● By Christina Freeman
Sunset Happy Hour atop the gondola provides a great opportunity for watching the sun set over the Yampa Valley. Photo by Julie Hebard.
Cozy up and travel under a blanketof stars on a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Available at several local ranches and Haymaker Golf Course, guests complete their evening with a home-cooked, country style dinner. Alternatively head for the hills in your snowcat-driven sleigh and dine at Ragnar’s on the mountain. www.steamboat.com / 970-871-5150 www.saddlebackranch.net / 970-879-3711 www.barlazylranch.com / 970-879-1082
Cruise up Mount Werner in a snowcat to Four Points Lodge for dinner at the highest eatery in Steamboat. www.steamboat.com / 970-871-5150
Travel on snowshoe by the light of the full moon on Emerald Mountain and Howelsen Hill while a Yampatika guide entertains you with local tidbits. Suited for ages 12 and up; registration is required. www.yampatika.org / 970-871-9151
SUNSET HAPPY HOUR
Ride an early evening gondola, then watch the sun setting over the valley below from the panoramic viewpoint of Thunderhead Peak. Sip happy hour beverages while the slopes are illuminated in soft pink hues from alpenglow. Drink specials and live entertainment add the final touches to a magical après ski. 21 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. www.steamboat.com / 970 -871-5150
Live music abounds in Steamboat Springs, on and o the mountain. For après ski vibes, Bear River Bar and Grill at the base of the ski area blends suds with sounds seven days a week. Switch out ski gear for Western togs and join Tuesday night’s Steamboat Stomp, a weekly country Western event where DJs mix classic with current country music at Schmiggity’s Bar and Dance venue on Lincoln Avenue.
Weekend tunes can be heard across downtown at the Old Town Pub, Mahogany Ridge Brewery, E3 and Aurum. For a full listing of live music venues, see pg. VG 50. www.steamboatstomp.com
SOAK AND SPA
Sooth aching muscles with a massage, then slip into the warm waters of the Old Town Hot Springs or Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Although an entry fee to both locations is required, star spotting is complimentary. www.oldtownhotsprings.org / www.strawberryhotsprings.com
From reiki to reflexology, hot stone to mud wraps, Steamboat Springs offers a host of professional massage and beauty care therapies. Guests may choose from downtown, mountain or in- home locations. A listing of licensed professionals can be found on pg. VG 76.