In many businesses, working on your mission statement is key to success. Understanding your motivation, passion and overall vision is often what sets you apart from the next. Knowing this, I shouldn’t have been surprised when a dear friend who’s a parent consultant suggested I make my own parenting manifesto.

I didn’t have to think too hard to know one of my fundamental absolutes is outdoor living and adventure. Lucky for me, living in Steamboat is a perfect meld of these passions.

Today, I experienced one of these ideal moments with my husband and daughter. We made the exciting trek up the gondola for a little stroll around the Vista Nature Trail. The amazement in my toddler’s eyes as she peered out the gondola reminded me of the simple joys we often take for granted.

The beauty of the mountain, suddenly seemed bigger and grander. Our 30-minute jaunt was a perfect adventure for my toddler’s little legs and my husband’s tired Stinger legs. The lush greenery was a stark contrast to the storm brewing in the southern skies.

While sitting on the deck, we enjoyed some cold drinks and snacks before making our way toward the gondola but not before we stopped to enjoy the epic view. Standing there and staring down at the Yampa Valley, my heart felt full. I was living my manifesto.


Caroline Lalive Carmichael moved to Steamboat with her family in 1995 and joined the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. After one season, Caroline was named to the U.S. Ski Team and competed for 13 years, attending two Olympics. After retiring in 2009, she returned to Steamboat as a coach. She and fellow Olympian Nelson Carmichael were married in 2012 and welcomed their daughter, Freya, in 2015.