Steamboat Springs Ski
Encompassing six peaks and more than 150 trails, the Steamboat ski area
is famous for its glades, cruisers, steeps and legendary powder. In
summer, you can explore this authentic cattle-ranching community via
horseback, or go tubing on the Yampa River.
Some of the
popular lodging choices in Steamboat include Downtown Steamboat,
EagleRidge, Gondola Square, Mountain Area, Ski Time Square, Storm
Meadows, Trappeurs Crossing Area, and Wildhorse Meadows Area.
A winter vacation in Steamboat Springs invites exploration via skis,
snowshoes or sleigh. Snowmobiling, snow-kiting and snowcat skiing are
available in the backcountry. The Steamboat Ski Resort has a variety of
terrain for beginners and experienced skiers alike. Ice fishing on
Steamboat Lake is another of the unique winter activities in Steamboat
Summer activities include hiking the Spring Creek Trail, fly fishing in
the Yampa River Valley, and soaking in the hot springs that
earned the town its name. An annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo fills the sky
with vibrant colors as dozens of balloons ascend en masse.
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Best For: Families hoping to groom the next Bode Miller
Though it hosts one of Colorado’s largest and most well-known ski
resorts, the town of Steamboat Springs, population 12,088, has a
character that is unique in the state. Northern Colorado is ranching
country, and Steamboat is still an authentic, working cowboy town that
has evolved into one of the most important ski towns in America. You
won’t find cutesy false-front stores here, but you will find the
city-owned Howelsen Hill, the longest continuously operating ski area in
Colorado, where the town’s Winter Sports Club practices on seven wooden
ski jumps contoured out of the mountain. There’s also a Winter Carnival
every February, when truckloads of snow are dumped on the town’s broad
main street for ski-joring competitions and a high school band that
comes through on skis.
Three miles away, rising high above the Yampa River Valley, is the
Steamboat Ski Resort, spreading white ribbons across a forested massif
of six rounded peaks. Though offering less puckering expert terrain than
some areas in the state, what Steamboat does deliver is its signature
light powder, world-class tree skiing, and snowboarding through endless
groves of aspen. The ski school is considered one of the best in the
country, and Steamboat claims to have produced 79 Olympic skiers and
snowboarders, more than any town in America.
Ask a Local
Ski-racing legend Billy Kidd, Steamboat’s longtime director of skiing,
was the first American ski racer to medal at the Olympics, netting a
silver medal in 1964. (Teammate Jimmie Heuga won a bronze in the same
race.) He’s 68 but claims he skis like a 67-year-old. Here are his
Budget: The Rabbit Ears motel is right downtown and directly across the
street from hot springs.
Swank: The Sheraton is literally about a hundred feet from the bottom of
Cheap: Slopeside Grill at the bottom of the mountain is good for burgers
and beer or pizza.
Gourmet: Harwigs L'Apogeé in town has a great wine list.
Best After-Ski Party Spot
Tugboat is the old locals place where the ski patrol goes to hang out
after the end of the day. There’s live music.
Best Rest-Day Activity
Almost no other ski area in America has hot springs right near the
bottom of the mountain. The hot spring in town is a pool with
waterslides and is good for kids. Strawberry Park is a natural hot
springs five miles outside of town, with rustic log cabins for rent.
Steamboat’s Classic Ski Run
“When we get powder, my favorite area to go to is the Shadows, which
is up on top in the trees, so when you start down you’re above tree
line, then you go into pine trees, then into aspen trees,” says Kidd.
“Beginners and intermediates don’t go there, so it really holds the
powder. Also, it faces west, so if you ski it the afternoon you get that
great light the photographers love.”
Steamboat - Ski Town USA
Steamboat Springs is located in northwest Colorado in the Routt National
Forest of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. A perfect getaway for anyone and
Steamboat's western authenticity can be seen throughout the town in the
working cattle ranches that still surround the resort, the locals'
casual lifestyle and down home friendliness.
Steamboat's huge mountain (2,965 acres), offers exhilarating mogul
fields, inviting tree runs, sparkling powder grounds and wide open
groomed runs, all spilling from the top of the Continental Divide.
During the ski season, Steamboat receives more than 335 inches of snow,
creating some of the best Champagne Powder skiing in the world.
The mountain is comprised of six peaks, 165 trails spread out over 2,965
acres served by 20 lifts, including four high-speed quad chairlifts and
an 8-passenger gondola, rising 3,668 vertical feet.
Gladed areas of Sunshine and Storm Peaks are Steamboat's particular
claim to fame, with Champagne Powder snow in the trees for the most avid
Fun for All
Striving to provide the best in family programs, Steamboat continues to
upgrade and expand its kid areas, while offering complete instruction
and day care. The mountain pioneered the first Kids Ski Free program in
1982 and continues to offer it today. The program offers kids 12 and
under free skiing when a parent purchases a five or more day lift
The Steamboat Ski School is recognized as one of the finest in the world
and offers a full line of programs to suit all ages and ability levels.
The expert staff of more than 400 instructors has been trained in
Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) courses and continues to
learn the latest, most sophisticated skiing and teaching techniques
throughout the season.
Beginners are introduced to skiing utilizing an excellent beginners only
area and lift. Intermediate and advanced skiers have an incredible
variety of programs, bumps, powder and snowboarding classes as well as
Women's Ski Seminars and the Billy Kidd Performance Center.
There are a number of cross-country skiing options available in
The region is famous for its mineral hot springs, particularly the
natural setting of the Strawberry Park Hot Springs, which is located
seven miles outside of town. There are also hot springs located downtown
at the Steamboat Health and Recreation, which provides three hot pools
for relaxing and swimming laps, all of which are naturally heated.
You will find slopeside hotels and condominiums, as well as a variety of
lodging in town. Steamboat Springs also offers numerous dining and
Steamboat Springs has the reputation of being the home of more Winter
Olympic athletes than any other town in the United States-fifty four and
still counting! No wonder they're recognized as Ski Town USA.
Not only is Steamboat an energetic town, it also has a unique reputation
as a relaxed, friendly western community. It's a place where everyone
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