Tom Ross: Steamboat’s Winter Expo runs gamut from organic honey to Uncle Shiny |

Tom Ross: Steamboat’s Winter Expo runs gamut from organic honey to Uncle Shiny

— Steamboat residents who haven’t caught on to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s Winter Mixer are missing out on a top-notch opportunity for schmoozing.

Some of the best restaurants in town were handing out delectable appetizers and tiny desserts at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort ballroom Wednesday night.

The Winter Mixer is intended to allow business people in the resort industry to swap business cards and make each other aware of the services they provide just before large numbers of skiers and snowboarders descend on the ‘Boat. The prime targets for the mixer are hotel and condo concierges, front desk clerks and shuttle van drivers who exert a great deal of influence on vacationers through personal contact.

But the rest of us are welcome to find out what what’s new and different for ski season. And to schmooze.

One of the pieces of news I gathered at the expo is that Honey Stinger, of Steamboat Springs, is selling honey in addition to the company’s wildly popular Honey Stinger energy chews, gels and waffles. What a novel idea!

Honey Stinger’s True Source Certified Organic Wildflower Honey is harvested from hives located only on one of two islands, according to direct sales representative Sam Daniels. One of them is located off the coast of Brazil and another off the coast of Canada. By collecting honey from offshore islands, Honey Stinger can be assured the bees have not encountered pesticides, Daniels said.

“Amazon sells tons of it,” he added.

The honey is dark amber in color, a sign that it is high in antioxidants.

Fitness companies also were represented at the expo, offering an opportunity to work off the calories being served at nearby booths.

Old Town Hot Springs Fitness Director Marietta Roberts unveiled the “Biggest Winter Wellness Challenge.”

Roberts said people who need a little extra motivation to stick to their New Year’s fitness resolutions are invited to rack up points and maybe even win fabulous prizes while they lose weight, improve their overall fitness and gain muscle. They can even form a challenge group to up the ante on motivation.

For $35 for members and $125 for non-members (which includes an eight-week membership), participants can obtain a free fitness assessment with a personal trainer, then score points by attending group classes, swimming in the lap pool and working out in the fitness center. Register at the front desk, attend an orientation from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 3 and begin tracking your fitness activities and earn points through Feb. 28.

Also this winter at Old Town Hot Springs, Leigh Rushton and Kristin Mossman will lead the Les Mills program of weight lifting for people of all ages.

Shifting from barbells to twanging guitars, Heather Shore, associate director of the Chief Theater, was promoting a special concert that will take place in downtown Steamboat right in the midst of the biggest musical event of the winter, MusicFest at Steamboat.

MusicFest is primarily for vacationers from the Free Republic of Texas and neighboring states who purchase tour packages to Steamboat that include lift tickets and private concerts. It’s a great event, and MusicFest has been incredibly loyal to Steamboat. But aside from a handful of outdoor shows, it’s difficult for most locals to gain access to the big performance tent.

Shore said the Uncle Shiny Show on Jan. 5, at the Chief is intended to attract MusicFest participants to join locals at the downtown venue.

Really? You haven’t heard of Uncle Shiny? Shore said the acoustic set will be performed by Kevin Galloway, of Uncle Lucius, and Kev Russell, of Shinyribs, hence Uncle Shiny. Tickets are $15, but if you cough up another $5, admission is good for the full Uncle Lucius set later that night, just a couple of doors away at Schmiggity’s.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1

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