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Splitboarding / Cross Country Skiing

Steamboat sits in a valley where there's some pretty spectacular splitboard opportunities. You have Rabbit Ears Pass, the actual Steamboat Resort, and Buff Pass amongst your options. And all within a half-hour from town. 

A good option at Rabbit Ears is North Walton Peak. It's about a 6.5 mile round trip that ultimately ends up on a fun little pitch you can lap. Depending on conditions and how good you can navigate trees, you can sometimes ride from the top all the way to the creek before the parking lot. 

Note: For options to buy or rent splitboards and cross country gear, I'd recommend Ski Haus. Go tell Justin that Ed sent you.
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Buff Pass Snowboarding/Ski Touring

Buff Pass is an insane area that us locals cherish. Located a quick 30 minute drive outside of town, this is also the area where Steamboat Powder Cats operates.

Powder Cats charges around $675/day, which is worth it if you get a day with freshies. Buff Pass has been known to be the "snowiest place in Colorado" and if the ski resort reported 10-inches, it means Buff probably got 20. 

Another option is to link up with someone who owns a snowmobile (me, for example) and see if you can catch a ride for day of snowmobile assisted backcountry laps. It's ideal to have 2-sleds and at least 3-people, but the motivated can work it out with 1-sled. Endless knee-deep turns about for those who know.

** No services, this is the backcountry. Be sure to bring safety equipment if venturing out (avalanche beacon, probe pole, shovel, 2-way radios, provisions, etc). One wrong turn and you might be spending the night outside, so make sure you have a guide who knows what their doing and listen to them.

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Steamboat Ski Resort

Doesn't really need an explanation. Head up on the new Gondola and cruise where your heart desires. The best thing about Steamboat is our tree skiing. Perfectly spaced aspen glades and chamgaigne powder is what we're know for.

To test you skills I recommend a hike on over to No Name and North St. Pats. Lots of fun drops and steeper runs which are a blast on pow. days. Don't venture off the side gates if you don't know what you're doing. You'll wind up cliffed out or having to get rescued over by Fish Creek Falls. 

Lots of options for food at the bottom. The T-Bar, Paramaount, Los Locos, and Gondola Pub & Grill are all tasty options for lunch and a brew. If you want to check out our defacto snowboard shop, head on over to Powder Tools and have Bernie set you up on the latest and greatest gear. 

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Sunset Happy Hour

Starting the end of January through the middle of April, enjoy Sunset Happy Hour at the top of the gondola. Free for you and a guest if you have an IKON season pass, or $12/person. 

Head up to the top and out on the deck to catch the spectacular sunset views. Food and drinks are avaialable; and a band plays during the evening. It's a pretty festive event filled with dancing, laughter, and lots of photo taking. 

Note: Try to get a gondola down to the bottom by yourself and significant other. More romantic that way.  
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Strawberry Hot Springs

After a few days of skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling, you have a couple of options to soak those sore muscles.

Old Town Hot Springs is right in town and also our defacto town gym. Inside there's a state of the art workout facility, climbing wall, yoga classes with the best instructors around, and more. Out back are multiple pools of hot springs, with Heart Springs being a natural hot spring.

To get the best experience, however, I recommend a drive out to Strawberry Hot Springs. 4WD vehicles are recommended, especially in snowy conditions. There you'll find one of the best natural hot springs in the entire country. Bonus points if you jump in the cold river and last five-minutes. 

Note: Clothing optional after dark. That means don't turn on your flashlight and direct it at the pools.
Video Here:  Strawberry Hot Springs
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Winter Carnival

February 5-9, 2020

Celebrate 107 years of winter tradition in Steamboat Springs. Our Winter Carnival is the biggest event of the season. This celbration includes a variety of events that embrace Steamboat's western heritage and highlight our tradtion of winter sports. 

Includes everything from kids being pulled on skiis behind horses down main street, skiers jumping through fiery hoops, and world-record firework attempts. 

Truly is a magical time to come and visit. More information located at this link: Winter Carnival