Life's Sweet Journey: Spring Skiing at Steamboat Resort and Old Town Hot Springs || #TravelTuesday Link Up

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Spring Skiing at Steamboat Resort and Old Town Hot Springs || #TravelTuesday Link Up

Happy Travel Tuesday Wednesday Y'all!! 
It's time for another link up... a day late! 
I'm beginning to think I should call this link up #WanderlustWednesday, but either way, you know the drill... add any travel related post to the blue "add your link" button at the bottom! 

We've been in Colorado for about two weeks now and are LOVING it! When a friend gifted us with free lift tickets to Steamboat we booked it northwest just as quick as we could! We are now further east (almost to Utah) in a town called Grand Junction and are enjoying the warmer days and gorgeous, other worldly (at least for these Florida-natives) hikes. We will be sharing those soon, but Steamboat Springs can't be passed up. Here's why we loved it so much...
Spring Skiing at Steamboat Springs Resort

Steamboat Springs Is Easily Accessible 

This was the first time driving hauling Delilah the Dream Machine up really high inclines, so we were very grateful that it's pretty easy to get into Steamboat from I-70! The resort was also so gracious and allowed us to park in their lot overnight, when we found out we wouldn't be able to stay at the state park we were planning on. This is not customary and probably won't work during busy season, but it never hurts to call and ask. We pulled into their overflow late after the runs were closed on Sunday, were able to walk to the gondola that took us to the top of the mountain to ski Monday, and we're gone once the slopes closed at the end of the day. 


The Runs are Long and Steamboat Resort has Something for Everyone

Being from the East coast, we are used to skiing in the southeast, where it takes maybe 3 minutes to get from the top of the run to the bottom. At Steamboat Resort you can cruise for 10 minutes or more depending on how high up the mountain you go. Babe prefers a little more of a challenge and will often hit blacks or more difficult blues. Me?! I like an easy coast and prefer to stick to blues. It's nice that we can split off, with the ability to meet up at the next ski lift. We've been to ski resorts before that have blacks on one side of the mountain and blues/greens on the other, so having them close together makes it easy not to get separated. My favorite run at Steamboat would have to be Broadway! This one was actually a green, but the views were incredible the entire way down and it was nice to just coast and take in the scenery. 

Spring Skiing at Steamboat Springs || Steamboat Resort


Spring Skiing is the Best

We love spring skiing! There are typically way fewer people on the mountain. We never waited longer than 2-3 minutes to get on a ski lift. We were able to get a table at lunch (order the bison burger! So, so good!) without having to table stalk! We often had runs entirely to ourselves! #SpringSkiingAlways... I also actually prefer spring snow this time of year, where it hasn't turned slushy yet, but is also a little more loose so that I can grip more easily. We also always make sure to shut the mountain down. It's the best way to get in one last run and feel like you have the entire mountain to yourself! 



Old Town Hot Springs is Just Up the Road 

We spent two nights staying at the KOA in Steamboat (pretty much the only option for camping close to the slopes). It gave us time to explore the area a little bit and we spent Tuesday easing our sore muscles in glorious hot springs. Old Town Hot Springs is right in the heart of Steamboat Springs and is the perfect way to spend a day after a day of skiing! Not only is there a large mildly heated pool, but also numerous hot springs that get warmer depending on which one you get in. All of these are fed from the main hot spring that has a rich history of providing warmth and rejuvenation with its mineral waters. It's not just a great spot for adults looking for ultimate relaxation, but also has a fun rock climbing wall and two fun slides, making it a great spot for the whole family! 


Old Town Hot Springs || Steamboat Springs
Old Town Hot Springs || Steamboat Springs


BBQ and Beer

Two of our favorite things to do anywhere we go is try the local BBQ and brewery. Steamboat Springs actually happens to have a BBQ joint sharing a parking lot with a brewery. It couldn't have been more perfect! Moe's was AMAZING! Their BBQ pork sandwich was one of the best we've had in a while. We loved it so much we went back twice! Storm Peak Brewery sits right night door, so we hopped over after lunch our first day and really enjoyed that as well. 

Moe's BBQ and Storm Peak Brewery in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs definitely has tons to offer! It doesn't matter if you are looking to ski or just enjoy the beauty of the mountains, it's a beautiful town. We were sad to leave and hope to make it back one day! 
**We did enjoy some of these things for free, but all thoughts and opinions are our own!**

What about you?! Do you enjoy spring skiing? 

Any adventures of your own to share
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26 comments:

  1. I'm in it for the water slides! HAHA in my gang it was snowboards all the way- I've never learned to ski, never had an interest! But I've never seen a hot spring and been in a swim suit AND winter hat!! You guys are too cute, my husband won't hit the road with me just yet- He's too work brain oriented!

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    1. Haha; my hubs was the same way!! Took me three years to convince him!! And he's still thinking about work all the time. Old habits die hard!

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  2. I'm not a fan of skiing, but I would definitely be up for visiting the hot springs! And I'm always game for checking out a local brewery!

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    1. It's a beautiful spot to visit even if you don't like skiing! The hot springs, cute town, and brewery are definitely a blast!

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  3. Such a beautiful place. Seems like a great place to spend. The hot springs are cool. Very informative post. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. :) The hot springs were definitely so much fun!

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  4. What a lovely area, and clearly full of activities too. I've never heard of spring skiing, so it was great to read about something new. And those hot springs look wonderful, I could see myself in there!

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    1. Yes! Spring skiing is the best!! Less people, warmer weather... can't be beat!

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  5. I'm not a skier, but I would definitely go if I had free lift tickets and could soak all my sorrows and sore muscles away at the hot springs! I've only been to one other hot springs in southeast Idaho, but it changed my life. I'm heading out to Colorado later in May and just might have to check it out!

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    1. Yes! You definitely should!! Hot springs are the best!!

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  6. I'm not into winter sports, so I probably wouldn't be on the ski slopes. But those hot springs and the BBQ definitely sound up my alley!

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    1. They are so great :) No matter what time of year you go!!

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  7. You're really making me want to head to Steamboat Springs right now!!! Love that video! I've never been skiing...I need to make this happen!

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    1. YES! You definitely do! It's such a fun way to spend the day and get in some unintentional exercise!

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  8. Those hot springs look fantastic! I am not a huge fan of snowboarding after doing it two times (It's too much work and cold!) but I would take a day chillin' in those hot springs anytime.

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    1. I'm with you! I tried snowboarding and no thank you! I was face down in the snow most of the day; skiing is a bit easier in my opinion! But hot springs are great if you prefer to stay off the slopes all together!

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  9. Where do I sign up? This looks absolutely phenomenal. I've also always had a hankering to get myself to Colorado!

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  10. AWE! Thanks for the shout-out at the bottom. Love it! I'm having fun living through y'all on your travels out west!

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    1. You bet!! Enjoy those gorgeous beaches for me!! Hope you can get back to the coast soon :)

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  11. I'm not much of a skiier (at least the last 10 years since having kids) Im more of a hot tub and lodge kinda girl!

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    1. I'm the same way after I get in at least one day on the slopes! Give me a book and put me in the hot tub, preferably with a glass of wine, and I am perfectly content!!

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  12. Steamboat, CO has been all over my radar lately! Idk if it's becoming more popular or what, but from your post, it certainly looks like fun! #WanderfulWednesday
    (www.caliglobetrotter.com)

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    1. It really is!! So much to do and such a beautiful place!!

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  13. This place looks so cool! I am not a skier but there is plenty more to do. I would like to get into those hot springs. I have never been to Colorado. It is a state I want to experience.

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    1. It's definitely a beautiful state with so much to experience!! We loved Steamboat, but after we left we drove through Telluride on our way to Mesa Verde NP and oh. my. goodness!! So stunning!! We hope to get back there at some point, as we didn't have time to stop while driving through.

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