Steamboat

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Steamboat
Kylie Dingman
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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

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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
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 21, 2017
DDavid
The Best...What more can you say? The snow is unique. The runs are great for any skill level. The town is filled with charm....and the hot springs....woohoo. Great terrain and trees galore!
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 18, 2017
MSMitchell S.
Steamboat is an incredible resort and has a great town outside of the base area to boot. Tomahawk is a great run with a little bit of everything for a blue. This is by far my favorite place to ski and flights into Hayden airport are easy to get.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 17, 2017
SAStephen A.
Steamboat is hard to beat when it come to an all around Colorado Ski destination. It's remote but not too remote...and although it's seen a lot of growth it's still a "small mountain town" experience. Lots of Mom&Pop eateries and bars as well as some of your familiar corporate venues. The people are GREAT and from all over the world! Hot Spring,... More
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 16, 2017
MFMichael F.
Steamboat springs is the coolest mountain I've ever been to. The cowboy feel and the fact that it is not on the beaten path like all the other Colorado resorts measn that it developed it's own identity and soul. It's just a cool place to be.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 14, 2017
SMSean M.
Steamboat is by far one of the most awesome mountains to ride! The snow is always great. The mountain offers some of the best scenery. Lastly the riding is fantastic whether you are a beginner or more of an advanced rider! I'd highly recommend a trip to steamboat to just about anybody!
Very Good!

4 / 5

Oct 08, 2017
JJason
While the terrain of the mountain is not as challenging as a lot of the other Colorado resorts, they get great snow. Because it sits in the north west quadrant of Colorado, steamboat gets a lot of the storms that miss other parts of Colorado.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 06, 2017
JJason
Steamboat is absolutely amazing. Great snow, weather, terrain and not too many people. It is a magical resort that can make the most stressed out relax from Alpine to Aspen forests. It's a good one.
Superb!

5 / 5

Sep 24, 2017
SBSkye B.
Our family's best vacation ever. The Bristol Mountain Freestyle Team families went out together and skied until we dropped! Conditions were excellent, staff top notch, and an all around great town. Sent from Skye Bird
Very Good!

4 / 5

Dec 07, 2013
JJerri
HAVE FRIENDS THAT LIVE THERE DURING THE SKI SEASON AND HERE GREAT THINGS ABOUT THE PEOPLE AND THE SLOPES
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 25, 2013
RRobert
Good snow, mostly sunny weather, not too crowded, reasonable pricing on ski package and dining, nice drive from Denver.
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