About The Town
City of Steamboat Springs
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The city of Steamboat Springs is home to world-class skiing, year-round recreational opportunities, and a vibrant western culture - all surrounded by some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the world. Explore our community and learn why so many people choose to make Ski Town USA their home. In a world full of exclusive ski resorts, Steamboat springs offers more than just great skiing. It has kept the charm of the old west, and a pace that is more relaxed than most other ski resorts, even amongst the many boutiques, gift shops, and other touristy stores. And though skiing is Steamboats main attraction, the fun doesn't stop when the snow melts. Golf, tennis, cycling, rafting, hiking, camping, and backpacking are some of the activities enjoyed during the summer months. There are lakes for boating, fishing, and water-skiing as well. Collectively, the citizens of Steamboat Springs work hard to serve their community and visitors, protect its natural resources, and preserve the values and heritage that have brought them all here in the first place. Steamboat was founded and homesteaded in 1875 by James Crawford. Crawford respected the areas original resident Ute Indian tribes and became friends with them. The Utes attacked many settlers who encroached on their land but left Crawford and his family alone. The city of Steamboat Springs was named after the Steamboat Spring, located near the present-day Library on the west side of town. The spring itself was so named because its bubbling sounded like a steamboat to the early settlers. Unfortunately, construction and blasting for railroad silenced the chugging spring in 1908. Though the springs that gave Steamboat its namesake is not fit for bathing, Steamboat does offer two natural hot springs open to the public. The largest is the Old Town Hot Springs near downtown, with multiple pools and two slides. Located in the hills a few miles out of town is Strawberry Park Hot Springs, with two pools and natural rock features. Strawberry Park Hot Springs offers excellent stargazing opportunities due to lack of ambient light; however clothing is optional after dark and minors are consequently not allowed.
In 1913 a Norwegian cross-country skier, Carl Howelsen, came to Steamboat. He built a ski jump platform out of wood and started to teach ski jumping to the local men and women. The next year he organized the first Winter Carnival, including jumping competitions. Local legend tells of how some jumpers at the carnival flew off the platform and landed in a herd of elk grazing peacefully nearby. The Winter Carnival is one of Steamboat's most popular winter attractions today.
By 1943, Skiing had become popular with everyone living in Steamboat; so popular it was added to the school curriculum. The Steamboat Ski Area opened in 1963 on Storm Peak, three miles south of town. In 1964 one of Steamboat's winter Olympic hopefuls, Buddy Werner, was killed in an avalanche while skiing in Switzerland, and Storm Peak was changed to Mt. Werner. Today, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has produced many winter Olympic champions and continues to be a significant training ground for future Olympic hopefuls.
Anyone who has yet to experience the endless activities and adventures Steamboat has to offer you owe yourself a trip. It could change your life.
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