Despite its size, Steamboat has held onto its authentic cattle ranchers’ town heritage, giving it a unique western-style warmth and charm that has been turning visitors into locals since the 1800’s. During the winter months, Steamboat’s 6,695-foot elevation ensures that its slopes remain draped in a pristine blanket of what the locals call “champagne powder.” By day, skiers and snowboarders criss-cross the mountain, knifing through knee-deep swaths of light, fluffy snow and beautifully manicured runs and trails. When the sun sets, a charming downtown area teeming with world-class restaurants, bars and live music clubs offer endless opportunity for après ski adventure. As the last snow of spring fades, summer brings an exhilarating variety of adventure pursuits, festivals and activities for all ages. Mountain biking trails for riders of all levels. Hiking expeditions through the Flattop Wilderness and up Mount Zirkel. Hot air balloon rides high over the Yampa Valley, horseback riding, fly-fishing, golf, whitewater rafting and more.
Here are some interesting facts about Steamboat:
- Named by French trappers in the 1860s for a hot spring near Yapa River that sounded like a steamboat.
- There are more than 150 springs in the area.
- The City of Steamboat Springs was incorporated in 1900.
- Hometown of over 80 Winter Olympic athlete since 1932, more than any other in the US.
- In the early 1900s steamboat was the largest explorer of castle in the western United States.
- One of the first 8 US cities to receive the Preserve America Community designation from the White House. – (Via Steamboat Chamber)
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