Frequently Asked Questions
You might have some questions regarding visiting Steamboat Springs so we have put a list together of some of the more common questions we receive. If you have a question and it’s not answered below please send us your question to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond.
Can I ride a shuttle or rent a car from the Steamboat/Hayden airport? Go Alpine text or call (970) 879-2800 will pick you up at the Steamboat/Hayden airport. Steamboat Motors (970) 879-7424 or Discount Auto Rental (970) 875-0700 will rent a vehicle to you. Either one of these businesses will bring the vehicle to the airport. Avis, Budget, and Hertz have rental kiosks set up at the airport.
How do I book ski school for our kids? You can book ski school on line at https://www.steamboat.com or by calling the ticket office at (970) 871-5252.
What time does the ski mountain open and close? The Gondola and Christie Lift open at 8:30 am during the winter season. Thunderhead lift opens at 8:15 am but is only accessible by hiking to or getting dropped off (sorry, lodging shuttles are not allowed at Thunderhead).
You can get a head start on everyone else through the resort’s First Tracks program. First Tracks tickets allow you to board the Gondola at 8:00 am and ski the resort’s Priest Creek, South Peak, and Sunshine areas. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket office or online.
The lifts typically start closing 3:15pm early winter season starting with Morningside and Sundown/Sunshine lifts. The Gondola and Christie Lift close at 3:45pm. Lift hours are extended by half an hour starting-mid February. Night skiing hours are 5:30-8:30, and then move to 6:00-9:00 in February.
Night skiing operations
Open 5:30 to 8:30 PM, Thursday through Monday starting in December (additional days during holidays and peak times). Spring hours are 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM starting in February through March.
How do I book ski or snowboard rentals? You can book ski or snowboard packages from Christy Sports. They have 4 locations. You can book on-line or by calling (877) 754-7627. Your confirmation email will have a link to book via an online portal.
What else is there to do in the winter besides ski? Snowshoeing, horseback riding, cross country skiing, hot air balloon rides, helicopter tours, fly-fishing, ice climbing, snow tubing, ice skating, bumper cars on ice, dog sledding, spas, shopping, sleigh rides, etc.
Where can we go snowmobiling? There are several companies that offer a wide range of snowmobiling adventures. Steamboat Snowmobile Tours (970) 879-6500, Saddleback Ranch (970) 879-3711, High Mountain Snowmobile Tours Inc. (970) 879-9073 and Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse (970) 879-4404.
Where do you go snowshoeing? There are guided snowshoe tours on the mountain. You can snowshoe up the mountain on your own or buy a ticket to ride the gondola and hike on some of the trails. Check with the ticket office for a list of trails. Yampatika also offers guided tours on Emerald Mountain, Uranium Mine and Mt. Werner (970) 871-9151.
Does Steamboat have cross country skiing and how much is it? Steamboat Ski Touring Center offers cross country skiing (970) 879-8180. Haymaker Nordic Center 970-879-9444 and Steamboat Lake also offer cross country skiing.
Can you ride the gondola if you’re not a skier? Yes, scenic gondola rides run from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm with the last download by 4:30 pm. Gondola tickets are valid all day, weather permitting.
Tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Office or at the Information Center.
2016 – 2017 prices Adult $25.00 Youth (6-12) $10.00
Kids under 5 free
Where can I find the Steamboat snow report? The Steamboat snow report is updated in real time and available online at https://www.steamboat.com/the-mountain/conditions-report . You may also reach it by phone at 970-879-7300. A more in depth snow report can be found on the OpenSnow website at https://opensnow.com/location/steamboat . Or when in Steamboat, do as the locals do. Wake up early and take a look at the Champagne PowderCam Champagne Powder Camera A quick glance tells you if you need to get ready or go back to sleep for a couple hours.
Where can you fish? Steamboat has great options for public fishing. The most popular areas would be: The 7-mile stretch of public access on the Yampa River through Steamboat Springs Stagecoach Reservoir State Park and Yampa River tail water access below the dam (20-minute drive south of Steamboat) Sarvis Creek State Wildlife Area: 1 mile of Yampa river access (20-minute drive south of Steamboat) Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area: Approx. 2 miles of Yampa river access (5 minutes South of Steamboat) Steamboat Lake /Pearl Lake State Park (45-minute drive north of Steamboat)
Do you need a license? Yes, all persons over the age of 16 need a fishing license, anyone under age of 16 is free. The Colorado Division of Wildlife sells either 5-day or annual licenses. There are different rates depending if you are a Colorado resident or non-resident.
Licenses can be purchased at:
U.S. Forest Service Building
Bucking Rainbow Outfitters.
Is fishing catch and release? Certain regulations apply all over the state of Colorado. Before keeping a fish, make sure special regulations do not apply in the area you are fishing (size limits, angling methods, limits on numbers of fish kept, or catch and release regulations) All bodies of water in Colorado, and state region regulations are covered in a pamphlet available anywhere fishing licenses are sold. In the Steamboat area, the 7-mile section of river in town on the Yampa from Walton Creek to James Brown Bridge is designated fly and lure only (no live bait) and catch and release only for trout. Additionally, the ¼ mile stretch of Yampa river below Stagecoach Reservoir is designated fly and lure only (no live bait) and catch and release only. Local outfitters recommend that in area rivers, we practice catch and release techniques to ensure good numbers of trout in the Yampa river system
What guides do you recommend?
There are many guide services in the Steamboat Area and a handful we recommend are,
Straightline Sports/Henderson Fly Fishing: (970) 879-7568 (Public, Private and Float Fishing options available)
Steamboat Flyfisher/Yampa River Outfitters: (970) 879-6552 (Public, Private and Float Fishing options available)
Bucking Rainbow Outfitters: (970) 879-8747 (Public, Private and Float Fishing options available)
Yampa Valley Anglers: (970) 819-4376 (Public, Private and Float Fishing options available)
These outfitters can accommodate any type of trip from the never ever fishermen to the seasoned veterans. All provide either full or half day trips, public or private water options, and float fishing trips at certain times of year.
Is there taxi/Uber service in Steamboat Springs? Yes, There is taxi service (Go Alpine) in Steamboat Springs as well as limited Uber service. Steamboat Springs also has a free bus service year-round.
Can we ship our luggage to the property before we arrive? Absolutely! Please contact the property you are staying at for the proper mailing address. Always be sure to have the name which appears on your reservation and your reservation number for reference.
Do any of your condominiums allow pets? Because our condominiums are individually owned, the rules for the property do not allow any pets. If you need to travel with your furry friends, there are many great choices for kennels and daycare options while you are visiting. http://www.petfriendlysteamboatsprings.com/index.html
Red Rover Resort (970) 879-3647 Peace Love Petcare 970-879-5683 R K Pet Ranch (970) 879-5639
What’s the temperature like in the summer? Summertime temps are wonderful, they can reach into the high 80’s and then down to the mid 40’s at night.
Will the altitude bother me? Steamboat Springs sits at 6,732 in town which is lower than many ski towns in Colorado. Everyone reacts differently to the altitude, if you think you might be suffering from altitude sickness please seek medical care. This site provides more information on altitude sickness, http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/tc/altitude-sickness-topic-overview#1
Does Billy Kid still ski? Yes, Billy Kid still skis. He does tours on the mountain. There is a sign at the base at the mountain that indicates if Billy is skiing that day.
Can you walk to town? The distance to town from most of our properties is approximately 5 miles. In the winter, our free shuttle service will take you to town. There is a free city bus that goes to town.
Can you order groceries so our refrigerator is stocked when we arrive? Groceries can be ordered and delivered to your condo by Wild Plum (970) 879-1981, Fridge Fillers (970) 846-2449, or the Grocery Gals (970) 819-7070.
Where do I purchase lift tickets? You can purchase lift tickets through Resort Lodging Company or at the ticket office. Lift tickets for Steamboat cannot be purchased at grocery stores or other retail areas.
Do you offer a shuttle to the mountain? During ski season, Resort Lodging Company offers complimentary shuttle service to the Mountain and back. We also offer a shuttle to the groceries and downtown.
Is parking free? Parking at the properties is free, there is free parking downtown.
Do we check-in at the front desk? Yes, you will check in at the front desk of the property you are staying in. The one exception is La Casa Condominiums, guests of La Casa will check in at The Lodge at Steamboat which is located at 2700 Village Drive, Map of The Lodge at Steamboat for La Casa check in
Do you offer free Wi-Fi? The Resort Lodging Company provides FREE WIFI services at our managed properties.
What time are check-in and check-out? At Resort Lodging Company, we strive to have your condo ready early, however, check-in time is 4:00 P.M. MST. Check-out time is 10:00 A.M. If there is not an arrival in the condo that you are staying in, we may offer you a later check-out time. You will need to check with the front desk the morning of your departure.
If we arrive early can we store our bags with you? Yes, if your condo is not ready when you arrive we can store your luggage.
How long is the drive from the Denver airport to Steamboat? The length of the drive depends on many factors including day of travel as morning traffic might be heavier for Denver people going to ski and evenings might be heavier for people going from the ski areas back home to Denver, weather conditions, and highway construction projects. We typically plan on 3.5 hours from the airport to Steamboat.
Do they plow the roads? Road maintenance is often a 24-hour job in Colorado. Conditions can vary greatly even in small trips, don’t be surprised to encounter all four seasons driving just from Hayden to Steamboat. The best website for real time updates is http://www.cotrip.org where you can find everything from highway webcams, road conditions, to maintenance work and accident reports.
For more information on winter driving conditions please visit Winter Driving Information
What events are going on when we are there? The town and resort are constantly adding new events whether it be winter or summer. Two great resources are the resort’s events page https://www.steamboat.com/things-to-do/events and the Steamboat Chamber’s events calendar http://www.steamboatchamber.com/calendar . Grab a local newspaper from your front desk, it will have ads and listings for events and specials not advertised on the web(at the very least, the local police blotter is consistently entertaining. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need activity ideas or don’t find just what you are looking for on either of these calendars.
How did Steamboat get its name? The Yampa Valley was the summer hunting grounds of the Ute Indians for hundreds of years. The first white men passed through the area in the early 1800’s. The name Steamboat Springs is said to have originated in the late 1820’s when three French Trappers, traveling along the Yampa River, heard a “chug chug” sound. Thinking they had reached a major river, one yelled, “a Steamboat, by gar!” Upon further investigation, they discovered the sound came from a natural mineral spring, to be named Steamboat Springs. The Steamboat Spring still sits at the far end of town; however, it ceased to “chug” when the railroad bed was laid above it in 1908.
Can you buy marijuana in Steamboat? The marijuana laws in Colorado are similar to liquor laws in other states. Any adult over the age of 21 can buy recreational marijuana with a valid ID or passport. However, all Resort Lodging Company properties are smoke-free, and subject to an extra cleaning fee if evidence of any kind of smoking is found. It is important to note that much of the Steamboat ski area is on federal land, where marijuana is not recognized as legal. Please be aware and responsible with any type of marijuana. Please visit the state’s website for further clarification on the subject https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/marijuanainfodenver/residents-visitors
Does the condominium have a kitchen? Yes, each condominium has a fully stocked kitchen.
Does the condominium have a crock pot, pots pans, hair dryer, iron and ironing board? Yes, each condominium is equipped with pots, pans, baking dishes, crock pots, plates and silverware. It is also stocked with hair dryers, humidifiers, fans, iron, and ironing board.
Do you have a work out facility in the condominium? Some of the properties have workout equipment rooms, please check the property information found on our website. There are several fitness centers in Steamboat. The Old Town Hot Springs, Peak Fitness and Anytime Fitness Center.
Do you have a swimming pool? The Lodge at Steamboat, Canyon Creek, Torian Plum and Antlers have heated outdoor swimming pools.
Do you have hot tubs? All our properties that we manage have hot tubs, some have indoor/outdoor and others will have just outdoors.
What is the temperature of the hot tubs and swimming pool? The hot tubs are maintained at 104 degrees and the swimming pool is kept at 89 degrees.
Do you have washers and dryers on the premises? Yes, each one of our properties has washers and dryers available. The machines take quarters which we have at the front desk. We sell small boxes of Tide and dryer sheets for 50 cents each. Some condos have washer and dryers, check the details on your condo description for more information.
Do you have coffee? The condominiums have fully stocked kitchens, all the basic appliances, toaster, blender, crock pots and a coffee maker too! The owners have made every effort to make sure that the kitchens are stocked with all the basics you will find at your own home.
Where is the closest grocery store? There are two major grocery stores in town, a Safeway and a City Market (a Kroger Company) that are located only 1 block apart off of Hwy 40, between Mt Werner Road and Pine Grove Road.
Map of Steamboat Safeway
Map of Steamboat City Market
Map of Steamboat Natural Grocers
Are there any babysitting services available? Steamboat Babysitting Company is bonded and insured and provides childcare in your condo. (970) 846-1181. Baby Business is bonded and insured and provides childcare services. (970) 879-6645.
Do you provide cribs and high chairs? Resort Lodging Company can provide pack-n-plays and high chairs upon request. Requests are on first come basis and will be noted in your reservation so that they are placed in your home on the day of your arrival.
Where can I take my children to a playground? There are many playground areas in Steamboat? Some of the more commonly known parks are Whistler 1530 Meadow Lane, Little Toots Park 55 12th St., Howleson Hill ski area, and West Lincoln Park on 13th and Lincoln.
Do you have a museum in town? Yes, the Tread of Pioneers Museum has a great tour about the community. The museum is open year-round Tues – Sat 11 AM to 5 PM. Admission is $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors, $2.00 for children 6 – 12, and under 6 free. Routt County residents with id are free. The newly expanded and renovated Tread of Pioneers Museum offers something for everyone. The heart of the museum is a 1901 Queen Anne-style Victorian home with turn-of-the-century furnishings. Engaging and interactive exhibits feature the local and regional history of Native Americans, skiing, agriculture, mining, pioneer settlement, town development, and more. Our Western Heritage Exhibit, home of an extensive firearms collection, traces our agricultural history and the story of an infamous outlaw, Harry Tracy.
Special museum features include computer and video interactive exhibits, hands-on exhibits for kids, Kids Scavenger Hunt, oral history library, local history research center, unique museum gift shop, and an online historic photograph collection.