Allison Miriani: Holiday time |

Allison Miriani: Holiday time

Allison Miriani

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It’s that time of year to start thinking about the holidays – what meals to cook, gifts to give and traditions to continue. We hope the holiday-themed stories in this issue of At Home will inspire you to try something new this year, whether it’s cutting your own Christmas tree or trying a new recipe.

In Holiday Feasts (page 91), five Steamboat residents share some of their traditional holiday meals with photographer and writer John F. Russell. From Sweet Potato Chips to Raspberry Amaretto Trifle, I think you’ll be tempted by the creative takes on traditional holiday fare.

While many of our holiday traditions focus on food, writer Tom Ross introduces readers to a different sort of tradition. Ross began cutting his own Christmas trees in the Routt National Forest more than 20 years ago. He’s never missed a year, and he cherishes the time spent with family and friends on their hunt for the perfect evergreen. On page 117, Ross offers tips and rules for garnering your own green.

Of course, the holidays aren’t only festive fun. The constant parties, decorating and gift-giving can seem daunting at times. But there are places that can help. Mountain Decor and One Fine Day Productions have found a holiday business niche – decorating the homes of second-home owners who want their lights up by the time they arrive in Steamboat for the holidays. Read about decorating on page 112.

Web sites also can help ease dilemmas of gift-giving and food preparation, and I’ve highlighted a couple good ones in the Click on This feature on page 127.

Don’t worry – this issue is about more than the holidays.

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Steamboat Ski Area has undergone many changes throughout the years. Intrawest is installing a new six-passenger chairlift expected to be ready for use in December. But how many of us remember when there was only one lift to take skiers to the top of the slopes? In Looking Back, on page 82, Ross interviews Jim Temple and John Fetcher, two of the seven dreamers who first envisioned a ski area here in the 1950s. But their dream was not easily accomplished. Ross’ story traces the history of the ski area through the eyes of those dreamers, from its humble beginnings as Storm Mountain in 1958.

Green building practices are gaining popularity in the Yampa Valley, and our Turning Green with Luxury feature peeks into a few million-dollar homes that incorporate green design.

Speaking of green, I think you’ll like our look at organic foods in What’s In It For Me? and Health and Wellness. We’ve also added a feature called Healthy Eating, in which local dieticians Pam Wooster and Jenny Thomsen offer a meal plan for people who need to keep their energy up and eat right while partaking in strenuous winter activities.

Goodness knows you’ll need that energy during your busy holiday season. Enjoy.

– Allison Miriani