spring skiing

Its Spring in Steamboat, Are you Ready?

It’s springtime in Steamboat and we’re on the final countdown to closing out another sensational ski season. And guess what, we’ve got blue skies, snow on the way and a full schedule of spring time celebrations. So, if you want one last taste of winter, get yourself and your skis to Steamboat for the last bit of winter and springtime fun.


Each Thursday, hop on the gondola around 5:00pm to take in the views from 9,000ft above sea level while you sip a cocktail and enjoy local live music. If you are not a season pass holder (ride for free!), your $15 ticket includes a $5 voucher off food or drink once you arrive. The last show is April 12th, so don’t miss out!


This Winter, locals and visitors alike were lucky enough to enjoy a free day on historic Howelsen Hill, North America’s oldest operating ski area. Funded by the City of Steamboat Springs as a way for all to celebrate and welcome the 2018 Winter Olympics, Steamboat was able to offer Colorado’s most affordable Sunday lift ticket. If you’re in town on March 11th, be sure not to miss the last opportunity to ski free while looking over beautiful downtown Steamboat Springs.


Be ready for a boom or two every Friday night to help kick off the weekend. Every Friday night around 7:00pm enjoy a firework display from just about anywhere in town. St. Patrick’s Day will also feature a torchlight parade, where skiers ride under the fireworks with glowing torches, a perfect way to end the evening, or start the weekend.


This year’s celebration and benefit in memory of Cody St John, who was a professional patroller at the Steamboat Ski Area, takes place on April 7th. This race, the largest of its kind in North America, allows participants to race up the mountain on skis, splitboards, and skins using their own power. Registration is $70 for participants before the race day, or $80 the day of. All proceeds go to assisting professional ski patrollers in advancing their medical and rescue education. Racers will load the gondola to begin the race from Thunderhead Lodge at 8:30am. Registration starts just prior, from 7:00-7:30am at Bear River Bar & Grill.


St. Patrick’s Day offers more than just green beer and leprechauns this year! The Luck of the Irish is the best way to get your day started. Take a run, or walk for fun in this seven kilometer race that provides participants with sweeping views of Buffalo Pass and Strawberry park, while being led through historic downtown Steamboat Springs. What better way to kick off spring than to brush off those jogging shoes? All proceeds benefit the Steamboat Springs Middle School track and field program.


Saturday, April 14th from 10:00-11:30am is the 38th annual crazy cardboard classic. Watch the locals compete for bragging rights and tinfoil trophies as they attempt to speed down the mountain in homemade cardboard vessels. It’s far from graceful and you’re guaranteed a good time!


Sunday, April 15th at 1pm is the 11th annual Steamboat Splashdown Pond Skimming contest. It’s another way to indulge your inner daredevil – either by joining in the craziness or just watching the springalicious scene. Bikini, bathing suit and costume clad locals attempt to skim the icy pond successfully while the crowd jeers and cheers at Warren Miller style follies.


This season’s free concerts are off to a great start and enjoyed a strong showing by both locals and visitors alike. Donavon Frankenreiter kicked things off just after Winter Wondergrass closed out their acclaimed outdoor winter festival on March 3rd. Acts to come include a little something for just about every music lover. Ranging from dance, to country, funk, soul, jam, and everything in between, This year’s lineup looks as good as ever. Be sure not to miss any of the remaining acts if you are lucky enough to be around The ‘Boat each Sunday from now until our closing-day show on April 15th.

March 10th: Ripe
March 17th: Turkuaz
March 24th: The Suffers
March 31st: The Goonies
April 7th: The Commonheart
April 14th: The Last Bandoleros
April 15th: Robert Randolph and the Family Band (returning to Steamboat after a great show this past summer!).

And, of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t advise you to head over to our reservation page right now and book a Simply Steamboat adventure-one last winter hoorah before putting your gear away for the season and joining us for a Simply Steamboat summer.