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Hundreds of millions of dollars in new Steamboat development


The RiverView project, which holds the potential to transform the eastern entrance to downtown Steamboat Springs along the Yampa River with the development of hundreds of millions of dollars in hotel and residential properties, cleared a significant hurdle April 27.

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission voted 6-1 this week in favor of an encompassing rezoning of 4.5 acres of development ground between Lincoln Avenue and the river from Third to Fifth street. No new buildings were approved in the process, but if the Steamboat Spring City Council agrees, the vote means property owners, Green Courte Partners, could pitch five distinct pieces of the broader development, including a new hotel on Lincoln Avenue just west of the iconic Rabbit Ears Motel, to prospective partners.






Colorado is home to two of the three top small towns to visit in America


One of the great things about Steamboat is that real people live there,” said Katie Noelck, a Fort Collins resident whose proximity to the resort town makes Steamboat her family’s go-to vacation spot. “They are families that have been part of the place for generations.”

Many of those families run ranches that now host guests and activities from dog-sledding to tubing in the winter, fishing and hiking in the summer and horseback riding all year.






Colorado’s record tourism growth hits new milestone: 86 million visitors, $1.28 billion in tax revenue


Colorado hosted a record 86 million visitors in 2017 who spent nearly $21 billion during their in-state travels, according to new report compiled by the state’s tourism office.

The 84.7 million U.S.-based travelers and nearly 1 million international visitors also generated a total of $1.28 billion in state and local tax revenues, studies found, marking the eighth consecutive year of record-setting growth.






The Rush of Riverfront Living


It’s only fitting that a modern home on the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, the Steel City, would feature a metal facade mottled with rust.

Blending into the industrial environment was the goal, says Cyd Stackhouse, who with her husband, Bob Bergren, built a 3,300-square-foot riverfront home with walls of windows and sweeping views of the water and bridges.






JetBlue adds 3 new destinations to Steamboat’s winter flight schedule


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Ski Resort announced Wednesday, April 25 it will add three new direct flights in ski season 2018-19, all on JetBlue, from three corners of the United States.

For the first time, it will offer direct flight's from the biggest airport in New England ski country with twice weekly flights from Boston Logan International, plus a weekly flight from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and another twice-weekly flight from Long Beach Airport.






Steamboat Springs Schools Ranked Second


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS– The public-safety focused organization BackgroundChecks.org recently announced their 2018 rankings of the top school districts in Colorado. The Steamboat Springs School District placed second in the state.

Data for these rankings were collected from 9,577 school districts. Schools were ranked based on math and reading test scores, dropout rates, school funding and area poverty rates.





Alterra Mountain Co. has $555 million in ski-area improvements on the books, starting with a gondola at Winter Park and a bigger base restaurant at Steamboat


Alterra Mountain Co. plans to spend more than half a billion dollars on its 12 ski resorts in its first five years as a resort operator, including $130 million in a spending spree this year that includes a new gondola for Winter Park and a restaurant expansion at Steamboat.





Old Town Hot Springs takes another step toward a 14,000-square-foot expansion


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Construction drawings recently submitted to Steamboat Springs city planners offer the public the best glimpse yet of what the Old Town Hot Springs will look like when it completes a 14,000-square-foot expansion project.





Rocking the 'Boat


The afternoon sun droops toward the roofs surrounding Steamboat’s Gondola Square, where hundreds of skiers are milling around on the bricks. Some are churning to the blasts of brass and bass issued by The Motet, which occupies the stage bordering the plaza. A few lumber after improbably speedy toddlers. Most are belting out their own performances, shouting to be heard above the music as they relate the day’s exploits to companions who sip lager from plastic Bud Light cups.