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December 10, 2008 — Cowboy hats manage to find their way into almost every page of promotional material for this resort, but there’s good reason: Steamboat is one of the few resorts that’s managed to maintain a down-to-earth, ranch-life feel even as it has grown into one of Colorado’s most modern resorts.
Steamboat is still flowing with pride over its $16 million in improvements made in 2007-2008, which included the new six-passenger Christie Peak Express chairlift, re-grade of the Headwall terrain, significant snowmaking improvements and expansion of the Meadows parking facility. Unlike some other Colorado resorts, Steamboat is far away from any major highway or metropolitan district, which makes it a bit harder to get to but very peaceful once there.
As Colorado’s second-largest ski area Steamboat can boast ample amounts of almost all kinds of terrain, including a 500-foot long super-pipe. Steamboat also tends to have different weather patterns than the I-70 corridor slopes, so look to Steamboat for snow when the rest of Colorado is ailing.
Fun Fact: Olympic silver medalist Billy Kidd (1964) is Director of Skiing and a spokesperson for Steamboat
Average annual snowfall: 335
Skiable Acres: 2,965
Terrain park: Yes
Season: Nov. 27 - April 12
Terrain breakdown: 14 percent beginner, 42 percent intermediate, 44 percent advanced
Location: 160 miles northwest of Denver, on highway 40 west of Kremmling
Information: www.steamboat.com 970-879-6111
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