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Steamboat is Back Open for Business

May 31st, 2020
Downtown Steamboat Springs

Downtown Steamboat Springs/ Steamboat Ski Resort

On June 1, the lodging ban that was implemented as a safety measure in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, will be lifted. For our team at Condos in Steamboat, it brings a huge sigh of relief. After months of uncertainty, Routt County is now open to visitors.

This summer will be a summer like no other. Like everyone, we’ve had to adapt to a new ‘norm.’ For most of us in Steamboat Springs, we’ve been separated from our neighbors, friends and families. Our activities amounted to walks around the block, or occasionally, a hike in the backcountry as the weather warmed. The pace of life slowed and allowed us to take stock of what is important.

Mindsets vary on how we move forward, but there is one common thread that binds us all. We don’t want to go back to the hustle and bustle of life’s crazy pace.  This summer we won’t have the regular festivals and laundry list of events that keep our wonderful visitors coming in droves. Instead we will have our trails, rivers, lakes, mountains and meadows to play in. Restaurants, shops and galleries will be open in accordance to state laws. 

This is the summer that will be devoid of distractions that keep us from enjoying the simple things. The bare bones of this little ski town are the reason most of us chose to call Steamboat home. It’s the people and the place that keep the curse of this former cow town alive, “Those who leave the Yampa Valley, will always return.”

We hope you will return to us soon.

If you are planning to visit this summer, please pack a mask. Routt County has made it a legal requirement to wear a facemask in public, even though it is not mandated by the state.

It Takes A Valley and Then Some

March 31st, 2020

Do you love Steamboat Springs and its passion for offering warm western hospitality?

Like everywhere around the world, this little community is hurting from the outbreak of COVID-19. None of us could have predicted the situation we are all in, and it saddens us not to be sharing time with our valued clients.

The ski area is closed and stores have temporarily shut their doors, leaving many of our wonderful workforce out of jobs.  One local retailer put their thinking caps on and came up with a way to help the community, no matter where you are. Steamboat Hat Shop and Summit Apparel Solutions have partnered with LiftUp of Routt County to raise funds in order to financially assist those most in need.

If you want to keep Steamboat strong, here’s the perfect way to show support. Wear it on your next visit and we can guarantee an even warmer welcome than ever. https://www.steamboathatshop.com/steamboat-strong

Stay safe and well.

The Love Boat

February 15th, 2020

As we celebrate the month of Saint Valentines, we urge you to find your inner romantic. Whether you are looking for love, or some inspiration to reignite the flame, Steamboat Springs is the place to make it happen.  Here’s just a smattering of ideas to get you smooching.

❤️Watch the sun go down over the Yampa Valley from the best viewpoint in town. Ride the gondola to Thunderhead Lodge on most Thursday evenings for Sunset Happy Hour. Snag a table by the window, savor a cocktail and listen to the live music before cozying up on the gondola ride down. $15 for the gondola pass and get $5 off food and drinks.

❤️There’s nothing like trying something new together to break up old habits. Sign up for a class at the Steamboat Snowsports School, or a guided trip to experience ice fishing, dog sledding or horseback riding. Reward yourselves with dinner for two at Café Diva, a favorite among past guests and our team at Condos in Steamboat.

❤️Stash schnapps or a flask of hot chocolate in a backpack, along with goodies from the bakery counter at Winona’s and head for Fish Creek Falls. Strap on snowshoes and follow the trail to the iconic 283-foot waterfall. Stop at the base of the frozen falls then hike up the winding pathway through miles snow-packed forest.

❤️Get your motor running with a two-hour guided snowmobile ride in picturesque North Routt, and cozy up in a cabin at Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse over a three-course dinner.

❤️Relax in style with a massage and a soak at the Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Clothing is optional after dark.

❤️The first ever chairlift speed-dating event happens on Saturday, March 7. Starting at noon, the Denver-based speed dating company Lovebug is staging Love Laps: an afternoon packed with introduction opportunities, live music and après ski festivities. Register @steamboatprings.net/lovelaps

 

Top Tips for the Perfect Day on Snow

January 31st, 2020

 

Boatloads of fresh powder and a sunlit blue sky are enough to make most of us plan on spending a day outdoors. Setting yourself up for success on snow is paramount, so we made a checklist to ensure the memories made on a ski trip, are ones you’d want to keep. 

  • Dress in layers and wear wool or polypropylene. Breathable fabrics like cotton store moisture and will not keep you warm. On a chilly day, hand and foot warmers work wonders, especially for younger fun seekers.
  • Keep hydrated and store up on snacks. Locals love trail mix and Honey Stinger chews to maintain energy levels. If you feel tired, take a break.
  • Wear plenty of sunscreen, and goggles or sunglasses to protect your eyes. Snow blindness is a real thing.
  • Start slowly and build up your activity level. Allow yourself to acclimatize to the altitude.
  • Orientate yourself with the ski area and take a free tour from an ambassador, offered daily at the Steamboat Ski Area.
  • Keep an eye on conditions and be cognizant of warning notices and closed trails.
  • Never approach, or feed, wildlife. You are just as likely to spot a moose at the ski area as you are in the backcountry. Their behavior can change in a second and you can put yourself or them at risk by approaching.
  • On the slopes, the downhill skier has the right of way. Always look uphill when you take off again from a stopped position, or when you are merging onto a trail.
  • If you plan to explore the backcountry, get a permit from the Forrest Service. If you find yourself in a bad situation and require to be rescued, the permit covers the costs.
  • Be careful not to overdo things at après ski. Over consumption of alcohol can cause your body to sweat and reduce your core body temperature. Remember, hot tubs and alcohol don’t mix.

 

 

 

LAST CHANCE TO SAVE BIG ON LIFT TICKETS AT STEAMBOAT SKI RESORT THIS WINTER

October 7th, 2019

Book Before October 10, 2019 For The Biggest Savings On Lift Tickets for the 2019/20 season.

The countdown to make the greatest savings on this winter’s ski trip has begun. Make the most of the lowest prices available on lift tickets and book your accommodation before ticket prices go up on October 10, 2019.

On the fence about what makes sense for you, your family and friends? We’ve put together a few scenarios to help make a decision.

Ski or ride during a regular season bracket between January 20 and February 14, 2020 and pay $101.25 per day, (window price will be $189), that’s an $87 saving per person per day. Or, for four adults skiing/ riding five days in the same time frame, that works out to be a $1755 saving.

If you visit in one of the peak seasons between February 15 and March 29, 2020 you can pay $116.25 for a daily ticket today, or $219 at the window.

Kids Ski Free (ages 6-12) with the purchase of five day or more adult pass.

Restrictions apply all on lift tickets, including a minimum purchase of three days or more, prices alter based on dates, and tickets must accompany an accommodation booking with Condos in Steamboat.

For those who plan to ski or ride at multiple resorts, the best deal is still the IKON pass. The IKON Pass offers unlimited skiing with no restrictions; the IKON base pass offers restricted skiing with blackout dates. Both passes offer access to 41 destinations. Current pricing for an IKON Pass is $1,049 per person (+23 years old); an IKON Base Pass is $749 per person (+23 years old). Both prices go up on October 17.

For more information, to make a booking or chat to us about what makes sense for you, call 1800 820 1886 or visit www.condosinsteamboat.com

 

 

 

Changes at the Steamboat Ski Resort for 2019/20

October 2nd, 2019

Steamboat is gearing up for another ski season, and the recent press release from Alterra Mountain Company shared what is in store for visitors this year. We, at Condos in Steamboat wanted to pass along the latest updates with all our valued guests and friends. 

Steamboat Ski Resort prepares for the 2019/20 winter season with a load of new programs and improvements creating a better guest experience across the resort. At the top of the list for this year’s biggest news is the hiring of a Sustainability & Community Engagement Director, the $15 million new gondola and an earlier Opening Day.

“Steamboat continues to invest in its guests and the destination experience that can only be found at Ski Town, U.S.A.®,” said Rob Perlman, president and COO of Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “We continue to work with Alterra to ensure the future of Steamboat Ski Resort is strong, and the improvements at the resort for the upcoming winter are major steps towards big master plans. A new focus on sustainability programming lead by our Director and the new gondola may be behind the scenes efforts, but the impacts of these improvements will certainly change the experience for skiers and riders at Steamboat.”

Sustainability Programming

stainability Director: Steamboat Ski Resort has hired Sarah Jones to oversee the resorts sustainability programming and community engagement efforts. Jones brings nearly two decades of professional experience in sustainability and environmental programming to Steamboat Ski Resort.  Most recently, Jones served as the Executive Director of the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC) since 2012 planning, executing and budgeting all programs for the organization. She worked closely with local government on climate mitigation, energy and waste diversion issues; supported the advancement of community sustainability and resilience efforts; and advocated for rural waste diversion and energy issues at the state level. Prior to her role at YVSC, Jones worked as an environmental consultant and helped schools develop sustainable practices in the Denver area.

In her new role, Jones will be responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing all the resort’s sustainability programming and practices as well as improving Steamboat’s operational environmental performance and further resort policy goals on climate and energy. Jones will champion the development and execution of guiding principles and an environmental management plan specific to operational performance, energy efficiency and clean energy, waste management, water conservation, education & outreach, and more. Jones will also be responsible for community outreach making sure locals, guests and the industry understand and support Steamboat’s sustainability initiatives.

Yampa River Fund: Steamboat Ski Resort is a proud to announce a $500,000 founding donor contribution to the newly launched Yampa River Fund, the largest single cash donation in the resort’s history. The Yampa River Fund is a water fund in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy and local partners that improves river flow in Northwest Colorado to sustain both people and nature. The Yampa River Fund is a collaborative community-based organization dedicated to identifying and funding activities that protect water supply, wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities provided by the Yampa River. SSRC’s cornerstone contribution of $500,000 unlocked a 1:1 match ultimately allowing the resort to provide access to $1 million for the health and prosperity of the community’s main water resource.  For more information on the Yampa River Fund visit: www.yampariverfund.org

Opening Day

Earlier Opening Day: Steamboat will open four days earlier this winter season with Opening Day scheduled for Saturday, November 23. Historically the resort has opened on the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving, and will now shift to opening the Saturday before the holiday- allowing friends and family to gather on the slopes for more days. As in the past, Opening Day will include special festivities, a champagne toast, Olympians and more.

Lifts
New Gondola: With the installation of a brand-new Doppelmayr gondola, replacing the resorts previous 30+ year old lift, guests will be moved out of the base area and up the mountain nearly 38 percent faster than in the past, significantly reducing base area wait times. Multiple factors play into the increased capacity including the addition of 12 cabins to the line, a more advanced machine running at 6m per second versus the previous 5m per second and better tower setup, and level, walk-in cabins. The elimination of the nearly 9-inch step into gondola cabins will allow customers to load the gondola in a seamless action preventing stumbling which previously led to gondola slowdowns. The entryway and que for the gondola will also improve with an expanded enclosed area, RFID gates moved to the entrance of the building (versus closer to the gondola loading), a new guest resolution center at the entrance and new loading/unloading mats to create a smooth transition to the walk-in cabins. The top terminal at Thunderhead Lodge will feature a new exit with easier to navigate and more guest friendly stairs. Previously the stairs to the snow were steep and narrow, now they will be wider platforms with shorter rise. Additionally, the exit terminal will receive a facelift by adding a timber gabled roof to match the main entrance to the building.   The new gondola follows the same line as the previous gondola departing from Gondola Square and arriving at Thunderhead Lodge at mid-mountain. The new gondola is expected to start whisking skiers and riders up the mountain on November 23, 209, Steamboat’s winter opening day.

Ikon Pass

Night Skiing:  Ikon passholders can now access the trails after the sun goes down with access to night skiing Thursday- Monday from December through March. New this year, Full Ikon passholders receive unlimited access to night skiing and snowboarding during the winter season. Ikon Base passholders can either ski the same night as they used one of their days, or use one of their days to ski or ride at night. This additional perk is best for guests arriving late in the day- there is no longer a need to wait until the next morning to get your on-mountain vacation started!

 Ski Your Pass Off: Bragging rights are part of the skiing and snowboarding experience and Steamboat continues to reward its most loyal powderhounds with the Ski Your Pass Off loyalty program. Adult Ikon passholders (ages 13 and up) are rewarded for the number of days they hit the mountain. When passholders log 10 days before the end of December 2019 they’ll earn a complimentary First Tracks ticket. From there, guests receive rewards at 10 20, 40, 60, 80, 100, 120 and 140 days with an initial $10 dining voucher for the first 10 days and $20 dining vouchers at each remaining benchmark. Dining vouchers can be used at any Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation restaurant. Guest who ski all 144 days of the season receive additional recognition and rewards at an end of season celebration.
Retail

Steamboat Mercantile  Located in the heart of Gondola Square across from Gondola Joe’s, the resort’s newest retail outlet features Steamboat logo wear including apparel from resort partners such as Marmot and The North Face and gift items. Open daily during the winter season starting at 8 am.

Steamboat SportsTM– Sheraton: The resort’s flagship rental and retail outlet received a complete overhaul during summer 2019 resulting in an additional 2000 square feet of commercial space, an improved rental process and more retail offerings. Located Slopeside from Christie Peak Express Lift, Steamboat Sports will be the place to go for equipment rentals of all ranges, and the latest apparel, logo wear, souvenirs and equipment for purchase.

Steamboat SportsTM– Sheraton is one of seven Steamboat SportsTM locations, renamed for the 2019/20 winter season including Thunderhead Peak, Gondola Square, Ski Time Square, Steamboat Grand, Delivery and Gondola Square Demo Center.

Steamboat SportsTM– Thunderhead Peak: In its new location on the snow, trading in skis at the top of the gondola will be a much-improved experience as the resort opens a brand new building offering top of the line skis for demo and sale at the intersection of Spur Run and Tower trails.  Previously housed in the Yurt at the bottom of the exit stairs from Thunderhead Lodge, the new location for demo rentals and sales provides 360 square feet dedicated to Rossignol, Nordica, Volkl and Head ski as well as better mountain ambiance.

New Montana tuning machine: For the first time in more than a decade, Steamboat Ski Resort bringing ski tuning in-house with the latest technology and machinery from industry leader Montana. Steamboat’s rental fleet will be top of the line with more frequent tunes and the waxing/tuning specifically designed for current conditions. Guests may also drop off their own equipment for tuning and waxing at Steamboat SportsTM– Gondola Square.

Seasonal Equipment Storage: Below Timber & Torch in Gondola Square, Steamboat has redefined overnight ski storage with a permanent Ski Corral facility. Complete with state-of-the-art racking systems, guests will be able to leave their skis and poles, and snowboards at the convenient, heated base area location at the end of the day and collect them with ease before loading the Gondola in the morning. In addition to guest overnight storage, a limited number of seasonal storage slots, including heated boot storage, are now available for long-term storage at www.steamboat.com/storage

Flights

14 nonstop flight markets: Steamboat’s air program continues to be one of the most robust in the Rocky Mountains with 14 total nonstop markets flying to Ski Town, U.S.A.® via the major air carriers of American, Alaska, Delta, JetBlue and United. Winter seasonal flights begin in December and run through March, making Steamboat accessible from anywhere in the world. www.steamboat.com/flights

 

 

 

Reasons to Visit Steamboat in September

September 2nd, 2019

 Labor Day Sidewalk Sales

Stock up for fall at the end-of-season Sidewalk Sale, when Steamboat’s downtown boutique-owners display an abundance of bargain items outside their stores. Sales start on Labor Day and last until stocks run out.

First Friday Artwalk

Saunter through downtown Steamboat among locals who come out in force for First Friday Artwalk. Galleries and an eclectic range of pop-up locations open their doors from 5-8 p.m. See works of every medium from an evolving collection of old and new talent. In September the Art Depot on 13th Street is staging a show dedicated to western art. At Gallery 89 on Lincoln Avenue, internationally renowned metal sculptor David Marshall and local glass artist Jennifer Baker will open their highly anticipated show, ‘Tracks and Traces.’

Scenic Drives and Rides

Routt County’s scenery will explode in spectacular reds and golds this month. Take to the roads around Steamboat Springs by car or bike to witness the fall panoramas in all of their majesty. Follow the flow of the Yampa River with a ride on River Road, or pedal the gradual climbs and downhill coasting of Twentymile Road. Enjoy unparalleled scenery along Elk River Road and Seedhouse Road, stopping for homemade treats at the Clark Store. Ride further north, where Hahn’s Peak and Steamboat Lake offer essential viewing of the autumn landscape. Immerse yourself in the scenery – literally, by taking a hike though a gold tinted Aspen grove. It’s the closest thing to finding treasure.

Run Rabbit Run

With steep terrain, high-altitude stretches and frequently cruel weather, the 50- and 100-mile Run Rabbit Run ultra marathons are not for the faint of heart. Those who choose to partake in these well-marked and extremely challenging races on September 14, will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Yampa Valley’s autumn colors and – for the winners – the highest purse of any trail ultra marathon in the world.

 

 

 

Paddleboarding 101

July 31st, 2019

There’s nothing like being on the water on a warm summers day in and around Steamboat. One of our favorite things to do is jump on a paddleboard and cruise down the Yampa River or paddle across the lakes in North Routt. We sat down with local experts at the Paddleboard Adventure Company to get their top tips for beginners.

If you’ve never tried paddle boarding, what do you advise to get started? 

Start on a small body of flat water.  Start on your knees and always be looking out, never down.  There are so many kinds of boards out there so you want make sure you get the right board for your size and for what kind of paddleboarding you want to do.  

What should you wear? 

It all depends on the air and water temps.  It is Colorado, so you want to be prepared.  Even if it starts out sunny and clear when you launch onto the lake, things can change. Have warmer layers and proper safety gear such as a personal flotation device and a whistle. On the river, always wear a helmet and PFD.

We’ve heard about paddleboard yoga, how does it differ from regular forms of yoga? 

You always hear those who have practiced yoga on dry land say, paddleboard yoga requires more concentration, core strength, and balance since you have the dynamic of floating on water.  The boards we use for paddleboard yoga are super stable.  You really only go in when you are pushing yourself to try something new.  Otherwise, most things you do on dry land can at least be attempted on the board.  What’s the worst that can happen?  You’ll get wet.

Where are your favorite paddleboard spots in and around Steamboat? 

Depending on the time of year, the Yampa River town stretch is always good.  Early season it is a fun challenge cause it’s big water and late season it’s more technical.  I love Pearl Lake and that’s why we do our tours there.  The water can be really glassy and the views are outrageous.

Is there anything you should be cautious of paddleboarding here?

Do not wear an ankle leash on the river but one that has a quick release system attached to your PFD.  Also, there is no shame in kneeling when you feel uncomfortable in whitewater.  It is better to fall from a kneeling position then a standing one. Make sure you know and have practiced getting back onto your board once you fall off.

Be respectful of other users.  Always steer clear of fisherman and their lines.  With kids and animals, please make sure they can swim and always have them wear a PFD. The river isn’t a good place to start for anyone unless you are taking a lesson with certified and capable instructors. Also, don’t leave any trash behind.

How fit do you need to be to paddleboard?

If you’re not fit when you start, you will be after a few weeks of regular paddling.  Paddleboarding in a river requires you to be a good swimmer and fit enough to be able to get back on your board in moving water, rather quickly at times.  On bigger lakes, some people get wind blown to the other side and do not have the strength to paddle upwind to get back to the dock.  You definitely want to be in decent shape, being prepared is always better than being surprised.

 

To find out more about renting a board, or taking a lesson check out www.paddleboardadventurecompany.com

 

Tubing on the Yampa River – All You Need to Know

June 30th, 2019

During warm summer days the cool water of the Yampa River is a magnet for tourists and locals. Paddle boarders, tubers, kayakers, anglers and rafters all diverge beyond its beautiful banks, which led the City of Steamboat Springs to form a strict guideline for users.

  • Avoid standing or walking on the river bed (except fisherman)
  • Dogs allowed per leash laws
  • Life jackets, flotation devices and proper footwear recommended
  • No alcohol
  • No bathing or diapers in the river
  • No glass
  • No littering
  • No Styrofoam coolers
  • Respect other river users
  • Respect private property

Tubers can use their own tubes or rent them. Backdoor Sports at 841 Yampa Street has been running watersports on the Yampa River for years. Their published ‘frequently asked questions’ answers all you need to know about renting a tube for a float on the Yampa.

Guest: Where do we start tubing and where do we finish?

Backdoor Sports: Tubing starts from our shop location at 841 Yampa Street. Tubers will float approximately 2 miles down river to just past the James Brown Soul Center Of The Universe bridge, where there is a large sign directing tubers to exit the river and a takeout. Tubers are then shuttled back to the shop.

Guest: How long does this take?

Backdoor Sports: The time of the tube ride depends on the flow pace of the river. Generally in peak tubing season, the trip is just over an hour.

Guest: How do we get back?

Backdoor Sports: We continuously run shuttles between the takeout and the shop.

Guest: How far do we tube?

Backdoor Sports: The tube ride is approximately two miles down the Yampa River.

Guest: Can I wear flip-flops?

Backdoor Sports: Sorry, no flip-flops allowed, shoes/sandals with a heel strap or closed heel are required. We rent river shoes for $3, should you need them.

Guest: What didn’t I think of?

Backdoor Sports: If you wear sunglasses or prescription eyewear, a safety strap is highly recommended to prevent them from falling and getting lost in the river. We sell Croakies safety straps, which are available at the tubing desk. Sunscreen is highly recommended.

 

 

 

Tips for Safely Viewing Wildlife In Steamboat Springs

April 30th, 2019

Peakaboo by the Steamboat Pilot

Did you know Colorado is home to more than 960 species of wildlife? While that is an exciting prospect to animal and bird lovers who come to visit the state, it can be a challenge for the animals themselves. Knowing how to appreciate and view wildlife safely is paramount to the safety of both humans and animals.

In Steamboat, sightings of black bears, moose and elk have become a frequent occurrence in urban areas. We urge everyone to remember that the wildlife you see is indeed wild and should never be approached. At Condos in Steamboat, we reached out to Colorado Parks and Wildlife for safety tips to share with our guests who are on a mission to seek out the furry and feathered members of our community.

  • Time your outing for morning or evening, when wildlife are most active.
  • Wear earth-tone clothes, like gray, khaki and olive green. Animals will tolerate you better if you blend into the surroundings.
  • Keep your distance, for the safety and comfort of both animals and people. If an animal changes its behavior, stops eating or seems nervous at your presence, it’s time to back away.
  • Stay quiet and still. Noise and quick movements mean “danger” to wildlife. They may run or fly off, sometimes leaving their nests or young unprotected. Never chase or harass wildlife.
  • Look to the edges of the landscape, (where the forest meets the meadow for example), because many wildlife species spend time along habitat edges.
  • Look for movement, shapes, and color contrasts. Motion is the best giveaway. Also, look for parts of an animal such as its head, tail, ear, wing, or antler.
  • Use binoculars, a spotting scope, or a telephoto lens for a close-up view.
  • Use your car as a viewing blind. Pull safely off the road. Respect others who are viewing the same animals.
  • Avoid animals that behave unexpectedly or aggressively. They may be ill, injured, or have young nearby.
  • Leave your pets at home. Pets hinder wildlife watching. They can chase, injure or kill wildlife, or be injured or killed themselves.
  • Do not feed wild animals. It can change their behavior in ways that can be harmful—both to them and to people. Reserve feeding for ‘backyard’ birds.

 


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