Overview of Steamboat Ski Resort
A Steamboat Springs ski holiday means you’ll be staying in, or near, a genuine former cowboy town. While this side of the resort is played up a little for the tourist market, it does still have bags of real character and some traditional businesses that have either been trading for a century or so, or are located within old nineteenth century buildings.
The ski area is actually a few miles from the old town and a whole second community has grown up around the base of the lifts, and a third community is now starting to grow thanks to a new gondola link. As the town and the ski lifts are only an eight-minute free shuttle ride (or short hire car drive) apart, it doesn’t matter too much which one you stay in, although slopeside of course you have the advantage of being able to walk out on to the slopes in the morning without needing to find a parking space or catch the shuttle.
The town, the resort base and the ski slopes have all been beneficiaries of a $50 million spend over the past five years which has seen a beautification and lots of design improvements both downtown and at the base of the resort, as well as fast new lifts on the mountain and new property developments.
In terms of skiing Steamboat has all ability levels well covered. It has a reputation for its ski racing team and proudly boasts it has created more Olympian skiers than any other US resort. It has also trademarked the term ‘Champagne Powder’ to describe the abundance of light fluffy snow for which it is famous.