If you’re short on time while in Steamboat Springs and you can only do one more Steamboat winter activity before you leave the town, make sure to visit the Steamboat ski resort. In Steamboat, skiing is more just than a winter sport; it’s a way of life. It is rumored that Steamboat kids learn to talk, walk, then ski. It’s no wonder then that this small town has given us 89 Winter Olympians. Skiing is practiced here day and night and attracts tourists from all over the world for its genuine western atmosphere and world famous dry fluffy snow. Come to Steamboat for the skiing and stay for the champagne powder snow, 165 trails, six peaks alternating with meadows and bumps, and over 3,000 acres of skiing pleasure.
The Steamboat Ski Resort Experience
When you think of Steamboat Ski Resort, think powder snow, fluffy and light. You don’t ski down the slopes, you simply float. At least that’s the feeling you get thanks to the buffer of snow that helps you defy gravity as you race down the pure white mountain. No matter if it dumps 5 inches or 15 inches of snow, people wait patiently for the gondola to open with the joviality of excited kids in the fairground. The higher up you go, the more surrealistic the trees look. This is a different world and feels almost alien. Make sure you layer up because the temperature drops sharply near the summit. But anywhere you glide, you’ll always catch some freshies, especially in late autumn and all through the winter.
As the influx of tourists and people passionate about skiing doesn’t abate, more attractions blossom around the resort. Two new restaurants opened this year, adding to the long list of fine dining outlets that adorn the base area. Among the amenities, you’ll get to enjoy an outdoor heated patio, indoor and outdoor bars, outdoor BBQ, and exterior bars. It might be dumping ice up at the summit, but that shouldn’t stop you from feeling cozy and warm with a drink in your hand and a sausage sizzling on the grill.
Of the 165 trails, the longest run is called “Why Not” and stretches three miles down the mountain. About 25 trails are rated easy, and beginners can try them out until they get more experience. For intermediate skiers, 66 trails will get their heart pumping with excitement. Some favorites are High Noon and Heavenly Daze. The remaining 74 trails are for the daredevils who see every challenge as an invitation to conquer. Try out the challenging chutes or a nice steep run like Cyclone. Take your pick between one of the three color-coded runs or try them all.
The Steamboat Ski Resort offers the winter lover the best a skiing mountain can offer. Call us today to find out more about the resort and book your vacation rental. We can also help with discounted lift tickets.