25 Top Spots: #11 Steamboat, CO

25 Top Spots: #11 Steamboat, CO

Steamboat's cowboy image remains a reality in this Western town, but it's the snow, not the Stetsons, that will keep you coming back. And no place offers up better woods, as long as yours is a trustworthy turn. If glades aren't your thing, Sunshine Peak is a high-speed-driver's dream. And with its sun-drenched exposure, first runs are almost always warm runs.

The Vitals

Top Elevation: 10,533 feet
Vertical Drop: 3,668 feet
Snowfall: 348 inches (9,200')
Skiable Acres: 2,939
Phone: 800-922-2722
Web: steamboat.com

The steepest inbounds runs are Chutes One, Two, and Three. They aren't long, but they can be narrow-and they almost always hold good snow.

The term "Champagne Powder" was coined here for a reason. Whatever light, dry snow makes it past Utah's Wasatch Range comes to rest on Steamboat's Mount Werner.

Grab grub at the legendary Tugboat at Ski Time Square or head downtown for an Alpenglow Ale at the Steamboat Brewery or margs at the Rio. Late night, hit Levelz, the newest dance club in town.