East of Steamboat Springs, the Steamboat ski area has 165 runs spread over 2,965 acres that are served by 16 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 3,668 feet. Steamboat is actually a complete mountain range consisting of Mount Werner, Sunshine Peak, Storm Peak, Thunderhead Peak and Christie Peak known for champagne powder and plenty of glades and chutes. And, north of the resort boundary, there is sidecountry to explore up Fish Creek Canyon. Just keep in mind that Steamboat Ski Resort is not known for its annual snowfall, but does get a few good storms each season.
The resort has taken its halfpipe and SUPERSIZED it. Mavericks, the Superpipe, is named after central California's famous big-wave break and is reminiscent of Steamboats western heritage. Mavericks, the largest superpipe in the Rocky Mountains, tops out with 15-foot walls, is 550 feet long and 50 feet wide. In addition, a longer transition area enables a smooth flow between tricks for superpipe enthusiasts. Mavericks dirt skeleton, constructed this summer, means the pipe is scheduled to open in early December. In addition, the terrain park will also be open with rail slides, bumps and jumps to try out your tricks. Mavericks and the terrain park are open to both skiers and riders.
For some nightlife, check out the new Level Z dance club.
Keep in mind that the ski area is not located in the town of Steamboat, but there is a convenient bus system interconnecting the resort to the town. So, you'll have to decide if you'd like to stay in town near the nightlife, or up a the resort for easy first tracks.
To reach the snowboarding at Steamboat from Denver, head west on US70 to Silverthorne Exit #205. Head north on SR9 to Kremmling. Turn left heading west on US 40 to Steamboat Springs.
Overall, Steamboat Ski Resort is the 10th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 28 snowboarding resorts in Colorado.