The Bear Blog

The Bear Lodge blog is one place you can find out about our condominium property availability, events occurring at the Trappeur’s Crossing Resort, including the lodging specials there. Enjoy seasonal photos of your Steamboat surroundings and get caught up with Bear Lodge community happenings here, too. We’ll keep this a very relaxed atmosphere, telling you about the unique lifestyle at Steamboat Springs as enjoyed by Bear Lodge residents. If Bear Lodge is a snug retreat for the year round or vacationing property owner, then the Bear Lodge Blog is a virtual place to put up your physical feet and get caught up with the fun goings on at the Mountain.

The Bittersweet End

April 3rd, 2012

Someone recently said to me “if this is the worst winter Steamboat has ever seen, then I’m never leaving.” I admired this statement and it definitely rings true. Even Steamboat’s worst snow year is still better than a lot of places. We are now in spring mode and the focus starts to shift. My husband’s favorite thing to do is what he calls a to as a two-fer… biking in the morning and spring skiing in the afternoon. But even the spring skiing is becoming short-lived. It’s more of an obstacle course, avoiding the mud puddles, avoiding the brown spots…where did I put my rock board? But as long as there is sunshine, I am a happy camper.

In real estate news, Land Title reported for February: “February was a good month, with Year to Date Gross Volume above last February by 3.19% at $65.1M. Transaction numbers were about the same as January…at 69. With dollar volume up over last year and transactions down…there’s stabilizing momentum in the Average transactions price. There was also growth in the Deed of Trusts! February had 168 which was the highest I’ve seen in 9 months!”
This is positive news for Steamboat. In March, 2 noteworthy transactions were an Edgemont that closed at $616/square foot and condo at One Steamboat Place which sold for $834/square foot. Both of these transactions are evidence that we are back on the rise. With dwindling new inventory in Steamboat, we are confident that Bear Lodge residences will go quickly.

As we say good bye to the 2011-2012 season it is definitely bittersweet. We had our very best day in decades (Presidents Day) this year. Proof that there will always be beauty among the hard times.

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Steamboat is Springalicious

March 13th, 2012

I did not enjoy setting my clock an hour ahead on Sunday. I did not enjoy losing an hour of sleep and having to be somewhere at 9am (really 8am!). I did not enjoy not being able to peel myself out of bed on Monday because my body hadn’t adjusted to that hour difference (it’s only an hour!). But I do enjoy what this means… longer days and spring is in the air!

Steamboat just announced the release of their Springalicious pass… 4 days for $99 to be used the last week or so of the season (hey if you only used 2 days it’s still a great deal). What a bargain what a steal… with free concerts, the pond skim, cardboard classic, and hopefully sunshine galore, the end of the season always promises to be a lot of fun. Did I really just say the end of the season?

Last weekend a few friends and I ventured out for our first taste of spring skiing for the year. It was a day of slush, smiles, and a good time was had by all. I remember now how much I love this time of year. Of course it’s still only 3/13 and we all know winter is not over yet. But we can certainly appreciate Steamboat for it’s spring skiing as well as its Champagne powder. With spring break in full swing and St. Patrick’s day right around the corner, Steamboat is bustling with friendly faces. It’s good to be here.

Also worth noting… I recently had the opportunity to visit Steamboat’s newest restaurant, Laundry. Opened by owner Rex Brice (Rex’s, Mazzola’s, Big House, Lil House), this place fills a niche and will make foodies drool. It’s small plates/sharing style (perfect for those of us who like to try multiple items) and their layers upon layers of flavors will please even the toughest food critic. Check them out, you will not be disappointed. The bar scene is inviting and they do offer happy hour until 6pm.

AND…due to the great response we received in February, the sales team at Bear Lodge is still hosting wine tastings every Wednesday evening from 3:30-5pm. If you haven’t stopped by to check out the model units, this is a great time to browse with a glass of wine in hand. Feel free to call Lori with any questions 970-846-5833.

Happy Spring everyone!

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Record Breaking Snow in Steamboat

February 23rd, 2012

President’s Day 2012 is a day that will go down in history. Steamboat received 27 inches in 24 hours, and 24 of that fell overnight, breaking the existing single day snowfall record which was set over a decade ago. “Epic, legendary, amazing, out of this world, ridiculous, incredible, and unbelievable” are all words I heard to describe the conditions. But words, pictures, and video will not do it justice. Champagne powder at its finest, the powder hounds lined up and it was like Christmas morning.

When I called the snow report, I did a double take… what? Did April Fools Day come early? Surely they meant 2.7 inches not 27, did someone forget the decimal point? But no, no mistake, it was there, in all its fluffy goodness.

But it didn’t stop there… it just kept coming. All week, inches upon inches turned into more feet upon feet, and now Steamboat has the highest base, and the best conditions in the state of Colorado. More snowfall is expected through the weekend.

I, unfortunately, did not get to partake, as I was sitting in a condo in Texas on a quick business trip. I take full credit for the storm, as I didn’t even bring a pair of proper shoes with me on the trip (just sandals and clogs), and getting back into my house upon our return yesterday was a little comical with all the snow in the driveway. So you can thank me for the storm, which came in an hour after we left. Yeah, I’m bummed, but someone has to sacrifice…for the good of Steamboat. That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it.

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What a Little Snow Can Do

February 15th, 2012

I wouldn’t normally just copy and paste an article from the Pilot, but the paper today did put this perfectly (minus the grammatical error in the first sentence)…There is a huge shift in the energy around Steamboat. Is it love in the air due to Valentines Day? Perhaps. But more likely, it’s due to the Champagne Powder that is also in the air. Champagne Powder. Two words magic to my ears, and two words we haven’t been able to use much this season.

We are so spoiled here in Steamboat. No lift lines, fresh tracks, lots of terrain… what a glorious mountain.

SNOWFALL LIFTS STEAMBOAT’S SPIRITS:
“Steamboat Springs — Now, this is what powderhounds in Steamboat Springs are used to.

Almost forgotten were the days when weather forecasters called for a slight chance of snow before noon and it turned into a daylong dump.

It’s mid-February, and some people had yet to take their fat powder skis out of the closet. Others forgot how much work it can be to play in deep snow.

“I can’t feel anything from my waist down,” said Steamboat resident Cherith Whiteman, who was exhausted after Tuesday’s fun at Steamboat Ski Area. “We got a late start on the season, and it’s finally here, and everyone is really enthusiastic.”

As of 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, the ski area had received 28.5 inches of snow at midmountain in the past seven days. That’s 5 inches more than what the ski area saw the entire month of December, and it’s a good portion of January’s total of 39 inches.

“This long storm cycle has just improved everyone’s moods and made them excited to get back on the slopes,” ski area spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said. “Obviously, it was a slow start to the season, and this was just the weather we were looking for to get everyone excited about getting on the mountain again.”

Skiers and riders on Tuesday had access to “free refills” throughout the day during periods of heavy snow.

“People are skiing the same trail, and by the time they get back up on to the slopes, their tracks are covered,” Kasten said.

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. President Chris Diamond was one of the many local skiers who left the office to take a few runs.

“It’s unbelievable,” Diamond said. “Deceptively deep.”

The snowfall was a welcome sight to the ski area’s guests, many of whom came on their ski vacations despite knowing Colorado’s resorts were struggling in the snow department.

“We landed here and found nothing, but you delivered (and) we’re happy,” Connecticut resident Hal Taylor said.

Taylor also was enjoying the temperatures, which he found warm enough for shorts.

“I play golf in shorts, and I ski in shorts, especially on a day in the 30s,” Taylor said. “This is warm.”

With the most recent storm, the ski area now has 97 percent of its terrain open covering 2,885 acres. Runs still closed include Sunnyside located under the Elkhead lift and No Names, which is accessible via a hike from the top of the Morningside lift.

“This snowfall can definitely help prepare that to be opened,” Kasten said.

Snow is forecast through Wednesday, and another storm is expected to hit the region beginning Sunday.

With the recent snowfall, Kasten said skiers and riders should exercise caution in deep-snow conditions and know that there are avalanche-prone areas just outside the ski area boundary.

“The old adage of, ‘There are no friends on a powder day,’ doesn’t quite exist anymore,” Kasten said. “There is always room for friends, and it’s always the best idea to ski with friends.”

The ski area is trying to get the safety message across, but it has also been focusing on sending a strong snow message across the country using social media and traditional media as the Presidents Day holiday weekend approaches.

“People tend to base their drive-distance trips on where the snow is falling, so for the Front Range skiers in Denver, it’s wonderful to be able to get that message out that it’s dumping snow in Steamboat, and this weekend is a perfect time to load up the car … and spend some time in the ‘Boat,” Kasten said.”
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This weekend, President’s weekend, promises to be a lot of fun with something for everyone. There is still time to book a last minute trip out here…get to it, you will not be disappointed.

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Wine Tasting Wednesdays!

February 1st, 2012

What’s better than touring gorgeous model units? Touring gorgeous model units with complimentary wine tasting of course!!

During the month of February, each Wednesday the sales team at Trappeur’s will be hosting wine tastings in one of our model units. What a great way to sample some fun wines while checking out the developer’s remaining inventory.

This event is open to the public, so spread the word.

3:30-5pm beginning 2/1 (today!).
We’ll go around the globe, culminating with the developer’s vineyard in Australia for our finale… Don’t miss it!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Steamboat!

January 20th, 2012

The front page of the Steamboat Pilot on Wednesday read “First Powder Day of the New Year”…Ok, ok, that is accurate…but more accurately it should have read “First Powder Day of the Season!” And what a powder day it was. I braved the sub-zero temps on Tuesday and headed up. The groomers were corduroy goodness and the powder runs were just that, fluffy face shot filled fun. Yep, it was a great way to start the day. This is why we live here, and this is why people come to Steamboat. They reported eleven new inches of snow on Monday/night and it really has been coming down ever since. Forecast is calling for more this weekend and occupancy is up. Finally, it’s beginning to look a lot like Steamboat.

Someone made a very large, 3-tiered snowman on the Medicine Springs side of Bear Lodge. Kudos to you, and thanks for adding him to the property. He is very welcoming and made me smile on my drive into work this morning.

And for those who are interested, December’s real estate transaction summary was just released by Land Title as follows: December was a good month with $47M in gross volume with 136 Transactions, making it the third strongest in volume of the year and coming in +72% higher than last December in number of transactions. (though down -13% in dollar volume against December 2010) Upper end transactions were strong, contributing to the good gross showing in December.

All in all, it’s still a bit of a mixed bag. Our year-end Gross Dollar Volume of $450M, was slightly off 2010 (-12.01%) with transactions showing a slightly heavier decline of (-23.06%). One other thing to point out is the high number of Fractional Sales we have had over the past 3 years.

Bank sales continue to be a factor with 18 this month.
Loans were up – with a total of 170 recorded for December, making December the highest transaction & loan month this year.

Highest PPSF for December 2011:
12/30/2011: $2,825,000 Edgemont Condo Unit 2803 aka 2410 Ski Trail Lane, #2803 – 5 Bedroom 5 Bath YOC 2009 with 3,642 SF Living Area. PPSF is $775.67. This is a new construction sale on Steamboat Mountain.

Highest Priced Sale for December 2011:
12/29/2011: $4,500,000 City South Subdivision Lot 1, Mid Valley Business Center #2 Lot 2, M&B: Sec 20-6-84 – 3 Commercial Parcels: All Vacant Commercially zoned, with a combined land size of 14.52 AC. This property is located at 1440 Pine Grove Road. PPAC is $309,917. This was a Bank Sale.

Other sales over $1.4M:
12/28/2011 $2,050,000 Sanctuary Subdivision #5 Lot 132 Re-plat aka 3050 Clearwater Trail – 4 Bedroom 4.5 Bath YOC 2006 with 5,808 SF Living Area on 1.48 AC Land. PPSF is $352.96.

12/14/2011: $1,425,000 Big Valley Ranch at Steamboat Subdivision #2A Lot 25 aka 28880 Skyline Drive – 3 Bedroom 3.5 Bath YOC 1992 with 4,636 SF Living Area on 36.10 AC Land. PPSF is $307.38

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Happy New Year from Bear Lodge!

December 28th, 2011

In the 10 years I’ve lived in Steamboat, I think this is probably the worst December for snow that I’ve seen. Remembering back to last December, probably the best I’ve ever seen, it’s remarkable how it can change year to year. But here’s the thing…IT ALWAYS COMES! So let’s all take a deep breath, stop complaining, and realize we have no control over mother nature. Yes yes, I understand that it’s disappointing when you plan an expensive ski vacation and the conditions are less than ideal, but as with any weather-dependent sport, it’s never guaranteed (of course if you come to Steamboat in February or mid-season there’s more of a guarantee then). So let’s just make the most of it. Thankfully, unlike a lot of other resort towns, there are still plenty of things to do in Steamboat: dog sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross country or skate skiing, ice skating, tubing, shopping, eating, hot springs, spa day, touring beautiful model units (ahem)… get out there! Use the lack of snow as a catalyst to explore other activities. Who knows, you may just find something you enjoy!

I chatted briefly with a family at the Resort who, despite the lack of snow, was having a wonderful time. Then I chatted with a family who was bitter about it. Attitude makes all the difference. Don’t let mother nature ruin your vacation (or ruin your day if you’re a local). According to some, the conditions are actually not all bad all things considered.

I’ll step off my soapbox now.

This weekend is New Years. There are countless events around town in which you could partake. Many of the town’s restaurants are doing special dinners, and several of the bars are hosting events. Be sure not to miss the fireworks display at 7pm on New Years Eve – Steamboat loves its fireworks displays!

Then we toast to a new year. A new year filled with hope and promise (and hopefully some more snow).

Happy 2012 from all of us at Bear Lodge to you. We hope you enjoy your holiday, wherever you may be!

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Happy Holidays from Bear Lodge

December 20th, 2011

I love the energy around Steamboat this time of year. Town starts bustling with visitors, and the spirit of the holidays is in the air. Snow is also in the air (thanks to everyone in Steamboat who washed their cars yesterday!)…for the next couple days the forecast is calling for the white fluffy stuff, just in time for Christmas.

The snow will be incredibly welcomed and also will fall just in time for the many vacationers hoping to spend their holidays in the champagne powder. Town is starting to fill up nicely. As the Steamboat Pilot reported today:
“Airline program managers at Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. reported at mid-afternoon that 812 passengers were expected to arrive at Yampa Valley Regional Airport on Tuesday.
Despite an early-morning forecast of a storm in the Chicago area, the American Airlines flight from O’Hare International Airport arrived ahead of schedule and also departed at little ahead of time.
As of shortly after 2 p.m., the daily flight from Minneapolis was expected to arrive several hours behind schedule because of weather in the Twin Cities. Airline program managers advised passengers to be aware that the flight status could change and suggested they check frequently with the carrier, in this case, Delta.
The 812 arriving passengers are enough to produce a 75 percent occupancy of the aggregate inbound airline seats into Steamboat on Tuesday.
Departing passengers Tuesday number 367, a 33 percent load factor.”

This weekend marked the first and second apres ski parties at Trappeur’s. Angela Brumley is the new party hostess, and they are pulling out all the stops- cookies galore, new wine and beer, trays and trays of food… it’s such a great time (and all complimentary for owners and guests). Live music on Fridays by a local artist- a great way to finish the ski day or start the evening, whichever way you want to look at it. Next weekend, we will be doing a bubbly tasting to ring in the New Year.

With the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012 we stop and reflect, and look forward to the future. Happy Holidays to everyone, and blessings for a wonderful year ahead.

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The tree is up at Trappeur’s Crossing Resort & Spa!

December 6th, 2011

Welcome, December…Welcome to the 2011-2012 Steamboat Ski Season.

Trappeur’s Crossing is a sight to behold. Thousands upon thousands of lights surround the property. Poinsettias and garland decorate the interior of the amenities center. It’s gorgeous. We sure are festive around here. And the finishing touch, a beautiful tall tree, adorned with ribbons and bows and ornaments, sits right in front of the sales desk! It’s hard not to feel the warmth and excitement of the holiday season at Trappeur’s.

The Steamboat Ski Resort is in full swing. This week’s temps are COLD, slightly reminiscent of last year’s record breaking temps, but no matter, just bundle up and hit the slopes! Storm Peak Express opened over the weekend to yield a total of 7 lifts and 46 trails open to date. 57.5 inches of snow has fallen so far in the ‘boat. We’re off to a great start.

Saturday also marked the return of Nordic Combined with the first competition of the season. Brett Denney, Todd Lodwick, and Adam Loomis took the podium. For the full article please see http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2011/dec/03/denney-wins-nordic-combined-event-steamboat/.

The apres ski parties at Trappeur’s are set to start on Friday 12/16. I was fortunate enough to help pick out the wine for the season, provided by Ski Town Wine and Spirits…it’s going to be new and tasty! This year we are also adding a champagne tasting over New Years as well as several wine tastings with Sommelier Patrick Houghton throughout the season. And for the kids, we’ll keep the hot chocolate flowing. Let the holidays begin!

Hope to see you soon!

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A Great Deal on Lodging!

November 17th, 2011

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought I would take a moment to say how thankful I am to be a part of such a wonderful community. I am thankful that this time of year makes me pause, to appreciate the beauty of this town, and everything life has to offer. Thankful for family, friends… truly blessed.

But back to business. Right now you’re thinking of planning your trip, getting antsy because the snow is flying, wondering where you will stay when you come to Steamboat (right?). Let us save you some trouble!

Because everyone loves a great deal and we love to make people happy, we wanted to announce yet another incentive.
If you are thinking about purchasing in Steamboat, we invite you to experience the lifestyle at Bear Lodge. We have teamed with the Vacation Rental Specialists, Simply Steamboat (www.simplysteamboat.com) to offer discounted stays in Bear Lodge. If you proceed to purchase one of the developer’s 7 remaining residences, your ENTIRE stay will be credited towards the purchase of your new home. And the best part, there is no obligation. Just mention “Bear Lodge developer incentive” when you call to book your reservation. So pick up the phone today, book your trip to Steamboat, and your lodging in Bear Lodge. It will be a vacation you will remember for a lifetime (and you may even be inspired to make Steamboat your home).

Now that is something for which to be thankful!

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