Winter fly fishing in Steamboat Sprigs can be outstanding. The Steamboat Fly Fisher and the Bucking Rainbow Outfitter offer guided trips on both public and private waters. Either company offers trips to the Stagecoach Tailwater where they shuttle you into the Yampa River below the dam at Stagecoach via snowmobile. This is a one of a kind experience that for any fly fisherman should be on your bucket list. They also have plenty of public and private waters to choose from.
Hot air ballon rides are perfect for those non-skier types who instead of chasing powder, wish to wake up early for a morning adventure. Both Wild West and Pegasus Ballon Tours do a great job of floating you above Steamboat Springs for a birds eye perspective of the Yampa Valley.
Ice climbing is a different type of activity that not many know about. One of our guides at Steamboat Powdercats, Patrick Meyer owns Rocky Mountain Ventures and he or his guides will take you to Fish Creek Falls and lead you on the ice. Typcially this activity is offered in December and January when the freeze is on. It’s an activity that you may never have the option to do anywhere else so it’s something we really suggest you try.
Steamboat is known for horses and belive it or not, winter horseback rides happen even when the snow is deep. Saddleback Ranch, along with their sledding and sleigh ride options, offers a winter horse back tour. Also Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch is a truly unique experience. Ex-Olympian, Ray Heid has been offering these rides for many years at Del’s and he is a great guide and Steamboat Springs character.
Dog sledding has been an increasingly popular activity here in Steamboat. The Grizzle-T Dog & Sled Works company does it the best.
Those needing rental ski’s or snowboards can head to Powder Pursuits in the Steamboat Grand, Christy Sports or the Ski Haus along Highway 40. Black Tie Ski Rentals will even come to your lodging to rent you your skis.