2015 Holiday Guide: From the editor | SteamboatToday.com

2015 Holiday Guide: From the editor

Lisa Schlichtman
John F. Russell

— Christmas and skiing go hand-in-hand for the Schlichtman family. Ever since I married into the “Ski Family Schlichtman” as a novice skier back in 1985, almost every one of my Christmas holidays have been spent on the slopes.

And each year, I discovered that my enjoyment of the holiday increased along with my skiing prowess, until eventually, we found ourselves continuing the tradition with our own sons long after my husband’s family stopped making the annual trips to Colorado.

For us, there’s nothing we love more then gathering around the tree on Christmas morning in our pajamas to read the Christmas story from the book of Luke and then opening presents one by one, with my husband, Mike, acting as Santa.

After a breakfast of Swedish pancakes, we bundle up, grab our gear and head to the mountain to spend the rest of the day on the slopes. It’s always fun to see the different versions of Santa on skis, and we make it a mellow day with frequent stops to soak in the views and enjoy cups of hot chocolate.

It’s a tradition that nurtured our love for Colorado and eventually led to our move to Steamboat Springs two and a half years ago.

Skiing on Christmas is our family tradition, and inside the pages of our inaugural Holiday Guide, you’ll read about how other local families celebrate the holidays. You will be introduced to another Northwest Colorado tradition that involves trekking out into the snow-covered wilderness to find the perfect Christmas tree. We’ve also provided you with a list of the season’s top activities and events.

The Holiday Guide also features the winners of the 2015 Holiday Bake-Off, an event sponsored by the Steamboat Today that has become a holiday tradition for many in the community, as well as the contest’s winning recipes.

There’s a two-page gift guide featuring gear manufactured by Steamboat-based outdoor companies, including Point6, Hala, Talon Grips and Big Agnes, compiled by magazine editor Eugene Buchanan, and we also offer tips on environmentally friendly gifting.

And when it comes to Christmas giving, we encourage our readers to shop local. I start the season of giving by taking the “I Shop Local” pledge and buying the majority of my Christmas gifts from local businesses. Steamboat stores offer a large and unique selection of inventory to choose from, and I love walking down Lincoln Avenue, going from store to store, until I find something for everyone on my list. I also feel good about my purchases, knowing that the money I spend locally stays here to support our parks, our roads, our downtown and, most importantly, our small business owners.

Since moving here, I have often told friends and family that celebrating the holidays in Steamboat Springs is like walking into a snow globe — it’s a winter wonderland where snow flies and the lyrics of your favorite Christmas carols seem to come to life.

I hope you enjoy our Holiday Guide as much as we enjoyed putting it all together, and best wishes for a holiday season that’s merry and bright.

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