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