As the backdrop of golden leaves turn to frosty white evergreens, the peaceful transition from fall to winter has arrived. Steamboat is currently under a winter weather advisory where so far over a foot of snow is gently falling from the sky. With the ski season just a few weeks away, the snow is welcomed to help create a solid base for the resort to open. The mountain crews are also diligently getting ready for opening day slated for December 1st.
Now is the time to think about an upcoming winter ski trip to the ‘Boat. Keeping safety and Covid-19 in mind, it might be fun to think outside the box for the non-traditional vacation times. Weekdays or non-busy weekends (January with the exception of Martin Luther King Day, and February with the exception of Presidents Day) tend to be slower times to visit Steamboat. January and February usually offer low crowds with wide open spaces to naturally socially distant from the other skiers and riders.
There are plenty of lodging options to check out at www.steamboat.me, along with some fun suggestions of things to do. If traveling in the next few weeks, keep in mind the ski area is not yet open, however there are still an abundance of winter activities to lure you into winter wonderland. From gentle snow walks, mountain hikes, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and good old fashion sled riding. See my top 10 list below for November activities in the ‘Boat.
-Soak in the hot springs
-Cross country ski on Rabbit Ears Pass
-Hike to Fish Creek Falls to see a 180 foot frozen waterfall
-Snowshoe to the Uranium Mine
-Flyfish the Yampa River in downtown Steamboat Springs
-Enjoy incredible dining deals at local restaurants
-Rent a fat bike and ride on Emerald Mountain
-Take a scenic drive to Steamboat Lake State Park
-Take a snow walk along the Yampa River Core Trail
Patiently we wait for ski season, while embracing the beautiful outdoors and appreciating the peaceful serenity of the snow fall.
Photo: Snow walk in Steamboat