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Steamboat Ski Resort Guide

Steamboat, United States

Rated: 5/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length65 miles
Highest Lift10,564ft
Resort Height6,890ft
 Nearest AirportsSteamboat Springs and Reno Tahoe
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Steamboat, nicknamed Ski Town USA offers a large ski area, great off-the-slopes activities and a huge variety of terrain. Non-ski activities include a winter driving school, several ranches offering the cowboy experience, ballooning, elk feeding, dog sledding and hot spring swimming. The modern Steamboat ski development is three miles from the old cowboy town, which maintains a genuine feel whilst full to the brim with modern thriving shops (and a few old ones). In terms of apres-ski pricing this is a very high value resort, thanks to the competition between businesses.


The American ski resort of Steamboat is in the American Rockies at an altitude of 6,890ft, with 65 miles of marked runs.

Steamboat has direct access to 65 miles of downhill skiing, with 142 marked pistes, served by a total of 20 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 6,890ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 10,564ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Steamboat?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Steamboat.

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Ski Area Stats

Steamboat Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Total Length
65 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
19 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Steamboat Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift10,564ft
Lowest Trail6,890ft
Resort Altitude (Steamboat)6,890ft
Max Vertical3,675ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Steamboat
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Steamboat Overview

Steamboat, nicknamed Ski Town USA offers a large ski area, great off-the-slopes activities and a huge variety of terrain. The modern Steamboat resort slopeside ski development is three miles from the old cowboy town, which maintains a genuine feel whilst full to the brim with modern thriving shops (and a few old ones). In terms of après-ski pricing this is a very high value resort, thanks to the competition between businesses and the lack of pretentiousness, used as an excuse for higher prices at some other top Colorado resorts.

Steamboat has one of the longest histories in North American and indeed world skiing history and it's picked up many additional attributes along the way. Top of the list for many is the excellent powder snow that falls in abundance here, the resort that invented the term champagne powder.

Skiing started here back in 1913 when a young Norwegian, Carl Howelsen, introduced the sport to the local Yampa Valley Community. He could never have realised the impact he would have on this small northwest Colorado community nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Today, the oldest ski area in Colorado, located in downtown Steamboat Springs, still bears his name Howelsen Hill. On this same mountain, five year olds train towards their Olympic dreams and World Cup competitors fulfill theirs.

Today, most of the town's 43 past and present Olympians (that's more than any other town in North America) still call Steamboat Springs home.

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Chute Two'.


Steamboat is actually a complete mountain range: Mt. Werner, Sunshine Peak, Storm Peak, Thunderhead Peak and Christie Peak. 1176 hectares (2,939 acres)of permitted terrain offer a diversity of trails for all ability levels. Gladed areas of Pioneer Ridge, Sunshine and Storm Peak are Steamboat's particular claim to fame, with Champagne Powder in the trees for the most avid powder hounds.

The Alarm Clock trail from the top of Mt. Werner gives you nearly a 360 degree view of the surrounding mountain ranges including: Gore Range, Flat Tops, Buffalo Pass, Park Range, Rawah Range, Never Summer Mountain, the southern tip of the Medicine Bow Range and part of the Mummy Range - eight different mountain ranges from one location!

As you would expect from a world class ski centre of this standard, Steamboat offers great skiing for all ability levels. Beginners have gentle runs by Christie Base. The Bashor area has some lovely green runs and the Sunshine Peak is ideal for improvers. Intermediates have equally excellent opportunities with Buddy's Run, a long cruiser from Storm Peak one of the best on the mountain.

Experts will find dozens of trails to challenge and excite. Storm Peak is a particular mecca with moguls and powder fields. Alternatively look at the bumper migration trail, christened The BMT by Steamboat locals. It is comprised of a series of trails located off of Four Points that allows you to ski bumps the entire day. You won't find it on the map or any trail signs for the BMT, so you'll need to be lucky enough to catch up with, follow and ski with some of Steamboat's famous bump skiers to find out where this super bump route lies.

Some of Steamboat's best tree skiing and riding, are available in around 800 acres on Pioneer Ridge, bringing the expansion area's total trail count to twenty. Skiers and riders will enjoy a variety of most difficult, more difficult and gladed terrain.

For cross country skiers there are many kilometers of marked trails to choose from on Rabbit Ears Pass, accommodating novices and experts alike. The Ski Touring Center offers 30-kms of groomed trails for skating and track skiing, winding along beautiful Fish Creek and the surrounding countryside. Lift and clinic packages are available at the Steamboat Ski Area Ticket Office. A free shuttle service runs daily between the resort and the Touring Center offering half-day and all-day trips.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


All of Steamboat's terrain is open to riders and offers excellent conditions including trees, meadows, groomed trails, terrain parks, half pipe and, of course, Steamboat's legendary Champagne Powder.

Location and Map

Where is Steamboat?

This ski resort is in the American Rockies in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Steamboat is Steamboat Springs, 16 minutes drive away.

Reno Tahoe, Yampa Valley, Vail/Eagle, Laramie, Sacramento and Aspen airports are all within three hours drive.

Reno Tahoe, Steamboat Springs and Yampa Valley are just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 20 ski lifts are able to uplift 36,195 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Steamboat open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November (Opens for Thanksgiving Holiday), and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Steamboat, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Steamboat Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Steamboat

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Aprés Ski

Steamboat has a good selection of bars both at the base village and in the old town. The Old Town Pub is particularly popular 'downtown' . Slopeside there are plenty of excellent venues including a microbrewery. Throughout the winter the Steamboat Community Players offer weekend theatrical performances at the 7th Street Playhouse downtown. For movie-goers Steamboat has two movie theater complexes, Chief Plaza Theater downtown, and Time Square Cinema, at the base of the ski area.

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