Steamboat Ski Resort is a popular ski and snowboard destination located in the Yampa Valley of Northwestern Colorado. With over 2,900 acres of skiable terrain and a vertical drop of almost 3,700 feet, Steamboat Ski Resort offers a variety of trails for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. The resort features five terrain parks, the Mavericks Superpipe, the Bashor Terrain Park, the Westlake Terrain Park, the Rudi's Rodeo Terrain Park, and the Steamboat Terrain Park, which offer a range of features and challenges for freestyle skiers and snowboarders.
Steamboat Ski Resort receives an average of around 350 inches of snowfall per season, which allows for a long ski season that typically runs from November through April. In addition to downhill skiing and snowboarding, Steamboat Ski Resort also offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and other winter activities. With a variety of on-mountain dining and lodging options, Steamboat Ski Resort is the perfect place to experience all that the Colorado Rockies have to offer.
We recently ranked all of Colorado's ski resorts, so you can see where Steamboat stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
Steamboat is a part of the Ikon Ski Pass network. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all or most of the Ikon-sponsored slopes with it throughout the year, depending on the type of pass you bought.
There are numerous options to stay at Steamboat around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Steamboat Mountain Resort Terrain Overview
Steamboat has a total of 181 ski trails, which are serviced by 23 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 3,741 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 1,514 hectares, 5.8 square miles, or 15.1 square kilometers.
Steamboat's slopes see on average 349 inches (8.9 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 29 feet every year!
Steamboat Ski Resort Elevation
Steamboat Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 10,568 feet, or 3,221 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 6,900 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 3,668 feet (1,118 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
The summit of 10,568 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.
Steamboat Ski Resort Difficulty Level
78.8out of 100
DID YOU KNOW?
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.
Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level
Steamboat has 3,741 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Seeing as Steamboat is one of the hardest ski areas in the country, it's no surprise that over 86% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level. This leaves only 14% of its skiable acres as beginner terrain.
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.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.
Is Steamboat Ski Resort good for beginners?
This is one of the hardest ski areas in the country to ski at, so it is not great for beginners. Steamboat Ski Resort ranks in the top 10% of the most-difficult ski resorts in the country. It has 44% of its trails rated as expert, or black-diamond level.
Steamboat Ski Resort Location
Steamboat Ski Resort is located in the state of Colorado, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Clark, CO.
Clark, CO 80428 USA
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Getting to Steamboat Mountain Resort
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Steamboat Ski Resort), its coordinates of 40.80000, -106.95000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Clark, 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 Steamboat Ski Resort.
|Denver International Airport||DEN||Denver, CO||136 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 Steamboat.
|Laramie Regional Airport||LAR||Laramie, WY||75 mi|
|Eagle County Regional Airport||EGE||Eagle, CO||80 mi|
|Aspen-Pitkin Co/Sardy Field||ASE||Aspen, CO||109 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Steamboat Ski Resort, 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 Steamboat Ski Resort.
|Howelsen Hill Ski Area||Seamboat Springs, CO||7,136 ft||46%||23 mi|
|Bluebird Backcountry||Kremmling, CO||9,845 ft||60%||35 mi|
|Snowy Range||Laramie, WY||10,000 ft||41%||45 mi|
|Beaver Creek||Beaver Creek, CO||11,440 ft||64%||85 mi|
|Vail||Vail, CO||11,570 ft||79%||86 mi|
|Ski Granby Ranch||Granby, CO||9,202 ft||32%||86 mi|
|Winter Park Resort||Winter Park, CO||12,060 ft||86%||90 mi|
|Eldora||Nederland, CO||10,600 ft||50%||94 mi|
|Loveland Ski Area||Dillon, CO||13,010 ft||65%||95 mi|
|Keystone||Dillon, CO||12,408 ft||76%||98 mi|
|Sunlight Mountain||Glenwood Springs, CO||9,895 ft||66%||99 mi|
Steamboat Ski Resort Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||10,568 ft|
|Base Elevation||6,900 ft|
|Vertical Drop||3,668 ft|
(14% Beginner, 42% Intermediate, 44% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||349 inches|