Steamboat Springs From Above
● By Christina Freeman
Balloonists get an aerial view of golfers at Catamount Ranch and Club. Photo by Noah Wetzel.
For an aerial view while keeping feet firmly grounded opt for a scenic gondola ride. Watch the valley unfold during the ascent to Thunderhead Lodge. Walk, bike or ride back down, but take time to absorb the scenery that stretches for miles. Lift pass is required. 13 years and over $22, 6-12 years $11, 5 and under are free but ticket is needed. Adult and child combo $27.
www.steamboat.com/ 1 877 -783-2628
Hot Air Balloon Rides
See Steamboat Springs stir to life on an early morning balloon ride. Take in the rolling valley views traveling peacefully at up to 3,000 feet. Try your luck at earning a crewing spot during the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo, Saturday – Sunday, July 11-12.
Glide over Mount Werner and the Park Range, flying into Wyoming then south as far as Silverthorne before returning back. The Steamboat Springs Soaring Association offers winch-assisted lifts for gliders, plus training for future glider pilots. Located just west of Steamboat, the club is based at Eagle Soaring airfield. Open for membership. www.soarsteamboat.org/ 970-879-3935
Get a birds eye view of the area's topography taking a scenic helicopter ride. Tailor a route or take the tour, two options are available. Choose from Fish Creek Canyon, Rabbit Ears, the Never Summer Mountains and the Gore Range, over Fish Creek Falls, up to Strawberry Park and north for views of the Zirkel Wilderness and North Routt. Or go north to Clark, Hahn's Peak and the Zirkel Wilderness area, for views of Little Agnes, Steamboat Lake, Pearl Lake and down to Sleeping Giant.
www.zephyrhelicopter.com/ 970 879 0494
Wild West Air Show
Celebrate all things aerial at the family-friendly Wild West Air Show at Steamboat’s Bob Adams Airport Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 5-6.