The Ski Mountain

Steamboat is actually a complete mountain range: Mount Werner, Sunshine Peak, Storm Peak, Thunderhead Peak and Christie Peak. 2,939 acres of permitted terrain offer a diversity of trails for all levels of ability. Gladed areas of Sunshine and Storm Peak are Steamboat’s particular claim to fame with Champagne Powder in the trees for the most avid powder hounds.

For intermediate and novice skiers, Steamboat’s greatest asset is the Sunshine Bowl, locally referred to as “Wallyworld”.  This large expanse of mellow terrain on the upper mountain offers beginners their first taste of what it’s like to “ride the mountain” without confining them to the base area.

The Morningside Park Expansion opened 179 acres of new terrain in Steamboat in 97/98. Next is the four-phase Pioneer Ridge Expansion, a 770 acre area of intermediate and advanced terrain to the north of the existing ski area. Phase 2 for the 98/99 season added an additional 250 acres of terrain and a new high speed chairlift – The Pony Express.

In the last 5 years Steamboat has seen multi-million dollar improvements to lifts and terrain with the addition of the Sunshine Express Lift, Christie Peak 6-Pack Express and the regrading of the entire base area to offer even more beginner terrain.

With the current redevelopment of the base area there is no doubt as to Steamboat’s future as a World Class ski area.

skimap | Olympian

Mountain Numbers
Base Elevation: 6,900 feet/2103 meters
Christie Peak Elevation: 8,015 feet/2444 meters
Mid-Mountain Elevation: 9,080 feet/2768 meters
Summit/Mt. Werner Elevation: 10,568 feet/3224 meters
Vertical Drop: 3,668 feet/1118 meters
Trail System Permitted Acres: 2,965 acres/1,200 hectares
Trails: 165 named trails
Trail Classification: 14% Beginner 42% Intermediate 44% Advanced
Longest Run: Why Not – over 3 miles/4.8km
Lift System: 20 lifts
Uphill Capacity: 33,619 per hour
Snowmaking: 375 acres/152 hectares
Annual Snowfall: 331″/859cm – annually