The Ptarmigan Inn
Tucked at Steamboat Ski Resort’s base, The Ptarmigan Inn delivers quick access to the lifts plus everything else you’ll want to do in Steamboat Springs. You’ll be hiking, biking or skiing with million-dollar views one day, then soaking in toasty hot springs the next, all the while popping downtown for delicious meals and boutiques before retiring mountainside.
These newly renovated, ski-in/ski-out (or, in summertime, bike-in/bike-out) digs look completely refreshed. From the hotel’s public gathering places to its private rooms, you’ll love the modern-meets-quirky mountain decor and all the plush bedding. Book your getaway with views of the tree-lined slopes or vibrant ski base to feel like you’re sleeping right on the mountain. Room types include standard, studio, loft suites — and there’s even one with a king bed and bunkbeds for you and your little rippers.
What makes it special?
It’s all the little details that elevate this classic ski-town lodging experience. You can play a boardgame by the lobby fireplace or cornhole with a friend; sit in a cherry-red, ski-lift chair-turned-loveseat; splash around in the outdoor heated pool and hot tub; book your ski/snowboard rentals at the on-site shop; and then gather at Ptom’s, the hotel restaurant, for happy hour. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a family of moose hanging out near the slopes (just remember, you can look but give these cranky big guys some space to roam on their own).
The most “Colorado” thing about this place
Being able to bring your furry best friend along on vacation is a quintessential Colorado experience, and The Ptarmigan touts its pooch-friendly room offerings — along with a list of local dog-friendly activity recommendations — right on its website.
We hear there’s complimentary Colorado craft beer (and root beer) at check-in, which is pretty cool indeed.
Top sensory encounter you’ll experience
It’s those quiet morning moments listening to the creak of the chairlift as you ride up for first-of-the-morning turns at Ski Town, U.S.A. The powder glistens in the cold mountain air as you meditate on which ski trail to tackle first — maybe it’ll be Stampede … or Rainbow … or what about Royal Flush?
Our favorite traveler review
“This place is AWESOME! It's one of the few hotels on the mountain that is truly ski-in/ski-out, and our room directly faced the slope. Restaurant on-site includes an awesome bar with games, happy hour, breakfast/brunch, etc. Parking is also included for convenience. Check-in was seamless with complimentary beer. … Definitely worth it and looking forward to coming back!!” — May S., Tripadvisor
Things to see & do nearby
If reflective, tree-hugged hot springs are your kind of thing, Strawberry Park Hot Springs’ prismatic waters will make you feel like you’re soaking in Mother Nature’s bathtub. Nearby biking and biking trails worthy of exploration include Emerald Mountain Quarry, Spring Creek Trail and, of course, the Yampa River Core Trail. Fly-fishing in the Yampa River is another must, as is a stop at F.M. Light & Sons for true Colorado Western wear.
Photos courtesy of The Ptarmigan Inn