Famous for its forest terrain, excellent snowfall record and great family programs, Steamboat ski resort is all about getting up the mountain, whilst its host town of Steamboat Springs provides a taste of Western with a brilliant, welcoming atmosphere.
As an excellent choice for beginners, Steamboat offers first-timer lessons and gentle green trails right up to 3,000m up the mountain. For intermediates, 42% of the resort's 2,965 acres of skiable terrain offer long, wide, groomed cruisers with views for miles in every direction. Experts can enjoy the double black diamond designated cut trails of Steamboat's Big Mountain, as well as the 44% of off-piste terrain with conditions determined by mother nature: steep, ungroomed, powder-filled, slopes covered in gorgeous pines perfect for advanced skiers and riders.
Steamboat has built a reputation over the past five decades as one of the best family ski resorts in North America and continues to focus on its award-winning family programs. The main Plaza is now covered with heated pavements and The Steamboat Promenade provides a pedestrian passage all along the snow line for easy access to shops, restaurants, and pubs.
The lively après-ski scene is further enhanced by the permanent Steamboat Stage, hosting free concerts throughout the season. The main town of Steamboat Springs is just a 10-minute bus ride away, providing over 100 restaurants and pubs as well as three supermarkets, six cinema screens, and 10 liquor stores for guests' convenience.
Resort Altitude: 1,118m
Resort Skiing: 3,224m
Total Ski Area: 119km
Blue Runs: 17km
Red Runs: 50km
Black Runs: 52km
Cross Country: 30km
Steamboat is a small ranching town located high in the Rockies. The resort is notorious for its amazing powder, as well as its first-rate hospitality. This genuine Colorado mountain town is steeped in history, surrounded by cattle and just so happens to be one of the best ski resorts in the country.
Steamboat’s six peaks are filled with groomed cruisers, big bumps, challenging steeps, open meadows, legendary trees and progressive levels of terrain parks. The vast gladed areas are Steamboat’s particular claim to fame, with abundant Champagne Powder and snow in the trees for the most avid powder hounds, while the Sunshine Peak is an intermediate paradise with long, groomed trails. And all with beautiful 360-degree views of the Rocky Mountains and the Yampa Valley.
Freeriders will enjoy all that Steamboat has to offer. If you're an advanced rider, the steeps on the Storm Peak and the Christmas Tree Bowl are something of a must-see. The Maverick terrain park is a whopping 650ft long and ends with a 50ft quarter-pipe. There is also a 200ft pipe at Sobe Park, complete with plenty of rails and kickers.
Steamboat offers a variety of options and instructors to help improve your technique, including adaptive ski lessons. You can choose whether to book into a group lesson or book a private instructor for you or a few people in your group. There is also the option to be taken onto the mountain by a ski guide, something well worth considering for the more experienced skiers wanting to explore the best parts of the resort.
With over 100 pubs and restaurants, visitors to Steamboat are spoiled for choice at the end of the ski day. You can enjoy breathtaking views over the mountains while enjoying your meal or, if you're lucky, embark on a snowcat journey to the Four Points Lodge for a fantastic culinary experience.
After a long day on the slopes, relaxation is a must. Favourites for après in Steamboat include the T Bar, perfect for beers and small bites, Truffle Pig, famed for its live music and warming fire pits and Carl's Tavern, dubbed 'a place for the hungry, a place for the thirsty' with its overwhelming selection of craft beers and cocktails.
Not just for avid skiers, non-skiers can enjoy horseback riding, snowmobiling, hot springs, sleigh ride dinners and much more. There is also an abundance of shopping in two separate plazas that can be easily reached via the free shuttle bus.