descend through powder into the lap of luxury
It’s no wonder Steamboat is known for winter whites. With an average moisture content a scant 4.2%—70% less moisture than average—the snow that falls here each winter drifts through the air like bubbles in a glass of champagne. Steamboat Springs is the ideal destination for families—the moderate terrain offers something for everyone. Step outside your front door and onto the gondola, and get ready for to conquer the mountain. With 27 feet of snowfall each year, skiing, snowboarding and sledding is a dream come true in Steamboat Springs.
Perfect for that rare day when you’d rather play inside than out, Snow Bowl is Steamboat’s premier bowling alley. Along with open bowling, cosmic bowling and moonlight bowling, there are leagues during all four seasons as well as tournaments held throughout the year. With a great food menu and the ability to host corporate and birthday parties, Snow Bowl is everything you could ask for in a bowling alley.
Cross-Country Skiing/Skate Skiing
With over 120 km of trails at five distinctive Nordic centers, Steamboat is a dream come true for cross-country and skate skiers. Lose yourself in the epic scenery and find your way through undisturbed forests and glades, where you’re more likely to see deer than humans. Lessons and rentals are readily available, and you can explore on your own or take a guided tour through some of Colorado’s most breathtaking scenery.
You haven’t really experienced Steamboat until you’ve traveled it at the “speed of a dog.” Mush your way through Steamboat’s beautiful backcountry trails on a sled pulled by Alaskan or Siberian Huskies. Trips can be planned by the hour, or you can venture out for a half- or full-day adventure, complete with a thermos of hot chocolate! This is the perfect way to leisurely enjoy the winter wonderland.
Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding
The Steamboat Ski Area is one of the largest and best ski mountains in North America. Nestled 7,000 feet up in the Colorado Rockies, it offers 165 trails on six peaks covering nearly 3,000 acres filled with world-class groomed cruisers, bumps, steeps, open meadows, legendary tree skiing and Mavericks, the continent’s longest superpipe. Whether you’re new to the slopes or a seasoned pro, Steamboat is the place for you for skiing and snowboarding.
For lessons, contact the Steamboat Ski & Snowboard School at 800.299.5017.
Get a bird’s eye view of Steamboat and the surrounding areas on a thrilling helicopter tour. Departing from Steamboat Airport, these tours for two can be fully customized depending on what you want to see. Buzz the treetops, scale the mountains or marvel at the beauty of rivers and lakes from thousands of feet in the air. Mount Werner and the Mount Zirkel Wilderness have never looked better!
Horseback Riding & Wagon Rides
Experience Steamboat in true Western style: on horseback. Trails through aspen groves, evergreen forests, wildflower meadows and high mountain lakes await riders of all levels, and guided trips can be arranged with local cowboys. Or, skip the saddle and enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride along the Elk River, the perfect pre-dinner activity. The whole family can come along, or you can tailor a romantic ride for two—the choice is totally up to you.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
There’s no better way to see the Yampa Valley and the mountains around Steamboat than to take a hot air balloon ride. You’ll feel free as a bird as you look out onto epic views of the mountains, forests and endless sky. If you’re lucky enough to visit Steamboat during Rainbow Weekend (usually held in July), you can see more than 40 balloons take to the skies. Balloon flights are offered by the hour and half-hour, and can be arranged for romantic getaways or family trips.
Hot Springs & Pools
Natural springs surround the Steamboat area and make for a supremely relaxing day trip throughout the year. Old Town Hot Springs is a Steamboat institution, having operated year-round since 1935. The highlights are its three spring-fed hot mineral pools, where you can enjoy warm natural spring water throughout the year. There’s also an Olympic-size pool, 350-foot water slide, kiddie pool, weight room, tennis courts and other fun family activities in the recreation center. The Strawberry Park Hot Springs, just a short shuttle ride away, offer natural springs in an idyllic setting with massage, natural pools and the option to rent private areas overnight. Reservations are highly recommended to enjoy the ultimate private experience.
No matter the season, Steamboat offers outstanding opportunities for those who love the thrill of the hunt. Whether you prefer rifle or bow, you’re in for a great treat as you head out into the wonderful wilderness of Colorado High Country. Guides are available for fully guided and drop-camp hunts for many animals, including trophy elk, mountain lions, black bears, antelope, deer and game birds. After a successful hunt, local meat processing plants and taxidermy specialists will complete the package. Permits required.
While Steamboat’s reputation is built on the fun and adventure of heading down the mountain, now you can have just as much fun going up. Try a spectacular ice climbing expedition as you scale a frozen waterfall. No experience is necessary and all equipment is provided, so just dress warm, bring your camera and prepare to have a great time. There are separate, higher climbs for seasoned climbers looking for more challenging ice terrain.
The Howelsen Ice Arena is the only ice rink in Steamboat, and is committed to providing quality and affordable ice skating programs in a fun and safe atmosphere. From open skating to hockey and broomball leagues, to private lessons in all styles of skating, you’ll find it all here at the Olympic-size rink. Season passes, equipment rentals and a repair shop are available.
The Tread of Pioneers Museum offers an incredible glimpse into American history and the lives of Colorado pioneers. Housed in a 1908 Victorian home with turn-of-the-century furnishings, the museum features ranching and mining artifacts as well as displays of Native American cultural artifacts. The Western room has century-old firearms, and tells the stories of the rodeo, local outlaws and much more. An educational treat for the whole family.
With incredible landscapes everywhere you turn, Steamboat has always been a haven for painters and photographers. Now, The Potter’s Wheel provides a great opportunity for everyone to be an artist. With more than 70 glaze colors, you’ll have everything you need to customize an everyday item or personalize a lovely gift for someone special. You’ll have free reign to express yourself however you want, whether that means a penguin with polka dots or a hot-pink polar bear. Great for parties, reunions or a paint-the-town date.
The Potter’s Wheel
1136 Yampa Street, Steamboat Springs
See amazing views of the mountain, valley and forest on a leisurely horse-draw sleigh ride. You’ve never felt such a sense of peace and wonder as you’ll enjoy gliding over the hills and through the forest. Local ranches offer afternoon tours through the countryside and romantic dinner rides under the endless starry sky.
Steamboat has some of the best powder skiing in the world, and now it’s more accessible than ever. Take a comfortable, heated snowcat out to more than 10,000 acres of undisturbed glades and bowls, where you’ll enjoy 10 to 18 runs on the best pure powder anywhere. With three guides per snowcat and terrain for all abilities, your adventure will be truly unforgettable.
Glide over the snow on an exciting snowmobile tour around Steamboat. You’ve never seen the amazing winter landscape zip by at this speed! Offered in two-hour, four-hour and full-day trips, you’ll love these backcountry tours, which show off the incredible natural beauty of Rabbit Ears Pass, Steamboat Lake, the Upper Elk River Valley and other local destinations.
Easy and fun to learn no matter your age, snowshoeing is a great way to explore the beauty of Colorado High Country. Miles of serene and scenic backcountry or maintained trails await all around Steamboat. If your legs would let you, you’d walk forever! Rent gear from a local shop and find your own path to follow, or take a half-day, full-day or full-moon tour.
Looking for some fun and best of all...speed. Glide the the hill on snow!
The Tennis Center is a state-of-the-art, four-season tennis facility located at the base of the mountain. Along with six outdoor clay courts and four outdoor hard courts, it features six brand new flex-cushioned indoor hard courts. Rent a court by the hour and feel free to check out some demo equipment or a ball machine, or sign up for lessons with one of our tennis pros. Tennis is a lifelong sport, and you’ll always be able to enjoy it at Steamboat.
If you’re planning to become an Owner at One Steamboat Place, you’ll want to get used to winter driving. Bridgestone Winter Driving School pros will help you take your skills to the next level whether you are a new driver or a racing professional. Learn the mechanics behind the moves and practice them on real ice and snow covered tracks. Both safety and performance based programs are offered, ranging from a half day to two days.