Don’t be such a stick in the mud! Off-season is actually a great time to be in Steamboat.

In case you haven’t already figured it out, “springtime in the Rockies” doesn’t exist. It snows every year in April and at least once in May. And every year people complain about how they already put away all their winter clothes and then it snowed. But it always snows in the spring. Every. Single. Year. The return of winter is pretty much a threat until early June. So if you can’t get out of town, keep one puffy jacket and wool beanie on the coat rack until the mud dries out. In the meantime, it’s not all bad. There are plenty of awesome off-season specials and other deals to be had.

With the tourists gone, it’s also a time to reconnect with the local community and be reminded of small town life and what makes Steamboat so special.

SHOP
Sidewalk Sale: Downtown Steamboat, Lincoln Ave
Fri. May. 27, 2016 – Mon. May. 30, 2016
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Enjoy one last hurrah before the onslaught of summer tourists come and get your shopping on at the Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale in downtown Steamboat along Lincoln Avenue. If it rains (which let’s face it, it might), sales will be inside.

Recycled Books Sale: Off the Beaten Path, 68 9th Street
Fri. May. 27, 2016 – Mon. May. 30, 2016
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Not only does Off the Beaten Path still sell beautiful books, they also recycle used books. From Friday through Monday, used books will be 50% off the sticker price. With over 1,700 recycled books to choose from, you’re certain to find your next favorite book on our shelves, for only a few dollars.

CLEAN
If you can get out between the snow and rainstorms, it’s time for garden clean up and prep. Prune those fruit trees and get ready for summer fruit harvest. For more info on how to prepare your garden for the spring call the experts:
Windemere: 879-2403
Gecko Landscaping: 870-3299
Little shop of Growers: 879-8577
Garden Om: 819-1300
High Country Harvest – edible landscapes: 819-3677
Routt County Extension Office Master Gardeners: 879-5383

Shred Day at Yampa Valley Bank, 600 S. Lincoln Avenue
Tue. May. 10, 2016
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Just because it has the word “shred” doesn’t mean it’s a snowboarding event. We mean literally shred, as in tearing up documents, not tearing up the terrain park. Yampa Valley Bank hosts their annual 2016 Shred Day. Suggested donation is $10, to shred documents (with a limit of three banker’s boxes per family) benefiting Partners Mentoring Youth in Routt County.

Yampa Valley Clean Up Day
Saturday, May 16, 8:00am – 11:30am, BBQ 11:30am – 1p
It’s time to clean up our act, and there’s no better time to do it then during mud season. The City of Steamboat Springs teams up with Routt County Environmental Health, YVSC, Yampatika, and the Litter Solutions Committee to clean up the roads throughout the county. So get your garbage bags ready and register in advance with Routt County Environmental Health:  970.870.5588  hsavalox@co.routt.co.us

CONGRATULATE
When the tourists are gone and the lifts stop running, it’s time to bring the community back together again. What better way to do that then to come out to support our town’s future at The Steamboat Springs High School Graduation Ceremony on June 4, 2016 at 10am in the Kelly Meek Gym—tassel and gown not included.

GIVE BACK
Day of Caring
Wed. May. 20, 2015  – 8:00 AM
Various Locations in Routt County
If you need some serious karma points, volunteer for Routt County United Way in the annual Day of Caring to take part in projects that help individuals and non-profit agencies in need. Projects will begin at approximately 8 a.m. and will continue until completion. There might be no such thing as free lunch, but you’ll get a celebratory meal for all your efforts at noon at Olympian Hall provided by Ski Town Lions Club. Visit the website at www.routtcountyunitedway.com to download the volunteer form.

BE ENTERTAINED
Old Town Hotsprings
Good news for parents on so many levels: Now your kids will have something to do on the weekends between ski and biking season because they just cleaned the Old Town Hot Springs pool and it reopened April 23.

Cabaret, Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave
Daily, Thu. May. 12, 2016 – Sat. May. 14, 2016 , 8:00 PM
Believe it or not, people in Steamboat have more than just athletic talent. Join the Chief Theater as they host this annual mud season tradition. Cabaret is a live, comedic, never politically correct performance with the main goal to make people laugh, along with sharing our town’s local talent with sketch skit comedy. This event is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, providing funds to continue their artistic, educational and community programs in the Yampa Valley. The local’s favorite show of the year is back again and as funny as ever. Laugh at the foibles and follies of our small town. There will be six shows at the Chief Theater, 6pm and 8pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Additional details and ticket release dates to be announced soon.

TRAIN
Hayden Cog Run
Sat. May. 7, 2016
10:00 AM
Hayden Town Park, 229 S 3rd St, Hayden
Steamboat Springs Running Series
This is one of the longest consecutively run races of the series and the state of Colorado. A Routt County Classic held in the small town of Hayden Colorado 25 minutes west of Steamboat. 8.4M and 5k runs begin at Hayden Town Park on S. 3rd Street. For more information on this event or to register online visit Running Series Hayden Cog Run.

Steamboat Marathon
Sun. Jun. 5, 2016
7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave
35th Annual Steamboat Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K
Run alongside the roaring Elk River through the emerald green pastures on Country Road 129 with the snow-capped Rocky Mountains of Colorado all around and find out why the Steamboat Marathon was ranked as one of the “Top 10 Destination Marathons in North America.”

Town Challenge
Wed. Jun. 1, 2016
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Marabou Ranch
The Steamboat Town Challenge is a seven-race mountain bike series held every summer. Both hill-climb and cross-country events are included and single race or season passes are available. Races are every other Wednesday.
Town Challenge Schedule 2016
June 1:  Marabou XC (Marabou Ranch) June 15:  Bike Town Classic (Emerald Mountain) June 29:  Churn and Burn XC (Mt. Werner) July 13:  Emerald Envy XC (Emerald Mountain) July 27:  Storm Peak Hill Climb (Mt. Werner) August 17:  Howelsen Hammer XC (Emerald Mountain) August 31:  Sunshine Loop XC (Mt. Werner) September 10:  Coda Classic XC (Emerald Mountain) – The Mt. Werner races are based out of Gondola Square. The Emerald Mountain races are based out of Howelsen Hill. Visit the website for more information or to register – http://www.townchallenge.com/