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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

    169

  • Terrain Parks

    4

  • Night Skiing

    30 ac

  • Longest Run

    3 mi

  • Skiable Terrain

    2965 ac

  • Snow Making

    375 ac

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Overview

Steamboat Ski Resort is a premier ski destination famous for its Champagne Powder®. The mountain is also known for its unique aspen glades, offering up some of the best tree skiing in North America.

Steamboat ski resort is situated across seven mountain peaks within the Park Range and overlooks the Yampa Valley. The area has a rich western heritage and cowboy vibe that's celebrated throughout many annual events held on the mountain and in town, including the Cowboy Downhill and the Steamboat Winter Carnival.

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.

Wondering how big Steamboat Ski Resort is - it has over 4.6 square miles (2,965 acres) of skiable terrain and 169 named trails. And, there are 18 lifts. The base elevation is 6,900 feet, and the summit elevation is 10,568 feet. Vertical rise is 3,668 feet. Check the resort’s website to find the latest information on Steamboat Ski Resort lift tickets.

Where Is Steamboat Ski Resort?

Steamboat ski resort to Denver International Airport and the Front Range is about three hours. The resort is located just outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and an hour and a half from Summit County.

Important Dates

  • Projected OpeningProjected Closing11/15/201904/12/2020
  • Days Open Last Year
    144
  • Projected Days Open
    149
  • Years Open
    56
  • Average Snowfall
    336"

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Terrain

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 Closets 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 gondola, most traffic heads for the Storm Peak Express lift, which accesses the summit - but that 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.

Best Breakfast in Town

  • Situated at the edge of town, Creekside Café serves up sizable breakfast and lunch dishes, including unique and specialty creations like the Wafflelaughagus. The Bloody Mary at this quaint café is equally sizeable and standout. 131 11th Street, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
  • Located between downtown and the resort, Freshies" crams rainbow-hued veggies and top-quality cheeses (like aged white cheddar) into Steamboat’s best omelets. The sweets are fantastic, too. Try the famous cinnamon rolls or a plate of dried cherry granola pancakes. Colorful pendant lamps and exotic fresh flowers (never carnations!) complement the colorful food. 595 South Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
  • Right there on the main strip, smack in the middle of town, Winona's Restaurant & Bakery serves up world famous homemade cinnamon rolls that will spoil your appetite. Share it with at least one or two others, and then settle in for a huge selection of breakfast and lunch options. 617 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Where to Eat Lunch

  • Glide into Hazie’s for top-of-the-gondola panoramas over the Yampa Valley. Reserve a table next to the floor-to-ceiling windows to admire the distant Flat Tops while you enjoy a delicious meal. Hazie’s bar, a brass-and-mahogany affair, also turns out a respectable Bloody Mary .2305 Mt. Werner Circle, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Dinner

  • Cafe Diva is the base area’s most romantic restaurant, with tables tucked into tiny alcoves and expert wait staff that make diners feel special. The restaurant specializes in locally sourced meats and produce. 1855 Ski Time Square Drive. Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
  • For a low-key spot that’s still high bar about its food, try Mazzola’s Italian Diner. This downtown pizza-and-pasta joint feels like a spiffy basement speakeasy, and its chummy servers welcome you as a member of the club. 917 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Apres/Nightlife

  • Bar service is notoriously slow at Slopeside Grill, a ski-in, stagger-out bar located adjacent to the Christie III lift - but nobody cares. On sunny afternoons, this slope side joint resembles Daytona Beach as hordes of revelers strip down and belly up to the open-air ice bar. 1855 Ski Time Square Drive, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
  • The upscale Truffle Pig Restaurant offers a great happy hour with seriously cheap beer and well drinks along with some munchies to tide you over for dinner. 2250 Apres Ski Way, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

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Steamboat Reviews

George undefined
10th December 20193
I have been taking my family to Steamboat since 2005. It use to be cheaper than other resorts in Colorado. These days...Full review
S. Beckerdite
8th December 20195
A go skiing with a group of friends every year and we go to different places. I’ve skied most of the resorts...Full review
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