Steamboat

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Steamboat
Kylie Dingman
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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 Steamboat 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

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Very Good!

4 / 5

Jul 10, 2011
FFred
Steamboat has beautiful scenery in all the runs. If you burn your legs up too early, just turn down the degree of difficulty one notch and keep that smile.
Superb!

5 / 5

Jan 30, 2011
EElizabeth
Accessibility to Steamboat is great. Flyinging into the Hayden Airport is easy. The skiing terrain is great for beginners to advanced skiers. Lots of wonderful choices for eating out.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Jun 25, 2010
KKen
STEAMBOAT HAS GREAT SKI CONDITIONS, USUALLY MINIMAL WIND MOSTLY WARM, GREAT FOOD, FRIENDLY PEOPLE.
Superb!

5 / 5

Mar 09, 2010
MMichele
WE HAVE TRAVELLED THERE FOR MANY YEARS- THE CHAMPAGNE SNOW IS AWESOME- THE KIDS SKII FREE IS A GREAT PROGRAM AND THE TOWN IS SO QUAINT AND WESTERN LIKE
Superb!

5 / 5

Dec 05, 2009
SScott
First skiied with my family on the kids ski free program. Great diversity in levels made it ideal for a family, and is still excellent as my kids have become adults and I need less of a challenge
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 30, 2009
RRobert
As we drive out to Steamboat every winter, it just happens to be the closest to Chicago by car.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Sep 13, 2009
EEileen
We have been there many times both with and without children and find it is also a very comfortable place to be.
Superb!

5 / 5

Jan 05, 2009
MMichael
It has terrain for my wife as a beginner skier and for myself as an intermediate to advanced skier.
Average!

3 / 5

May 13, 2008
EEric
Again the lodging and the overall ski slops are main factors for us.
Superb!

5 / 5

Apr 22, 2008
PPaul
Powder with the lowest moisture content, what's not to like. That and the short lift lines.
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