How To Vacation This Winter

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Know How’s For A Successful Steamboat Vacation

Planning for a vacation can include a mix of emotions, questions and concerns, but we at Steamboat Lodging Company are here to provide you with our seasoned knowledge and offerings for chances of a more reliable visit to Steamboat Springs.

When it comes to the winter season in Steamboat, there are a few know-how’s we share to provide the best possible experiences for our guests.


The first consideration should be how you and your family plan to get to Steamboat Springs once you arrive in Colorado.Navigating its scenic roads and beloved mountain towns can be challenging in the midsts of a winter storm. Fortunately for everyone, there are a few driving tips that make managing these slippery roads much safer.

Most winter accidents could be avoided by simply slowing down and leaving extra time to react. Quick acceleration and sudden braking cause vehicles to slide out of control. When turning, be smooth and gradual rather than abrupt and jerky.

Remember, once a car starts to slide the control is almost completely out of the drivers hands. Allowing extra space and time to prepare for unexpected activity and road conditions will help to keep you and your passengers safe.

The vehicle you’re driving also plays an important role in keeping you safe. All-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive vehicles offer the best traction on slippery roads.

If you find yourself on the roads in less than perfect winter conditions remember to:

  • Slow down.
  • Be smooth and gradual when accelerating, braking, and turning.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, including road conditions, visibility, and the location of other vehicles near you on the road.
  • Have your headlights on and use your turn signals.
  • Everyone in your vehicle should ALWAYS wear their seatbelt.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable driving,trust your instincts. Allow a more experienced driver to take the wheel or simply wait for conditions to improve.
  • Visit Colorado’s Road Portal for a reliable source on local road conditions including live cameras, real-time status, and travel alerts.


Stay worry free from any possible weather condition a Colorado winter can throw at you with a reservation through Steamboat’s own Go Alpine, a local leader in transportation. Let our team take care of the work for you by directly booking an experienced driver to commute you in shared or private shuttle option to the Denver International Airport or Hayden Airport to Steamboat Springs and vice versa.

When booking a vacation rental with Steamboat Lodging Company, we provide a complimentary shuttle service for your group offered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout Steamboat Springs.

Please call us 24 hours in advance to schedule your private shuttle rides to popular Steamboat destinations like Gondola Square, Thunderhead Lift, Downtown Steamboat, Howelsen Hill and many others.


Traffic in Steamboat Springs during the winter can be intimidating for such a small town. Parking is often less abundant during peak season and one that’s not always taken into consideration.Not to worry because Downtown Steamboat, where the majority of our shops, restaurants, and bars are located offers ample free on-street parking spots and public parking lots. The close proximity of neighboring shops and restaurants makes parking a few blocks away “not a big deal”, so we hear from our guests. 

Vehicles can’t be left in any on-street parking spaces or parking lots from 2am-6am during the winter to allow for snow removal.

Steamboat Resort has free mountain parking in the Knoll Lot which is about 100 yards from Gondola Square and in the Meadows Lot which is about a ¼ mile from Gondola Square. Shuttles depart the Meadows parking lot approximately every 10 minutes for an effortless commute to the base. Two paid parking lots ($25) can be found near Gondola Square for the closest proximity to the base. 

Luckily for visitors and residents alike, there’s an easy option to avoid the stress of having to park and makes getting around town a breeze. The Steamboat Springs city bus is a clean, free and friendly option that stops every 20 minutes at the numerous locations throughout Steamboat during the winter season. Download the RouteShout application on your smartphone or visit Steamboat’s Transit Portal for information on stop locations or to track buses in real-time.


We understand that skiing and riding at a world renowned ski resort can be both expensive and time consuming to plan. Let us take care of the details for you and your family by ordering and delivering discounted lift tickets to your vacation rental before arrival, avoiding any possibility of frightening ticket office lines. Just suit up, hop on the lifts and enjoy! 

Another benefit of booking with us is if rental gear is needed, we can provide your group with a link to discounted rates from Ski Butlers; our preferred ski rental delivery service that sizes and fits you in-home for undemanding access to top of the line gear.

Contact us through our website or anytime at (970) 457-4785 for additional information or assistance with any of these special offerings.

Have you planned where to stay in Steamboat Springs this Winter?

Check out our Steamboat Springs lodging and get the best price on your rental by booking directly with us. We have rental properties all over Steamboat, including near the mountain and downtown Steamboat!