Visitor reviews for Steamboat Ski Resort

Steamboat Ratings

Overall: 4.2. Based on 7 votes and 9 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.3

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Steamboat is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 5.0

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Steamboat has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 4.3

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 4.3

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 4.3

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Steamboat.

Public Transport: 4.5

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Steamboat, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 4.8

(1) No places to stay in/near Steamboat, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.9

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 4.4

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Steamboat.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.4

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 4.2

(1) There are no child care facilities at Steamboat, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 3.9

(1) Steamboat relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.1

(1) There are no snow groomers at Steamboat, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Steamboat are groomed daily.

Shelter: 4.3

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Steamboat is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 3.2

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Steamboat, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.4

(1) Steamboat usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.3

(1) The staff at Steamboat are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Steamboat are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 4.0

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 5.0

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.5

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 4.3

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.8

(1) No intermediate terrain at Steamboat, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.3

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 4.3

(1) Not even a kicker at Steamboat, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 4.0

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Steamboat, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 2.8

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Steamboat has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.5

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.4

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 4.5

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 4.0

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 4.5

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 3.7

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 4.2

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 3.7

(1) Overall, Steamboat is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 3.7

(1) Overall, Steamboat is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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January 13, 2006
Mike Bradley UK from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
If you want to try a ski resort in the States for the first time you could not go wrong to try Steamboat, Chair lifts everywhere, great ski school for the kids, no Lift queues (apart from Presidents weeekend but even then not bad) and snow, it always gives heavy snow falls, 3 visits now and never let down. Great for intermediates and those wanting to give tree skiing a go, powder down thru the trees is the best. For those looking for something different a day with the powder, Cats will leave you exhausted but happy. For those who like their cruising runs, try Tomahawk or Buddys Run and there is some nice easy tree skiing along Quickdraw and Flintlock.
December 11, 2006
Graeme Stacey from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have been skiing for 20 years and Steamboat is a hoot. I normally ski in Tignes, St Anton etc which are fantastic but Steamboat is so much more user friendly. The tree skiing is too funny and guranteed to keep you smiling well into the evening. You can loosten up on some easy runs through the trees and progress onto some seriously challenging stuff, but (and this is the best bit) it's normally easy to bail out if it gets too much. The town's not pretty but then again it's not prupose built, so you mix with the locals when you eat out which keeps it real. I definately recommend Steamboat for anyone who wants to learn powder/tree skiing, you will not be disappointed!
November 11, 2010
RB from Ski United States United States
Steamboat is a terrific family area. It is quite big, both in area and in vertical. It accomodates all levels of skiers, but has a manageable feel. For instance, the whole mountain leads down into one base area (unlike Vail, for instance). The ski school is excellent. Snowfall tends to be somewhat greater and more dependable than the central and southern Colorado resorts, but not quite up to Utah standards. Housing options are plentiful and reasonable, at least by western ski resort standards. The town is authentic, not purpose built, and offers varied dining options. For variety, try guided snowcat skiing in the Buffalo Pass area. Really a great experience.
February 24, 2012
AB from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Visited Steamboat in February 2012 for 8 days. According to the locals it was the worst snow conditions for 30 years and I can believe it - hard packed and in places icy on piste. But despite that I can see the merits of the place: biggish area for US (3000 acres), catering for a wide variety of abilities although I fell the grading is overrated, eg the double blacks here would be single blacks elsewhere. Good range of on mountain dining so no need to go back to base area to eat, although dining is biased to the right (skiers left) of the area. Heard good reports of the ski school but did not try it myself. Tried Steamboat Powdercats - v good experience in difficult snow conditions for them. The town has a genuine feel to it - relaxed with variety of bars and restaurants. Good range of non-ski activities for those that don't want to ski. All in all: Pros: good range of terrain; good snow record; good for group including non-skiers; Cons: lots of beds/accommodation for this sized area make it feel v spread out; could lead to queues/crowded slopes?
February 12, 2013
Walker birdsong from Ski United States United States
Have been to Steamboat 6 to 7 times during all parts of the year. One of the best in the world. Ski, food, fun, shopping, has it all. Grown ups and kids.
February 16, 2013
Noreast from Ski United States United States
Steamboat is a well layed out large ski resort. It's very easy to access the entire mountain. The tree skiing is endless and the aspens hold fresh snow days after a storm. The hike to terrain and chutes etc are enough to keep an expert interested. There are sidecountry access gates as well. On our final day there was 15 inches of fresh powder. Without question, it was the best snow I ever skied. Dry, light and effortless.
February 01, 2014
Steve Brack from Ski Australia Australia
First stayed at Steamboat in 2010 and then again with my adult family in 2013. Love the mountain, the town is terrific and people are "western style" friendly. Many Aussies stay here so they are used to our "funny" accent! Lift passes / ski school are expensive by many US resort standards - but they do provide a free public bus service to downtown and are spending a lot on ski area development. We stayed both times in February to coincide with their winter ski carnival; not to be missed: marching bands on skis, cowboys on horseback thundering down main street (Lincoln Avenue of course!) and all the locals join in the events, culminating with the "lighted man" night time ski events. Steamboat is around a 3-4 hour transfer from Denver (some good private xfers available ex Denver in comfort) or you can fly in / out from the upgraded local airport (1/2 hour away). On the highway up from Denver you should stop off at the gold mines etc at places like Idaho Springs (2 minutes off the highway) and step back in time. Incredible photo opportunities everywhere and you must visit the family owned FM Light western outfitters in town. Many good photographic and art galleries as well. Really can't say anything bad about "the 'Boat"! Good ski school, entertainment; would happily spend 2 weeks without getting bored, skier or non-skier.
March 12, 2016
Mark Stangl from Ski United States United States
It has been 4 weeks. On March 12, 2016, I was skiing at Steamboat Springs. We had done some pretty serious steep skiing and were coming down for the day. As I descended a steep area. I was careful because there are baffles set up the slow you down. As I descended I saw just seconds before our impact a snowboarder dissending at a high rate of speed out of control. He crossed over my skis. My left foot released, but from the impact. I knew something was wrong. Once I landed I looked at my boots and my foot was twisted at 45°. I started yelling out for help and the ski patrol came quickly, as did my friend Blade and later, Dave. The ski patrol determined I needed a ride down to the bottom in a toboggan to be checked out. Before we left. I looked over and saw the snowboarder sitting on the snow from the collision. He tell me he was 34 and only been skiing, snowboarding for two years. I thought I wasn't mad, but I was in pain and hurt. The ski patrol checked our information and filled out some forms. Later I was realized that these forms did not include any government ID information or ski pass information. I saw that Andreas did have a ski pass as I did with a photo ID. Once down at the base I was immediately sent to the hospital ER where I learned I required surgery for three broken bones. I had a spiral fracture in my tibia and fibula. My fibula was also broken just under the knee. That night I woke up about 11:30pm completely delirious and was told that the operation to repair my leg was successful. I now have plenty of metal in my legs to hold it all together for the healing process. The next day I stayed over at the hospital for further recovery and was able to contact the ski area to get information about Andreas. Luckily, when my friends at taking a photograph of the ski patrol's report at the scene. Later I was realized that the ski area was not even going to give me a copy of that report. And furthermore, there was not going to be any complete information about who Andrea's really was. When I got back to my hometown. I reach backed out the ski area and never was able to get from them any information about who Andrea's really was are if that information that they can't give me was of any value at all. And then I found out later that they would not give me at information even if he had. Rebecca Bale, their safety officer assured me that they could not find any information. I believe they have this information and it will not give it, but the real story is they do not collect this information at the scene of an accident are even call the police or sheriff's department as required by law. When you're skiing at Steamboat Springs, you are on your own if you have an accident. They had told me in writing that the ski patrol job is to get you off the mountain, which they did, and a very good way. If you are an accident as I was with a broken leg I was responsible to get all the contact information I could possibly could from Andreas. My friends didn't know to do this for me, nor did I asked them to. Now I realize I should've pulled out my camera, take some pictures of everybody at the scene for use later. I was too out of it to do that. I believe Colorado laws should be changed to correct this efficiency and reporting. Later I found out that I could file a police report with the Routt County Sheriff's Department because the area were I was hurt was actually in the county. It seems like the whole business up there is to protect the ski area and not to help you out with the accident reporting. Once you are injured. I will say I received excellent treatment at the hospital in town and had a great surgery and look forward to a recovery and may be able to ski again someday after a year. Mark Stangl, Boulder CO [note from the editor: some text omitted for the sake of absolute relevance.]
March 07, 2017
Former ski instructor 25 + yrs from Ski United States United States
I met a lady in a knee brace where I work. I asked her how she hurt her knee. She said she was in a beginner class. (3 men, 2 women). She felt she was rushed up the Christie lift and told she needed to be able to stop. She was terrified and the other lady was crying! She eventually fell and injured her knee. The instructor left her there! She finally had to flag someone down so they could show her how to remove her skis!! She spent the rest of her trip in the condo with ice! I encouraged her to return and take a private lesson with an experienced instructor.