Winter Flyfishing

 

 

Take a Day Off From the Slopes and Go Fly Fishing!

 

Skiing and Snowboarding is the number one outdoor winter activity in Steamboat, but have you ever considered a diversion from the ski slopes? If so, try spending and exciting day fly fishing the Yampa River. Yes, fly-fishing in the winter months happens every day and for the many frequent visitors to Steamboat, fly-fishing has become a must do activity that offers a break between ski days.

If your interested in trying some fly fishing during your vacation there are a few ways you can go about enjoying a day on the river and you don’t even need to have or bring fly fishing equipment with you. For the adventurous or more experienced anglers you can rent gear and buy flies at some of the local fly shops, ask for some fishing advice and hot spots and fish the Yampa River as it runs through downtown Steamboat Springs. This downtown section of the river has a handful of warm springs that flow into the river that can keep the river from freezing in the winter, especially between 3rd and 13th streets. The fishing can also be very good and is easily accessed by foot along the bike path.

My suggestion for a memorable day of fishing is to experience the Yampa River with the help of a fly fishing guide. A guide has the areas local knowledge so you can spend more time fishing rather than searching for where the fish may be hiding. A guide also provides all the equipment and flies necessary, eliminating the need for you to bring you own. More importantly a guide is your instructor for the day. Much like a ski instructor a fly fishing guide is there to increase your knowledge and teach you more about the sport.

For many anglers, winter is a special time of the year to go fishing. The snow creates a quite solitude not experienced any other time of the year and we can see some of the largest fish of the year caught during the winter months. Plus, when with a guide, you may access many of the private river sections and ranches available by means of snowmobile. This offers an unique experience by itself.

The next time your looking for a rest day from the slopes think about fishing. Whether you are an occasional fly fisher, avid angler, or someone who has never fished but is intrigued by the sport, a winter day of fishing could be the highlight of vacation.

 

 

For anyone interested in a guided fly fishing trip contact on some spectacular private ranches or rental gear to try some fishing on your own:

 

“Henderson Fly Fishing” (970) 846-4719 or Straightline Sports (970) 879-7568

Grandpa Would Be Proud

God is A Broncos Fan

As a third generation Coloradan and a 20 year resident of Steamboat Springs, I have seen snow-less days of November before.  But that is why we have mountain bikes, hiking boots, and great beer!  And as a lifelong Denver Bronco fan and season ticket holder, it sure makes the drive to Denver on Sunday’s a heck of a lot easier!  Do you know why sunsets are orange and blue?  God is a Bronco’s Fan!

 

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Yampa Valley Heritage

Ok, enough about the Broncos.  The ski season is under way this week in Steamboat Springs and the snow will come.  My Great Uncle, Loy Ardrey, was the first president of the Yampa Water Conservancy District and a long time rancher in the Yampa Valley.  He talked his little brother (my Grandpa) into moving to the Steamboat Springs area in the 1930’s to help on the ranch.  Grandpa ran the local fuel station in Yampa, Colorado.  One of his jobs was delivering heating oil to the local ranches by a horse drawn sleigh through the harsh winters of the Yampa Valley.  It did not take long for my Grandfather to realize that this was a very hostile environment to live and work in.  After several years, he moved the family back to Cheyenne Wells, located in the eastern plains of Colorado.  Grandpa was not a skier!

 

I know Grandpa is proud of me for withstanding 20 winters in Steamboat!  Of course, snow blowers, heated car seats, and indoor plumbing are just a few advantages today over the 1930’s!

 

Yampa Valley Curse

Steamboat Springs is a special place!  I have bounced around the Great State of Colorado and there is no place like it.  They call it the Yampa Valley Curse!  It will get you!  I am so proud to have some heritage in the Yampa Valley and I love that I can share it with folks that visit us from all over the world.  Don’t worry about the snow.  There is so much about Steamboat that you will fall in love with.  Take a dip in the healing waters of the Old Town Hot Springs or Strawberry Park.  See a view of the whole Yampa Valley from the basket of a hot air balloon.  Enjoy one of the many wonderful restaurants that have something to offer every palate.  Just never forget to be ready for that powder day on Mount Werner.

The most important thing I hope visitors to Steamboat Springs will remember is that it offered a down to earth, friendly hospitality that was truly genuine.  Ride um cowboy!  Hat and chaps not required.

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Written By: Greg Hill, Guest Service Manager and “Happiest Guy in Town”. Greg is usually gracing the Lodge or Ski Inn with his friendly presence, if you see him say “hi!”

 

Anxious Anticipation

 

Good readers of the Resort Lodging Company blog, it truly is your lucky day as I have been chosen to author this edition. You may very well be asking yourself, “to what do I owe this good fortune?” Perhaps the powers that be have recognized my prowess with the English language, the restrained yet unmistakable creativity that lies beneath this cool demeanor…or that my last name starts with B and blog duty was assigned alphabetically. Regardless, we’re in this together now. A quick glance outside determines that autumn has been unjustifiably extended. A cloudless 65 degree afternoon diminishes any hope of skiing in Steamboat this today….

“He who rides the sea of the Nile must have sails woven of patience.” – William Golding

I don’t think the respectable Mr. Golding ever stared at the barren slopes of a world class ski resort like Mt. Werner for hours on end with such anxious vigilance. Watching…waiting…staring…until Mt. Werner stared back. Unmoving, unperturbed, unobjectionable; a solemn sentinel without peers in the splendid County of Routt.

 

“I am by nature an optimist and by intellectual conviction a pessimist.” – William Golding

Complaining about the weather is almost as pointless as complaining about hangovers, free but slow wifi, the results of a recent election, other people complaining…or other people complaining about the weather. My time could be better spent raking leaves, watching a South Park marathon, weaving a basket or delaying an overdue blog assignment.

“It’s simpler to believe in a miracle.” – William Golding

In the November of 1981, Steamboat received its first snow of the season. A fluffy 8″ inches which promptly melted within 5 days. In December, the resort received 113″. In January, an additional 124″. The season ended in April 1982 with an astounding 383.75 inches of Champagne Powder. At the time, I was a year old and had no comprehension of Colorado, the Simon Says game, who really got my nose, weather patterns or incremental precipitation measurements. But I knew what was fun, I knew what I liked, and still do.

“This is our island. It’s a good island. Until the grownups come to fetch us we’ll have fun.” -William Golding

Opening day, November 24th 2016, I’ll be there. I’ll be holding freshly tuned skis, wearing my new season pass and a dopey smile. My legs will give out after three runs affording me time to hit 5 different Thanksgiving brunch/lunch/dinners before my annual turkey slumber. I’ll have fun. And I guess I’ll be patient.

 

Written By: David Bayer- Guest Service Extraordinaire & Reluctant Resident Blogger

Winter Weather Watch for Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Winter Storm Watch

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
332 PM MST TUE NOV 15 2016

...FIRST COLD WINTER STORM POSSIBLE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH
THURSDAY NIGHT...

.A DEVELOPING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL SWEEP SNOWFALL TO THE
MOUNTAINS, MUCH COLDER AIR, AND EVEN SOME VALLEY SNOW INTO THE
AREA BEGINNING WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUING THROUGH THURSDAY
NIGHT. THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR 5 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW
ACCUMULATION IN THE HIGH MOUNTAINS OF COLORADO AND UTAH, 1 TO 4
INCHES IN THE COLORADO NORTHWEST PLATEAU, AND 2 TO 5 INCHES ACROSS
THE HIGHER PLATEAU. SOME SNOWFALL IS POSSIBLE IN THE LOWER VALLEYS
OF CENTRAL COLORADO, WITH LIGHT AND LOCALIZED ACCUMULATIONS
POSSIBLE IN THE UPPER COLORADO RIVER VALLEY.

COZ001>005-009-010-012-013-017>019-160700-
/O.NEW.KGJT.WS.A.0008.161117T0600Z-161118T1200Z/
LOWER YAMPA RIVER BASIN-CENTRAL YAMPA RIVER BASIN-
ROAN AND TAVAPUTS PLATEAUS-ELKHEAD AND PARK MOUNTAINS-
UPPER YAMPA RIVER BASIN-GRAND AND BATTLEMENT MESAS-
GORE AND ELK MOUNTAINS/CENTRAL MOUNTAIN VALLEYS-
WEST ELK AND SAWATCH MOUNTAINS-FLAT TOPS-
UNCOMPAHGRE PLATEAU AND DALLAS DIVIDE-
NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-
332 PM MST TUE NOV 15 2016

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH
LATE THURSDAY NIGHT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS ISSUED A
WINTER STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING
THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE THE CITIES OF...RANGELY...DINOSAUR...CRAIG...
   HAYDEN...MEEKER...RIO BLANCO...COLUMBINE...HAHNS PEAK...
  TOPONAS... STEAMBOAT SPRINGS...ASPEN...VAIL...SNOWMASS...
  CRESTED BUTTE... TAYLOR PARK...MARBLE...BUFORD...TRAPPERS
  LAKE...RIDGWAY...GLADE PARK...TELLURIDE...OURAY...LAKE CITY...
  SILVERTON...RICO... HESPERUS.

* TIMING...SNOWFALL WILL BEGIN AFTER MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND
  INCREASE THROUGH THURSDAY. SNOWFALL BE START DECREASING THURSDAY
  EVENING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...IN THE MOUNTAINS: 5 TO 10 INCHES WITH UP TO
  A FOOT AT THE HIGHEST ELEVATIONS. IN THE PLATEAUS FROM 2 TO 5
  INCHES.

* SNOW LEVEL...WILL LOWER TO BELOW THE LOWER ELEVATION VALLEYS BY
  THURSDAY MORNING.

* WINDS...GUSTY SOUTHWEST WINDS TO 30 MPH WILL SHIFT TO THE
  NORTHWEST THURSDAY.

* VISIBILITY...MAY LOWER TO LESS THAN ONE MILE AT TIMES,
  ESPECIALLY OVER THE HIGH MOUNTAIN VALLEYS LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT
  AND THURSDAY.

* IMPACTS...ROADS OVER THE MOUNTAIN PASSES AND ACROSS THE COLORADO
  NORTHWEST PLATEAU MAY SEE A FEW TO SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW
  ACCUMULATION LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY. COMBINED WITH
  GUSTY WINDS A LOCAL BLOWING SNOW THIS COULD PRODUCE HAZARDOUS
  DRIVING CONDITIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

Airfare sale started today to Steamboat Springs, great timing so call 877-302-2628 to book your Resort Lodging Company lodging and airfare

Steamboat Signature Winter Events

 

Check out some of Steamboat’s great events happening during the winter ski season.

Scholarship & Opening Days

Scholarship Day is the day before the official opening day of the season, this year it falls on November 23rd. Lift tickets are specially priced and all proceeds go to support the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Opening day typically falls on Thanksgiving. No better way to spend turkey day then to hit the slopes and work up a big appetite for the evening meal. Enjoy some of the lowest rates on lodging of the season.

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The Holiday Season

The holiday season in Steamboat kicks off with the annual Holiday festival at the base of the Ski Area on December 18th. The event begins with Santa parading down the slopes in true Steamboat style– on horseback, followed by festive activities including cookie decorating, story telling, Santas workshop and more. A free concert and night skiing cap off the evening.

Ringing in the New Year in Steamboat is fun for the whole family. Start the night with a torchlight parade and fireworks at the base of the ski area. Then grab dinner at one of the great restaurants around the base area or downtown. The Steamboat Grand usually hosts a family friendly party that includes dinner and activties. For those over 21, celebrate the ball dropping at the top of the gondola during the late night Korbel New Years Eve Party.

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MusicFest

The Musicfest in Steamboat is a huge 5 day, 50 band event featuring the best in Texas and Americana music. For 5 days a little bit of Texas lives in Steamboat. You must book tickets and a package through the event, but there are usually a couple free concerts at the base of the ski area to join in a little bit of the fun. Our great properties in Steamboat are available through the festival packages. The event is always in the beginning of January, this season it will be January 5-10, 2017.

 

Cowboy Downhill

Steamboat is a true western ranching town, complete with real Cowboys. Every year during the national Western Stock Show in Denver, over 100 real Cowboys are invited to Steamboat to participate in the Cowboy Downhill. On January 18th, Cowboys each compete in a timed slalom race followed by the always entertaining Cowboy stampede. The events continue with a free concert in Gondola square. The Lodge at Steamboat will continue it’s tradition of hosting the cowboys during this event. Reserve one of the remaining units to be close to the festivities.

 

Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival

Steamboat hosts the oldest continuing Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi. The 104th will take place from February 8-12, 2017. Originally started as a way to help residents of Steamboat cope with cabin fever during the height of the winter season, the carnival continues as a celebration of the season this ski town loves most. Events take place over several days across Steamboat. Some of the favorites are the street events on Lincoln Avenue which include shovel races, ski jouring and a band on skis. The torchlight parade, the Lighted Man and fireworks take place on Howelsen Hill. A winter carnival button is required for entry to events and proceeds benefit the Winter Sports Club. Resort Lodging Company offers great specials on lodging for the Winter Carnival and our free shuttles will take you downtown for events.

Winter Carnival street events
Winter Carnival street events

 

 

Ski Mardis Gras

Celebrate Mardi Gras Steamboat Style. Ski Mardi Gras events take place at the Steamboat Ski Area February 23-28, 2017 and include a parade, free concert, snow sculpture contest and cajun food & drink specials including a Craw Fish boil. Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

 

WinterWondergrass Festival

A new event for Steamboat this year, the WinterWondergrass Festival celebrates two things Coloradoans loves best, craft beer and bluegrass music. Sure to be a sell-out event, this year’s lineup includes Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, the Sam Bush band and more. Enjoy world class music and beers from over 30 craft brewers. Resort Lodging Company is offering lodging specials for the event. Book your condo now, availability will be limited.

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