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Related Regions: Colorado, United States, North America

Overview

Steamboat Ski Resort, located just outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is a premier ski destination famous for its Champagne Powder®. The resort is situated across seven mountain peaks within the Park Range and overlooks the Yampa Valley.

The area has a rich western heritage and is one of the largest ski resorts in Colorado. Steamboat Springs has been dubbed Ski Town, U.S.A. due to the fact that more Olympians call Steamboat home than any other ski resort.

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Elevation

  • 10568ft
    Summit
  • 3668ft
    Vertical Drop
  • 6900ft
    Base

Lifts

  • 1
  • 0
  • 1
  • 6
  • 0
  • 5
  • 2
  • 3
  • 18
    Total

Terrain

  • Beginner Runs

    14%

  • Intermediate Runs

    42%

  • Advanced Runs

    44%

  • Expert Runs

    %

  • Runs

    165

  • Terrain Parks

    4

  • Night Skiing

    30 ac

  • Longest Run

    3 mi

  • Skiable Terrain

    2965 ac

  • Snow Making

    375 ac

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Unlike some ski areas, where the best beginner and intermediate terrain is located near the base, Steamboat’s friendliest groomers are at the very top. Nicknamed “Wally World,” the blue runs served by the Sunshine Express Lift are mellow and wide. The trees bordering these runs are similarly forgiving, and allow bolder members of the family to weave among the pines while more timid skiers stick to the open run—all the while staying within yards of one another. Plus, Wally World is first to catch the sun’s rays—a plus on nippy mornings. On lower mountain, be sure to hit Swinger: This green slope runs parallel to the always-jammed Right-O-Way and sees so little traffic that it offers uncut corduroy late into the afternoon.

Steamboat’s signature runs are Closet and Shadows, two sublimely long tree shots that are deservedly famous: When the pow is deep and soft, there’s no finer tree skiing anywhere in North America. The catch? Everybody heads here for that postcard-perfect experience, so solitude is elusive and the goods get gobbled fast. For a shorter (but less trafficked) version of Steamboat’s celebrated tree-skiing, try Hot Cakes, in Morningside Park.

For bumps, ride the Burgess Creek Lift, which accesses Norther (a blue-black that’s mellow enough to let most skiers take the zipper-line) as well as White Out (Steamboat’s best bump run). Or ride the Four Points Lift and hammer Nelson’s Run. Named for Olympic bronze medalist Nelson Carmichael (one of 84 Olympians that hail from Steamboat Springs, more than any other town in the U.S.), Nelson’s big moguls and multiple fall lines demand expert mettle. And if your guilty pleasure is rocketing down groomers, start your day on Heavenly Daze or Vagabond. By afternoon, these big boulevards become thoroughfares for barn-bound skiers, but in the morning, these intermediate runs make for gleeful first flights.

Get to the gondola at least 45 minutes before it opens. Riding the Silver Bullet is still the best and fastest way to the goods, and diehard powder-hounds take pride in “pressing glass” (being the first in line at the sliding glass doors of the gondola loading dock). Exiting the gondie, most traffic heads for the Storm Peak Express lift, which accesses the summit—but which doesn’t open until 9 a.m. Don’t wait there: Instead, ride the Pony Express Lift. Snowstorms out of the south deposit heaps of powder on the stashes off Pioneer Ridge, which offer some of the mountain’s longest runs. Plus, the masses don’t usually head this way until after 10:30 a.m. 

After you’ve plundered the easy pickings, take Storm Peak lift to ski Morningside Bowl and ride Morningside Lift, which accesses the hike-to terrain off the top of Mt. Werner. These four gated access points offer up the resort’s deepest snow. The choicest terrain sits beyond Gate C (North St. Pat’s), which mixes wide, tree-lined alleys with narrow chutes and cliffy, mandatory-air lines. If the snowfall (and your muscles) stick around through the afternoon, hit the trees on skier’s left of Storm Peak Face: These stashes often get neglected after the early-morning stampede.

Important Dates

  • Projected OpeningProjected Closing11/21/201804/14/2019
  • Days Open Last Year
    145
  • Projected Days Open
    145
  • Years Open
    55
  • Average Snowfall
    336"

Best Steamboat Hotels

4
1463 Flattop Circle Steamboat Springs, 80487
Hotel
* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.
4
Grounds at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort
2200 Village Inn Court Steamboat Springs, 80477
Hotel
* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.
4
The Steamboat Grand
2300 Mt. Werner Circle Steamboat Springs, 80487
Hotel
* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.

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Steamboat Reviews

PeteSign
16th November 20185
Great family mountain. Diverse terrain for all experience levels. Lift design enables easy top to bottom access for beginners without crowding out...Full review
Seth Greeley
31st August 20185
Late March is perfect for snowboarding in the boat. Every trail and most lifts were opened, and no lift lines. Also, there...Full review
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