Snowshoe - Ski Season 12/13
By Christina Freeman
Take a trail or tromp through a snowfield. Modern snowshoes open the door to Steamboat Springs’ exceptional winter hiking.
Go backcountry with a guide.
Enjoy different views of the Yampa Valley, wildlife and surrounding peaks as you snowshoe away from the crowds. Let the experts show you the way on Rabbit Ears Pass, Pleasant Valley and a variety of loops that surrounding Steamboat
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Hike with a naturalist – under a full moon.
Yampatika’s naturalists give field-based lessons on local ecology and geology, cultural heritage and sustainable living – and in the winter they use the outdoor classroom to lead excursions with lessons on snow science, animal tracking and wildlife’s winter adaptation. Take a family snowshoe tour on the Legacy Ranch or a more strenuous hike to the Uranium Mine. Better yet, take a full moon trek on Friday, Dec. 28; Saturday, Jan 26; Monday, Feb. 25, or Wednesday, March 27.
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Enjoy the groomers.
Ten kilometers of forested snowshoe trails wind through aspen glades and along Fish Creek at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center. All-day passes are $18 for adults, and $12 for kids 12 and under and seniors 65 and over.
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The extensive system of groomed trails on Howelsen Hill is available for snowshoeing. Snowshoers are requested to remain on the perimeter of trails to preserve the surface quality for skiers. 970-879-4300 | www.steamboatsprings.net
Flat and gently rolling terrain around Lake Catamount provides 10k of easy to moderate snowshoe trails. The $18 day pass lets hikers enjoy expansive views of Pleasant Valley.
970-871-6667 | www.catamountranchclub.com
The Steamboat Ski Area hosts guided gourmet snowshoe tours on the mountain every day. On Mondays, take a two-mile hike across the Duster Trail to your lunch at Ragnar’s. The rest of the week, take a one-mile hike around the Vista Nature Trail followed by lunch atop the gondola at Hazie’s.
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