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Bob Congdon, Mike Loomis mountain bike 680 miles of Baja Divide

September 3, 2018 — While the rest of us were praying for snow on Mt. Werner this January, two locals, Mike Loomis and Bob Congdon, were pedaling through sand—biking 680 miles of the 1,700-mile Baja Divide Trail, to be exact.

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Mike Schlichtman biked more than 5,000 miles coast to coast in 48 days

August 27, 2018 — Let’s see … mountain bike 5,100 miles from North Carolina’s Outer Banks to Oregon’s Pacific Coast? Why not?

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Verve Culture: Local mother-daughter duo delights in artisan gifts from other cultures

August 20, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — It's lunchtime, and Jules Vertrees is casually pressing homemade tortillas. "The thing about tortillas is that they're just like pancakes," she said. "The first one never seems to work out." Continuing to press the simple masa flour and water mixture into her

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Terry and Lance Ostrom circumnavigate Palau, Micronesia, on SUPs

August 20, 2018 — Doing the first standup paddleboard circumnavigation of an island in Palau is a far cry from shredding the slopes of Steamboat. But swapping snowboards for sups, that’s what father-and-son locals Terry and Lance Ostrom found themselves on during an eight-day paddle in February through a remote archipelago between Guam and the Philippines.

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Pride and relief for Kim Hess after climbing Seven Summits

August 13, 2018 — On March 11, Steamboat resident Kim Hess along with her brother, Steven, became the first brother-sister team to complete the Seven Summits, climbing the highest peak on each continent.

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Riding the wave with Hala Gear founder Peter Hall

August 12, 2018 — From the editor: The following is excerpted from the Summer 2018 issue of Steamboat Living magazine, highlighting locals' top adventures from 2017. It's 3 p.m. on a June afternoon, and Hala Gear founder Peter Hall is in his "office,” pumping his new Milligram stand-up paddleboard

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Roll ‘em! A reel-to-reel rundown of Steamboat’s film festivals

August 6, 2018 — Steamboat Springs might not be Telluride, Sundance or Banff when it comes to film festivals. But it still showcases its fair share of celluloid, with a smattering of film festivals year-round. "Some festivals are collections of films with a common theme, and others are judge-based

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5 minutes with NHL goaltender Curtis McElhinney

August 6, 2018 — Play drop-in hockey at Howelsen Ice Arena and it might be a little harder to score sometimes. One of town's newest locals is NHL goaltender Curtis McElhinney, 34, currently wearing jersey No. 35 for the Toronto Maple Leafs. McElhinney played goalie for Colorado College before

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Steamboat Living: Steamboat Scuttlebutt

August 6, 2018 — Betja didn't know Backcountry Delicatessen co-owner Peter Boniface is from — wait for it — Sandwich, Massachusetts! Get Routty! Freshly christened name of a 46-foot Leopard catamaran purchased by locals Ren and Heather Marten, which they plan on sailing the Seven Seas, starting this fall

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Steamboat Signature Cocktail: Low’s Tennessee Three

August 6, 2018 — Known for its Southern cooking and atmosphere, Low’s Country Kitchen whips up a mean fried chicken, but what about its Southern cocktails? Cocktail curator Rena Day provides an inside look at how to make one of the restaurant's most popular (and delicious) concoctions.  What makes

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Spotlight: Routt County Riders Executive Director Kelly Northcutt

August 6, 2018 — There's a new chief in the saddle of Routt County Riders, and she's the right person for the job. Born and raised in Steamboat Springs, Executive Director Kelly Northcutt, 28, earned her master’s degree in environmental management from Portland State University, with a thesis on

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Allen Belshaw, Eric Meyer traverse Kauai in 60-hour sufferfest

August 6, 2018 — While traversing the island of Kauai might sound like a cakewalk, picking fresh mangos and plunging into waterfall pools, locals Allen Belshaw and Eric Meyer beg to differ.

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Eugene Buchanan explores remnants of Cold War caves while sea kayaking Croatia

July 30, 2018 — The Cold War cannons are long gone, but their tunnels remain — catacombs bored deep into a limestone hillside on the Croatian island of Molat. They were positioned to blast intruders entering Yugoslavian waters in the northern Dalmatian Islands of the Adriatic Sea.

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Jennie Lay finds prolific wildlife on unforgettable Galapagos trip

July 23, 2018 — The Galapagos produce a perennial fountain of cool photos. If you’re a fan of science or travel mags, you’ve certainly spied the islands’ curious wildlife and stark volcanic landscape. You’ve probably had Instagram encounters, too: the cerulean foot of a blue-footed booby, the Godzilla-like gaze of a marine iguana, the lumbering girth of giant tortoises.

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Steamboat’s Jimmy Howe biked to 50 14ers and climbed them, too

July 16, 2018 — Hayden native and Steamboat resident Jimmy Howe embarked upon an 1,800-mile, self-supported, bike-packing trip last summer in which he also hiked 50 14ers (including Mount Rainier and Mount Shasta) and ascended nearly 350,000 vertical feet, both biking and hiking.

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Best of the Boat: Best Architect — Brandt Vanderbosch/Vertical Arts

November 20, 2017 — It's a special architectural firm that is willing to take on such details as designing custom dining tables and logos for entry gates. Those are just a few examples of how far architect Brandt Vanderbosch, principal, and his team at Vertical Arts is willing to

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Best of the Boat: Best BBQ — Moe’s Original Bar B Que

November 20, 2017 — Credit the meat and a great staff. Those are the reasons, says Moe’s Original Bar B Que co-owner Chris Gander, behind the barbeque franchise in west Steamboat Springs winning this year's Best BBQ category. "We have the greatest staff in the world," says Gander. "They're

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Cover shoot outtakes with Cristen Malia from Steamboat Living’s winter edition

November 20, 2017 — For the winter edition of Steamboat Living, we decided to showcase a few bests from the 2017 Best of the Boat contest. Best Yoga Instructor Cristen Malia was dressed in apparel from Best Women’s Clothing Store, Chrysalis, for a photo shoot at the Best Guest

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To the rescue — An inside look at Steamboat’s Classic Air Medical

November 18, 2017 — This story originally ran in Steamboat Living magazine.  When it comes to rescues in the Rockies, the cavalry doesn't get any better than Classic Air Medical, which has grown from one base in Woods Cross, Utah, 29 years ago to 11 bases throughout the West,

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5 Minutes With … New Smartwool President Travis Campbell

November 18, 2017 — New Smartwool president Travis Campbell, 45, who took the reins of the Steamboat-based merino apparel company last spring, is fresh to town with his wife, Jenny, and children Samantha, 13, and Cole, 11. While he comes from the fly-fishing industry (don't be surprised to see him

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