With temperatures dropping and snow piling up on the mountain, it is safe to say that winter has officially come to Steamboat Springs. Perhaps you arrived in town for your ski vacation and found yourself slightly less than prepared for the Rocky Mountain climate. Fear not! Because this small town is home to a large array of businesses that are ready to outfit you for whatever Old Man Winter has in store. Here is the inside scoop on layering like a local.

Get Yourself Some Smartwool Base Layers

Winter in the mountains is all about the layers, and the base ones are key! Originally founded in Steamboat Springs and now worn around the world, Smartwool  is a staple Steamboat local brand. Shop Smartwool’s high quality merino wool duds at Straightline Sports downtown.

Cozy up in a smartwool base layerImages: @smartwool

Hit the Slopes in Point 6 Ski Socks

It’s important to keep your feet warm, and the wrong socks while hiking, skiing, or simply going downtown can ruin your day. Point 6 is a local Steamboat brand that specializes in excellent merino wool products and socks. Cop some of their rad designs from Backdoor Sports over on Yampa Street.

Rock a Smeenie Beanie

With Champagne Powder Snow® falling in Steamboat, you’ll need to keep your head both warm and dry. Local craftswoman, Chereen, handknits these adorable one-of-a-kind Smeenie Beanies. Keep your ears nice and toasty by purchasing one at Ohana. While you’re there, pick up one of Ohana’s locally made t-shirts, jewelry, or other crafts too

Locally made in Steamboat, one-of-a-kind wool hats from Smeeny BeaniesImages: @smeeneybeanieknits

Keep Your Fingers Warm with the Best Gloves

When the weather outside is frightful, you want to keep your hands protected in gloves that you know will get the job done. Where better to buy some heavy duty mittens than Ace Hardware? For more fashionable options, check out some of our downtown shops such as The North Face.

Stay Dry in Snow Pants from Ski Haus

Just in case you missed the memo that you’re not supposed to ski in jeans (they will make you very, very cold), head on over to Ski Haus and choose from their large selection of snow pants, bibs, and more. Your legs will thank you.

Walk Around in Winter Boots from Steamboat Shoe Market

The folks over at Steamboat Shoe Market know what you need to keep your tootsies protected from the elements no matter what time of year it is. They carry a variety of brands and styles from snow and rain boots to warm and fuzzy slip-ons.

Stay Cozy in a Down Jacket from Big Agnes

The best jackets won’t weigh you down when you’re on the move. This legendary local Steamboat brand uses the same technology in their famous sleeping bags to make insulated apparel to keep you warm when temperatures fall. Pick up a Big Agnes jacket from one of BAP!'s two downtown locations.

Stay dry and warm in coats from Steamboat Springs brands: Big Agnes and BAPImages: @bap_inc

Do Après in (Western) Style

Ever heard of F.M. Light & Sons? If you drove to Steamboat, the name may sound familiar. This Steamboat stalwart, known for their many yellow signs along highway 40, has been selling fine Western wear for over a century. Pick up some embroidered boot cut jeans and some cowboy boots to be the most fashionable one in the bar at happy hour.

Head Home with Some Genuine Steamboat Swag

Don’t forget to pick up some Steamboat logo garb before you leave town! Find all the sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats, and more at Steamboat Apparel and Gifts in their downtown or mountain locations.