How to ski (or ride) Steamboat’s glades

Rated the “Best Trees” by Skiing magazine, Steamboat Resort’s glades are particularly lauded thanks to the magical combination of perfectly spaced aspen trees, ideal slope angle (steep, but not too steep) and, of course, the resort’s famous and ample Champagne Powder®. This perfect blend makes for a tree-skier’s (or rider’s) paradise.

To help you get to the goods, we comprised a roundup of top tree-skiing zones at Steamboat Resort and how to get to them.

Sundown Lift Glades

Start the day on looker’s right side of the mountain, which offers the quickest, most convenient access if you’re staying in recommended, base-area lodging options, like the Steamboat Grand, Sheraton Steamboat Resort, Torian Plum and Highmark. You’re just a gondola and lift-ride away from cruising through powdery, epic glades.

From the top of the Gondola, make your way to Sundown Express. From the top of the chair, head down skier’s left towards the Twilight run. Pop into the trees on skier’s right to experience the joys in Twilight Glades. To access Steamboat’s most popular glades, Shadows and Closets, you’ll want to head skier’s right from the top of the lift. Here, you’ll be treated to 1,900 vertical feet of pristine firs and aspens. If you haven’t had enough after one run, which is highly probable, head back to the Sundown Express and lap the glades of your preference as many times as you please.

Morningside Park

An expansive bowl-like zone located on the backside of Mt. Werner, Morningside Park is a playground for forgiving tree skiing. Morningside Park is accessible from the top Sunshine Peak or Storm Peak. Here, you have a 200-acre bowl filled with playful, groomed runs flanked by well-spaced, intermediate-friendly glades. Morningside Park is perfect for a skier or rider who wants to experience fresh snow in the trees, but wants to forgo skiing or riding down any black runs.

Christmas Tree Bowl and The Chutes

Offering a wide array of double black-diamond terrain, Christmas Tree Bowl and the Chutes 1-3 will especially please challenge-seekers. From the top of Morningside Lift, experts will head over to Chute 3 Gate. From there, they have their pick of chutes and steep trees, which offer plenty of thrilling features, including cliffs. To access the east side of Christmas Tree Bowl and all other terrain that lies beyond, i.e. No Names. North St. Pats and East Face, adventurous skiers and riders must tackle a 10-minute hike along the summit ridgeline of Mt. Werner.

If you find yourself near a chairlift that accesses Storm Peak around lunchtime, head to Four Points Lodge—Steamboat’s newest on-mountain lodge. The restaurant serves fresh-made salad, pastas, soups and hot-stone grilled cheese—yum! We’ve heard the Bloody Mary is not to be missed, and there’s a nice quiver of draft beers on tap.

Pioneer Ridge

Steamboat tree skiing, Steamboat Pioneer Ridge
Photo: Steamboat Resort/Kevin Dietrich

Pioneer Ridge, aka all the terrain off of the Pony Express Liftline, is a great place for intermediate advanced to advanced skiers and riders looking to practice their tree skiing. This zone isn’t as steep or technical as the renowned Christmas Tree Bowl and the Chutes, but offers long, natural gladed terrain and holds the snow days after a storm. In addition, Pioneer Ridge doesn’t see the same skier volume like other zones.


By now you’re probably chomping at the bit to slarve through Steamboat’s powdery forests. We can help get you there, while making it easy for you. Get started by filling out a form for a free, custom quote.

About Author: Leah Boucher
Originally from the icy trails of New Jersey, I moved West to pursue powder and a career in writing and editing. Now living in Aspen, Colo. and working for Ski.com as Director of SEO + Content, I've been able to combine a litany of skills, passions and interests. You'll find me skiing at Aspen Mountain or Aspen Highlands in the winter and mountain biking at Snowmass in the summer.

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