Steamboat Mountain Ski Resort Guide & Reviews


Home to Olympic medal winner and Stetson-sporting Billy Kidd, Steamboat is the ultimate 'Wild West' ski resort and the atmosphere in the village and on the slopes reflects it.


Lively and fun is a good way to describe the apres-ski. The Bear River Bar and Grill in Gondola Square is a popular starting place and with live bands playing on the lower slopes on a Friday afternoon to get the parties started and the Tbar is a local on-snow favorite. The next stop is one of the bars in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat has over 100 restaurants and bars with cuisine ranging from American to international flavours such as Chinese, Japanese, Italian and Mexican - there is something for every budget and taste including several fine dining options.

For dancing, Levelz Nightclub in the Mountain Village is the best place with live bands and DJs every night.

Steamboat Ski Area Guide

The ski terrain is spread over Mount Werner, Sunshine Peak, Storm Peak, Thunderhead Peak, Pioneer Ridge, and Christie Peak providing a massive 2,965 acres to explore for all levels of skier and boarder.

Night skiing debuted in the 14/15 season and extends to four nights a week for this winter. Starting at Christie Peak via the Christie Peak Express chairlift, there are 5 trails down to the base area giving around 1,100 vertical feet.

Key information (Whole area)
Top lift3221m
Ski area (acre)2965
Longest run5km
Off Piste
Cross country30km
SeasonNov - April
Snowboard parks4
Heli Skiing
Summer Skiing
Glacier skiing
Apres skiLively
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First time skiers will appreciate the long wide groomed trails and beginner only areas keeping them secure and safe. Enjoy beginner trails up to 3000m up the mountain!


Skiing around the 4 mountain peaks is tailor made for intermediate skiers especially around some of the tree trails that get filled with powder after a good dump. One of the best areas is around the top of the Sunshine chairlift where there are intermediate trails coming off in every direction.


A whopping 44% of Steamboat’s big mountain is desinated black pistes and double black diamonds, but the real fun and challenge for advanced skiers and boarders is off-piste and in the trees all over the ski mountain. Google “best tree skiing in the world” and watch Steamboat pop up!


In addition to the inbounds off-piste fun and the famous Steamboat trees, Steamboat also offers 5 terrain parks.

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Steamboat accommodation

There are two main areas to stay - the ski-in, ski-out Mountain Village and Downtown Steamboat which are connected by a free and efficient bus service operating from early morning until late into the night.

Whether you choose to stay at the Mountain Village or Downtown, both have great facilities , plenty of ski chalet or condo rental accommodation and easy access to the slopes.

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Spa & Wellness

With 8 spas including the Strawberry Park & Old Town Hot Springs, luxurious pampering is never far away and the perfect tonic after a good day on the slopes.

Kids & other activities

For younger children, Steamboat offers a dedicated children’s center with day and evening programs and also offers a state of the art Mountain Watch programme to ensure the safety of kids in their dedicated ski and lift area

Off the slopes, there are plenty of other activities to keep ythe children and adults entertained including...

  • Ski bikes
  • Snowmobile tours
  • Tobogganing
  • Snow tubing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Ice skating
  • Cinema
  • Bowling
  • Sleigh ride dinners

Mychaletfinder's view on Steamboat Ski Resort

This ski resort has a big reputation for being great fun, family friendly, having reliable snow conditions and an extensive ski area catering for all abilities. A few suggestions for your ski holiday...

  • Book a snowmobile safari and explore the wilderness of the back-country
  • Plus for some great backcountry skiing and boarding, Steamboat offers Snowcat tours

Similar ski resorts to Steamboat include Whistler in the Canadian Rocky Mountains - acres of fabulous on and off-piste ski terrain.