Steamboat in the Colorado Rockies has world-class skiing terrain, an authentic Western United States charm and its very own brand of trademarked snow, Champagne Powder. The terrain is wooded, right up to the 3220m top, which is good for bad weather, and easy on the eye. There’s something for everyone in them there trees, from runs for all abilities, to tree skiing that in places is gentle enough for beginner off-pisters.

Steamboat is known for being family-friendly, and was named Family Resort of the Year in the World Snow Awards 2017. There are a whole host of ski in, ski out accommodation options at the base of the lifts, although there’s not a great deal of atmosphere. The larger town of Steamboat Springs is much more fun.

Steamboat Springs has a regular free shuttle bus to the slopes, and is only a few miles away. There’s no shortage of great food and drink, with the variety that comes from staying in a proper town. There are also plenty of things to do – a visit to the town’s famous hot springs is a must, and there are lots of snowy pastimes to make the most of. Officially known as “Ski Town, USA,” Steamboat has produced a record 88 Olympians in the last 70 years, and has the kind of cheerful, welcoming self-confidence that you’d expect from the sort of place that trademarks snowflakes.

At a glance

Altitude

2103 ftm

Piste Area

2965km

Lift Pass Price

$679 /8 day

Nearest Airport

Hayden (23km)

Beginner slopes

14

Intermediate slopes

42

Advanced slopes

44

Lifts

18

Highest lift

3221m

Lowest lift

2103m

Snow parks

4

Glacier

No

Snowmaking

Yes