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Steamboat Springs Colorado (US)

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Steamboat Summary:

Base: 6,900ft
2,103m
Summit: 10,568ft
3,224m
Vertical: 3,668ft
1118m
Ski area: 2,965 acres
Trails: 164
Lifts: 17
Terrain parks: 1
Snowfall: 334"

Runs/trails:

Beginner: 14%
Intermediate: 42%
Advanced: 44%

Trail Map:

Steamboat Springs ski trail map
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Streamboat Weather:

Steamboat Description:
Steamboat Mountain Village

Located in western Colorado, Steamboat Springs is an unpretentious (by ski resort standards) old mining town with a western cowboy ambiance masking as a ski town. It has both a superb ski mountain and ski town combination. The mountain has a variety of terrain suitable for all levels of skiing with groomed cruisers, steep chutes, mogul runs and wonderful tree glades.

Steamboat Mountain Terrain:

Chutes:

Steamboat Springs CO ski chutes The double black diamond "Chute 1", "Chute 2" and "Chute 3" runs are my favorites for steep and narrow challenging runs. To access these chutes take the "Bar-UE" or "Storm Peak" to the top and ski the backside run "Morningside Park" to the "Morningside" lift. The Morningside lift will take you to the top of Chutes 1, 2 and 3.

Moguls:

You will find Steamboat's finest mogul runs to be Tornado (shown below), Rolex, 3'Oclock and the runs off of Morningside. Steamboat mogul ski run

Trees and powder:

Steamboat has abundant tree runs populated with a mix of Aspen and fir trees. In fact Steamboat is well known for its tree glades and runs. Check out "Big Meadow", "Fetcher Glade" off of the lift "Pony Express" and lower "Shadows" below the "Sundown Express" or "Priest Creek" lift.

The following photos were taken off of "Pony Express":

Steamboat tree glade Steamboat tree glade

Shadows: Steamboat tree glade

Out of Bounds Areas:

Out of bounds areas are accessible from the top of the "Pony Express" lift. Access gates will be seen if you ski to "skier's right" as you head down the mountain.

Beginners and Intermediates:

Steamboat is kind to beginners and intermediates with plenty of groomed trails. With 42% of the trails dedicated to intermediates this vast mountain should have enough terrain to please an intermediate skier with new cruisers for days.

Beginners will not have to venture far for their runs as there are plenty at the base of the mountain with eight short lifts dedicated just to the beginner. You can walk down the short ski run right into the apres ski bars if you find that it is in any way intimidating.

After getting past the beginner phase, you will want to quickly graduate to the "Walley World" area (far right side of the trail map) serviced by the main run "Tomahawk" and "Sunshine Express" lift. Wide spaces and gentle slopes between the Aspens also make it ideal for one's first tree skiing experience. (wear a helmet)

Steamboat intermediate ski run Steamboat intermediate ski run

Steamboat Terrain Parks:

This mountain has a ginormous terrain park, "Maverick's". It has the longest superpipe I've even seen, 650ft long and 50ft wide with 15ft walls.

Steamboat terrain park

I believe that most boarders will enjoy the terrain at Steamboat more than the snowboard parks.

Steamboat Apres Ski:

Apres Ski Bar recommendations: Try the "Ice Bar" at "Slopeside Grill" at the base of the mountain for live entertainment and a bar made of 3000 blocks of ice.

Steamboat Springs Apres Ski Steamboat Springs Apres Ski

Apres ski activites start slopeside at "The Bear River Bar and Grill" often with live music or at the "T-Bar", a trailer turned watering hole and a good mountain base option as well. There are options in town but they get typically have a late start.

Howelsen Hill:

Located in town off of Lincoln Avenue on the western bank of the Yampa river, this ski jump training facility is serviced by a single lift and hosts three jumps.

Historical note: It is the oldest operating ski area in Colorado.

Steamboat Springs Howelsen Hill ski jump

Snowmobile Trails:

  • High Mountain Snowmobile Tours (pickup from Gondola square or in town)
    1878 13th Street, Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487
    Phone: (970)879-6500, (877)879-6500
  • Steamboat Snowmobile Tours (mountain and in town pickup)
    (Moonlight dinner tour also available)
    P.O. Box 881117, Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80477
    Phone: (877) 879-6500
  • Saddleback Ranch (15 miles from Steamboat)
    Phone: 970-879-3711
  • Elkhorn Winter Adventures (located on a ranch 15 miles north of Craig CO, 40 minutes west of Steamboat)
    Phone: 970-824-7392, 800-722-8978

Cross Country Skiing:

The Steamboat Ski Touring Center has 10 km of beautiful forested cross country ski and snowshoe trails. The rental shop can provide you with all the ski equipment you need.

Call (970)879-8180

Where To Eat:

This town has no shortage of places to eat. Just wander down Lincoln Avenue and you will find plenty of choices.

Cafe Diva - base of the resort

Bistro CV - Downtown Steamboat

Ragnar's: Sleigh pulled by Snowcat from Thunderhead. Includes entertainment.

The town of Steamboat Springs, the base village and Shopping:

Steamboat has it all, a woderful town and base village.

Shopping is most plentiful on Steamboat Spring's main street, Lincoln Ave.

Steamboat Springs Night Life:
Check out Slopeside Bar & Grill or Tugboat (Apres ski, live music) at the ski village square.

You can also wander down Lincoln Avenue and pick something to suit your taste.
  • The Tap House, 729 Lincoln Ave (sports bar)
  • Mahogany Ridge , 435 Lincoln Ave (microbrewery)

Directions to Steamboat Springs:
  • From Denver:
    • Hwy 70 West 67 miles to Silverthorn, Exit 205
    • Take CO 9 North 37 miles to Kremling
    • Take US 40 to Steamboat Springs (53 miles)
  • Commercial flights available to Hayden airport with a 30 minute (22 mi) shuttle ride to Steamboat Springs. Direct flights available from Raleigh/Durham, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Newark, and St. Louis.

Map of Steamboat Springs CO:

Google Map

Steamboat Springs (mountain base):
Colorado United States
Latitude: 40.45695
Longitude: -106.80616

Steamboat Lodging and Accommodations:

Steamboat Springs has a plethora of condos for rent, hotels, motels and hostiles.

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