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Steamboat Magazine

Play: Outdoors

02/01/2024 07:00AM ● By Ski Town Media
(Photo: Andrew Crockett plays in fresh powder on Rabbit Ears Pass. Courtesy of Steamboat Snowmobile Tours.) 

Featured in Steamboat Springs Visitors' Guide Ski Season 2023-2024.

Steamboat Springs, CO - Although Steamboat Springs is known for its sprawling ski mountain, which serves as a snowy backdrop, abundant possibilities for outdoor adventure beyond Alpine skiing await. Snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing allow visitors to explore the snow-packed backcountry of Routt County. One of the most scenic locations for cross-country skiing is Haymaker Nordic Center, which boasts rolling trails on top of the golf course. Snowmobiling tours are led by numerous companies, including Steamboat Snowmobile and Lucky 8 RanchSki Haus, located on East U.S. 40, is a great place to rent snowshoe and Nordic ski equipment. 

For a day of fun with the whole family, try winter horseback riding or a dog sledding tour in rural Routt County. At Saddleback Ranch, visitors can enjoy a two-hour horseback ride around the ranchland. The rides are available for anyone age eight or older. For an out-of-the-ordinary experience, Grizzle-T Dog and Sled Works offers a two-hour dog sled ride. The company provides shuttle service from Steamboat and there’s even extra time at the end of the tour to hang with the pups. 

Warm weather enthusiasts can add a winter twist to their favorite activities with fat biking or ice fishing. Steamboat Flyfisher offers half-day ice fishing trips while Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare has a wide selection of fat tires and other winter-ready bikes available for purchase and rental. Whatever your winter sport is, we’ll see you out there.