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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO

Cross Country Skiing and Hot Springs: Discover the Amazing Steamboat Springs Area

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Program #19452RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
6,000 to 10,500 feet elevation

Equipment Requirements
Cross country skis, boots, poles or snowshoes and boots, rentals available

Itinerary for Feb 17 — Feb 22, 2014

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Type: Motel

Description: Our location is considered one of the premier locations in Steamboat. We are located in Main Town directly across from the Hot Springs Pool and next door to Yampa River Park. We are within walking distance to all the downtown shops and restaurants. The bus service is free and stops at our driveway every 20 minutes. We are approx. 2 miles from the ski area.

Contact info:
201 Lincoln Ave.
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 USA
phone: 970-879-1150
web: www.rabbitearsmotel.com/

Room amenities: The amenities include: refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryers, wireless internet, dataport phones and remote control TV on extended service cable.

Facility amenities: Our Road Scholar program provides daily paid passes to the hot springs spa across street from motel also see unique features.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call for rates
Reserve directly with motel. Rates at discretion of motel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, February 17 - Check In and Orientation
Arrive To: Check-in 3-5 pm

Dinner: Restaurant Meal

Evening: Introductions, Orientation including information on safety, schedule, transportation details.

The Steamboat Springs area is home to four Nordic ski centers, all within 30 minutes of downtown Steamboat. The Yampa Valley provides a perfect backdrop for both skate and classic cross-country skiing. With over 80 miles of groomed trails, these four centers each offer a unique experience and trails accessible to skiers of all ability levels. One center will be visited each day.

Lodging: Rabbit Ears Motel

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Motel

Description: Our location is considered one of the premier locations in Steamboat. We are located in Main Town directly across from the Hot Springs Pool and next door to Yampa River Park. We are within walking distance to all the downtown shops and restaurants. The bus service is free and stops at our driveway every 20 minutes. We are approx. 2 miles from the ski area.

Contact info:
201 Lincoln Ave.
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 USA
phone: 970-879-1150
web: www.rabbitearsmotel.com/

Room amenities: The amenities include: refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryers, wireless internet, dataport phones and remote control TV on extended service cable.

Facility amenities: Our Road Scholar program provides daily paid passes to the hot springs spa across street from motel also see unique features.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call for rates
Reserve directly with motel. Rates at discretion of motel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, February 18 - Cross Country Skiing-Steamboat Ski Touring Center
Breakfast: Motel Lobby

Morning: Steamboat Ski Touring Center offers groomed cross country ski and snowshoe trails, winding through the aspen groves and along beautiful Fish Creek, and some of the most enjoyable and accessible wintertime recreation in the Yampa Valley. Groomed cross country ski trails are suitable for all ability levels, novice to advanced. The trails are groomed for both classic and skate skiing.

Lunch: Box lunch, eat in the warming hut

Afternoon: Daily passes will be provided to enjoy the Hot Springs pools and spa across street from motel.
Old Town Hot Springs offers two 230-foot waterslides, a new 3,000 square foot hot activity pool, refurbished Heart Spring pool, eight lap lanes and more. It is a multi-use complex open seven days a week.

The swimming and soaking pools have been here in one form or another for over 100 years, first serving as a gathering and bathing place for the Ute Indians who first settled in this area. Later it was most likely a social place and a bathing place for the early homesteaders

Afternoon: Continue skiing the beautifully groomed trails at Steamboat Ski Touring Center. Sven Wiik, a native of Sweden, immigrated to the United States in 1949 to be employed by Western State College as Professor of Health and Physical Education. He also accepted the offer to be the US Olympic Nordic coach. The Wiik family has contiguously owned the Steamboat Ski Touring Center since 1980. Prior to acquiring the touring center, their cross-country operations were located at the Scandinavian Lodge, Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Dinner: Restaurant meal

Evening: Free for relaxation and exploring downtown Steamboat Springs and soak up some of the town's vibrant western culture - all surrounded by some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the world.

Lodging: Rabbit Ears Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Motel

Description: Our location is considered one of the premier locations in Steamboat. We are located in Main Town directly across from the Hot Springs Pool and next door to Yampa River Park. We are within walking distance to all the downtown shops and restaurants. The bus service is free and stops at our driveway every 20 minutes. We are approx. 2 miles from the ski area.

Contact info:
201 Lincoln Ave.
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 USA
phone: 970-879-1150
web: www.rabbitearsmotel.com/

Room amenities: The amenities include: refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryers, wireless internet, dataport phones and remote control TV on extended service cable.

Facility amenities: Our Road Scholar program provides daily paid passes to the hot springs spa across street from motel also see unique features.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call for rates
Reserve directly with motel. Rates at discretion of motel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, February 19 - Cross Country Skiing-Steamboat Springs Nordic Cen...
Breakfast: Motel Lobby

Morning: This morning we will head to the Cross Country skiing at Howelsen Hill Nordic Center. This Center is located right inside town and is a public facility operated by the city of Steamboat Springs, the center offers 14 miles of trails with 20% beginner, 60% intermediate, and 20% advanced. The area also has two ski jumps used for training Olympic Athletes and competitions.

Lunch: Box lunch in warming hut

Afternoon: We will continue to ski trails at Howelsen Hill. In general the trails tend to be more aerobically and technically challenging than any of the other Nordic areas in Routt County. These same trails have been part of the Nordic Combined World Cup Cross country course as well as several other high level regional and national Nordic skiing competitions the past several years and the area operator, Jeff Nelsen, was Chief of Course for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics.

Dinner: Dinner on own to explore restaurants and downtown of Steamboat Springs

Evening: Lecture and powerpoint on History of Steamboat Springs area

Lodging: Rabbit Ears Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Motel

Description: Our location is considered one of the premier locations in Steamboat. We are located in Main Town directly across from the Hot Springs Pool and next door to Yampa River Park. We are within walking distance to all the downtown shops and restaurants. The bus service is free and stops at our driveway every 20 minutes. We are approx. 2 miles from the ski area.

Contact info:
201 Lincoln Ave.
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 USA
phone: 970-879-1150
web: www.rabbitearsmotel.com/

Room amenities: The amenities include: refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryers, wireless internet, dataport phones and remote control TV on extended service cable.

Facility amenities: Our Road Scholar program provides daily paid passes to the hot springs spa across street from motel also see unique features.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call for rates
Reserve directly with motel. Rates at discretion of motel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, February 20 - Cross Country Skiing-Lake Catamount Touring Cente...
Breakfast: Motel Lobby

Morning: Cross Country Skiing at Lake Catamount Touring Center. The center is located south of Steamboat Springs with beautiful views of the Flat Top Wilderness area. 18 miles of trails, 60% beginner, 20% intermediate, 20% advanced.

Lunch: Box lunch in warming hut

Afternoon: We will continue on the trails of the Lake Catamount Touring Center. It differs from any of the other Nordic Center ski areas in the valley in that it has an abundance of flat to easy rolling terrain and continual wide open views which include Lake Catamount, Mt. Baldy and Pleasant Valley.

Dinner: Restaurant meal

Evening: Free for relaxation or exploring historic downtown Steamboat Springs.

Lodging: Rabbit Ears Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Our location is considered one of the premier locations in Steamboat. We are located in Main Town directly across from the Hot Springs Pool and next door to Yampa River Park. We are within walking distance to all the downtown shops and restaurants. The bus service is free and stops at our driveway every 20 minutes. We are approx. 2 miles from the ski area.

Contact info:
201 Lincoln Ave.
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 USA
phone: 970-879-1150
web: www.rabbitearsmotel.com/

Room amenities: The amenities include: refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryers, wireless internet, dataport phones and remote control TV on extended service cable.

Facility amenities: Our Road Scholar program provides daily paid passes to the hot springs spa across street from motel also see unique features.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call for rates
Reserve directly with motel. Rates at discretion of motel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, February 21 - Cross Country Skiing-Fish Creek Waterfall, Strawb...
Breakfast: Motel Lobby

Morning: Steamboat is known as the Nordic center of the Rockies and today we will cap our week with cross country skiing in two more destinations. The group will choose among several options. One possibility is to offer untracked but guided skiing to attractions near Steamboat Springs. Possible destinations are Fish Creek Waterfall (a beautiful forested setting about 2.5 miles one way) and Strawberry Hot Springs a city park with natural pools (heated changing rooms).

Lunch: Box lunch

Afternoon: Once again we will assess our options for a final afternoon of skiing. We may choose to travel to Steamboat Lake State Park, a half hour or so north of town. The Steamboat Lake State Park Touring Center is located at over 8000 feet of elevation and has 10 miles of groomed trails. All grooming at the park is provided by the Steamboat Lake Snow Club, a local non-profit.

Dinner: Restaurant meal

Evening: Free for reflection and packing

Lodging: Rabbit Ears Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Saturday, February 22 - Departures after Breakfast
Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the Motel Lobby

Morning: Check out by 10 am

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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