Steamboat Springs has a deep-rooted connection to the Olympics, and has produced more winter Olympians than any other town in the U.S.A. This year, 13 athletes with ties to Steamboat are competing in Beijing, which brings the number of Steamboat athletes that have competed in the Olympics to a record 100 and counting!

Almost as exciting as the Olympics is the fresh snow Steamboat is currently receiving with 6-8 inches expected at higher elevations through Wednesday, and more on the way early next week!

My family and I have been watching the Olympics since the start, and it’s always special to hear the commentators announce an athlete from Steamboat Springs. Living in this town, we have friends who are Olympians and our kids often ski with Olympians in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC). It is certainly a unique connection to the Olympics, but whether you have your own Olympic ties or none at all, Steamboat Resort offers tributes to several past Olympians on the mountain.

Steamboat Olympian Buddy Werner’s statue located at the top of Buddy’s Run – make sure to tap Buddy for good luck!

One of Steamboat’s most famous and popular runs is Buddy’s Run, located on Storm Peak. Wallace “Buddy” Werner, native of Steamboat Springs, was an internationally renowned ski racer who competed in the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympics, before tragically dying in an avalanche in the Swiss Alps in April of 1964. At the top of Buddy’s Run you can find a statue of Buddy Werner to learn more, and don’t forget to tap Buddy’s statue for good luck!

Nelson’s Run pays tribute to Olympian Nelson Carmichael who won a bronze medal in mogul skiing at the 1992 Olympics.

Also located on Storm Peak is Nelson’s Run, which pays tribute to Steamboat Olympian Nelson Carmichael, a mogul skier, who won a bronze medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. If you’re up for a challenge and like to ski moguls, check out Nelson’s Run located just below Four Points Lodge.

Moguls on Nelson’s Run with fresh, untouched powder!

If you want to learn a little more about Nelson and other Steamboat Olympians, make sure to ski the Sunshine Olympian Trail located on Sunshine Peak and to the skier’s right of Quickdraw. This trail has signage leading you down through to trees that features several other Steamboat Olympians, and provides a little information about them. If you are skiing with your kids, this is a great place to take them to learn about local Olympians while also skiing some really fun and mellow trees.

Ann Battelle is a four-time Olympian in moguls and is currently the director of the freestyle program at Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC), sharing her knowledge with Steamboat youth.
Nelson Carmichael is also featured on the Sunshine Olympian Trail, along with his wife, Caroline Lalive Carmichael, and others.

Located in Gondola Square is another statue of note, this one of Olympian Billy Kidd who along with his teammate, became the first American men to win Olympic medals in alpine skiing at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. And better than a statue, you can often find Billy Kidd on the slopes, or perhaps even join a group to ski with him yourself!

Fresh powder on Westside made for some fun and soft turns Wednesday morning!

Steamboat’s Olympic heritage runs deep, and with tributes spread across the mountain, it’s fun and easy to learn more and pay tributes yourself to these amazing and inspiring athletes. What will also hopefully run deep is the snowfall that Steamboat is currently receiving. Snow is expected to continue Wednesday, bringing 6-8 inches to the higher elevations before sunshine returns into the weekend. Another storm is expected Monday into Tuesday, so keep doing your snow dance, it looks like it’s finally starting to pay off!

Ski and ride with care and have a great day on the mountain!

Happy Wednesday!

Erin Campbell, Alpine Skier & Snowboarder

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