Steamboat - Ski Area Guide
Steamboat, United States
Ski Resort in American Rockies - 105km of Piste (2,100m to 3,220m)
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.
Steamboat Snow News
The next notable snow forecast for Steamboat is 12cm, expected on 20 February, with around 30cm forecast over the next 7 days. There is some snow currently indicated by the long-range (7 days+) forecast; but too far ahead to be relied upon.
Who is Steamboat good for?
Steamboat Ski Area
|30km||Cross Country Pistes|
Steamboat Ski Area Height
|2100m||Resort Altitude (Steamboat)|
The American Ski Resort of Steamboat has direct access to 105km of downhill skiing, with 142 individual pistes, served by 20 ski lifts.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
There is an airport within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Steamboat are perfectly feasible. Reno Tahoe Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Steamboat
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.
Snowboarding in Steamboat
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.
Steamboat 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.
Steamboat in brief
Steamboat Ski Resort is:
Very good for Expert Skiers.
Excellent for Intermediate Skiers.
Very good for Beginners.
Excellent for Snowboarding.
Steamboat Season Dates
We have no confirmed season dates for Steamboat.
Usual opening - Late Nov Opens for Thanksgiving Holiday.
Usual closing - Mid April.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Steamboat.
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Steamboat Ski Lift Capacity
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 20 Ski Lifts of Steamboat are able to uplift 36,195 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
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