Guide for relocation to Steamboat Springs, CO

5 Minutes with…Chamber Resort Association CEO Jim Clark

When and why did you first come to town?

Clark: I arrived in September 2014 to take my dream job as CEO of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. This is a town Ive visited often, and its always been my favorite place to visit. Now I get to live here.


Jim Clark, Chief Executive Officer of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

Jim Clark, Chief Executive Officer of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

What do you like most about Steamboat?

Clark: It has all the benefits of a Colorado mountain resort destination with the feel of a real community. While I love the recreation, most of all I love the people.


What makes Steamboat stand out from other mountain towns?

Clark: Its real, not manufactured. Our western heritage and agricultural roots are proudly on display and ingrained in our culture. The broad, open, beautiful valleys contrast the bustling I-70 corridor. Also, we offer the same summer activities as other winter resorts, but also hot springs, the rodeo and more. Our outdoor activities rival those of much larger destinations, but we retain that special small-town warmth. 


How do you like the summers here?

Clark: Theres a poster that says, Winter is wonderful, but summer is why we live here.” There is so much to do here in and on the many wilderness areas, trails, rivers, lakes, hot springs and ranches. If youre bored here in the summer, something is seriously wrong with you. Im also excited about our new summer flights into Yampa Valley Regional Airport.


Any favorite summer activities?

Clark: Hiking, fly fishing and road biking. I love hiking into lakes or small streams for a wilderness fishing experience. I also like our free summer concerts and the rodeo.


What should every visitor do here? 

Clark: Skiing and hot springing in the winter, for sure. In the summer, our top attraction is Fish Creek Falls, because its so easy to walk to. And the Yampa River Core Trail and downtown area are great also. An easy walk or bike gives you a feel for what makes this place so special.

Why should someone move here?

Clark: We have all the benefits and amenities of living in a resort with the warmth and friendliness of a small Western town. This is a place that values its educational, cultural and civic organizations with the same passion it has for skiing, biking and all forms of outdoor recreation. Our residents genuinely care about this community.

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