Stuff To Do In Steamboat!

winter carnival fireworks

Visiting Steamboat and looking for stuff to-do to fill up that itinerary?

This is our list of must do’s while in the boat!


Monday January 19th, 2015

The 41st Annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill

Nothing says Steamboat like cowboys on skis! That’s what Billy Kidd, Director of Skiing, and Larry Mahan, six-time All-Around World Champion cowboy, were thinking when they made the decision to invite some of the ProRodeo cowboys up to Steamboat for some serious fun on the slopes. Forty years later the Downhill has evolved into a signature Steamboat event, as over 100 professional rodeo cowboys flock to the ‘Boat for one of the most unique events in the West!

Wednesday February 4th thru Sunday February 8th, 2015

The 102nd Annual Winter Carnival – Our Favorite!


Mention a parade and fireworks and people say that’s typical. Talk about adults on shovels being pulled down main street behind horses or skiers jumping through fiery hoops and people stop to listen. In Steamboat Springs we do things differently, and with the oldest, continuous Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi, this event is certainly no different.

Thursday February 14th thru Tuesday February 17th

Mardi Gras


Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler-The good times are definitely ready to roll in Ski Town, U.S.A.® when the Steamboat Mardi Gras Festival comes marching in from February 12-17 with free concerts, parades, a Cajun BBQ and Mardi Gras party and more. Throughout the celebration, food enthusiasts can

enjoy Mardi Gras themed lunch creations across the mountain.

The festival culminates on Fat Tuesday with an all-day celebration featuring snow sculpture contest at the chair-lifts, restaurant contests, special activities, and plenty of beads to go around.


Art Classes and Workshops

Artists and art instructors from the community seek to empower others through teaching of a variety of classes and workshops here in Steamboat Springs.

From a painting and wine date night to acting classes and theatre workshops, there are opportunities abound year round to get in touch with your inner creativity.

Come enjoy the artistic learning experience that the Yampa Valley can provide.

The Potter’s Wheel


1136 Yampa Street

Steamboat Springs, CO





2090 Snow Bowl Plaza

Steamboat Springs, CO 80477


Up here, biking is a culture. Up here, we bike for fun, we bike to work, we bike to train, and we bike to experience the beauty of Steamboat Springs. Steamboat truly embodies its moniker, Bike Town USA® and it’s time to get up here and be a part of it.

Diversity is the name of the game in Steamboat Springs, with something for all levels and all riding preferences. Hop on the family-friendly Yampa River Core Trail for a relaxing cruise along the river. Explore our scenic cross country singletrack or hit the Steamboat Bike Park and downhill trails on Mount Werner. The smooth country roads offer endless rides through the Yampa Valley. With a variety of two-wheeled adventures up for grabs, how will you bike the ‘Boat?

Snow Biking

During the winter, Lake Catamount, Howelsen Hill and many other areas allow snow bikes on their trails. Snow biking is a rapidly growing sport where bikes with larger and fatter tires are used to enjoy the snowy trails.

Riders can also rent fat tire bikes at the Lake Catamount Touring Center.

Find more fat biking trails and details at Routt County Riders website at the link below.

Snow Biking Information

Cross County

With hundreds of miles of singletrack across just about every type of terrain imaginable, Steamboat Springs is a cross-country mountain biker’s paradise.

Rising above downtown Steamboat is the easily accessible and infinitely exciting Emerald Mountain, filled with technical, rewarding rides topped off with scenic views. Trails throughout the Yampa Valley wind along babbling creeks, across meadows of wildflowers and take you to the top of the Continental Divide.


The Steamboat Bike Park features over 50 miles of downhill and freeride bike terrain for all ability levels, bringing a new high intensity biking environment to Steamboat. Trails feature everything from dirt jumps and rock drops to wooden features and dirt berms, all accessible from an enjoyable ride up the gondola.

The Bike Park offers lessons as well as bike and gear rentals so novice to expert can experience the downhill fun. View Steamboat Bike Park

The Jump Park

The Bear River Bike Park garnered internation

al attention in 2013 when it earned, via

a national voting process, the coveted Bell Built grant to complete its jump lines. The park now boasts beginner, intermediate and advanced dirt fe

atures and a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.


The Yampa River Core Trail is a 7.5-mile paved multi-use trail that runs through the heart of Steamboat Springs and along the Yampa River. The Yampa River Botanic Park, Alpine Slide, Howelsen Ice Arena, horseback rides, tube rentals, the Bud Werner Memorial Library, restaurants, art galleries and downtown shops are easily accessible from the Core Trail. View More on the Core Trail

Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community

Biking in Steamboat is a lifestyle and a community-wide culture. The American League of Bicyclists agreed, naming Steamboat Springs one of 18 cities nationwide to earn a gold level Bicycle Friendly Community designation in 2013.


Tour the mountain via snowshoe at Steamboat Ski Area or elect to explore other areas of the valley on foot. Customize the trip for however many hours you would like to spend walking on top of the snow and the tour guides will be happy to accommodate your preferences.

Howelsen Hill Ski Area

845 Howelsen Parkway

Howelsen Hill Lodge

Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

(970) 879-8499

Howelsen Hill Ski Area has sent more skiers to international competition than any other area in North America. It is Colorado’s oldest ski area in continuous use (opened in 1915), and has the largest and most complete natural ski jumping complex in North America. Howelsen Hill offers a variety of amenities year-round in Steamboat Springs.


Traverse the countryside with speed on a snowmobile tour. Tours will offer some of the best sights that the Yampa Valley has to offer. See memorable shots of the Flat Tops Mountains, the Sleeping Giant, Rabbit Ears Pass, Buffalo Pass, the Upper Elk River Valley and many more.


Steamboat Snowmobile Tours

31825 County Road 64

Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

(970) 879-6500


Come to historic Howelsen Hill for the ride of a lifetime! Ride the magic carpet to the top and come screaming down on a snow tube. Snow Tubing is a new aspect of an incredibly exciting hill with all of the winter sports activities including nordic jumping, a terrain park, alpine racing and freestyle moguls and aerials happening all around you.

Tubing at Howelson

845 Howelsen Parkway

Howelsen Hill Lodge

Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

(970) 879-8499


Saddleback Ranch Yee-Haw Hill

Free Transportation at the Transit Center

Call 970-879-3771

As you can see there is so much to do in our valley it will make your head spin! Come on and enjoy what all we have to offer!


Steamboat hits its mark with Pro Challenge | Steamboat Pilot & Today

Steamboat Springs has played host to stages of the USA Pro Challenge race, parts of two stages in 2011 and parts of two more in 2013.

But it’s never seen a stage quite like it will see in August, however.

Steamboat will host the entire first stage of this summer’s elite cycling stage race and the start of the second stage.

Organizers said Steamboat’s selection is the product of nearly 18 months of planning and that it’s going to lead to one bike-centric weekend, the likes of which the town may have never seen.

“We’re just ecstatic about being the overall start and a part of the tour again this year,” said Jim Schneider, one of the lead planners for Steamboat’s stage committee.

The stages for the 2015 USA Pro Challenge were announced on a broadcast on Denver’s KUSA 9News morning show Thursday morning, live from a dark and cold Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat.

A circuit race starting and finishing in downtown Steamboat will open the seven stage event Aug. 17. Racers will ride from Steamboat to Arapahoe Basin on Aug. 18 for the second stage.

The third stage will connect Copper Mountain with Aspen and the fourth Aspen with Breckenridge. The fifth will be time trial in Breckenridge. The sixth stage is yet to be determined and will be chosen by a fan vote at

Finally, the seventh will be a ride between Golden and Denver.

It’s Steamboat’s third year in the race’s five-year history playing host to a stage. Aspen has been included in each of the five routes and hosted the event’s start for the past two summers.

Breckenridge has had a stage each of the five years, though this will be its first with a time trial.

Denver also has been involved all five years, serving as the race’s finish. Golden is back for its third stage.

Arapahoe Basin and Copper Mountain are in the mix for the first time while Vail was left out for the first time, pending the results of the online vote.

“It’s never been better,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the event. “I can’t wait for this year. This will be our most exciting race for athlete and our most fan friendly race from a spectator standpoint.”

Making it happen

Kara Stoller, director of marketing with the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, said the idea of starting in Steamboat started with Hunter.

Organizers in Steamboat began their pursuit of a 2015 stage soon after the circus rolled out of town in August 2013. The event has been atlernating between northerly and southerly routes, meaning a 2014 stage was unlikely, but Schneider and Stoller, who helped head up Steamboat’s efforts, invited Hunter to town to talk about possibilities.

Over dinner and a few beers, they decided Bike Town USA could be the perfect place to start the race.

“Every year we’re in conversation with them about future years, and at the end of 2013, Shawn wanted to meet with us and we wanted to meet with him,” Stoller said. “We shared that we always wanted to increase our presence and that we were vying for a weekend date, just to be able to build on it more than you can mid-week. We were thrilled they were also interested in doing that.”

The result will be a weekend-long bike bash in Steamboat Springs.

The race will kick off on a Monday, so the race will have top billing locally that day and night. The weekend leading into the start could have plenty of activity, as well.

A Steamboat contingent went to Aspen, last year’s overall start, to get a taste of what they were asking for.

“After watching that, we had a great sense of comfort we could do this and we could do it well,” said Schneider, a vice president at Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. “We will have an entire weekend of activities. We will have a festival Saturday and Sunday and Monday before the start. They’ll be here for several days, if not a week before.

“It may take a little more financial commitment to get the start, but it’s about the city of Steamboat Springs coming together.”

Betting on bikes

Just what that increased level of financial commitment meant wasn’t entirely clear Thursday. The city of Steamboat Springs increased its “payment” to the race from $35,000 it spent in 2013 to $50,000 on the condition it landed the overall start.

Money from the Chamber’s $660,000 summer marketing budget also will go to support the race, which must find a way to put up the many competitors and crew members during the days before the race.

“It’s certainly a communitywide commitment,” Stoller said. “We have the participation of the city, which is huge, the Chamber, the ski area and many, many businesses and volunteers in town, who put in countless hours. This year it will be even bigger because we have the overall start.

“We are really excited to bring the community together as well as bring some tourism to town. Beyond that, it’s amazing to see Steamboat on television and broadcast around the world. That’s something we can’t put a dollar on.”

The rest of the details for the event won’t be announced until the spring. Schneider said the race will start and end downtown for the first stage, but it’s not known whether riders will make several loops of a small course or one loop of a longer one. Gore Gruel, anyone?

The actual riders who will participate — in years past, much of the Tour de France podium and most of the top American riders — won’t be announced until a few weeks before the race.

By then, the race and all that comes with it should be looming large in Steamboat’s eyes.

Steamboat hits its mark with Pro Challenge | Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Light Up the Night brings holidays to forefront of Steamboat Springs | Steamboat Pilot & Today

Light Up The Night

In Steamboat Springs, there are a few signs that mean winter is finally here.

One could be the amount of snow covering the streets in the past few weeks or perhaps the opening of the mountain for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts.

However, the event known as Light Up the Night is one that many said is the true kickoff for the holiday season in Steamboat.

“This is one of those events that makes Steamboat, Steamboat,” said Kelly Landers, owner of Creekside Cafe and Grill who helps supply the cookies and hot chocolate at the event. “It’s snowing out, there are cookies, hot cocoa and even people singing. It’s not only a kickoff of the holiday season but winter, too, for the town.”

On the Routt County Courthouse lawn Friday, there will be an opportunity for the community to sing carols, have hot chocolate and cookies and count down the lighting of the community trees from 6 to 7 p.m. Toys for Tots also will be in attendance for those wishing to give toys as donations.

There also will be a chance to win Downtown Dollars with the popular pingpong ball drop. Balls will fall like snow as they are dropped from the top of a fire truck ladder with each ball displaying a special offer from one of the many retailers or restaurants downtown.

Dustin Lindahl, with Christmas Decor, said the event is one Steamboat is known for, adding a festive touch to the downtown demeanor during the holidays.

On the 104 trees downtown, there are about 50,000 total lights along Lincoln Avenue, and Lindahl and his wife, Elise, have worked diligently all week to prepare for the event.

“It feels like this will be a great winter for Steamboat, and this is the perfect way to kick off what we hope will be a good season,” Lindahl said.

Starting this weekend and ending Christmas weekend, Santa will be in his house on the courthouse lawn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday. He also will attend the Light Up the Night event for kids hoping to list their Christmas wishes.

Light Up the Night brings holidays to forefront of Steamboat Springs | Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Korbel Opening Weekend Celebration

Opening Day

Korbel Opening Weekend Celebration

Nov 29 – 30, 2014 12:00am MST to 12:00am MST

Korbel California Champagne

There is nothing like kicking off a new ski season and we are ready to celebrate with a free concert, free Korbel® and cupcakes after a day on the slopes. The celebration continues throughout the weekend with Korbel® drink specials resort wide. Join us for a toast to the season at the Korbel Opening Weekend Celebration.

  • Free Korbel®, Cupcakes and Hot Chocolate 2pm on Saturday in Gondola Square
  • Concert at 3pm on Saturday, November 30 featuring The Congress
  • 2 for 1 Appetizers all weekend at the Bear River Bar & Grill and the Cabin
  • Resort Wide Drink Specials all weekend long
    • $6 Korbel South Peach Cocktails
    • $5 Korbel Brut or Sweet Rose California Champagne

The Congress

Founded by Scott Lane and Jonathan Meadows in Richmond, VA, The Congress brings notions of genuine musicianship and inventive songwriting to a modern world of dubious cosmetic sound. Anchored by Jonathan’s throw-back soul tenor vocals and Scott’s immersive guitar licks, The Congress is a band of real musicians with real instruments playing real music. Keyboardist Chris “Bernie” Speasmaker, masterfully accents each tune with everything from throaty Leslie riffs and New Orleans dixiecrat piano to pounding electro-funk lines. Denver native and conservatory-trained badass Mark Levy holds down the drums with elegant precision and explosive dynamism.

Korbel Opening Weekend Celebration.