The first snowfall of the year has the power to invoke a variety of strong sentiments in travelers across the map. Those that are inclined towards warm-weather destinations where the sun is hot and the sand is chalk-white often meet the winter season with a sense of urgency to head south. Those that find the cold unappealing will likely be among the first to book tickets to tropical destinations where they can swap out winter parkas for swimsuits instead. On the other hand, the first snowfall can be an absolutely thrilling moment for those with a passion for winter sports and outdoor fun. For this group of travelers, snowflakes and dropping temperatures pave the way to seasonal adventure designed to inspire! When you’re looking for the ultimate destination to enjoy a winter weekend getaway this year, be sure to put Steamboat Springs at the top of your must-visit list.
An Exceptional Winter Getaway Destination
This scenic and inviting Colorado destination is settled within the Yampa Valley in the northern portion of the state, providing a perfect recipe for plenty of snowfall. Where the rest of the U.S. sees an average snowfall rate of 28 inches annually, Steamboat Springs hosts a whopping 154 inches within 12 months! In addition, average annual snowfall at mid-mountain is an impressive 314 inches, giving snowsport enthusiasts plenty of powder to enjoy. The terrain of Steamboat Springs invites winter visitors to enjoy a collection of snow-covered peaks, valleys, and trails that are sure to please. Whether you’re new to winter sports or it’s a lifelong passion, Steamboat Springs is a destination where you can indulge in outdoor hobbies from the very moment you arrive.
Enjoy Steamboat Ski Resort
Those whose hearts lie firmly with downhill adventures will find the best of ski and snowboarding fun to be found at the Steamboat Ski Resort. Maximize your time on the slopes when you select this destination for your weekend away. The resort hosts not one, but six peaks including Mt. Werner and is integrated within the greater Routt National Forest. This sprawling resort hosts a wide variety of lifts and gondolas to carry guests to and from varying peaks and trails that can cater to skill levels of all types. If you’re new to the sport, lessons are readily available at Steamboat Ski Resort and when you’re needing to warm up, access to lodges and chalets is just as easy to find. Lift tickets may be purchased in advance and if purchased through Elevated Properties will be ready for pick-up from the front desk at check-in. If your weekend trip turns into an extended stay, season ski passes are also a popular choice. There’s no need to bring your own gear for your ski adventure which makes packing for Steamboat Springs a breeze. Simply rent your gear online or over the phone in advance and pick it up once you arrive at the Steamboat Ski Resort. Our concierge offers online booking of rental gear in advance and it can even be delivered directly to you on the property.
Explore the Howelsen Hill Ski Area
When you’re hoping to incorporate some historical relevance into your Steamboat Springs ski adventure, head to the Howelsen Hill Ski Area while you’re in town for the weekend. Located just off of Howelsen Parkway, this ski area is truly one of a kind. Known for its jumps, this is the nation’s oldest operating ski area with a first opening date of 1915. Famous as an iconic Olympic training ground, the Howelsen Hill Ski Area is also an access point to a variety of well-maintained Nordic trails and passes perfect for fat tire biking in the winter.
Snowshoe Rabbit Ears Pass
For those weekend winter visitors that are looking to slow things down and really take in the sights, snowshoeing along Rabbit Ears Pass is a great option. Situated just east of Steamboat Springs on U.S. 40, this loop enjoys gentle climbs and smooth descents along a path that winds through a combination of forested and open landscapes. The reward on this pass is the opportunity to take in flat top and Yampa Valley views, glittering in white snow from your elevated vantage point.
Warm Up at Old Town Hot Springs
While Steamboat Springs is known and loved for its peaks and slopes, it’s just as popular in the winter season for its geothermal hot springs. Many believe that these natural spring-fed waters contain healing properties, while others simply indulge in the warmth and relaxation they provide during the cold winter months. Whatever your perspective, a dip in the springs is worth a try at the Old Town Hot Springs destination located on S. Lincoln Avenue. Eight pools are available for enjoying during a stay for a rejuvenating experience that’s been a part of Steamboat Springs for over 100 years.
Enjoy the Best of Steamboat Springs
Savor every moment of your Steamboat Springs journey by booking into a stay with Elevated Properties. We offer rentals that keep you close to the fun while providing the comfort, style, and convenience you deserve. Contact us today for more information and to begin planning your trip. We can’t wait to welcome you to beautiful Colorado!