Steamboat Ski Resort

Steamboat Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Colorado in USA. The resort is in the town of Clark, CO. 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.

Steamboat Lodging:

Steamboat Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Steamboat has a total of 169 ski trails, which are serviced by 17 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 2,965 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 1,200 hectares, 5 square miles, or 12 square kilometers.

Steamboat's slopes see on average 349 inches (137 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 29 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
2,965(12 km2)
Annual Snowfall
349"(137 cm)

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.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
10,568'(3,221 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
3,668'(1,118 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
6,900'(2,103 m)

Steamboat Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
76.4out of 100
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Steamboat is one of the hardest ski areas in the country, with a difficulty score of 76.4. This mountain ranks in the top 10% of most-difficult ski resorts in all of North America, mostly due to the fact that it has 44% of its trails rated as expert-level, and a vertical drop of 3,668 feet.


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 Area by Difficulty Level

Steamboat has 2,965 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 for the beginners.
14%(415 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
42%(1,245 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
44%(1,305 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 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 nearby the town of Clark, CO.

Clark, CO 80428 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
40.80000, -106.95000

Getting to Steamboat Ski 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 AirportDENDenver, CO136 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 AirportLARLaramie, WY75 mi
Eagle County Regional AirportEGEEagle, CO80 mi
Aspen-Pitkin Co/Sardy FieldASEAspen, CO109 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.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Snowy RangeLaramie, WY10,000 ft40%45 mi
Beaver CreekBeaver Creek, CO11,440 ft62%85 mi
VailVail, CO11,570 ft72%86 mi
Ski GranbyGranby, CO9,202 ft30%86 mi
Winter ParkWinter Park, CO12,060 ft72%90 mi
EldoraNederland, CO10,800 ft48%94 mi
KeystoneDillon, CO12,408 ft69%98 mi
SunlightGlenwood Springs, CO9,895 ft51%99 mi

Steamboat Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation10,568 ft
Base Elevation6,900 ft
Vertical Drop3,668 ft
(14% Beginner,  42% Intermediate,  44% Expert)
Skiable Acres2,965
Avg. Annual Snowfall349 inches
Steamboat Ski Resort Mountain Stats