Kylie Dingman
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Kylie Dingman
  • Unbeatable glade skiing
  • Known for their trademarked 'champagne' powder
  • No crowds!
  • Great ski school
  • Low elevation results in poor snow quality on lower half of the mountain
  • Expensive lodging
  • Limited dining and shopping options
  • Far from Denver compared to other Colorado resorts (3.5-4 hours drive)

Steamboat Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
The Ptarmigan Inn
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
11% off £3,154
Legacy Vacation Resorts - Steamboat Hilltop
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
0% off £2,696
EagleRidge Lodge & Townhomes by Steamboat Resorts
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
0% off £3,976

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Serving up some of the best glade skiing in Colorado combined with its trademarked Champagne powder, Steamboat is undeniably one of the best in the state. There are incredible tree runs to suit everyone from intermediates to experts and hike-to-terrain packed with freshies. Unlike the big corporate ski resorts in Colorado, Steamboat maintains a local atmosphere in its Cowboy ski town as it's further to get to from Denver than most other resorts in the state and sees less day-trippers. To top it all off, the geothermal hot springs in town make for the perfect après ski activity after a long day on the slopes!

16/17 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

January and February

January and February is the best time to visit Steamboat because they are snowiest months to experience amazing Champagne powder!


Denver International Airport


Steamboat Springs (3.5-4 hours)

Base of Steamboat (Walk)

  • Ski-in/ski-out accommodation available
  • Expensive lodging
  • Less restaurants and shops than in town

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Steamboat Springs (3-5 mi)

  • Wide range of affordable and luxury lodging
  • Free shuttle bus services around town and to ski resort
  • Has various restaurants and stores

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For beginners

Steamboat is great for beginners with tons of connecting green runs from the top of Christie Peak Express! For beginners with more skills, check out at the top of Sunshine Peak Express for some steeper green runs! Around Rough Rider Basin, there's a poma lift for the little ones to lap all day while skiing through small buildings, little bumps and short trees, fantastic for practicing turns.

For intermediates

Intermediates can find suitable trails across the whole resort! Buddy's run is a popular and fun first track run with great snow! Intermediates can also get a taste of Steamboat's amazing glade skiing in "Wally's World" the area off the Sunshine Express lift. The area isn't too steep and there is plenty of room for intermediates to weave comfortably between the trees.

For experts

For a ton of fun with groomers, bumps and glades, our pick for experts is to take on the black runs off the Four Points lift and Storm Peak! Closets and Shadows are the most popular glades (and for good reason) but for fresh champagne pow, experts can find it at the Christmas Tree Bowl, No Name and other hike-to glades on Mt Werner.

Find freshies

The large skiable terrain at Steamboat means freshies are less likely to get tracked out quickly. Most of the time, the mountain will get a "second dump" from the powdered trees which is even better since there are fewer crowds than a powder day to track it all out! If you're willing to hike 10-20 minutes, you can also find pockets of fresh snow at the Christmas Tree Bowl to plough through.

Ditch the crowds

The Gondola lines can get quite long in the morning so as an alternative, take the Christie Peak Express and ski to the Thunderhead Express which will take you to the same place! Though be warned, Christie Peak Express can also get a bit busy in the morning. When the Storm Peak Express gets packed, hop on the Pony Express instead and explore quieter yet fun terrain off this lift!

Non skiers

Besides the hot springs Steamboat is known for, there's not a whole lot on offer for non-skiers. Snowmobiling and riding the Mountain Coaster (the longest coaster in North America!) are some things non-skiers could do but with limited shopping and activities in this small Cowboy ski town, non-skiers might be left disappointed here.


For some fun family-friendly skiing, Steamboat has it all. Christie Peak and Thunderhead Express are the most family-friendly areas for beginners while intermediates will enjoy the numerous blue runs off Sunshine Peak and in Wally's World. This area is especially ideal for more advanced parents who can also have fun while taking their kids through the glades!


SteamboatArapahoe Basin
beginner14 %10 %
intermediate42 %30 %
advanced44 %37 %
expert-23 %
total runs165 109
ski area2,965ac 960ac
summit elevation10,568ft 13,050ft
total lifts18 8
child lift ticket$10 USD (£8 GBP) Free
adult lift ticket$165 USD (£128 GBP) $100 USD (£77 GBP)
back country
value for money
average total snowfall223″ 180″

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Steamboat Reviews

Superb 4.6 / 5
based on 84 reviews

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Superb!4.8 / 5Dec 02, 2019
JSJames S.
advanced skier
I took my honeymoon there and it was terrific great trees good food and friendly locals. It was really close fish creek falls and strawberry park both were close to town and our hotel. Love Steamboat hope to return soon... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Nov 04, 2019
Steamboat ReviewsDustin W.
intermediate snowboarder
Dont even know where to begin, steamboat is hands down my favorite slopes/ town/ hotsprings/ steak house . The list goes on and on. Hands down my favorite place to s snowbaord and just chill even in the summer i take weekend getaways here!!... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Oct 09, 2019
Steamboat ReviewsWeston A.
intermediate snowboarder
It is a really nice place. We really enjoyed our stay there and the people at the resort were nice. I had a blast staying there. If I could go back to Staemboat in another vacation I would be back... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Sep 12, 2019
ADAdam D.
advanced skier
Great resort for all skill levels but lacked in grooming, often runs wouldn't be groomed for more than a few days at a time despite being a "groomed" trail. Otherwise great place. Bit far from Denver though... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Steamboat ReviewsJake S.
intermediate snowboarder
Steamboat is my favorite resort by a long shot. From the champagne powder to the flowy tree runs, this mountain is incredible. I’d really recommend checking the base depth and make sure that you will have enough to be able to truly enjoy the powder in the trees safely. There are so many excellent choices for lodging as well.... More
Very Good!4.1 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Steamboat ReviewsMark W.
expert skier
Some of the best snow and glades I have ever skied! Steamboat has a ton of terrain (just none above treeline) for everyone. Not often crowded because of how far it is from Denver which is a curse but also a blessing.... More
Superb!5 / 5May 03, 2019
Steamboat ReviewsEli B.
intermediate skier
I love steamboat, It’s simply the best of the West! Exceptional uphill capacity keeps wait times to a minimum, even on the busiest days of the season. I typically ski alone and almost always meet someone interesting on the lifts! Book now, you WILL NOT be disappointed!... More
Very Good!4.1 / 5Mar 22, 2019
PLPhilip L.
advanced skier
Great resort with lots of options for the whole family. The lifts and lodges are up to date and clean. Great snow, great selection of trails, but a little tough to get to from Denver.... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Feb 18, 2019
Steamboat ReviewsGregory B.
intermediate skier
From 1991 until 1997 ski season I did my Winters in Steamboat Springs and my summers in Florida North Florida.Steamboat was the most fantastic family-oriented town,they have runs for all classes of skier, from intermediate to expert and back bowls and shoots in trees ,it's just an awesome,awesome family-oriented town that has a little bit of... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Feb 18, 2019
Steamboat ReviewsGregory B.
intermediate skier
From 1991 until 1997 ski season I did my Winters in Steamboat Springs and my summers in Florida North Florida.Steamboat was the most fantastic family-oriented town,they have runs for all classes of skier, from intermediate to expert and back bowls and shoots in trees ,it's just an awesome,awesome family-oriented town that has a little bit of... More

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