Resort Guide 2018: West #11
When it comes to Steamboat, readers seem split between those who come for the “greatest tree skiing in the world” and those who love the “real cowboy town atmosphere.” Which basically means you can’t go wrong either way. Steamboat consistently offers some of the best crowd-free (crowd-light on busy days) turns in Colorado.
The mountain tends to be underrated by the state’s hardcore ski bros, but laps on the Storm Peak Express, then over to the Pony Express, deliver the goods, as do the short but sweet Chutes 1-3. And if you like glades (and who doesn’t), this is your happy place, with more than 60 percent of Steamboat’s terrain rated as tree skiing. Steamboat wins Top 10 rankings in Dining, Lodging, Service, and Kid Friendliness, with it all rolling up to the overwhelmingly frequent reader exclamation of “authentic, with no attitude!” One reader sums up the place nicely, noting “We consider Steamboat our home mountain, even though we don’t live there.” And stand by for the new KSL/Aspen ownership to roll out some sweet new passes next season and finally start sprucing up the bland base area.
The old Elkhead chairlift gets upgraded to a high-speed quad this winter, cutting ride time in half and improving access to the lift’s green and blue runs.
Visit F.M. Light & Sons on Lincoln Avenue for legit Western duds, souvenirs, and more. A Steamboat staple since 1905.
To sample some of Steamboat’s famous trees, take the Sundown Express to Twilight. Well-spaced, leg-burning glades await.
Don’t be surprised if you crush boot-top powder for three days and all the kids want to talk about is the new Outlaw Mountain Coaster, the longest such ride in North America.
In an increasingly brilliant downtown dining scene, Table 79 stands out, and has even made up a new word, calling itself a “Foodbar.” Try the Smoked Elk & Chorizo Meatballs.