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36 Things to do in Steamboat Springs in Winter

Go Snow Skiing at Steamboat Ski Resort

Steamboat Resort is the crown jewel of winter activities in Steamboat Springs. There is something for every skill level; from the beginner-friendly meandering ‘Why Not?’ trail to the expert only chutes near Christmas Tree bowl. There are various lift ticket options and buying in bulk will save serious cash. Check out the options here:

Get First Tracks at Steamboat Ski Resort

Want to be the first up the mountain on a powder day? Here’s how to do it. Take advantage of their famous Champaign Powder and get an early-access pass to board the Gondola 30 minutes before everybody else without camping out in line. Click Here for more Information:

Go Skiing at Howelsen Hill

Howelsen Hill is the oldest, most continuously operated ski area in Colorado and is located right off of Downtown Steamboat. This ski area is much smaller than Steamboat Resort and is primarily used for Olympic ski training, but is open to the public for skiing. They even offer free lift tickets on MOST Sundays throughout the winter. For more information about Howelsen Hill, Click Here:

Go night Skiing

On certain nights in the winter, Steamboat Resort kicks on the MASSIVE array of lighting on some of their ski trails so you can have access to 1,100ft of vertical for a unique skiing experience. For more information, click here:

Go Cross Country Skiing

The Haymaker Nordic Center is a great place to Cross Country Ski. They have rentals and instructors available, so if this is a new thing you’ve been wanting to try, you can learn from a pro. For more info:

Go Backcountry Skiing

Buffalo Pass, Fish Creek, North Routt, and Rabbit Ears are the main backcountry ski areas near Steamboat and is all available for ski touring. If you are new to backcountry skiing, ski touring is a human-powered ascent and descent of terrain guaranteeing an all day, self-gratifying experience that you may not get at the resort. If you are new to this, Steamboat Powdercats offers beginner backcountry ski touring lessons for those wanting to get into this discipline. Learn more about guided backcountry ski touring here:

Go Cat Skiing

Want to spend more time skiing down than walking up? Great! Ride a snowcat back up while your legs rest. A day of snowcat access backcountry skiing typically yields 8-12 bottomless powder runs in Buffalo Pass, one of the snowiest areas in all of Colorado. Steamboat Powdercats is who you will want to contact for more information on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Click here for more info:

Take a Moonlit Backcountry Dinner Ski Tour

If you have a group and are looking for a truly unique experience, a moonlight dinner tour is what you’ll be looking for. On this adventure, you’ll be guided into the Backcountry and get in, typically, 2-3 runs of bottomless powder in open glades or bowl terrain then be treated to dinner at a mid-mountain, backcountry cabin before returning to town. This is typically only done on the days leading up to a full moon and availability is extremely limited. For more details, click here:

Things to do in Steamboat Springs besides Skiing

Hike to Fish Creek Falls

This frozen waterfall is one of the more picturesque and unique things about Steamboat. This is NOT an all-day event though, so would be a good thing to tack onto the end or beginning of another adventure of this page. The 280ft partially frozen waterfall is accessible by a fairly easy, but snow-covered, walk about a quarter mile away from the trailhead. There are two separate viewpoints: the overlook and the base. I recommend both of them, but the base is the more impressive of the two. For more information about this hike, click here: This hike can easily be done without a guide, but if you DO want a guide or if you want to snowshoe further up the trail, guides are available here:

Take a Guided Snowshoe Tour

Free guided snowshoe tours are available from the Gondola Square at Steamboat Resort. These take about an hour and a half and do require a gondola foot pass. Shoeshoe rentals are available. More Info: Shoeshoe Trails: Gondola Foot Ticket: Snowshoe Rentals:

Take a moonlit snowshoe tour to Dinner

This moonlit snowshoe tour lasts about an hour where you can expect to shoeshoe about a mile around the nature trail starting from and ending at the top of the Steamboat gondola at the Thunderhead building. Your snowshoe rentals, tour guide, night-time gondola ride, and dinner are included in the price of admission. Click Here for current pricing and more info:

Ride a Fat Bike

Fat Bikes are a new-ish winter ski town craze. They utilize a wider footprint to get more rubber (and sometimes metal studs) to snow so you can continue mountain biking even after the single track gets covered up by snow. There are many miles of fat biking trails in and near Steamboat Springs Colorado. Here are some good resources for learning more about the trails: Here are some places you can rent Fat Bikes:

Go Snow Tubing

Snow Tubing brings out the kid in everybody and is a pretty straightforward, no-skill-necessary kind of activity. Your hop on a ‘moving sidewalk’ that takes you to the top of a hill, hop on your tube, slide to the bottom (at a surprisingly fast speed), and do it all again. You’ll be headed about 20 minutes outside of town for this activity (free shuttle from Steamboat Springs available). Click here for more information:

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

If you want to see Steamboat Springs Colorado and the Yampa Valley from a unique perspective, consider taking a hot air balloon ride. Each ride lasts about 45 minutes and includes the ride itself with the pilot/guide, breakfast, post-ride Champagne, and shuttle service (if needed). For more info, click here:

Soak in the Old Town Hot Springs

The Old Town Hot Springs is in the heart of Steamboat Colorado right in downtown Steamboat Springs. This hot spring is a more ‘commercialized’ type of hot springs as there is a large spring fed lap Swimming pool, water slides, rock wall, as well as the smaller pools you’d expect at a hot spring. For more information, check out:

Soak in the Strawberry Park Hot Springs

Strawberry Park Hot Springs is about 15 minutes outside of Steamboat Springs.  This is a more natural hot spring style setting where there is very little lighting, which can make for some great star-gazing on clear nights. Clothing optional and 18+ after dark. Click here for more information:
Also, The road to the Hot Springs is steep and windy.  In the winter months, you’ll need to have either 4 wheel drive with snow tires, or 2 wheel drive with snow chains.  If you don’t have those requirements or you have a bigger group, there are some private shuttle operations who have 4 wheel drive vans that can shuttle your group to the hot springs and include cost of admission in their shuttle price.  Here are the two Hot Spring Shuttle Ops: and

Take a Guided Snowmobile Trip

There are THOUSANDS of acres near Steamboat Springs that are prime territory for high-horsepower fun. There are several places offering snowmobile rentals and guided trips. If you’ve never ridden a snowmobile before, consider a guided trip. They will be able to show you what your sled is capable of and help out if you get stuck and in a bind. Here are a few options of places offering guided snowmobile trips and snowmobile rentals in Steamboat:

Take a Winter Driving Course

How did you learn to drive in the snow? An empty parking lot? Slick side street? Just go for it? Most people don’t get formal, hands-on winter driving training. At the Bridgestone Winter Driving School, you can get just that. Sure, you’ll learn about winter driving safety, but you can guarantee fun as you slide around in the snow with professional driving coaches. Learn more here:

Ride a Snowcat to Dinner

Take a nighttime gondola ride to the top of Mt. Warner, climb inside a snowcat and motor your way up the hill under the stars to the impressive views of the Four Points Lodge, halfway up Storm Peak. This is where you’ll have one of the best Italian dinners in Steamboat Springs. Reservations required. For more info, click here:

Take a Sleigh Ride to Dinner

Horse Drawn Carriages are ingrained into the history of Steamboat. There are a few options on Sleigh Rides in the Steamboat area and most of them involve dinner. Here are a few options:

Take a Night Gondola Ride to Dinner

Take a nighttime gondola ride up Steamboat Resort for a unique perspective of the Yampa Valley and the town of Steamboat Springs. Once you’re at the top, consider dinner and drinks at one of the restaurants in the Thunderhead building. Call for Reservations: Dining at the top of the Gondola: Scenic Gondola Rides:

Go Ice Skating

The Howelsen Ice complex offerers indoor public ice skating. Public, drop-in rates and skate rentals are available. For more info, click here:

Ride Bumper Cars on Ice

The Howelsen Ice Complex is one of the only locations where you can drive bumper cars on an ice skating rink. For this special event, a reservation is recommended. For more info, click here:

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Watch or Play in a Hockey Game

The Howelsen Ice Complex offers drop-in and league hockey on select nights. Click here to learn more:

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Find a new favorite restaurant

From fine dining at the top of Mt. Warner to Apres ski happy hours, there is no shortage of food and snacks in Steamboat and you can eat as fancy or inexpensively as you like. Our recommendation is to simply walk around the Gondola Square area of Steamboat Resort or the Downtown Steamboat area scoping out happy hour signs. If you need a bit more planning, Yelp is your friend here:

Grab a Beer at a Local Brewery

Looking for local beer? There are 4 different breweries in Steamboat, Butcherknife, Mahogany Ridge, Mountain Tap, and Storm Peak. If you want even more variety, there is also a Beer Garden called Steamboat Brauhaus More info:

Ride the Outlaw Mountain Coaster

A new attraction to Steamboat is the Outlaw Mountain Coaster. This mountain coaster travels over a mile while descending over 400ft at speeds up to 27mph. Click here for more info:

Take a Scenic Gondola Ride

Even if you aren’t much for skiing, you can still ride the Gondola to the top of Mt. Warner. The views from the top are worth it and there are a few restaurants at the top. For more info, click here:

Get a Massage

Not saying that a full day of skiing is required to get a massage, but the message will be that much better after wrecking your body on the ski hill. Here are a few locations that offer Massages:

Attend a local Event

There is always some kind of event or festival going on in Steamboat. The one-of-a-kind Cowboy downhill, the Winter Carnival, Springalicious, and Rock the Boat just to name a few. Find an event that’s happening during your trip on the event calendar here:

Go Shopping

There are ample shopping opportunities at both the Gondola Square area of Steamboat Resort as well as the Downtown district of Steamboat Springs. There are tons of options for sporting goods, souvenirs, fine art, mountain decor, and anything else you could want. Just getting out and walking around is, perhaps, the best way to shop in Steamboat Springs. If you’re looking for something in particular, here is what’s available:

Take a Winter Horseback Ride

Steamboat Springs has a longstanding tradition with horseback riding so it makes sense there are some prime opportunities to see the countryside by horseback. There are a few options for winter horseback riding in and around Steamboat Springs:

Go Ice Fishing for Trout and Pike

Ice fishing is a unique experience and a great way to try something new. The Steamboat Springs area is known for big trout and northern pike. There are a few different guided fishing operations in the area. For more info, click here:

Go Dog Sledding

See the Yampa Valley countryside in a unique way and take a dog sledding adventure. There are several operations that offer Dog Sledding and they are all sure to please:

Bring your RV or Camper

Most of the national forest campgrounds close down in the winter time as there is so much snow they become simply become inaccessible. City Streets have a strict no overnight parking ordinance. If you travel by RV or Camper Van, you do have an option, though. The KOA campground on the edge of town stays open and plowed year round. It’s also on the free bus transit line, which goes all the way to the Steamboat Ski Resort. Learn more here: