Steamboat Springs - A Wonderful Winter PlaygroundPosted by Karen Gustafson on Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at 8:06am.
Steamboat Resort is one of Colorado’s premier ski and snowboard destinations, offering simply the best in outdoor adventure, hospitality, fun, and family friendly events! In addition it is also a wonderful place to call home with a rich history, lucrative real estate, and plenty of investment opportunities.
Steamboat Springs Colorado is mostly known for being a world class ski town that sees hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. It is also home to approximately 12,088 residents as well, making this little mountain town a hotspot both on and off peak tourist seasons. In addition to the communities unique ski history it also has rich wild western and Rocky Mountain roots.
Steamboat Colorado - A Wonderful Winter Playground
The area was once populated by the Yampatikas Utes who were relocated by the US government in 1879. Trappers and rancher were soon to follow into the area bringing with them new livestock, a steady steam of supplies, and a need to develop the area. Ranching is still alive in the area today and is accountable for some of the most picturesque scenery outside the major resort area. The name of the city comes from the sound the steam makes rising from local hot springs which are located up in the hills. Settlers originally thought it sounded like a steamboat coming their way.
Skiing was used early on in the Steamboat Springs area as method of transportation. During the harsh winter months, the snow in the Rocky Mountains is extremely treacherous and supplies as well as people were ushered up and down the hills by ski, sled, toboggan, and snowshoe. As time passed and skiing became more of recreational activity, Steamboat Springs grew in cohesion with the new sport.
In 1913 Carl Howelsen built the first ski jump in the city and broke the ice for future ski development. The hill that is his namesake is still part of Howelsen Ski Area today and is treasured by locals. Development of Steamboat Ski Resort is mainly due to the efforts of Jim Temple and John Fetcher. These two are responsible for transforming the bare mountain into a ski paradise. Temple was mostly in charge of developing the land while Fetcher, who was a local rancher, handled the main building designs. The resort that so many people love today was open in 1963 on what was originally called, Storm Mountain. Expansion of the town is largely due to The Industrial Company which has overseen development for the last 60 years. This company has developed everything from the addition to the ski resort to the homes and city buildings as well as the community's parks and roads.
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