Winter Activities

Whether you’re planning a ski vacation in the Rocky Mountains, a holiday vacation for your family or a winter escape with friends, Steamboat Springs is an ideal destination for enjoying the best winter activities the Rockies have to offer.

Winter starts early in Steamboat. Compared to other towns in the Rocky Mountains, Steamboat Springs receives some of the earliest snowfalls of the season. By the end of December, Steamboat typically has a deep base of “champagne powder” — light, fluffy snow that comes across the high desert plains. This makes Steamboat the ideal playground for a variety of snow sports and activities!


Steamboat Springs is best known for its world-class skiing, proud to have produced 96 Olympians and counting! With more than 3,000 acres of terrain and wonderful powder, Steamboat Ski Resort offers 165 runs for world-class skiing and snowboarding for almost every level. If you or your children are new to skiing or riding, the Steamboat Ski and Snowboard Snowsports School is nationally renowned for its exceptional instructors and its variety of group lessons and private instructors – even options to ski with an Olympian

Ski Butlers will come to your vacation rental on arrival day and fit you in comfort.   They have everything you need for a great ski trip, including the right skis for Steamboat’s Champagne Powder, Sport, Performance and High Performance options, 3 levels of snowboards, equipment for all ages.  Their team will pick up your gear on departure day, and all our guests receive a 10% discount all season off their website rates with no blackout dates.  Ski Butlers is perfect for guest’s staying at one of our incredible ski-in and out properties.

Snowcat Skiing and Tours

For truly epic skiing and stunning views, many skiers and snowboarders choose to say good-bye to traditional, front-mountain lifts and hop aboard a snowcat to reach some of Steamboat’s finest powder. Steamboat Powdercats‘  snowcat adventures range from private trips, Alpenglow to moonlight runs,  scenic tours to kids’ programs.

Snowmobile Tours

Snowmobile tours are a great way to take in spectacular views of Colorado’s snow-capped peaks. Steamboat Snowmobile Tours offers custom, guided snowmobile tours through the mountains and valleys surrounding Steamboat Springs. This is undoubtedly the most exciting way to explore the beautiful back country of the Rocky Mountains! 

Dinner Sleigh Rides

Snuggle down in a horse drawn sleigh ride at Saddleback Ranch just 20 minutes from downtown Steamboat Springs. They’ll whisk you off on a horse-drawn ride under the stars to the Double Dollar Lounge, where you’ll be greeted with hot chocolate or apple cider, a home-cooked meal and conversation. After supper, their cowboys and gals will give you a roping lesson, and maybe a little dancing if there time. 

If you’re looking for a fun adventure with family or friends, a corporate outing or a romantic outing with your significant other – this is a favorite!

Dog Sledding

Dog sledding provides a unique view of the scenic backcountry around Steamboat Springs. Learn to drive your own team of happy and entergetic Alaskan huskies or ride as a passenger with a Grizzle-T Dog & Sled Works‘ professional guides through snow-covered trails of their West & South Trails in Colorado’s wilderness.

Additional Steamboat Activities in the Winter

There is no virtually no end to the many winter activities in Steamboat! Additional winter pastimes include snow shoeing, ice skating, tubing, ice climbing, night skiing, cross country skiing, back country skiing, and visiting the mineral hot springs.

To take advantage of all that Steamboat Springs has to offer, call 877-475-6923 to schedule your ski vacation or winter escape