The Ptarmigan Inn

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Jan. 2021



Jan. 2021






Winter Is Magical

When there’s snow on the ground, Steamboat Springs truly comes to life. A magical winter wonderland, Ptarmigan Inn is the ultimate basecamp for travelers wanting to ski, snowboard, and do winter the Steamboat way. Hop on a snowmobile and explore places the chairlifts can’t take you or get romantic on a sleigh ride complete with dinner. Our base location makes it easy to ski in and ski out and take advantage of everything the mountain has to offer.

Ride a chairlift to the top of historic Howelsen Hill and enjoy The Howler, a 2,400-foot long alpine slide near downtown Steamboat that is lots of fun for the whole family.

Backcountry Skiing

For a truly epic winter adventure, you can take a guided back-country snowcat skiing trip with Steamboat Powdercats. One of their skilled guides will escort your group out to an area of pristine, untracked powder near Buffalo Pass, and you will be treated to a day of back-country skiing that you will not soon forget!

Sleigh Rides

There are a handful of local ranches that offer scenic sleigh ride dinners on winter evenings, most notably Saddleback Ranch, Dutch Creek Guest Ranch, and Elk River Guest Ranch. You will enjoy a cozy horse-drawn sleigh ride followed by a delicious dinner served in either a tepee or a lodge, depending on your preference, for a rustic and charming winter experience that is perfect for the whole family.

There is a nearly endless supply of spectacular snowmobile trails criss-crossing the Steamboat area, many of which are concentrated around Rabbit Ears Pass and north of Steamboat in the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness. Steamboat Snowmobile Tours and High Mountain Tours both offer guided snowmobile tours to let you explore the mountain corridors winding high above The Porches.

There are thousands of acres of land that are perfect for snowshoeing in and around Steamboat.Yampatika and Rocky Mountain Ventures each offer guided snowshoe tours if you’re not quite sure where to go to explore. Or just rent some snowhoes, head to the top of Rabbit Ears pass, and strap ‘em on!

 Ski & Snowboard Rentals 

Located just downstairs from the lobby

  • Guests save 20% off ski and snowboard rentals
  • Small selection of ski accessories including goggles, gloves and helmets

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