Busy weekends are nothing new to Steamboat in the summertime. It’s just a way of life; there’s always so much going on. But this weekend is my particular favorite. It’s truly one of those weekends where whatever way you play, there’s something for you. Are you a biker? Then you should do something with the Tour de Steamboat. Now in its 8th year, the Tour de Steamboat (TDS) is a century ride that raised money for Sunshine Kids Foundation, an organization that brings a group of children diagnosed with Cancer to Steamboat each year for Winter Olympic Games.
So you get to ride and help support an incredible cause. The TDS kicks off on Friday night with a benefit dinner at the Steamboat Sheraton and all are welcome; then riders take to three course- 25 miles around Sydney Peak Ranch, 40 miles to Stagecoach or the big one, 110 miles over Rabbit Ears, Gore and Yellow Jacket Passes. Even if you’re not riding you can celebrate with the TDS BBQ at Little Toots Park on Saturday afternoon.
Do you like to mix your biking with swimming and running? We’ve got an event for you! The Steamboat Lake Sprint Triathlon puts your entire body to the test. This event is half the distance of an Olympic Triathlon and takes place at scenic Lake Catamount. Take part in the race, or cheer on those brave enough to tackle the water and roads.
Did you come to town to run your legs a bit? Then hit up the Spring Creek Memorial Trail Run. Pick from two options 9 miles of challenging trail running in a lollipop loop or a 5k out and back, both take place on Spring Creek Trail, one of the most popular trails in Steamboat.
If you want to play in Steamboat, but not push your body to its limits; you definitely picked the right weekend to be in town. You’ll have to pick between lots of great relaxing events though, starting with the Pro Rodeo on Friday night with Bucking Broncs, Barrel Racing, kid’s events and more. If you stopped by FM Light & Sons on your trip, this is the place to wear your new cowboy boots and hats! Also on Friday night is Lee Anne Womack at the Strings Music Festival. For a town that’s off the beaten path, a lot of famous musical acts seem to find their way here. There’s more live music on Saturday night, this time a FREE concert with The Samples. Opening act Zach Heckendorf takes the stage in the ski resort base area, followed by the popular Colorado band. Plus, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds play at the Strings Music Festival on Saturday night. This is a rocking good time with a nine piece band that puts a modern spin on classic soul.
After all that make sure you leave room for the Farmers Market on Saturday morning, the Piknik Theater Festival, The Kitchen and Garden Tour, the Steamboat Springs Arts Council Drama Camp Performance; and of course you’ll need to eat and shop at some point.
It’s not a matter of what you’re going to do while you’re in Steamboat this weekend, it’s how you’re going to fit it all in.
Guest Blogger: Loryn Kasten, Steamboat Ski Resort Public Relations Manager