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Visiting Steamboat for WinterWonderGrass? Here’s what the city has to offer.

Julia Ben-Asher
For Explore Steamboat

Food

Steamboat Springs features more than 100 restaurants, offering a wide variety of cuisine, from from early breakfast to late night happy hour. To read more about the local food scene, pick up a copy of the Winter 2017-18 Explore Steamboat magazine, which includes photos, history and menus as well as 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 local voters casting 100,000 votes in more than 100 categories of all things Steamboat, from "Best Breakfast Spot" to “Best Apres."

Breweries

If you didn’t get your fill at the festival 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.

Outdoor adventures

While the skiing and snowboarding in Ski Town USA is top-notch, there are also plenty of other ways to get outdoors.

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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 winter boots, without 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 dog sledding 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.

Indoor adventures

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 and coffee bar and an upper level designed for quiet reading. The library also offers free 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.

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, the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs for indoor tennis and pickleball and Love Climbing Adventures, a rock climbing and yoga gym west of downtown, which offers gear rentals and classes.

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