Steamboat Springs, located in northwestern Colorado, is home of world class mountain skiing, biking, and breathtaking hiking. I always look forward to our annual ski trip, which we take either in December or January. The town has an old world, western style charm.
Getting There – The closest airport is the Yampa Valley Airport, known as Hayden. It is 22 miles from the ski resort and has daily flights from 12 major airports in the country.
Driving – We once missed our connection in Atlanta and flew to Denver. The three hour drive to Steamboat was spectacular, the views made it all worth it.
Where to Stay – There are many options when it comes to lodging. Many people elect to stay near the ski village for convenience, and I recommend it. Hotels fill up quickly, be sure to book ahead in order to reserve great rooms. During high season the average night runs around $200, depending on availability.
Getting Around – It is fairly easy to get around without a rental car. Most hotels offer shuttle service, there is a free bus system that will get you where ever you want to go.
Activities – If skiing is not your thing, don’t worry! There are so many activities to choose from, it will all come down to what you want to do. Choose from some or all of the following:
. Winter scenic gondola rides
. Snowmobile rides
.Cross country skiing & snowshoeing
.Outlaw mountain coaster ride
If none of the above suit you, there are over 100+ restaurants to choose from. I recommend Salt & Lime for Mexican food, they have great tacos. Mambo has delicious Italian food, reservations required. Shop at Gondola Square or downtown, where you will find boutiques with unique merchandise. Steamboat has several art galleries and a movie theater.
Hot Springs – The natural mineral springs have been attracting visitors dating back to the early 1900s. The native people’s believed the hot springs had healing properties.
Strawberry Park Hot Springs – Enjoy the hot waters in a spectacular setting surrounded by a rustic park covered in snow. Book a massage in a private hut or watsu therapy in a private pool. Reservations are required.
Skiing – I learned to ski and fell in love with the sport in Steamboat. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly. It is easy to rent or buy ski equipment, with many price points to choose from. I have rented and purchased equipment at the Skihaus, where the staff is friendly and attentive. They are patient, knowledgeable and will work with their customers to find the perfect equipment.
Ski Lift Tickets – Tickets can be purchased upon arrival, prices vary but the average cost during our stay was $189 per day, per person. Annual passes are also available.
Ski Lessons – I encourage ski lessons for all new and experienced skiers. Learning from a pro will greatly improve your skiing. There are group lessons tailored to all skill levels, as well as private lessons. Clinics for different age groups and skill levels are also available. Reservations are required.
If you have visited Steamboat please share your favorite activities or points of interest that you recommend.
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