Steamboat Springs, Colorado endearingly referred to as “Ski Town USA” is home to the beloved smooth and dry champagne powder. Steamboat Springs prides itself on the Steamboat Ski Resort, a major ski area located in the Routt National Forest of Northwest Colorado.
During the early planning stages for the resort, developers tagged many trees for clear cutting. Instead of chopping down all the timber, Steamboat decided to leave the mountain in as much of its natural state as possible. This executive decision continues to attract tree skiing enthusiasts from around the country. Tree lovers looking for a little bit of the action can hitch a ride on Sundown Chairlift and take a right down through the pines and into the steeper heavily treed terrain of Aspen Glade.
Advanced skiers and boarders will find additional tree skiing and boarding off the right side of Storm Peak Express (when you’re facing the mountain). Kuus’ Cruise and Christmas Tree Bowl also offer deep powder and steep chutes. Snowcats groom the majority of the intermediate trails every night– the blue black trails are about the same gradient as the blue intermediate but are not groomed as often. Sunshine Chairlift offers a slew of wide corduroy groomers and a few tree options for the adventurous types.
Beginners and Intermediates can take advantage of the newly installed high speed six passenger chairlift on Christie Peak. The lift helps reduce peak congestion and efficiently zooms beginners to the top of the lower base area.
Steamboat also maintains a fully equipped terrain park and a sick superpipe Mavericks, widely regarded as one of the best in the world.
- Summit: 10,568 feet
- Base: 6,900 feet
- Vertical Drop: 3,668 feet
- Lifts: 18
- Skiable Area: 2,965 acres
- Annual Snowfall: 349 inches
Steamboat Insider Tips
Steamboat resident Mike Morse is one of the top-ranked moguls skiers on the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team--not to mention on the World Cup tour. Watch him shred at the Vancouver Olympic Games. In the meantime, here are some of his insider favorites:
Favorite Resort: Steamboat
Favorite Run: Westside
Best place for Apres: Slopeside