Winter Activities


Yes, Steamboat Springs is known as Ski Town USA®, and for a good reason. However, downhill skiing is just the beginning of what this valley has to offer. There are a variety of winter activities and adventures to broaden your horizons and get the whole family excited for another winter season!

Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding

Steamboat Springs is home to the Steamboat Ski Area as well as Howelsen Hill, Colorado's oldest continuously operated ski area.

Also view our ski and snowboard shops and rental members.

Skiing Snowboarding Winter Activities

Ski Free Sundays

Ski the same trails as Olympians for free on Sundays this winter. Pick up your ticket at the Howelsen Hill Lodge to start your Sunday fun.

Learn more about Steamboat's Olympic heritage.

 Howelsen Hill Ski Free Sundays

Art Classes & Workshops

Release your inner artist with classes and workshops that explore everything from painting and pottery to photography and the performing arts.

Enjoy a creative evening with friends and family by signing up for a wine and canvas night and take home your own homemade souvenir.

Art Classes Workshops Activities


In Bike Town USA® we like to stay on two-wheels year-round.

You'll need some fatter tires to enjoy our snowy hills but if you are looking for a new twist on your favorite summer pastime this is your ticket to exploring our trails all winter long!

Snow Biking Winter Activities


Head over to Steamboat's bowling alley, Snow Bowl, on the west end of town for a night of fun for the whole family.

Snow Bowl features Cosmic Karaoke bowling on the weekends as well as other specials and unique entertainment throughout the week.

Bowling Activities

Brewery Tours

Visit all of the breweries in Steamboat Springs and sip on a refreshing beverage after biking, hiking, skiing and snowboarding, or enjoying one of Steamboat's many other outdoor activities.

Brewery Tours

Children's Activities

Steamboat Springs offers an array of activities for kids any time of year. In the winter months, Tubing Steamboat and Old Town Hot Springs offer thrills and spills on the snow and in the water.

The Kids’ Vacation Club at Steamboat Ski Area caters to all abilities and age levels - just one reason Steamboat is rated North America's #1 Family Resort.

Childrens Activities Winter

Dog Sledding

Embark on a true adventure as you learn the ropes of commanding an amazing team of Alaskan Huskies through a winter wonderland.

Don't hold back, these pups are itching to kick up some Champagne Powder snow!

Dog Sledding Winter Activities

Escape Rooms

Need a break from the cold? The Crooked Key in downtown Steamboat offers three, multi-room, immersive escape rooms to challenge any age.

Experience adventures like escaping an Old West jail cell or getting dispatched as a firefighter. The Crooked Key is fun for the whole family. 

Crooked Key Logo


Whether it's the arts, recreation, or one of Steamboat's many traditional events, we've got more than a few organizations to keep you entertained during your visit.

Also browse our Arts and Culture directory and our calendar of events for a full list of events.

Events Activities

Fishing (Ice and Fly)

Let a local fishing guide lead you to the best ice fishing spots in the Yampa Valley. Get out of town and take in the quiet winter landscape while getting your "fishing fix.”

Photo Courtesy: Steamboat Pilot & Today

Ice Fishing Winter Activities

Helicopter Sightseeing

Take in a bird's eye view of the Yampa Valley with a helicopter tour! Zephyr Helicopter Company offers scenic tours of the Steamboat area year-round.

Whether you want to scout out the best place to ski, view the fall color, or enjoy the most scenic view of the day, a helicopter ride is your best bet.

Helicopter Sightseeing Activities

Horseback Riding

Single-day horseback trail rides and multi-day pack trips are everyday business for local cowboys.

Visit the Flat Tops Wilderness, Mount Zirkel Wilderness, Routt National Forest, or Howelsen Hill on horseback. Go for two hours, an all-day photo safari or dinner on the trail. You can even ride a horse-drawn wagon for dinner on a ranch.

Horseback Riding Winter

Historical Tours and Museum Visits

Steamboat Springs and the surrounding area is known for its rich cultural heritage. Don't miss this unique opportunity to explore the history of the Yampa Valley through the lens of pioneers, longtime local families and the local skiing culture.

Museums Winter Activities

Hot Air Ballooning

Nothing beats the view of the Yampa Valley from the oldest form of flight transportation. White snowy views will stretch for miles on end with a bright blue-sky overhead.

A Hot Air Balloon ride is truly an adventure for all ages and a unique way to experience Steamboat Springs.

Hot Air Ballooning Winter Activities

Hot Springs and Tours

One of the reasons the Ute Indians fell in love with the Yampa Valley was the abundance of natural hot springs and the healing powers they are believed to possess.

Experience the ultimate in relaxation in a conveniently located downtown hot springs, or a more rustic affair in the mountains above Steamboat Springs.

Hot Springs Winter Activities

Ice Climbing

Looking for a new winter thrill? Test out your climbing skills with Rocky Mountain Ventures on the iconic Fish Creek Falls.

All abilities welcome, all you need is a sense of adventure and willingness to learn.

Ice Climbing Winter Activities

Nordic Skiing

Enjoy the beauty of the Steamboat Springs area by accessing the Nordic trails at a guest ranch or through the Steamboat Ski Touring Center.

You can also view our list of cross country skiing and snowshoeing routes.

Nordic Skiing Winter Activities

Sleigh Rides

Sit back and enjoy a ride to dinner unique from all the rest. Take in the sound of the horses’ hooves on the freshly fallen snow and the sight of the stars in the clear Rocky Mountain sky. This is Steamboat Springs, so of course you can expect to learn to calf rope after dinner as well.

Photo Courtesy: Steamboat Pilot & Today

Sleigh Rides Winter Activities


Let knowledgeable snowmobile guides give you a tour of the backcountry as you float over pillows of powder and take in views of some of the most iconic sights in Colorado.

In addition to our snowmobiling tours, view our snowmobiling routes.

Snowmobiling Winter Activities


A great alternative to fun on the slopes, snowshoeing offers a look at the great outdoors at a more leisurely pace.

In addition to our snowshoeing guides, view our list of snowshoe trails if you are thinking of heading out on your own adventure. Snowshoeing Routes

Snowshoe Winter Activities

Snow Tubing

Day or night, gliding down a snow-covered slope is an exhilarating adventure for the entire family, and an entirely new way to get from top to bottom with plenty of speed.

Spend a day out with the kids and let the lift do all the work before laughing and flying down the slope on an inflatable winter tube.

Snow Tubing Winter Activities


Steamboat Springs is home to the 2011 USTA National Tennis Facility of the Year in the Steamboat Tennis Center, a facility with six outdoor hydrocourt clay courts, four outdoor hard courts, and 6 brand new RSS 500 cushioned-indoor hard courts.

The Old Town Hot Springs and Howelsen Hill also have outdoor courts.

Tennis Winter Activities


Let a seasoned local guide do the work. Whether it's snowmobiling on Rabbit Ears Pass, an unforgettable view of the valley from a hot air balloon or untouched Champagne Powder flakes in the backcountry, we've got just the ticket.

Photo Courtesy: Steamboat Pilot & Today

Tours Winter Activities

Winter Driving School

Elevate your driving skills at the Bridgestone Winter Driving School, the only purpose-built, terrain-based school of its kind in the country.

Their array of winter driving programs, for all abilities, give participants hands-on training from professional coaches. And there’s no doubt it’s a blast, too. Read more on the program in this article from Forbes.

Winter Driving School Winter Activities