Howelsen Hill Ski Area, Steamboat Springs

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Howelsen Hill Ski Area

Continuously operating since this little gem's inception in 1914 and called home by over 70 Olympic athletes, Howelsen Hill Ski Area is Colorado's oldest downhill ski resort, located in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs.

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  • Watch the Olympians train on the ski jumps, cross-country trails, bobsled track and more.
  • Howelsen Hill has been home to over 70 Olympic athletes.
  • Take the opportunity to visit Colorado's oldest downhill ski area, open since 1914.
  • Visit the terrain park and halfpipe to practice on the kickers, tabletops and other features..


Located right in downtown Steamboat, you'll find many a local taking a ski run during their lunch break from work. The resort offers an assortment of activities for visitors as well. Howelsen Hill is especially great for families or budget conscious travelers. 

In addition to the skiing, here some other activities that draw visitors to Howelsen Ski Area.

  • Ski Jumping 
    There are good reasons that the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has produced over 50 winter Olympians, including the five world-class ski jumps located at Howelsen. In fact, it's the largest natural ski-jumping facility in the country. Many visitors prefer watching to participating in this activity. You may even get to see a future Olympian!
  • Terrain Park 
    Howelsen Hill may not be as big as other ski areas, but it doesn't matter to snowboarders who prefer tricks and big air. Often times snowboarders (and skiers) stay on the terrain park all day at the larger resorts, and they will be just as happy at Howelsen Hill.
  • Nordic Skiing 
    There are 20 kilometers of cross-country ski terrain at Howelsen Hill Ski Area. This is an excellent family activity on a sunny day! Get some exercise and glide across the snow while enjoying the beauty of Colorado.
  • Competitive Events 
    Howelsen Hill has hosted several major competitive events in the past. If you are lucky, you'll have the chance to watch the world cup up close and personal, or root for your favorite local at a national event. Even the junior events are impressive!


Howelsen Hill is right in the heart of Steamboat Springs, across the Yampa River at 845 Howelsen Parkway. 


The ski season is generally from December until March, depending on snow and weather conditions.

The lifts run from 1pm to 8pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Mountain Services

Because of its history and nature, Howelsen is heavily oriented towards the Olympic sports. There are multiple teams that train in the area, including the ski jumping, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing and snowboarding Olympic events. 

The tubing hill is a popular activity for families, with a dedicated magic carpet to get back to the top of the hill. Howelsen Hill Lodge provides a place to warm up with both snacks and drinks. 

Contact Information

Parks, Open Space & Recreational Services
245 Howelsen Parkway
PO Box 775088
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477

Phone: (970) 879-8499

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