Reality television stars film three-episode special in Steamboat Springs

Audrey Dwyer

— Residents of Steamboat Springs saw a different side of reality television this past winter.

Stars on the Bravo Network series “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” chose Steamboat as their destination for the three-episode special titled, “Kandi’s Ski Trip.”

This spinoff of the regular series showcases one of the six stars, Kandi Burruss — a singer-songwriter and record producer — and her new husband, Todd Tucker, as well as their extended families as they take a week-long vacation to the Yampa Valley.

In the trailer featured on E! Online, Burruss sings, “It’s time to mend, and blend, and come together with friends.”

“We wanted to do this special because we felt there was an undeniable need to mend broken relationships and to continue blending our families, especially since my mother’s passing,” said Tucker in a statement on E! Online. “We’ve never had Kandi and my family under the same roof so it was an interesting experiment with lots of unexpected moments.”

Burruss discovered Steamboat Springs as a vacation destination after meeting Bella Vista Estate owners David and Alicia Josfan at the Hollywood Film Awards and American Music Awards in November 2014 where the Josfans were giving away trips to the seven-acre vacation property to various celebrities.

According to a press release about the upcoming series, Burruss encouraged Bravo to film the Steamboat Springs trip soon after the event.

The first episode will air on Sunday, May 17.

At first, staff at Bella Vista had their reservations about a drama-filled group coming to Steamboat.

“It was something we wrestled with and discussed for awhile,” said Sarah “Sal” Albert, property manager for Bella Vista. “But, the results couldn’t have been better. What you watch on TV and what happens in real life is like night and day.”

In the series, the family is shown skiing on Mount Werner, visiting Rocky Mountain Remedies in addition to a few shops and restaurants like F.M Light & Sons, Butcherknife Brewery and E3 Chophouse.

“The first night when I went over there to do dinner for them was an absolute scream; they were absolute characters” said Maureen Totman, owner of The Butler Did It catering company who served as the reality stars’ private chef. “By the end of the week, they were so relaxed. They had a ball here, and we made a whole lot of new friends.”

Prior to the group’s arrival in Steamboat, the production team spent a few days prepping and filming — giving the Bella Vista staff and many locals a behind-the-scenes perspective of the show.

“They got that small town feeling when they were here,” Albert said. “It was a perfect place for them to relax away from that Hollywood lifestyle.”

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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