Steamboat Springs Winter Activities

Steamboat Spring Winter Activities

Steamboat Springs is known for its ski resort, but there are plenty of other fun winter activities in the town.

One of the best things to do in Steamboat Spring without skiing is horseback riding. A two-hour ride through the snowy landscape is the perfect way to enjoy the sights of the Flat Tops and Mount Werner.

Cowboy Downhill

Steamboat Springs has a rich Western heritage and cowboy vibe, which is celebrated throughout numerous annual events. One of these is the Bud Light Cowboy Downhill, an event that attracts past and present professional rodeo cowboys from across North America to compete in a wild-west ski rodeo.

This unique ski rodeo has become a beloved Steamboat tradition and one that combines the traditional Western cowboy culture with modern-day skiing. It was started more than 40 years ago by local Olympian Billy Kidd and six-time world champion cowboy Larry Mahan.

The event starts with a dual slalom race, where cowboys and cowgirls ski down the course, go over a jump, lasso a person, saddle a horse and cross the finish line in the fastest time. This is followed by the Stampede, an all-out melee down the same course without gates that pits cowboy against cowboy in a winner takes all race. Other fun activities include 4H farm animals, a learn-to-rope clinic, appearances by Broncos Cheerleaders and food and refreshments at Timber & Torch Grill.

Old Town Hot Springs

Steamboat Springs is known for its world-class skiing but what many don’t know is that it’s also a great spot for a relaxing hot springs soak. The town is surrounded by snowy mountains and pristine rivers.

Located in downtown Steamboat, Old Town Hot Springs is a family-friendly recreational facility that has been serving the community since its early days. It has 8 geothermal areas, including hot springs-fed pools, waterslides, a climbing wall, and fitness center.

There’s even an adults-only spring for a relaxing dip. It’s a great place for families to soak in the winter and is a must-visit on your trip to Steamboat Springs.

Another popular hot springs near Steamboat Springs is Strawberry Park Hot Springs, a quaint outdoor destination in a stunning wilderness setting seven miles north of the resort. A shuttle runs throughout the day, making it convenient to enjoy this awe-inspiring natural oasis without having to drive or worry about parking.

Snow Tubing

Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned snow-tubing pro, you’ll have a blast during this winter activity. It’s fun for kids and adults alike, and you can even get the whole family involved.

Steamboat Springs is home to two tubing hill options. Try Howelsen Hill, located in town, or Saddleback Ranch’s Yee-Haw Tubing Hill, about 15 miles away. Both facilities have modern tube-towing setups and a warming lodge to warm your fingers and toes in between runs.

Mohawk Mountain is a family-friendly tubing park that offers multiple chutes, a magic carpet to pull you back up, and a kiddie area for little ones under 32 inches tall. Tubing sessions run 2-4 hours; tickets can be purchased online ahead of time.

Mohawk Mountain is open Thursday-Sunday, and holiday availability and times vary. The mountain accepts walk-up purchases, but advanced reservations are recommended. Children under 46 inches must ride with an adult. Tickets are $32 on weekdays and $45 on weekends and holidays.

Winter Carnival

The quintessential Steamboat event, Winter Carnival blends Western heritage and a love for snow to create a celebration of athleticism and the town’s strong winter sports traditions. This 110-year-old tradition is full of wild extravaganzas and crazy ski and horse races.

Spectators flock to Howelsen Hill for a night of excitement. Watch local athletes show their skills in the dark, lit by flares and LED lights.

Children will enjoy getting towed by horses along Lincoln Avenue, and watch as skiers and snowboards jump through fiery hoops. You’ll also see a Lighted Man with roman candles shooting out of his backpack, and spectacular fireworks.

The 110th Annual Winter Carnival is Feb. 8-12 and is presented by the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Tickets for the Winter Carnival can be purchased in Steamboat Springs or online before the event, with proceeds supporting SSWSC athletes and production of the event.



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