Steamboat Ski Holidays

Champagne powder and fantastic ski terrain, with a classic western town and incredibly friendly locals - Steamboat makes the perfect ski holiday.
James Rivers
Product Manager - USA
Champagne powder and fantastic ski terrain, with a classic western town and incredibly friendly locals - Steamboat makes the perfect ski holiday.
James Rivers
Product Manager - USA

Summary

4
Beginner
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Intermediate
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Advanced
  • Family Friendly
  • Nightlife
  • Village Charm
  • Non-Ski Activities
  • Quick Transfer Time

The home of Champagne Powder, Steamboat’s varied terrain, cowboy town appeal and great value hotels are a winning combination.

The term ‘champagne powder’ was coined here, thanks to the abundant dry snow that falls on Steamboat’s quiet slopes. With genuine all-round appeal, ski holidays in Steamboat suit all types, while the western atmosphere promises a great resort town experience.

With nearly 3,000 acres covering six peaks, the ski area sits entirely below the treeline. There’s a dedicated learners’ zone as well as rolling tree-lined groomers and steeper slopes on the back of the mountain. Steamboat also shares a lift pass with Winter Park, so it works well as a dual-resort holiday.

Free shuttles take you from the ski area to the town’s rustic bars, liquor stores and cowboy shops. To really soak up the atmosphere, it’s worth taking an afternoon to visit the local hot-springs, go horse riding or simply browse the boutiques in your cowboy boots.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224060 for advice from our ski specialists.

Resort Guide

Steamboat

Make the most of your Steamboat ski holiday with our insider tips.

Resort stats

Season
November to April
Nearest airport
Hayden / Denver
Flight time
10 hours
Direct flight
Direct
Transfer time
40 minutes / 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

Maps

Resort Map

Google piste view

Accommodation

Accommodation in Steamboat tends to be excellent value for money. The most affordable hotels are in Steamboat town, where the Steamboat Grand is the best value and one of our top family properties. Self-catering condos and higher-end hotels are mostly located around the base of the ski area.

We’ve stayed at or visited all our Steamboat accommodation options, so call us for advice and we’ll recommend the best ones for you.

Featured accommodation

Steamboat Grand Exterior
  • Breakfast Included
  • Close to Ski School
  • Close to Slopes
  • Close to Village
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Pool
  • Spa
The Grand is Steamboat's premier property located at the heart of the mountain village, only 75 yards from the Gondola and Children's Ski School.
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Pool
This high standard condo complex offers excellent value for Steamboat, whilst being only about 200yds from the gondola at the resort base.

Offers

See our Steamboat offers for some excellent savings and superb package prices.

Giving you the best available prices, the offers below are based on our lowest cost departure dates. We can save you money on many other dates and properties but we can't show every single offer here - for more options, please call us on 01273 224 060 or request a quotation.

Reviews

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26/03/2018 Rachel Frost

Great varied ski areas good for all levels. More restaurants down town not so much choice at base area.

23/02/2018 Graham Barlow

Steamboat has a lot to like. A wide variety of runs, be they open, tree-lined, or gladed. An efficient lift system, well linked with near-zero poling anywhere, and only two 2-man chairs without safety bars (both avoidable without loss of amenity). The sole gondola, from the base, was level access, i.e. no steps. How good a start to the day is that?! A far less than usual 1.3m initial base proved little disadvantage thanks to the excellent piste management, and a couple of decent 'dumps' nicely spaced out during our stay. A daily grooming map, available as hard-copy, showed runs always groomed, additional ones groomed overnight, and also listed those groomed the previous night. Whilst not 100% accurate, this was a great help. They groom more blacks here than most US resorts, too. Our one criticism was that the only restrooms on the mountains were those at the only 3 eateries. Whilst the most central of these was on the ground floor, the main food offering was 43 steps above this! A restroom/warming hut at each of the two summits would be an inexpensive but welcome enhancement. Steamboat has clearly developed a lot, but with low-rise architecture. The town itself is a 10-minute free bus ride away, the frequency being every 10 mins too (30 after 8pm). Lincoln Av is both the town and the major road that passes through it. Despite this, it has a good 'back-country' feel and interesting shops. If you get to finish skiing early enough, Mahogany Ridge micro-brewery (Lincoln & 5th-ish) has 1/2 price happy-hour and $1 appetisers from 4.00-5.30. Nice atmosphere and clientele, 10 or so home-brews. We went twice, me having 3 beers, her 2 cocktails, 8/9 appetisers between us and a bill of just €40 including a generous tip! I think we'll be back to Steamboat sometime.

23/02/2018 Becky Putnam

Excellent trip, amazing snow (2 storms delivered 12" powder each when we were there) yet visibility still good. Skiing good variety, brilliant black diamond runs through the trees (especially of Pony Express lift). Town itself easy to reach via shuttle in the eves or car. Journey took about 3.5 hours from Denver (bit longer over the snowy Rabbit Ears Pass on the way - glad of the 4wd in our Full size SUV). Much easier sunny drive on the return, even had some time for retail therapy at the Silverthorn Outlet village! Minimal queues for the lift - gondola had to wait 10-15 mins at the weekends, but after that once up the mountain no queues. Well organised and supervised slopes. Steamboat town good range of restaurants to choose from, great Italian Mambo (v lg portions!) but all worth booking ahead for. Shuttle around from our accommodation worked really well.

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