Top 10 Steamboat Winter Activities for Families
Steamboat takes family fun to a whole new level. We’re laid back, welcome everyone and know how to show your crew a good time. This is where kids and parents reconnect on and off the mountain. We’re wrangling and raising our kids here — let us show you the ropes.
Cherry pick from our top 10 Steamboat family favorites this winter:
1. Happy Camp
Ski school meets daycare! Skiers ages 12 months to 4 years get out on the snow, enjoy some group instruction time and nurture a passion for skiing. Little rippers relax in the brand new facility inside the Sheraton Hotel, refuel over a healthy lunch and enjoy a safe, encouraging mountain environment.
2. Hot Springs
Splash around in Old Town’s Hot Springs-fed pools and play on two waterslides and a rock-climbing wall. Or head out on a short drive (or shuttle ride) to Strawberry Park Hot Springs for a family soak in an enchanting setting.
3. Family Skiing
Steamboat’s easier trails are sprinkled throughout the Sunshine Peak and Rough Rider Basin areas. The mountain’s nearly 3,000 acres of terrain, gives kiddos freedom to explore, no matter their skill level. Purchase a 5-or-more day adult lift ticket and kids 12 and under ski for free at Steamboat Resort. Take advantage of night skiing and hit the slopes after dark before you grab dinner and enjoy ski free Sundays at Howelsen Hill.
4. Trail of Olympians
Steamboat has produced more winter Olympians — 98 and counting — than any other town in North America. Learn about some of Steamboat’s best known Olympians on the Sunshine Olympian Trail in the mellow trees between Quickdraw and Flintlock runs.
#5. Sleigh Ride Dinner
Reserve your family’s spot on a horse-drawn sleigh ride across the Yampa Valley before sitting down to a four-course dinner with all the trimmings. Haymaker Sleigh Ride Dinners are available Thursday through Sunday and reservations are required.
6. Ice Time
Visit the Howelsen Ice Complex for an Olympic-sized rink offering bumper cars on ice and public skate sessions. Glide, slide and bump around for some good old-fashioned winter family fun.
Spend a day at this working ranch and cruise around on a snowmobile tour, giddy-up on a winter horseback ride and take hot laps down the Yee-Haw Tubing Hill.
The longest coaster in North America stretches over one mile and exhilarates riders with dips, waves, turns and 360-degree circles. Ride the Steamboat Resort favorite and drop more than 400 vertical feet on a winter mountain classic.
Just a short drive from the ski resort, the Haymaker Nordic Center is a beautiful place to take in the Yampa Valley. Snowshoe trails serve beginners to more advanced trekkers, and the Nordic center also offers cross-country ski rentals, skate ski rentals and snow bike rentals along with instruction.
10. Family Events
Celebrate winter with family-focused festivals such as the Cowboy Up Balloon Glow, the Bud Light Cowboy Downhill and the 109th Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival and Steamboat Light The Night Celebration. The Springalicious Festival rounds out the season in April. Visit the events calendar for a full listing.
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