How about year-round recreation in a mountain playground? Steamboat is best known for alpine skiing and snowboarding through the aspens in its famous dry, light powder snow. There are over 3,600 feet of vertical spread over nearly 3,000 skiable acres, serviced by 25 lifts. This huge mountain offers exhilarating mogul fields, inviting tree runs, sparkling powder fields, and wide open groomed runs, all spilling from the Continental Divide. However, after the Winter snows there are three more incredible seasons in the Yampa Valley. With the Spring snow melts, the Yampa River supports kayakers, rafters, canoers, and tubers through the center of town in class II and III rapids. Summertime warm days and cool nights provide the perfect air for jogging, bicycling, fishing, skating, golfing, swimming, horseback riding, water skiing, soaking in the natural hot springs, riding the gondola, and more. Fall colors of changing aspen and oak forests bring people in for scenic drives and hikes, while early snows provide the hunters with excellent elk, deer, and antelope tracking.
Need community information? Here’s a site dedicated to gathering and displaying Yampa Valley-wide information; it’s the Community Information Center for Routt County, Colorado and the communities of Steamboat Springs, Hayden, Oak Creek, Yampa, Clark, and more in northwest Colorado. It provides a spectrum of community information, current issues and events, local government links, an interactive map index, land use planning tools, local project news, and a community forum. www.yampavalley.info The City also offers a web site at. http://ci.steamboat.co.us
Want to be introduced to our business community? The Steamboat Springs Chamber of Commerce’s site can assist with your vacation planning, travel directions, lodging information, dining/nightlife options, local events/activities, an introduction to the business community, and much more. www.steamboat-chamber.com Season-specific events and activities, also provided by the Steamboat Chamber, are available on-line. www.steamboatsummer.com
How about an extensive list of Steamboat events or activities? Go to www.skitownresorts.com and click on “a-z list – Steamboat Ski Resort – activities, events, etc.”. The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation also provides an excellent planning site for Mt. Werner year-round activities. www.steamboat.com After a day of recreating in this wonderland, the Steamboat Springs Health & Recreation Center offers three hot mineral pools with mineral rich waters ranging in temperature from 98° to 103°, an olympic-sized lap pool, kids’ pool, fitness center, tennis courts, and a 350 foot waterslide.