. The West Summit harbors a variety of trails marked by blue diamonds, offering perfect kick-and-gliding for the whole family. Maps for its Forest Service trails can be picked up at the U.S. Forest Service office, across the U.S. Highway 40 from the Holiday Inn. — Emma Wilson exploresteamboat.com exploresteamboat.com

2,965 skiable acres make it one of the largest ski areas in Colorado, and it’s world-class tree skiing in places like Closets and Shadows maintain its trademarked Champagne Powder for days after a storm. Add 3,668 feet of vertical and 165 named trails (not to mention the countless routes through its trees) and you get a resort for skiers of all abilities, with 14 percent of its runs for beginners, 42 percent for intermediates and 44 percent for advanced. Photo by Tyler Arroyo

SLEIgH RIDE It’ll be hard not to sing “Dashing through the snow...” when you take a winter sleigh ride in Steamboat with friends and family, either under a twinkling starlight sky or catching snowflakes on your tongue. Ride a sleigh behind a snowcat at the top of the gondola to dinner at Ragnar’s for a five-course Scandinavian meal hinting of Steamboat’s early Norwegian culture (Fridays, Saturdays and holidays; 970-871-5150, www.steamboat.com). There’s plenty of horse-pulled adventure, as well. Saddleback Ranch (970-879-3711, www.saddlebackranch.com), an 8,000-acre, fourth-generation family-owned ranch just out of town, offers two options, bells jingling from Belgium horses on each one. A 40-minute dinner ride takes you to the Double Dol-

lar Lodge for hot chocolate, a home-cooked meal (try the New York Strip) and old-fashioned entertainment (like learning how to calf rope). A shorter ride circles to and from the ranch’s Longhorn Lodge. Elk River Guest Ranch offers a horsedrawn sleigh ride with Belgium draft horses to a candlelit teepee dinner, complete with a shuttle to and from town. Your first stop: Poppa Ed’s Saloon for libations and hors d’oeuvres (970-879-6220, www.elkriverguestranch.com). The Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse (970-879-4404, www.hahnspeakroadhouse.com) offers a similar sleigh ride to and from their lodge on Routt County Road 129, beneath snow-capped Farwell Mountain and Hahn’s Peak. Winter 2013-14 ExplorE stEamboat | 25


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Tubing

Sometimes it’s fun to schuss downhill without the control. For that, it doesn’t get any better than sledding and tubing, with plenty of places to succumb to gravity. Rent tubes downtown at Howelsen Hill (970-879-0695, www.sswsc.org), with proceeds benefiting the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Ride up the Magic Carpet and tube to your heart’s content near the base of the Nordic jumps, before retiring to the

Howelsen lodge for hot chocolate and warm cookies. Fifteen miles out of town, careen down Saddleback Ranch’s Yee-Haw Tubing Hill (970-879-3711, www.saddlebackranch.com), complete with a state-of-the-art tube-tow lift system, and warm up in the Longhorn Warming Lodge with a hot drink from the concession stand. They even offer transport to and from the transit center on Mount Werner Circle. To sled on your own, BYOS to the hill in front of the church just west of town in Steamboat II, or head to Blackmere Drive on Emerald Mountain.

TENNIS For work on your backhand, the Tennis Center at Steamboat (970-879-8400) offers six, indoor and cushioned hard courts near the base of the ski area, adjacent to the Meadows Parking Lot.

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Up in the Air On a typical Steamboat morning, you can look out your window and see an unusual bit of color making its way across the sky. That rainbow-colored balloon represents the best view in town. For a bird’s-eye view of the Yampa Valley, Wild West Balloon Adventures (970-879-7219; www.wildwestballooning.com) offers winter balloon tours complete with a Champagne toast afterward. Setting out in the early morning, the tours let you soar across the Yampa Valley, taking in breathtaking views of town and the mountain, including Mount Werner and its ski trails in their full winter glory. Your little jump at the ski area will never feel the same.

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Looking to class up your evening on the town? Release your inner sommelier by participating in a variety of wine tastings offered across town every winter, as well as dining at a variety of local restaurants that pride themselves on their wine offerings (many offer specials and samplings throughout the season). To take in some art with your wine, try the First Friday Artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m. downtown on the first Friday of every month, where local galleries showcase their art with wine, appetizers and live music. Also, check Central Park Liquor (970-879-3428, www.cplsteamboat.com) for its wine tasting specials throughout the winter from its wineries of the month. And don’t forget to make plans to attend the annual Steamboat Wine Festival every summer, where wineries from across the country exhibit their wares at the base of Mount Werner.

You’ll likely hear the term “Ski Town USA” thrown about during your stay. The nickname was coined by a Chicago newspaper writer after watching the high school marching band perform on skis during the Winter Carnival. The ski band tradition continues to this day, as does the well-deserved nickname. The band’s annual performance comes in early February every year during Winter Carnival, a perfect blend of Steamboat’s Western roots and ski town lifestyle. Photo by Matt Stensland

WATER THERApY Few resorts let you soothe powderweary muscles in natural hot springs after the slopes. Steamboat Springs earned its named from early pioneers for the “chugging” sound of its springs, and you can experience them yourself in the area’s natural

Xylophones & More Music options abound for nighttime entertainment in Steamboat Springs, from such live music venues as the Ghost Ranch, Sweetwater Grill, Old Town Pub and Carl’s Tavern to the newly opened Chief Theater on Lincoln Avenue. Also look for free shows on Saturdays as part of the Bud Light Rocks the Boat Free Concert Series on the mountain, as well as the popular Music Fest Steamboat every January. For more formal concerts, try the award-winning shows at the Strings Music Pavilion between town and the mountain, which just celebrated its 25th anniversary. From its 1988 beginnings 28 | ExplorE stEamboat Winter 2013-14

Organized by Carl Howelsen, a Norwegian who settled in Steamboat and introduced its residents to skiing and ski jumping, the Carnival started in 1914 as a mid-winter celebration to help locals break up the monotony of winter. It continues to be one of the town’s most popular events for locals and visitors. If you’re here Feb. 6 to 10 this year, head down to Lincoln Avenue for the parade and street events, and to Howelsen Hill for more festivities. Info: www.sswsc.org.

pools (there are approximately 150 different springs in the region). Old Town Hot Springs at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue (970-879-1828, www. oldtownhotsprings.org), which recently underwent a $5 million expansion, provides the most convenient option, complete with waterfalls, a pool-plunging climbing wall, and a pair of 230-foot waterslides for the kids. For a more rustic setting, Strawberry Park Hot Springs (970-879-0342, www. strawberryhotsprings.com) 7 miles out of town lets you change in a teepee and experience the healing powers of the hot springs just as the Utes once did. A variety of different temperature pools, complete with shoulder-caressing waterfalls, reside right beside a creek you can plunge into to cool off. Just heed the sunset curfew with your kids; clothing is optional after dark.

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to its current 9,000-square-foot Strings Music Pavilion on a six-acre site at the corner of Mount Werner Road and Pine Grove Road, the organization brings top acts to Steamboat every year, from Grammy-award-winning musicians to New York Metropolitan Opera singers and world-class orchestra performers. “We have great music and an unbelievably supportive community,” Strings marketing director Cristin Frey says. “We owe it all to the support of the community and the people who continue to come to our shows.” Info: 970-879-5056, www.stringsmusicfestival.com. exploresteamboat.com


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Yoga While you might find yourself in a few yoga-like positions on the slopes, you can practice real positions at a variety of yoga and Pilates studios across town. Open to everyone from seasoned yogis to barelytouch-your-toes newbies, Steamboat offers nearly 20 such studios in town to help work out your kinks from the slopes. Favorites include Old Town Hot Springs ((970-879-1828, www.oldtownhotsprings. org), the Yoga Center of Steamboat (970870-1522, www.yogacenterofsteamboat. com) or Steamboat Pilates Yoga & Fitness (970-879-6788, www.steamboatpilatesandfitness.com). Each center offers classes for all levels while exploring different styles of yoga so you’re stretched out for your next day on the slopes.

Thanks to rolling terrain, vast tracts of public land and world-class snowfall, Steamboat offers some of the best snowmobiling in the country. The Park Range attracts thousands of snowmobilers each winter, from novices enjoying commercial tours to some of the sport’s most elite and dedicated riders. No matter your experience, you’ll enjoy everything from wide-open, powder-filled meadows to timbered, alpine terrain. Routt Powder Riders (www.routtpowderriders.com) grooms more than 100 miles of trails on Rabbit Ears and Buffalo passes; the Steamboat Lake Snow Club grooms the area around Steamboat Lake, north of Columbine to the Wyoming border; the Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club maintains more than 100 miles of groomed trails in the Black Mountain and California Park areas north of Craig; and

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Selected Menu TABLE SIDE MADE GUACAMOLES GUACAMOLE FRESCO Cilantro, onions, Serrano, tomato & a hint of lime.

NORTEÑO GUACAMOLE “from the north” Cactus, queso fresco, pico de gallo & lime

HABANERO GUACAMOLE Habanero, pico de gallo.

ApErITIvOS (AppETIzErS) QUESO FUNDIDO A blend of Oaxaca cheese and monterrey jack. Served with rajas poblanas or chorizo and warm tortillas & tomatillo sauce.

TEQUILA SHRIMP CEVICHE Cocktail shrimp, tequila, lime & cilantro.

ANTOJITOS Y SOpAS (SOUpS & MExICAN CrAvINGS) TRADITIONAL HUARACHE A traditional lightly fried masa flatbread, topped with steak or barbacoa, black beans, lettuce, sour cream, queso fresco, salsa roja & salsa verde.

CHICKEN TORILLA SOUP Pulled chicken, rice, avocado, pico de gallo, torilla strips, lime in a chicken broth.

COCINA CLASICA (CLASSIC CUISINE) SLOW-ROASTED CARNITAS BURRITO Pork carnitas, refried beans, rice, melted cheese & pico de gallo. Smothered in your choice of sauce. Garnished with lettuce, pico de gallo & sour cream

MAHI-SHRIMP ENCHILADAS Two mahi-shrimp enchiladas topped with a tequila-garlic-lemon cream sauce. Greens, pico de gallo, tequila lime rice & black beans.

ESpECIALIDADES (hOUSE SpECIALITIES) BAJA FISH TACOS 2 Beer-battered tilapia fillets, served on a flour tortilla, topped with jicama slaw and clipotle aioli. Served with cilantro lime rice & black beans or fries.

CHICKEN CHIPOTLE LIME A grilled chicken breast over a quesadilla & rice. Topped with a creamy chipotle sauce, pico de gallo & mexican sour cream. Served with black beans.

FAJITAS Choose from skirt steak, grilled chicken, jumbo shrimp or chipotle chicken. All fajitas are served on a bed of sautéed onions & peppers. Served with rice, refried beans, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole & warm tortillas.

CAMARONES A LA DIABLA Jumbo shrimp, sautéed mushrooms, onions all simmered in a tomato & spicy diabla sauce. Served with cilantro lime rice, charro beans & greens.

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Unique Mexican fare brings fresh spin on family dining

raving something to spice up the day and warm the taste buds? The home of great, authentic chef-inspired Mexican “comida,” La Fiesta Grill and Cantina is a classic-style Mexican restaurant that focuses on true family dining and bringing Mexican culture to Steamboat through a fresh spin on traditional Mexican fare. Chef Edgar Ruiz brings together such old-world flavors as chipotle, cilantro and distinct cheeses, with beautiful presentations and the freshest ingredients in a restaurant that’s “para la familia,” following the most valued of Mexican traditions. Ruiz’s choice of flavors combined with his ability to find the perfect balance between spicy, sweet and salty is what makes the restaurant so unique. Inspired by his grandmother’s cooking and traditional dishes of old Mexico, his recipes retain an authenticity everyone will enjoy. “We are a very modern Mexican restaurant, with a focus on unique and fresh flavors,” says Ruiz, who has been creating inspirational food for over 15 years. In particular, he recommends the mole sauce, a recipe born in northern and central Mexico. With a full line of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten- and dairy-free options, La Fiesta offers something for everyone. Choose from a variety of fajitas — including skirt steak, grilled chicken, jumbo shrimp, and chipotle chicken — as well as taco platters (including the everpopular $2 tacos). It also offers a full line of salads and a Healthy Choice menu, including the Spinach Enchiladas with sautéed spinach and pico de gallo smothered in tomato sauce. Other popular dishes include the Shrimp Cabo Wabo (jumbo shrimp, sautéed onion, celery, and mushrooms simmered in chipotle and exploresteamboat.com

cabo wabo tequila sauce); Chicken Mole (grilled chicken topped with sweet red chili sauce); and Chile Rellenos (large poblano pepper stuffed with cheese, egg-battered and pan-fried with black beans, corn pico, and ranchero sauce). “Las Especialidades” include steak, pork, chicken, fish and shrimp with unique spins on traditional recipes. New dishes include Baja Fish Tacos (two beer-battered tilapia fillets served on a flour tortilla with jicama slaw and chipotle aioli); Chicken Chipotle Lime (grilled chicken breast over a quesadilla and rice); and Al Pastor (marinated pork in Ancho chili). On the cantina side, La Fiesta offers a variety of flavored margaritas, including cucumber, spicy mango, avocado, grapefruit, and jalapeno infused. It also stocks more than 50 varieties tequilas to bring even more fiesta to the dining experience.

1755 Central Park Drive www.lafiestagrillandcantina.com

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Whether you dine at Saddles or 7s Mountain Grill, the Steamboat Sheraton Resort, located slopeside at the base of Mount Werner, offers something for everyone. Both restaurants feature the award-winning culinary delights of executive chef Scott Przymus. Look for Colorado-based themes at both restaurants, especially at 7s, whose new theme is a Celebration of Colorado. “We have so much to offer here in terms of seasonal fare,” Przymus says. “We’ll incorporate into a variety of seasonal dishes throughout the year.” Examples include whipping up concoctions using everything from Palisade peaches to such local artisan cheeses as Haystack and Jumping Goat. Przymus also works with a variety of local farm co-ops for sourcing, as well as local ranches for such meats as beef, elk, buffalo and venison. “We offer a lot of made-in-Colorado dishes,” he says. Mouth-watering fare can be found at both restaurants, each offering a unique ambiance and menu. Offering great views of the mountain as well as an expansive deck with a fire pit, Saddles is a hot spot for lunch, après and late night lounging. It’s a great social space where locals and visitors meet to

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sample specialty drinks, wine and warm-up cocktails after a day on the slopes. Saddles offers a complimentary game room with shuffleboard, billiards and foosball. Lunch hours are from 11:00 am - 3 pm daily, with après and beyond hours from 3:00 pm to 1:00 am. 7s Mountain Grill offers commanding views of the slopes, with fresh, distinctive, regional cuisine, including a 35-item salad bar with three sumptuous soups (including its signature venison chili). It also has a private dining room called Dine, which can seat up to 32 people. The dinner menu offers seafood, grilled steaks, creative appetizers or delectable deserts. For breakfast choose from such options as lobster crepes and apple pie smoothies, or sample it all with a daily breakfast buffet featuring made-to-order omelets, freshly sliced fruit or salmon and lox. “I love getting creative,” Przymus says. “It’s a great location, staff and ambiance, and the food is even better.” Finally, the Breezeway Cafe, located inside the Steamboat Sheraton Resort, is perfect for scrumptious drinks and food on the go. Open from 7am until 5pm daily, it’s a convenient place to find coffee drinks, other beverages, breakfast, lunch and snack options.

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A sampling of our menu items:

Jumbo Chicken Wings Traditional or BBQ ~ ranch or blue cheese with celery Skillet Potstickers Edamame-mint aioli and sweet chili sauce Roasted Beets and Haystack Goat Cheese Port cherries and white balsamic vinaigrette The Texan Burger Pepper-jack cheese, bacon, roasted jalapeno, chipotle-lime aioli Bear Mountain Bison Pastrami Melt Rye, Swiss, Thousand island

Orange Glazed Pork Belly With Asian Slaw Crab Fritters Roasted red pepper and apple coulis, cilantro aioli Bone-In Cowboy Ribeye Herb butter, demi glace, Yukon whipped potatoes Herb and Potato Crusted wSkuna Bay Salmon Roasted fingerling potatoes and seasonal vegetable Rocky Mountain Trout Pan seared, herbed brown butter with toasted pine nuts, wild rice pilaf, chefs seasonal vegetable

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SLOPESIDE GRILL

There’s a reason Slopeside, located at the base of the mountain, has been voted Best On-mountain Apres for three years running in Steamboat’s Best of the Boat contest. Where else can you ski up to live music, order beer from an ice-bar made out of 21,000 pounds of ice, munch down a Mt. Werner-sized plate of nachos, and then relax in the sun to celebrate your day on the slopes? Throw in chillin’ at the “beach,” the restaurant’s popular pint pass, homemade pizzas and crackling firepits and you won’t want to leave until well after the late night happy hour (which serves up $7 pizzas and $3 beers). There’s plenty to do inside as well, where you can click out of your bindings and be watching your favorite ballgame seconds later. Patrons can sit around a horseshoeshaped bar and sample homemade pizza and as many as nine fresh draft beers while watching their favorite game on nine regular and one jumbo 64-inch HD TV 38 | ExplorE stEamboat Winter 2013-14

— all with every Direct TV sports package under the sun. Those looking for more conventional dining can choose from a multitude of cozy booths and tables in the main dining area. Wherever you sit, get ready for great-tasting food. For appetizers, try the Bruschetta (sliced baguette brushed with roasted garlic olive oil and topped with onions, basil, feta cheese, tomatoes and parmesan); Frito Pie (beef chili poured over corn chips, with sour cream, cheese and scallions); Chili Cheese Fries and locally made Sausage & Peppers. From the pizza oven come over a dozen homemade pies featuring such mountainthemed names as the ACL (pepperoni and mushroom); Vagabond (spinach, sundried tomatoes, feta and mozzarella); White Out (four cheeses and white garlic sauce); and the barbecue chicken Wally World. For entrees choose from such favorites as the Chipotle BBQ Pork Shoulder, served over creamy grits with bacon and chipotle

BBQ sauce; the Blackened Mahi, with chipotle tartar sauce and fresh lime; and the Shortrib Pot Roast, featuring slowbraised beef with caramelized onion, roasted mushrooms and carrots, topped with red wine pot gravy and mashed potatoes. You can also choose from a variety of homemade calzones, burgers, fresh salads and more — enough of a variety that you’ll likely find yourself stopping by again after your next day on the slopes.

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MENU ITEMS Appetizers

Sausage and Peppers: Locally made Italian sausage sautéed with bell peppers and onion, served with toast points.

Lettuce Wraps: Sesame seasoned chicken mixed with water chestnuts, mushrooms, onions & garlic topped with a delicious oriental sauce. Served with broccoli slaw & lettuce cups.

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Turkey Cobb: Fresh mixed greens, oven roasted turkey, black olives, mixed cheeses, bacon and your choice of dressing.

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Philly Cheese Steak: Choice of classic Philly cheese steak

or veggie burger patty sautéed with onions, mixed peppers & cheese on a hoagie roll.

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Wake Up Call: Vegetarian pizza. Marinara topped with roasted garlic, spinach, red & green peppers, zucchini, tomatoes & mushrooms with mozzarella.

Four Points: Meat pizza. Marinara topped with Canadian bacon, pepperoni, sausage, bacon & mozzarella.

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Sausage Scallopini: Locally made Italian sausage sautéed with bell peppers, onions, mushrooms and marinara, tossed with fettuccine. (Gluten free noodles available.)

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Full Rack: Our “award-winning” baby back barbequed

pork ribs slow roasted to tender perfection with wood smoked flavor. Served with potato & sautéed vegetables.

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RESERVATIONS: 970.761.2060 WWW.CARLSTAVERN.COM 7TH & YAMPA

Seats around the large round circular bar allow patrons to easily socialize or watch the day’s games on nine, large high-definition television, especially on NFL Sunday’s when it offers $2 drafts and 50 cent wings all day. The Kelleys know what people want when it comes to watching sports: good food, great atmosphere and high-end TVs everywhere you look. “You can see them from any table as well as the bar,” says server Beth Hadrys, adding that volumes can be adjusted individually or permeate the entire restaurant on the same channel for the one big game. The bar also hosts Bluegrass Wednesday’s with live local bluegrass bands, as well as featured bands or DJs on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as a great daily happy hour from 4 to 6pm with $2 oysters, 50 cent wings, $1 PBRs and $2 draft beers, $3 Domestic bottles and $5 Premium Well Drinks. Carl’s also offers more than 80 types of whiskey and introduced Steamboat’s bar scene to beers from Denver’s Great Divide Brewing and Boulder’s Avery Brewing Company.

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Carl’s Tavern, located at the corner of Yampa and Seventh Streets in the Howelsen Place building, is named after Carl Howelsen, the man who brought skiing to Steamboat. Decorated with a motif celebrating the local Nordic jumping pioneer, and with large windows throughout to keep the atmosphere open and airy, the tavern has brought a top-notch eatery and bar to town as well. Barely over a year old, Carl’s Tavern, owned and operated by Collin and Noella Kelley, has already made a name for itself among locals and visitors alike, being voted second place for Best Bar, Best Happy Hour off The Mountain and Best Place to Watch the Game in town’s annual Best of the Boat contest.

Voted 2013’s Best Bar in Steamboat

On the food front, the focus is on fresh, every step of the way. A graduate of Johnson and Wales University’s culinary arts school in Denver, Collin has been cooking his whole life, including chef stints at such fine dining restaurants in Denver as Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. All this shows in his offerings at Carl’s, where he blends mouth-watering taste with ample, carbo-replenishing portions. “Cooking isn’t so much about presentation as it is about creating really good food,” he maintains. Fresh is a buzzword, no matter the dish. The batter for the Tavern’s chicken wings is homemade, and when patrons ask for a pickle, they’re handed a whole jar. Several of Carl’s most popular dishes, such as the pot roast, are started two days before they are plated because they need time to marinate. “We make everything from scratch,” Collin says, adding that he simply likes to make and serve the food he grew up eating. From the restaurant’s rounded, horseshoe-shaped bar to its emphasis on fresh ingredients every step of the way, you won’t find any corners cut at Carl’s. exploresteamboat.com

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Outstanding Dining in an Exceptional Atmosphere

The Creekside Café, a quaint downtown eatery located on the banks of Soda Creek, has consistently received top honors in Steamboat’s annual Best of the Boat contest, including the coveted Best Sit-down Breakfast and Bloody Mary categories. Located in the historic Soda Creek building, this longtime locals’ breakfast establishment lets you take in Steamboat’s past as you ready for the day ahead. Carl Howelsen, the father of skiing in Steamboat, is said to have laid the bricks for

What you’ll enjoy most of all, however, is homemade goodness, from fresh baked bread and granola to handcrafted salad dressings and sauces.

over toasted English muffins and smothered in fresh, homemade Hollandaise sauce. Try the New Yorker with capers, smoked salmon and grilled tomatoes, or the Berkshire with local sausage. Whatever you choose, you won’t find a better benedict in town.

Owners Jason and Kelly Landers fell in love in Steamboat two decades ago and have been building the Creekside together for the last 10 years. Their success is founded on their belief in providing the utmost in service and using high-quality, local ingredients

For Southwest flair, Creekside offers even more delectable specialties to choose from, including huevos rancheros, chili rellenos, huevos eggs benedict and the gigantic breakfast burrito to name a few. All are topped with their famous secret green chili.

Inside you’ll find unique and traditional breakfast items served all day, including shredded corned beef hash, gigantic breakfast burritos, French toast with caramelized bananas, oatmeal pancakes, croissant breakfast sandwiches and more. All of these can be perfectly complimented with Naked Brand orange juice, Italian coffee, mimosas or award-winning bloody mary’s.

When it’s time for lunch, the Creekside serves only grass-fed, hormone-free, all-natural Yampa Valley beef. You’ll be able to taste the difference in everything from the chicken fried steak and Creeksteak sandwich to a variety of gourmet burgers. All of the hamburgers are ground fresh daily. Try the bacon burger — house ground with 40 percent smoked bacon and topped with melted Tillamook sharp cheddar cheese on a homemade sesame bun.

the building himself. Offering more ambiance, the ceiling is painted like a Colorado sky and the brick walls are adorned with Colorado wildflowers.

For eggs benedict connoisseurs, The Creekside serves 10 different types, guaranteed to fuel your day on the slopes. All are served with perfectly poached eggs

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Whether you come for benedicts, burritos, sandwiches or more, Kelly, Jason and the entire Creekside staff work hard to provide you with the best dining experience possible, all in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs.

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Eggs Benedict

Two perfectly poached eggs served over toasted English muffins smothered in homemade hollandaise. A Sampling

California Sliced avocado, grilled tomatoes and local alfalfa sprouts.

Slalom Steamed baby spinach, button mushrooms and Swiss cheese.

Huevos Black beans, cheddar-jack cheese, salsa and sour cream.

Locals’ Favorites Burrito

A giant chipotle tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, potatoes, black beans and shredded cheddar and jack cheeses; smothered in our famous green chili. Topped off with tomatoes, green onions and sour cream.

Corned Beef Hash Shredded corned beef grilled crisp with mixed peppers, onions & our seasoned house potatoes, topped with two eggs any way & served with choice of toast.

Wafflelaughagus A homemade Belgian waffle topped with sausage gravy and melted jack cheese, your choice of meat and two eggs any. Served with breakfast potatoes.

Pancakes, Granola, Omelets and more

Lunch Gyro

Yampa Valley Farms braised pork belly in flat bread with a creamy tzatziki sauce, Kalamata olives, onions, fresh spinach, tomatoes and feta cheese.

Reuben Sliced corned beef, sauerkraut, melted Swiss and Thousand Island dressing served on bakery fresh rye bread.

Steamboat Sandwich Hot turkey and melted Swiss with tomato, avocado and sprouts, served on a warm croissant.

Burgers, Wraps, Vegetarian Options, Salads, Soups

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Conveniently located in Sundance at Fish Creek halfway between town and the mountain, The Egg & I is the perfect place to meet friends, family or business acquaintances for a great, relaxing breakfast in Steamboat. Based on the simple premise that friendly people serving delicious food matters, the eatery was established in Steamboat in 2004 by locals Bradley and Courtney Moline, and its winning formula has made it a local favorite ever since. While its ambiance near Fish Creek is one reason for its success, most of it is due to a menu accommodating every taste under the sun. Benedicts continue to be its best sellers, coming in an array of flavors and themes. The Hiker’s comes with diced ham and asparagus, tomatoes, portabella mushrooms and bacon; the Parisian features a soft croissant layered with shaved ham, sautéed portabella mushrooms, green onions and melted Swiss cheese; and the New Orleans adds Andouille sausage, ham and tomato gravy on a homestyle biscuit. Other favorites include a variety of omelettes, specialty waffles and whole wheat pancakes, as well as a slew of Skillets, from the ham, bacon and hollandaise-filled Cambridge to the chicken, ham and swiss Cordon Bleu. Those looking for spice can choose from such Southwestern favorites as Huevos Rancheros, the Sunrise Chile Rellenos and Green Chili Chicken Hash. The menu also offers a range of non-egg dishes and such lighter-fare specialties as the Mediterranean Frittata and Vera Cruz Chicken & Avocado Omelette. For drinks, wash it all down with cappuccinos, lattes and other specialty coffee drinks, flavored hot chocolates and 100 percent puresqueezed orange juice. For lunch, you’ll find creative sandwiches, fresh entree salads and hearty, homemade soups — as well as the entire breakfast menu. And keep it on your list for group outings. Its large capacity makes it perfect for family gatherings, business meetings and more, complete with a free private meeting room with Wi-Fi and customizable menus. “Our large menu and capacity to handle larger groups in a clean relaxed environment sets us apart,” says Moline, adding that he has a particular weakness for the Raspberry Granola Pancake.

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Mother always told you to eat a good breakfast

LocaL Favorites CRAB CAKE BENEDICT Two English muffin halves topped with grilled crab cakes, tomato slices, two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. $9.99

COLORADO JACK SCRAMBLE Diced ham, green peppers, tomatoes and onions scrambled with three eggs and topped with pepper jack cheese and green onions. Served with bacon or sausage, a choice of toast and a side of salsa or pork green chili. $8.79

WILD MUSHROOM & VEGGIE HASH Roasted Mushrooms, peppers, onions, roma tomatoes and spinach, with hash potatoes. Topped with mixed cheese, two eggs any style and tomato hollandaise sauce. Served with an English Muffin. $8.99

VERA CRUz CHICKEN & AVOCADO OMELETTE An egg white omelet with diced chicken, tomatoes, onions and green chilies. Topped with melted Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses and fresh avocado. Served with fresh fruit and a side of salsa. $9.29

BREAKFAST BURRITO Three eggs lightly scrambled with green chilies, onions, ranch potatoes and diced pork sausage. Wrapped in a warm flour tortilla and topped with melted Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses, pork green chili or salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole and green onions. $8.99

CHICKEN SPINACH SALAD Fresh baby spinach, sliced grilled chicken, cranberries, golden raisins, bleu cheese, bacon, red onions, sliced apples, and spicy pecans tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette. $8.99

ARIzONA TURKEY Smoked turkey breast on grilled sourdough with bacon, avocado, tomato, mayonnaise, Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. $8.99

TRIPLE PLAY A cup of homemade soup, your choice of half sandwich and a fresh garden salad. $8.99

TExAS SKILLET

Seasoned steak strips, roasted red and green peppers, onions, portabella mushrooms on a bed of ranch potatoes with melted cheese and two eggs any style. Served with an English muffin. $8.99

APPLE CINNAMON GRANOLA FLAPPER

Crunchy granola and apples slices baked into a whole wheat pancake, sprinkled with cinnamon and served with cinnamon butter. Complete with two eggs any style and your choice of two strips of bacon or two sausage patties. $9.29

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A Unique and Fun Dining Experience for the Whole Family!

Looking for a unique dining experience? It doesn’t get any more fun for the whole family than cooking your own steak just how you like it at the 8th Street Steakhouse. With the help and guidance of their experienced staff, you’ll have your steak cooked to perfection every time and seasoned just how you like it. This family-oriented restaurant is the perfect place to bring your group, no matter the size. From a romantic dinner for two to a group of skiing buddies or the entire family, Steamboat’s most fun-filled restaurant offers something for everyone. As your steak sizzles on the grill, add some homemade teriyaki sauce or a dash or two of a complete spice array 46 | ExplorE stEamboat Winter 2013-14

to make your steak exactly how you like it. And don¹t forget your Texas toast! 8th Street Steakhouse prides itself in serving up the finest steaks and freshest seafood around. Each steak is 100% certified Angus beef, aged 21 days and hand cut on sight. Cook one of their prime-grade New York strips, baconwrapped filet mignons, juicy bone-in ribeyes, Colorado buffaloes or Kobe filets over one of the two 20-foot lava rock grills. Or, simply sit back and relax as their chef perfects your slow-roasted baby-back ribs, Alaskan king crab legs or Australian lobster tails. You can also choose from numerous mouth-watering side dishes, from

award-winning stuffed mushrooms to fresh steamed asparagus and roasted twice-baked potatoes. Finish it all off with one of their famous ‘8th Street Taters’ for dessert. To wash it all down, enjoy your favorite microbrew on draft or choose from its award-winning wine list. At 8th Street Steakhouse, your meal will always have the perfect accompaniment. Hint: Don’t miss its Mussel & Martini Madness special every Thursday, where fresh mussels are just $5 per pound and more than 20 flavors of martinis run just $3. On top of fantastic food and fun, 8th Street Steakhouse provides a magnificent exploresteamboat.com


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Featured Menu Items Handcrafted Steaks & Fresh Seafood Starting at $16.95 All entrees include all-you-can-eat salad bar & Texas toast: Filet Mignon USDA Prime New York Strip Angus Bone-In Ribeye Beek Kabob Buffalo Ribeye

Wild Sockeye Salmon Shrimp Skewers Alaskan King Crab Legs Australian Lobster Tail Baby Back Ribs

Angus Ribeye Kobe Filet Teriyaki Chicken Lemon Chicken

Side Dishes (a la carte) Baked Potato Garlic Mashed Potatoes Beer Battered Onion Rings Home Fries

Western ambience. With cozy booths and candlelight, you’ll feel like you’re in your own mountain retreat. A recent addition makes the lay-out even more user-friendly, with a second grill, butcher shop, and salad bar on the upstairs balcony, also a great option for private events of any size. For the kids, there’s authentic saddle seats and free s’mores for dessert. “We pride ourselves in having the best steaks around, and that philosophy extends from the kitchen to the wine cellar to the bar,” says owner Tim Pahula. If you’re planning a party or group gathering, its grill-your-own-steak atmosphere lends itself to socializing before, during and after the preparing of your meal. Sports fans can enjoy one of five flat-screen TVs in the bar while selecting one of six microbrews on tap, and guests can take advantage of daily happy hour specials and a large array of homemade appetizers. So put the Steakhouse on your list of must-do’s while in Steamboat — it may be the only thing in town that creates more memories than the snow on the slopes. exploresteamboat.com

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SPOSTAS NOT the way Sushi is SPOSTA be Spostas, located at 825 Oak Street between 8th and 9th streets downtown, is the place to go if you’re craving a sushi experience unlike any other in a which can even come with bacon. fun, locals’ atmosphere. You can also choose from such creative conWhen Christian Talli opened Spostas World coctions as the Tuscany (hot Italian sausage, Sushi nearly two years ago, he only had $167 in yellow bell pepper, cilantro, cream cheese and his bank account. But the restaurant has quickly Tahini); the Free Bus (salmon, cream cheese gained a loyal following for its affordand asparagus); and Da Bomb (tuna, able and great-tasting sushi — avocado, honey, cream cheese, so much so that it’s landed sourcTeriyaki). The restaurant sourc on the podium in town’s es its products locally as Best Sushi category. much as possible, as illustratThis owes itself to ed by its local ground beef Spostas’ unique Yampa Valley Roll. menu. “We probEnjoy it all inside a ably go through more cozy dining atmosphere, green apples, bacon artcomplete with an art and chicken than any work motif of old signs other sushi restaurant in busidonated from local busi the country,” Talli says. “We’re CHRISTIAN’S SPICY TUNA BOWL nesses. Best of all is its pricvery out of the box. We offer a ing, rolled out just like its sushi especially for little of everything, from classic items like tuna, locals. During lunch you can get two massive eel and salmon to variations that you won’t find rolls for just $9.50, with other specials anywhere else.” available during happy hour. It also Traditional offerings include its spicy tuna offers a variety of easy-to-eat finger food, roll and zestier Christian’s roll, which adds from edamame to fresh seaweed, and a firecracker sauce and green apple. Then come wide selection of beer and wine to wash it such non-conventional offerings as the all down. For dessert, choose from seasonal Spamtastic, fajita roll, fish taco homemade favorites from kitchen manager roll and kids’ favorite, Jenny Hines. If you can’t make it out, it also offers tempura-fried pick-up service. PB&J, “Our whole plan is to offer a great product priced at a level so everyone can enjoy it,” says Talli, adding that local support for the restaurant has been phenomenal. “Plus, we’re located in the heart of downtown, making it all the more easy to enjoy.” STEAK FAJITA ROLL 52 | ExplorE stEamboat Winter 2013-14

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ounded in 2006 at 3190 S. Lincoln Ave., and located in the Holiday Inn, Rex’s formula is simple: offer high-quality food and service in a friendly, casual atmosphere. It’s a simple directive that founder Rex Brice has perfected throughout his years as a restaurateur. After attending culinary school in North Carolina and working in fine dining restaurants from San Francisco to Boston, Brice moved to Steamboat in 1993 as head chef of Mattie Silks and L’Apogee. Through Steamboat Restaurant Group, his holdings now include Mazzolas, the Laundry, Big House Burgers and Lil’ House. The best attributes of all of them shine through at his namesake Rex’s, whose focus is on atmosphere and great, affordable food. Co-founded by friend and Holiday Inn owner Scott Marr, Rex’s serves homemade American favorites whipped up by head chef Vicki Con-

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nacher, whose fare is perfect for everyone from families coming for dinner to hungry skiers fueling up before a day on the slopes. Favorites for the dinner crowd include such bar fare as Peel and Eat Shrimp, large Gulf Shrimp cooked to order and served with a zippy Cajun Remoulade, and Wukka’s Cornbread, an original family recipe named after his grandmother, slathered with sweet praline butter. For soups, try the Tomato Basil Bisque, complete with a mini grilled cheese sandwich, and for salads, the Rexolas with its homemade lemon garlic dressing. Entrees include everything from Angus Steaks, bone-in Pork Chops, fresh Atlantic salmon and Bison plates to fish tacos, Reubens, burgers and more. Rex’s is not only a great place to watch the game with a full bar and six high-definition televisions, it’s also got you covered for dining with the family, winning town’s Best Family Restaurant award the past two years. Rex’s kids menu includes favorites like homemade Mac’ and Cheese and special kids burgers, all offered with healthy a choice of side salads, fruits and fresh vegetables.” We put a lot of thought into what kids eat,” says Brice. “We don’t just serve food they want to eat, but food they should eat.” Complemented with equally delicious breakfast and lunch menus, Rex’s sticks to what it knows best: a friendly, attentive staff serving the best homemade food in town in at atmosphere that makes you feel right at home. “Our chefs make everything from scratch, using the highest quality, all-natural ingredients,” says Brice. “As our guests, we want our customers to feel welcome as if they’re part of our family.” exploresteamboat.com


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rings and heaping piles of nachos to such entrees as ribs, half-roasted chicken, and sirloins. All served with a dinner roll, fresh vegetables, soup or salad and choice of mashed potatoes, or rice. There’s no better place to watch the game than the Tap House, located in the heart of downtown between Seventh and Eighth streets. Its won Best Place to Watch the Game three years running in town’s annual Best of the Boat Contest, and has amassed the same record for Best Wings. The sports bar and grill has more than 50 HD TVs ith full satellite capability and complete sports programming, as well as 25 wireless, tabletop, eight-channel speakers. It also offers NTN Network, a free sports, trivia and poker game, as well as the best collection of sports memorabilia in town. “We get any sports available,” says owner Melissa Baker. To celebrate your team’s win, choose from 21 beers on tap, more than any other restaurant in town, and try two-pitcher-capacity beer towers that you tap at your table. For food, select from such traditional fare as burgers and fries, battered chicken fingers, onion burgers fries, fingers,

Burger favorites include the Fire Burger with fresh jalapenos, cream cheese and hot barbecue sauce; the three-cheese Hat Trick; the Rodeo, with barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese and onion rings; and the Pizza, with homemade marinara and fresh buffalo mozzarella. As for its wings, patrons salivate over its spicy oriental barbecue, buttery garlic parmesan and dry-rubbed Jamaican jerk, as well as its original peanut butter & jelly and extreme heat challenge wings. Tuesday’s Wing Day offers them at half price from 11 a.m. to midnight. Perfect for families and sports fans, put the Tap House on your list for great food, drinks and fun in the heart of downtown.

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Whatever your fancy, be it live music and dancing or dinner with the family, you’ll find it at Old Town Pub, one of the best traditions in town.

While the historic Old Town Pub building at 6th & Lincoln downtown has housed its award- winning restaurant since 1983, it’s been a hang-out for locals and visitors alike since it was first built as the Albany Hotel in 1904. Later converted into town’s first hospital, a post office, general store, movie theater, library and barber shop, it’s always been one of Steamboat’s most favorite local hangouts and that tradition continues today. Recently purchased by The Tap House’s Melissa Baker, the Old Town Pub & Restaurant is one of town’s best drinking and dining establishments. Grab a bite and a pint while settling into cozy booths amid vintage ski photos in the dining room or wrangle up a seat in the Western-style bar. Big wines, microbrews and cocktails pair well with both the Rocky Mountain menu and the pub fare.

For appetizers, choose everything from heaping nachos and wings to its famous fried pickles. Soup and salad favorites include its famous venison chili and seared ahi tuna salad. On the sandwich front comes everything from the southwest chicken sandwich and reuben to the popular prime rib burrito and the ‘Boat’s best burgers. Entrees run the gamut from baked salmon and lobster crabcake plate to its crowd-pleasing slow-roasted prime rib. 6 0 0 L i n c o l n Av e . , 9 7 0 - 8 7 9 - 2 1 0 1 w w w. o l d t ow n p u b . j i m d o . c o m exploresteamboat.com

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ith Steamboat Ski Area and Winter Carnival celebrating their 50th and 100th anniversaries, respectively, last year, Ski Town USA has one more milestone to tout in 2013-14. This season marks the 100th anniversary of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club based at the bottom of Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat. The club has ties to more than 88 Olympians with more than 135 Olympic appearances, cementing Steamboat’s long-running snowsports heritage. “We applaud and thank Carl Howelsen for bringing ski jumping to the Yampa Valley 100 years ago,” says director of operations Chad Bowdre. “He began the dynasty that today embodies thousands of people who have found success in the club. We’re proud to usher it into the next 100 years of providing the best winter sports programs in the world.” Led by some of the world’s best winter coaches, the club offers training programs in everything from Alpine and Nordic skiing to ski jumping,

biathlon, freestyle, Telemark and snowboarding. In the 2010 Olympics, athletes with ties to the club picked up six silver medals and one gold in

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teamboat’s annual Winter Carnival, held every year since 1914, celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, earning recognition as the oldest, continuous winter carnival west of the Mississippi. The annual celebration includes a variety of events that embrace Steamboat’s western and winter sport heritage, including ski jumping competitions, a diamond-hitch parade, fireworks, horse-pulled ski-jouring events, the Lighted Man and the world’s only high school marching band on skis. It’s been rated one of the top 10 winter carnivals in the world by National Geographic and has appeared on Good Morning America. It continues to be one of the town’s most popular events for locals and visitors. If you’re here Feb. 6 to 10 this year, head down to Lincoln Avenue for the parade and street events, and to Howelsen Hill for more festivities. Info: www.sswsc.org.

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& world-class terrain best snow in the country.” There’s also plenty of space to track it up. Its 2,965 skiable acres make it one of the largest ski areas in Colorado, and its worldclass tree skiing in places like Closets and Shadows maintain powder stashes for days after a storm. Add 3,668 feet of vertical and 165 named trails (not to mention the countless glades) and you get a resort for skiers of all abilities, with 14 percent of its runs for beginners, 42 percent for intermediates and 44 percent for advanced. The mountain’s four terrain parks, highlighted by Mavericks Superpipe — a 500-foot-long half-pipe with 18-foot walls and 22-foot transitions — provide fun for the whole freeride family. To maximize your visit, arrive early. Lifts open between 8:30 and 9 a.m., with the gondola taking its first passengers at 8:30 a.m. (if it’s a powder day, take advantage of the resort’s First Tracks program, which gets you up ahead of the pack). For lessons, Steamboat’s award-winning ski and snowboard school includes six Olympian instructors, as well as the new FLAIK GPS system, which lets you monitor your kids’ whereabouts and relive it on the computer back home. The Kids’ Vacation Center offers a variety of kids programs, as well, and is just one reason Steamboat has

been named the No. 1 Family Resort in the West by SKI magazine. On-mountain facilities include the new Four Points Lodge, as well as Thunderhead Lodge at the top of the gondola and Rendezvous Lodge off the Sundown and Sunshine lifts. Fine dining can be found at Hazie’s and Ragnar’s. For apres action, a variety of bars and restaurants line the slopes at the resort’s base, including the outside deck and Umbrella Bar at the Bear River Bar & Grill, the famous ice bar at Slopeside and the locals hang-out of the T-Bar. The ski area also hosts the Bud Light Rocks the Boat Free Concert Series, featuring free music in Gondola Square, as well as the Steamboat MusicFest and Ski Jam. Other special events take place throughout the season. So enjoy your stay — chances are you won’t find friendlier people or more Champagne snowflakes anywhere.

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riendliness, fantastic tree skiing and some of the best snowfall in the state sum up skiing in Steamboat Springs. Its friendliness owes itself to the town’s ranching heritage. It was a ranching town way before it ever became a world-class resort, meaning everyone treats you like a neighbor. Pretentiousness dissolves like the sulfur in its many hot springs — yet another characteristic separating it from most other ski towns. The resort’s ski host program ensures visitors get a friendly reception, pine beetle mitigation efforts continue to open up even more glades for skiing and riding, and even in off years, it still serves up heaps of bottomless Champagne Powder (in 2012 it set a single-day mid-mountain snowfall record of 27 inches). It’s the region’s snowfall that separates Steamboat from most other resorts. Snowfall totals have surpassed 400 inches during four of the past seven winters, including 433 in 2011 year, jump-started by a record-setting 90 inches in November. The record winter of 2007-08 saw 489 inches of snow, including three consecutive months of 100-plus inches (that’s 58 powder days of 4-plus inches of snow). “It’s truly what distinguishes Steamboat from other resorts,” says local Olympian Nelson Carmichael. “Steamboat gets some of the

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Nordic Options The Steamboat region’s four Nordic centers offer more than 120 kilometers of groomed trails for classic cross-country and skate skiing, as well as snow-shoeing, all within 30 minutes of downtown.

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You’ll likely share the trail with an Olympian at Howelsen Hill. Located in the heart of downtown, its 21 kilometers of trails are maintained by the city and Steamboat Springs Nordic Council, and are part of the Nordic Combined World Cup cross-country circuit (trail manager Jeff Nelsen was Chief of Course for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics). From late December through March, the trails (20 percent beginner, 20 percent expert, 60 percent intermediate) are groomed three times weekly. In general, they’re a bit steeper than other trails in the area. Note: The Howelsen complex is not a full service touring center; skiers must have their own equipment. Cost: $8 per day. Info: www.steamboatsprings. net, 970-879-4300.

Part of a private development, the Catamount Nordic Center off Coloardo Highway 131 offers 30 kilometers of groomed trails, characterized by flat, easy-rolling terrain and wide open views of Lake Catamount, Mount Baldy and Pleasant Valley. The owners have extended a welcome to the community so respect private property. For dog lovers, the area also offers 10 kilometers of dog-friendly trails (cost: $2 per dog, maximum two dogs per person). All dogs must be on a leash and no dogs are allowed Friday through Sunday. The trails are open daily, with the Club House restaurant open Wednesdays through Sundays. The center also offers lessons, including a new four-week clinic Fridays. Rentals are $17 per day. Cost: $18 per day. Info: www.catamountranchclub.com, 970-871-6667

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At the Steamboat Ski Touring Center, nearly 14 kilometers of groomed Nordic trails wind through aspen groves along Fish Creek, offering some of the most scenic and accessible Nordic skiing in the valley. The trails are rated novice to advanced and are groomed for both classic and skate skiing. The center also offers 10 kilometers of forested snowshoe trails, as well as a full-service rental and retail store carrying the latest in cross-country ski and snowshoe equipment. It also offers daily lessons taught by area experts. Refuel at the “Picnic Basket” with hearty homemade soups, breads, hot drinks and more. Cost: $18 per day ($16 late arrival after 1 p.m.); rentals $13. Info: www.steamboatnordiccenter.com, 970-879-8180

Open for the past eight years, the Steamboat Lake State Park Touring Center is just 25 miles north of Steamboat Springs on Routt County Road 129. The area usually opens by Christmas, with trails groomed by the Steamboat Lake Snow Club. Dogs are allowed but must be on a 6 foot leash. The center features 15 kilometers of groomed beginner and intermediate trails, with grooming twice per week. There are no services available, so bring your own gear; meals are available at the Clark Store Deli, Glen Eden, Hahn’s Peak Cafe and Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse nearby. You also can rent trailside cabins from the marina (970-879-7019). Cost: $7 per vehicle (passes are available at the park visitor center or self-service station). Info: 970-879-3922, http://parks. state.co.us/parks/steamboatlake.

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Nordic combined skiers brought home seven medals, Steamboat has ties to more Olympic athletes than nearly any other town in the world — 88, to be precise, with more than 135 Olympic appearances. You’re as likely to brush elbows with them in the grocery store as the gondola line. “The Olympic tradition here is hard to rival,” says Johnny Spillane, who brought home three silver medals from Vancouver in Nordic com-

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ount Olympus might have harbored Olympians in ancient Greece, but many of today’s Olympians can be found residing in the shadow of Mount Werner in Steamboat Springs. Hang your hat here and chances are your neighbor might have competed on the world’s biggest athletic stage. From John Steele becoming the town’s first Olympian in 1932 in Lake Placid, N.Y., up to the Vancouver Olympics where local

bined. “The town has created an atmosphere that breeds Olympic-quality competitors. Some towns nurture baseball or football, but Steamboat nurtures Olympians.” The list varies depending how you count; it could be someone who was born and raised here, trained here or moved here after an Olympic appearance. But it’s substantial nonetheless — especially for such a small mountain town. “Our list is as comprehensive and inclusive as we could make it,” says Tread of Pioneers executive director Candice Bannister, whose staff monitors local Olympians. The town’s Olympians cover the spectrum of winter sports, from Nordic and Alpine racing to freestyle skiing and snowboarding. They include everyone from homegrown Todd Lodwick, the first American skier to compete in five Olympic Games (which could be six by Sochi) to Steamboat Ski Area Director of Skiing Billy Kidd. “We’re known as Ski Town USA for a reason,” says former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club executive director Rick Devos, whose club employs 13 Olympians. “Steamboat is a true winter town environment where the Olympic dream actually can come true.” Downtown gets walk of olympians

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Want to see the town’s Olympic spirit first-hand? Simply take a stroll downtown. Steamboat’s Walk of Olympians project honors local Olympians who have lived or trained in the Yampa Valley. So far, nearly 20 18-inchby-18-inch bronze plaques have been set into sidewalk brick downtown, letting people stroll through Steamboat’s Olympic heritage. The plaques can be found on the corner of Fifth and Yampa streets, Seventh and Yampa streets and in front of Allen’s Clothing on Lincoln Avenue. “We’ve gotten great comments on it,” says organizer Tracy Barnett, who eventually hopes to honor all of Steamboat’s retired Olympians. “It’s a great addition to downtown.”

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❱❱ Fine art Galleries & museums Blue Sky Pottery One-of-a-kind pottery designed and made by Steamboat local, Deb Babcock. 1475 Pine Grove Road, Suite 105, 970-8469349, www.blueskypotterycolorado.com Circle 7 Fine Art Artist-owned gallery and classroom facility representing local talents working in a broad diversity of mediums. 1009 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-4744, www.steamboatgallery.com Mangelsen’s Images of Nature One of the world’s premier nature, wildlife and landscape photographers, with limited-edition photographs from Steamboat and across the globe. 730 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-1822, www.mangelsen.com RED Contemporary Gallery Artwork by regional, national and international artists. Featuring paintings, sculpture, ceramic vessels and paintings. Sheraton Steamboat Resort, 2200 Village Inn Court, 970-846-879.970-846-0791, www.redcontemporarygallery.com Steamboat Art Museum Housed in the historic First National bank building, the free downtown museum features two galleries and a gift shop. 807 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-1755, www.steamboatartmuseum.org

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Steamboat Springs Arts Council at the Depot Art Center Local artist gallery housed in the historic train depot building. 1001 13th St., 970-879-9008, www.steamboatspringsarts.com Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts Nonprofit local and regional artists’ gallery — paintings, photography, mixed media, sculpture. 837 Lincoln Ave., 970-846-5970, www.steamboatartcenter.com Wild Horse Gallery Fine contemporary realism by local, regional and nationally known artists, including original oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, drawings, bronze sculptures and blown glass. 802 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-5515, www.wildhorsegallery.com

❱❱ alternative art Venues Artisans’ Market of Steamboat Founded in 1982, featuring a large inventory of work from 150 established and new Colorado artists, including dozens of locals. 626 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7512, www.steamboatartisansmarket.com artWorks Steamboat’s wood workers, iron workers, fabric artists, ceramicists, faux and real painters, concrete workers and the creative people that abound in Routt County. The Victoria Building, 941 Lincoln Ave. 970-879-7596, www.steamboatartworks.com

Chief Plaza Theater Newly renovated downtown theater with special art gallery showcasing local artwork. 720-425-0522, www.chieftheater.org, Colorado Group Realty Real estate office with monthly exhibitions of work by local artists. 509 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-8800 Comb Goddess Hair salon with monthly exhibitions of work by local artists. 1104 S. Lincoln Ave., Suite 102, 970-871-0606 Cowboys and Indians Offers quality Native American art and jewelry. 617 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-8481, www.cowboysandindiansonline.com Creekside Cafe & Grill Local restaurant with monthly exhibitions of work by local artists 131 11th St., 970-879-4925, www.creekside-cafe.com Harwigs / L’Apogee Local restaurant with monthly exhibitions of work by local artists. 911 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1919, www.lapogee.com Mountain Traditions Art gallery and gift shop specializing in contemporary Western, Native American and wildlife artworks. 833 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-7976 or 888-588-1808, www.mountaintraditions.com

Off the Beaten Path Bookstore Local bookstore with monthly exhibitions of work by local artists. 68 Ninth St., 970-879-6830, www.steamboatbooks.com Rocky Mountain Peddler Features local and regional artist originals, from fine handcrafted goods and one-of-a-kind finds, to jewelry and home décor accessories. 1875 Ski Time Square Drive, (Torian Creekside building), Unit C, 970-871-1569, www.rockymountainpeddler.com Romicks Into the West Prints by regional artists and photographers, fine furniture, home accessories, lighting and interior design. 402 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-8366, www.romicksintothewest.com

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Steamboat Art Co. Since 1975, Steamboat Art Co. has offered art, gifts, jewelry, home accessories and furnishings. 903 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3383, www.steamboat-art.com Steaming Bean Coffee Co. Monthly exhibitions of work by local artists 635 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3393, www.steamingbeansteamboat.com Urbane This clothing store and skate shop keeps a large amount of art on its walls year-round, rotating to new artists each month. 703 Lincoln Ave., Suite B101, 970-879-9169, www.urbanesteamboat.com White Hart Gallery Seven distinct rooms at the White Hart Gallery showcase furniture, rugs, upholstered goods, lamps and other interior furnishings. 843 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1015 Zing Features an array of functional and decorative handmade arts, handcrafted furniture and unique home décor. 345 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-2524, www.steamboatzing.com

❱❱ bowling alleys Snow Bowl Features 12 bowling lanes with automatic scoring, a small arcade, snack bar and full-service bar. Adults shouldn’t miss the Sunday and Tuesday night PBR Dollar Night ($1 for games, $1 cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon) at 9 p.m. 2090 Snow Bowl Plaza, 970-879-9840. Call for lane reservations. Thunder Rolls Bowling Center Throw down that 10th-frame turkey at one of Thunder Rolls’ 16 lanes or check out the billiards, darts and golf simulator or playroom for kids. Also includes full-service lounge. 990 Industrial Ave., Craig, 970-824-2695

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❱❱ Cross-Country skiing

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Elkhorn Snowmobile Adventures Surround yourself amid thousands of acres of lush mixed forest. Elkhorn Snowmobile Adventures is the perfect place for a get-away to find the peace and tranquility you are looking for. 524 E. Washington, Hayden. 970-485-0318 www.elkhornsnowmobileadventures.com

Steamboat Lake State Park 15K of mostly beginner and intermediate trails, 1.5-mile snowshoe trail, dogs on leash only. State Parks pass required of trail users, $6 per day/vehicle or $60 annually, available from visitors center or self-service station. 61105 Routt County Road 129, Clark, 970-879-3922, http://parks.state.co.us/parks/ steamboatlake

Howelsen Hill Nordic Center Features 21K of groomed trails on Howelsen Hill that have played host to FIS World Cup events. No rentals available. 835 Howelsen Parkway, 970-879-8499 or 970-879-8552 x739, www.steamboatsprings.net Lake Catamount Touring Center Has 75K of mostly beginner and moderate terrain, limited skate and classic-style ski rentals. $175 season pass, $16 for day pass. No dogs Fri.-Sun., private and semi-private lessons by appointment, 970-846-9206. 30065 Waters Edge Trail, 970-871-6667, www.catamountranchclub.com Rocky Mountain Ventures See description under rock/ice climbing. Routt National Forest Nine cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails on the west summit of Rabbit Ears Pass, from 1.6 to 7 miles. Informal maps available at Hahn’s Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District Steamboat office on East U.S. Highway 40, across from the Holiday Inn. No dogs on the groomed trails. 925 Weiss Drive, 970-870-2299, www.fs.fed.

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Steamboat Ski Touring Center 15K of some beginner and mostly intermediate trails with full-service ski shop with classic and skate rentals (seasonal and daily) as well as snowshoe rentals, accessories, clothing and The Picnic Basket lunch and snack bar. Full-day backcountry ski tours offered Wed.-Sat. 1230 Steamboat Blvd., 970-879-8180, www.nordicski.net Yampa River State Park Groomed 1.5-mile cross-country ski track (skate or classic) great for beginners or families through forested terrain and along the Yampa River. Need State Parks pass, $6 per day/vehicle or $60 annually. Pond ice skating and a new, outdoor hockey rink available at your own risk, no rentals. 6185 W. U.S. Highway. 40, Hayden, 970-276-2061, www.parks.state.co.us

❱❱ Dog sled tours Grizzle-T Dog & Sled Works Offers guests the opportunity to drive their own team of sled dogs on day trips both west (12.5 miles) and south (10 miles) of Steamboat. Half-

day trips twice per day, at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Routt County Road 205 (11 miles west of Steamboat). Offers pickup transportation. 970-870-1782, www.steamboatdogsledding.com Snow Buddy Dog Sled Tours Drive your own team of Siberian and Alaskan Husky sled dogs on day trips through the Flat Tops with the only concessionaire in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. Half-day and full-day trips available, as well as dinner tours, Nov. 15 to April 15. 970-291-1114, www.snowbuddydogsledtours.com

❱❱ Fishing Bucking Rainbow Outfitters Orvis-endorsed outfitter with full-service fly shop, specializing in guided fishing trips to private waters. Fishing equipment available for rent. Reservations are recommended. 730 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-8747 or 888-810-8747, www.buckingrainbow.com Steamboat Flyfisher Steamboat Flyfisher has everything you need to get you on the river, from entry-level equipment and rod and reel rentals to a comprehensive selection of fly-tying equipment and materials for the experienced angler. Year-round guided trips to exclusive and private waters. Guided trips are available. 35 Fifth St., Unit 102, 970-879-6552, www.steamboatflyfisher.com Steamboat Lake State Park Features 14 electrical camping hookups available in the marina parking lot on a first-come, first-

served basis, as well as 10 small camper cabins (sparsely furnished with electric heaters and beds), $80 per night, max occupancy four to six people. Information, maps and state parks snowmobile registration available at the visitors center. 61105 Routt County Road 129, Clark, 970-879-3922 (visitors center) or 970-879-7019 (marina), http://parks.state. co.us/Parks/SteamboatLake Straightline Sports The oldest fly-fishing guide service and shop in Steamboat books winter fly-fishing trips. Offers primarily half-day walk/wade trips to the Stagecoach Reservoir tailwaters with snowmobile access. Equipment rentals available. 744 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7568 or 800-354-5463, www.straightlinesports.com Yampa Valley Anglers Yampa Valley Anglers is a year round fly fishing guide service that prides itself on putting our heart, soul and dedication into every fishing adventure you take with us. 970-819-4376, yampavalleyanglers@gmail.com

❱❱ Fitness Align Offers a caring, supportive environment for clients to achieve improved overall health and an enhanced quality of life. Offering pilates (private & group classes), personal training, physical therapy, nutrition counseling, and acupuncture. 702 Oak St., 970-870-0100, www.alignsteamboat.com

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Bella Barre New fitness program offered by Jamie Boeri. 2093 Curve Plaza, Unit C-103, 970-846-0761, www.bellabarrestudio.com Cross Fit Individual personal training and intimate group fitness classes, yoga/Pilates, spinning and massage. No membership required. 1625 Mid Valley Drive, No. 1, 970-870-1444, www.steamboatcrossfit.com Excel Gymnastics Local gymnastics studio catering to everything from parent-teacher classes helping 12- to 42-month-old children develop motor skills to dedicated USAG gymnasts looking to perfect routines and skills. Day care and cheerleading classes available. 1955 Bridge Lane, 970-879-3467, www.879-egos.com Family Fitness Center In the basement of Solandt Medical Clinic, Hayden’s Family Fitness Center features hydraulic and other cardio and strength circuit training equipment to help promote full-body health. 150 W. Jackson Ave., Hayden, 970-276-3610

Forever Fit of Steamboat Springs Offers personal training, physical therapy, rehab Pilates, yoga and massage with personally designed training and rehabilitation programs. 345 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-870-3484 Fusion Fit Individual personal training and intimate group fitness classes, yoga/Pilates, spinning and massage. Now specializing in CrossFit. No membership required. 1625 Mid Valley Drive, No. 1, 970-870-1444, www.steamboatcrossfit.com Old Town Hot Springs See description under hot springs and pools. Peak Fitness Center Friendly workout facility with weight machines, free weights and cardio equipment as well as UV and UV-free tanning, personal training and fitness testing. 11th Street and Lincoln Avenue, 970-879-4943, www.peakfitnesssteamboat.com Steamboat Pilates, Yoga & Fitness Studio Offers a variety of mat, yoga, cardio and reformer machine classes as well as combinations of each for a full range of abilities. Private, semi-private and trio instruction options also available. 1004 Lincoln Ave., No. 103, 970-879-6788, www.steamboatpilatesandfitness.com The Yoga Center of Steamboat A Sangha created to provide a sacred place for education and practices that promote a life in

balance: a healthy body, peaceful mind and joyful heart, for its students and teachers. Located downtown overlooking the Yampa River and Emerald Mountain. Yoga, pilates, tai chi and qigong with experienced, certified teachers in a beautiful, supportive setting. 701 Yampa St., 970-870-1522, www.yogacenterofsteamboat.com

❱❱ Guest ranches Elk River Guest Ranch Immerse yourself in views of the Zirkels with sleigh-ride dinners in a unique tepee dining area set in an aspen grove. Pickup transportation, $95 adult, $45 for children. 29840 Routt County Road 64, Clark (18 miles north of downtown Steamboat), 970-879-6220 or 800-750-6220, www.elkriverguestranch.com Pack Country Outfitters at Fish & Cross Ranch Historic 20,000-acre working cattle ranch with a remodeled seven-bed lodge and cabin stays at a private, secluded cabin provides sleigh rides to the public in the winter as well as cross-country ski/snowshoe hut trips and day touring trips. One hut and two backcountry cabins for rent on private land with a third, remote cabin in the national forest, accessible by marked, groomed trails. Open year-round. 24300 Routt County Road 11, Yampa (45 minutes south of Steamboat), 970-638-1064, www.fishandcrossranch.com and www.packcountryoutfitters.com

Midnight Ranch High mountain ranch that’s the perfect getaway, with two log and timber frame cabins that create authentic Rocky Mountain ambiance. 67810 Routt County Road 129, Clark, 970-870-3456, www.midnightranch.com The Home Ranch Private guest ranch offers limited dates at the beginning of December and in mid-April for public cross-country ski days on their 25K-trail system, includes lunch, skiing, rentals and tax/ gratuity. Reservations are required. 54880 Routt County Road 129, Clark, 970-879-1780, www.homeranch.com

❱❱ Helicopter rides Zephyr Helicopter Co. Based at Steamboat Springs Airport. Offers aerial photography flights, custom sightseeing tours, charter services, search and rescue and flight instruction. 1540 Meadow Lane, 970-879-0494 or 970-846-4677, www.zephyrhelicopter.com

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Anytime Fitness The fitness center that fits your on-the-go lifestyle (24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days a year via your own security- access key). Offering personal training, tanning, classes, cardio TV’s, Private restrooms/showers, wellness programs, Zumba and bootcamps. 1875 Central Park Drive, 970-875-1130, www.anytimefitness.com

Bar Lazy L Ranch Offers dinner sleigh rides up the Elk River Valley. The three-hour experience features a sleigh ride from Percheron draft horses to a country dinner and live traditional Western music courtesy of the Yampa Valley Boys. Accommodates private parties. Transportation is available. Reservations are required.

Inspiring passionate and confident learners in grades K-8 for 21 years! Contact us to learn more about the Emerald experience for your child. 970-879-8081 | www.emeraldmountainschool.org

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26480 Routt County Road 52-E, (8 miles northwest of Steamboat), 970-879-0095, www.barlazylranch.com Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch In operation isince 1962, offering two-hour horseback rides in a wilderness environment with a free winter shuttle available from the Gondola Transit Center with 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. pickups. 55675 Routt County Road 62, Clark (18 miles north of Steamboat), 970-879-3495, www.steamboathorses.com Elk River Guest Ranch See description under guest ranches. Hahns Peak Roadhouse Horse and sleigh rides all winter long, all from a quaint mountain lodge in North Routt County. 60880 Routt County Road 129, Clark, 970-879-4404 or 800-342-1889, www.hahnspeakroadhouse.com Ragnar’s Offers a snowcat-drawn sleigh ride from the top of the Steamboat Ski Area gondola to a five-course, Scandinavian-style continental cuisine dinner. 2305 Mount Werner Circle (top of the gondola), 970-871-5150, www.steamboat.com Saddleback Ranch Escape for the day to this family-owned, 8,000acre working cattle ranch. Winter activities include two-hour, half-day and evening dinner snowmobile tours, a pair of daily winter horseback rides, dinner sleigh rides to the Double Dollar Lodge and snow tubing on Yee-Haw Hill with a new warming lodge. 37350 Routt County Road 179 (15 miles west of Steamboat), 970-879-3711, www.saddlebackranch.net

❱❱ Hot air ballooning Pegasus Balloon Tours/Wild West Balloon Adventures Hot air heats up the daily morning flights in the Yampa Valley around Steamboat Springs. Courtesy van pickup and continental breakfast included. 42415 Deerfoot Lane, 970-879-9191 or 800-748-2487, www.wildwestballooning.com

❱❱ Hot springs & pools Old Town Hot Springs Steamboat’s historic hot springs pools have been remodeled with a pair of new 230-foot water slides, three renovated outdoor hot spring mineral pools, 25-yard lap pool with adjoining fitness center and child care center. Exercise, Pilates and yoga classes, Hot Springs Bodyworks Massage therapy options, performance sports medicine and swim lessons available. 136 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1828, www.oldtownhotsprings.org Strawberry Park Hot Springs (plus Lodging & Massage) Nestled between Rocky Peak and Copper Ridge, a series of steaming springs spew from the hillside into Hot Springs Creek, partitioned off into a series of natural stone pools. Massages, camping and cabin rental options available by reservation. Four-wheel drive or chains mandatory from Nov. 1 to May 1. Shuttles: Hot Springs 68 | ExplorE stEamboat Winter 2013-14

Adventures (970-879-1873) and Sweet Pea Tours (970-879-5820). $10 for adults, $5 for teens (1317), $3 for kids (3-12), no credit cards. 44200 Routt County Road 36 (seven miles north of Steamboat), 970-879-0342, www.strawberryhotsprings.com

❱❱ Hut trips Pack Country Outfitters See description under Guest ranches. Pearl Lake State Park Pair of rustic yurts available year-round for rent less than a half mile from park gate. Cooking bench outside. Beds but no bedding. $60 a night. 61105 Routt County Road 129, Clark, 970-879-3922 or reservations, http://parks. state.co.us/Parks/SteamboatLake Never Summer Nordic System of nine secluded backcountry cabins, huts and yurts in the State Forest State Park. Yurts set up with beds, wood-burning stoves, outhouses and basic cooking facilities. Reservations are necessary. Eight-mile, out-and-back around cross-country ski/snowshoe loop as well as a 10K loop at the State Forest State Park Moose Visitor Center, on Colorado Highway 14 near Gould, call beforehand. Last week of Nov., to last week of April. 247 Jackson County Road 41, Walden, 970-723-4070, www.neversummernordic.com

❱❱ Ice skating Howelsen Ice Arena Olympic-size sheet of ice hosting an array of activities and programs. Daily public skate times and the drop-in hockey schedule are subject to change, call to confirm times. Public skating free for 5 and under, $6 for youths, $7 for adults and $4 for seniors 50 and older, drop-in hockey is $9 for youths and $10 for adults, hourly ice rentals and skate sharpening available, skate rentals $4. 285 Howelsen Parkway, 970-879-4300 ext. 333, automated info line 970-879-0341, www.steamboatsprings.net Yampa River State Park See description under cross-country skiing.

❱❱ libraries Bud Werner Memorial Library Steamboat’s public library features a newly expanded 25,000-square-foot addition to accommodate public spaces, additional parking, 28 computers, a coffee shop, archive room, expanded collections, children’s interactive Story-time Room and group study rooms. 1289 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-0240, www.steamboatlibrary.org Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus Library A college library housing about 22,000 volumes of books with a varied selection of movies, documentary DVDs and CDs, maps of western Colorado, periodicals and state documents. Free and open to public. 1330 Bob Adams Drive, (third floor of Bristol Hall), 970-870-4445, www.coloradomtn.edu/library

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Metropolitan Wildhorse Stadium Cinemas Digital sound and 35-by-35-foot screens in the six auditoriums with full or partial stadium seating located in the Wildhorse Marketplace. 655 Marketplace Plaza, 970-870-8222, www.metrotheatres.com

❱❱ museums Hayden Heritage Center Experience the history of the Old West and the Yampa Valley. Set in the 90-year-old Denver and Rio Grande Western Depot building, the center exhibits artifacts including historic saddles, the Sullivan Rock and Fossil Collection and a collection of photographs. 300 W. Pearl St., Hayden, 970-276-4380, www.yampavalley.info/history0085.asp Museum of Northwest Colorado Located in the historic former Colorado State Armory building, housing the Cowboy and Gunfighter Museum; exhibits celebrating Craig’s centennial and the work of Alexander Phimister Proctor; and a collection of nearly 1,000 cowboy artifacts and railroad memorabilia. FREE. 590 Yampa Ave., Craig, 970-824-6360, www.museumnwco.org Steamboat Art Museum Housed in the historic First National Bank building, the free downtown museum features two galleries and a gift shop and hosts events such as lecture series, workshops and educational outreach programs. 807 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-1755, www.steamboatartmuseum.org Tracks & Trails Museum Located in the old Oak Creek Town Hall, the museum offers nine permanent exhibits and one rotating exhibit about the industry and identity of diverse immigrants to the area coal mines and mills. Also features the Artist’s/Collector’s Wall to help visitors experience the history of Oak Creek, Phippsburg and the surrounding area. FREE. 129 E. Main St., Oak Creek, 970-736-8245, www.yampavalley.info/tracksandtrails.asp Tread of Pioneers Museum Newly renovated 1908 Queen Anne-style Zimmerman House is the heart of this downtown Steamboat museum where a turn-of-the-century kitchen, dining room, parlor and bedroom bring you back in time to imagine life as the pioneers lived it. Rotating exhibits highlight the historic people and places that embody Steamboat’s colorful heritage. Permanent displays explore skiing, Native American arts, children’s toys, and a Wild West room with a firearms collection featuring outlaw tales and relating the area’s ranching heritage. 800 Oak St., 970-879-2214, www.treadofpioneers.org World Footbag Association Work-in-progress museum enshrining the world champions and pioneers of the sport along with a footbag gift store. 2673 Jacob Circle, Suite 400 (off Downhill Drive), 970-870-9898, www.worldfootbag.com Wyman Museum Showcases 100 years of American life, ingenuity and advancement, including license plate and chainsaw collections, a working blacksmith shop and a new trophy room for rent. The

Pagoda Store houses local arts and crafts from around the valley. Wyman’s fourth annual Winter Festival is Feb. 14 and 15. One-mile cross-country ski/snowshoe track next to the Yampa River. Free. 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40, Craig, 970-8246346, www.wymanmuseum.com Yampa-Egeria Museum Housed in the historic Bank of the Yampa Building built in 1903, this grassroots museum displays the rich history of the Upper Egeria region. Open by appointment only during the winter. 100 Main St., Yampa, 970-638-4511, http://yampa valley.org/history0141.asp

❱❱ music Strings Music Festival A year-round music festival bringing classical, blues, Americana, world, country and family music to Steamboat Springs. Showtimes vary. 970-879-5056, www.stringsmusicfestival.com

❱❱ other Indoor activities Sew Steamboat Carries fashion and quilting fabric, notions and yarn, and teaches basic through advanced sewing and yarn crafts. 929 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3222 Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym Studio space and locker system, as well as workshops, seminars and classes. 1280 13th St., 970-870-0384, www.steamboatartsandcraftsgym.com The Potter’s Wheel Paint-your-own pottery studio accepting walkins, reservations (for groups of six or more), and private parties. Fee covers glazing, firing and facility use with a broad selection of ready-made ceramics. 1136 Yampa St., 970-879-4944, www.potterswheelsteamboat.com

❱❱ other outdoor activities Bridgestone Winter Driving School Offers a full range of winter driving programs for all abilities on premier ice- and snowcovered courses just west of Steamboat. 1850 Ski Time Square Drive, 970-879-6104 or 1-800-WHY-SKID, www.winterdrive.com Routt County Rifle Club Facilities include clubhouse and trap, skeet, sporting clays, heated indoor .22, outdoor pistol, 25-, 50-, 75-, 100- and 200-yard rifle ranges. Annual membership dues cost $100 with one-time, new-member application fee of $25. P.O. Box 773116, (2 miles west of town on U.S. Highway. 40), 970-870-0298, www.routtcountyrifleclub.com Yampatika This local nonprofit environmental education organization hosts a winter schedule of activities that range anywhere from snowshoe excursions (free-$12 depending on location), backcountry tours, Ski with a Naturalist programs (free) and more. The Nature Store sells guidebooks and maps and rents snowshoes. exploresteamboat.com


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Bella Salon Bella Salon offers Apothecari products and all hair and beauty services. 625 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-879-5503 Bella Sol Spa Haircuts, colors and styles as well as skin care and massages that will rejuvenate any client. 405 S. Lincoln, 970-876-9997, www.bellasolspa.com Body Boutique 810 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-6945 Brio Salon & Spa At Brio Salon and Spa, design and professionalism have merged to create a warm, inviting atmosphere where each individual is treated with the utmost care and personal attention. 825 Oak St., 970-870-6541, www.briosalonandspa.com Comb Goddess Comb Goddess specializes in cuts, color and highlights. Featuring Bumble & Bumble products. 1104 Lincoln Ave., Suite 102, 970-871-0606, available by appointment The Cut Above Superior service with superior style is what you will get at The Cut Above. 837 Lincoln Ave., 970- 879-7141

Photo by Joel Reichenberger 925 Weiss Drive, 970-871-9151, www.yampatika.org

❱❱ psychic readings Steamboat Tarot Private intuitive readings with Life Coach and Tarot Reader, Susan de Wardt. Tarot readings are available by appointment at a time and location convenient to you. Customized workshops on creativity and personal development also available. 970-846-6562, www.steamboattarot.com

❱❱ rock/Ice Climbing Rocky Mountain Ventures Experience Routt County’s vertical offerings with a pair of half-day ice climbing trips (Dec-March) up Fish Creek Falls. Equipment and transportation provided. Also offers guided snowshoe tours on Rabbit Ears Pass and in Pleasant Valley with half- and full-day trips and full moon tours as well as half-, full-day and private guided backcountry cross-country ski tours. 435 Lincoln Ave. (southeast corner of Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue), 970-870-8440, www.steamboatclimbing.com

❱❱ salons & spas 10th Street Barber Shop Family owned and operated in the new Victoria building downtown. Offering hot-towel shaves, face and scalp massages, haircuts and more. 941 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9809 exploresteamboat.com

Cutting Room High-quality hair care in a high-quality atmosphere. 800 Weiss Drive, Unit C, 970-871-7861, available by appointment

Advanced Massage and Healing Arts Incredible massage and body work clients will absolutely love. 2955 Village Drive, No. 2, 970-879-2444

Dragonfly Hair Studio For a great style and a warm conversation, turn to Kathy and Lisa at Dragonfly Hair Studio. 702 Oak St., 970-879-6543

Aesthetica Medical Spa Facials, thermage, glycolic peels, botox, photofacial, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion are among the offered services. 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 210, 970-879-2256, www.sandieivinsmd.com

Exclusive Nails & Tanning At Exclusive Nails & Tanning, the name says it all! 1815 Central Park Plaza, 970-870-7870

A Calming Touch Spa at Eagle Ridge Lodge A boutique spa on the mountain in the beautiful EagleRidge Lodge. 970-879-7612, www.acalmingtouch.com A-Head in Style by Dawn Zulian A hair salon with a fantastic personal touch and more than 20 years in business. 1317 Dream Island Plaza, No. 17, 970-879-7513 All Season Wellness Day Spa A contemporary Asian infuenced day spa where the Far East meets the Wild West. 970-846-5907, www.allseasonwellness.com Bee Bop Hair Salon Complete hair services for men, women and children. Walk-ins welcome. 635 Lincoln Ave., Suite M, 970-879-9671 Bellezza By Joan Peters. European Facials, microcur-

The Grand Spa Pamper yourself with a relaxing massage, facial or body treatment. Located lobby level of The Steamboat Grand. 2300 Mount Werner Circle, 970-871-5514, available by appointment Hair on Earth Salon Enjoy a fabulous spa-like salon and quality hair care with superior Aveda products. 437 Oak St., 970-879-2662 Jenet’s Salon Trends Unique and personal salon services in a comfortable atmosphere. 100 Park Ave., 970-871-9478 Life Essentials Day Spa Steamboat’s legendary downtown Day Spa for more than 10 years. 345 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-9543, www.massagesteamboat.com Mountain Hair Studio Your spot for hair, nails and massage therapy, in a convenient downtown location. 675 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-870-1586, available

by appointment Nail Wizard Amazing nails are just a whiz away. Step in to see the magic. 440 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-879-6204 Prime Kuts Haircuts at a convenient Central Park Plaza location. 1835 Central Park Drive, 970-879-3368 Professional Electrology Electrolysis in a comfortable atmosphere with a personal touch. 200 Caribou Lane, 970-879-5211, available by appointment Runs with Scissors Salon Cool, neat, hip Steamboat Hair Salon. We are the color correction specialists! 970-846-3030, available by appointment Rocky Mountain Spa and Salon Your Steamboat Springs day spa, offering the total experience including massage, body wraps, body exfoliation, body waxing, facials and aromatherapy. Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue, 970-870-9860, www.steamboatspringsdayspa.com

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rent facial toning and brow shaping. Located downtown. For appointments call, 970-871-1740

Roots Hair Salon 209 River Road, 970-879-9699 Serenity Massage Offering massage and body treatments in an intimate Old Town setting. 419 Oak St. in the Solstice Building. 970-879-3381, 970-819-2700, by appointment Sharon Flanagan Hair color specialist, located in Tribeca Hair Studio. $20 off first color visit and free eyebrow wax. 970-846-2210 Shear Passion at Tribeca Hair Studio Shear Passion offers a range of hair cuts, colors and fun extensions. Call to book or schedule online. 1915 Alpine Plaza, 970-870-8282 www.shearpassion.com Shear Performance Professional hair care with superior service. Come to receive the best quality in town. 842 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-6127, available by appointment Steamboat Hair Co. Get your hair cut or colored in their new trendy location in Curve Plaza next to Ace Hardware. 2179 Curve Plaza Unit B101, 970-879-8001 Steamboat Spa Nails Excellent quality nail care for ladies and gentlemen. Also offering massage. Mon.-Sun. 9am-7:30pm. 601 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-7920 Styling in Steamboat You’ll leave Styling in Steamboat in style. 440 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-1885, available by appointment The Spa Salon Owners Kim Johnson and Marcia Cobb offer excellent quality spa and salon services. 24 Fifth St., 970-871-0202, available by appointment Winter 2013-14 ExplorE stEamboat | 69


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Waterside Day Spa & Salon A full service spa and salon located on the Yampa River. 1110 Yampa St., 970-875-0271, www.watersidedayspa.com Wildhorse Salon Between downtown and the mountain, “on the way” from anywhere in Steamboat. Call to book today. 690 Marketplace Plaza No. 4, 970-879-1222

❱❱ skiing & snowboarding Howelsen Hill Ski Area Also see description under Cross-country skiing. The oldest ski area in continuous use in Colorado has sent more skiers to international competition than any in North America and is home to the continent’s largest ski jumping complex. Four lifts, 15 trails and 21K of crosscountry trails. Dec. 4 to March 27 (conditions permitting), $17 day lift tickets for adults. 845 Howelsen Parkway, 970-879-8499, http:// steamboatsprings.net/departments/parks_recreation/facilities/howelsen_ hill_ski_area/ Steamboat Powdercats Longtime outfitter offers guided backcountry snowcat skiing and snowboarding tours on 10,000 permitted acres on Buffalo Pass, just north of Steamboat Springs. All-inclusive trips tailored to ability levels includes lunch and image disk from day. Mid-December through March, $400 per guest per day. 1724 Ski Time Square Drive, 970-879-5188, www.steamboatpowdercats.com Steamboat Ski Area Featuring 18 chairlifts, one gondola, 165 trails, a 3,668 vertical-foot drop and 2,965 acres of skiable terrain for skiers and riders of varying ages and abilities. 2305 Mount Werner Circle, 970-879-6111, www.steamboat.com.

❱❱ ski & snowboard rentals Backdoor Sports Full Telemark and cross-country ski touring packages available for rent, discounts available for multiple days. Also covers your backcountry needs — maps, climbing and backpacking gear, tents, backpacks, snowshoes, rock-climbing harnesses and shoes. 841 Yampa St., 970-879-6249, www.backdoorsports.com Black Tie Ski Rentals Ski rental service offers full line of premium, performance, development and junior ski and snowboard rental options delivered to your door. 1625 Mid Valley Drive, No. 2, 970-870-3172 or 800-821-4757, www.blacktieskis.com Christy Sports Offers seasonal rental packages (basic, sport and performance and demos) for adults and kids, skis and snowboards, helmets, cross-country skis, snowshoes and some Snowblades, in three locations. Precision hand tuning shops on site. 1835 Central Park Plaza, 970-879-1250; 2305 Mount Werner Circle (Gondola Square), 970-879-0371; 2304 Après Ski Way (Best Western Ptarmigan Inn), 970-879-3465, www.christysports.com 70 | ExplorE stEamboat Winter 2013-14

Door 2 Door by Christy Sports 1625 Mid Valley Drive, No. 1, Suite 158, 970-879-9170, www.d2dskis.com Fleischer Sport Steamboat’s newest ski and snowboard shop in the new One Steamboat Place development at the gondola, as well as Fleischer Sport Ride, a new snowboard shop downtown. Owned and operated by former U.S. Olympic skier Chad Fleischer. 2550 Après Ski Way (One Steamboat Place); 635 Lincoln Ave., Suite O, 970-870-0900, 970-761-2256, www.fleischersport.com One Stop Ski Shop Junior, adult sport, premier and demo Alpine ski rental packages (skis, boots and poles), junior and adult all-mountain freestyle snowboard rental packages (boards, boots and bindings) as well as helmets, cross-country skis, snowshoes and skiboards. Bootfitting experts. Online reservations available (discounted). 35 11th St., 970-879-4754 or 877-754-7474, www.onestopskishop.net Powder Pursuits The best service for all your snow sports needs in Steamboat Springs. Independent since 1986 and determined to keep snow sports fun, we pride ourselves on the wide range of products and services we offer. Rentals, Retail and Lifestyle. 2300 Mount Werner Circle, 970-879-9086 Powder Tools Across the bridge from the transit center, this snowboard shop with a demo fleet of the latest boards has some performance packages (boots, boards, bindings) and junior rentals including helmets. Discounts available online. 2305 Mount Werner Circle (Gondola Square), 970-879-1645 or reservation line 877-754-7627, www.powdertools.com Ski Butlers Why stand in a rental line? Let our expert technicians custom fit you for ski or snowboard rentals in the comfort of your own home. We offer the same or lower prices on high quality rentals as other Steamboat ski shops, and our reliable delivery capabilities allow you to maximize your time on the slopes. 970-367-4422, www.skibutlers.com Ski Haus International Rents various junior, adult sport, high-performance and demo Alpine ski rental packages as well as various snowboard, Telemark and cross-country ski (classic touring and Nordic skate) rental packages. Also rents snowshoes, outerwear, helmets and accessories (gaiters, climbing skins, shovels and sleds). Call or check online for pricing. 1457 Pine Grove Road, 970-879-0385 or 800-932-3019, www.skihaussteamboat.com Sports Authority Ski and snowboard rental packages and junior and adult season lease program as well as ski and snowboard repair shop and snowshoe rentals. Call for winter hours. 705 Marketplace Plaza, 970-871-4570, www.sportsauthority.com Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare Downtown and new on-mountain locations, offering adult intro-, mid- and high-performance Alpine ski packages (skis, boots and poles), two levels of kids ski packages, adult and kid snowboard rental packages, telemark and

cross-country ski packages, snowshoe rentals as wells as ski, snowboard and Telemark boot demo packages. Online reservations must be placed at least four days in advance. 442 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9144; One Steamboat Place, 2250 Après Ski Way, 970-879-6350, www.steamboatskiandbike.com Steamboat Ski & Sport Junior and beginner to high performance ski, snowboard equipment packages and helmet rentals. Seven convenient locations, including Steamboat Sheraton Resort (970-871-5348) and NewStix Ski Technology and Sales Center, our on-mountain yurt location atop the gondola with half- and full-day demos available with on-site repair shop. Also, Ski Delivery Express of Steamboat — personalized, in-room equipment fitting for junior and beginner to high performance and telemark ski equipment packages, snowboard equipment packages and helmet rentals (970-879-6111 or 800-859-9959). Open daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 2305 Mount Werner Circle, 970-879-6111, www.steamboat.com Steamboat Ski Touring Center See description under cross-country skiing. Straightline Sports See description under fishing. Straight-To-You/ Snow Sport Equipment Rentals Condo/hotel room delivery of sport, high performance, demo and kid, telemark and crosscountry ski rental packages (skis, boots, poles), kid, adult and high performance snowboard packages as well as snowblade, snowshoe and clothing rental options. 970-870-3053 or 866-787-8286, www.straight-to-you.net Terry Sports Offers sport, intermediate, performance and demo Alpine ski rental packages as well as performance and demo snowboard rental packages, helmets, snowshoes and kids basic and performance ski rental packages. Online reservation available, free on-mountain ski storage and shuttle drop-off available. 1855 Ski Time Square Drive, 970-879-8414 (Torian Plum Plaza) or 2500 Village Drive, 970-879-3237 (Village Center), www.terrysports.com

❱❱ snow tubing Elkhorn Snowmobile Adventures See description under Snowmobile tours. Howelsen Hill The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club operates this three-lane tubing hill at the base of Howelsen Hill. One-hour sessions begin at 4:30pm. Reservations recommended. 845 Howelsen Parkway, 970-819-8010 or 800-922--2722, www.tubingsteamboat.com Saddleback Ranch See description under horseback & sleigh rides.

❱❱ snowshoeing Rocky Mountain Ventures See description under rock/ice climbing.

Steamboat Lake State Park See description under cross-country skiing. Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Ambassadors offer free, guided beginner snowshoe tours at daily on a one-mile loop from the top of the gondola. Reservations necessary. Rentals not included with tour, but available from the Information Center in Gondola Square, where the tours depart. Tours available daily. Reservations required. 970-871-5444. 2305 Mount Werner Circle, 970-879-0740, www.steamboat.com Steamboat Ski Touring Center See description under cross-country skiing. Yampatika See description under other outdoor activities.

❱❱ snowmobiling Elkhorn Snowmobile Adventures Elkhorn Snowmobile Adventures is located just outside Steamboat Springs in Hayden Colorado. They offer the ultimate snowmobiling experience with full and half day excursions. Tour’s include endless miles of open meadows and spectacular 360 degree views and panoramas with over 100 miles of groomed trails and 100 thousand acres of riding. Tubing is FREE for all guests. Lodging is available from Mid December through March at our rustic historic lodge located at the Elkhead Historic Ranch. The lodge can accommodate corporate and family groups of up to 10 adults. 524 E. Washington, Hayden. 970-485-0318 www.elkhornsnowmobileadventures.com Hahns Peak Roadhouse Snowmobile tours and rentals 25 minutes north of town near Steamboat Lake. Plus: lodge and restaurant facilities, sleigh ride dinners, and more. 60880 Routt County Road 129, Clark, 970-879-4404 or 800-342-1889, www.hahnspeakroadhouse.com Rocky Mountain Rentals Local mobile rental service offers snowmobile pick-up and delivery. Helmet, boots and bibs provided on request. 970-627-9673 or 877-527-9673, www.snowmobile-central.com Routt Powder Riders A local nonprofit promoting, protecting and preserving snowmobiling in Northwest Colorado since 1984. www.routtpowderriders.com Saddleback Ranch See description under horseback & sleigh rides. Steamboat Lake Outfitters See description under fishing. Steamboat Snowmobile Tours /High Mountain Tours Offers two-hour, half- and full-day and sunset dinner tours on Rabbit Ears Pass as well as a full-day Flat Tops Scenic Byway trip on Dunckley Pass while High Mountain Tours offers full-day, two- and four-hour trips in North Routt County outside of Clark. 970-879-6500 or 877-879-6500 (SST), 970-879-9073 (HMT), www.steamboatsnowmobile.com

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8th Street Steakhouse A unique cook-your-own dining experience with fresh meat and seafood, making you the master of your own meal. 50 Eighth St. 970-879-3131 5th Street Market & Bar Serving everything from gourmet coffee and take out pastries to specialty deli items. 435 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-1318, www.5thstreetmarketanddeli.com Azteca Taqueria Fresh, fast and tasty, Azteca is guaranteed to fill you up in a hurry. Dine-in or take-out with a fresh Mexican menu serving breakfast, lunch or dinner. 116 Ninth St., 970-870-9980, www.aztecataqueria.com Backcountry Delicatessen Fresh bread, fine meats and the best cheeses are standard at this top-notch sandwich shop, conveniently located in the heart of downtown. 635 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3617, www.backcountryprovisions.com The Bakery Featuring mostly local and Colorado ingredients, including fresh breads, cakes, pastries and soup. 1117 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7735 Bamboo Market Health Foods Along the beautiful Yampa River, the deli offers freshly baked goods, sandwiches and wraps, as well as an espresso, juice and smoothie bar. Yampa and 11th streets, 970-879-9992, www.bamboomkt.com

Blue Sage Pizza Authentic Chicago deep-dish pizza, freshly prepared dough and homemade sauce guarantee this pie will please any crowd. Available for delivery, carry-out or by the slice. Check out our new locations in Wildhorse Meadows and Riverside Plaza Wildhorse Meadows: 970-870-8600; 2851 Riverside Plaza: 970-871-0123, www.bluesagepizza.com Boathouse Pub American pub fare at downtown, riverside establishment. 609 Yampa St., 970-879-4797, www.boathousepubsteamboat.com Brooklyn’s Brick Oven Pizzeria New York-style pizza offered affordably by the slice or whole pie. Open late in the heart of downtown, delivery and pick-up available. 57 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-1000 Burrito Babes Get your burritos delivered to your home or workplace. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Made fresh daily. 970-819-1989 The Cabin Restaurant & Lounge Great meals for every taste and occasion, from burgers to filet mignon. Full bar with daily happy hour specials in a relaxed western atmosphere in The Steamboat Grand.

2300 Mount Werner Circle, 970-871-5550 Cafe Diva Seasonal menu created with fresh organic produce, naturally raised meats and wild seafood. Extensive wine cellar and staff of three certified Sommeliers. Torian Plum Plaza in Ski Time Square, 970-871-0508, www.cafediva.com Cantina Mexican Restaurant Colorful, festive and tasty, Cantina brings you so south of the border you’ll need a sombrero. Sip a margarita and take in the charm of downtown Steamboat. 818 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-0826, www.steamboatcantina.com Canton Chinese Restaurant A true locals favorite, Canton offers a variety of fine Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechwan Cuisine. Located in the heart of downtown, with dine in or take-out. 941 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-4480

33400 A Catamount Drive, 970-871-9300, www.catamountranchclub.com Catamount Ranch Lakehouse & Restaurant A fantastic place to enjoy a variety of lunch options, with great food and views of Catamount Lake. 30215 Waters Edge Trail, 970-871-9229, www.catamountranchclub.com Ciao Gelato Offering a taste of Italy in a warm family environment serving delicious pizza, paninis, coffee and gelato. 700 Yampa St., 970-870-7979 Clark Store Offers a delicious variety of breakfast menu items, lunch and dinners to go from their deli, coffee and espresso, alcohol and all your grocery needs. www.clarkstore.com

Carl’s Tavern A place for the hungry, the thirsty and the legendary. Seventh and Yampa streets in Howelsen Place, 970-762-2060, www.carlstavern.com

Colorado Bagel Co. & Deli Proudly serving Boar’s Head deli meats on freshly baked bagel sandwiches available for breakfast and lunch, washed down with a latte or cappuccino. Central Park Plaza, 970-870-9657

Catamount Ranch Golf Course & Restaurant Fine cuisine with magnificent views of Catamount Golf Course.

Coldstone Creamery Create your own ice cream concoction with fresh ice-cream and mix-ins on a frozen stone slab.

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Bear River Bar & Grill In Gondola Square, the “Bear” is the place to grab a burger and frosty beverage while at the mountain. Outside, enjoy the Bear River Terrace and Umbrella Bar. 2305 Mount Werner Circle, 970-871-5165, www.steamboat.com Beau Jo’s Mountain Bistro Proudly offering Colorado’s favorite pizza for 30 years. Casual Italian dining including pizza, pasta, sandwiches and salads. Dine-in, take-out or delivery. Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue, 970-870-6401 Big House Burgers and Bottlecap Bar Offering a creative build-your-own burger menu (all local beef), plenty of salad options and bottled beer, soda and an old-fashioned soda and ice cream fountain. 2093 Curve Plaza, 970-870-8500, www.bighouseburgers.com bistro c.v. Rocky Mountain cuisine at its finest, accompanied by an exceptional wine list and incredible atmosphere. Elegant dining that includes local, sustainable and organic produce. 345 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-4197, www.bistrocv.com exploresteamboat.com

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2032 Curve Plaza, 970-879-0707; 1815 Central Park Plaza, 970-879-0202 Creekside Cafe & Grill A fabulous choice for breakfast or lunch, Creekside is located on picturesque Soda Creek and offers outstanding service in an exceptional atmosphere. Bonus: Best of the Boat Bloody Mary’s. 131 11th St., 970-879-4925, www.creekside-cafe.com Cruisers Sub Shop Simple, laid-back, goodness located between town and the mountain in the Wildhorse Marketplace. Fresh toasted subs, toasties and more for those on the go. 685 Marketplace Plaza, Suite C4, 970-879-1747, www.cruiserssubshop.com Cugino’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant Cugino’s has a wide variety of delicious Italian dishes, with large portions and a full bar. 41 Eighth St., 970-879-5805, www.cuginosrestaurant.com Daddio’s Bar & Grill Pub fare 10 miles west of Steamboat on U.S. Hwy. 40 in downtown Milner. New brick-oven pizza. 970-871-1415 Dairy Queen Serving soft serve ice cream, smoothies, sandwiches, ice cream cakes and more 1755 Central Park Plaza, 970-871-1800, www.dairyqueen.com

Domino’s Pizza Take-out or delivery, we’ll feed a hungry crowd in a hurry. 1250 Lincoln Ave. in Sundance Plaza, 970-879-4811 Double Z Bar & BBQ Located on the bike path near Little Toots park, Double Z is a great dine-in and carry-out option for serious barbecue. Delivery also available. 1124 Yampa St., 970-879-0849 Dreamboat Cafe Located inside the Old Town Hot Springs, a great spot to grab a quick bite to eat after working out or soaking. 136 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1828 The Drunken Onion Get & Go Kitchen Specializing in wholesome and delicious get-andgo meals, with trademark slow-roasted, bourbon caramelized onion. Fabulous lunch and dinner specials also available for take-and-bake. 685 Marketplace Drive, No. 5 Wildhorse Marketplace, 970-879-8423, www.drunkenonion.com E 3 Steakhouse Located along the Yampa River, serving great cuisine featuring all-natural Angus beef from the owners’ 10,000-acre Kansas ranch in a tranquil, riverside setting. 701 Yampa St., www.e3steakhouse.com The Egg & I Serving breakfast and lunch all day, with daily specials, homemade soups and a large menu. 325 Anglers Drive, in Sundance Plaza,

970-871-4633, www.theeggandirestaurants.com Elk RIver Snack Shack Quick lunch fix on the west side of town, featuring burgers, sandwiches and more. U.S. Highway 40 and Downhill Drive, 970-871-7989 Fiesta Jalisco Authentic Mexican food and atmosphere at Fiesta Jalisco is a winner every time. Sit back relax and take in a true Mexican dining experience. Sundance Plaza, 970-871-6999, www.fiestajalisco.net Fireside Catering Fireside Catering is a full-service catering business. We specialize in working with intimate groups, but can do anything from drop-off platters to wedding service. 970-879-9922, 37735 Routt County Road 179, open by appointment, www.fireside-catering.com Freshies A favorite among locals, Freshies serves up delicious breakfast and lunch plates. Famous for their gigantic, freshly baked cinnamon rolls, Freshies lives up to its name. 595 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-879-8099 Fro-yo Self-serve frozen yogurt with an assortment of toppings. 534 Lincoln Ave. (corner of Lincoln and Fifth Street), 970-846-1749

Geno’s Caffe Bar Organic coffee, pastries, pizza and more. 2305 Mount Werner Circle (Gondola Square) Ghost Ranch Steamboat’s newest restaurant and live entertainment venue serves high-end appetizer samplers, sandwiches, burgers and more. Live music Thursday to Sunday. 56 Seventh St., 970-879-9898, www.ghostranchsteamboat.com Gondola Joe’s Base area coffee bar offers pipin’ hot cappuccino, hot cocoa, coffee, frozen yogurt, baked goods, soup, chili and more. 2305 Mount Werner Circle (Gondola Square) Gondola Pub & Grill Breakfast, lunch and après all served in a casual mountain atmosphere. 2305 Mount Werner Circle No. 1, 970-879-4448 Grand Café & Gift Shop Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp’s newest restaurant in The Steamboat Grand, is a cozy western coffee house complete with a country store, offering a full coffee bar, breakfast, lunch, select grocery items, sundries, and delicious take and bake meals for the family. 2300 Mount Werner Circle, 970-871-5500 Hahn’s Peak Bed & Breakfast B&B serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also available for special occasions.

Board Certified, Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Surgeons and Sports Medicine serving the Yampa Valley for over 20 years

Dr. Alex Meininger • Dr. Bryan Bomberg www.SteamboatOrtho.com (970) 879-4612 • (877) 404-4612 940 Central Park Dr. Suite 190 Steamboat Springs, CO

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Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse From old-fashioned barbecue picnics and wagon ride dinners to sit-down dinners inside a quaint lodge, the spot to fill your belly after exploring North Routt. Bonus: new menu from renowned chef Jerry Eisenberg (try the apple brandyglazed pork chops). 60880 Routt County Road 129, Clark, 970-879-4404 or 800-342-1889, www.hahnspeakroadhouse.com Harwig’s / L’Apogee In a fabulous downtown setting, Harwig’s offers exquisite service, incredible cuisine and a wine list to be admired. Intimate setting perfect for special occasions. 911 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1919 Hazie’s Enjoy breathtaking views of the Yampa Valley while dining at the top of the gondola. A globally inspired menu of New American cuisine served in an elegant setting. 2305 Mount Werner Circle (top of the gondola), 970-871-5150 Hungry Dog Walk-up food stand serving hot dogs, nachos, chili and more in downtown Steamboat. Seventh Street and Lincoln Ave., 970-819-2224 Jimmy John’s New fresh sandwich shop in Central Park Plaza. Central Park Plaza, 970-213-3308, www.jimmyjohns.com Johnny B. Good’s Diner A 1950s-themed diner with tasty meals in a patriotic fashioned locale. Offering unique variations for eggs benedict, awesome burger specials and the best milkshakes in town. 738 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-8400, www.johnnybgoodsdiner.com

KFC Everyone loves the Colonel and his fried chicken. 2015 Central Park Drive, 970-879-7618 La Fiesta Mexican Grill & Cantina Made to order guacamole and the best fish tacos in town. Plus a large patio with beautiful view of the mountain and the occasional mariachi band. Central Park Plaza, 970-879-6393 La Mex Family-friendly Mexican cuisine in the heart of downtown. 425 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-4806 La Montaña Mexican Restaurant Fresh roasted chilies, grilled fajitas and warm tortillas, as well as nationally recognized dishes and 20 margarita options. 2500 Village Drive, 970-879-5800, www.la-montanasteamboat.com Laundry Steamboat’s newest fine dining establishment located in the historic Soda Creek building (home of the Steamboat Laundry from 1910 to 1977), featuring meals from award-winning executive chef Vicki Connacher. Western charm and contemporary urban atmosphere complemented by an eclectic beer and wine selection. 127 11th St., 970-870-0681, www.thelaundryrestaurant.com The Lift Authentic cafe located in the breezeway of the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Fully stocked bar with drink specials and great happy hour. 2200 Village Inn Court, 970-871-6518, www.theliftsteamboat.com Lil’ House Country Biscuits & Coffee Located next to Big House Burgers, serving up country biscuits, quick lunches and hot coffee at unbeatable prices. 2093 Curve Plaza, 970-870-8507

Lyons Soda Fountain Old-time soda fountain offering hot sandwiches and the best malts in town in a hometown, family atmosphere. 840 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1114 Market on the Mountain Deli fresh sandwiches offered in this mountain market. Plus wine and spirits. 2500 Village Drive, 970-879-2965

941 Lincoln Ave., 970-761-2023 MountainBrew Fresh coffee, homemade muffins, scones, Paninis and more in the heart of downtown. Catering and pastry orders available. Free WiFi. Also, check out our new location in the Bud Werner Memorial Library. Downtown: 427 Oak St., 970-879-7846; Library: 1289 Lincoln Ave., 970-367-4920, www.mountainbrewsteamboat.com

Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill Steamboat’s best happy hour with $1 tapas and half-price drinks. Fabulous menu options, drinks and atmosphere, with live music on weekends. Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue, 970-879-3773

Mountain Waffle Waffle kiosk offering great to-go fare at base of mountain. www.mountainwaffle.com

Mambo Italiano Fabulous downtown Italian dining, with a fantastic bar, wine list and dinner menu. A great place for happy hour and dinner. 521 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-0500, www.mambos.com

Murphy’s Tavern North Routt’s oldest dining establishment at the Glen Eden Resort, now with new owners taking its cuisine to an all new level with mouthwatering lunch and dinner options. 54737 Routt County Road 129, Clark, 970-879-6046, www.murphystavern.com

Mazzola’s Majestic Italian Diner Homemade Italian cooking in downtown Steamboat. Fantastic menu, fabulous service and a comfortable atmosphere. Dine-in, take-out and full bar. 917 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-2405, www.mazzolas.com McDonald’s Fast, fresh and tasty. Steamboat’s McD’s features a great Play Land. 1150 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-879-0247 McKnight’s Irish Pub & Loft Steamboat’s only Irish pub and restaurant, serving classic Irish fare and home of the 20-oz. Guinness Imperial pint. Plus, Steamboat’s best billiards. 685 Marketplace Plaza (Wildhorse Market), 970-879-7881 Milk Run Fresh donuts daily (try the maple bacon), in the heart of downtown.

Noodles and More Saigon Cafe Authentic Vietnamese restaurant in downtown serving fresh, high-quality ingredients in delicious meals. Lunch, dinner, daily happy hour, dine-in or take-out available. Lower Level of 635 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-1544

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Off the Beaten Path Bookstore Enjoy an afternoon with a good book, good coffee and a good friend. 68 Ninth St., 970-879-6830, www.steamboatbooks.com Old Town Pub Serving lunch and dinner in a historic, 105-year-old Western setting in downtown. Also offering free WiFi, live music, a fine wine selection, 10 beers on tap and children’s menu. Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue, 970-879-2101, www.theoldtownpub.com Ore House at the Pine Grove Restaurant Historic barn converted to a restaurant in 1971, serving hand-cut certified Angus steaks, slowroasted prime rib, jet-fresh seafood and more. 1465 Pine Grove Road, 970-879-1190, orehouseatthepinegrove.com The Paddle Wheel New coffee and tea shop in the heart of downtown. 720 Lincoln Ave., 970-367-7776, www.paddlewheel.com Qdoba Mexican Grill Fast, fresh and tasty, Qdoba Mexican Grill offers up great meals from south of the border. 1755 Central Park Drive, 970-879-7610, www.qdoba.com Rex’s American Grill & Bar Casual dining, exceptional food and friendly and attentive service. Try the fresh burgers, homemade soups and hand-tossed pizzas. 3190 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-870-0438, www.rexsgrill.com Riggio’s Ristorante Exceptional Italian fare and great wine in a relaxed atmosphere. Nightly chef specials and homemade desserts. Happy hour daily. 1106 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9010, www.riggiosfineitalian.com

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Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant The best dang mexican food and margaritas this side of the Rio Grande. 628 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-6277, www.riograndemexican.com The Rusted Porch Located between town and the mountain in the Wildhorse Marketplace, specializing in American comfort food, from signature burgers and bacon delights to salads and a great kid’s menu. 690 Marketplace Plaza, Suite B7, 970-879-1455, www.therustedporch.com Saddleback Ranch Horseback Dinner Take a dinner horseback ride to the new Double Dollar Lodge. 37350 Routt County Road 179, 970-879-3711, www.saddlebackranch.net Saddles/Sevens Mountain Grill Both a few steps from the gondola with delicious fare and amazing mountain views. 2200 Village Inn Court, 970-879-2220, www.sheraton.com/steamboat Saketumi Jet fresh sushi every day, Steamboat’s best selection of sake, substantial wine list, specialty cocktails and martinis. 1875 Ski Time Square Drive, 970-870-1019, www.saketumi.net Sambi Thai food and sushi bar. One of Steamboat’s newest restaurants. Happy hour specials. 941 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-9988 Sevens Mountain Grill A delightful restaurant in the Sheraton hotel, Sevens is a great place to feed the family before heading out on your adventure. The casual family atmosphere is fantastic for all. 2200 Village Inn Court, 970-879-2220, www.sheraton.com/steamboat The Shack Cafe A local’s favorite since 1969, serving hot and delicious breakfast and lunch daily. The pancakes can’t be beat. 740 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9975 Skull Creek Greek (Gyros a Go-Go) A fast, affordable and fun Greek eatery located in the heart of Steamboat Springs, serving up $5 gyros, Greek salads, baklava and more for folks on the go.

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dining located at the top of the gondola. 970-879-6111

Slopeside Grill Majestic, slopeside views of Mount Werner with a wide variety of menu items and an impressive bar. Plus, a great late-night happy hour. 1855 Ski Time Square Drive, 970-879-2916

Subway Sandwiches & Salads Tasty subs served quickly and just the way you like ‘em. Two locations in Steamboat. 2032 Curve Plaza, 1815 Central Park Plaza, 970-879-0707 (Curve Plaza), 970-879-0202 (Central Park Plaza)

Snowbird Restaurant Located in the Ptarmigan Inn, serving up a fantastic variety of menu items in a casual and cozy atmosphere. 2304 Après Ski Way, 970-879-1730, www.steamboat-lodging.com Soda Creek Pizza The pizza artists at Soda Creek have crafted unusual concoctions. Like white pizza? Try Snow in Texas. 1585 Mid Valley Drive, 970-871-1111, www.sodacreekpizza.com Sposta’s Affordable sushi for lunch and dinner, with a great happy hour and sushi specials daily. Try the NorCal or rolls. 825 Oak St., 970-879-4343, www.spostas.com Starbucks Located in Safeway, City Market, The Steamboat Grand or just off U.S. Highway 40 by Wendy’s. 255 Anglers Drive, B, 970-871-1303, www.starbucks.com Steamboat Smokehouse A Texas BBQ joint in the Rocky Mountains, relying on solid hickory logs from Oklahoma to cook everything “low and slow.” 912 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7427, www.steamboatsmokehouse.com Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co. Serving lunch and offers fresh and frozen seafood, meats, gourmet sausages, homemade pastas and more. 1030 Yampa St., 970-879-3504, www.steamboatseafood.com

Sumatera Authentic “Ring of Fire” Pacific Rim Cuisine ranging from the Indonesian Islands, Singapore, Thailand to Japan. We offer take-out and delivery as well as a special reservation only dining room for an intimate dining experience “family style.” 11th Street and Lincoln Avenue, 970-879-2929 Sunpie’s Bistro Nawlins Bar and sandwiches. Carry out one of their fabulous sandwiches or stay and enjoy hush puppies. 735 Yampa St., 970-870-3360 Sweet Pea Café/Sweet Pea Market Featuring items raised or grown in their native environment, for exceptional, freshly harvested produce. Sweet Pea seeks out farmers, producers and other artisans who take special care in their craft. 729 Yampa St., 970-879-1221, www.sweetpeamarketandrestaurant.com Sweetwater Grill Located on the Yampa River with gorgeous views and great meals for all occasions. 811 Yampa St., 970-879-9500, www.thesweetwatergrill.com Taco Bell On a budget and short on time? Steamboat’s combination Taco Bell and KFC will suit your style. 2015 Central Park Drive, 970-879-7618 Tacos del Barco Fresh, quick, affordable tacos and burritos make to order in the heart of downtown. 644 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-7930

Steaming Bean Coffee Co. A friendly downtown coffeehouse offering comfortable seating, great coffee, and made-fromscratch baked goods, warm soup and more. 635 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3393

Taco Cabo Gourmet South of the Border fare made daily with the freshest Ingredients just west of town on Highway 40. 30475 E. U.S. Highway 40, 970-846-2307

Stoker Bar & Restaurant Open daily for breakfast and lunch for casual

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the place for sports fans. Also offers hot wings, foosball and live music in its downtown location. 729 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-2431, www.thetaphouse.com Three Peaks Grill A contemporary steak and seafood restaurant nestled at the foot of Mount Werner. Enjoy a fantastic meal in an incredible atmosphere. Live jazz on Friday nights in “Jimmy’s Lounge.” 2165 Pine Grove Road, 970-879-3399, www.threepeaksgrill.com 3 Wire Bar & Grill Yampa Valley Regional Airport’s 3 Wire Bar & Grill serves a diverse, locally sourced menu with a Colorado flare. It also offers conference rooms for private parties or meetings, as well as onand offsite catering. In a hurry? Pick something up from The Way Station snack bar located on the gate side of security. Yampa Valley Regional Airport, Routt County Road 51A, Hayden, 970-276-5070 Truffle Pig Fine dining and great apres slopeside at One Steamboat Place. Fresh, local, original. One Steamboat Place, 970-879-7470, www.trufflepigrestaurant.com VFW – Post 4264 Lounge & Restaurant A casual, friendly lounge in the heart of downtown. Plus, the only shuffleboard table in Steamboat. 924 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9959 Wendy’s Eat on a budget and get a Frosty for dessert. Open daily 11 am-10 pm. 320 Anglers Drive, 970-879-5513, www.wendys.com Western BBQ All-you-can-eat buffet featuring slow roasted prime rib and live western music. Evening dinners Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays. On the mountain, 970-871-5150, www.steamboat.com Winona’s Awesome breakfasts and home of world-famous cinnamon rolls, cookies, muffins and desserts. Recently expanded hours to include dinner Monday through Saturday. 617 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-2483 exploresteamboat.com


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Anchor Way Baptist Church Bible study and Sunday school are at 9:15 a.m. Worship is at 10:15 a.m. 40650 Anchor Way, Steamboat II, 970-879-7062, www.anchorway.com

Concordia Lutheran Church Sunday worship is at 8 and 10:30 a.m. 755 Concordia Lane (corner of Maple Street and Amethyst Drive), 970-879-0175, www.steamboatlutheran.org

Har Mishpacha “The Mountain Family” Jewish Congregation of Steamboat Springs. P.O. Box 776108, 970-457-4270, www.harmishpacha.org

Baha’i Faith Call Sandy at 970-846-9994.

Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses Public meeting and Watchtower Study at 10 a.m. Sunday. Bible study, ministry school and service meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Spanishspeaking congregation — Public meeting and Watchtower Study at 1 p.m. Sunday. Bible study, ministry school and service meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday. 3000 Elk River Road, 970-879-4075

Hayden Congregational Church 202 East Jefferson Ave., Hayden, 970-276-3510

Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs Meditation and Dharma talk, 6:30 p.m. Mondays. 2550 Copper Frontage Road, No. 201, 970-879-5425 Church of Christ Sunday Bible Class is at 9:30 a.m., and worship is at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. 1698 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-6670, www.steamboatchurch.org Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Sunday meetings at 9 a.m. (Sacrament Meeting), 10:20 a.m. (Sunday School and Primary), 11:10 a.m. (Priesthood, Relief Society, Young Men and Young Women). 1155 Central Park Drive, 970-879-0220, 970-879-0224 Christ Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church Sunday worship at 10 a.m., Steamboat Springs Community Center. 970-879-5729 Christian Science Society Services are at 10:30 a.m. Sundays and at 5:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Seventh and Oak streets

Eckankar, Religion of the Light and Sound of God Worship service is at 11 a.m. the first Sunday of the month at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. 1605 Lincoln Ave., 970-736-0202 Euzoa Bible Church Worship is at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sundays. Child care provided. 32305 Routt County Road 38 in Strawberry Park, 970-879-0123, www.euzoa.com First Baptist Church 143 Main St., Yampa, 970-638-4622 First Baptist Church of Steamboat Springs Sunday School and adult Bible study at 10 a.m. Worship service is at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sundays. 3200 Divine Way (off Elk River Road), 970-879-1446 or 970-870-9583, www.hstrial-mclark234.homestead.com

Holy Name Catholic Church Saturday Mass: 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Spanish). Sunday Mass: 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Weekday Mass: 7 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday. Holy days Mass: 5:30 p.m. 524 Oak St., 970-879-0671, www.holynamecc.org Mission of Grace Baptist 970-276-3111 361 Sunflower Drive, Hayden Pentecostal Church of Philadelphia Welcomes Latin community at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays. 1698 Lincoln Ave., 702-445-9736 Seventh-Day Adventist Church Saturday services: 10 a.m. to noon, worship at 11 a.m. 347 12th St., 970-871-4927, www.steamboatsprings22.adventistchurchconnect.org South Routt Bible Church 970-736-8422 23115 Colorado Highway 131, Oak Creek

Steamboat Christian Center Sunday services: 10 am and 5 p.m. Spanish service: 7 p.m. Sundays. 821 Dougherty Rd, (across from the Fairfield Inn on U.S. Hwy. 40), 970-879-0063, www.steamboatchristian.com Steamboat Springs Evangelical Free Church Sunday worships: 9:30 a.m. at Heritage Christian School with Pastor Dave Tyree 27285 Brandon Circle, 970-870-0321, 970-466-1941; www.steamboatfreechurch.com   St. Martin’s 970-879-0671 301 South Sharp Ave., Oak Creek St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Worship at 8 a.m. Sundays with Holy Eucharist (no music) and 10:30 a.m. with Holy Eucharist, music and child care. Sunday School for all ages at 9:15 am. Ninth and Oak streets, P.O. Box 770722, 970-879-0925, www.steamboatstpauls.org

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United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs A traditional Sunday worship service is at 9 a.m., and “Elevate” is at 10:45 a.m. 736 Oak St., 970-879-1290, www.umcsteamboat.org Yampa Bible Church 341 Moffat Ave., Yampa, 970-638-4411 Young Life Ministry 335 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-871-4822

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8th Street West Carrying the latest fashions, designer jeans as well as shoes and accessories. 827 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9898

Saddlery. Specializing in saddles and tack, chaps and chinks. 116 1⁄2 Eighth St., 970-879-3573, www.bearvalley saddlery.com

area rugs and textiles, with an ever-changing inventory. 970-879-5667, www.davidchaserugsandfurniture.com

Allen’s Allen’s prides itself in a diverse inventory, including men’s and ladies’ sportswear, ski and snowboard apparel and men’s premier dress clothing. Voted Best in the Boat. 828 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-0351

Blue Sky Pottery One-of-a-kind pottery designed and made by Steamboat local Deb Babcock. 1475 Pine Grove Road, Suite 105, 970-846-9349, www.etsy.com

DC in Steamboat Trendy styles for active and fashionably keen men and women. 635 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9244

Extreme Power Sports Extreme Power Sports has been a full line Arctic Cat dealer since 1994. Snowmobile sales, service and repair. 300 River Road, 970-879-9175, www.extremepowersports.net

Dejá Vu Boutique Featuring upscale consignment clothing. Prices on each clothing item decrease 25 percent after 30 days and 50 percent after 60 days. 624 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9056

First String Music Steamboat Spring’s first and only full-service music store. Instrument sales and repairs as well as music lessons. 1880 Loggers Lane, No. 1, 970-871-4661, www.steamboatspringsmusic.com

Elk River Pet & Ranch Supply Offers a variety of pet supplies and treats as well as ranch and farm supplies. 2680 S. Copper Ridge Circle, 970-879-5383 www.elkriverfarmandfeed.com

Fleischer Sport Steamboat’s newest ski and snowboard shop in the new One Steamboat Place development at the gondola. Plus Fleischer Sport Ride, a new snowboard shop downtown. Owned and operated by former U.S. Olympic skier Chad Fleischer. 2550 Après Ski Way (One Steamboat Place); 635 Lincoln Ave., Suite O, 970-870-0900, 970-761-2256, www.fleischersport.com

All That Jazz Steamboat’s premier music store also offers a variety of other gift items. 10 am-9 pm daily 601 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-4422 Alpine Floral & Atrium Alpine Floral & Atrium takes a personal interest in capturing your concept, wedding, party, or interior floral design. Offering floral settings in Steamboat Springs for more than 30 years. 1475 Pine Grove Road, 970-879-2682, www.steamboatspringsflowers.com Annie’s Home Consignments Steamboat’s home consignment store offering quality furniture, art and antiques. Also performs estate sales. “It’s never the same store twice.” Two locations: Central Park Plaza and 405 Anglers Drive, in Sundance at Fish Creek, 970-870-1300, www.steamboatannies.com Artisans’ Market of Steamboat A unique art and fine craft gallery featuring work from 150 Colorado artists. Ski, Western, Native American and wildlife antiques and collectables are a large part of the diverse and colorful inventory. 626 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7512, www.steamboatartisansmarket.com Awesome Shirtworks Offering a wide selection of Steamboat T-shirts and gifts. 635 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-2323, www.steamboatshirts.com Backdoor Sports All your backcountry ski needs for the winter season, including apparel, skis, boots, bindings and more. Backdoor Sports has all the equipment for the outdoor enthusiast. 811 Yampa St., 970-879-6249, www.backdoorsports.com BAP Inc. A local manufacturer of high-quality outdoor goods including clothing, camping gear, hiking gear and more. In the center of downtown, look for the little red house on Oak Street. 735 Oak St., 970-879-7507, www.wearbap.com

Boomerang Sports Exchange Buying and selling the best used sports equipment in Steamboat. 1125 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-3050 Branches Unique home furnishings and interior design. 624 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-2980, www.branchessteamboat.com Bucking Rainbow Outfitters Steamboat’s only Orvis-endorsed outfitter, with gear for all your winter fishing needs. Specializing in fishing private waters and more than 40 miles of river and numerous still-water opportunities. 730 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-8747, www.buckingrainbow.com

Embellishments At Embellishments you’ll find extraordinary home furnishings, accessories and gifts. Most of the store’s unique, one-of-a-kind items are imported from central Mexico.

903 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3383, www.embellishyourhome.com

Bushwackers Clothing & Cosmetics Quality clothing for men and women is what you’ll find at Bushwackers, also Steamboat’s only carrier of Estee Lauder cosmetics. 810 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-2970 Cabin Collections/Steamboat Interiors Everything you need to personalize your home — a distinctive selection of furniture, home decor and unique accessories, including mirrors, artwork, candles, lamps, silk flowers and wine racks. 1585 Mid Valley Drive, 970-875-1035, www.cabincollectionsonline.com Chez Nous A fabulous clothier carrying all of the latest and greatest fashions right here in Steamboat. 635 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-6995 Christy Sports Christy Sports is committed to providing its customers with the best ski and snowboard products at great values. 1835 Central Park Plaza, 970-879-1250, www.christysports.com Colorado Embroidery Company Full service custom embroidery, branding for companies, events and personalized gifts. 2750 Downhill Plaza, Unit 203, 970-879-8342 or toll free 1-888-611-1287, www.sewkool.com

Bargain Barn Steamboat’s best thrift store. 2780 Acre Lane, 970-871-6264

The Creek Company Ltd. The Creek Company manufactures pontoon boats, float tubes, tackle bags, fly-fishing accessories and hunting and camping accessories. 1280 13th St., 970-879-5221, www.creekcompany.com

Bear Valley Saddlery You’ll find the spirit of the West at Bear Valley

David Chase Rugs and Furniture Steamboat’s premier source of fine-woven

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Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory A candy-lover’s dream with too many sweet treats from which to choose. 845 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-6194 Hofmeister Personal Jewelers Diamonds in downtown Steamboat. 729 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-9400 Home on the Range Home furnishing showroom specializing in the creation of warm and inviting spaces. 1880 Loggers Lane, Suite E. 970-870-6777, www.homeontherangeinteriors.com Homesteader An incredible selection of housewares will surely please any chef. Homesteader carries everything that belongs in your kitchen. 817 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-5880, www.thehomesteader.net Indian Art of Steamboat A showroom of Native American jewelry, weaponry and headdresses. 635 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-8481 Into The West & Romick’s Home Collection A large downtown showroom featuring an incredible collection of fine Western furniture and décor. 402 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-8377 The Jeweler’s Mine Custom jewelry, diamonds, bridal specialists, elk ivory, appraisals, watch repair and more. 117 Ninth St., 970-871-1413, www.thejewelersmine.com Jewelry & Fossil Shop We offer the finest quality and largest selection of designer jewelry and Indian jewelry, including diamonds, tanzanite, turquoise and more from designers such as Belle Etoile, Lorenzo, Raymond Hak and Dove. Our fossils and crystals are museum quality and come from the U.S. and around the world. Find us on FaceBook. 745 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-9963 Kali’s Boutique Steamboat’s best clothier, Kali’s offers designer apparel in downtown Steamboat. 525 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-6658 KVC Mercantile Children’s hats, goggles, gloves, sunscreen, seasonal gifts and even some goodies for mom and dad as well as a Steamboat Signature Collection for the little ones. 2305 Mount Werner Circle, 970-879-6111, www.steamboat.com Light Works of Steamboat Offering lighting sales and design in Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley. 1890 Loggers Lane, 970-879-3905, www.lightworksofsteamboat.com Little Moon Essentials Locally made bath salts, oils, salves and other natural body products. Come see the new exploresteamboat.com

location in west Steamboat. 2475 West U.S. Highway 40, 970-879-6711, www.littlemoonessentials.com Lyons Corner Drug Far more than a pharmacy, you could spend all afternoon browsing its selection of gifts, cards and other goodies. Or grab a shake from the old-fashioned soda counter. 840 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1114 Mona’s Art to Go/Toffee Company Mona’s is your place for beautiful prints of the area as well as mounting and framing of any masterpiece. 2619 Copperridge Circle, Unit 2, 970-870-3400, www.monas arttogo.com Moose Mountain Trading Co. Specializing in sweaters, apparel and accessories for the active, classy woman of the Baby Boomer generation and her fashionable daughters. 822 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1400, www.moosemtntradingco.com Mountain High Appliance More brands than any store in Colorado. 445 Anglers Drive, Sundance at Fishcreek, 970-879-8316 Mountain Mattress & Furniture Tempurpedic, Serta, Simmons, feather beds, memory foam toppers, pillows and sheets, heated blankets, comforters and protectors. 1880 Loggers Lane, Unit B, 970-879-8116, www.mountainmattress.com Mountain Outfitters Mountain Outfitters in the Sheraton Steamboat Resort is Marmot clothing central, featuring Marmot’s best and most beautiful men and women’s outerwear and accessories. You’ll also find goggles, helmets, one-of-a-kind logo items, gifts and clothing. Located in the lobby of the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, 970-871-5365, www.steamboat.com Mountain Traditions Mountain home décor and accessories in the heart of Steamboat Springs. Take home a bit of the mountains. 833 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-7976, www.mountaintraditions.com Moxie Home design and consign has beautiful home furnishings and accessories at amazing prices. Now carrying Maxtrix bed systems. 1855 Shield Drive, 970-879-9866, www.steamboatmoxie.com Off the Beaten Path Bookstore This is the place to enjoy an afternoon with a good book, good coffee and a good friend. Enjoy browsing the wide collection of books while sipping a hot coffee and munching on a treat from the snack bar. 68 Ninth St., 970-879-6830, www.steamboatbooks.com One Stop Ski Shop The name says it all. Rentals, purchases, repairs, bootfitting and tunes at this full-service downtown shop. 35 11th St., 970-879-4954, www.onestopskishop.com Orange Peel Bicycle Service Year-round, bike shop specializing in high-end

demo bikes and rentals for the whole family. Ask about our new line of Salsa snow bikes. 1136 Yampa St., 970-879-2957, www.orangepeelbikes.com Ortega’s Jewelers Steamboat’s finest collection of Native American jewelry, arts and crafts since 1898. 824 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-1588 Outdoor K9 Complete array of dog products, including toys, beds, collars and more. 685 Marketplace Plaza, No. C7, 970-439-1909, www.outdoorK9.com Overland Fine Sheepskin & Leather Overland has offered quality shearling coats, cozy sheepskin slippers and hats, leather bags, belts and gloves, and beautiful sheepskin rugs and car seat covers for more than 30 years. 612 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-9770, www.overland.com Paws ’N Claws ’N Things Don’t forget your four-legged family members. Paws ’N Claws offers everything you need for your favorite canine or feline. 345 Anglers Drive, 970-879-6092 Plan B Steamboat’s only store where you can buy, sell, trade and consign unique, quality items. Plan B has something for everyone, so come check out our great variety (also now accepting gold year round). 2400 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7176, www.planbsteamboat.com The Potter’s Wheel Contemporary paint-your-own pottery studio located just a few minutes from downtown. 1136 Yampa St., 970-879-4944, www.potterswheelsteamboat.com Pupcake Pet Salon A delicatessen for your four-legged friends. They work hard and deserve a little pampering. 1878 Lincoln Ave. (inside Steamboat Veterinarian Hospital), 970-870-7931 Quicksilver Boardriders Co. Trendy styles for the active and fashionably keen person. 703 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-6348, www.quicksilver.com River Blue Your downtown location for a great Steamboat souvenir. 737 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-1510 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory A great spot for a sweet treat while wandering downtown. 624 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-3048, www.rmcf.com Rocky Mountain Peddler Fun and unique gifts and home accessories with a Rocky Mountain theme. Delight in the selection of one-of-a-kind finds. 1875 Ski Time Square, 970-871-1569, www.rockymountainpeddler.com Rumor Design and redesign. 345 Lincoln Ave., 970-404-0442,

www.rumordesigns.com Sew Steamboat Carries fashion and quilting fabric, notions and yarn, and teaches basic through advanced sewing and yarn crafts. 929 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3222 Silver Eagle Jewelry Complete selection of beautiful jewelry. 907 Lincoln Ave., 970-846-8263 Silver Lining Jewelry, Beads and Charms A fine selection of beautiful jewelry for that special someone in your life. 1855 Ski Time Square Drive, 970-879-7474, www.silverliningsteamboat.com Silver Spur Jewelry Silver Spur specializes in custom jewelry design, offering original pieces in a variety of metals and stones. 117 Ninth St., 970-879-3880 Ski Haus With a fantastic selection of all gear for the outdoors, you’ll find whatever you’re looking for at Ski Haus. 1457 Pine Grove Road, 970-879-0385, www.skihaussteamboat.com

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F.M. Light & Sons Established in 1905, F.M. Light & Sons is more than 105 years old and still kickin’. A wide array of Western apparel including boots, hats, jeans and more. 830 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1822, www.fmlight.com

Ski Town Shoes Hiking, biking or walking, be sure to take care of your feet while doing it. Get the right pair of kicks at Ski Town Shoes. 833 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7915, www.skitownshoes.com Sports Authority A wide selection of gear and apparel for all outdoor activities and sports. 705 Marketplace Plaza, 970-871-4570, www.sportsauthority.com Staples One-stop shopping for all your office supplies, Staples offers a wide variety at affordable prices. 1600 Mid Valley Drive, 970-879-5428, www.staples.com Steamboat Art Co. Located in the heart of downtown Steamboat, Steamboat Art Co. offers a variety of jewelry, art, housewares and décor. 903 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-3383, www.steamboat-art.com Steamboat Floral & Gifts A quick stop downtown to pick up a beautiful bouquet for that very special someone. 435 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1424 Steamboat Flyfisher Fly-fishing is the focus, with personal and professional service and a wide selection of fishing-related gear and supplies. 35 Fifth St., 970-879-6552, www.steamboatflyfisher.com Steamboat Home Consignments Complete selection of consignments for your home. 1025 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-8555 Steamboat Jewelers Authentic Indian jewelry crafted with gold, silver, fossils and crystals. 906 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-6332 Winter 2013-14 ExplorE stEamboat | 77


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Steamboat Shade & Shutter Window covering consulting and sales for your home, office or condo! Available by appointment. 970-879-5253

convenient locations including the closest rental location to the slopes, just steps from the gondola. We’ll even deliver your skis or boards right to your door. We’ve got the best gear in the ’Boat. Nobody does rentals better. 970-871-5346, www.steamboat.com Steamboat Soap Co. The perfect gift for holiday season and all occasions! Available in town or online. 970-846-7944, www.steamboatsoap.com

Steamboat Shoe Market Steamboat Shoe Market and SteamboatShoes. com are owned and operated by people who take a real interest in your footwear purchase and want to make sure that you and your feet are completely comfortable. 908 Lincoln Ave., 970-871-8566, www.steamboatshoes.com Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare Downtown and new on-mountain locations, offering adult intro-, mid- and highperformance Alpine ski packages (skis, boots and poles), two levels of kids ski packages, adult and kid snowboard rental packages, telemark and cross-country ski packages, snowshoe rentals as wells as ski, snowboard and Telemark boot demo packages. Online reservations must be placed at least four days in advance. 442 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-9144; One Steamboat Place, 2250 Après Ski Way, 970-879-6350, www.steamboatskiandbike.com Steamboat Ski & Sport Steamboat Ski & Sport is the premier rental/ retail location in Steamboat Springs, with seven

Steamboat Treasures & Tees Sweatshirts, long sleeves, T-shirts and more. Find the perfect Steamboat memento. 743 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-1107 Stel House & Home A contemporary mountain boutique offering a hand-selected collection of artistic furniture, home décor, and art for inspired living spaces. 690 Marketplace Plaza, Suite 1, 970-871-0056, www.stelhouse.com Stephen’s Furs Outerwear Find a fabulous fur coat to keep warm on those chilly Steamboat nights. 1855 Ski Time Square, 970-879-3877, www.stephensofcolorado.com Straightline Outdoor Sports Fishing is always in season at Straightline. Family owned and operated, and one of Steamboat’s best-known fishing guides. Also offers low rates on various Alpine ski rental packages (kids, basic, sport, hi-pro and demos) as well as snowboard, cross-country ski,

snowshoe, boot and helmet rentals. 744 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7568 or 800-354-5463, www.straightlinesports.com Sweetwood Cattle Co. Steaks, sausage, jerky, cattle shares, gift packs, ranch wear. No added hormones, no antibiotics, humanely raised, slow aged. 877-71-SWEET, 970-879-7456, www.sweetwoodcc.com Sweet Mountain Tees Sweet Mountain Tees carries all your essential logo gifts. You can even make your own T-shirt with our T-shirt spinner. A fun shop for the whole family. 970-871-5366, www.steamboat.com Talulla A women’s accessories boutique offering feminine gifts, luxurious sweaters, fragrant home diffusers, jewelry, handbags and cosmetics. 601 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-1480 Terry Sports Offers sport, intermediate, performance and demo Alpine ski rental packages as well as performance and demo snowboard rental packages, helmets, snowshoes and kids basic and performance ski rental packages. Online reservation available, free on-mountain ski storage and shuttle drop-off available. 1855 Ski Time Square Drive, 970-879-8414 (Torian Plum Plaza); 2500 Village Drive, 970-879-3237 (Village Center), www.terrysports.com Twice as Nice Shoppe Go treasure hunting through this second-hand

store. You’ll be impressed by the quality of the items. 1306 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-7409 Urbane Music and art provide the backdrop for this clothing shop for the young, active lifestyle. 703 Lincoln Ave., Suite B101, 970-879-9169, www.urbanesteamboat.com Vertical Inc. Mountain fashions for mountain people and great outerwear for all seasons. 2300 Mount Werner Circle, 970-871-1770 Walgreens Steamboat’s newest multi-purpose pharmacy and store, located between town and the mountain. 1440 Pine Grove Road, 970-879-1968, www.walgreens.com Yippie-I-O Something for everyone… with a Southwest flair 811 Lincoln Ave., 970-870-3354 Zing/Atmosphere Eclectic and interesting home décor including furniture, functional art, kitchen items and gifts. Stop in to see our ever-changing selections. 345 Lincoln Ave., 970-879-2524, www.steamboatzing.com

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Steamboat Powersports Top-of-the-line selection of ATVs, snowmobiles and motorcycles. 2989 Riverside Plaza, 970-879-5138, www.steamboatpowersports.com

Zirkel Trading Quality men’s apparel and mountain lifestyle accessories are offered in this new Howelsen Place retail space. 703 Lincoln Ave., Unit B-102 (in Howelsen Place), 970-871-1137

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Skiwith an Olympian I

t’s the Olympic year. So while Steamboat’s top athletes are preparing to represent Routt County in Sochi, Russia, why not ski with some Olympians calling Steamboat home? Steamboat has 88 Olympians and counting, and there are plenty of

ways to tap their secrets on the slopes. While there’s a good chance that skier standing next to you in line has an Olympic pedigree, following are three surefire ways to ski with athletes who have worn the stars and stripes on the world’s biggest stage.

BILLY kIDD To ski with Billy Kidd — who won the silver medal in slalom at the 1964 Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, becoming the first U.S. male to win an Olympic medal in skiing; and he also won the World Championships in combined in 1970 — simply look for the “Billy Kidd is Skiing Today” sign at the top of the gondola. If it’s there, meet Steamboat’s director of skiing at the top of the Why Not trail at 1 p.m. for a run down his favorite Heavenly Daze. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his Olympic medal, and your whole family can join in on the fun with the Steamboat icon, who’s made Steamboat home for the past 44 years. Info: www.steamboat.com.

NELSON CARMICHAEL To polish up on your mogul-bashing, hit the bumps with 1992 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time World Cup mogul champion Nelson Carmichael, who hosts a free mogul clinic on his namesake Nelson’s Run at 1 p.m. on select Sundays (check the grooming report to see if he is skiing and meet at the Nelson’s sign outside the new Four Points Lodge). Info: www.steamboat.com.

DEB ARMSTRONg How often do you get the chance to schuss alongside an Olympic gold medal winner? You can do so in organized women’s clinic conducted by two-time Olympian and 1984 GS gold medalist Deb Armstrong, who hosts the weekendlong classes all season long. This year’s clinics will be held Dec. 17 to 19, Jan. 7 to 9, Feb. 11 to 13 and March 4 to 6. Info: www.steamboat.com.

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