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Read about Ski Town U.S.A!

Steamboat Springs is rich in history and to this day it clings to its heritage as a true western ranching town.

Skiing plays a key role in both the local community and the vacation industry.

You will feel welcomed by all of the locals you meet and may find yourself wanting to return year after year.


About the town of Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs was settled in 1875. Snow skiing was introduced as early as 1914, changing the lives of the town's residents and setting the tone for the future. When Mt. Werner ski resort opened in 1963, it sparked an interest in Steamboat as a winter vacation destination and would grow into the Steamboat Ski Resort that so many people presently enjoy.

Today, visitors are drawn by the old-west feel and family friendly atmosphere, not to mention astounding beauty and snow quality. The locals of Steamboat Springs help to maintain a hold on the past while improving and developing the town.

Yampa Valley and surrounding areas contain several geothermal hot springs, from which the city derives its name. The city is named after the Steamboat Spring, located near the present-day library. The spring itself was so named because its bubbling sounded like a steamboat to early settlers. Check out the popular Strawberry Park or Old Town Hot Springs.

Steamboat Springs offers excellent skiing opportunities and has been the locale of world class skiing competitions, including competitions for the 1989 and 1990 Alpine Skiing World Cup. The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, operating at the smaller Howelson Hill, has brought forward many successful skiers. The town has produced more winter Olympic athletes than any other U.S. town.

The Yampa river is a hot spot for water sports like fishing, rafting, tubing, and kayaking. There is a 4-mile class II-III whitewater section running through town that ends with two world-class kayak "surf" holes.

In addition to top-notch skiing and river sports, Steamboat offers many more activities for the outdoor enthusiast. Snowmobiling has become a favorite passtime. Riders come from all over the state to play in the deep powder at any of several great snowmobiling spots. A few outfitters offer professionally guided snowmobile tours that are increasingly popular with winter vacationers.

Other activities for locals and visitors alike include snowshoeing, horseback riding, sleigh rides, ice climbing, snowcat skiing in the backcountry, hot air ballooning, and snow tubing. After participating in these adventures, take advantage of relaxing hot springs, spa treatments and a variety of shopping and dining options. Steamboat is a mountain playground and a wonderful vacation destination any time of the year!




Historic image of the town of Steamboat Springs

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