Tucked away in Colorado’s northwest corner, Steamboat Resort catches storm fronts tracking from both Utah and Wyoming, so it often boasts powder days when other areas report scant snowfall. Pair that trademarked “champagne powder” with Steamboat’s abundance of moderate-angle glades, and you get some of the best lift-served tree skiing anywhere.
While there’s no off-the-chart extreme skiing here, the accessible terrain also makes it ideal for intermediates looking to get better, or a multi-generation ski trip that appeals to skiers of all ages: Grandparents and children alike can find their bliss on easy-going cruisers. Kid-centric ski instructors and a relaxed atmosphere round out the family appeal. Credit Steamboat’s distance from major cities (the closest is Denver, 150 miles away) for preserving authentic character at the resort and the adjacent town of Steamboat Springs.
Homesteaders settled this cowboy town long before the lifts started spinning, and even now, you’ll see as many Stetsons as ski hats on downtown sidewalks. Don’t forget to bring yours.
No. 10 in the West: Steamboat Resort, Colo.
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Steamboat, Colo., is on the Ikon Pass. Ikon Pass holders get unlimited access to the resort. Ikon Base Pass holders get 5 blackout-restricted days.
From lodging and and dining to off-slope activities and local tips, here are the SKI editors’ picks for what to do in Steamboat, Colo.
Steamboat has one of the most ambitious multi-year plans in ski country thanks to Alterra’s major investment. The $200 million, three-year Full Steam Ahead project adds a gondola, ice rink, mid-mountain learning area, and on-mountain eatery called The RangeFood & Drink Hall, all for this coming season. An added 650 acres of expert terrain will debut for the 2022-’23 season.
Gravity Haus, the membership-model hotel brand that has properties in Vail, Breckenridge, Steamboat, and Truckee, just acquired the ski-in/ski-out Ptarmigan Inn, and will bring its unique, community-focused product to Steamboat’s lodging scene.
Also noteworthy: Southwest is adding a nonstop flight from Nashville for this winter; the resort is investing in new ski rental fleets from Rossignol; it’s Steamboat’s 60th anniversary season and the resort will be hosting events throughout the winter.
Bloody Marys abound, but Thunderhead Red’s (at the top of the gondola) outpaces the pack with a Breakfast Bloody that garnishes house-infused vodka with pickled veggies, hard-boiled egg, and maple-glazed bacon.
Four Points Lodge serves gourmet comfort food like chicken pot pie, Reuben sandwiches, and sweet potato fries.
Steamboat’s morning vistas often feature colorful hot air balloons bejeweling the sky: Become part of the show with Wild West Balloon Adventures.
The Shadows offers 2,000 vertical feet of tree skiing that begins among high-alpine spruces and ends in paper-white aspens.
Check out—or enter, if it’s your thing—the Cowboy Downhill in mid-January.
Become Wild West outlaws at The Crooked Key, an escape room offering a fun, interactive game for all ages.
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.
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.
Tell us why your family deserves to win a free ski vacation. And make it a really good reason, because next month SKI readers will vote for their favorite entries. The three lucky families with the most votes will win vacations to Smugglers' Notch, Steamboat and Northstar-at-Tahoe.
One-Day Event features some of the best monoskiers, three- and four-track skiers, adaptive snowboarders, and blind skiers in the world who will be competing for the title of Best Adaptive Powder Skier in the World