Fun Things to Do on a Winter Vacation in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs Winter Vacation

If you’re planning a winter vacation to Steamboat Springs, there are plenty of activities to keep the whole family busy.

Skiing is the most popular activity in Steamboat, but there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the area during your stay.

A horse-drawn sleigh ride to Saddleback Ranch is a fun way to spend an evening. You’ll get to sample their home-cooked dinner and experience a bit of cowboy culture!

Skiing

Steamboat Springs is known for skiing, with some of the most pristine Champagne Powder snow in the world. This makes it a popular destination for families and those with small kids.

Skiing opportunities include a wide variety of runs ranging from steep to beginner. Beginners can take advantage of ski schools to get comfortable in the mountains.

The mountain boasts an extensive (and affordable) collection of ski-in/ski-out accommodations including condos, B&B’s, and lodges. Many of these properties are located directly at the base of Steamboat Springs, making it easy to access the mountain via shuttle.

The mountain also features tubing, available at Howelsen Hill and Saddleback Ranch’s Yee-Haw Tubing Hill. You can also try snowmobiling, ice fishing and horseback riding. And if you’re looking for a memorable winter activity, consider taking a hot air balloon ride with Wild West Balloon Adventures!

Hot Springs

When you’ve had a long day of skiing, biking, hiking or river rafting, there’s no better way to rejuvenate and relax than to head to a hot springs resort. Steamboat Springs offers a variety of options from cozy commercial pools in downtown to natural forest settings where you can take your time soaking away the day’s adventures.

Strawberry Park Hot Springs combines pure nature with unique stone masonry in a gorgeous setting. Five soaking pools, cabins and tent sites are all surrounded by a cool pond and creek.

These natural pools are formed when water from Hot Springs Creek merges with cold river water, creating warmer upper soaking areas and cooler lower ones. The water is naturally geothermal, loaded with minerals like calcium carbonate, magnesium, sodium sulfate and lithia, soda and silica.

Shopping

While many ski towns are saturated with designer brands and luxury shops, Steamboat Springs offers a refreshing break from the usual. It’s a smaller town with fewer chain stores, so you’ll find more family-owned businesses with strong customer service and product knowledge.

Whether you’re looking for western clothing, souvenirs, or just something to satisfy your sweet tooth, Steamboat Springs has it all! Shop a wide array of stores on Lincoln Avenue or around the mountain for all your shopping needs.

While you’re in town, treat yourself to a delicious sleigh ride or horse-drawn carriage tour. It’s a great way to spend an evening and you can even take the kids on one of these rides as well!

Dining

Steamboat Springs is a great winter vacation destination because of its incredible skiing, hot springs and amazing restaurants. You can enjoy a classic American-style brunch, eat out at one of the ski resort’s slopeside restaurants, or enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride to enjoy a delicious dinner under the stars at Saddleback Ranch.

The dining scene in Steamboat Springs is diverse and excellent, with restaurants ranging from casual ski-in apres spots to high-end fine-dining destinations. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite dining options for you to check out during your visit.

Table 79 is a craft cocktail and happy hour bar specializing in elevated comfort food. The restaurant is located right in the heart of town and has seasonal patio seating, but you can also grab a seat at their kitchen bar.

Nightlife

Steamboat Springs offers plenty of opportunities to have a fun night out. Whether you want to hit the bars or enjoy some live music, you’ll find something to please everyone in your group.

The Steamboat Art Museum is a great place to see art by local and regional artists. It’s located in a 1905 sandstone-and-brick former bank building and features rotating exhibits.

If you’re looking for live music, head to Schmiggity’s. They feature regular concerts featuring musicians from Colorado and elsewhere.

There are also several music festivals held throughout the summer. One of them, the Free Concert Series, brings big-name performers to the base of Howelsen Hill. This festival is a fun way to spend an evening and is free to attend.


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