Winter Fun Away from the Slopes.

By Ian Baca

What is there to do in a ski town in winter if you don’t ski or board? Are you just doomed to drown in the boredom of a small town? Well not quite. In the day you can do outdoor activities and the night relax.

Hot Springs 

The Old Town Hot Springs has several hot tubs, a cold pool , lap pool, a kiddie pool and regular pool. They also have a snack bar, Mountain Brew, to get snacks and drinks. Mountain Brew is open:

Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

Pool wise they have a slide, diving board and climbing wall. If you do not have a swimming suit you can rent suits and towels at the front desk.

If you want a more naked experience you can go to Strawberry Park Hot Springs where clothes are optional at night( I recommend going in the day). During the day you must wear a bathing suit! Under 18 years of age is not allowed in park after 9:30 p.m. on Sunday thru Thursday, 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 10:30pm

Friday – Saturday: 10am – 12am

Snowmobiling

Another outdoor activity for the day time is snowmobiling. Steamboat offers great snow and a few businesses that will take you out. Saddleback Ranch, Steamboat Snowmobile Tours, and Elk Mountain Adventures are a few of them.

Tubing

Saddleback Ranch offers tubing day and night. They have a sick run setup for you to enjoy. They are located 15 miles west of Steamboat and reservations are required.

Prices are:

$20– 1 hour

$28 – 1 ½ hours

$32 – 2 hours

They also offer a free shuttle to get there. It will only pick up and drop off if you are going to tube for one and a half hours.Saddleback is closed Tuesday and Thursday.

Winter Fishing

If you are an outdoor person check out one of many lakes near Steamboat. Stagecoach Reservoir offers fantastic ice fishing and river fishing . The tailwaters at Stagecoach stays thawed for a good portion of the winter. Steamboat Lake is another place that offers ice fishing in the winter months. If you are not up to leaving Steamboat the Yampa river is great for fly fishing. You can pick up gear at Steamboat Flyfisher, Bucking Rainbow ,and Straight Line (All of these stores offer guided trips and outfitting)

Music

At night if there is a concert you can go to the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra. They have many talents that play . It is made up of music loving locals who want to share their talents. Schmiggity’s is a local bar that holds karaoke, and live music. They are located in between 8th and 9th street on lincoln. Schmiggity’s happy hour is at 7-9 o’clock and is open depending on what events are going on . The popular hours are between 9 pm to 12 am. If you are looking for CD’s and vinyl record head to All That on 6th street . They also have an assortment of clothes, glass, and steamboat related gifts. If you want to enjoy good food and live music you can head to Old Town Pub and eat while listening to good music. The music calendar is located on their website www.theoldtownpub.com. They are located on 6th street across the street from All That. They are open 12pm to 2am, 7 days a week.  The mountain offers a variety of music and restaurants at the ski base. Call the base for more information on shows and food choices at http://steamboatmountainvillage.com/.
Steamboat is a small town known for their skiing and boarding, but their are  other activities to do. You just need to look into what to do whether it’s hiking, fishing, going out to dinner, etc. You can still make your day and night full of fun activities.