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If you want to spend your winter vacation in a spectacular mountain setting, look no further than Steamboat Springs. Known far and wide as Ski Town U.S.A.®, Steamboat offers world-class skiing and amazing powder that’s just minutes from the picture-perfect downtown area. But, Steamboat has more to offer in the way of winter fun than just skiing and snowboarding.

Winter visitors will find that a plethora of fun activities await them. From snowshoeing and cross-country skiing to dog sled rides and ice fishing, Steamboat has something to please everyone.

Once you arrive in Steamboat, you’ll find that there is no shortage of things to do. So make sure you have plenty of time to explore on your next Steamboat vacation.

Snowboarder Riding Down the Hill


Whether you’re a seasoned snowboarder or you’ve just picked up the sport, Steamboat is an incredible place to fine tune your skills. Not only will you be able to enjoy the resort’s varied terrain, but the powder is unbeatable.

Approximately 14% of the trails are designated as beginner-level trails and you’ll find the trails on the lower section of Mount Werner to be the best for developing your snowboarding technique. If you’ve never snowboarded before, we highly recommend lessons. The Steamboat Snowsports School offers a variety of lessons, private and group, and clinics for students of all ages.

More experienced snowboarders won’t be disappointed either as 42% of the trails are rated as intermediate and 44% of them are rated as advanced. The resort also boasts three terrain parks. Mavericks is the largest terrain park with a 450-foot long, 56-foot wide superpipe.

Snowshoer in the Woods

Snowshoeing in Steamboat

A snowshoeing adventure is definitely worth some of your Steamboat vacation time. Not only is it a great workout, but it’s a great way to experience the natural beauty of the area. Even better, snowshoeing doesn’t take long to master, so you won’t have any problem getting out there and making the most of your adventure.

On the mountain, the Steamboat Ambassadors offer a daily free guided tour (with purchase of a lift ticket and snowshoe rentals). These tours are typically available from mid-December to early April. The mountain also has a number of snowshoe trails easily accessible via the Gondola. You’ll find even more snowshoe trails at the Howelsen Hill Ski Area, which is located on 5th Street and Howelsen Parkway on the other side of the Yampa River.


Steamboat Snowmobiling

If you’re looking for a quick and thrilling way to enjoy Steamboat’s backcountry, then a snowmobile tour is definitely for you! Snowmobile tours allow you to see a lot of terrain in a short amount of time. Much of this scenery is located in areas that most visitors to Steamboat Springs don’t get to see.

There are a variety of snowmobile tours available, including moonlight and dinner tours as well as half- and full-day tours. Rabbit Ears Pass is a common destination for snowmobilers thanks to the stunning views the area offers. Snowmobile tours on private land are also available while in Steamboat. Regardless of which tour you choose, you’re sure to enjoy an incredible experience and beautiful views.

Ice Fishing Pole

Ice Fishing & Winter Fly Fishing in Steamboat

In Steamboat Springs, fishing opportunities don’t end with the summer. During the winter months, you’ll still have plenty of chances to catch a prize fish. While it will take a hardy spirit to brave the cold temperatures, if you love fishing, you’re sure to enjoy winter fishing in Steamboat.

Stagecoach Reservoir and Steamboat Lake are two of the area’s most popular lakes for ice fishing. They’re located about a 30- and 45-minute drive away from town, respectively. Both of these lakes are in state parks, so you will have to pay an entry fee. If you’re more interested in winter fly fishing, you won’t have to go far. The Yampa River, which runs right through town, offers some of the greatest winter fly fishing in the entire state. In and around town, there are a number of shops that offer guided ice and fly fishing tours.

Snow Tubing Down a Hill

Snow Tubing

Whether you’re in town with the family or a group of friends, time spent snow tubing will be time well spent. While there are a number of ‘unofficial’ snow tubing and sledding hills throughout the town, you’ll find a designated snow tubing hill at Saddleback Ranch. The ranch is located 15 miles west of town and it features Yee-Haw Hill. The hill has three runs and a tube-tow lift system so you can easily get back up to the top of the hill.

Sleigh Ride Through a Meadow

Sleigh Rides in Steamboat

Make your Steamboat vacation that much more special with a sleigh ride through meadows and the forest. There are a number of sleigh ride options available in town that also include a gourmet dinner. There are an even a couple options for taking a snowcat-pulled sleigh ride up into the mountains. Sleigh rides are especially wonderful additions to your vacation if it happens to coincide with a special occasion. And if you’re visiting over the holidays, a sleigh ride is a surefire way to get into the holiday spirit.

Ice Skates on the Ice

Ice Skating

If you love ice skating, you’ll need to take a trip to Howelsen Ice Arena during your trip to Steamboat Springs. Located at 285 Howelsen Parkway, the Olympic-size rink features on-site skate rentals as well as public skating sessions almost every day. They also offer ice skating lessons if this is your first go at the sport. For a more unique experience, make reservations for a Bump ‘n Skate session where you’ll spend 20 minutes having fun with their bumper cars on ice and the remainder of your time ice skating.

Cross-Country Skier

Cross-Country Skiing

There’s no shortage of amazing cross-country skiing trails in Steamboat Springs. Howelsen Hill features 13 miles of trails. At the Steamboat Ski Touring Center, you’ll find over 9 miles of trails. And at the Haymaker Nordic Center, there are about 5 miles of trails. You’ll find even more trails in nearby state parks. Trails typically open in mid- to late-December as weather permits. In every area, you’ll find trails for every ability level. Lessons are available in several locales.

Dog Sled Team

Dog Sled Rides in Steamboat Springs

While the thought of dog sled rides may conjure up images of the Alaskan wilderness, you’ll be able to enjoy this thrilling activity while in town. Several companies offer dog sled rides and tours where you can learn to mush your own team of dogs or just sit back and enjoy the ride. This is a great activity to add to your vacation especially if you’re looking for something fun, exciting, and unique.
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