Ski Town is world-class terrain

in this photo provided by the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., Olympic medalist Nelson Carmichael busts through the powder at the Steamboat Ski Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado Monday Jan . 14, 2008. (AP Photo/Steamboat Ski & Resort, Larry Pierce)

Steamboat is known around the globe simply as Ski Town, U.S.A.® and has produced more winter Olympians than any other town in North America.

With 164 trails, 3,668 vertical feet, and nearly 3,000 skiable acres, Steamboat’s six peaks are filled with world-class groomed cruisers, bumps, steeps, open meadows, legendary trees and Mavericks – one of North America’s premier superpipes.

What the locals know

The Gondola is the fastest way to get up on the mountain. So even if it looks like there is a long line (which is really rare), don’t worry, it moves fast and you’ll be on the snow in no time.

Steamboat is known for its Champagne Powder snow, and the reason it’s so unique is because it has less moisture in it than most Colorado ski resorts. Therefore, the incredible powder conditions have a tendency to stick around longer than most expect. You can still find great powder stashes a few days after the big storm.

If you like the trees, play in the High Noon, 1 O’Clock area. The locals call it 1:30 and 2:30 trees, after a good storm the snow is incredible and the trees are perfectly placed for a day of fun.

For lunch stop by the Four Points Hut for a steaming bowl of chili or a quick snack. It’s a little place, but it’s where the locals go in-between runs on Storm Peak.

On the other side of the mountain head to Rendezvous, in good weather you’ll want to hang out on the deck and enjoy burgers and brats from the outside deck grill.

The new Bear River Terrace and Umbrella Bar will be the go-to Après spot this year, with lots of outdoor seating, a fire pit and the Umbrella Bar serving up all sorts of après concoctions.

Claim to fame

Steamboat is actually a complete mountain range: Mt. Werner, Sunshine Peak, Storm Peak, Thunderhead Peak, Pioneer Ridge® and Christie Peak. 2,965 acres of permitted terrain offer a diversity of trails for all levels of ability.

Mavericks Superpipe is a freerider’s dream. Mavericks is 500 feet long, 56-feet wide and has 18-foot walls, and a 22-foot radius.

Steamboat’s terrain park, serviced exclusively by its own chairlift features terrain for all ability levels spread over 11.8 acres, an outdoor sound system, professional designed rails and several jumps. In addiiton, Mini-Mavs, a miniature version of the big superpipe with ten-foot walls, perfect for novice riders lies just around the corner in Rabbit Ears Park.

Gladed areas of Pioneer Ridge, Sunshine and Storm Peak are Steamboat’s particular claim to fame, with Champagne Powder® snow in the trees for the most avid powder hounds.

Remember, the term Champagne Powder was coined in Steamboat and this is the only place you’ll find it!


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