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Schuss on a sled or a tube

— Sometimes it's fun to schuss downhill without the control. For that, it doesn't get any better than sledding and tubing, with plenty of places to succumb to gravity.

Rent tubes downtown at Howelsen Hill (970-879-0695,, with proceeds benefitting the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Ride up the Magic Carpet and tube to your heart's content near the base of the Nordic jumps, before retiring to the Howelsen lodge for hot chocolate and warm cookies.

Fifteen miles out of town, careen down Saddleback Ranch's Yee-Haw Tubing Hill (970-879-3711,, complete with a state-of-the-art tube-tow lift system, and warm up in the Longhorn Warming Lodge with a hot drink from the concession stand. They even offer transport to and from the transit center on Mount Werner Circle.

To sled on your own, BYOS to the hill in front of the church just west of town in Steamboat II, or head to Blackmere Drive on Emerald Mountain.