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Yampa Valley’s Winter Playground

01/06/2022 01:54PM ● By Rachel Miller

Photo by Matt Bievenour

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – When it comes to enjoying the winter, the Yampa Valley has an activity for everyone, regardless of their level of experience in the snow.

In search of epic views? Snowshoe tours are sure to appease. Snowshoeing events in the valley are plentiful and directed by various groups. If exploring Mount Werner is on your list, the Steamboat Ski Area has you covered with guided tours and photographers to capture the best moments from your adventure. Do you want to learn about local landscapes and wildlife while touring secluded spaces? Take a snowshoe tour for all skill levels with Yampatika, an organization that schedules hikes near and far from town while providing education on environmental stewardship.

Cross-country ski, skate ski and snow bike rentals are offered at multiple locations providing Nordic activities. Haymaker Nordic Center, Lake Catamount Touring Center, the Steamboat Ski Area, Steamboat Ski Touring Center and Howelsen Hill have trails providing beautiful views from 7,000 to 10,000 feet in elevation. Travel blogs cite Steamboat Springs as one of the best cross-country skiing towns in the U.S.

Hop on a sled! No, we aren’t talking the about the traditional toboggan from your childhood memories – we’re talking snowmobiles. Unlock acres of untouched powder and backcountry adventures when you book a tour with Steamboat Snowmobile Tours. Delve into Steamboat Springs’ winter wonderland with confidence, education and direction from the people who have spent decades leading groups on sled tours.

If spending the day on the hill isn’t for you, try your hand at flyfishing. Beginner? No problem. The local saying goes, “Every fisher on the river is a lucky fisher.” Local guides will argue that winter is the best time of year to fish the Yampa River. The fish are lethargic from the cold temperatures, giving you the opportunity to catch larger fish with greater ease. Schedule lessons with the local guides at Steamboat Flyfisher, and don’t forget to wear warm underlayers.

Fly down a snow-covered mountain without skis or a snowboard on the Steamboat Ski Area’s Outlaw Mountain Coaster. The track is over a mile long and you can control your own speed. Hit up to 27 mph while zipping around sharp turns, dips and loops. Children are welcome to ride the coaster, but must be accompanied by someone at least 16 years old.

No matter what winter fun means to you, you’re sure to find countless hours of amusement within the Yampa Valley.