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104th Annual Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival Schedule

Winter Carnival is one of Steamboat's two favorite weekends of the year. It is also easily the easiest time of the year to understand why Steamboat Springs is special. The best thing about Steamboat is the sense of community here. Part of that sense of community is our dedication to mountain life and Winter Carnival shows that off all in one long weekend like nothing else. Where else closes a US Highway through their downtown for two mornings to cover it with snow and drag kids behind galloping horses, gives 6 year olds flares to ski down an icy slope at night, has a lighted man that sets off fireworks from his back while skiing, ski jumpers flying through a ring of fire, fireworks, and more

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It’s hard to believe that 20 years ago it was a rare siting to see a moose in Colorado. During the 1970s, only a few stray moose wandered the state. Their numbers were slowly increasing, but not enough to boost the population. In 1978, The Colorado division of Wildlife arranged the first transplant of 12 Utah moose into the Walden area. Then in 1979, 12 more Wyoming moose were transplanted in the same area. After one more transplant in 1987, their numbers soared.

As this population grew, they began migrating over the Continental Divide and into Routt County. The Yampa Valley is ideal habitat for moose and without any natural predators their population is thriving. Moose can be seen almost on any given day in Steamboat Springs. They

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As the sun starts to set a little earlier over the Yampa Valley and the crisp morning air breaks to beautiful afternoons, the peaks and valleys surrounding Steamboat Springs transform into one of the most beautiful spots in the state. Autumn is upon us and there is no better time to enjoy this wonderful place we call home. Many locals are calling this one of the most spectacular displays of colors they have seen in years. There is still time to enjoy the wonderful colors surrounding Routt County, but the seasons are changing quickly and the magic could disappear overnight.

 Fall is unforgettable in Steamboat Springs. Our favorite fall activities range from riding the golden stands of Aspens on Emerald Mountain, hiking the trails around

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Bright blue skies, 60 degree temperatures and tacky single track. Sounds like a perfect summer day to be riding trails of Emerald Mountain. With storm clouds on the horizon, I grabbed my bike for on last adventure. The Fat Lady was about to sing and I wanted to head up for one last song. As ski areas across the country begin turning on their lifts for the season, we are holding out for one final day. Our snow guns are ready and the high country is already painted white after receiving over a foot of snow in the past week. Mother Nature graced us with one more beautiful day. It's all set to change over night and in the morning we might wake up to a winter wonderland. Emerald Mountain has seen some changes over the past few months. New and exciting

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  As the air starts to get crisp and the days grow shorter, folks in Steamboat start thinking about winter and the Champagne Power© that will soon be blanketing our slopes. The ski and boards get pulled from storage and the first coat of wax gets applied in anticipation of another big snow year. Winter and the skiing is what brought most of us here to Steamboat Springs Colorado. Yet if you have spent a season other than winter here you will know why we call this special place home. From mid-September through mid-October, the mountains and valleys surrounding Routt county start their amazing transformation. It begins in the highs peaks, then quickly makes it's way to the river bottoms. Fall is one of our favorite times of the year and for the next few

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  For the next several days, the roads and streets of Routt County Colorado will once again be filled with the exciting sounds of Cowbells ringing, people cheering, and the shifting of bikes into sprint mode. Steamboat Springs Colorado will once again take center stage and for two brief days, the world will be watching as the 5th annual USA Pro Challenge begins it's epic journey through the mountains of Colorado. Cycling's top athletes, both men and women, will race more than 850 miles in just 7 days through some of the most breath taking scenery culminating in the streets of downtown Denver. It will be amazing to watch this year's race unfold and Steamboat Springs is where it all begins. Good Luck to our local pro Amy Charity, racing for the

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  Colorado's summers may be short, but for a few weeks, starting in mid-July and running until the end of August, we are treated to a wildflower extravaganza. As the last remaining snow drifts melt and the sun reaches it's pinnacle, the high country surrounding Steamboat Springs Colorado is transformed into a rainbow of colors. This site is to hard to explain and must be seen for yourself. Fields of green suddenly burst alive with splashes of reds, yellows and purples. Behind every rock, growing out of old stumps and sprouting up from seemly barren ground there seems to be a flower growing. There are many places around Colorado to witness this brief miracle, but one of the most popular destinations is Rabbit Ears Pass. Located a short drive from

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“March comes in like a Lion and out like a Lamb.” The old proverb might not hold true in many parts of the country, but it's never more apparent than in the mountains of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. As the days grow longer and the sun shines a little brighter in the western hemisphere, spring begins to kiss the cheeks of the folks in Routt County. This time of year divides us between the sun seekers and the winter holdouts. There are many that won't let go of the skiing and will make turns on the last flake of snow until it has drained into the river.  On the opposite hand, the sun seekers will search for anything warm and dry. 

March can be some of the best skiing there is all year. As the lion roars in, the early spring storms usually create large

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  In Curve Plaza on the west end of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, sits a quaint little breakfast joint tucked between a liquor store and a gas station. Hidden in the shadows of it’s bigger brother, Big House Burgers, you will find Lil’ House Country Biscuits and Coffee. They serve up some of the best biscuit sandwiches outside the state of North Carolina.

While out early this morning running some quick errands and before the day kicked into high gear, I decided to stop in for a quick bite. The sweet smell of freshly cooked biscuits greeted me at the door and I immediately knew what I wanted.  Lil’ House serves a vast array of breakfast goodies, but it was the biscuit sandwich with egg, cheese and bacon that was calling my name. Not a biscuit fan;

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 My fly line goes tight as my strike indicator disappears under the surface, “Fish on” I yell. The large rainbow trout breaches the icy waters of the Yampa River and starts a frantic run upstream. Scrambling to keep him close, I make a mad dash after him, stumbling over the ice covered rocks and trying to keep myself upright. The snow covered slopes of the Steamboat Ski Resort are my backdrop and the beautiful waters of the Yampa take center stage on this beautiful blue bird sunny day.

 Today, I take a welcome break from skiing the mountain to survey the local waters throughout downtown Steamboat Springs. Fly fishing the winter season can be some of the most rewarding times of the year. The quiet banks of the river see very few anglers during these

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