Colorado’s resort towns are booming, and not because of the fresh pow. There has never been more to see and do in these so-called “seasonal ski spots” than now, which are evolving into year-round communities. With the increase of telecommuting, and an entirely new generation of employees and business owners working remotely, resort towns are seeing a surge of activity from buyers, not only looking for second-home escapes, but also to set up primary residences in the mountains.
Despite the population increase, much of the state’s resort town charms remain the same – world-class skiing, memorable après-ski, and an abundance of trendy bars, boutiques, and cultural attractions worthy of their own Instagram account. Ask any local and they’ll tell you the same thing, nothing beats Colorado’s mountain lifestyle. Today, we put the spotlight on Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat Springs is centered in northern Colorado’s Yampa Valley, offering a rich ski history and its famous geothermal hot springs. Whether you are here to hit the slopes at Steamboat Resort or looking to gain therapeutic benefits by swimming and soaking in the pools, there is much to discover in Steamboat. The ski resort affords 18 lifts, 165 trails, and 2,965 acres of pristine mountain terrain.
Interestingly, Steamboat itself is a complete mountain range, comprised of Mount Werner, Sunshine Peak, Storm Peak, Thunderhead Peak, Pioneer Ridge, and Christie Peak. Only three hours from Denver, it’s an attractive destination for second home buyers, skiers, and tourists alike.
Strawberry Park Hot Springs is a main draw and features geothermal pools for relaxing tired muscles after a long day on the slopes. Be sure to check out Steamboat’s WinterWonderGrass Festival in February where live bluegrass music and cold craft brews collide. The event hosts more than 25 bands and 20 breweries in four days.
For thrill-seekers, Outlaw Mountain Coaster is an unforgettable experience. It holds the title for the longest coaster in North America at more than 6,280 linear feet! When hunger strikes give Laundry Kitchen & Cocktails a try – it’s headed up by award-winning Chef Chris Randall and is part of Rex’s Family of Restaurants with a reputation for food service and quality.
Locals also love to meet up at Aurum for the best riverfront dining in town. The restaurant features innovative American flavor combinations and produces Colorado’s most acclaimed wine from its own vineyard, Sutcliffe Vineyards, in McElmo Canyon.