How to Ski Town USA™ If You Don’t Ski

To stick to our vision to inspire adventure, we have to be able to provide our guests with insights to Steamboat Springs aside from the world class ski resort. While many visit in the winter to simply “Ski the Boat”, there’s other vacationers looking to participate in winter recreation off the slopes of Steamboat Resort.

Activities ranging from all-age endeavors to tailored, one-of-a-kind experiences exist in the winter and below you’ll find detailed information on the top 5 activities we think will help spark change and complement your families vacation plans this season.


Winter Fly Fishing

So you’ve been dreaming of Colorado bluebird skies and the prized Yampa Valley. You’re looking for a different way to experience the beauty of the outdoors and beat the winter blues.

Promising fly fishing can be found year round along the peaceful flowing tail-waters of Stagecoach Reservoir & the Yampa River.

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During winter, the access roads to the Stagecoach tail-waters are closed due to snow, but a short hike or snowmobile ride will get you there with beautiful scenery along the way. The tail-waters can be reached on the west end of Stagecoach Reservoir (no motor vehicle access, hike/bike/snowmobile only) by taking CO-131 South to Co Rd 14. The most common access point on the east end of the lake (snowmobiles allowed) is reached by taking CO-131 South to Co Rd 18. 

Additional fishing zones can be found in town just steps away from one of our Downtown Steamboat Vacation Rentals along the Yampa River.

Fly Fishing
If involving yourself in winter fly fishing be sure to bring warm clothing, snacks, water, and an extra set of dry clothes. The water is usually fairly low and always clear. Fishing with light fluorocarbon tippet and micro indicators and weights will be promising towards chances of connecting.

Prefer a catered experience? Let local guide services like Yampa Valley Anglers help.


Fish Creek Falls

Just minutes from Downtown Steamboat, Fish Creek Falls is a beautiful, all ages hike to a gorgeous waterfall that the whole family can enjoy! In the winter these falls are frozen over, but the beauty is still full-force with snow capped mmountainsides flowing streams and if you’re lucky enough, ice climbers in the distance showing off their skills. 

To get there from downtown, head north on 3rd street, taking a right on to Fish Creek Falls road.  Travel 4 miles up Fish Creek Falls road to the trailhead/parking lot which costs $5 for daily use.

Starting from the parking lot, you can walkabout left 100 steps to the scenic overlook or for the full experience, hike a moderate ¼ mile trail down to the lower falls where you’ll have exceptional views with opportunity for great family pictures!

Falls Overlook

For those feeling adventurous, rent snow shoes for $12 per day through our friends at Ski Haus and head up the trail to the right of the falls bridge for an advanced hike through picturesque landscapes.

Tread with ease over the deep snowpack for 3 miles to the upper water falls, and another 2 miles to Long Lake.

Be sure to share photos from the days adventure with Steamboat Lodging Company on Facebook or Instagram.


Howelsen Ice Arena

Howelsen Ice Arena has an indoor winter activity like no other providing a fun and affordable way to get the whole family involved. Howelsen Ice Arena offers bumper-cars-on-ice and open ice skating for an alternative to days not in search of powder.

The “Bump & Skate” program offers bumper-cars-on-ice bundled with open skating accompanied by music and often disco lighting. 

Bump & Skate is offered 5 days a week over a range of times; see the monthly schedule for an accurate list of offerings. The cost is $19 for 15-20 minutes of bumper cars, ice skate rentals, and open ice skating for the duration of the 2-3 hour sessions. 

If you prefer just Bumper-Car-On-Ice, call 48-72 hours in advance to make reservations for 20 minutes rides at $12 per person for ages 2 and up.

If you prefer just ice skating, public skate is $8 for adults, $7 for youth and $4 for skate rentals. Free admission for ages 5 and under. Cheap Skate sessions are offered throughout the month with $5 entry for all ages over 5 and $2 skate rentals.

Howelsen Ice Arena

  • For more information on session times or to make a reservation call 970-871-7033. 

Dog Sledding

You don’t have to travel to Alaska anymore to see huskies pull a sled across frosty trails and rolling hills underneath towering mountains. But rather 30 miles south of Steamboat Springs to the incredible Flat Tops Wilderness Area outside of Yampa, Colorado.

Immerse yourself in winter scenery through the sleigh ride of a lifetime, letting Snow Buddies and their trained dogs take you on a guided adventure through pristine landscapes of southern Routt county.

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Snow Buddies is the premiere Dunckley Pass Dog Adventure company and for years their team has provided exceptional service and experiences to hundreds of Steamboat locals and visitors alike. 

  • For more information on how to book a 3 hour tour, mush training course, or dinner tour call 970-291-1114.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

If your group isn’t sensitive to pricing, then look no further because the ultimate winter activity to soak in the views and experience the Yampa Valley from new heights is here. Wild West Balloon Adventures has experienced pilots at the ready to take you and your family high above Steamboat in a custom hot air balloon for a true, one-of-a-kind experience. 

Wild West Baloon Adventures
Weather permitting, the early morning departure allows you to watch the sun crease over Steamboat Resort kissing your skin as you enjoy a complimentary breakfast from the sky. Winter temperatures can be easily ignored by the warm air encompassing the basket as your balloon fills with gas, but be sure to bundle up.

Flight times average at 45 minutes and cost $275 per adult, $225 per senior, and $175 per child. 

By offering hot air balloon rides in Steamboat Springs, Wild West Balloon Adventures helps people cross off that famous bucket list item year-round.

  • For more information or to book a balloon ride call 970-879-9191.

Discover these adventures and more when staying in Steamboat Spring this Winter!

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