- Steamboat Springs has terrain for snowboarders of all levels, from the green groomers to the experts-only glades and bowls.
- Terrain parks challenge everyone from beginners at Lil' Rodeo to X-Games hopefuls at the famous Mavericks.
- Take a lesson to improve your turns, raising your riding to the next level.
- Deep, backcountry powder is available for the taking.
The options for Steamboat Springs snowboarding are enough to attract riders of all varieties: the lift-serviced terrain of Steamboat Ski Resort, including the famous Mavericks Terrain Park; the budget-conscious riding at Howelsen Hill; and, of course, the famous backcountry, hiding waist-deep powder stashes long into the season.
Where to go Snowboarding
Steamboat Springs Ski Resort
Steamboat Springs Ski Resort is one of Colorado's most versatile and well-balanced snowboarding hot-spots. The terrain varies from nice, easy groomers to sick powder turns in the trees to steep bowls. There are plenty of cliffs to huck and Steamboat's champagne powder will cushion your landing.
Although the area reports similar snowpacks to Summit County, it is a well known fact that the powder stays fresh longer in Steamboat. Additionally, a top of the line snowmaking system ensures top to bottom mountain coverage throughout the entire season.
Mavericks Terrain Park
As part of the Steamboat Springs Ski Resort, the Mavericks Terrain Park is a marquee attraction, including its own chair lift. In case you aren't familiar with the namesake, Mavericks is a ginormous surf wave in Half Moon Bay, California. It's an "experts only" type of wave and so is the superpipe at Steamboat Springs.
If you consider yourself an expert (don't we all?), then you will love the speed, the air and the shape of the Mavericks. Several ski and snowboard magazines agree that it is one of America's top 10 half pipes!
Fortunately, the Mavericks pipe is only one of three parks for Steamboat snowboarding. The Lil' Rodeo Terrain Park is geared towards beginners, with suitably small rollers, boxes and other features for those just starting out.
Rabbit Ears Terrain Park is for the intermediate boarders, both just moving up from Lil' Rodeo and those trying to perfect technique before heading to Mavericks. Counting 15 features, including rails, rollers, kickers and jibs, this intermediate terrain park has plenty to entertain.
It may be smaller and less well-known than its neighbor, but Howelsen Hill has a terrain park that can keep snowboarders occupied and entertained for days on end.
The budget price of the tickets helps as well, making it affordable to get out for just a few runs or an entire day.
Let's admit it. There's no better feeling than being in the wilderness with some friends, dropping into a steep bowl or glade, and getting a face shot straight off.
If you haven't experienced it, there's no describing it. This could be the opportunity to experience the thrill for yourself.
Rentals & Fees
Whether it's a freestyle or carving board, the equipment rental shops will have the right option for the individual. Prices vary, so be sure to check out a few different providers.
Take a Lesson
Having trouble linking turns? Toe-side carves proving difficult to master? Want to ride the glades, but the chop is keeping you away?
Whether beginner or expert, every rider knows their limitations and weaknesses on the mountain. Take a lesson from the ski school to help improve those weak areas. Both group and private lessons are available.