Steamboat WonderGuide: Steamboat Springs 101
February 23, 2017
Steamboat Springs — What to do in Steamboat Springs when you're not at a show.
Steamboat Springs features more than 100 restaurants, offering a wide variety of cuisine, from from early breakfast to until late night happy hour. To read more about the local food scene, pick up a copy of the Winter 2016-17 Explore Steamboat magazine, which includes photos, history and menu and contact information of area restaurants in the Zest Dining Guide. The magazine also features this year's Best of the Boat contest rankings — the results of 5,000 voters casting 98,331 votes in 132 categories of all things Steamboat, from "Best Family Dining" to "Best Happy Hour" to "Best Candy/Sweets Store."
If you didn't get your fill at the beer tents, don't fear — four breweries call Steamboat Springs home. Butcherknife, Storm Peak, Mahogany Ridge and Mountain Tap all offer food, a great atmosphere and a glimpse into the brew process.
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While the skiing and snowboarding in Ski Town USA is top-notch, there are also plenty of other ways to get outdoors.
Ski biking can be done on any terrain that hosts downhill skiing and snowboarding, while a person who's snow biking, a.k.a. fat-tire biking, can venture across packed snow and pavement alike.
Cross-country skiing is a great way to take a break from the crowded slopes and shows and get out onto a track or into the backcountry; those who are snowshoeing might find it to be the slowest, most peaceful, and potentially most sweaty form of human-powered snow transportation.
Hiking in only winter boots and no snowshoes can be done on a path through snow that's been packed down by earlier adventurers. Snow tubing is a downhill thrill, no matter your age, that requires no lessons or practice.
Snowmobiling and dogsledding are two fast-paced, sled-based activities offered in the area. Early morning hot air balloon rides across the Yampa Valley are available throughout the winter.
For when adventurers need a break, tying up a hammock by the Yampa River and taking a dip in the hot springs (make sure you hydrate!) are both delightful ways to relax.
Even the most rugged and outdoorsy of adventurers sometimes need to spend some time within four solid walls.
Visit the Tread of Pioneers Museum to learn about Steamboat's history, from the first Ute Indians to the stories of today's Olympic athletes and everything in between; the museum is downtown, but also hosts various events across the community.
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore offers every kind of book, plus a coffee shop/bakery and loft area. A few blocks west, the 35,345-square-foot Bud Werner Memorial Library aims to be a center of public happiness, with a friendly, youth-oriented first floor with a coffee bar and an upper level designed for quiet reading; wifi, guest passes for computer use, and text materials and DVD rentals are available.
If you're downtown, a cozy coffee shop or an eye-popping art gallery is never farther than a short stroll away. If you're needing to be indoors and want to move at the same time, check out Steamboat's several yoga studios (stretching is great for pre- and post-skiing, and pre- and post-festival attending), the Howelsen Ice Arena for ice skating and ice rink bumper cars and the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs for indoor tennis and pickleball.
Visit exploresteamboat.com/news/publications/exploresteamboat/ for a complete online entertainment guide.