Core Contributor and Words: Jamie Aderhold
Steamboat Ski and Resort, CO
Trees and Pow
Strong group of core riders
Off the beaten path, where riding is the number one priority. Best tree pow on the planet. Great ski town atmosphere.
Great town feel. Locals live for the outdoors in all seasons. More Olympians from Steamboat than anywhere else in US.
Prepare to get Treed Off – with Aspens and Evergreens, that is. The steamer has boatloads o’ vertical too(3668 ft.), but lacks bowls. Little flat sections sprinkle the upper mountain. However, riders come for the most consistently light snow at any US resort. World class riders/competitors from freeride, park and pipe, moguls and racing disciplines.
Locals chew it up before breakfast – so get out early then head out of bounds later.
Hounds have two possible powder plans:
1. Press glass at Gondy early and go right to Storm Peak to wait in line or
2. Board Gondy by 8:45 a.m. and wait at Sundown rope. Drop skiers right out of Gondy and head to Closets for firsts. Keep working the trees tighter and tighter for the fresh.
If Morningside opens later because of AVY control – be ready.
All chairs stay open throughout the storm.
Hit Morningside hikes when the storm clears.
Park and Pipe
Steamboat’s Mavericks terrain park sits on 14 acres and includes a 450-foot long, 56-foot wide Superpipe. It’s accessed by two chairlifts, Christie Peak Express and Bashor Chairlift.
For small & medium jumps, rails, boxes, and jib features head to intermediate Rabbit Ears Terrain Park located off Christie Peak Express. Take Main Drag or Boulevard to Big Foot to get there.
Lil’ Rodeo Park is the beginner park for kids of all ages (even rabbits–cause you know tricks aren’t just for kids).
Some overlooked but worthwhile valuable spots to hit are the Lower Mountain trees in big snow.
Lots of exposure options exist where snow can be great facing one aspect and mediocre in others.