The temperatures are dropping, snow is falling, and the winter season is officially here! Winter in Steamboat Springs offers nearly endless options for exploring and adventuring, whether you hit the ski slopes, take to the trails, experience the downtown scene, or all of the above! This winter many local businesses are providing creative solutions to outdoor dining, have new offerings, and are ready to safely serve visitors. Keep reading for all the details on what’s new this winter in Steamboat Springs, CO.
DID YOU SAY ICE SKATING?
This winter, the City of Steamboat Springs transformed their outdoor tennis courts into ice skating rinks for you to enjoy! Two outdoor, lighted courts located at the base Howelsen Hill were converted to oval ice sheets, allowing for day and night time recreation in a winter wonderland. The best part? The rinks are free to use! Open public skates will be scheduled throughout the winter and managed by the Howelsen Ice Complex. The ice-skating rinks will operate from December – March (weather depending), so be sure to visit their website for detailed information this winter!
STEAMBOAT SKI RESORT
The ski resort is dedicated to providing a ski season that keeps everyone healthy while having fun on the slopes. They have created a new Trail Forward webpage where you can find all the latest information on their offerings and policies. Some of our favorite highlights include the return of the Taco Beast and the introduction of the Pizza Ranger! The Pizza Ranger will deliver slices or full pizzas to the Bashor area for skiers and boarders to enjoy. You can order the pizza through their new app allowing for a contactless dining experience sure to leave you satisfied!
WINTER WANDER SHOWSHOEING
Looking to get outside and explore our wide-open spaces? Yampatika has introduced a new Winter Wander snowshoeing tour perfect for those looking to explore the outdoors with a guide. This family-friendly hike features snowshoeing with little elevation at a local, historic ranch. Witness exceptional views of the Yampa Valley as you learn about Steamboat’s storied past. The program runs twice on Saturdays during the winter season, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., and registration is required to ensure the health and safety of participants. Visit Yampatika for information and registration.
WORK + WORKOUT
This winter you can experience the Old Town Hot Springs, get a workout in, and work virtually – all from one convenient location. With many struggling to find work-life balance in these strange times, Old Town Hot Springs decided to launch a new coworking space. This space is more than your typical office – it has all the essentials — desk, WiFi, power, coffee — as well as the unexpected: a personal spin bike for multitasking. The space is available to members and guests for a daily fee ($30/day for members; $40/day for guests), and also includes access to the pools, fitness center and climbing wall. Reservations are required.
CREATIVE DINING: YURTS & GONDOLAS
This winter come experience outdoor dining like never before. Dine-in a private yurt along the Yampa River at Aurum Food & Wine. The fully heated and beautiful yurts accommodate parties of up to eight people for a uniquely memorable, intimate private dining experience. Lanterns outside each yurt allows diners to signal their server while they enjoy their meals. The party is also moving outdoors at Mountain Tap Brewery this winter with three gondola cars stationed on the patio. Imagine sipping a Picking Hops IPA and noshing on wood-fired pizza in your very own private gondola cabin. The gondolas, which previously shuttled skiers at Killington Ski Area in Vermont, will be equipped with a heater, lights, a table, and even Bluetooth speakers.
photo credit: Mountain Tap Brewery
LTB Meatbar is Laura The Butcher's new brick and mortar charcuterie bar. The charcuterie bar is walk-in-only with a cozy, small lounge, communal butcher block table and seated bar areas. LTB Meatbar pours beer, wine, cider and specialty imported nonalcoholic beverages to complement their charcuterie selection. Interested in learning trade secrets? Laura is hosting weekly butchery and charcuterie classes for all ages, and a reservation-only supper club allowing diners to explore tastes found off the regular menu in a more intimate setting. Come hungry, leave happy!
STEAMBOAT’S LATEST RESIDENCE
Steamboat welcomes a brand new hotel suited to the local lifestyle with cool features including a bike wash, tune-up station and valet for skis, grocery delivery service, complimentary daily breakfast, an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub overlooking Fish Creek and outdoor fire pit! Have a furry friend? The Residence Inn by Marriott is pet-friendly and even offers pet sitting services. The hotel features a full-service bar and kitchen including indoor and outdoor seating. Check out this trendy new spot on your next Steamboat visit.