Steamboat A to Z: Art Scene |

Steamboat A to Z: Art Scene

A Art scene!

With a burgeoning art community, Steamboat has become one of the state’s premier arts destinations. Visitors can take in everything from paintings and photos of local wildlife and landscapes to bronzes, jewelry, ceramics, furniture and more in an ever-growing array of venues. You also can browse more acclaimed international work, from tribal hand-woven rugs to etchings from master printers.

Steamboat’s stores and galleries reflect the town’s Western heritage, with historic downtown boasting an art museum and a dozen galleries. “There’s a strong artist community here, from established artists to younger ones fostering their talent,” says the Steamboat Springs Arts Council’s Park Myers.

To find this wealth of talent, one of the best venues is the First Friday Artwalk, a tour organized by local gallery owners from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Nearly 20 galleries, businesses and other venues participate in the monthly event, showcasing local art with drinks, appetizers and live music. “It’s a great community event,” says local artist Ken Lee. First Friday Artwalk maps are available at downtown art galleries and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association (1255 S. Lincoln Ave., 970-879-0880). Contact the Arts Council (970-879-9008, for more information.

Sidebar: Alpine Slide!

Head over to the base of Howelsen Hill and take a quick run down the Howler Alpine Slide at 645 Howelsen Parkway, a favorite for families. Steamboat’s most exciting summer attraction lets you enjoy scenic views of downtown and Mount Werner as you ride a chairlift to the top of historic Howelsen Hill. From there, it’s all downhill on a sled that puts you in control of your exhilarating ride as you wind down the track. Children 2 to 6 years old must ride with an adult; ages 7 and older can ride solo. Bonus: See if you can break the 43-second descent record. Info: 970-819-8010,

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