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Peak of the Week: Steamboat Springs, CO

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Steamboat Springs, COLORADO

STEAMBOAT RESORT

 

FIVE-FAST-FACTS about Steamboat Springs Resort


1. CHUG-CHUG. A "Chug-Chug" sound is what originally tipped off traveling French Trappers to what they thought was a major river, when in actuality it was a natural mineral spring named Steamboat Springs because of the loud sound it made, reminding people of a steam engine. The spring still rests on the far end of town, however it ceases to "Chug" any longer, since a railroad was covered over it in 1908. Local Ute Indians also referred to the spring as "Medicine Spring" due to its medicinal mineral spring powers.  These springs served as a national attraction for visitors which the train often brought many to see. 

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2. JUMPING SKI ROOTS. As early as 1914 skiing, known then as snowshoes, was introduced at as an jumping attraction by Carl Howelsen, rather then just as a mode of transportation. Ironically,  the same year, an annual Winter Carnival was also established, where Howelsen, the first to ski jump, was also made a Barnum & Bailey Circus star. Popularity of the sport lead to Storm Mountain, one of the first world-class ski areas to open in 1961. 

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3. OLYMPIC-STATUS STREET CRED. Steamboats nick-name is "Ski Town U.S.A" for the simple fact it has produced more Winter Olympians than any other in North America... 56 and counting from 1932-2002. Also known as an "Olympic Factory," with special thanks going to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC) which has helped over 18,00 young athletes. When you visit Steamboat, make sure to check out the Olympian Hall at the Howelsen Hill Ski Area, Tread of Pioneers Museum, Bud Werner Memorial Library, The Werner Family Display at the Steamboat Ski Area, The Steamboat Olympian Display at Steamboat Ski Area and 1964 Silver Medalist Billy KiddYou can actually still ski with the legendary Billy in one of his "Billy Kidd Race Camps." Billy's vision is: "To apply the principles and ski techniques that produce World Champions to a skiing improvement program for skiers of all ages." 

A very young Billy Kidd as Olympic Medalist 

 

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4. CHAMPAGNE POWDER. This year Steamboat Springs Resort celebrates its 50th year Anniversary.The term "Champagne Powder" snow was originally coined by Barney McClean in the 1950's and was trademarked by Steamboat. It describes the light, dry quality of the snow found in Northwest Colorado. Celebrate with Steamboat this season with a torchlight parade, free concerts, special events and the Bud Light Cowboy Downhill on Monday, January 21st.

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5. This just in... NON-STOP FLIGHTS to LAX & more. Steamboat is now offering nonstop flights from eight major cities on American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines, plus convenient connecting service from over 230 cities nationwide and worldwide right into Steamboat/Hayden (NDN). Check out the cities: Here's a few of the major cities: Vancouver, Calgary, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, NY/LaGuardia, Newark, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Miami, New Orleans, Houston, Austin, Dallas. 

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