Steamboat Local Guide
Located right in the town of Steamboat Springs, Steamboat Ski Resort is one of the premier family ski resorts in the country. When you purchase a 5-or-more day adult lift ticket, any kids under 12 ski for free. To keep your kids entertained, Steamboat has a great ski school and also a “Kids Vacation Center” so everyone’s parents can have some alone time on the hill. Looking for a mountain that offers champagne powder days but is also kid friendly? Steamboat’s 3,000 acres and 165 trails offer something for every member of the family. For beginners, green runs off of the gondola, like “Why Not” stretch nearly 3 miles long, swerving through scenic aspen forests. Looking to get out of the woods and work on your goggle tan? Not to worry, because the “Sundial” green run is bright and wide open, allowing you to get a nice tan off of the appropriately named Sunshine Express lift.
Intermediates and experts won’t miss out on any fun at Steamboat Ski Resort, either. For those looking to hit some bumps but keep things relaxed, “One O’clock / Two O’clock” are the best options. Their bumps are well spread out and they offer an accommodating pitch. Expert skiers can get an extra workout in by hitting some of the hike-accessible terrain Steamboat offers. “No Names” offers narrow glades and is best accessed from the top of Mount Werner, just a 15 minute hike from Morningside Lift. Make sure you head into this run with fresh legs, though, because you will have to get back to the resort by hitting “First Chance” or “Last Chance,” which are long and flat runs.
Looking to spend time away from the slopes? The greater Steamboat area offers a plethora off-hill activities. The “Springs” in Steamboat Springs is there for a reason. Steamboat is almost just as well known for its geothermal hot springs as it is for its skiing. If you want to bring the whole family along for a turnkey experience, Old Town Hot Springs has been modernized with swimming and soaking pools, as well as water slides for the kids. If you want a more natural experience, you can’t miss a visit to the Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs, either. Located within the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests, Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs isn’t located directly in town, but you can get there easily by car and will enjoy a quick but beautiful drive on the way. To learn about even more off-hill activities and all about the dining options in this beautiful part of Colorado, be sure to check out part two of our Steamboat Local Guide coming to the blog soon.