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By Sue Gabel, Examiner.com

Colorado is one of the most popular winter destinations so it’s no wonder this state would have five of the best ski resorts in the country. Skiing enthusiasts can score phenomenal all-inclusive deals, tons of fresh dry powder on the slopes and find a variety of events, activities, restaurants and nightlife.

Vail, ColoradoWhen most people think of skiing in Colorado, Vail is one of the first locations that comes to mind. Vail Mountain is an enormous winter hub for skiers, snowboarders, sledding, snowshoeing and anyone who is seeking the best of the best in resort form. Enjoy seven miles of sloping fun on both sides of the mountain. The resort itself encompasses more than 5,000 acres. It’s not only a favored family resort, but a singles resort too. Vail Mountain also offers skiing lessons at their ski school for both adults and children.

Aspen, Colorado. Another popular and talked about ski destination in Colorado is Aspen. Aspen’s resort town is a favorite with the rich and famous and other well-to-do individuals, but there are vacation packages available for various budgets. The Aspen ski and resort area features over 3,000 acres and its main mountain has a vertical drop of almost 4,500 feet. Aspen offers ski trails for everyone whether you’re a novice or intermediate skier. As one of the five best ski resorts in Colorado, Aspen is hard to beat with its variety of terrain parks, four on-site restaurants, retail and rental shops and comfortable accommodations.

Breckenridge, Colorado. With a base elevation of 9,600 feet, a vertical rise of almost 3,400 feet, 30 ski lifts and approximately 2,500 acres of ski terrain, Breckenridge is undoubtedly one of the five best ski resorts in Colorado. Open since 1961, Breckenridge has been providing winter sports enthusiasts’ hours of slope time for almost 50 years. Breckenridge has about 155 skiing and snowboarding trails available, and its longest trail called the “Four O’Clock” is 3.5 miles long.

Telluride, Colorado. For its unmatched beauty, hideaway location and friendly town, Telluride, Colorado, is not a well-known area, but is considered one of the five best ski resorts in Colorado. Telluride is actually located amongst 13,000 and 14,000-foot Rocky Mountain peaks, offering a unique ski-in, ski-out type of resort town. The resort has become so popular over the last few ski seasons, it has expanded another 400 acres. The Telluride Ski Resort area also features some of the best restaurants, hotels, shops and spas.

Crested Butte, Colorado. Rounding off the list of top five ski resorts in Colorado is Crested Butte. This historic mining town turned ski resort is nestled among beautiful snow covered mountain peaks. Known as “the perfect mountain” by the locals, Crested Butte offers slopes and trails for all levels of skiing experience. The slopes are wide and don’t get easily crowded which is an advantage to everyone. The mountain also features extreme skiing locations on the North Face and the Head Wall. As of 2010, the newly expanded Teocalli Bowl area now adds to the extreme skiing location of the mountain.

 


By Reginald Bautista, Examiner.com

As the nation embraces summer, it’s time to dig out the clubs, shake the rust off the swing, and hit the golf course in the mountain towns. This batch of golf getaways features a trio of deals from Sheraton Steamboat and Rollingstone Ranch Golf Course. Other honorable mentions include cocktails in a package for the Peaks Resort & Spa and Telluride Golf Club, and a Stay and Play package from The Inn at Keystone, the town’s only pet friendly property.

Trio of Golf Getaways with Sheraton Steamboat Sheraton Steamboat and Rollingstone Ranch Golf Course are offering three packages depending where you want to play and for how long. All packages include at least one round of golf at Rollingstone, accommodations at Sheraton Steamboat, and late checkout, if available.

Golf The ‘Boat Starting at $299 per person double occupancy, per night, this package offers access to two of the Yampa Valley’s finest courses, including:   – Resort accommodations  – Greens fees for up to 18 holes for two players at the Sheraton’s Rollingstone Ranch Golf Course  – Greens fees for up to 18 holes for two players at Haymaker Golf Course  – Golf cart included  – 4 p.m. late check-out (based upon availability)

Unlimited Steamboat Golf Package This unlimited golf offer, which starts at $149 per person double occupancy, per night and includes:   – Resort accommodations  – Unlimited golf for two players at Sheraton’s Rollingstone Ranch Golf Course – cart included  – Driving range privileges on day of play  – 10% off all merchandise at Sheraton’s Rollingstone Ranch Golf Pro-Shop  – 4 p.m. late check-out (based upon availability)

Steamboat Stay & Play Starts at $129 per person double occupancy, per night, including:    – Resort accommodations  – Green fees for up to 18 holes of golf for two players at Sheraton’s Rollingstone Ranch Golf Course – cart included  – Driving range privileges on day of play  – 10% off all merchandise at Sheraton’s Rollingstone Ranch Golf Pro-Shop  – 4 p.m. late check-out (based upon availability)

About Rollingstone Ranch Golf Course Named one of Colorado’s “Best Resort Courses” for 2011 by Colorado Avid Golfer, the Rollingstone Ranch was designed by Robert Trent Jones II. The 18-hole course – a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” by to Audubon International – consists of bentgrass/poa annua greens and bluegrass/ryegrass fairways and roughs and sixty-six sand bunkers, plus dramatic tee shots, stunning Flat Top Mountain views, and the Fish Creek Grille. For more information on Rollingstone Ranch, visit www.rollingstoneranchgolf.com or call 970-879-1391.   To book any of these packages and for more information on the Sheraton Steamboat, call 866-716-8134 or visit www.sheratonsteamboatresort.com. All packages are based on availability; the Golf the ‘Boat offer require a 2-night minimum stay.

Elevate Your Golf Game at The Peaks in Telluride This golf package at the Peaks Resort & Spa and Telluride Golf Club includes: Resort accommodations – One round of Golf per person – Range balls and practice facility – Golf concierge services – 19th Hole round of cocktails at Palmyra Bar – Complimentary valet parking

About Telluride Golf Course At 9,500 feet above sea level, this par 70, 6,574 yard, 18 hole, mountain resort course is surrounded by the highest concentration of 14,000 foot mountains in the United States. Constructed in 1992 and located within the Peaks Resort & Spa, the course serves as a private club for members as well as a public course for Peaks guests. For more about this package and information about the Peaks Resort & Spa and Telluride Golf Club, visit www.thepeaksresort.com.

Stay and Play at The Inn at Keystone  From $126 per person, the package includes: Lodging accommodations – 18 holes at the Keystone Ranch

About Keystone Golf Keystone’s courses were ranked among Colorado’s Best Resort Courses by Colorado Avid Golfer. Elevation changes, variable bunkers, and water hazards combine to challenge golfers of all levels. Other rates, dates and accommodations available. To book this package and for more information, visit www.keystoneresort.com.


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The city of Steamboat Springs' search for a deputy city manager abruptly changed course last week, and the about-face has left us with a case of whiplash.

The city manager is proposing to hire a public information officer rather than a deputy city manager

City council needs to direct their one employee to restart the search for a second-in-command

After narrowing the field of deputy city manager candidates to just one and then flying the sole candidate to Steamboat Springs from Florida for an in-person interview and a meet-and-greet with community leaders, City Manager Deb Hinsvark announced the candidate didn't have the community outreach skills the city needed. Hinsvark said she is now considering beginning a new search for a public information officer rather than a deputy city manager.

The way the search was conducted and the change in recruiting focus are baffling. And we strongly disagree with Hinsvark's assessment that the city would benefit more from a PIO than a deputy city manager — a position Hinsvark herself filled under former city manager Jon Roberts.

In announcing her plans to recruit for this new position, Hinsvark stated, “We get so busy running the city sometimes, we are not good communicators,” and while that may be a fact, it should not be the impetus to hire a public information officer. In recent performance evaluations, City Council has directed Hinsvark to improve her own communication with the council and the public, and we don't think hiring a PIO fulfills that objective.

Public information officers also have a way of standing in the way of openness and transparency. Rather than communicating directly with the community, city leaders can quickly fall into the habit of using a PIO as a shield, which can hamper the open exchange of information between government and the press and between city officials and their electorate.

In our opinion, the city needs to restart its search for a deputy city manager. History has taught us having a No. 2 person in place is essential to making sure city operations run smoothly if something happens to the city manager for a variety of reasons.

In the past 17 years, the city of Steamboat Springs has been served by four different city managers. And in light of this history, it's even more important to have a second-in-command to serve during times of transition. Wendy DuBord is a shining example of how a capable deputy city manager can effectively step in to fill the interim leadership role until the city council can hire a new city manager.

Back in March 2011, in the wake of then City Manager Jon Roberts' ski accident, the Steamboat Today editorial board praised DuBord's leadership and willingness to fill the interim manager's role time and time again. During her tenure as deputy city manager from 1998 to 2012, DuBord was called upon to serve as interim city manager four different times, and each time, the city didn't seem to skip a beat under her direction.

DuBord's example supports our position that the city council needs to direct the current city manager to resume the search for a deputy city manager.

The city needs to reassess what it's looking for in a candidate, widen the search and then hire someone who has the skills, ability and experience to temporarily fill the top leadership role should circumstances require it. The city hasn't had a deputy city manager since October 2012 when Hinsvark held the position, and we think it's time for that to change.

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