The area surrounding Steamboat Springs was originally inhabited by the Yampatikas Ute Indians, who hunted in the valley during the summer. The inviting waters of numerous mineral springs, mild climate, abundant wild game and rivers teeming with fish, made the area a true paradise. The town got its name when trappers, travelling through the area […]
The area surrounding Steamboat Springs was originally inhabited by the Yampatikas Ute Indians, who hunted in the valley during the summer. The inviting waters of numerous mineral springs, mild climate, abundant wild game and rivers teeming with fish, made the area a true paradise. The town got its name when trappers, travelling through the area in mid 1800s, found a spring that made a chugging noise which sounded to them like a steamboat. Ranchers soon followed, and ranching traditions are still preserved by the large ranching community. However, the native Utes were forcibly removed from the area to a reservation in Utah by the U.S. Army starting in 1879.
Originally, skiing was the only method of transportation during harsh Rocky Mountain winters. In turn, the popularity of skiing as a winter pastime catalyzed development of the town and other communities all over the Rocky Mountains. In 1913, Carl Howelsen, a Norwegian, moved to town and introduced ski jumping. Howelsen built the first jump on namesake Howelsen Hill, now part of the Howelsen Ski Area. He also founded the annual Winter Carnival, a celebration still held each winter. Traditionally, the festival includes ski racing and jumping, dog sledding, and chariot events down Lincoln Avenue, the city’s main street. Light shows on both Mount Werner and Howelsen Hill are highlights.
The Steamboat Ski Resort was largely established by two local men, Jim Temple and John Fetcher. Temple led the effort to develop the area. Fetcher, a local rancher, was the main designer and builder. The resort opened on what was then called Storm Mountain in 1963. Seven thousand feet up in the Colorado Rockies, nestled quietly below one of the largest ski mountains in North America, sits a small ranching community that serves as a constant reminder that the Old West is alive and well.
Known officially as Ski Town USA, Steamboat Springs has produced more winter sports Olympians than any other town in the United States. To date 52 Olympians, including 2 summer Olympians call Steamboat home. Today summer vacations and winter ‘Champagne Powder’ skiing are enjoyed with equal enthusiasm while thriving downtown and mountain commerce areas make Steamboat Springs an active year round community. A local legend says that the Yampa Valley holds a curse: “Once you visit the Valley you heart will be forever captivated, and be compelled to return”.
Cross country skiing, snowmobiling and sleigh rides are offered by the many guest ranches, with evening dinner rides being very popular.
Dates and hours of operation: late November – mid April.
Terrain: 2,965 acres/1,200 hectares of in-bounds terrain
Runs: 44% expert, 42% intermediate, 14% beginner
Snow: Average of 331 inches /859cm per year
|HOLIDAY INN STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, 3 star
Full service, friendly and affordable – the Holiday Inn Steamboat Springs is the perfect choice for your fun-filled vacation. Located in the base village, about 1 mile to the lifts. Shuttle stops at the property.
All rooms include refrigerators, microwave ovens, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards. . . great for families!
| EAGLE RIDGE LODGE, 4 star
Eagle Ridge Lodge was built in 2001 and has nicely appointed 2BR and 3BR units with fireplaces available, located at the entrance to Steamboat Resort’s base village, ABOUT 700M TO THE LIFTS.
Units include full kitchens, gas fireplaces (2 bedrooms and larger), washer and dryers in the units.
Amenities: an outdoor heated pool, hot tub, seasonal shuttle, concierge, fitness facility with steam shower, day spa, complimentary wireless internet, ski lockers.
WEST CONDOMINIUMS, 3 star
These moderately priced condominiums are located across the street from the gondola. All unites at The West feature a full kitchen, gas fireplaces, cable TV with VCR, complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate served each morning in the Clubhouse, scheduled shuttle service on a daily basis to the grocery store and evening shuttle to the downtown area. Propoerty amenities include a pool and hot tub.
|THE LODGE AT STEAMBOAT, 3 starThe Lodge is one of Steamboat’s most requested vacation choices because ofthe great location and value. Each unit features a gas fireplace and fullyequipped kitchen. On-site amenities includes an outdoor heated pool, twooutdoor hot tubs, an indoor hot tub & sauna, and laundry facilities.Services provided to guests of The Lodge include complimentary coffeeand donuts in the clubhouse, ski valet and storage, bell and concierge staff, daily housekeeping, and a private guest shuttle to skiing, dining & entertainment.|
|STEAMBOAT GRAND RESORT, 4 star
The Steamboat Grand is a full service Resort Hotel & Conference Center with a premium location at the base of the ski mountain. Finely appointed guest rooms, studios, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom condominiums and suites. Amenities include themed restaurant and lounge in dining room, state-of-the-art fitness center, outdoor year-round heated swimming pool, daily housekeeping and underground parking facilities.
PTARMIGAN INN, 3 star
A cozy ski-in/ski-out hotel, which is nestled at the gondola base area of the Steamboat Ski Resort. Located adjacent to the Silver Bullet Gondola, the Best Western Ptarmigan Inn is a full-service resort hotel offering outstanding service with warm and friendly hospitality. Hotel amenities include outdoor heated swimming pool, outdoor oversized hot tub, sauna, daily aprŠs Ski Happy Hour, and Snowbird Restaurant & Lounge, open daily for breakfast, lunch, & dinner. All rooms provide coffee maker, mini-refrigerator, wall-mounted hairdryers, in-room iron, ironing boards and balconies available. Daily housekeeping service also provided.
|SKI INN CONDOMINIUMS, 3 star
Located directly under the gondola, Ski Inn condominiums offer convenient access to skiing, comfortable accommodations, and friendly personalized service. Each unit has a fully equipped kitchen, gas fireplace, private balconies and ski storage. Relax in their two indoor hot tubs & sauna, or the two outdoor hot tubs and deck. Ski Inn provides a private guest shuttle to skiing, shopping, dining & entertainment, on-site guest laundry facilities, and daily housekeeping services.
|ANTLERS AT CHRISTIE BASE, 5 star
Few properties compare to the Antlers at Christie Base, a luxury condominium resort located ski-in/ski-out at the base of the Christie liftsin Ski Time Square. Designed for the discriminating traveler, Antlers offers the exceptional quality found in fine custom homes, exquisite accommodations and the highest level of guest services available inSteamboat Springs.
SHERATON STEAMBOAT RESORT, 4 starThe ski-in/ski-out deluxe Sheraton Steamboat Resort offers guests theamenities of a full-service hotel. Dining, shopping, and liveentertainment are all just steps away. Each room has a private balcony, small refrigerator, humidifier, and coffee maker.
American buffet breakfasts included in room rate.
On-site amenities include a new fitness center, pool, hot tubs, sauna, steam room and ski storage.
The $22 per night resort fee is included in the above rate. This resort fee includes local phone calls, access charges, parking, newspaper, two bottles of water daily, ski valet & storage, Starbucks coffee in room and incoming faxes.