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WINTER ACTIVITIES

SKI & SNOWBOARD RENTALS SHOPS

Fleischer Sport

Ski rental service

2250 Apres Ski Way

(970) 870-0900

Open ⋅ Closes 6PM


Steamboat Ski Resort

2305 Mt Werner Cir

(970) 879-6111


One Stop Ski Shop

35 11th St #130

(877) 754-7474


Christy Sports

2305 Mt Werner Cir

(970) 879-0371


Christy Sports

2500 Village Dr

(970) 871-7981

Open ⋅ Closes 6PM


Christy Sports Ski & Patio

1835 Central Park Dr

(970) 879-1250


Terry Sports

Torian Plum by Resort Lodging Company

1855 Ski Time Square Dr

(970) 879-8414


Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare

442 Lincoln Ave

(970) 879-9144


Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare Gondola Square

2250 Apres Ski Way

(970) 879-6350


Door 2 Door Ski & Snowboard Rental Delivery

2305 Mt Werner Cir Unit B

(970) 879-9170


Black Tie Ski Rentals

1625 Mid Valley Dr #2

(970) 870-3172


Ski Butlers Ski Rental Delivery

1724 Ski Time Square Drive Units C1 & C2

(970) 367-4422

Open ⋅ Closes 8PM


Powder Pursuits

suite C6,, 2300 Mt Werner Cir

(970) 879-9086


Ski Haus

1457 Pine Grove Rd

(970) 879-0385


Powder Tools

Mt Werner Cir

2305 Mt Werner Cir

(970) 879-1645


Backdoor Sports Ltd

841 Yampa St

(970) 879-6249


Straightline Outdoor Sports

744 Lincoln Ave

(970) 879-7568


Steamboat Skibikes

 (970) 214-3045

Surefoot - Steamboat Ski Boot Shop

2250 Apres Ski Way Ste. 312

(970) 879-1119


Edgewerks

Mt Werner Cir

2300 Mt Werner Cir # C-7A

(970) 870-8863

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WHERE TO CROSSCOUNTRY SKI AND SNOWSHOE

There's much more to a winter in Steamboat than skiing. Enjoy all the Rocky Mountain outdoors have to offer by venturing on our snowshoe and cross country ski trails. View our snowshoe or cross country directory for information on our member businesses who will guide you on this scenic adventure.

EMERALD MOUNTAIN QUARRY

MODERATE
HIKING
CROSS COUNTRY
SNOWSHOEING
4 MILES ROUNDTRIP

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FISH CREEK FALLS

MODERATE
SNOWSHOEING
7.6 MILES ROUNDTRIP

From downtown Steamboat Springs, head east on third street for one block. Take a right onto Fish Creek Falls Rd., 3 miles to the Fish Creek Falls parking area. Two parking lots are provided. The lower lot is for overnight and horse trailers and the upper lot is for day hiking and picnic parking. Both lots require a $5 fee per vehicle per day. Please use the envelopes that are provided.

HOWELSEN HILL SKI AREA

EASY
MODERATE
DIFFICULT
CROSS COUNTRY
SNOWSHOEING
DISTANCES VARY
DIFFICULTY VARIES

From downtown Steamboat Springs, head west on fifth street and make a right onto Howelsen Parkway. Take this to the parking area in front of the ski area. Hours and prices vary.

LAKE CATAMOUNT SKI TOURING CENTER

EASY
MODERATE
DIFFICULT
CROSS COUNTRY
SNOWSHOEING
DISTANCES VARY
DIFFICULTY VARIES

Drive east out of Steamboat Springs on Hwy 40 to 131 South. Turn left onto County Road 18. Ski Touring Center on your left hand side. Please call 970-871-6667 for more information.

STEAMBOAT LAKE STATE PARK TOURING CENTER

MODERATE
CROSS COUNTRY
SNOWSHOEING
DISTANCES VARY

Drive west out of Steamboat Springs on Hwy. 40 approximately 2 miles and turn right on Elk River Road (County Road 129). Follow CR 129 about 24 miles to Steamboat Lake. Visitor Center with trail maps and information will be on your left hand side. Please call 970-879-3922 for more information.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS SKI MOUNTAIN

EASY
MODERATE
DIFFICULT
SNOWSHOEING
DISTANCES VARY
DIFFICULTY VARIES

Take Mount Werner Road off of Hwy. 40 to Mount Werner Circle. Park in the Knoll parking lot and walk into Gondola Square where the ski mountain base area is. Trail maps are available at the base area. Call 970-871-5444 or visit steamboat.com for more information on gondola rates and guided snowshoes tours.

STEAMBOAT SKI TOURING CENTER

EASY
MODERATE
DIFFICULT
CROSS COUNTRY
SNOWSHOEING
DISTANCES VARY
DIFFICULTY VARIES

Take Mount Werner Road off of Hwy. 40 to Steamboat Boulevard. Head west on Steamboat Boulevard to the Ski Touring Center on right. Call 970-879-8180 or visit nordicski.net for more information.

URANIUM MINE AT FISH CREEK FALLS

MODERATE
SNOWSHOEING
DISTANCE VARIES

From downtown Steamboat Springs, head east on third street for one block. Take a right onto Fish Creek Falls Rd., 3 miles to the Fish Creek Falls parking area. Park at the upper lot and walk towards the lower lot. Trailhead begins just before the lower lot, on right hand side. Trailhead is not clearly marked.

RABBIT EARS PASS TRAILS

1A WEST SUMMIT LOOP A

MODERATE
CROSS COUNTRY
SNOWSHOEING
3.7 MILES ROUNDTRIP

Travel east of Steamboat Springs on U.S. 40 approximately 13 miles to the West Summit parking area on Rabbit Ears Pass. Route Description: Begin on the north side of the road. Skiing the route in a clockwise direction is less difficult, with gentler climbs and steeper descents through open and wooded areas. Views of the Yampa Valley and the Flat Tops are spectacular. The West Summit loops and surrounding terrain are the most popular skiing areas on the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District.

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1B WEST SUMMIT LOOP B

EXPERT
CROSS COUNTRY
SNOWSHOEING
4 MILES ROUNDTRIP
RECOMMENDED FOR EXPERTS ONLY

This route is reached by skiing counter-clockwise on 1A. Ski past the first junction with 1B and climb to the top of the ridge. At the second junction, on the ridge top, ski 1B to the east. Route Description: This route is best skied in a clockwise direction. The route has several steep ascents and descents through heavy timber and open parks.

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1C WEST SUMMIT LOOP C

EXPERT
CROSS COUNTRY
SNOWSHOEING
3.7 MILES ROUNDTRIP
RECOMMENDED FOR EXPERTS ONLY

Travel east of Steamboat Springs on U.S. 40 approximately 13 miles. This route begins at the West Summit parking area. Park on the south side of the highway. Route description: Travel counter-clockwise for the best downhill runs. The route begins by following an old road. Woods, open meadows and some steep descents are encountered. This route connects with route 3Bmidway around the loop. Past this junction, the route follows the telephone lines and old highway, paralleling U.S. 40. The final portion follows the meadow edge back to the West Summit, then retraces the first segment of old road back to the parking area.

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1D BRUCE'S TRAIL

MODERATE
CROSS COUNTRY
SNOWSHOEING
3.1 MILES ROUNDTRIP

Travel east of Steamboat Springs on U.S. 40 approximately 14 miles to the parking area on the north side of the highway. A short spur connects the parking lot to the main trail. Route description: Designated wide to accommodate both skating and traditional skiing techniques. The trail is machine-groomed in the early ski season. The upper loop provides easy skiing, while the lower loop has a moderate difficulty rating.

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2A HOGAN PARK ROUTE

EXPERT
CROSS COUNTRY
SNOWSHOEING
7 MILES ROUNDTRIP
RECOMMENDED FOR EXPERTS ONLY

Travel east of Steamboat Springs on U.S. 40 approximately 18 miles to the Walton Peak parking area. The trail is one-way, ending at the base of Morningside Lift. Route description: recommended for experts only. If you plan to descent Mount Werner through the Steamboat Ski area, safety straps are required. Carry emergency/survival gear. If lift is not operating, climb 1 mile to top of lift, then descent 3 miles to ski area base.

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2B FOX CURVE LOOP

MODERATE
CROSS COUNTRY
SNOWSHOEING
3 MILES ROUNDTRIP

Travel approximately 17 miles east of Steamboat Springs on U.S. 40 to the Fox Curve parking area on Rabbit Ears Pass. Parking area is on the north side of the highway. Route description: This route has varied terrain including steep ascents and descents, timber, open meadows, flat stretches and rolling hills. Use caution when crossing Walton Creek.

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WALTON CREEK LOOP

DIFFICULT
CROSS COUNTRY
SNOWSHOEING
1.6 MILES ROUNDTRIP

Travel east of Steamboat Springs on U.S. 40 approximately 18 miles to the Walton Creek parking area on Rabbit Ears Pass. The parking area is on the south side of the highway. Route Description: Begin at the knoll south of the parking lot and follow the power line a short distance to the west. Turn south across Walton Creek and through Walton Creek Campground. The junction of the route 3B is reached in the meadow south of the campground. Past this junction, the route makes a steep ascent over a ridge and down an open slope to Walton Creek and the junction of route 3C. Follow Walton Creek back to the parking area.

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3B PAR-A-LLEL ROUTE

EXPERT
CROSS COUNTRY
SNOWSHOEING
2 MILES ROUNDTRIP
RECOMMENDED FOR EXPERTS ONLY

This route can be accessed from route 1C, beginning at the West Summit parking area on the south side of the highway, or from route 3A, beginning at the Walton Creek parking area. Route description: This route connects routes 1C and 3A. Skiing it west to east provides more exciting downhill runs; skiing east to west involves more climbing. Starting at the junction of 1C and 3B (west end), the route goes up a gentle slope and drops into a stream valley. Use caution when crossing streams and beaver ponds as they may be only partially frozen.

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3C NORTH WALTON PEAK ROUTE

MODERATE
CROSS COUNTRY
SNOWSHOEING
3 MILES ROUNDTRIP

Travel east of Steamboat Springs on U.S. 40 approximately 18 miles to the Walton Creek parking area. Route Description: This is the most popular route for telemarking. Begin at the knoll to the south side of the parking area and head southeast and downhill through the trees following route 3A. Approximately ½ mile from the parking area is the junction of 3A and 3C. The route crosses Walton Creek and travels through wooded areas and open meadows. It connects to the Forest Road 302 and follows it to the top of North Walton Peak. Opportunities for steep runs exist on the slopes of this peak.

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FAT CHANCE

BIKING OUTSIDE, IN WINTER? YOU BET.

It’s no big secret that Steamboat is cycling-obsessed, and it’s not hard to understand why. Biking is one of the best ways to see and explore the Yampa Valley. Steamboat’s dedication to cycling has yielded a world-renowned mountain bike trail system with over 200 hundred miles of single-track, not to mention a thriving road biking scene and competitive circuit for both mountain and road bike riders, as well as home to bike manufacturers and nearly a dozen bike shops.

It’s not surprising, then, that fat biking has taken off in Steamboat and is one of the fastest-growing categories in the sport, growing in popularity all over the country. This is one context when fatter really is better.

Fat bikes are a new category of mountain bikes that come equipped with a special extra wide tire (typically 97 mm or larger) and rims (55 mm or wider) designed for low pressure to allow riding on soft, unstable terrain such a snow, sand, bogs, and mud. Fat bike technology keeps evolving every year with lighter, higher-performance bikes that can tackle more terrain more easily.

Even though the idea of riding a bike in the middle of winter might not sound appealing to some, for those who love cycling, it’s a way to enjoy the sport they love, even in winter. “I think the popularity of fat biking comes from an innate desire for people who love biking to continue to do it year-round,” says Kelly Northcutt, Executive Director, Routt County Riders. “There are so many athletes who compete in bike races in early spring in summer they want to be able to stay in shape.” Fat biking also opens up a new way to explore and enjoy the outdoors, and it’s a lot faster than cross-country skiing and snow shoeing, which means you can go greater distances.

“The best conditions for winter riding are going to be on hard packed or groomed snow. As soon as you get into fresh snow, it becomes really challenging.” Northcutt says. Routt County Riders has a snowmobile with a tow-behind groomer they use to create established snow biking routes on Emerald (the back side of Howelsen Hill Ski Area and Nordic Center), grooming many of the same trails that people use in the summer. “We’re grooming more this year than we ever have,” Northcutt says, noting that grooming takes place every Friday and after every big snow. “People are excited and happy to be able to ride

more trails.”

Leave it to Steamboat’s hardcore biking community to push the progression of the sport with rides that are longer, faster, and harder. Northcutt says people bike up the ski area (it’s allowed, but only outside of regular operating hours), and there is a 100-mile race called The Bear that’s held every winter in North Routt as well as numerous other races around the state. People looking for more of a backcountry experience like to follow established snowmobile routes or ride remote county roads. Biking is also allowed on trails on Rabbit Ears Pass, but  places like Bruce’s Trail can be busy with skiers and cause user-conflict.

That’s been a challenge for Northcutt and her organization. “It’s always tough for newer sports to integrate into the recreation scene,” she says. “It’s challenging to educate both riders and non-riders alike regarding trail etiquette, which is why as the sport continues to grow, having a handful of bike specific trails makes it more enjoyable for everyone.”


It’s not just for hardcore athletes, Northcutt says, but for anyone who wants a fun, less expensive alternative to skiing in the resort. Most trails are either free or can be accessed for the price of a cross-country lift ticket (around $25). Fat biking is popular at cross-country skiing areas like Haymaker and Lake Catamount, where bikes can be rented on site. Stagecoach State Park offers free, groomed trails as well as free fat bike rentals for those who are new to the sport. These areas are great for first-timers because the terrain is flatter and gentler than areas like Emerald where steep sections can be more physically demanding and technical. There’s also the Core Trail, the 7.5-mile bike path that goes through the heart of town along the Yampa River.


The good news? It’s just like riding a bike.


For information on where to ride and for fat bike rental and demo locations, visit http://routtcountyriders.org/fat-biking.

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