Steamboat briefs: Howelsen Nordic Center opens trails to fat bikes

One-hundred percent of the groomed Nordic trails at the Howelsen Hill Nordic Center are open for the season.

Approved uses on these trails include cross country skiing and snowshoeing, and the trails now are open to fat bikes. All trail uses require a ticket or season pass for use.

Fat bike riders are required to wear a Nordic season pass or day ticket, which both can be purchased in the Howelsen Hill Lodge during Alpine ski hill hours. When the concessions stand is closed, tickets can be purchased upstairs at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club office or from the vending machine in the fireplace room. The following rules apply to fat bike users:

■ Groomed trails should not be ridden if: you are leaving a tire rut deeper than 1 inch deep or cannot ride in a straight line; and your bike tires are narrower than 3.7 inches and tire pressure is greater than 10 psi.

■ Trails are closed to fat bikes from 2 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and during Nordic race events.

■ Bikes must yield to all other users and ride in control, not ride in classic tracks, and ride on the most firm part of the track.

Orange Peel Bicycle Service, Wheels Bike Shop and Ski Haus have bikes available for purchase or rent and their staff can offer advice on how to get the most enjoyment out of this new and growing sport. Fat bikes also are allowed on all other city trails in the area that are not groomed for Nordic skiing.

For information on fat biking and trail conditions, visit

New class at Yoga Center to use Chopra teachings

The Yoga Center of Steamboat will host a new class. Awaken with Chopra Center Yoga will be taught by Chopra certified teacher Patty Zimmer. The class is set for 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Friday.

This initial class is by donation, suggested $10, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Yampa River Botanic Park.

The class will include a brief inspirational teaching from Deepak Chopra’s transformational book, “The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success,” followed by five to 10 minutes of meditation. The remainder of class will be yoga asanas (movements) for all levels.

For more information, contact Zimmerman at or 970-846-5608.  

Depot Art Center to host encaustic art exhibit Friday

The opening reception of an exhibit titled “Encaustic: Nature as Muse” will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Depot Art Center as part of First Friday Artwalk. This national juried exhibition of contemporary encaustic art highlights a variety of techniques, materials and inspiration being used by today’s wax artists. Encaustic encompasses a process where heat is used at every stage of the painting or sculpting, melting a mixture of beeswax, pigment and resin to create a hard texture.

“We are constantly amazed and appreciative of the talent that comes through our doors,” said Kim Keith, executive director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. “Working with wax is an interesting process and the results vary widely. The translucency of the medium combines beautifully with the theme of nature as muse. The interpretations on this theme are as unique and individual as the artists that created them.”

An art talk led by Denver-based artist and juror Jane Guthridge will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, and a “Pointillism With Wax” open studio will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 10. Registration for the open studio costs $15 for Arts Council artist members and students or $25 for non-members. The cost covers all supplies, tools and instruction.

For more information, contact Keith at 970-879-9008 or, or visit

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