Guitarist Steve Jones lists all 165 Steamboat ski trails in song
April 24, 2009
Steamboat Springs — A couple of years ago, guitarist and Yampa Valley Boys band member Steve Jones heard a song in the annual “Cabaret” variety show – it was a takeoff of Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere” that ticked off ski areas in Colorado and cleverly was named “I’ve Skied Everywhere.”
That performance – paired with a song by Colorado musician Chuck Pyle that lists every town in the state that has a population of less than 3,000 people – planted a seed in Jones’s head that eventually grew into “Champagne Trails,” a four-verse tune that lists each of the 165 runs at Steamboat Ski Area.
“It took a fair amount of memorization to get through them,” Jones said. He used a map of Steamboat Ski Area and got a look at a ski patrol checklist of all the runs. Then, he went about organizing the trails by where they are on the mountain – the first verse starts with Oops, Ted’s Ridge and Valley View. One o’clock, Two o’clock, Three o’clock and Tomahawk also fall in line. But even after he made sure every trail was included in the list, the work of listing 165 ski runs in song wasn’t done, Jones said.
“Then to get them to rhyme, I had to do some slicing and dicing, so to speak, to do that. And that caused a few headaches in getting it done, but I did,” he said. There were a few minor shortcuts, such as listing all the lift line runs with an introduction: “Lift lines at BC, Sunshine” and so on. He also left upper and lower Valley View with one name.
“It takes a while to get through them all, but that I do,” Jones said. The song got public exposure April 17 to 19 at the 26th annual edition of “Cabaret,” a variety-show fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.
“Champagne Trails” also is the anchor of Jones’s most recent CD, a six-song collection that includes a couple of recent compositions and a few songs Jones wrote years ago. Copies of the CD are available at All That Jazz and at performances by the Yampa Valley Boys and were for sale at “Cabaret” performances. Jones said he sold about 20 copies during the show’s three-night run; he donated part of the proceeds from those sales to the Arts Council.