Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Nestled nearly 7,000 feet high in the Rockies of Northwest Colorado sits a down-home Western ranching community that offers world-class skiing thanks to its legendary Champagne Powder snow. The alive and well spirit of Old West heritage welcomes you with warmth to your invigorating experience in Steamboat Springs-known for 50 years as Ski Town, USA.

There's a reason many Olympic ski athletes have lived here-the town boasts six snow-covered peaks, with 3,000 skiable acres and 165 ski and snowboard trails. You can ski long groomed cruisers, or maneuver bumps and snowy forests of trees. Test your skill on the 450-foot Mavericks Superpipe. If skiing or snowboarding is new for you or your kids, build your confidence with expert instructors who will welcome and guide you. State of the art outdoor lighting invites all to the magic of skiing at night.

Adventures also abound off the slopes. Discover ice fishing or a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the Yampa River Valley, traditions that date to homesteading Norwegian culture of the early 1900's. An uplifting gondola ride offers beautiful views. Hunt for treasures in nearly 250 shops, galleries, and western outfit stores.

People relax now and then in Steamboat, too. After hiking or skiing, there's nothing quite like the feeling of a soak in historic mineral hot springs. The indigenous Ute peoples once called these natural hot pools the "Medicine Springs" for the deep sense of well-being they gave. The hot springs are located in the heart of downtown, and in Strawberry Park at the edge of the Yampa Valley.

Back on Main Street, built wide enough to support cattle drives, rugged Western friendliness greets you at every turn. Explore boutiques and art work, eat well in a choice of restaurants, and hear all kinds of live music in packed local pubs. Steamboat Springs knows how to have a good time.