A winter ski vacation to Steamboat Ski Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, will fit the bill for adrenaline junkies, avid skies and snowboarders, families and groups, and beginners who are new to the sport. Known as “Ski Town, USA,” Steamboat has plenty of winter fun to keep you busy.
Before you hit the Steamboat Springs Resort slopes, you’re going to need to rent ski gear and snowboarding equipment from a trusted outfitter. We peruse all the top Steamboat Springs ski rentals shops that can outfit you for your adventure on the slopes. We even have some sweet coupons that can save you money on individual ski and snowboard rentals or group rental packages.
Take a closer look at our Steamboat Springs ski rentals recommendations once you’ve made your travel and lodging plans. There’s no need to fret or struggle with cumbersome luggage at the airport or taking up space in your car. Book in advance with a trusted, local ski retailer and travel hands free. Once you arrive at the airport, meet up with your equipment representative at a time and location of your choosing, and receive a custom fitting. It’s a great way to make sure you get exactly what you want, and have all of your questions answered, before you hit the slopes.
Steamboat Springs is about a three-hour drive from downtown Denver, depending on weather and traffic. You will pass through the Eisenhower Tunnel and cross the Continental Divide. Travel Interstate 70 West to Highway 9 North at Silverthorne. Head north along Highway 9 until it merges with Highway 40 at Kremmling. Continue north along Highway 40 until you reach Steamboat Springs.
The Yampa Valley Regional airport is 22 miles from Steamboat Springs, and has nonstop flights during the winter season from several major airports on airlines such as Alaska Airlines, American, Delta, JetBlue and United.
Steamboat Ski Resort has a number of unique amenities that have helped it earned the reputation as “Ski Town, USA.” Covering close to 3,000 acres on Mount Werner in the Park Range of the Routt National Forest, the resort had been in operation for more than 55 seasons, and offers a diverse palate of skiing and snowboard for skiers of all abilities. The mountain receives about 400 inches of snow annually, so there’s plenty of snowpack and champagne powder during the season.
The ski area has close to 170 named trails, 44 percent of which are classified as advanced while another 42 percent is rated intermediate. Fourteen percent of terrain is designated for beginners. The longest run is called “Why Not” and checks in at about three miles in length. Other notable attractions at the resort include the Maverick Super pipe and five other terrain parks, the Outlaw Mountain Coaster, as well as night skiing, which has been in operation since 2012.
Night skiing at Steamboat starts with a ride on the Christie Peak Express, a high-speed chairlift that will take you to the top of Christie Peak. Once at the top, choose from five night-skiing runs: Lil’ Rodeo, See Me, Sitz, Stampede and Vogue. There’s two runs for beginners, two for intermediates, and one for expert/advanced. No matter your skill level, you’ll love the evening cruise down 1,100 vertical feet to the base under the state-of-the-art Ultra-Tech lighting system. It’s an unforgettable experience and the perfect way to maximize your time on the hill.
Skiers and snowboarders love Steamboat for its challenging steeps, entertaining cruisers and awesome tree skiing. Backcountry skiing, cross-country, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are popular family/group outings, too. Or take in a relaxing hot springs tour to get you rejuvenated for another day on the slopes.
Howelsen Hill Ski Area is a smaller ski area in Steamboat Springs. It’s a popular training ground for Olympic athletes for many years and is actually the oldest active ski resort in Colorado, first opening in 1915. It also has the largest natural ski jumping complex in North America. The resort offers a total of 13 miles of terrain, including 17 alpine trails and nine Nordic trails. If you’re looking to mix in a bit of nostalgia on your ski getaway, you can’t go wrong with classic Howelsen Hill.
Before you head out to explore Steamboat Ski Resort, you’ll need to snag some gear from a trusted outfitter. We recommend a number of trusted local shops that can get you fully equipped for a day, week, month or season on the mountain. Here’s our picks for Steamboat Springs ski rentals and snowboard rentals. Note the shops with links have discount coupons for your to compare on this site.
If you’re a beginner, once you have picked up your Steamboat Springs ski rentals, stick to the gondola, Christie Peak Express and Thunderhead Express to take you to the green runs. Thunderhead Express will get you to the Why Not trail that is three miles long. Newbies should plan on spending the first day or two (at least) in Ski School.Intermediate skiers should ride one of the two high-speed quads on Sunshine Peak, or hit the Sunshine Express lift, to locate a bevy of blue trails. There are more intermediate trails at BAR-UE, Four Points, Morningside Park and the Storm Peak Express lifts.
Experts should head to Pony Express for some nice blue-black trails, or hop on one of the five high-speed quads to get to Morningside Park, Pioneer Ridge, Sunshine Peak and most of Storm Peak
Intermediate skiers should ride one of the two high-speed quads on Sunshine Peak, or hit the Sunshine Express lift, to locate a bevy of blue trails. There are more intermediate trails at BAR-UE, Four Points, Morningside Park and the Storm Peak Express lifts.