Steamboat Ski Resort
The Steamboat Springs vacation rentals managed by Wyndham Vacation Rentals are all located within three blocks of the Steamboat Ski Resort. The Steamboat Ski Area is nestled in Colorado's Northern Rockies and just minutes from historic downtown Steamboat Springs.
The Steamboat Ski Area (notably Colorado's 3rd largest ski resort) is comprised of six peaks: Mount Werner, Sunshine Peak, Storm Peak, Thunderhead Peak, Pioneer Ridge, and Christie Peak. The entire ski area is filled with world-class groomed cruisers, bumps, steeps, open meadows, legendary tree skiing, and several terrain parks.
New for 2013/2014 Ski Season
Steamboat Ski Area plans to open approximately 1,100 vertical feet of terrain on Christie Peak via the Christie Peak Express Lift to the base area for night skiing. Trails for all ability levels will be open for night skiing from 5:30pm to 8:30pm Friday-Sunday for most of the season. Additional nights may be available during special time periods and holidays.
Hours of Operation*
- December 20-22, 2013: 5:30-8:30pm, Friday-Sunday
- December 26, 2013-January, 2014: 5:30-8:30pm, Daily
- January 10-March 30, 2014: 5:30-8:30pm, Friday-Sunday
*Subject to change.
Four Points Hut
The Four Points Hut has undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation this summer. Expected to be operational by the 2013 Holiday Season, the new 13,000-square-foot, two-level structure features expanded dining facilities and provides panoramic views of the ski area, Yampa Valley and Flattops.
Steamboat Ski Resort Terrain
- Base Elevation: 6,900 feet/2103 meters
- Christie Peak Elevation: 8,020 feet/2444 meters
- Mid-Mountain Elevation: 9,080 feet/2768 meters
- Summit/Mt. Werner Elevation: 10,568 feet/3224 meters
- Vertical Rise: 3,668 feet/1118 meters Second highest in Colorado!
- 2,965 acres of skiable terrain
Storm Peak Area
Take Storm Peak Express Chair to the reach the summit of the Steamboat Ski Resort. If you thought the views were good at the Gondola, then you'll be amazed at the top. From dipping and twisting blue runs, to epic tree skiing, to fun groomers you'll find a favorite run for everyone. From the top of the mountain you'll be able to ski over to Sundowner and Sunshine area or ski into the more expert terrain of Morningside.
Sunshine Peak Area
These rolling soft runs are some the favorite areas for beginners, families and kids! Wind in and out of these beautiful runs that offer greens, blues and even the occasional black run. Take the Sunshine express lift and find yourself right back at the top of the mountain with access to all the Storm Peak runs.
Thunderhead Peak Area
Take the Gondola to the Thunderhead Peak where you will have access to the upper mountain or ski over to Sundown Lift. Head down to Thunderhead Ski Lift which accesses the more northerly side of the ski resort with the lift dropping you off at the same peak as the gondola. There is on-mountain dining options, mountain information and group meeting areas in the Gondola building.
Pioneer Ridge Area
This area is for skiers and boarders looking for a challenge with most of the runs being blue and blacks. Take the Pony Express lift to access fun fast runs with lots of tree skiing.
Christy Peak Area
Take the Christy Peak lift from the base of the ski resort. Right next to the Steamboat gondola and ride it to the midway point on the mountain. This lift is perfect for beginners or families who want to get in some of the easier terrain that won't take you all the way to the top of the mountain. There is also access to some of the black diamond runs that lie on the front of the mountain.
Mount Werner Area
This area is for experts only with a small hike after taking Morningside lift to the top of Mount Werner. Enjoy these extra steep, forested runs that will offer spectacular views and get your heart pumping.
Mavericks Superpipe and Terrain Park
Skiers and riders agree Steamboat has the pipe and park to reckon with. Steamboat's terrain park, serviced exclusively by its own chairlift, offers 11.8 acres of terrain for all ability levels. This terrain park, adjacent to Mavericks superpipe, features an outdoor sound system and a variety of rails: kinked, sliders, rainbows, "S's", mailboxes, and double barrels. Mini-Mav, a miniature version of the superpipe with five-foot walls, is perfect for novice riders.
Reviews of Steamboat Ski Resort
SKI MAGAZINE: Voted No. 1 Family Resort In the West
SKI Magazine readers have recognized Steamboat as one of the top family resorts in the West. The down-home genuine friendliness, the Kleenex at lift lines, the free mountain tours by ambassadors, and helpful employees are not the only reasons why Steamboat deserves this reputation. Steamboat earned this reputation because of its renowned Ski and Snowboard School, the Kids Ski Free program, Kids Fly Free program, Kids Rent Free program and now for the Steamboat MountainWatch, an unique GPS system which allows guests to better locate all members of their group on the Steamboat mountain.
SKIING MAGAZINE: Resort Guide
One reader sums up Steamboat nicely: “Great snow, friendly people.” Want proof? While there are no friends on powder days at other resorts, Steamboat defies that conventional wisdom. A ranching town well before it became a ski area 50 years ago, Steamboat is home to friendly locals, and fur is hardly a wardrobe staple. “There’s little pretension,” says one reader. Its Western heritage shines in the Cowboy Downhill and Winter Carnival, with the world’s only marching band on skis. Readers knock its lack of steeps, a reasonable gripe save for Chutes 1 to 3 and Gates A to D off the summit. But Steamboat more than makes up for that in Family Programs (No. 5), Character (No. 14), and Snow (No. 11). Hint: Hit up Closets and Shadows after a storm. Ask a local to lead the way.
DON’T MISS: A soak in the natural hot springs at Strawberry Park outside of town, where you change in a tepee, the waterfalls soothe sore muscles, and clothing is optional after dark.
SKINET.COM: Steamboat Resort Review
"Snow, snow and even more snow," an impressed reader says, presumably after coming up for air. Steamboat can guarantee having the lightest, driest, blow-off-your-glove snow in Colorado. Utah's powder skiing gets all the ink, but the rhythmic—nearly hypnotic—perfect pitches and yaws of Steamboat's trees on a powder day is about as close as you can get to surfing without getting wet. "No doubt, the best treeskiing in North America," a reader says. A run or two through the thickets of Closet or Twilight's glades will convince any doubters. While the often-heard complaint about the lack of Whistler-like steeps and Vail-sized bowls isn't without merit, Steamboat's 3,000 acres and very legit 3,668-vertical-foot drop "skis huge," especially when you've got plenty of room to maneuver.
A true destination resort, Steamboat avoids the weekend day-skier mob scene that afflicts its rivals to the south. Like its slopes, Steamboat's authentic Western downtown also hums along with just the right amount of bustle without being overcrowded.This stress-light setup probably helps the resort earn the No. 1 ranking in the West in Family Programs.
OUTSIDE MAGAZINE: The Best Ski Resorts in North America...#6 Steamboat
Steamboat’s ski-school staff is basically a roster of former Olympians: Billy Kidd, Deb Armstrong, Nelson Carmichael, and Caroline Lalive all work here, as do Aussie and Kiwi champions and six members of the PSIA-AASI national team.
Within the past couple of years, the four terrain parks got new trails and many of the 18 lifts were treated to major upgrades—the most recently built ones run on solar and wind power. They unload atop 165 trails, onto which 354 annual snow inches fall, creating 10 percent of powder days per season. Of the 3,668 vertical feet descending 2,965 skiable acres, just 14 percent of the terrain is designated for beginners; the rest is pretty evenly split between blues and blacks. For riders, a freestyle park-and-pipe clinic is helpful for bagging tricks.
Bear, a safety dog, helps make sure that things are copacetic, as does the ski patrol’s more than 100 members. The nearest hospital is less than a mile from the hill and a team of 12 doctors share on-call duty for the resort throughout the winter. Total peak-season staffers number almost 1,700. Among them are ski valets who will, upon request, come to your hotel room to fit you into gear.
Off-hill recreational options are many and varied—in fact, this is the category in which Steamboat scores highest. There’s a tube park, an ice arena, natural hot springs, a bowling alley, a movie theater, helicopter tours, ice climbing, a bungee trampoline, and much more. If you’re just looking for a good meal, Café Diva is popular; for something to drink, head to Tugboat Saloon or Tap House. The new, heated promenade at Gondola Square has lovely water features to play in, courtesy of the daylighted Burgess Creek.
Environmentally, Steamboat is mostly good, but the proposed Pioneer Ridge expansion would impinge upon 162 open-space acres. However, the resort gets credit for working to improve nesting habitat for migratory birds, and for having a zero-waste initiative that’s on track toward its goal: Thanks to much recycling and composting, 80 percent of Steamboat’s trash got diverted from the landfill. Free shuttles and buses have, the resort estimates, negated 1.2 million driving miles last year alone.
From February 6 to 10, the 100th annual Winter Carnival happens on Main Street, featuring a parade on skis and a nighttime light show. In early January is MusicFest, and mid-April brings the Cardboard Classic and its races in zany homemade sleds.