Kent Vertrees Wins the Genuine Steamboat Award
● By Alesha Damerville
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS-The Master of Chaos, Kent Vertrees' shares his enthusiasm for the outdoors, particularly skiing and watersports, with Steamboat Magazine readers regularly. As president of the Friends of the Yampa, he has spearheaded the drive to save our water.
Vertrees' intense love for the great outdoors has inspired him to dedicate his life to protecting the most valuable resources of our community.
From helping outdoor enthusiasts safely make the most of backcountry ski sessions to educating and encouraging conscious respect of local waterways, Vertrees’ passion for both the planet and his community shines brightly.
Vertrees has had an active role in Steamboat Magazine, working as its guest editor and sharing tips on safely navigating the Yampa Canyon in the Spring/Summer 2011 edition, plus contributing as a freelance writer in a number of other editions.
As president of Friends of the Yampa, Vertrees works to promote the environmental and recreational integrity of the Yampa River and its tributaries with the goal of keeping the river accessible for all to enjoy. His work as an adjunct professor at Colorado Mountain College, teaching river and canyon orientation.
Vertrees' dedication to our community and passion for sustainable outdoor recreation is an example to be followed. We are proud to announce Kent Vertrees as our first Genuine Steamboat award recipient.