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Page Title: Winter Activities in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Page Synopsis: An overview of winter activities in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

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Steamboat Winter Poll

Besides skiing, what would other winter activitiy would you enjoy most?
Cross-Country Skiing
Snowshoe Tours
Ice Climbing
Natural Hot Springs
Sleigh Rides
Ice Skating
Horseback Riding

Off The Slopes

The Champagne Powder® and fabulous skiing and snowboarding that have made Steamboat world famous are backed by an abundance of activities and amenities for all to enjoy. All activities may be booked with one call to Steamboat Central Reservations., 800-922-2722, 970-879-0740/970-879-4757 (fax) or at

Winter Driving School
Learning to handle your car on icy roads is possible at the Bridgestone Winter Driving School (800-949-7543/970-879-6104). The school teaches the theory and practice of skillful, confident driving on ice and snow. Choose from half-day, full-day introductory and two-day performance programs as well as High Performance, Winter Safety Rally School and corporate. All programs run from early December though March. Remember, there's not another school like this in the county!

Entertainment, Live Music, Movies & More
Steamboat offers live music performed by local and nationally known music acts such as Lyle Lovett, Big Head Todd & Chris LeDoux. The Steamboat Community Players, (970-879-3254), offer weekend theatrical performances at the 7th Street Playhouse downtown. If you are a moviegoer, Steamboat has two movie theater complexes, The Chief Plaza Theater, (970-879-0181), and Mountain Movie, (970-879-7299), in Ski Time Square.

Guest Ranches / Horse Rental / Guide Services
Whether you’re looking for a scenic place to relax, a horseback ride or for an outfitter to guide you into the wilderness, these ranches have years of experience and knowledge. Check out Del’s Triangle 3 (970-879-3495), Dutch Creek (970-879-8519), Elk River (970-879-6220), High Meadows (970-736-8416), Home Ranch (970-879-1780), Bar Lazy L (970-879-0095) Windwalker Tours (970-879-8065), Sunset (970-879-0954) or Vista Verde (970-879-3858).

Cross-Country Skiing
There are many kilometers of marked trails to choose from on Rabbit Ears Pass, accommodating all skill levels. The Ski Touring Center (970-879-8180) offers 30K of groomed trails for classic and skate skiing and 8K of snowshoe trails. Trails travel along beautiful Fish Creek and throughout the surrounding countryside. Trail passes are available at the Steamboat Ski Area Ticket Office. A free shuttle service runs daily between the resort and the Touring Center offering half-day and all-day trips.

Snowshoe Tours
Steamboat’s Ambassadors host guided beginner snowshoe tours on the mountain, Monday-Saturday at 1:00pm. Every tour offers breathtaking views of the Yampa Valley and the Flat Top Mountains. Guided Gourmet Tours feature a delectable gourmet lunch and a refreshing glass of wine. Guided Tours are available Monday through Friday at 10:00am. Sign up in advance for all tours at the Information Center (970-871-5444).

Several companies offer half-day and full-day winter excursions that usually include transportation, equipment, guides and incredible fishing. Steamboat Fishing Company (970-879-6552),, Straightline Sports (970-879-7568), Bucking Rainbow Outfitters (970-879-8747) and Windwalker Tours, (970-879-8065).

Hot-Air Ballooning
For a leisurely ride above the Yampa Valley, hot-air balloons take off near the base of the resort daily and provide a bird's-eye view of Steamboat. Enjoy spectacular scenery while floating quietly aloft in these beautiful aircraft. Check out Pegasus/Wild West Balloon Tours (970-879-9191) or Windwalker Tours, (970-879-8065).

Ice / Rock / Indoor Climbing
Anyone who craves adventure, is sure to enjoy the high-energy fun and thrills of climbing. Ice climbers ascend the famous 230-ft. Fish Creek Falls waterfall; rock climbers challenge several local faces and indoor climbers never face the same course twice. Whether you’re just starting or have been a few times, guides provide years of experience and all the equipment and instruction you need. Rocky Mountain Ventures/Vertical Grip (970-870-8440).

Natural Hot Springs
At the end of the day, a soak in one of the local natural hot springs is always in order. The Steamboat Health and Recreation Center (970-879-1828) offers hot springs swimming pools, a full-service fitness center, and a water slide for the kids. Or, take a trip with Sweet Pea Tours (970-879-5820) or Windwalker Tours (970-879-8065) up to the Strawberry Park Hot Springs, (970-879-0342), six miles above town for a unique experience in a beautiful setting.

Night Skiing
So you don't think you skied enough runs today on the mountain? Try Howelsen Hill, named after the man who introduced recreational skiing to Colorado. Howelsen Hill (970-879-4300) offers 15km cross-country skiing, a halfpipe and even night skiing on 15 trails serviced by a chairlift, poma and tow lift.

Bear River Comedy Club
The sound of laughter will be echoing through the base area at the Bear River Comedy Club, just steps from the gondola. The Bear will host comedians from the Comedy Works in Denver every Friday and Saturday.

Sleigh Rides
Enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride and delicious home-style cooking. This rustic western experience also includes live entertainment. Or enjoy a unique snowcat-drawn sleigh ride over to Ragnar’s for a gourmet meal atop the ski area. Dutch Creek Guest Ranch (970-879-8519), Ragnar’s (970-879-6111), Sunset Ranch (970-879-0954), Bar Lazy L (970-879-0095) and Windwalker Tours (970-879-8065).

Spas Services
Pamper yourself with personalized spa sessions including: massage, facials, wraps, waxing and body treatments. Steamboat Grand Day Spa; Sol Day Spa; Bear River Day Spa; Serenity Spa; The Rocky Mountain Spa; The Art of Touch; Body, Mind & Spirit; Healing Hands; Strawberry Park Hot Springs; Health & Rec Center and All About You.

The Tennis Center at Steamboat features four indoor and six outdoor clay & plexi pave courts, professional instruction and full-service pro shop. North America's premier public indoor-outdoor clay and hard court tennis center. (970-879-8400).

Remember sledding as a kid? Recapture that experience and share the fun with your children as you tube down Preview at the base of the ski area under the lights. Open nightly from 5-10pm. (970-879-6111) .

Ice Skating
Howelsen Ice Arena, located next to Howelsen Hill, is northwest Colorado’s premier indoor ice facility. It features an indoor, Olympic-size ice rink for hockey, figure skating and broomball. Lessons are also available. Call 970-879-0341 for more information.

Night Programs for Kids
Steamboat has fun and exciting adventures for kids and teens at night. The Kids’ Adventure Club (970-871-5375) offers kids, ages 4 to 12 years, a "Kids’ Night Out" every Tuesday-Friday, 12/17/02-3/28/03. The Kids’ Adventure Club offers an indoor camp environment with supervision, snacks, games, movies and rest time.

Powdercat Skiing
Experience exhilarating backcountry powder cat skiing with Steamboat Powdercats (800-288-0543 or 970-871-4260). These powerful snowcats will accommodate a total of twelve skiers/riders in warmth and comfort for a day of guaranteed untracked Champagne Powder® on the wide open fields of Buffalo Pass, near the Continental Divide.

With five separate areas to choose from-Gondola Square, Ski Time Square, Central Park Plaza, Old Town and The Curve-shoppers will find endless hours of fun in Steamboat!

Several snowmobile companies offer tours including breathtaking views of the Continental Divide and the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness Area. Two-hour, half-day, full-day, dinner and overnight rides available. Steamboat Snowmobile Tours (970-879-6500), High Mountain Snowmobile Tours (970-879-9073) or Steamboat Lake Outfitters (970-879-4404).

Soaring Adventures
Unforgettable soaring adventure in a state-of-the-art Stemme S-10 VT motor glider, the "Rolls Royce" of gliders. Steamboat Soaring Adventures (970-871-9003) offers a combination of rides that take in the thrill of soaring over the entire Yampa Valley from the ski area to the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness Area.

Tread of Pioneers Museum
Tread into Steamboat’s past and learn about the people, town and history. The museum, located downtown, features a 1908 Queen Anne-style Victorian home with Routt County memorabilia, including a look through Steamboat’s history of skiing. Located at 800 Oak Street downtown (970-879-2214).

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