Howelsen Hill Ski Area

Howelsen Hill Ski Area is a ski area located in the state of Colorado in USA. The resort is in the town of Seamboat Springs, CO. We recently ranked all of Colorado's ski resorts, so you can see where Howelsen Hill Ski Area stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Howelsen Hill Ski Area is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Howelsen Hill Ski Area.

Howelsen Hill Ski Area Lodging:

Howelsen Hill Ski Area Terrain Overview

Howelsen Hill Ski Area has a total of 17 ski trails, which are serviced by 4 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Howelsen Hill Ski Area is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 50 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 20 hectares, 0 square miles, or 0 square kilometers.

Howelsen Hill Ski Area's slopes see on average 150 inches (59 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 12 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
50(0 km2)
Annual Snowfall
150"(59 cm)

Howelsen Hill Ski Area Elevation

Howelsen Hill Ski Area has a summit elevation of 7,136 feet, or 2,175 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 6,696 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 440 feet (134 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Howelsen Hill Ski Area's summit elevation is higher than average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are much higher than this one (some stretch to 12,000 feet!), but it is not small by any stretch of the imagination.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
7,136'(2,175 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
440'(134 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
6,696'(2,041 m)

Howelsen Hill Ski Area Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
44.4out of 100
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Howelsen Hill Ski Area can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 80% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Terrain by Difficulty Level

Howelsen Hill Ski Area has 50 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Howelsen Hill Ski Area is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 20% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 80%.
20%(10 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
30%(15 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
50%(25 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Howelsen Hill Ski Area good for beginners?

Howelsen Hill Ski Area can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 80% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Howelsen Hill Ski Area Location

Howelsen Hill Ski Area is located in the state of Colorado, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Seamboat Springs, CO.

Seamboat Springs, CO 80487 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
40.48300, -106.83700

Getting to Howelsen Hill Ski Area

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Howelsen Hill Ski Area), its coordinates of 40.48300, -106.83700 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Seamboat Springs, CO to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Howelsen Hill Ski Area.

Denver International AirportDENDenver, CO122 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Howelsen Hill Ski Area.

Eagle County Regional AirportEGEEagle, CO58 mi
Laramie Regional AirportLARLaramie, WY83 mi
Aspen-Pitkin Co/Sardy FieldASEAspen, CO87 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Howelsen Hill Ski Area, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Howelsen Hill Ski Area.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
SteamboatClark, CO10,568 ft77%23 mi
Snowy RangeLaramie, WY10,000 ft40%57 mi
Beaver CreekBeaver Creek, CO11,440 ft62%62 mi
VailVail, CO11,570 ft77%63 mi
Ski Granby RanchGranby, CO9,202 ft30%68 mi
Winter Park ResortWinter Park, CO12,060 ft72%71 mi
KeystoneDillon, CO12,408 ft69%77 mi
EldoraNederland, CO10,800 ft48%77 mi
Copper MountainFrisco, CO12,313 ft66%79 mi
SunlightGlenwood Springs, CO9,895 ft51%79 mi
BreckenridgeBreckenridge, CO12,998 ft82%81 mi
Ski CooperLeadville, CO11,700 ft42%83 mi
Echo Mountain ResortIdaho Springs, CO10,650 ft27%89 mi
Aspen Highlands Ski ResortAspen, CO11,675 ft93%89 mi
Aspen Mountain Ski ResortAspen, CO11,212 ft79%90 mi
Aspen SnowmassSnowmass Village, CO12,510 ft86%90 mi

Howelsen Hill Ski Area Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation7,136 ft
Base Elevation6,696 ft
Vertical Drop440 ft
(20% Beginner,  30% Intermediate,  50% Expert)
Skiable Acres50
Avg. Annual Snowfall150 inches
Howelsen Hill Ski Area Mountain Stats