With 165 trails, 3,668 vertical feet and 2,965 permitted acres for skiing and riding, it’s no surprise that the Steamboat Ski Resort is known as a world-class destination resort. When you look at the mountain trail map, you’ll quickly notice that the Steamboat Ski Area is actually a complete mountain range that encompasses 6 different peaks. With 18 total lifts capable of transporting 41,465 skiers per hour, getting around the various slopes is incredibly easy.
Skiing was introduced to Steamboat Springs by Carl Howelsenwho had once traveled with the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Dubbed as the “Flying Norseman” for his ability to ski jump further than many had ever imagined possible, Carl brought an excitement for winter activities to Steamboat Springs and his enthusiasm stuck! Ground breaking for resort began in 1958 and the resort officially opened with lift service on January 12, 1963. The only facility then located at the base was an A-frame structure that served as a warming hut.
The first gondola was installed on the mountain in 1970 and Steamboat was finally taken seriously as a prominent winter resort. Other notable on-mountain improvements include:
- 1980: First snowmaking introduced to the mountain
- 1986: New Doppelmayer, 8-passenger gondola installation
- 1987: Snowboarding permitted within ski area
- 1993: Four Points, mid-mountain warming hut built
- 1996: Morningside opens for skiing
- 1997: Pioneer Ridge opens for skiing
- 2006: Mavericks Superpipe opens within the resort’s terrain park
Today’s Steamboat Ski Resort is a key ingredient of the town’s economy and market value, not to mention a source of endless fun. For those lucky enough to call Steamboat home, the Ski Area serves as a “backyard playground” and stunning backdrop to everyday life.
Here are some helpful links for you to explore the Ski Area in more depth: