The Porches guide to Steamboat’s favorite winter activities
In a town that averages over 200 inches of snowfall each year and is home to a world-renowned ski resort, it’s no surprise people flock to Steamboat each winter. Whether you are an avid skier or just looking to escape to the mountains this year, there are plenty of activities for everyone.
With miles and miles of amazing backcountry snowmobile trails it is no wonder we have some incredible outfitters offering snowmobile tours. Rabbit Ears pass is a great way to go for trails careening through the trees and wide-open fields of fresh powder. For those willing to go a little further out, Northern Routt County offers steeper terrain and breathtaking views.
Hiking is one of the most rewarding summer activities and we can promise you it is just as doable in the winter with a pair of snowshoes. Choose to go on one of the many guided tours that Yampatika offers on the Uranium Mine Trail and Emerald Mountain or rent a pair and carve your own trail. If you decide to rent your own, be sure to visit The Porches front desk for the inside knowledge on the best trails, difficulty levels, and directions.
Cross Country Skiing
Howelsen Hill, Haymaker Golf Course, and The Steamboat Ski Touring Center all offer immaculately groomed trails to help you work up a sweat and enjoy a bit of Steamboat skiing at a more leisurely pace. Our Porches concierge can help you decide which location is best for you based on the type of adventure you’re after and arrange a Porches shuttle to get you there.
A fairytale experience, take a horse drawn sleigh through snow laden forests. We’re lucky to have a few outfitters in town offering this experience. Also offering sleigh ride dinners with hot and delicious meal and beverages to follow, this is something the whole family will enjoy.
Tubing at Saddleback Ranch
One of the most popular winter activities in Steamboat has to be tubing at Saddleback Ranch! Perfect for both adults and children, head out to Saddleback Ranch on their private shuttle and partake in a few hours of tubing on their Yee Haw Tubing Hill. At the bottom of the hill there is a brand-new warming lodge where you can grab a warm drink or something to eat before heading back out.
A true testament to Steamboat’s western heritage there is no better way to explore Steamboat’s trails than on horseback. Be sure to dress warm and prepare for an unforgettable experience.
For more information on these activities or for reservations, please contact The Porches concierge.