Home of ‘Champagne Powder’, family-friendly Steamboat is one of the largest ski resorts in Colorado with varied slopes, convenient lodging and a lively and laid-back town nearby.
The purpose-built resort of Steamboat is a three hour drive from Denver and just three miles from the long-established town of Steamboat Springs. The town itself acquired its name when early 19th century French settlers likened the quiet gurgle of the local thermal springs to the low rumble of a steamboat.
These days Steamboat Springs is a true “Western” town, surrounded by working ranches, cowboys and rodeos. In fact, Steamboat pays tribute to its rich Western heritage every year with the annual ‘Cowboy Downhill’ ski race and there are plenty of Wild-West themed bars and restaurants around too.
The ski area crosses six towering peaks, covering just under 3,000 acres of skiable terrain, encompassing everything from beginner runs and long cruising slopes to steep gladed terrain and mogul fields. Steamboat has a great snow record with an average of 8.5 metres of light, fluffy snow described as ‘Champagne Powder’ falling in abundance every season.
In recent years significant investment has been made in the resort’s infrastructure resulting in an increase in slopeside accommodation, new hotels and luxury chalets in Steamboat Springs. The town has over 100 bars and restaurants and is recognised as being a premier family ski resort with a whole host of activities on offer away from the slopes including hot air ballooning and bathing in the surrounding hot springs.
“Culinary connoisseurs will enjoy the seemingly endless choice of restaurants in Steamboat Springs, both on and off the mountain.”
Four Points Lodge
This unique mountain restaurant is situated high above the valley floor on Storm Peak. The wide-ranging menu focuses on healthy dishes, packed full of fresh ingredients and local flavours. Four Points Lodge is also open for a five-course dining experience Thursday to Saturday evenings.
www.four-points-lodge.com / +1 970 871 5150
Opened in 2012 by successful restauranter Rex Brice, Laundry is an excellent craft cocktail bar and restaurant. The tapas-style menu features a variety of delicious sharing plates and an extensive range of drinks including house-infused vodkas, speciality tequilas and a large variety of cocktails.
www.thelaundryrestaurant.com / +1 970 870 0681
One of the most raved about restaurants in town, Cafe Diva is an elegant restaurant with a seasonal menu and extensive sommelier-selected wine list. Dishes on the French-Asian inspired menu include ‘Pastrami Spiced Pork Tenderloin’ and ‘Bahn Mi Pork Belly Spring Roll’.
www.cafediva.com / +1 970 871 0508
This long-standing, family-owned restaurant uses local produce and fresh ingredients grown from its own gardens to produce French-inspired, contemporary American fare. The menu changes seasonally and its wine cellar has gained national recognition.
www.harwigs.com / +1 970 879 1919
“Filled with lively bars and nightclubs, great apres-ski in Steamboat is not hard to find.”
With its sprawling outdoor bar known as ‘the Beach’ and extensive Happy Hours, Slopeside Grill at the base area is ideal for a spot of apres ski after a hard day on the slopes. There’s a range of food on offer too, including pizza, toasted sandwiches and fish and chips.
www.slopesidegrill.com / +1 970 453 0989
Housed in an old ski patrol trailer, the ski-in T-Bar at the base of the mountain attracts a local apres-ski crowd with its tempting menu, fun atmosphere, affordable happy hours and great selection of beers. With friendly bartenders and a mix of old-school hip-hop and reggae on the sound system, this is the perfect place to relax at the end of the day.
www.TBarSteamboat.com / +1 970 879 6652
Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill
Combining handcrafted beer and American cuisine, Mahogany Ridge is a laid-back yet sophisticated restaurant and brewery known for its early and late-night happy hours. The menu is constantly evolving and there is often live music after dinner.
www.mahoganyridgesteamboat.com/index.html / +1 970 879 3773
Old Town Pub
Surrounded by vintage ski photos and cowboy memorabilia, get a taste of the ‘Wild West’ at this classic downtown pub. Enjoy local pub-fare or a beer in a historic setting whilst catching up on the sporting action from the day shown on the 60” flat screen TV or soaking up some live music.
www.theoldtownpub.com / +1 970 879 2101
“Excellent snow quality and 165 trails spread across six peaks makes for fantastic skiing for all abilities.”
With 2,965 acres of skiable terrain and six peaks to choose from there is certainly no shortage of choice in Steamboat. A large nursery area at the base of the mountain is ideal for beginners and there are many easy trails to progress to. Long cruising blue runs and groomed black runs will keep intermediates amused whilst experts will find challenging terrain in the glades and plenty of moguls off the Four Point and Sundown chairs. Steamboat also has some good backcountry terrain, five terrain parks and 15km of cross country tracks at the Touring Centre. Five nights a week Steamboat offers night skiing across five trails from the top of Christie Peak.
Steamboat Ski & Snowboard School
Whether you’re a first timer or experienced off-pister, Steamboat Ski & Snowboard can cater to your needs. Both private and group lessons are available and there are several age-specific programmes for kids and teens.
www.steamboat.com/snowsports-school / +1 877 783 2628
Billy Kidd Race Camp
Learn from the best as 1964 Olympic medalist Billy Kidd, along with other Steamboat Olympians and top level coaches, use simple methods and video analysis to improve your technique. The three day clinics run from Monday to Wednesday and include lunch.
www.billy-kidd-race-camp.com / +1 877 783 2628
“Aside from skiing, Steamboat Springs has a wide variety of winter activities and adventures on offer to suit all ages and tastes.”
After a long day on the slopes, what better way to ease those aching muscles than with a relaxing soak in the natural hot springs at Strawberry Park or Old Town. Strawberry Park enjoys a rustic mountain setting just outside Steamboat Springs and features therapeutic, thermal pools with temperatures ranging from 101-105 degrees.
+1 970 879 0342
Hot Air Balloon Tours
Soar high above Steamboat and enjoy a 45 minute flight with fantastic views of the Yampa Valley and surrounding peaks. All flights include continental breakfast, a flight certificate and a traditional champagne ceremony.
www.wildwestballooning.com / +1 970 879 7219
Take a break from skiing and explore the snowy landscape on horseback at Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch just outside Steamboat Springs. Rides last 1.5 to 2 hours depending on weather conditions but it is recommended you wrap up warm!
www.steamboathorses.com / +1 970 879 3495
The annual Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival takes place in February and is the oldest continuing Winter Carnival west of Mississippi. For several days the entire town is given over to racing, ski jumping and the famous ski jöring events as well as spectacular fireworks displays.