After a weekend in Glenwood Springs where we were stuck due to an I-70 closure, we made a move for the town of Steamboat Springs. More specifically Steamboat Ski Resort.
At first glance, the hill doesn’t look that big, but looks can be deceiving. Steamboat has a vertical rise of 3,668 feet, and has plenty of skiable terrain to explore.
With no fresh snow, we decided to take in the town and relax. First, we hit the Lincoln street strip to check out some stores, and we bumped into Tacos del Barco situated at the Space Station gas station. Highly recommended, go for it. I had a burrito + taco combo, and it was incredibly tasty. We also spent time in the local hot springs Strawberry Park hot springs which is a very natural and relaxing setting. There are several different pools each a different temperature – from very hot to very cold.
This is the view of Steamboat coming back from the hot springs.
Here’s a look at the mountain from an in-town vantage point.
Later, it started to snow and continued on and off overnight so we got 6+ inches for fresh snow for our 1 ski day at Steamboat.
It was still snowing in the morning a bit, and the clouds were low to the mountain as you can see below.
We started things off with the Christmas Tree Bowl area, as well as the glades over towards East Wall.
In the photo below you can see this area off in the distance with snow covered trees.
You kind of take a roundabout route to get there. Gondola -> Storm Peak chair -> over to Morningside Park – up the Morningside chair, and straight over into Christmas Tree Bowl.
Here’s a shot of the Big Meadow.
Here is a shot further down in around Flying Z which was very nice.
We spent a good chunk of time going up and down either the Bar-UE and Storm Peak express chairs either to do some of the groomed runs nearby, or to go over to Morningside Park, and back over again through those upper glades around the Christmas Tree Bowl.
After all the fresh snow was skied off, we cruised the groomed runs around the Storm Peak Express chair, which you can see going above me in the photo below.
And here is the view from atop near Storm Peak Express chair.
Later in the day we decided to hit the long easy cruiser runs over by the Sunshine Express lift. Except we stayed in the trees.
Plenty of snow in the Aspens.
The great thing about Steamboat Ski Resort is that the mountain is less crowded compared to well known favourites such as Vail or Breckenridge, so you can get plenty of runs in over the day. Plus, if you like a more laid back scene the town of Steamboat Springs is exactly that.