Seven thousand feet up in the Colorado Rockies, nestled quietly below one of the largest ski mountains in North America, sits a small ranching community that serves as a constant reminder that the Old West is alive and well.
A real western community built around skiing and riding, the mountain lifestyle, and a collective sense of place--Steamboat is a bona fide mountain town in one of the most beautiful valleys in the Rocky Mountains.
Steamboat may be known for its winters, but when the Champagne Powder® snow melts, wildflowers blossom, biking and hiking trails are unearthed, the Yampa River flows for kayaking, rafting, tubing and fly fishing, hot springs bubble away and Fish Creek Falls shows its might.
During the summer, this town hosts a marathon and triathlon; a massive July 4thcelebration & parade; a Hot Air Balloon Rodeo with a multitude of colorful balloons rising over the valley; numerous music performances from Strings Music Festival to a free Summer Concert Series; a 100-year-old summer rodeo featuring the future stars of the ProRodeo circuit; and pedal power endeavors that last for days and go for miles.
Steamboat is home to two ski areas: Steamboat Ski Resort and Howelsen Hill, the oldest ski area in continuous use in the state of Colorado, as well as nearly 90 Winter Olympians who call the area home.
A variety of lodging, from B&Bs to high-end resorts, from casual condos to private residents, offer the ideal place to rest your head. There's more to this cow town than just baked beans and cowboy coffee! Restaurants have developed their own distinct culinary flair that will satisfy even the most discriminating palate.
This week long all arts festival event is anchored by the Yampa Rive Art Stroll, a juried display of art vendors on Yampa Street in Downtown.
Ride in Steamboat, finish under the Pro Challenge truss, and enjoy the festivities at the USA Pro Challenge opening weekend!
Join the USA Pro Challenge on August 15th for Go Ride Steamboat presented by UnitedHealthcare!
Open to all ages, Go Ride Steamboat will begin and end in Steamboat Springs, the opening weekend Host City for the 2015 USA Pro Challenge, where participants can then choose to ride one of two distances – 25 or 52 miles of mountainous roads.
Free Concert featuring the Jeff Austin Band.
Start time: 11:40 am; Approximate finish: 3:13-4:38 pm
After a brief venture onto the rolling roads of Routt County in 2013, the USA Pro Challenge knew it had to get back there for a classic circuit race. The quiet roads offer straights, twists, and a few rather steep surprises. Match that with fan favorite host city Steamboat Springs, and you have the makings of a great opening stage.
This 49-mile circuit will be completed twice by the peloton creating great spectator opportunities both in Steamboat Springs and on route locations like the Rt. 27 KOM climb and the town of Oak Creek. Will Steamboat Springs be treated to another classic sprint finish or will the challenges of Routt County create an opportunity for a surprise first yellow jersey of 2015? Either way, the fans of Steamboat Springs will be treated to quite a show.
Start time: 10:55 am; Approximate finish: 3:04-4:44 pm
As the Pro Challenge says goodbye to its overall start host, Steamboat Springs, it welcomes a new member to the family with the race’s first visit to Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Pass.
Leaving Steamboat Springs there is little time to settle in before the racers have to tackle Rabbit Ears Pass. From there, this familiar route heads south through Kremmling, around the Green Mtn. Reservoir, and continues through Silverthorne and Dillon. Unlike years past, the 2015 Pro Challenge will then turn east and suffer 5 miles up Loveland Pass to Arapahoe Basin. Look for jerseys to change hands, dreams fulfilled, and expectations dashed on this new mountain top finish.