Journey through Steamboat Springs, Colorado!
SITUATED in the Yampa River Valley in Colorado’s northwestern corner, Steamboat Springs exudes a subtle beauty. Fresh snow blankets the meadows and aspens and Douglas firs look as if they’ve been dipped in frost. Storms from the Pacific charge unimpeded into Steamboat releasing froths of ”champagne” powder onto its peaks. At 6,695 feet, Steamboat Springs is a true mountain town; in addition to skiers, you’ll run across whitewater paddlers, mountain bikers and trail runners. One tip for visitors: if the combination of the high altitude and the high-quality beers sold at many of the town’s restaurants and bars proves to be a debilitating combination, take advantage of the town’s free bus shuttle that operates every 20 minutes from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. each day.
DRAPED across six rounded peaks, Steamboat offers a little of something for everyone in a big package of almost 3,000 acres: wide, perfectly pitched groomers; an area of hike-to steeps; quad-searing bump runs; gentle, meandering green runs; the 500-foot-long Maverick’s super pipe with 18-foot-high walls; and the mountain’s signature terrain — long glades of perfectly spaced aspen that epitomize tree skiing at its best. When storms roll in from the Pacific, Steamboat’s mountain range allows for a meteorological convergence of cloud types that rarely occurs elsewhere; the frequent result is snow that’s particularly light and silky, known as Champagne Powder.