In Steamboat Springs, skiing takes center stage with two distinct ski areas and a massive backcountry, all coated in the famous champagne powder that lets you feel like you're floating on clouds.
There are two mountains to ski: Steamboat Springs and Howelsen Hill. While they undoubtedly have different focuses, each has unique characteristics that make them worth visiting. Steamboat is a full service resort with all the amenities imaginable, while Howelsen is an Olympic training ground and budget skier's dream.
This is almost like heli-skiing without the big ticket prices. Heading up into the surrounding mountain ranges around Steamboat, the snowcats can access untracked powder that Steamboat skiing could only hope to match.
The Mavericks Terrain Park should be enough to bring in most any snowboarder. However, the massive superpipe and other terrain parks aren't the only items to attract snowboarders. The bowls and glades add high-quality variety to the mountain's snowboarding prowess.
Skiing the backcountry is like nothing else. The quiet, the calm, the entire valley open before you... it's everything at once, unspoilt by crowds of people. It's the raw attraction of nature itself. And, like a cherry on top of ice cream, carving the deep powder can only add to the incredible experience.
Perhaps lacking the pure adrenaline rush of downhill skiing, cross country delivers its own rewards. The rhythm of gliding across the snow, the full body workout, and the backcountry access are simply unparalleled.
Given all the arrangements necessary to make a ski vacation fun and stress-free, consider taking advantage of a ski vacation package. These often combine great deals to pass along the savings, as well as help take care of logistics.
What better way to enjoy the mountain than right on it? There are more options than a simple hotel room in Steamboat Springs, including ski in/ski out, cabins, condos, resorts and spas.
Don't worry if you forgot a hat, jacket or mittens, the shops offer a wide selection of outdoor gear to help fill in those gaps. They also rent skis, poles, boots and other gear. This way, there's less hassle with moving around all the heavy equipment from home to the hill.