Steamboat Ski Holidays

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James Rivers

"After working a season here, Steamboat is one of my favourite ski resorts. Why? Because there is a locals' feel about the place and it is home to the lightest, driest Champagne powder! Plus the views of Yampa Valley are stunning."

Resort Info

  • Resort Scorecard
  • Beginners: 8/10
  • Intermediates: 10/10
  • Advanced: 8/10
  • Families: 8/10
  • Nightlife: 9/10
  • Village Charm: 9/10
  • Affordability: 7/10
  • Non Ski Activities: 8/10
  • Sustainability: 8/10

Season: Nov - Apr

Nearest Airport: Hayden/ Denver

Flight Time: 10hrs direct.

Direct Flight: Yes

Transfer Time: 40 mins/4 Hours

Transport: Transfer or Car Hire

Elevation: 10,568 ft

Vertical Drop: 3,668 ft

Avg Snowfall: 29 ft

Ski Area: 2,965 acres

Ski Lifts: 16

Runs: 165

Grade: 44% advanced
42% intermediates
14% beginners

Why Steamboat?

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.

The Skiing

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.

The Accommodation

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.

More Skiing?

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.

Resort Guide More info on how to make the most of your Steamboat ski holiday.

Northern Lights Experience this natural phenomenon with a stopover in Reykjavik, Iceland

Ski Safaris Combine Steamboat with other Colorado ski resorts in one holiday.

Ski & Sun Love the snow but need a little more time to relax on your holiday?