Steamboat in the Yampa Valley has recently been taken over by ‘Intrawest’ (who own both Whistler and Les Arcs 1950 ... Read more
Steamboat in the Yampa Valley has recently been taken over by ‘Intrawest’ (who own both Whistler and Les Arcs 1950 to name just 2 resorts, so watch this space – its on the up. It calls itself the ‘Home of Champagne Powder’ and certainly has the snow records to prove it. There are massive views over the valley from the top of the mountain and although not as large as some of its rivals, it’s famed for its abundance of great wooded runs. The town is a little disappointing at present but is currently being revamped. Its best to stay at the lift base village as Steamboat Springs which is where much accommodation is located is a 10 min drive away is wholly uninspiring but consequently cheaper!
Ski Line offer all sorts of accommodation in this resort, ranging from self catered apartments, to hotels and even self catered chalets.
This ski resort is not for party animals however the bars around the base lodge area are good for après ski and one even has a comedy club too. There’s live music to be had at the ‘Tugboat’ which is also a bar and grill.
You can go to the Strawberry Park hot springs for a relaxing après ski wind-down, or if you like to ramp it up a bit try snowmobiling, tubing, dog sledding or ice climbing. There are many restaurants and bars serving a mix of cuisine. Particularly recommended are the cottonwood grill and Johnny b goods.
The Headwall beginners area has recently been upgraded so is perfect for beginner skiers and snowboarders. There are plenty of green and red runs and the Sunshine area is said to be good for families to ski together on.
There are many runs to choose from if you are in intermediate and there are also 4 terrain parks too. There are many runs down through the trees with blues reds and easy blacks to choose from.
There’s some challenging skiing through the trees if you know where to go, try the sunshine peak area, or pony express area. You can go snow cat skiing in this resort – which will take you off the beaten track. The 12 acre maverick terrain park will keep you smiling with jumps, rails and a quarter and super pipe to boot.
Champagne Powder is all we have to say, many rate this resort as perfect for snowboarders with the second highest rate of snowfall in all of Colorado, there’s one Snowpark which boasts a Superpipe too.