Uncork Some Champagne Powder Aodhan Boylan, Ski Specialist

"If you like long blue groomed cruisers “Buddy’s Run” in Steamboat will be your cup of tea. It’s a good pitch and nice and long – perfect to practice those big GS turns. It was named after Buddy Werner who was a member of the US ski team way back in the 60’s and was a local to Steamboat"

Steamboat Ski Holidays

Steamboat offers 2965 acres of incredible ski terrain, split over six mountain peaks and perfect for intermediates and families. With 165 named trails, a huge 3,668ft vertical and 18 ski lifts, Steamboat is one of Colorado’s largest resorts. The skiing here is world-renowned and the resort has an incredible snow record - they've even trademarked the phrase 'Champagne Powder' to describe the fluffy, light, dry Colorado powder snow that falls here in abundance. Blue sky days and great visibility are also likely to be a big feature of any Steamboat ski holiday and on a bluebird day, the tree skiing can be legendary.

Steamboat mountain village is super convenient for direct access to the slopes. A couple of miles away you’ll find Steamboat’s old town down in the valley. This is a genuine ranching town proud of its western heritage, and is packed full of great bars, a superb choice of restaurants and some truly unique Cowboy-centric shops. A regular shuttle connects the mountain village to downtown.

Skiing in Steamboat

The skiing in Steamboat is simply fabulous. The mountain is beautifully set up to spread the talent all over the mountain. This is great news for adult and child beginners who get their own ‘learn to ski’ and designated ‘slow zones’, backed up with an award-winning snow school. Steamboat is firmly stamped ‘Great for Families’. Kids ski & rent free up to 12 years old – provided they are pre-booked and the adults rent too – plus the ski school is tip-top. The kids stay in the same, small, group all week and as well as improving their skiing and riding, take part in treasure hunts, barbeques and races. Once the basics are grasped then improvers can jump on the gondola and then get to play on the multitude of long winding groomers down through the trees back to the mountain village, or take the Sundown Express to over 10,000ft and play on the gentle Sunshine Peak ridge runs.

Intermediates have access to the whole smorgasbord of shredability that Steamboat has on offer. Great fast groomers, nice hero-bumps and long trails to practice your technique on, before heading over to the back side and down into the more open high alpine terrain of Morningside Park. There is a huge amount of terrain here for all ages and all skill levels, but on a great powder day the tree-skiing in Steamboat is like nothing else you’ve ever experienced on a pair of skis – it is simply some of the very best tree and gladed skiing in the world! On a powder day you will feast like a king here!

Experts get steep, technical groomers to crank on, big bump runs, and a whole host of upper mountain terrain to get rowdy in. The double black diamond drops that slot down through the cliff bands and tight trees on Mt Werner are world-class, and the gladed areas are huge – there’s so many lines here you can make lap after lap and never repeat. It’s #treemageddon! Finish the day with a lazy quad burner from Storm Peak down ‘Buddy’s Run’ onto ‘Drop Out’ and then roll your ankles down ‘BC Ski Way’ to the village. Hang a right a few hundred metres from the village base and won’t be able to miss quintessential Steamboat après on the deck at the legendary T-Bar. A pitcher you said? Why not…

We offer a full range of discounted Steamboat lift tickets, ski & snowboard rentals and snow school lessons and we always recommend you book early for our very best prices.

Getting to Steamboat

Ski Independence offer a choice of airlines flying direct from London into Denver, and indirect in Hayden, and we provide complete flexibility to choose the day of departure, holiday duration, choice of airline and cabin type. We have the freedom to build you the perfect holiday itinerary around the best flight options that suit you, and not around a product we’re committed to sell.

All of our holidays to Steamboat include a shared, scheduled shuttle transfer from Denver, but if you want to take advantage of your Ikon Pass, you may want the flexibility of a self-drive, SUV or minivan. We offer 'Gold' option car rental which includes all the mandatory taxes & fees, extra driver fees, fuel and ski rack. We can also offer vehicles with SatNav.

Steamboat has been voted the #1 Family Resort in North America thanks to the town's family-friendly atmosphere, the great variety of slopes, lesson options for the little ones, day and night child care facilities, and the Kids Ski Free/Kids Rent Free programs.

Whether a recent arrival to snow or an experienced skier, taking care of the littlest guests has always been a priority at Steamboat.

The resort holds a national reputation for the best children’s programs in the country and the latest move adds to a plethora of family specific improvements over the past several years.

The Kids’ Vacation Center’s added a new slopeside entrance in 2009 and an additional 3,000 sq. ft., nearly a 40% increase, to the comprehensive children’s complex. Young snow enthusiasts are whisked into a redesigned kid-friendly, western-themed facility with the overall goal of expediting check-in, streamlining functionality, augmenting security and delivering a better family experience.

Steamboat offers excellent childcare at the Kiddie Corral Daycare from 6months – 6 years. The children will be in groups appropriate to their ages and have fun packed days of games and play.

In the evening, there is the Kids Adventure Camp at Night. It is available for 5 - 12 year olds and operates during school holidays on a Wednesday – Saturday evening from 6pm – 10pm. Is the ideal way to keep you kids entertained when you go out for an adult’s dinner! Reservations are required by 4.30pm on the day you would like to use the facility.

In addition, babysitting can be organised.

Important information
Season Late November - Mid April
Ski Area 2,965 acres
Annual Snowfall 28ft
Number of Lifts 18
Ski Range 6,900–10,568ft
Snow Making Capabilities 438 acres
Ski Shuttle Free regular service between town of Steamboat and ski village.
Blue Runs 14%
Red Runs 42%
Black Runs 44%
Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season Off-season
Distance from airports
Hayden 30mins
Denver 4hr30mins