The slopes

  • Extent 3 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 3 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 4 out of 5
  • Expert 3 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 5 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 3 out of 5
  • Schools 4 out of 5
  • Families 5 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 2 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 5 out of 5
  • Apres ski 3 out of 5
  • Off-slope 2 out of 5

Key facts

Resort2105 m
Slopes2105-3220 m
Lifts18
Pistes2965 acres
Price index185

Steamboat

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The upside

  • Varied mountain with extensive easy runs and rightly famed gladed terrain
  • Real town with some Western character, a drive from the slopes
  • Fair mountain restaurants
  • Good snow record (the home of Champagne Powder™) – but ...

The downside

  • Low altitude by Colorado standards
  • snow can deteriorate quickly
  • Modern base has little appeal except some convenient lodging developments
  • Most lodgings are a drive from both the slopes and the town
  • Not enough groomed runs to amuse keen intermediates for a week
  • Rather isolated location
  • Latest user reviews

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    News – 2017/18

    Steamboat is joining the bandwagon and building a mountain roller coaster. It will be over 1800m long with 120m vertical and the resort claims it is ‘the longest mountain coaster in North America’.

    Summary

    We dropped Steamboat from our guidebook a few years back, along with several other resorts that lacked support from readers. It reappeared in the final 2016 edition because we visited in February 2015, and liked both the hill and the nearby town of Steamboat Springs more than we expected to.

    What we didn’t like, despite recent improvements, is the mountain base area, which has been developed piecemeal over many years. Some of its lodgings are convenient for the snow (some are emphatically not), but it is devoid of life after the immediate après session. Plans to redevelop the Ski Time Square area to the left of the lift base give some hope. Meanwhile, the increasingly amusing town is only a shuttle ride away.

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    The slopes

    • Extent 3 out of 5
    • Fast lifts 3 out of 5
    • Snow 4 out of 5
    • Queues 4 out of 5
    • Terrain p'ks 4 out of 5
    • Expert 3 out of 5
    • Intermediate 4 out of 5
    • Beginner 5 out of 5
    • Boarder 4 out of 5
    • X-country 3 out of 5
    • Restaurants 3 out of 5
    • Schools 4 out of 5
    • Families 5 out of 5

    The resort

    • Resort charm 2 out of 5
    • Convenience 3 out of 5
    • Scenery 3 out of 5
    • Eating out 5 out of 5
    • Apres ski 3 out of 5
    • Off-slope 2 out of 5

    Key facts

    Resort2105 m
    Slopes2105-3220 m
    Lifts18
    Pistes2965 acres
    Price index185