Best bets for October 2008 to January 2009 |

Best bets for October 2008 to January 2009

Deb Armstrong

Oct. 25:

Incognito benefit: You may dance with someone you know and never even realize it. For an age group that’s too reserved to don a costume and get its freak on at the bars on Halloween, the Yampa Valley Autism Program’s Masquerade Ball Dinner Dance is a good alternative. Plus, this function at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel backs a worthy cause. E-mail Lu Etta Loeber at

Nov. 1:

Rams get a kick out of Steamboat Sailor: 2008 Steamboat Springs High School graduate Ben DeLine has become a special teams star for the Colorado State Rams in his freshman year. Steamboat fans have a legitimate shot at scoring tickets for the big game when the Rams and their super-frosh placekicker from the ‘Boat host nationally ranked BYU. End zone seats – at just $25 for adults and $15 for youngsters – might just provide the best view of DeLine in action.

Alternatively, plan to make the two-hour drive to Laramie, Wyo., on Nov. 22 when the University of Wyoming Cowpokes host the Rams in the annual Border War. Tickets for that tilt are $32 for adults and $16 for youngsters.

Nov. 8:

Southwest masterpieces: Painter Ernest L. Blumenschein single-handedly raised international awareness of the American Southwest and its indigenous peoples with his art. The Denver Art Museum plays host to 66 paintings Nov. 8 to Feb. 8. The exhibit also will visit Albuquerque and Phoenix.

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Nov. 15:

Vegas on ice: Dance to live music by Todd Musselmen and Exit 232 as the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club hosts a fundraiser offering more than 200 silent auction items. Tickets are $40 and include beverages and food. E-mail Missy Fraioli at

Nov. 26:

Opening day and Scholarship Day: Scholarship Day marks the first day of the ski season. Ticket prices are cheaper than normal and benefit the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Scholarship Fund. Get ready for the season and run into friends you haven’t seen in a while.

Nov. 28:

Light up the Night: Get in the holiday spending spirit with a chance to win Downtown Dollars and holiday carols sung by the Emerald City Jewel Singers as Mainstreet Steamboat Springs lights the community tree on the Routt County Courthouse lawn. Santa will serve cocoa from 6 to 7 p.m.

Dec. 2:

Jungle Fantasy in Beaver Creek: If you haven’t discovered the spectacular concert venue at the Vilar Center two hours away in Beaver Creek, think about snagging tickets for Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, direct from Broadway and featuring 25 acrobats and musicians wearing 150 outlandish costumes. Visit

Dec. 12:

Meet the artist: The Steamboat Art Museum has scored a coup with a winter-long exhibit of realistic Western landscape paintings by much sought-after artist Clyde Aspevig. The public can have posters and catalogs signed at this reception in the museum at Lincoln Avenue and Eighth Street The artist also will give a demonstration of his technique at 10 a.m. Dec. 13. A painting by Aspevig fetched six figures at a recent auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Dec. 16 to 18:

Go for the gold: Olympic ski racing champion Deb Armstrong demonstrates how to carve turns with ease during the 25th annual Women’s Ski Camp at Steamboat Ski Area. Visit

Dec. 28:

Roll over Ludwig: Strings Music Festival celebrates the holidays with the renowned Carnegie Mellon Trio performing Beethoven’s Third Symphony as well as works by Schubert and Rossini. Local clarinetist Gary Foss gets to sit in.

Dec. 31:

Lighting a trail: Watch Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. ski and snowboard instructors create formations down the mountain while holding torches to light their way. A fireworks display illuminates the sky at the end of the event.