No doubt about it, Steamboat is a veritable little person’s paradise. Last spring we wrote a blog post all about how the “rides” of Steamboat are way more fun than Disney World – and that was just the summer activities. Now we’re back with all things awesome for kids to do in Steamboat during the winter months.
1) Night Skiing
This one is brand new for the 2013/14 Steamboat ski season. Opening night for Steamboat night skiing is this Friday and we’re counting down the days. The fun starts at 5:30pm (who are we kidding, does the fun ever STOP in Steamboat?) and night skiing ends at 8:30pm. So little ones can still get a good night’s sleep before hitting the slopes bright and early in the morning.
2) Snow Tubing
This takes sledding to a whole new level of excitement. The snow tubes fly down the hill at top speeds. Then they spin around for even more adrenaline fueled fun. Snow tubing is available downtown at Howelsen Hill or West of town at the Saddleback Ranch. The best part? No more hiking up and down hills hauling sleds for the kids. Each hill has a special motorized rope tow that hooks onto the tube and effortlessly slides you up to the launch pad. Hot laps are easy and, if you go to the Saddleback Ranch, there’s even a cute little warming hut for the big kids in the bunch.
3) Bumper Cars on Ice
This is where the rubber meets the road — err– ice. Or also known as other ways to enjoy Steamboat from an inner tube. This motorized contraption is quite fun. It’s a bumper “car” that rides on the ice arena. Bump into your kids, your friends and your spouse.
4) Sleigh Rides
They’ve sang jingle bells over a hundred times and have yet to experience a “one-horse open sleigh” ride. When you’re in Steamboat, it’s the perfect opportunity for a real life jingle bells experience. In other ski towns, there might be one sleigh ride operator, but here in cowboy country, there are TONS to choose from. We’ve got everything from Dinner sleigh rides and live music rides to hot cocoa sleigh rides and even a snowcat sleigh ride.
What’s a really adventurous way for the whole family to enjoy Steamboat’s history? Take a trip downtown to the Old Town Hot Springs. Steamboat Springs has a long legacy of enjoying hot water from the natural hot springs that have sprung up all over town. The downtown pool and waterslide center is fun for everyone. Parents of older kids can enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot tubs, while kids grab a slide pass and zoom flume their way to fun. Or if you’d rather stay close to home, then enjoy amazing aquatic amenities at many of our Simply Steamboat luxury vacation condominiums and townhomes. The indoor/outdoor pool at Trappeur’s Crossing is always a hit with the little ones!
6) Mini Masterpieces
Take your pint-size Picasso to any of the artsy spots of Steamboat for an afternoon of creative fun. Splatz Canvas and Wine (for the grown ups) has drop in painting hours, check their website for the current schedule. Kids and adults pick out a canvas that they’d like to emulate and get pro tips on how to easily create their own art piece.
And, of course, just like Steamboat in the summertime, there are about a bazillion more ways that kids and kids at heart can enjoy a Steamboat vacation in the wintertime. These are just a sampling of our favorites. Please comment below with some of your favorite Steamboat kids’ activities.