Steamboat, Colorado

Nov 1, 2008
Outside Magazine
Skiing at Steamboat, Colorado

Sunny skies at Steamboat    Photo: courtesy, Colorado Ski Country

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Snowfall: 343 inches
Area: 2,965 acres
Vertical Drop: 3,668 feet

Family friendly? Check. The best tree skiing in the U.S.? Check. One of the last real ski towns in the West—a place that's more pint-and-burger than Chivas-and-filet? Yeah, got that, too. Here, the cowboy hats are worn by cowboys. But what makes Steamboat stand out is its snow quality. Since most of the skiing is lower and therefore more sheltered than Colorado's Summit County resorts, six inches of fluff skis like six inches of fluff instead of an inch of wallboard. I've skied Steamboat five winters running, and it has snowed at least three out of five days each time. Like Alta/Snowbird, it's a can't-fail destination resort, thanks to the bountiful northern-Colorado storm track. And although it's only an hour's drive farther than the I-70 resorts, Steamboat just doesn't get the Denver day-skiers that Keystone and Winter Park do.

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