Renowned the world-over for its ‘Champagne Powder’ and friendly hospitality, over 100 eateries and bars, shopping and entertainment plus fantastic family activities and dedicated kids programs and childcare, it’s easy to see why Steamboat is consistently ranked one of the Top 10 family ski resorts in the US.
Located in northwest Colorado, direct daily flights from seven US airports into nearby Hayden airport make Steamboat a very accessible resort, or you can fly into the Colorado capital of Denver and take the easy three-hour drive to the resort.
Accommodation options are seemingly endless and run the gamut of lodges, townhomes and condominiums, and vacation homes to inns, motels and great hotels including the Steamboat Grand, just steps from the Steamboat Gondola.
You might prefer the convenience and novelty of staying in ski in/ski out accommodation, or choose anything from budget to luxury offmountain, in the base area and downtown in Steamboat Springs. Suites and family rooms are plentiful wherever you stay, and in most places you’ll find a host of family-friendly amenities including cable tv, Wi-Fi, and even swimming pools! Check the Steamboat website for all lodging alternatives and packages, many with bonus inclusions.
On arrival it’s hard not to be impressed with the sheer scale of Steamboat – it’s actually a complete mountain range with Mount Werner, Sunshine Peak, Storm Peak, Thunderhead Peak,
Pioneer Ridge, and Christie Peak, across 1200ha of skiable terrain with trails for all abilities and 16 lifts. TIP: You’ll find the legendary Champagne Powder in the gladed areas of Pioneer Ridge, Sunshine and Storm Peak. Families can also enjoy free mountain tours together.
Kids ski free at Steamboat – in fact Steamboat pioneered the first Kids Ski Free Program back in 1982! Steamboat’s range of Kids Ski programs is not only extensive but also designed to work with each child’s individual comfort level. Little ones aged from 2.5 years to 3 years can spend the day in Buckeroos at Kiddie Corral child care, or in Palomino Pals for 3 to 5 year-olds, with a one hour lesson, lunch and fun activities included for both age groups. Mavericks, aged 3.5 years to 4 years, and Sundance Kids aged 4 to Kindergarten, can enjoy an all-day lesson with lunch and free lift ticket included. Private lessons are also available.
Then there’s the jumps, bonks, jibs and rails for all skill levels across four fantastic terrain parks – Lil’ Rodeo, Sunbeam, Rabbit Ears and Mavericks. TIP: Pick up a complimentary Little Red Wagon to load up the kids and head off on the Wagon Trail! Rough Rider Basin is a Wild West-themed kids-only zone with teepees, a log cabin and the Fort Rough Rider Picnic Area. Budding snowboarders from First Grade to 15 years will love the all-day Kids Snowboard clinics
while Bandits is especially for little snowboarders aged 4 years to Kindergarten. Sunbeam boardercross is great for the whole family and perfect for even the littlest of shredders. TIP: Join the Steamboat Snowboard staff in the base area at the free Burton Riglet Park on selected days throughout the season – great for kids 6 years and under.
Don’t forget the snowplay activities on the mountain! Families can enjoy even more of the beautiful Rocky Mountains snowtubing, snowshoeing, in snowmobiles or on a horsedrawn sleigh together! And even the tiniest tots, too young to ski or snowboard, will have a bundle of fun in Steamboat’s age-appropriate child care programs from 6 months old to 6 years.
Off-slope the fun continues, with so many family-friendly eateries and shops at the base area and in the Old Town of Steamboat Springs and, throughout the season, you won’t want to miss any of the fun family entertainment and events at Gondola Square. TIP: Conveniently kit out the whole family with ski and snowboard rentals from Steamboat Ski & Sport in Gondola Square. steamboat.com