You want to visit Steamboat Springs, but aren’t a skier? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. While Steamboat is famous for its Champagne Powder®, world class tree skiing and riding, and Howelsen Hill’s Olympian history, skiing is only the beginning. There is more to a Steamboat winter adventure than meets the eye. We’ve gathered some of our favorite winter activities sure to impress everyone in your group from the thrill seekers to the cozy relaxers.
1. Snowmobile Tours
If you’re looking for a high-speed experience full of excitement, Steamboat hosts multiple snowmobiling companies who are itching to take you out! This activity is unbeatable for those craving a sense of adventure. Tear through the backcountry with a professional guide and see the majestic views of our valley. Steamboat Snowmobile Tours offers a sunset ride high on Rabbit Ears Pass complete with dinner prepared by your guide. If you want to see wildlife, Lucky 8 Ranch provides snowmobile tours through their bison ranch! For a full directory of our local businesses offering snowmobiling, click here.
2. Dog Sledding
One of the most unique winter activities to try in Steamboat is dog sledding! Come experience the thrill of learning to drive a team of Alaskan Huskies along our pristine backcountry trails with Grizzle-T Dog and Sled Works. This family owned and operated Steamboat business is ready to share this amazing sport with visitors and locals. Try a multitude of trails with options such as the half-day “drive your own” adventure, children laps, eight-mile scenic rides, and more. This is a true wilderness adventure that the whole family will enjoy!
3. Hot Springs
If you’re looking for something a little more relaxing and a way to soak your muscles after an active day outdoors, visit one of our hot springs in the most magical time of the year. Adults and kids alike will enjoy the relaxation and fun at Old Town Hot Springs located in the heart of downtown. There are multiple pools, a fitness center, and even water slides! For a more rugged experience full of rejuvenation, visit Strawberry Park Hot Springs. You’ll need to make a reservation in advance to visit Strawberry Park to ensure the peace and rejuvenation you are looking for. While you are at it, reserve a massage while there to complete your relaxation. Located 15 minutes from downtown, you will need 4WD if you drive yourself, but your best option is a shuttle.
4. Downtown Shopping & Dining
Lincoln Avenue is the original center of business for our town and still is today. Downtown Steamboat is full of local shops, cozy eats, tasty treats, and fun happy hours for everyone in your group. This year, the downtown scene has been elevated as businesses are now allowed to serve to-go drinks (yes, this includes your favorite beers, cocktails, and even wines!). And you can now enjoy these open-container style in downtown byways and streets. All the local favorites are ready to welcome you such as F.M Light & Sons, a historic Steamboat business that has been around since 1905. We also have great outdoor gear from Big Agnes to help you stay warm and blend in with the locals. Are the kids craving some dessert? Stop by Lyon’s Drug store and soda fountain for ice cream at $1 a scoop! Some of our favorite happy hour spots include Salt & Lime for tacos and margaritas or Table 79 serving elevated comfort food with local ingredients.
5. The Great Outdoors
Did you know our endless miles of trails are still accessible in the winter? That’s right -- choose your adventure and snowshoe, cross-country ski, or even bike the snow-packed trails on your next visit to Steamboat! With several trails that vary from rolling ranch hills to steep, mountain-side inclines, these experiences are more lowkey on-snow options. If you don’t have the equipment, Steamboat has some great local gear shops happy to help you rent some such as Christy Sports or Ski Haus. Check out a breakdown of some of our favorite cross country ski trails and experience the great outdoors that make Steamboat a magical destination.
6. Ice Skating
Ice skating is here to stay in Steamboat Springs – and we have two rinks to choose from! Stop by the Howelsen Ice Complex located conveniently in downtown Steamboat for some indoor skating fun. The ice arena offers various public skate times, figure skating sessions, and hockey play. Reservations can be made a day in advance here to limit the number of skaters on the ice. Don’t forget your mask! If you’re visiting South Routt with the family on your winter vacation, then checking out the Oak Creek ice rink is a must! They offer free skating at all times, special “Stick N Puck” hours, and even have a hut open with free rental skates you can borrow. Check out their full schedule here.
Steamboat provides plenty of opportunities to play on and off the slopes, and the winter getaway of a lifetime is just a few clicks away. With so much more to our town than the world-class skiing and snowboarding, make sure to take advantage of all we have to offer.