Steamboat Springs Family Ski Vacation

Great family recreation and family-friendly hotels and restaurants make Steamboat Springs an easy choice for families. Steamboat Springs family vacations have something that kids of all ages will love, not to mention plenty to keep parents happy, too. Rated the top family ski resort, Steamboat Springs caters to families, ensuring your family ski vacation is fun for everyone!

Top family ski accommodations in Steamboat Springs

Having a comfortable home base for your Steamboat Springs family ski vacation can make all the difference. To keep everyone happy, select one of our Mountain Travel Specialists’ top picks for family-friendly lodging in Steamboat:

Bear Lodge at Trappeur’s Crossing Resort and Spa features four swimming pools, a sauna and several hot tubs, plus tennis courts and a fitness center. Each condo has three bedrooms and three baths, providing plenty of room for everyone in your brood. Bear Lodge at Trappeur’s Crossing Resort and Spa’s amenities include luxury linens, concierge, ski lockers and an in-unit washer and dryer.

Nestled next to the gondola, Sheraton Steamboat Resort is a convenient, comfortable Steamboat Springs hotel. This charming ski in, ski out property provides great service. Indulge yourself at the Rocky Mountain Day Spa or sip a beverage around the fire pit on the deck. Following a day of fun, enjoy a good night of sleep on your Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed.

Alpenglow Townhomes are three-level urban-style row houses with vaulted ceilings, upscale finishes, gas fireplaces and high-end appliances. Each Aplenglow Townhomes unit features an attached one-car garage, complimentary Wi-Fi and two private decks. To get to the slopes from here, just hop on the skier shuttle. Alpenglow Townhomes is a pet-friendly property.

One Steamboat Place offers three- and four-bedroom residences with ski in, ski out convenience. Just steps from the gondola, these spacious units are perfect for relaxing after a day on the slopes. One Steamboat Place residences have barbeque grills, private decks and fully equipped kitchens with a bar, granite countertops and top-of-the line appliances.

Steamboat Springs family restaurants

It’s easy to keep your family happily fed with delicious food at Steamboat Springs restaurants, many of which offer casual atmospheres and kids’ menus. Here are some great eats for your family picked by our Mountain Travel Specialists:

  • Carl’s Tavern serves comfort food, including spaghetti and meatballs, chicken pot pie burgers and meatloaf.
  • American Grill and Bar has an affordable menu featuring brick-oven pizza, gourmet mac and cheese and burgers.
  • Old Town Pub and Restaurant boasts that it has the best burgers in town. Old Town Pub and Restaurant has options like chili-rubbed burgers, barbeque burgers and even homemade black bean and sweet potato veggie burgers.
  • Rex’s American Grill and Bar is consistently voted a local's pick for Steamboat family dining.
  • The Shack Café serves breakfast and lunch, and is known for their delicious waffles and cozy ambiance.
  • Backcountry Delicatessen serves an assortment of sandwiches, including breakfast sandwiches, made-to-order sandwiches and specialty sandwiches, like the Backcountry Cuban. Backcountry Delicatessen serves breakfast and closes at 5 p.m.
  • For hearty portions, stop in at Freshies Restaurant for breakfast, lunch or supper. Select from dishes like the Sicilian dinner, a salad trio and quiche. If your family has a sweet tooth, do not miss Freshies’ yummy cinnamon rolls.

Steamboat Springs kids’ winter activities

One thing that distinguishes Steamboat from other mountain resorts is how kid-friendly it is. In fact, Steamboat is rated the top family ski resort. From bumper cars on ice to ice skating, here are some of the kids’ winter activities:

  • The Coco-Cola Adventure Zone, open select winter dates, offers tons of fun, including a mechanical bull, bouncy house, bungee jump, ropes course, climbing wall and more!
  • Bumper cars on ice is a unique activity offered at select times at the Howelsen Ice Arena. Bumper cars on ice is a blast for kids from five to ten-year-old kids. Howelsen Hill offers a magic carpet-served snow tubing hill that is a blast to fly down again and again. Howelsen Hill is also home to Howelsen Ice Arena, where you can skate or play hockey on an Olympic-size ice rink.
Steamboat Springs childcare services

Getting childcare in Steamboat is no problem. Whether you need a cozy place for your kids to play while you’re on the slopes or enjoying an evening out on the town, you can get professional childcare. Steamboat’s Kids’ Vacation Center offers registration for ski school and on-snow programs, as well as childcare for six months up to kindergarten. The facility has everything kids need to play and learn in comfort all day. Three different rooms accommodate kids grouped my age, so infants, toddler and kids get plenty of personalized nurture and care. There is also childcare at night so that parents can hit the town.