Word is out about Steamboat’s Champagne Powder Snow ®, idyllic tree skiing, incredible ski school, and our western heritage. During the winter months, people visit from around the world to sample our magnificent ski mountains, our hot springs and perhaps even our wonderful winter events. Every so often, one of our visitors helps spread the word about other winter activities in Steamboat Springs.
Johnny Beardsall of the UK’s Daily Mail, recently wrote an article that about horseback riding in Steamboat Springs – in the snow!
Providing you can mount and dismount unaided, even a beginner will enjoy this trip. Nor do you need to buy thermal jodhpurs. When it is minus 20c, ski clothing works well in the saddle.
Johnny was hosted by Ray Hide,”the town’s evergreen cowboy and owner of the 280-acre spread in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness.” This ‘spread’ is otherwise known as Del’s Triangle Ranch. “He’s now 74 and made the 1960 U.S. Olympic team as a ski-jumper…”
Few journalists have so beautifully portrayed our town. Here’s one more excerpt we love!
“We ride one day and ski the next — and the skiing is sensational. Storm Peak, the main mountain has a tree-lined summit and there is no queuing at lifts.
At the 10,372 ft summit, we scrunch into a startlingly beautiful wonderland of rime ice with conifers laden with heavy fresh snow.”
But while the skiing is enthralling, discovering your inner-cowboy comes close. If you hanker for a winter holiday like no other, this is it.”
If you’d like to meet Ray Hide and learn more about the ranch and horseback riding – summer and winter – check-out this video: