Steamboat resort review

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “On the mountain this a great place to ride with some excellent treeriding to try out and some cool carving runs. But off the slopes the place is way too stuck up.”

Freeriding

75%

Trees & some good off-piste

Freestyle

74%

3 Terrain parks & 2 halfpipes

Pistes

77%

Lots of good gladed ,long runs

Mountain stats

Top lift:3224m
Vertical drop:1118m
Bottom lift:2103m

LiftsLift count : 1 x Gondolas   17 x Chairlifts   2 x Drag-lifts  

Ride area 2965 acres

Easy
14%
Intermediate
42%
Advanced
44%
Total Pistes:166
Longest Piste:3miles (4.8km)

Steamboat is a curious place in more ways than one. What you get is an old mining town with a seemingly laid back approach coupled with a mountain that offers some great riding with over 2965 acres of terrain that is spread out over four tree-lined mountain peaks. The resort coined (and copyrighted) the phrase Champagne Powder© and it certainly gets more than its fair share on the stuff.


Unfortunately, many will find Steamboat is certainly not the best place to spend a weeks vacation. Although this is not a bad place to visit in terms of the riding opportunities and the good annual snow record, its tacky dollar hungry, fur-clad ski-cowboy image will make most normal snowboarders want to throw up.


However, Steamboat has a growing snowboard population and has made a real effort to drag itself into the 21st century (although having live bands playing on the lower slopes on a Friday afternoon is hardly ground breaking stuff). Still, the resort has several things in its favour. The resort offers some fantastic tree-riding, theres ample deep powder and some great carving slopes. There is also a couple of double black diamond trails offering extreme slopes for advanced riders to tackle along with some over-rated blacks for intermediate riders to try out. What is most notable here, are the trees and the options for backcountry snowboarding, which can be explored by taking a snowcat trip organised locally.


The resort was taken over by Intrawest mid last season, and has major spending plans over the coming seasons.

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World Ranking

36th

Overall in the world

  • #60 best freeride
  • #54 best freestyle
  • #26 best piste riding

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