Steamboat Ski Resort
|Location||Routt County, Colorado, U.S.|
|Nearest major city||Steamboat Springs|
|Vertical||3,668 feet (1,118 m)|
|Top elevation||10,568 feet (3,221 m)|
|Base elevation||6,900 feet (2,103 m)|
|Skiable area||2,965 acres (12.0 km2)|
|Runs||170 total |
- 14% beginner
- 42% intermediate
- 44% advanced
|Longest run||"Why Not" ~ 3 miles (5 km)|
|Lift system||23 total: 2 gondolas,|
1 high-speed six-pack,
6 high-speed quad chairs,
6 triple chairs,
2 double chairs,
6 surface lifts
|Snowfall||400 inches (33.3 ft; 10.2 m)|
Steamboat Resort is a major ski area in the western United States, located in northwestern Colorado at Steamboat Springs. Operated by the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, it is located on Mount Werner, a mountain in the Park Range in the Routt National Forest. Originally named Storm Mountain ski area, it opened on January 12, 1963.
The ski area has 170 named trails spread over 2,965 acres (4.6 sq mi; 12.0 km2). Of those, 14% are classified as beginner-level, 42% as intermediate, and 44% as advanced. It also contains the Mavericks Superpipe, one of the premier[according to whom?] half-pipes in North America. Limited trails available for night skiing began with the 2013–14 season.
In honor of local Olympian Buddy Werner (1936–1964), Storm Mountain was renamed Mount Werner in 1965, and the ski area's name was changed as well. Dallas-based conglomerate LTV purchased Mount Werner ski area in the fall of 1969, rebranded it as "Steamboat" the following summer, and hired world champion and Olympic silver medalist Billy Kidd as director of skiing.
In 2017, Steamboat Ski Resort was purchased by Alterra Mountain Company from Intrawest, a Canadian resort management company. Steamboat was one of the seven resorts owned by Intrawest. Prior to Intrawest's ownership, Steamboat was owned by the American Skiing Company. Intrawest purchased the resort at the end of the 2006–07 season.
- Base: 6,900 feet (2,103 m)
- Summit: 10,568 feet (3,221 m)
- Vertical Rise: 3,668 feet (1,118 m)
- Area: 2,965 acres (4.6 sq mi; 12.0 km2)
- Trails: 169 total (14% beginner, 42% intermediate, 44% advanced)
- Longest Run: "Why Not" ~ 3 miles (5 km)
- Terrain Parks: 6 (including Mavericks Superpipe)
- Average Annual Snowfall: 400 inches (33.3 ft; 10.2 m)
The three lower mountain lifts (the gondola, Thunderhead Express, and Christie Peak Express) service most of the green runs, which include the long Why Not trail from Thunderhead. Blue trails can be found mostly off of these same lifts, plus the two high speed quads on Sunshine Peak, although more funnel to the Sunshine Express lift. A couple of blue runs can also be found from the Four Points, BAR-UE, and Storm Peak Express lifts, as are a few in Morningside Park.
The blue-black runs are scattered about the mountain, but most of them are located off the Pony Express lift in Pioneer Ridge. Black runs can be found off of all five high-speed quads, the highest concentrations are on north Sunshine Peak, most of Storm Peak, Pioneer Ridge, and Morningside Park. The sole double-black runs of the area make up the extreme terrain on Mount Werner.
- North: 20%
- South: 23%
- West: 55%
- East: 2%
- Steamboat has 18 lifts, with 5 Magic Carpets.
|Steamboat Gondola||Gondola 8||Doppelmayr||2019||2176||8849||Replaced an older Doppelmayr gondola that was built in 1985, bottom terminal was moved uphill in 2021.|
|Christie Peak Express||High Speed Six||Leitner-Poma||2007||1102||4636||Has a midstation, and is open for night skiing.|
|Storm Peak Express||High Speed Quad||Doppelmayr||1992||2159||6885|
|Sundown Express||High Speed Quad||Doppelmayr||1992||2159||6885|
|Thunderhead Express||High Speed Quad||Doppelmayr||1997||1641||5530|
|Pony Express||High Speed Quad||Garaventa CTEC||1998||1653||5003|
|Sunshine Express||High Speed Quad||Poma||2006||-||-||Formerly, the Tombstone Express at Park City Mountain Resort.|
|Elkhead Express||High Speed Quad||Doppelmayr||2016||726||2411|
|Morningside||Triple||Garaventa CTEC||1996||545||2685||Main lift outside of the Morningside bowl.|
|Preview||Triple||Yan||2007||-||-||Relocated from South Face.|
|Bashor||Double||Yan||1974||305||1505||Oldest lift on the mountain, and dedicated terrain park and race training lift.|
|Wildhorse Gondola||Pulse Gondola 6||Leitner-Poma||2009||104||1942||Does not serve any skiable terrain, built to connect Wildhorse Meadows (Housing development) to the base area.|
According to steamboat.com, plans are in the works to place a high speed six-pack along the Thunderhead lift line.
The $15 million gondola replacement project lasted through the summer of 2019. Some of the helicopter-enabled tower replacements were streamed online, and the lift was extensively tested under load. It opened with fanfare on November 23, 2019 at the start of the winter 2019-2020 season, but broke the next day on November 24 when a main driveshaft sheared (possibly due to unexpected stress during transit from Austria). The manufacturer (Doppelmayr) sent a team from Austria to help with the situation, and the Steamboat lift Ops worked together around the clock to build, ship, and install the replacement part(s). The gondola reopened on December 5th, almost 12 days later.
- Fetcher, Bill. "History of the Steamboat Ski Area". ColoradoSkiHistory.com. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
- "Storm Mountain ski area will open officially Saturday when lift starts". Steamboat Pilot. (Steamboat Springs, Colorado). January 10, 1963. p. 1.
- "Mt. Werner dedicated at impressive rites Sunday". Steamboat Pilot. (Steamboat Springs, Colorado). February 18, 1965. p. 1.
- Silva, Kelly (December 15, 2001). "A mountain of history". Steamboat Pilot. (Steamboat Springs, Colorado). Retrieved February 4, 2021.
- "LTV buys Mt. Werner in 8 million dollar transaction". Steamboat Pilot. (Steamboat Springs, Colorado). September 25, 1969. p. 1.
- "LTV Skiing focus on Steamboat". Steamboat Pilot. (Steamboat Springs, Colorado). June 18, 1970. p. 1.
- "Bill Kidd signs on". Steamboat Pilot. (Steamboat Springs, Colorado). September 3, 1970. p. 1.
- Rand, Abby (August 1971). "Champagne skiing on a great natural mountain". SKI. p. 48.
- "Steamboat's a comin'". SKI. (advertisement). August 1971. p. 63.
- "Intrawest – Vacation Destination Resorts". Intrawest. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
- "Best Ski Resorts: Steamboat Ski Resort Terrain, Snow Quality and Mountain Ranks". ZRankings. ZRankings LLC. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
- "New gondola closes due to malfunction day after opening; might not be in operation for busy holiday week".
- "Steamboat's $15 million gondola is finally working more than a week after it opened". 5 December 2019.