The home of ‘champagne powder’ and the genuine Wild West ski town, Steamboat is relaxed and fun with loads to do off the slopes. The town of Steamboat Springs is at the base of the ski resort and offers fantastic nightlife and a big variety of shopping and dining options making Steamboat the ideal destination if you are looking for more than just a ski holiday.
With nearly 3,000 acres covering six peaks, the skiing at Steamboat is diverse. The front side is made up of lovely rolling groomers through the trees and the steeper runs can be found in the bowls on the back of the mountain. Being below the tree line, the peaks aren’t majestic like the Rockies, but having so much tree skiing on offer makes the resort incredible fun. It is also an excellent destination to learn to ski and snowboard. There is a special area just for beginners, and once you have mastered the basics, the rest of the mountain is easily accessible by chairlifts and the gondola. Being that bit further from Denver, Steamboat also doesn’t get quite the crowds of other Colorado resorts.
Off the Slopes
If, at the end of the ski day, you are still raring to go there are 100+ pubs and restaurants, two full-service supermarkets, ten liquor stores, ten cinema screens, plus lots of shops and art galleries. Steamboat also provides unique off-mountain activities, including the Strawberry Park Hot Springs and horseback rides, along with more traditional winter fun: snowmobiling, sleigh ride dinners, snowshoe tours, spa services and more. Please see the Our Tips tab for more information.
There is a choice of accommodation at the base of the ski area and also some options in the town of Steamboat. The two are linked by a free shuttle bus. Steamboat town is the livelier of the two locations and has affordable hotel type accommodation, whereas the self-catering condo accommodation and higher-end hotels tend to be around the base of the ski area. There is every standard available from functional hotels to stunningly beautiful, luxury slopeside condos. However as a rule Steamboat tends to be quite good value for money and extremely family friendly.
Steamboat shares a lift pass with Winter Park and so works really well as a dual-resort holiday. Alternatively you can combine it with the likes of Breckenridge or Vail on one of our other Colorado Ski Safaris. For something completely unique, how about adding on a stopover in Iceland and maybe see the Northern Lights. For more details please click here.