Steamboat Ski Resort
Steamboat resort is a major ski resort in northwest Colorado on Mount Werner in Routt National Forest. First opened on January 12, 1963, the area has 165 trails in 2,965 acres(1199 ha) with four terrain parks and a superpipe.
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- 2 Pros
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- 4 Contacts
- 5 Planning
- 6 Resort Facilities
- 7 Ride Guide
- 8 Other
- 9 Resources
Steamboat Ski Resort is located in Steamboat Springs, a small country ski town (population 10,000) situated in north-western Colorado, USA. The resort is located towards the south east of the town on Mount Werner, a mountain in the Park Range in the Routt National Forest.
- very dry powder snow
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The nearest airport to Steamboat Springs is Hayden Airport / Yampa Valley Airport (HDN) located 22 miles / 35 kilometers west of town off Highway 40. The airport recieves limited domestic flights from a number of American cities including Denver, Chicago and New York
The nearest international airport to Steamboat Springs is Denver International Airport (DIA), 194 miles from town (4 hours by road)
A number of private companies run shuttle services between DIA and Hayden and Steamboat Springs.
There are also car rental services operated at both Hayden and DIA
From Hayden Airport
From the airport, take the access road about 2 miles out to Highway 40 and turn right. Steamboat is about 22 miles east. There is no public bus service from the airport however, shuttle services are available.
157 miles Northwest of Denver, an easy 3 hour drive. Take I 70 west through the Eisenhower Tunnel to Silverthorne, Exit 205 (67 miles). Take CO 9 North to Kremmling (37 miles), then West on US 40 to Steamboat Springs (53 miles).
From Colorado Springs
230 miles Northwest of Colorado Springs. Take I 25 north to C 470 (53 miles) then C 470 west to I 70 west (15 miles). Take I 70 west through the Eisenhower Tunnel to Silverthorne exit 205 (67 miles). Take CO 9 North to Kremmling (37 miles), then West on US 40 to Steamboat Springs (53 miles).
Alternate Routes if Rabbit Ears Pass is Closed
Take this route if US 40 over Rabbit Ears Pass is closed and youâre coming from Denver or Colorado Springs. Take I 70 west through the Eisenhower Tunnel to Silverthorne, exit 205 (67 miles). Take CO 9 North to Kremmling (37 miles). Head west on US 40 until the intersection with CO 134 (6 miles). Turn left and go over Gore Pass (CO 134). At Toponas, take Colorado 131 north to Steamboat Springs (40 miles). Or, take I 70 west (through Vail) until Exit 157. Take CO 131 North to Steamboat Springs (75 miles), then left on US 40 to town (4 miles).
From Park City/Salt Lake City, UT
Take US 40/UT 189 South to Heber City, UT. Stay on US 40, Steamboat Springs is about 5 1/2 hours from Park City.
From Laramie, Wyoming
Take WY 230 West (Snowy Range exit) through Mountain Home to the Wyoming/Colorado border, the road changes to CO 127. Stay on CO 127 to Walden. Take CO 14 West to US 40 at Muddy Pass and Rabbit Ears Pass to Steamboat Springs.
Ticket prices for the 2009 season can be found here. prices for peak season start at $91 per day for an adult, $73 for a teenager and $56 for a child.
The ticket office is located towards the front of the gondola building
2008/2009 Ticket Office Information
Ticket Office Hours
June 6th - September 21, 2008 :: Daily 9:00am-5:00pm
September 22 - October 31, 2008 :: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
November 1 - November 21, 2008 :: Daily 9:00am-5:00pm
November 22, 2008 - April 12, 2009 :: Daily 8:00am-5:00pm
There are many places in Steamboat where you can rent all sorts of ski equipment of all standards. Here are just a few of the many ski rental stores found.
* Black Tie Ski Rentals * Breeze * Christy Sports * One Stop Ski Shop Ltd 970) 879-4754 * Ski Haus 970) 879-0385 * Sportstalker: Retail-Rental 970) 879-2445 * Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare 970) 879-9144 * Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation 970) 879-6111 * Steamboat Ski Touring Center 970) 879-8180 * Terry Sports 970) 879-8414
You can also book your ski or snowboard rental online which can save you some money and more importantly time in the rental stores. You may also want to secure unusual boot sizes
The main companies in Steamboat that offer this service are;
* Black Tie - Which also offer full delivery service to your accommodation * Breeze * Rentskis * Christy Sports
To view a comparison of online ski rentals servicing Steamboat Steamboat Ski Rentals
Steamboat Springs Transit provides an excellent free bus service around town. There are a number of lines which run roughly every 20 minutes past condo areas to the resort and also into town and to the shops and supermarkets.
The 2009 timetable can be found here 
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Bars & Entertainment
Kids Vacation Center
Steamboat has five kids-only lifts and two special beginner teaching areas with dedicated Magic Carpet lifts. More advanced kids access the entire mountain, including kids-only terrain at Rough Rider Basin, complete with dedicated lift plus teepees, a frontier-style fort and the Beehive - a kidsâ terrain park.
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Parks & Pipes
Mavericks Superpipe is a freerider's dream. Mavericks is 500 feet long, 56-feet wide and has 18-foot walls, and a 22-foot transition. Steamboat's terrain park adjacent to Mavericks features an outdoor sound system, a variety of rails; kinked, sliders, rainbows, "s" mailboxes, double barrel, and Mini-Mav, a miniture version of the superpipe with eight-foot walls, perfect for novice riders.
Gladed areas of Pioneer Ridge, Sunshine and Storm Peak are Steamboat's particular claim to fame
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