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Steamboat’s Spring Break Survival Guide

Posted by Kim Filler

10 Things to do with the family off the slopes Grizzle-T

Dog Sledding glide over snowy fields with furry friends doing the hard work at Grizzle-T Dog & Sled Works. Learn to drive a sled pulled by Alaskan huskies or simply be a passenger. Www.steamboatdogsledding.com/970-870-1782

Cross Country Ski & Snow Bike Try something a little different and switch from alpine to Nordic. Steamboat Touring Center offers lessons for all levels with equipment rental. Catamount Ranch and Club located in the south valley also welcomes skiers of all levels, with the opportunity to try out the latest winter craze, fat bikes. Equipment is available for rent. Both locations offer snacks and lunch. Www.steamboatnordiccenter.com/ 970 879 8180 or www.catamountranchclub.com/ 970 871 9300

Bump and Skate at Howelsen Ice Arena – Split two hour sessions on the ice between skating and bumper cars. Ice hockey fans can join in open stick and puck.www.steamboatsprings.net/ 970 879 0341

Swim in the outdoor naturally heated warm pools or scale the climbing wall at the Old Town Hot Springs. Day care available for little visitors.  www. oldtownhotsprings.org/ 970 879 1828

Tubing – it’s all about fun whizzing downhill while a tow takes you and your tube back to the top. Saddleback Ranch (they offer a pick up and drop off service), or downtown’s Howelsen Hill. Www.tubingsteamboat.com/ 970 819 8010 or www.saddlebackranch.net/ 970 879 3711

Indoor Tennis – Needing a break from the snow for an hour or two, then take kids inside the “bubble” just off Mount Werner Road for a game of tennis. Racquets are available for rent and courts must be reserved. Www.10s.com/ 970 879 8400

In Celebration of Kids Opened in November, this is the ultimate all-about-kids place to hang out for a while. A fully inclusive kids hair and nail spa (even we can have the big city feel, sometimes), karaoke corner and an upstairs game floor will keep younger visitors busy for a while. Www.incelebrationofkids.com

Paint and Bowl All under one roof west of town the Steamboat Snowbowl and Splatz Painting Studio will have you creating and striking for hours. Www.splatzpainting.com/ 970 871 7904 and www.snowbowl.net/ 970 879 9840 call for reservations

Chill Out at the Bud Werner Library. Hang out with the locals for story hours, teen reads and craft workshops, weekly itineraries can be found on the library website or in the “Happenings” section of the free local paper Steamboat Today. Www.steamboatlibrary.org/ 970 879 0240 (oh and did we mention the cafe, where parents can kick back?)

Western BBQ – Experience the west as a family on Friday or Saturday nights at the Ski Area. Take the gondola to the top, put on your dancing shoes then enjoy a night of BBQ and country dancing. Reservations are required. Www.steamboat.com/ 970 871 5150

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