Winter is always a magical time in the Rockies, but in Steamboat, it’s more than that. It’s a winter wonderland, a place for new beginnings, a retreat when you need to #breakfree.
The season starts a bit earlier here as the snow typically begins falling in October, and that means winter activities have already begun! By this time in December, the champagne powder snow will have a deep footing on the mountain and we will have access to nature’s gorgeous playground right outside our door!
Here are a few exciting things we’re looking forward to in Steamboat this winter.
Pro Adventure Tip: Don’t forget to pack a snack! We’ve got plenty.
Let’s embark on a hot air balloon ride
Let’s break free from whatever ails us with a bold activity this winter! Hot air balloon rides in Steamboat are truly unforgettable and can give us a clear view of the grand scenery from high up in the sky.
The snowy views stretch on for miles, covering the full scope of Yampa Valley. It’s a perfect adventure for a romantic date, or even the entire family.
Let’s go skiing
Ah, the main main event!
Known as “Ski Town USA,” Steamboat’s reputation for world-class skiing precedes itself. We will be able to enjoy downhill skiing, Nordic skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and more, amid countless acres of pure, snowy bliss.
The famous champagne powder snow – known for being incredibly smooth and dry – makes for perfect conditions nearly every time we hit the slopes. One resort in particular (Steamboat Ski) is known as one of the top family ski resorts in the US. Spread across 165 trails and nearly 3,000 acres, it’s like we can all try a new trail every single run.
Pro Adventure Tip: Get the inside scoop on the trails and snow report by downloading the Steamboat Ski & Resort app.
Snowshoeing is also a fun activity we can all try and there’s a free 90-minute snowshoe tour that departs from Steamboat Sports in Gondola Square. The Haymaker Nordic Center also offers the option to glide, skate, or snowshoe on five miles of groomed trails for all levels, which makes for a perfect time to try something new – they even rent out equipment, so all we have to do is show up ready to have a good time.
Something that also sounds fun is Nordic skiing. If the mood strikes to try it, we can access nine miles of groomed trails for Nordic skiing at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center. The trails meander across meadows, into Aspen groves, and along Fish Creek, making for an enjoyable, scenic activity.
Let’s relax in the hot springs
Whether the main focus is outdoor sports or catching up on R&R, we can all enjoy unwinding from the day at one of Steamboat’s hot springs. Here are the two closest to town – both are wonderful places!
Strawberry Park Hot Springs
Located about 30 minutes outside of Steamboat Springs lies Strawberry Park Hot Springs – one of the most exquisite mineral springs in the world. It’s open year-round and we can enjoy four pools (one cold and three hot) with temperatures ranging from 101 to 104 degrees.
Old Town Hot Springs
Located right in downtown Steamboat Springs, Old Town Hot Springs offers eight natural, outdoor mineral water hot pools and two water slides. Pool temperatures can vary from 103 degrees to 80 degrees in the lap pool, so there’s a good mix of fun for the whole family. It’s crazy to think these springs have been around for more than 100 years.
After we’re rejuvenated, we like to wind down the day with some quality libations by a cozy fire. Whether it be wine, cocktails, or beer, we know we can find it all conveniently at WildPlum!