Traveling to Steamboat is a wise choice. Not only are you going to have a unique experience with Steamboat Powdercats, but you will be able to choose between countless activities, fantastic restaurants, comfortable lodging and meet some of the friendliest people in the world. Steamboat Springs is one of Colorado’s finest resort communities. What really makes Steamboat Spring the greatest of them all is that it is a real town first, not a town that has built up around a resort.
Before the first fur traders, trappers, and settlers of European descent arrived in the 1800’s, the Yampa Valley was home to many indigenous people who lived in this beautiful area for thousands of years. The Yampatika Utes called this valley home and derived their name from the Yampa Plant that they found along the river. This magical place was rich with game, fertile with edible plants, and had medicinal hot springs that they utilized for many purposes. Other Native American tribes also traveled in and out of this area, including the Arapaho.
Respectfully, we now live and work on the lands of these original people, whose ancestors resided here for many generations before us. We understand that this land holds immense significance for its original stewards. We’d like to acknowledge these Native American communities whom we still live amongst and draw inspiration from, and honor them with gratitude for the land itself and the people who first called this place home.
Founded in the late 1800’s by the Crawford family, Steamboat Springs was forged by hard work, tradition and a small town attitude to make things happen. The Steamboat Ski Area is a classic example of this mentality. It was built in 1958 by a small group of locals who not only had the vision but also the brawn to build a world class ski hill. The Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival is a tradition that brings out the spirit of Steamboat Springs annually every winter. During the first week in February, this three day event has captivated the community here in Steamboat Springs for nearly 100-years. The western heritage we have here in Steamboat Springs is a welcome addition to any ski vacation and hopefully something that will captivate you to return year in and year out.