Steamboat

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Steamboat
Kylie Dingman
SnowPak Local Insider
Kylie Dingman

Pros

  • Unbeatable glade skiing
  • Known for their trademarked 'champagne' powder
  • No crowds!
  • Great ski school

Cons

  • Low elevation results in poor snow quality on lower half of the mountain
  • Expensive lodging
  • Limited dining and shopping options
  • Far from Denver compared to other Colorado resorts (3.5-4 hours drive)

Overall

4.3

Serving up some of the best glade skiing in Colorado combined with its trademarked Champagne powder, Steamboat is undeniably one of the best in the state. There are incredible tree runs to suit everyone from intermediates to experts and hike-to-terrain packed with freshies. Unlike the big corporate ski resorts in Colorado, Steamboat maintains a local atmosphere in its Cowboy ski town as it's further to get to from Denver than most other resorts in the state and sees less day-trippers. To top it all off, the geothermal hot springs in town make for the perfect après ski activity after a long day on the slopes!

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

January and February

January and February is the best time to visit because they are snowiest months to experience amazing Champagne powder!
Airplane

FLY TO

Denver International Airport

Car

DRIVE/SHUTTLE TO

Steamboat Springs (3.5-4 hours)

Base of Steamboat (Walk)

  • Ski-in/ski-out accommodation available
  • Expensive lodging
  • Less restaurants and shops than in town

Find accommodations around here

Steamboat Springs (3-5 mi)

  • Wide range of affordable and luxury lodging
  • Free shuttle bus services around town and to ski resort
  • Has various restaurants and stores

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For beginners

Steamboat is great for beginners with tons of connecting green runs from the top of Christie Peak Express! For beginners with more skills, check out at the top of Sunshine Peak Express for some steeper green runs! Around Rough Rider Basin, there's a poma lift for the little ones to lap all day while skiing through small buildings, little bumps and short trees, fantastic for practicing turns.

For intermediates

Intermediates can find suitable trails across the whole resort! Buddy's run is a popular and fun first track run with great snow! Intermediates can also get a taste of Steamboat's amazing glade skiing in "Wally's World" the area off the Sunshine Express lift. The area isn't too steep and there is plenty of room for intermediates to weave comfortably between the trees.

For experts

For a ton of fun with groomers, bumps and glades, our pick for experts is to take on the black runs off the Four Points lift and Storm Peak! Closets and Shadows are the most popular glades (and for good reason) but for fresh champagne pow, experts can find it at the Christmas Tree Bowl, No Name and other hike-to glades on Mt Werner.

Find freshies

The large skiable terrain at Steamboat means freshies are less likely to get tracked out quickly. Most of the time, the mountain will get a "second dump" from the powdered trees which is even better since there are fewer crowds than a powder day to track it all out! If you're willing to hike 10-20 minutes, you can also find pockets of fresh snow at the Christmas Tree Bowl to plow through.

Ditch the crowds

The Gondola lines can get quite long in the morning so as an alternative, take the Christie Peak Express and ski to the Thunderhead Express which will take you to the same place! Though be warned, Christie Peak Express can also get a bit busy in the morning. When the Storm Peak Express gets packed, hop on the Pony Express instead and explore quieter yet fun terrain off this lift!

Non skiers

Besides the hot springs Steamboat is known for, there's not a whole lot on offer for non-skiers. Snowmobiling and riding the Mountain Coaster (the longest coaster in North America!) are some things non-skiers could do but with limited shopping and activities in this small Cowboy ski town, non-skiers might be left disappointed here.

Families

For some fun family-friendly skiing, Steamboat has it all. Christie Peak and Thunderhead Express are the most family-friendly areas for beginners while intermediates will enjoy the numerous blue runs off Sunshine Peak and in Wally's World. This area is especially ideal for more advanced parents who can also have fun while taking their kids through the glades!

Steamboat vs
SteamboatArapahoe Basin
beginner14 %10 %
intermediate42 %30 %
advanced44 %37 %
expert-23 %
total runs165 109
ski area2,965ac 960ac
summit elevation10,568ft 13,050ft
total lifts18 8
child lift ticket$10 Free
adult lift ticket$165 $100
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall223″ 179″

Steamboat Reviews

Superb

4.5 / 5

based on 68 reviews

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Have your say on Steamboat
Average!

3 / 5

Nov 11, 2017
BMBrad M.
advanced snowboarder
Snow disappears quick here, If its been dry a few days watch out for hazards. The runs out are narrow and pack up. The chutes are good, backside of the mountain is decent trees but short runs and a single slow lift. Overall not as good as winterpark or copper, if you are on a superpass its not worth the trek out to steamboat.... More
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 09, 2017
AABAlec A B.
advanced skier
Great ski town and terrain. Love the tree skiing options! Always seem to have good weather - sunny skies and deep snow. Little bit of a hike from Denver, but that also means there aren't as many people on the slopes.... More
Superb!

4.5 / 5

Nov 08, 2017
JDJenny D.
intermediate skier
Loved Steamboat for the runs and everything else! We were there as a group only once but fell in love with it and would love to go back if prices are attractive. Thanks! ... More
Good!

3.9 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
SWScott W.
advanced snowboarder
Steamboat has some of the best snow around and probably the best tree doing in the US. Not the most advanced trails but enough to keep you busy with the tree runs. ... More
Fabulous!

4.5 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
HZHunter Z.
advanced snowboarder
I love steamboat! I lived there for many years, and I can say there is no other powder like it! The back country is also amazing and it's a huge mountain!please help me win this, I truly love boarding and would use the crap out of it:)❄⛷... More
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
BBBryan B.
advanced skier
I love the small mountain town feel of steamboat! Fun little downtown with a ton of good restaurants. The best part is the main attraction though, the beautiful mountain with prestine champagne powder that you get to enjoy through aspen groves is a backcountry skiers dream.... More
Superb!

4.5 / 5

Nov 06, 2017
NNoah
advanced skier
Steamboat is incredible! Definitely better than hitting resorts in summit county that are way overcrowded. Love visiting the town of Steamboat and it’s fun even if there isn’t any new Fresh snow!... More
Fabulous!

4.4 / 5

Nov 06, 2017
JJJeffrey J.
advanced skier
My wife and I first visited Steamboat in 1995 when we were first married and both thought, "if we ever have kids, we will bring them here to learn to ski!" 23 years and four daughters later- we made good on that idea. Steamboat is a fabulous place to make memories for a lifetime.... More
Superb!

4.5 / 5

Nov 06, 2017
CBCollin B.
expert snowboarder
I have been luck enough to call Steamboat my home for a year. If youre looking to go on a ski vacation definately keep us in mind. We have shorter lift lines with world class accomodations. You wont be dissapointed.... More
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 25, 2017
EAErcol A.
Steamboat is the most beautiful resort I have ever been to. The mountain is unbelievable, with the best trees I have ever ridden. The staff are fantastic, and the resort itself is a great time. This mountain is one of the main reasons I am planning to move to steamboat l.
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