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Recharging the batteries – the Steamboat way.

Posted by Kim Filler

When the mountain closes Steamboat switches gear. Everything slows down for while, businesses take a break, and locals recharge, preparing for summer.  Right now we are typically squelching in mud, but this years drier winter saw us stepping from ski boots straight into flip flops. Wildflowers are already laying their spring carpet, and fishermen can spy their prey in the usually murky Yampa.

Last week, spring breakers left town for sunny spots, while the rest of us kicked back and enjoyed the tranquillity. I may be in trouble for sharing mud season secrets, but it seems selfish not be spread the word to our Condos in Steamboat friends.

My top 10 reasons for coming here out of season:

1. Accommodation prices are a steal.

2. No waiting in line to be seated at your favorite eatery (if it is still open – many are).

3. Bike Emerald without fearing someone will come hurtling into you as you push your pedals uphill.

5. Listen to the roar as the ice melts at Fish Creek waterfall.

6. Soak in a hot springs pool all to yourself.

7. Take your time on that hot fudge sundae at the Soda Fountain – no one is waiting for your stool.

8. Walk Lincoln Avenue without the crowd.

9. Snap up the new spring/ summer collections while stores have all the sizes.

10. Last but not least – go for the ultimate pampering session knowing you are paying a lot less. Rocky Mountain Day Spa is offering “The Recovery” – perfect for a tired wintered out body. Spend 1 hr and 40 minutes experiencing a therapeutic massage, reflexology and scalp massage for $115. Now if that’s not a reason to come, I’m not sure what is.

Secrets by Suzi Mitchell.

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