Steamboat Resort Guide

Intro

Significant investments to the resort’s infrastructure over the past years have complemented the array of recent private developments that have swept the mountain village, and the Steamboat Promenade, a slope-side heated walking path from Torian Plum Plaza to One Steamboat Place, has transformed the gondola base area. Visitors will love the new bars and restaurants on the mountain and downtown, too.

Nestled 7,000 feet up in the Colorado Rockies is one of North America's largest ski mountains filled with world-class groomed cruisers, celebrated bumps, breathtaking steeps, magnificent open meadows and tree skiing/riding that is quite simply the best in the world.

Never far from its ranching roots, Steamboat-Ski Town, USA with its famed abundant Champagne Powder snow provides more than one million guests each winter access to 165 trails for all ability levels spread over six peaks serviced by a state-of-the-art lift system.

Significant investments to the resort’s infrastructure over the past five years have complemented the array of recent private developments that have swept the mountain village, and for the coming winter, the new Terrace and Umbrella Bar at the Bear River Bar & Grill is expected to transform the gondola base area.

Steamboat highlights

  • Steamboat holds the trademark for 'Champagne Powder snow'. They get an average of 8.5m of light, dry, deep snow each winter!
  • Steamboat offers 2,965 acres for your skiing and snowboarding pleasure with 18 lifts, 165 named pistes and hundreds of acres of off-piste terrain, including our world-famous tree skiing and riding.
  • The town of Steamboat Springs, home of Steamboat ski and snowboard resort, is real Old West America, with about 10,000 friendly locals and over 100 restaurants, pubs and nightclubs, 2 full service supermarkets, plenty of purveyors of wine and spirits, clothing and speciality shops and 10 cinema screens.
  • Steamboat is an excellent option for families (kids ski free), couples and groups of all skill levels of skiing and snowboarding.

Stats & Facts

Mountain Statistics

  • Base Elevation: 6,900 feet/2103 meters
  • Midway Elevation: 9,080 feet/2768 meters
  • Summit Elevation: 10,568 feet/3224 meters
  • Lift System: 18 chairlifts including an 8-passenger gondola and 7 high-speed lifts

Trail System

  • Permitted Acres: 2,965 acres/1,189 hectares
  • Trails: 165 named trails
  • Trail Classification: 14% Easier; 42% More Difficult; 44% Most Difficult
  • Longest Run: Why Not - over 3 miles/4.8km
  • Uphill Capacity: 36,812 per hour
  • Snowmaking: 375 acres/152 hectares
  • Annual Snowfall: 331 inches/841cm - annually

Average Snowfall

  • Dec: 178.1 cm
  • Jan: 196.7 cm
  • Feb: 156.7 cm
  • March: 119.1 cm
  • April: 46.8 cm

In Town

Steamboat is more than just a big mountain; it's an authentic western town that serves as a constant reminder that the Old West is alive and well. Founded over 100 years ago, it’s a place where you’ll find every modern amenity and plenty of old-fashioned courtesies.

Historic downtown is a place where gourmet restaurants alternate with casual cafés, boutiques, galleries, museums and retail stores, many of which have been in business for generations.

Dining/Restaurants

Whether your taste buds run to the wild and exotic or the quick and easy, Steamboat boasts over 100 bars and restaurants to take care of even the most discriminating appetite. It’s a great place to try local favourites such as elk, buffalo and Rocky Mountain trout, and two years ago all trans-fats were eliminated from our on-mountain restaurants. To get your mouth watering, check out the menus of all of our Steamboat Springs restaurants by visiting Steamboat-dining.com

No visit to Steamboat is complete without a ride on the Steamboat Gondola to a special treat at Hazie's (one of USA Today’s top ten mountaintop restaurants); Ragnar's with award-winning continental cuisine and wines, or the mountain-top Western family experience of the Western BBQ, all enhanced by spectacular views of the Yampa Valley below:

On Mountain Dining

Hazie’s: All the ingredients for an exceptional evening come together at Hazie's, one of USA Today’s top ten mountaintop restaurants. Elegance and atmosphere combine to make this a dinner you’ll always remember. This high alpine bistro, named after Hazie Werner, mother of three Olympians, offers the perfect setting to savour a special three-course, set-priced dinner while enjoying the sparkling lights of the Yampa Valley below.

Ragnar’s: Experience the quintessential Colorado evening. Let the Steamboat Gondola whisk you to a waiting sleigh that draws you underneath starry skies to Ragnar’s. Enjoy a five-course continental cuisine dinner with a Scandinavian flavour and live acoustic entertainment.

Western BBQ: If you’re into a lively, fun-filled evening, the Western BBQ features live country western music and dancing. The Western BBQ, atop the Steamboat Gondola, is open Friday through Sunday evenings and additional holidays, mid-December through early April.

Steamboat Grocery delivery

If you're staying in one of Steamboats Condo's you may want to pre-book a delivery of groceries, this not only saves you time but also takes away some of the stress of settling into resort:

The Grocery Company of Steamboat: Steamboat Springs' oldest grocery delivery service, ready to help you start your vacation the moment you arrive!

Fridge Fillers: Why spend your vacation time in the grocery store? Let Fridge Fillers do your grocery shopping for you and give you a sampling of Steamboat's best local speciality shops as well! At no added charge they include delivery from quality stores such as Fuzziwigs, The Colorado Bagel Company, Steamboat Seafood Co., Cellar Liquors, Healthy Solutions, etc!

Ski Town Grocery: No parking lots, no lines, no hassles. Let Ski Town Grocery take the stress of shopping out of your vacation...

Grocery Gals: Fresh, friendly, and fast. Grocery Gals is the reliable, professional and economical grocery delivery choice in Steamboat Springs! We will shop and deliver your groceries before you arrive in Steamboat Springs any time of the year!

Shopping

Together, historic down town Steamboat and the mountain village unveil a diverse and unique array of boutiques, galleries, jewellery, speciality stores and shopping experiences, all ideally located in a pedestrian friendly mountain setting. From exclusive designer items to budget-conscious souvenirs, Steamboat appeals to all levels of shopper from the die-hard to the casual window browser. You'll also find two full-service supermarkets, ten beer, wine and liquor stores and a Walmart.

On the Slopes

Mountain tours - The resort’s Ambassador staff offer Free Mountain Tours every day at 10:30am. Intermediate and advanced skiers and riders are welcome and tours last about an hour and a half.

No lift lines - 7 days a week! Steamboat is just far enough from Denver and other Colorado urban centres to avoid day-trippers, and that means more fresh lines for you.

Snow - If you wake up on a powder day you need to get your skates on and make some fresh tracks - grab a coffee and a muffin from Gondola Joe’s and have breakfast on the way up! Closet, Shadows and Twilight are fabulous tree runs named on the piste map, but ask a local to direct you to these: Two-Thirty, Twistercane, Broadway Trees and everywhere on Pioneer Ridge off the Pony Express lift. And check out the edges of Flintlock for a gentle cruise through the forest.

First Tracks - For the really early powder birds, enjoy half an hour of blissful intimacy with the mountain before the Gondola opens to the public.

Steamboat Powdercats - Just 25 minutes from downtown Steamboat Springs, access the mellow terrain at Buffalo Pass for snowcat skiing at its finest in Colorado's backcountry.

Snowboarders adore Steamboat! - The Mavericks Terrain Park is great with a regulation superpipe, boarder-cross course, walls, table tops and a chairlift right in the park. There are also hardly any evil flat spots!

Best kept secret - Steamboat has a lesser-known ski area on Howelsen Hill. Located in downtown Steamboat it also offers night-skiing. For cross-country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts, the trails at the Howelsen Sports complex may be your favourite spot.

Improve your technique - We highly recommend Steamboat’s ski school programmes. Taking a course will hugely increase your enjoyment of your holiday, whatever your ability level. Steamboat Ski School is located at the base of the gondola. Book early over peak dates.

Two lift passes are available:

  • Steamboat and Winter Park Two Resort pass - covering Steamboat and Winter Park.
  • Steamboat only lift ticket

Ambassadors

The resort’s Ambassador staff offers Free Mountain Tours every day at 10:30am. Intermediate and advanced skiers and riders are welcome and tours last about an hour and a half. Learn everything you want to know about the mountain, the resort, the Yampa Valley and its history. Just show up at the "Mountain Tour" sign at the top of the Vagabond Trail (top of the gondola) and look for our bright yellow jackets.

Grooming

Colour grooming maps are produced every morning. This useful tool shows the trails that have been groomed overnight as well as the daily weather, snow conditions, when the half pipe is cut and whether or not Billy Kidd or Nelson Carmichael are skiing today. The grooming report is available at several convenient locations around the mountain.

Track your day with Flaik's Steamboat Mountain Watch

Whether you want to keep track of little ones in Ski & Snowboard School or the amount of vertical on that epic powder day, Flaik's Steamboat Mountain Watch is the perfect tool. Using proven GPS technology, Flaik's Steamboat Mountain Watch is able to track skier location along with vertical feet, speed and distance. Click for further details.

Mountain Cafés

Thunderhead Food Court - On the 3rd floor of the upper gondola terminal, the Thunderhead Food Court offers a variety of lunch choices including: healthy entrées, salad bar, burgers, pizza & snacks. The Sundeck BBQ offers expansive outdoor seating and breathtaking views.

Rendezvous Food Court - Located halfway down High Noon, the Rendezvous Saddle offers two floors of lunch choices. The upper loft level features Mexican specialities and pizza, while the main level provides pasta, stews, salad bar, sandwiches, soups, burgers and potato bar. The Sundeck BBQ is Northwest Colorado’s most popular “beach” resort.

4 Points Hut - Located atop the Four Points Lift on Storm Peak, the Four Points Hut is the ideal place for tasty and healthy refuelling with a view. Warm up with chilli, soup, hot dogs, drinks, draft beer, cappuccino and snacks from 9:15am to 3:30pm. If it’s one of those beautiful Colorado bluebird days, then sit back and enjoy the outdoor BBQ with a vista as far as the eye can see. They also make a delicious Bloody Mary.

Gondola Joe’s - This base area bistro offers more than just speciality coffee drinks. Gondola Joe’s, the hottest bistro in Gondola Square, offers pipin’ hot cappuccino, latte, espresso, coffee, ice coffee drinks, hot cocoa, frozen yoghurt & ice cream, baked goods, breakfast burritos, soup, custom-built sandwiches, chilli, smoothies, soft drinks including the full line of Pepsi products and so much more.

Bear River Bar & Grill - The Bear River Bar & Grill is the ideal place for lunch or après-ski relaxing. In the heart of Gondola Square, The Bear features indoor and outdoor seating, including nearly 6,000-sq. ft. patio deck overlooking the base area. Finish each day on the mountain with happy hour specials from our friends at Budweiser as well as enjoy live après-ski music throughout the season.

Lessons/Rentals

Lessons

In Steamboat, we believe the best way to ski like a champion is to learn from one. The Steamboat Ski & Snowboard School has more Olympians and Olympic coaches on staff than any other resort in the U.S. Steamboat’s program is recognized as one of the finest in the world, with over 400 instructors trained in PSIA and the latest learning techniques. Consistently rated as one of the best in the industry, the resort offers a full line of clinics to suit all ages and ability levels.

Steamboat’s kids’ programs are recognized as some of the top kids’ programs around by parents and kids alike. The resort’s specially trained, kid-friendly staff cares about your child’s experience and gives parents the confidence of knowing their kids are in good hands and having a great time. In addition, every child in the resort’s Ski & Snowboard School receives a Steamboat MountainWatch tracking device while in the program.

Rentals

Steamboat Ski Rentals, RideSports and Steamboat Ski & Sport are the premier rental/retail locations in Steamboat Springs, just steps from the gondola. And this winter, you don’t even have to step outside of your hotel room or condo to get the best rental equipment in the business with the resort’s new Ski Express Delivery of Steamboat service. The resort offers only top-of-the-line equipment tuned to the finest standards and has the greatest selection of performance equipment including skis such as the new Axium super twin, Bandit X and Rebel by Rossignol; super side-cut skis such as Rossignol Freeride and Rock X for the beginner and novice skier; boots including soft boots; poles and snowboards.

For Kids

Could your child be the next Olympian? There’s no better place to start them on their way than through the Steamboat Ski & Snowboard School and Kids’ Vacation Center. Even before unveiling its revolutionary Steamboat Mountain Watch technology, Steamboat has an international reputation for the best children’s programs in the country and was ranked the #1 Family Resort in North America in the latest SKI Magazine reader polls.

The Kids’ Vacation Center (KVC) One-Stop Check-In Centre allows parents to purchase clinics, equipment rentals and lift tickets for their children all in one location. Whether they’re a recent arrival to skiing or an experienced skier, taking care of our littlest guests has always been a priority at Steamboat.

Everyone loves the community’s family friendly restaurants, small town safety and ambience along with a host of children’s activities.

Activities and Programmes

Kids Ski Free - Steamboat’s Kids Ski Free™ and Grand kids Ski Free programs enable children 12 years of age and under to ski free the same number of days as their parents/grandparents when parents/grandparents purchase a 5-or-more day adult lift ticket. One free child per paid parent/grandparent.

Kids Rent Free - One kid 12 or under rents free with each five-day parental adult rental; certain restrictions apply. Special rates are available for kids who do not participate in Kids Ski Free rental programs. Rentals are available at the Kids’ Vacation Centre.

Kids-Only Terrain & Lifts - Steamboat has 5 kids-only lifts and 2 special beginner teaching areas with their own Magic Carpet lifts. More advanced kids access the entire mountain, including kids-only ski terrain at Rough Rider Basin with its own lift plus Indian teepees, a frontier-style fort and the Beehive - a kids’ terrain park.

Aprés Ski

The Champagne Powder® snow and fabulous skiing and snowboarding that have made Steamboat world famous are backed by an abundance of activities for all to enjoy.

Concerts - Steamboat rocks this winter with an incredible line-up of concerts at various locations, including the new permanent stage located at the base of the Steamboat ski area, as well as many of the local music venues downtown and on the mountain.

Hot Air Balloon Tours - Imagine the view as you soar high above town and the mountains around Steamboat! Half hour or full hour Yampa Valley flights available. Continental breakfast, champagne ceremony with flight certificates and courtesy pick-up are included.

Hot Springs - At the end of an active day, a relaxing soak in a natural hot springs mineral pool can be just what your sore muscles need. The natural hot springs at Old Town or Strawberry Park are two of our many natural treasures.

Sleigh Rides - Snuggle deep in the blankets as you take an incredible sleigh ride through the beautiful Rocky Mountain countryside. In the evening, it will seem like you can touch the stars as you glide across the Champagne Powder® snow.

Snowmobile Tours - Take a day off from skiing and try something different. Snowmobiling is not only fun and easy to learn, it enables you to see some incredible local scenery. A two-hour dinner ride is also a great family option.

Snowshoe Tours - Take a beautiful guided winter snowshoe tour! Options available include: a guided tour on Mt. Werner with a gourmet lunch included, Half-Day and Full-Day tours at various locations and a Full Moon Tour.

Spa Services - Relax and indulge yourself on your day off from the slopes with a spa visit. Whether you want a deep-tissue massage to ease your tired muscles, an herbal wrap or a rejuvenating facial, this is the perfect getaway.

Winter Gondola Adventure Zone - We're always introducing the latest in thrills and adventures to our lineup! Stop by the base of the ski area and check out the Slingshot Bungee Jump and the East Face Climbing Wall.

Maps

Resort Map

Trail map

Resort Map route map

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
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