Skiing in Steamboat
Steamboat is one of my favorite resorts at which to ski. The mountain itself and its varying terrain are hands down my top reasons for repeatedly visiting and skiing in Steamboat.
The mountain has a good variety of greens, blues and black runs, which makes it fun for skiers of all levels. For novice skiers, there are a good amount of long green runs even at the top of the mountain. This is a big bonus, in my opinion. At a lot of resorts we’ve visited all the greens are clustered together toward the bottom of the mountain near the base, accessible by only one of two lifts. Not the case with Steamboat.
This becomes especially beneficial when your skiing with people of varying abilities or with a young child learning to ski for the first time.One parent can always ski with the beginner while the other parent or older, more experienced children can ski down the more difficult terrain that runs parallel to the green. The parallel runs will still meet up at the same chair lift.
If your child is in ski school and already taking chair lifts, there is a good chance you might spot them on the mountain skiing in the same general vicinity as you! Nothing like a quick proud parent moment when you spot your little shredder snowplowing down the mountain with the rest of the kids in her class!
If you aren’t skiing with a novice, there are a lot of great runs for experienced skiers, including some really fun tree runs (my favorite) and even some hiking terrain.
Update: Steamboat announced in August 2016 that they will open another part of the mountain within a few years. We will keep you posted when the mountain opens.
Steamboat is somewhat isolated in northern Colorado, which makes getting to the resort a bit more challenging then some of the other mountains. But it is actually a good thing! There are hardly ever long lift lines even on holiday weekends. Compared to some of the resorts closer to Denver, Steamboat is always a lot less crowded. That means you can get in a lot of skiing even in a short amount of time.
Another great thing about Steamboat’s location is that it tends to get a good amount of powdery snow. They actually call it champagne snow because it’s smooth and dry, which is perfect for skiing!
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Have you been snowboarding or skiing in Steamboat? Leave us a comment and let us know your favorite run and your thoughts on the mountain!