With a friendly atmosphere in the town accommodating almost all, as well as a ski area featuring a great balance between challenging and gentle, this is an absolutely fantastic destination for groups.
The 2,965 acres of the ski area can be both forgiving and intense meaning there’s something for all abilities. Beginners will find their haven in the form of numerous greens available from the Christie Peak Express at the bottom of the mountain, all of which are in slow zones which make for a safer learning experience – we like taking Bashor into Swinger, then Right-O-Way. The intermediate’s part of the mountain is back right and serviced by the Sunshine Express Lift. Easy progression is the key here, with greens, a huge number of blues, blue diamonds and black diamonds allowing intermediates to find their feet before hitting the harder terrain. For the experts, the trees are Steamboat’s crowning feature, especially after a dusting of the champagne powder. The hike over from Bar-UE towards Mount Werner will let you find the best trees and chutes – usually the further you head, the better (try North St. Pats or East Face for typically the best snow).
The town, with its population of over 12,000, features a friendly, warm atmosphere to enjoy when not skiing. Because of the size of the resident population, the number and variety of dining, drinking and shopping options is bigger than other resorts, at the same time as maintaining an unpretentious and homely feeling. For something to eat, try Harwig’s and Bistro CV for the very finest dining, Old Town Pub for something a little more down to earth, or Blue Sage Pizza for the best takeaway in town. Drinking holes are almost as numerous, with the Powder Room providing that class some people look for, and Carl’s Tavern offering some of the best après atmosphere.