Steamboat

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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 Steamboat because they are snowiest months to experience amazing Champagne powder!

FLY TO

Denver International Airport

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

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Family Friendliness
Very Good!4 / 5Feb 28, 2008
MMargie
not exactly easy to get to from Maine, but a great ski school and family friendly
Poor!2 / 5Jun 01, 2007
JJace
Similar to Snowass terrain wise I think. Tougher to get to, not as picturesque.
Very Good!4 / 5Dec 16, 2006
PPaula
I used to live in Steamboat along with a few other resorts and I find Steamboat to be very friendly and an awesome mountian to ski and hike on.
Superb!5 / 5Apr 14, 2006
CChip
Usually travel with a large group, various skiing abilities. Steamboat is the easiest place we've found for doing a couple runs all together, then breaking into different levels, then regrouping. EVeryone loves their ski experience.
Very Good!4 / 5Jan 26, 2006
KKaren
this is easily navigated by a family- from flying direct to good bus service to family friendly restaurants
Superb!5 / 5Nov 14, 2005
DDavid
I'm an intermediate skier who really enjoys groomed runs. Steamboat has mostly groomed runs at the intermediate and advanced levels.
Very Good!4 / 5Mar 01, 2005
EElla
My husnand and many of his friends go there on annual ski trip for many years
Superb!5 / 5Aug 02, 2004
RRegis
Generally it's very good with enough challenging terrain for good skiiers and plenty of easy stuff for begginers.

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