Steamboat Springs

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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Steamboat Springs

Peak Season: December; February to March

Peak season extends from December to March, with rates at their highest during Christmas and New Year’s. The annual Steamboat Winter Carnival, a tradition that began in 1914, takes place during the second week in February, and provides fun diversion for the entire family. Festivities include fireworks, ski joring, ski jumping, races, and the local high school band performing while on skis. Hotels fill up quickly for this event, so book as early as possible.

Off Season: April to November

Mud season runs from mid-April to May. Hotel rates are lower, but it’s too wet to hike and there’s not enough snow for skiing (though conditions may cooperate for snowshoeing in some areas). The summer months are pleasant for hiking and visiting the natural springs.

Sweet Spot: January

January is the calm after the Christmas holiday storm. The crowds have gone home, the conditions are grand, and hotels offer some sweet deals.

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