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Steamboat Springs Valentine's Day Torchlight Parade
Publication Date: January 21, 2011
While it may be early to mention a holiday despised by many, Valentine's Day (Feb. 14th) in Steamboat Springs can be enjoyed, sentiments aside or profuse.
The glow of a light sourced from the wisps of dancing flames sets, somehow, a romantic mood more genuine than one catered by a current of electricity. Perhaps the employment of primitive tools draws one into a nostalgic trance, and puts the mind in the land in which we wish we were, and in a time during which we see as simple—as, at least, it seems in our muse into the past. Such a romance, with a time now fictive, nudges many an affair of the heart into a vein that demands no labour for the love to circulate a day, if not another more. By no means could the artificial, fazing light of a spark create a mood that endures longer than the reflected sparkle in an eye, whereas the elegance of a well-mannered flame can scorch the doubt from a couple’s affinity and heat the water for a shared cup of tea.
The sight of a flaming torch effectively fosters relationships without the lethally painful pierce of an arrow from Cupid’s bow. For that reason, and certainly that reason alone, the Steamboat Springs Ski School parades afire, torches in hand, down the slopes in the midst of dusk on Valentine’s Day in order to save the lives of Cupid’s lovers using the sight of flirting flames in lieu of an arrow through the chest. One ought to add to the long list of Steamboat’s monikers Valentine’s Valley USA, for there truly is no better place to gaze into another’s eyes above a flickering candle flame upon a white table cloth, in preparation for more of the amorous fodder, fire, at the torchlight parade. If you’re looking to fall in love, or love more your lover, Valentine’s Day in Steamboat Springs will coax out the necessary emotions.
Let the flame carry you away.