How to Know When You Are Officially a Steamboat Local

Air balloons floating over Steamboat Springs

Becoming a Steamboat local is a special moment. Suddenly you seem much cooler to all of your friends outside of town, and not only that, but you become friends with everyone in town, too.

The Steamboat lifestyle may be a mystery to those who haven't visited before, but to those who have toured the Yampa Valley or spent time in the surrounding areas of Steamboat, we know why we live in this great town

Take a look at our check-list below and see 11 reasons you know that you have truly become a Steamboat local:

1. You've met Billy Kidd

Billy Kidd is a Steamboat Legend that everyone is somehow friends with. This is probably because he always seems to have a presence at special events around town and on the mountain.

Billy Kidd won a silver and bronze medal in slalom skiing in the 1964 Olympics. Around town, he is also famous for telling everyone he meets that "Anyone can be an Olympian." If you ever want to ski with Billy, just listen to the daily snow report to hear the times and look for his sign at the top of Why Not.

Moose with Collar Steamboat Springs

2. You see a moose on prom night.

The moose is probably there to look at the After Prom decorations.

3. You go to the grocery store and see at least four people you know.

Head to the produce aisle for an unexpected party to catch up on people you have meant to call. The grocery store saves you that extra step.

4. You find a bear in your front yard.

Once you're a safe distance away, try to get a video of it so that you can be small-town famous, like the guy in this video.

5. You cancel all of your day plans because it snowed 10 inches

If you cancel on friends, it's alright because you will probably run into them at the mountain anyways.

Springtime in Steamboat Springs Colorado

6. You've seen it snow in June

In response to summer snow, you ski in the morning then go biking in the afternoon because that's just what Steamboaters do.

7. Your friends laugh at you when you say "ColorAdo," and they say "Colorawwdo."

But you really know that "ColorAdo" is correct because that's how the other locals say it!

8. You start referring to everything over 8 minutes being a long drive

You also get very confused when you go anywhere else, and there's traffic. Because in Steamboat, there just isn't any traffic.

9. You know several people competing in the Olympics.

Ski Town, USA sure lives up to its name!

Steamboat sunset

11. "Snow" is Your Second Language.

Steamboat locals use numerous words to describe the word snow or snow-related conditions. The region is known for its champagne powder (hey, the name is even trademarked!) that attracts even the most serious skiers, but locals have many other names for the white stuff.

If the phrases "first tracks," "windblown cream cheese," "powder clause," and "pressing glass" sound familiar, you'll know you've arrived.

11. You realize that you've got the Yampa Valley Curse because you can't imagine ever leaving.

When it hits you that life can't get much better because you live in one of the most beautiful towns on the planet, you officially become a local.

Steamboat locals are a special group, and becoming a part of the community is a great feeling. Looking to become a Steamboat Springs resident and learning more about the Steamboat Lifestyle? Contact The Steamboat Group today.

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