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Steamboat Magazine

Family Fun - Ski Season 12/13

11/10/2012 08:47PM ● By Christina Freeman

Where the rubber hits the snow: Tubing is a wild winter ride.

Guarantee some grins. Here is some certifiable Steamboat Springs fun for kids of all ages.

Sleigh Ride
Soak up Steamboat’s authentic Western atmosphere during a sunset sleigh ride – and don’t forget to listen in for local cowboy lore along the way. Real horse-power transports you to a cozy cabin, a rustic tent or a fine dining restaurant with delicious options for every age and atmosphere. Savor the beauty of a starry Colorado night with moonlit trails. See a complete list of sleigh rides in Activities starting on VG51.

Ice Skate
Discover Steamboat’s only year-round ice. Howelsen Ice Arena’s Olympic-sized rink means plenty of room to test your budding hockey skills or tempt your first twirl. Hockey and figure skate rentals available on site.

Snow Tube
Steamboat Springs has two well-equipped, groomed snow tubing hills accessible and attainable for all age levels. It’s easy. No sledding experience is necessary. Ride up. Plop in your tube. Slide down. Earn your hot chocolate, a rosy cheek glow and a great laugh all the way down the hill.

Tubing Steamboat at Howelsen Hill
One-hour sessions start at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.: $25 (adults), $22 (13-17), $18 (6-12), free (5 and under). Must be 36” tall to ride solo – otherwise ride with an adult.
970-879-0740 |

Yee-Haw Hill at Saddleback Ranch
$24 for a 1.5-hour session includes free transportation to the ranch. Children 5 and under are free, and must ride with an adult.
970-879-3711 |

Step off the slopes and into a lane at the Snow Bowl for a good old-fashioned evening of bowling. Take on the pins traditionally, or request kid-friendly bumpers to help the ball steer clear of the gutters. Go parents vs. kids, or mix it up for a little family-friendly competition.
970-879-9840 |

Ranch Visit
Experience winter on prime agricultural land along the Yampa River. The Legacy Ranch includes 132 acres of protected hay meadows and riparian habitat, plus a 1917 ranch house and a 1930s bunkhouse. Home to Yampatika’s Environmental Learning Center, enjoy the history, wildlife and snow science exhibits, plus a guided snowshoe around the ranch. Pre-registration required.
Open to the public on Saturdays |10 a.m.-noon | 970-871-9151 |

Slopeside Cheering
Dress warm, grab your cow bell and head out on the slopes for a good view of some of the world’s top emerging ski and snowboard racers. Watching races is free, from the Rocky Mountain Freestyle Moguls (Jan. 4-6) to the Telemark World Cup (Feb. 22-27), to the Jumping/Nordic Combined Western Regionals (March 15-16). Plus, there’s often a need for volunteers on race day and your efforts can even earn you free souvenirs and a lift ticket.A rundown of all Steamboat’s races is listed in Datebook (VG42-VG50).
970-879-0695 |