VIDEO – Steamboat Horses Frolic in Fresh Snow. Watch and Enjoy
VIDEO – Steamboat Horses Frolic in Fresh Snow. Watch and Enjoy
There are 2,965 skiable acres at Steamboat Ski Resort. Not a skier? That still leaves more than 1.5 million acres of peaceful forests, vast meadows and stunning vistas. And with hundreds of miles of trails, there’s more than one way to explore Routt County and the Yampa Valley around Steamboat Springs.
I find that the longer I live here, the more time I spend off skis and exploring the Yampa Valley in new ways. It turns out, most of the trails that make Steamboat a summer paradise are still accessible in winter! You just need the right tools:
There’s nothing quite like a 600cc engine to propel you through the backcountry. Combine big horsepower with unforgettable scenery on a half-day, full day or evening tour. Steamboat Snowmobile Tours offers tours on Rabbit Ears Pass, in North Routt County and in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. Saddleback Mountain Ranch has miles of trails, beautiful sweeping views and the added bonus of snow tubing and horseback riding on site. Both offer shuttles from Steamboat Springs.
Local’s tip: I had an unforgettable outing with friends at Steamboat Snowmobile Tours’ sunset dinner tour. A hearty meal atop the Continental Divide in a secluded cabin in the Routt National Forest was a great way to wrap up the fun outing.
It’s like sledding on steroids. Zoom down a groomed track on a special inflatable tube and you won’t be able to wipe that smile off your face for days. For fun for the whole family, try a foray out to Saddleback Ranch complete with steaming hot cocoa. Right in downtown Steamboat, historic Howelsen Hill offers night tubing under the lights.
Did you know a sled dog can run 150 miles in a day? Iditarod musher Kris Hoffman, owner of Grizzle-T Dog Sledding, has 33 years of experience in breeding, raising and racing his energetic and friendly Alaskan huskies, and you can have the chance to drive a sled yourself or take a guided ride across the frozen expanse of the Yampa Valley. Not only is it a thrilling way to see the valley, it’s a glimpse into a faraway culture and a way to connect with human’s best friend.
See winter in a whole new way as you shuffle through a wonderland of glittering snow and fresh pine scent on snowshoes. It’s winter’s hiking, and you can practically hear the snowflakes falling lightly on the trees. A favorite spot is Rabbit Ears Pass, where the west side of the Continental Divide is free from snowmobiles and filled with a variety of routes and loops. I love the trails up in North Routt County: a stroll around Pearl Lake and a winter night in the yurt is my favorite way to play in the snow off the slopes.
Local’s tip: Be mindful of winter trail closures. Popular routes like Spring Creek and Mad Creek are off limits in the winter, but there’s still plenty of close-to-home options like Emerald Mountain and the Uranium Mine Trail.
The wilderness calls and backcountry adventure awaits in Steamboat Springs.
Get a new perspective on Steamboat’s hiking trails in winter, when snowflakes coat the aspen trees and hiking boots are traded in for snowshoes. Trails like Spring Creek and Fish Creek Falls are local favorites, while Yampatika offers free guided tours of the Uranium Mine Trail with historic interpretation.
High atop Rabbit Ears Pass off of U.S. Highway 40, Bruce’s Trail is maintained for Nordic skiers looking for a wilderness experience. Featuring five kilometers of groomed trail for skate skiing as well as a classic track, Bruce’s also allows fat bikes and snowshoeing.
Want to earn your turns? Grab your skins or rev up a snowmobile at Buffalo Pass, commonly the site of the deepest snowpack in Colorado. To maximize your vertical, book a day with Steamboat Powdercats where veteran guides will take you to untouched snow, host a delicious lunch and create backcountry memories that are not soon to fade.
The east summit of Rabbit Ears Pass is snowmobile heaven. Groomed trails are perfect for family fun, while off-piste adventure will take you deep into the Park Range. Schedule an outing with Steamboat Snowmobile Tours for an adventure with your whole family on Rabbit Ears, in the Flat Tops range and North Routt County.
Always be prepared with avalanche safety gear and training. Visit avalanche.state.co.us for the latest snowpack conditions.
Spring is the perfect time to explore the backcountry around Steamboat Springs.
Who says hiking season has to end when the snow falls? With a vast network of beautiful, winding trails into the wilderness surrounding Steamboat Springs, winter weather can’t hold up a peaceful jaunt into the woods. Just layer up and strap on a pair of snowshoes or YakTraks and you’ll be plenty prepared for the wintry trails.
Walking through a winter wonderland is an exhilarating experience. The snow falls silently around you and is soft beneath your step. The valley seems at peace. Bird songs float out from under the downy covers of conifers weighted with snow. Snowshoeing offers a new perspective on your favorite trails, and it’s a can’t-miss winter activity in Steamboat.
Here are some of our favorite places to snowshoe:
Uranium Mine Trail
Starting at the Fish Creek Falls trailhead, the Uranium Mine Trail switchbacks up a mountainside and snakes up toward Buffalo Pass. Never forget to turn around along the hike – on this particular trail you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of a snow covered valley. You’ll know you’re at the top when you reach the historic Uranium Mine and its corresponding interpretive signs. Now abandoned, gated off and home to a colony of bats, the mine was dug by prospectors in the 1950s, making it about 1,000 feet deep. Today, it’s a classic landmark on a local favorite hike.
Stagecoach State Park
Stagecoach Reservoir is a different world in the winter – a quiet ice world, home to lazy trout in the cold waters below and mammals and birds darting around in the soft snow above the surface. Keep an eye out for animal tracks in the snow as you explore the network of trails ideal for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Steamboat Ski Resort
The trails of Mount Werner aren’t just meant for gliding downhill. Snowshoes are another way to explore the world class ski area, and you’ll gain a new perspective as you leisurely walk through the aspen groves along Duster on your way to Rendezvous or as you climb up to the Four Points Hut.
Steamboat Ski Resort also offers a guided snowshoe tour complete with a gourmet lunch. The Guided Gourmet Snowshoe lunch offers a peaceful walk along the Vista Nature Trail with a Steamboat Ambassador guide and lunch at Hazie’s.
Visit our website for more information on snowshoeing and cross-crounty skiing trails.
Ask ten random locals to name a good family hiking trail with easy access from downtown Steamboat Springs and the most common answer you’re likely to get is the Fish Creek Falls. The Fish Creek Falls Trail has a little of everything, from a paved overlook trail complete with sheltered picnic areas and developed restroom facilities, to a slightly more strenuous trek that switchbacks above Lower Fish Creek Falls and travels for 5 miles up past Upper Fish Creek Falls to the scenic Long Lake.
With hundreds of inches of fresh Champagne Powder™ now behind us, it’s time to celebrate the waning winter in Steamboat Springs. It was an incredible one – with more than 300 inches of snow – and now it’s time to pay tribute to this season with the annual Springalicious event at the Steamboat Ski Resort.
Closing weekend in Steamboat has its classic traditions. Think sunny patios, skiing antics and two free concerts with nationally-renown performers.
Kick Off the Weekend
On Saturday April 12, the DIY-ers shine in the 34th Annual Cardboard Classic, where costumes and themes go a lot further than engineering and craftsmanship for these corrugated creations. Did you ever think you’d see a cardboard pirate ship careening down Stampede? Well, you’ll see it here.
After that spectacle comes another – a wild and entertaining performance from the March Fourth Marching Band complete with circus acrobatics and a warm brass band sound.
Close Out the Weekend
On Sunday, the final day of lift-served skiing, the Splashdown Pond Skim tests the mettle of those who dare brave the freezing water at the base of the mountain.
To close out the 2013/14 ski season, get Philadelphonic with the one and only G. Love & Special Sauce, who will have you boogying down to their loose, bluesy hip-hop style.
There’s no better place to recall the memories of an unforgettable winter, all while dreaming of the Steamboat summer soon to come.
From intimate fine-dining to memorable outdoor adventures, and events like the Valentine’s Day Torchlight Parade and Fireworks that everyone can enjoy, the picture perfect Valentine’s Day starts here in Steamboat Springs.
The bright Colorado sunshine makes for the ideal outdoor date. A snowshoe up the Fish Creek Falls trail or through snowfields on Rabbit Ears Pass will bring couples closer together with a shared sense of adventure.
Unwind before dinner and take in views of the mountain as you enjoy a couples massage at Rocky Mountain Day Spa, complete with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries.
Then it’s time to snuggle up under a blanket and take in the magical vistas from the seat of a horse-drawn sleigh that takes you and your sweetheart to a decadent, three-course meal at Haymaker.
It’s not just a couples-only affair in Steamboat Springs – an evening out with friends is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
The multitude of downtown restaurants offers group dinner options to satisfy a variety of palates. Laundry’s larger tables and small plates are meant to let you try a little of everything as you share in delectably exotic American cuisine. Try a hand crafted cocktail like the popular Fiery Margarita or the house-infused liquors that line the bar.
If you and your friends are looking for a place to hang out with comfortable seating and a entertaining game options, head over to McKnight’s Irish Pub & Loft. The Loft has billiards, darts and ping pong.
Cozy cabins and the best B&Bs
Off the beaten path can be romantic on a special holiday like Valentine’s Day. A once in a lifetime experience, renting a secluded cabin at the Strawberry Park Hot Springs, will make lifelong memories for you and your sweetheart.
A little hometown hospitality goes a long way, and Steamboat’s bed and breakfasts prove it. Located right underneath Steamboat Ski Resort’s gondola, the Victorian Bed & Breakfast is a historic and luxurious house with welcoming hosts and a comfortable atmosphere. And don’t miss the home-baked goodies offered at the Mariposa Lodge Bed and Breakfast tucked away in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Romance is just a few clicks away. Bring that special person in your life to Steamboat Springs for a romantic weekend or plan an adventure for you and your friends.