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Howelsen Hill Nordic Center Opens to Fat Bikes

Howelsen Hill Nordic Center Opens to Fat Bikes

Groomed Trails Available For Snowshoeing, Cross-Country & Fat Bikes-Tickets Required. All approved trail uses require a ticket or season pass for use.

Fat Bike riders are required to wear a Nordic season pass or day ticket, both can be purchased in the Howelsen Hill Lodge during alpine ski hill hours. When the concessions stand is closed, tickets can be purchased upstairs at the SSWSC office or from the vending machine in the fireplace room.

The following rules apply to Fat Bikes so that all trail users
continue to have an enjoyable experience.

Groomed Trails should NOT be used by Fat Bikes if:
• You are leaving a tire rut deeper than 1 inch deep or
cannot ride in a straight line
• Your bike tires are narrower than 3.7 inches and tire
pressure is greater than 10 psi
• Trails are closed to Fat Bikes from 2pm to 6 pm,
Monday through Friday and during Nordic race events
Trail Etiquette:
• Bikes yield to all other users and ride in control
• Do not ride in classic tracks
• Ride on the firmest part of the track
• Be an ambassador for the sport – know when to go,be polite and educate others!

Fat Bikes are available for purchase or rent at several bike shops in Steamboat Springs. These shops can also offer advice on how to get the most enjoyment out of this new and growing sport. Fat Bikes are allowed on all other city trails in the area that are not groomed for Nordic skiing. In addition, Blackmer, NPR, and Orton Trails are free and do not require Howelsen Hill ticket/pass. Routt County Riders periodically groom NPR and Orton Trails during the winter. For additional information on Fat Biking as well as Howelsen Hill trail conditions, visit

Brad Setter, Open Space, Trails, Rodeo & Howelsen Hill Supervisor, 970.871.7035 or email

Free Historical Tours of Steamboat: My Place, My Home

Tour guide and historian Marianne Capra will be leading downtown tours to fundraise for the school history programs she provides called the My Place, My Home series.  For five-weeks starting in January 2019, you can attend four different walking tours that tell the hiSTORY of Steamboat Springs.


This pilot program is being promoted by Mainstreet Steamboat and is running under the name:  Steamboat Tours4Tips  (100% satisfaction guaranteed because you tip what the experience was worth to you.)  Recommendation:  Attend them all because each story builds on the next!  These tours are also supported by the Arts Council, Big Iron Coffee Co. Downtown, and the Parks & Rec Department of the City of Steamboat Springs.


There are four tours offered each week for five weeks:

1).  Springs & Things: Birth of Town Tour

Learn about the landscape that inspired the founding of this town—both its natural and cultural history. Visit mineral springs, train depot, and pioneer homestead sites. (11 – 13th Streets)

  • Meets @ Art Depot Parking Lot at 1:00 p.m.  (Railroad tracks at 13th Street & Lincoln Avenue)
  • Thursdays in January: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st


2).  Downtown Lowdown: Steamboat hiSTORY Tour

Explore the heart of downtown—architecture, artifact, infrastructure & art—to see the rise of the marketplace, past & present.  Visit the original town square, power plant, and jail/courthouse. (7th– 10th Streets)

  • Meets @ Big Iron Coffee Co. Downtown at 1:00 p.m.  (635 Lincoln Ave Suite C)
  • Fridays in January: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th and February 1st


3).  Sinister Steamboat: Dark hiSTORIES Tour

Sinister  /sinistər/ (adjective)– portending evil, harm, or trouble; ominous.  Does evil lurk below the surface of this quaint ski town?! Dive into local murder, ghosts, mayhem and supernatural creatures.  (5th – 9th Streets)

  • Meets @ Big Iron Coffee Co. Downtown at 1:00 p.m.  (635 Lincoln Ave Suite C)
  • Saturdays in January: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th and February 2nd


4).  Secrets of The Hill: Ski Free Sundays at Howelsen Tour (Pending: awaiting Parks & Rec. confirmation)

Hear the story of The Hill’s namesake and his cultural and economic impacts; the geologic forces that shaped The Hill itself and its meaning for its citizens today; an overview of Steamboat Springs’ Olympic heritage; and an uphill trip to the ultimate secret buried within.

  • Meets @ Main Entrance to Howelsen Hill Lodge at 1:00 p.m. (401 Howelsen Pkwy)
  • Select Sundays: January 13, 2019;  February 3, 2019; February 10, 2019


Details:  No reservations required!

All tours are 2 hours; run regardless of the weather; and, require walking outdoors on variable & slick surfaces.  

Contact Marianne Capra with questions at, or 970.846.2041 (text preferred).

All tours begin promptly at 1:00 p.m.; the tour is cancelled at 1:20 p.m. if it’s a no-show.


Quote from Marianne:  “See Steamboat through brand new eyes:  I invite you to time-travel with me as we walk the downtown streets, finding clues and artifacts of the past, then connecting them to the stories of today.  Steamboat Springs is rich with fascinating stories you may not have heard before. I’ve spent years leading outdoor tours in national parks and wild places in the West, and I’m excited to share my expertise with the public this winter, since most of the history work I have done here these past 18 years have been private programs.  Look for me in period costume, bring the whole family, or just treat yourself to something different in 2019.”


Contact:  Marianne Capra, Tour Guide, Natural & Cultural Historian,

Email:;  mobile phone:  970.846.2041 (text preferred)

The Schmarket at Schmiggity’s

From now until January 3rd, Schmiggity’s will be hosting the The Schmarket at Schmiggity’s! This global pop up market will be recurring daily, and features hand crafted items from around the world and will make the perfect gift for all members of the family. These one of a kind souvenirs include Moroccan pottery, hand woven silk jackets and scarfs from India and hand made helmet covers from Hungary. A particularly unique item that can only be found at The Schmarket are Italian purses and bags made of paper. Despite being made of paper, these bags look and feel like genuine leather, and are remarkably durable and are washable. The Schmarket reoccurs daily and will be open from 10AM to 5pm.

Restaurants vital to keeping Yampa River clean

Restaurants play a major role in our local community’s economy and are responsible for a large amount of the City’s waste and potential pollutants. Poorly managed grease and waste can lead to many problematic issues for restaurants and the City, like clogged pipes, economic losses, environmental degradation, loss of visual appeal and fines.


The City of Steamboat Springs is partnering with Yampa Valley Sustainability Council on a campaign to educate restaurant employees about stormwater and wastewater best management practices. As a restaurant manager, you and your staff can follow these easy steps (link to 1 page flier) to prevent pollution of the Yampa River and other streams and keep our City stormwater and wastewater systems (and your plumbing!) running smoothly. Download this document (link to longer document) with details on how you can keep our river clean and avoid fines.

Have questions or want the documents in Spanish? Email Cameron Hawkins,

Stormwater Poster


Steamboat Art Museum Exhibition: James Morgan Retrospective Exhibit Moments in the Wild

Cliff Dwellers 40x30 oil on linen Jim Mo

James Morgan – “Cliff Dwellers” 40×30” oil

The Steamboat Art Museum is pleased to announce a retrospective exhibition by the renowned nature and wildlife painter, James Morgan, showcasing works of almost 40 years, including a range of media: sketches, studies watercolors and oil.