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Mountain Stats

  • 353 in of annual snowfall
  • 2965 total skiable acres
  • Top elevation 10567 ft, base 6899 ft
  • 14% beginner, 42% intermediate, 44% advanced, 6% expert
  • Projected opening: 11/27/2013
  • Projected closing: 04/13/2014

Steamboat Family Ski Vacation

Incredible tree skiing, champagne powder, a variety of terrain options, plus great kid-friendly hotels, restaurants and off mountain activities make Steamboat an easy choice for families.

Steamboat Family Skiing

Steamboat offers terrain for any level of skier in your family, which is why it’s great if there are varying levels of ability on a family ski vacation. Steamboat’s 2,965 acres are namely classified as intermediate or advanced, with 43-percent intermediate and 44-percent advanced.  Beginner terrain compromises 14-percent of Steamboat’s vast expanse.  The coolest part about Steamboat’s terrain is that there are multiple peaks that feature multiple types of trails. For example Thunderhead Peak provides terrain for beginners, intermediates and experts, as does looker’s right side of Sunshine Peak, and the lower portion of the mountain off of South Peak Lift. Families comprised of skiers with different preferences or experience levels will love skiing at Steamboat, because they can still enjoy their ideal terrain and meet back up at the chairlift and spend quality time chatting on the lift ride.

Steamboat Family Hotels

Below you’ll find Ski.com’s top Steamboat family lodging picks. To learn more about these properties, call, or chat with, on of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

One Steamboat Place features spectacular three- and four-bedroom residences, providing families with the ultimate ski in, ski out accommodations. Just steps from the gondola, these spacious units supply you and yours with ample room to relax and unwind after a day on the slopes. The built-in gas grill on the deck is perfect for family meals, and the fully equipped kitchen and bar which feature granite countertops and top of the line Viking appliances. 

Just steps from the gondola, the Sheraton Steamboat Resort is nestled at the base of Steamboat Ski. This charming ski in, ski out hotel provides guests will find a warm, comfortable lobby, exceptional service and ultimate relaxation. Experience some much-needed R&R at the Rocky Mountain Day Spa or sip a beverage around the firepit on the Saddles deck, then enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep in the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed.

Steamboat Family Restaurants

Rex’s American Grill and Bar has been consistently voted a locals pick for family dining Carl’s Tavern, on Yampa Avenue, will please everyone in the family with a huge menu of comfort food from housemade pickles, to spaghetti and meatballs, burgers and classic favorites like chicken pot pie and meatloaf. Parents will also appreciate the large selection of draft beers.

To learn more about Steamboat family ski vacations call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Steamboat Intermediate Skiing

Over 40-percent, of Steamboat terrain labeled as “intermediate,” making it an ideal resort for blue square skiers. The intermediate terrain options feel endless on Steamboat’s 2, 965 acres. More experienced intermediate skiers looking to challenge themselves can easily opt to try a black diamond run, since intermediate and expert terrain intermingles throughout the entire mountain.

Steamboat Intermediate Terrain

The best Steamboat Intermediate Terrain can be found off of the Sunshine Express Lift. Hug the ridgeline along Tomahawk to Baby Powder for incredible views and a perfectly groomed cruiser. High Noon is also a great option for intermediates looking for long, sustained runs. Don’t miss Vagabond off of the Thunderhead Lift or Rainbow off of the Four Points Lift.  Intermediates looking for a little challenge should test their skills out on the Bar-Ue lift and Pony Express Lift.  Intermediates can enjoy Buddy’s Run and pop on and off shorter black diamond runs like Crowtrack or Triangle 3. Or they can try out advanced intermediate runs like Longhorn and Chaps, which are both blue square/black diamond runs.

Steamboat Ski Camps

Steamboat Springs offers a camp or clinic for every intermediate through advanced skier or snowboarder, and most of them are taught by one of Steamboat’s many resident Olympians. From Billy Kid Race Camp, to a Women’s Ski Camp also hosted by former Olympian Deb Armstrong, to a freestyle terrain park clinic, every on-hill style and interest can be explored and enhanced with Steamboat’s camps.

To learn more about Steamboat intermediate skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Steamboat Expert Skiing

With 44-percent of Steamboat’s 2,965 acres pigeonholed as “expert,” advanced to extreme skiers will find terrain to suit their skiing needs. Steamboat is renowned for its glade skiing and deep powder, so be sure to hop in the trees as much as possible. Like its beginner and intermediate terrain, the Steamboat expert skiing intermingles with easier terrain, which is great for giving tired legs a break or warming up first thing in the morning.

Steamboat Expert Terrain

A great way to warm up the legs, is to head up the Gondola and cut over to the Sundown Express via Spur Run. Then take Sundown Express up. There you have several expert world-class trails, like Kuu’s Cruise, Sundown Liftline,  or Three O’Clock. Once you’re legs are rearing to go, try Twilight, a fun gladed run that stays cold and well preserved days after a snow storm. Once you’ve had enough take Dawn over to Rainbow and take the Storm Peak Express Up. All the trails off of this lift are long, and challenging, an expert skier’s slice of heaven. From here you can either stay on the front side of the mountain or drop over the ridge into Morningside Park, where you’ll find bowl-like skiing with scattered trees. Don’t Miss Wake Up Call on looker’s right side of Morningside Park. If you stay on the frontside, either drop into Storm Peak North or South, which is essentially a mini bowl. Or if you’re looking to get extreme head towards Chute 1-3 or even further along the ridgeline to Christmastree Bowl. This area is also accessed from the top of Morningside Lift. In this area you’ll find steep glades, and incredible powder skiing days after snowstorms.

To learn more about Steamboat expert skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Steamboat Lodging

As one of the West’s original ski towns and ranching and trapping history that dates back to 1870s, you can bet there are plenty of historical and original lodging options sure to pique vacationers looking for an authentic Steamboat experience. Conversely, Steamboat Springs’ more recent building developments will appeal to those interested in a ski vacation with modern amenities. Steamboat also boasts the most affordable ski in ski out accommodations on the market, which makes a ski vacation, especially for young families, that much easier.

Below you’ll find Ski.coms top Steamboat lodging picks for budget, family-friendly and luxury categories. To learn more about these properties, call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

One of Steamboat's most popular vacation properties, Ski Time Square is convenient to the both the slopes and the village’s shopping, dining and après ski entertainment. These studio, one-, and two-bedroom-plus loft condominiums provide excellent value with an unmatched location.
One Steamboat Place features spectacular three- and four-bedroom residences, providing families with the ultimate ski in, ski out accommodations. Just steps from the gondola, these spacious units supply you and yours with ample room to relax and unwind after a day on the slopes. The built-in gas grill on the deck is perfect for family meals, and the fully equipped kitchen and bar which feature granite countertops and top of the line Viking appliances.

The perfect vacation starts at one of Steamboat’s finer ski in, ski out properties. The Antlers at Christie Base consists of 18 spacious three-, four-, and five- bedroom deluxe townhomes, with well-appointed furnishings and fully equipped kitchens. Designed for the discriminating traveler, Antlers provides the exceptional quality found in luxury homes and the highest level of guest services available.

To learn more about Steamboat lodging call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Steamboat Luxury Ski Vacation

With an armada of fine dining restaurants, several world-class hotels to choose from,  a slew of shopping boutiques and specialty stores, plus renowned “champagne” powder skiing, a Steamboat luxury vacation, will please those looking for an all-around, exceptional experience.

Steamboat Luxury Hotels

Below you’ll find Ski.com’s top Steamboat luxury lodging picks. To learn more about these indulgent accommodations, call, or chat with, one of our knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

The perfect vacation starts at one of Steamboat’s finer ski in, ski out properties. The Antlers at Christie Base consists of 18 spacious three-, four-, and five- bedroom deluxe townhomes, with well-appointed furnishings and fully equipped kitchens. Designed for the discriminating traveler, Antlers provides the exceptional quality found in luxury homes and the highest level of guest services available. 

Edgemont, a luxury condominium complex, offers superb ski in, ski out access. Units range in size from a one-bedroom to three-bedroom arrangement. With direct access to the ski resort, you’ll experience a ski vacation that will want you returning year after year.

Steamboat Fine Dining

Foodies will hardly know they’re dining in a small ski town, instead of a major metropolis. The Steamboat fine dining scene delivers several don’t-miss establishments; many of which embrace the “farm to table” movement and make serious efforts to source their produce, meat, fish and cheese locally. The most notable would include Bistro C.V. [OT LINK] and Harwig’s [OT link]. Both of these Steamboat fine dining restaurants have menus featuring organic or local ingredients. Bistro C.V. is considered to be one of Steamboat’s best with its eclectic, high quality menu items, from small tapas plates, like Yellowtail ceviche tacos and steak tare tare and a large selection of cheese artisan plates, both great for sharing to its main course options like potato-white truffle gnocchi, or local beef flatiron. Harwig’s serves up creative, simple menu items using vegetables and herbs from their own local greenhouse or Steamboat’s Botanic Gardens. Their abbreviated wine bar menu is perfect for a quick or more casual bite.

To learn more about Steamboat luxury ski vacations call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Steamboat Night Life

The Steamboat night life scene is ideal for those look for casual, local beers, live music (usually country or bluegrass) and quiet cocktails. If you’re looking for late night dance party options, you may not find too many in Steamboat. But then again, you want to be in bed on the earlier side so you can take advantage of Steamboat’s incredible champagne powder.

Steamboat Bars

The majority of Steamboat night life sways towards the pub scene. Many of Steamboat’s pubs, grills and breweries become late night, casual hot spots to get local drafts and strong cocktails. Popular establishments like Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, The Tugboat and The Boathouse Pub transform from low-key, reasonably priced lunch and dinner joints to hopping bar scenes, complete with live music. The Mahogany Ridge Brewery, Steamboat’s local brewery, features seven handmade brews. The brewery is a great option for an après beer or an early evening brew.  

If late night adventures are on your radar, then head to The Tugboat, a locals hangout, or The Ghost Ranch, which offers live music and entertainment from large national gigs to local bands Thursday through Sunday night.

Steamboat Après

Après ski drinks and eats usually make for a more rowdy scene than late night endeavors, so be sure to partake in this Steamboat tradition. There’s no shortage of Western pubs in Steamboat. Carl’s Tavern, on TK, for instance offers great eats, a fun atmosphere, creative cocktails and a great happy hour from four to six p.m. daily. Be sure to try one of the rustic-inspired cocktails, which incorporate local ingredients and liquors, like The Flying Norseman, Carl’s Old-Fashioned or Carl’s Cider.

To learn more about Steamboat nightlife call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Steamboat Beginner Skiing

The Steamboat beginner skiing is ideal for those with an adventurous nature. The beginner trails are spread out throughout the Steamboat’s 2,965 acres, allowing beginners to explore the whole mountain and take in the gorgeous Rocky Mountain views. Plus with gentle slopes and a wide, open perfect “learn to ski” zone first timers will have ball picking up the sport at Steamboat.

Steamboat Beginner Terrain

First timers, or never evers, will spend most their time at the base area, on or around the Preview Lift, there they’ll learn the basics like how to make a wedge turn, stop and ride the chair lift. Once they have nailed those important techniques down, beginner skiers at Steamboat have tons of terrain options, with nearly 14-percent of the mountain catering to them. Thunderhead Express and Burgess Creek Lift provides the most beginner terrain access, allowing skiers to get several runs in. More experienced beginner skiers have several great, sustained green circle trails to choose from; like Right-O-Way, which brings skiers back to the base, or Sundial to Broadway, allowing skiers to navigate a good chuck of the entire mountain on gentle, friendly slopes. Why Not from the top of Burgess Creek offers beginners a fun, easy switchback trail, which meanders through an aspen forest.

Steamboat Ski School

From private clinics for children through adults, to Burton’s “Learn To Ride” snowboard program, Steamboat Ski School can offer a learning experience to fit any beginners needs and interests. Steamboat Ski School also offers guaranteed success, if beginners aren’t skiing on green circle runs after their lesson; the next lessons are free until they reach that level.

To learn more about Steamboat beginner skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Steamboat Budget Ski Vacation

Thanks to a fleet of budget hotels and condos to choose from, several reasonably priced restaurants and ski ticket discounts available through yours truly, a Steamboat budget ski vacation is well within the realm of possible.

Steamboat Budget Hotels

Below you’ll find Ski.com’s top picks for Steamboat budget hotels. To learn more, or book, these properties, call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Offering easy access to the slopes, the Inn at Steamboat Condominiums is located directly underneath the Silver Bullet gondola. Each unit features a fully equipped kitchen, fireplace and balcony. You’ll easily forget you’re at an affordable accommodation, with the Inn’s two indoor hot tubs and saunas, onsite laundry facilities, and private ski storage. The chalet-style clubhouse offers a guest meeting space with complimentary high-speed internet access. Guests can enjoy a complimentary private shuttle to shopping, dining, and entertainment, as well as morning coffee and a light breakfast are provided. 
On the ski resort bus route, the Holiday Inn Steamboat is conveniently located between the ski resort and downtown Steamboat Springs. Spacious, well-appointed rooms feature cable TV, pay-per-view movies and games. Those looking to save some money can enjoy the hotel’s daily Happy Hour at the fireside lounge. On shuttle route to lifts.
One of Steamboat's most popular vacation properties, Ski Time Square is convenient to the both the slopes and the village’s shopping, dining and après ski entertainment. These studio, one-, and two-bedroom-plus loft condominiums provide excellent value with an unmatched location.

Affordable Steamboat Restaurants

Many of Steamboat restaurants offer incredible value at an incredible price. Take Laundry, on 11th Street, for example, there’s nothing above $30 on the menu, in fact the majority of the menu items are in the $15 range, and their fresh, delicious salads average about $7. Carl’s Tavern on Yampa Avenue is another hot spot that offers that offers a good “bang for your buck” experience. Carl’s serves up a tirade of draft beers and classic, well executed comfort food, like catfish fritters, chicken pot pie, pot pie, meatloaf and burgers. It’s also a great, kid-friendly [link to Steamboat Family]spot, thanks to its casual atmosphere, affordable prices and menu options.

To learn more about Steamboat budget ski vacations call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Steamboat Restaurants

Steamboat restaurants trend towards casual to upscale pub food, which is still largely casual. Comfort food, pub fare and Mexican are commonplace cuisine in Steamboat, and more often than not these restaurants have a rustic, Western ambiance to them. There are a handful of memorable fine dining experiences to be had, and the large variety of low-key pub restaurants provide families with lots of options.

Steamboat Dining

There’s no shortage of high quality pub food in Steamboat, but the best of the best would have to include Rex’s American Grill and Bar, for its extensive (and affordable) menu featuring upscale pub food, comfort food, like brick oven pizza and gourmet mac-n-cheese, and burgers. Carl’s Tavern, on Yampa Avenue, is also a don’t-miss, this casual dining spot is inspired by Steamboat’s original ski jumper: Carl Howelson combines a friendly atmosphere with tasty gourmet comfort food, like brick oven pizza, mac-n-cheese, meatloaf, classic sandwiches, salads and soups, all with a little twist and quality ingredients. The signature cocktails should also be explored, as they too blend classic recipes with local, quality ingredients.

The Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, on Lincoln Avenue, also serves up hearty, upmarket grub, at a reasonable rate. The appetizer menu is extensive and varied, making Mahogany Ridge a popular après ski and happy hour spot. Items range from eggplant hummus, to build-your-own-satay and giant twisted pretzels with housemade mustard and a dipping cheese sauce. The salad options are plentiful and there are sandwich and burger options (including vegetarian option) sure to excite every taste.  Plus it’s locally made craft beers will please diners looking for a brew to slate their thirst. Sweetwater Grill, on Yampa Avenue, offers lip smacking menu items like blackened chicken sandwich, black and bleu burger and bbq pulled pork sandwich, to name a few.

Old Town Pub and Restaurant boasts “the best burgers in the ‘Boat,” and with options like chili-rubbed burgers, bbq burgers and even homemade black bean, sweet potato veggie burgers, they very well may. Head on in to find your favorite burger, or build our own.

To learn more about Steamboat restaurants call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Things to Do in Steamboat

Between the Steamboat base village and downtown Steamboat Springs, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a dull moment. Steamboat Springs provides shoppers with a dime a dozen Western specialty and souvenir shops, while the base village provides gear and technical outerwear fanatics will a range of ski and sports shops. Steamboat Springs has a great dining scene and has several historical museums worth a visit.

Steamboat Outdoor Activities

Below you’ll find Ski.com's top Steamboat outdoor activities picks.

  • Whiz down the mountain on a tube at Howelen Hill at Steamboat or at Saddleback Ranch’s Yew-Haw Tubing Hill.
  • Explore the area’s many trails and take in the pristine winter wonderland atop a horse.
  • See the Rockies from the dizzying and breathtaking heights of a hot air balloon.
  • Kids will love the Coca-Cola Adventure Zone, which features a bungee trampoline.
  • Glide on Steamboat’s 9 miles of cross-country trails.
  • Experience the Rocky Mountains on a horse-drawn sleigh.
  • Relax at the Old Town or Strawberry Park natural hot springs.
  • Speed around the back country on a guided snowmobile tour.

To learn more about things to do in Steamboat call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

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