About Steamboat Ski Resort
Steamboat is a favorite resort for many people in Colorado. This Colorado ski resort gets a lot of light, dry snow (Champagne powder), over 350 inches a year. Steamboat is a large family friendly resort with plenty of terrain for everyone.
Steamboat has all types of terrain, except for big open bowl skiing. The tree runs at Steamboat are some of the best anywhere. You usually find pow all day long in the glades if it has snowed recently. The tree runs are a lot more open than at other resorts, meaning pretty much any of the forest you see between the runs are accessible, with good base and snow.
Steamboat has a gondola that gets you to mid mountain and a bunch of express lifts to take you everywhere else. From mid-mountain, Steamboat Resort breaks off into two mountain peaks: Storm Peak and Sunshine Peak. From either peak, you can drop into the backside of the mountain, known as Morning Side.
The runs off Storm Peak tend to be steeper than those off Sunshine Peak. Often overlooked is the Pony Express lift which is right past Storm Peak Express. Head there first thing in the morning on a powder day to do laps while everyone else takes Storm Peak.
The Sunshine Peak mountain is the place to go for easy groomers and deep pow stashes in the trees between high noon and three o'clock. Shadows and Closets is Steamboat's premiere tree run and covers a lot of vertical, running from evergreens to aspens.
There is good gate access terrain for those looking to find powder a few days after a storm. Be careful entering the top back-country access from atop Pony Express. There are some big cliffs back there and you can end up miles from the resort at Fish Creek Falls. Try taking the second one you come to off the Pony lift (skier-right). This one is easy to get back to the trail afterwards.
From the top of the Morning Side lift, you can do a short 5 minute hike to the top of Mount Werner. All the runs up from Mt. Werner are double blacks, not too much sustained vertical, but you can get powder days after the storm. Be prepared to traverse for 10 minutes after getting to the bottom of the runs.
There are several great options for eating on the mountain. Be sure to check out Stokers at the top of the Gondola for a killer Bloody Mary.
The town of Steamboat Springs is one of the bigger ski towns in Colorado and has a laid-back western rancher feel. There is a separate downtown about a mile away from the mountain village. There are plenty of bars in town for apres-ski and an evening night out.
Reasons to Go:
Champaign powder; Epic tree skiing; Friendly western town.
MTgnar Rating: 5 out of 5
The legendary barn of Steamboat Springs, Colorado in winter.
Beginner terrain park at Steamboat.
Other half of beginner terrain park and Christy Lift.
Trail off Pony Express Lift.
Igloo built at summit of Steamboat.
Inside of Steamboat igloo.
Steamboat aspen tree run.
View of Steamboat valley and upside-down MT.
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Steamboat Resort Mountain Info
Base Elevation: 6,900 feet/2103 meters
Christie Peak Elevation: 8,020 feet/2444 meters
Mid-Mountain Elevation: 9,080 feet/2768 meters
Summit Elevation: 10,568 feet/3224 meters
Vertical Rise: 3,668 feet/1118 meters
Hours of Operation: 8:30am-4pm
Season: November 21, 2012 - April 15, 2013
2305 Mt. Werner Circle
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Main Phone Number: 970-879-6111
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Steamboat Springs in the summer.
View of Steamboat's lower mountain and Bearclaw Condos.
The Gondola overlooks Steamboat's premiere groomer: Heavenly Daze.
Steamboat Ski Resort's Terrain Park.
Steamboat Ski Resort's Storm Peak.
Steamboat Gondola overlooking the valley. The "Sleeping Giant" is the mountain located behind and to the right of the Gondola station.
Steamboat's black groomer: Rolex. The woods to the left is known as the "Land of the Little People".
Steamboat Ski Resort's Sunshine Peak.
Looking out at the Steamboat Gondola from Storm Peak.
Expert Terrain at Steamboat Ski Resort:
East Face above, The Chutes below.
View of the base village at Steamboat Ski Resort.