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5 Minutes With…. Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association CEO Kara Stoller

5 Minutes With…. Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association CEO Kara Stoller

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s new CEO, Kara Stoller, is no stranger to town, moving here more than a decade ago to begin her career at the chamber. A member of Ski Town Rotary and Northwest Colorado Broadband Board, and serving as the Parks and Recreation Commissioner from 2011-2015, she’s now happily raising a family here while enjoying Steamboat’s small town community and charm. When not convincing others to come here and do the same, she gets outside to enjoy biking, hiking, camping, skiing and Steamboat’s many other recreational activities every chance she gets, We caught up with her for take on what makes Steamboat so special.

When and why did you first come to town?

I moved to town in December 2007 to take the Special Events Director position at the Chamber.

What do you like most about Steamboat?

I love the access to the outdoors. There are so many adventures here right at our fingertips. You can get an incredible hike or ski in during your lunch break.

What makes Steamboat different from other mountain towns?

It’s the people. Our base of eclectic, passionate, dedicated, supportive community members can’t be found anywhere else.

Why should a visitor return in the summer?

To be awe-inspired by the vistas of our wide open valley, endless activities, delectable food, impressive arts scene, western heritage, and so much more.

What are some of your favorite summer activities?

I love to mountain bike, hike and golf. Emerald Mountain is my go-to for biking; it’s right in town and you can connect so many different trails to make each ride different. A hike up Mt. Werner to Sunset Happy Hour at Thunderhead Lodge is the perfect reward after an energizing climb. Haymaker Golf Course is also top notch. I love getting out for nine holes with friends late in the afternoon.

What should every summer visitor make sure to do here? 

Soak in the hot springs. Cruise the Yampa River Core Trail with friends of family. Attend a Free Summer Concert at Howelsen Hill.



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