Skiing doesn’t always mean downhill.
For those who aren’t keen on the idea of downhill skiing, there are tons of other ways to get out into the snow. Nordic skiing is a popular sport between locals and visitors alike. For those looking for an intense morning cardio, or a peaceful ride through the valley, there is something for everyone! If you’re trying your hand at Steamboat Springs nordic skiing, we have compiled local trails from beginner to expert levels below!
Ski Touring Center
For those who are new to the sport, a trail well-traversed by locals is positively the way to go. Steamboat Ski Touring Center is an ideal place to try your hand at this sport. The Ski Touring Center not only has miles of snowshoeing trails, but they have some of the best cross-country and skate skiing trails around. Keep your eye out for seasonal rentals, multi-day passes or full season passes. The Ski Touring Center offers lessons as well with reservations. Skiers can buy equipment or clothing out of the outfitter shop before fueling up with a warm lunch at The Picnic Basket Cafe. Get yourself outside and participating in this awesome sport!
Lake Catamount also provides Nordic tours for skiers. There are tons of trails along Lake Catamount throughout the valleyed area. The property even provides a convenient service rental shop and a log cabin to warm you up post-ride. Therefore, Lake Catamount is a great place to try your hand at Nordic. There are both classic and skate ski rentals available on site, and a quick call ahead of time can assure there are plenty in stock. Catamount caters to skiers of all levels with trail maps guiding them to beginner, intermediate and expert terrain. Grooming reports, prices and hours are listed at the Steamboat Nordic Center website. With plenty of easy terrain, this is a great choice when strapping on your Nordic skis for the very first time.
Haymaker Nordic Center
Haymaker is another similar trail system to Lake Catamount. Large vistas and groomed tails provide easy terrain, great for the meandering Nordic skier. It is maintained for beginners, making this an ideal place to test the waters. However, this is also a great place for more experienced skiers to work on fine-tuning their own techniques. There are 10 kilometers of classic and skate ski trails that allow skiers to take in the view of Mount Werner on one side and the Flat Tops Wilderness Area on the other. Between laps on the Rabbit Ears or the Yampa View loops, visitors can get lunch at the Haymaker Bar and Grill while warming up. An updated trail report, as well as prices and hours can be found on the Steamboat Spring Nordic skiing website.
To avoid the beginner courses and crowds of a Steamboat winter, head to the endless terrain located at Rabbit Ears Pass. There are miles and miles of untamed, ungroomed backcountry trails. Therefore, these trails should be trekked along by the more experienced Nordic skier. In addition, it is also best led by an individual who is familiar with the pass and its dense terrain. Rabbit Ears is located out of the way of civilization, where there are no facilities. Therefore, you should pack your own water, food, extra layers and whatever else you may need — and always be prepared for changing weather conditions.
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People from all over the world come far and wide to ski Steamboat’s unmatched Champagne Powder. We have thousands of acres to ski, unbeatable trees, and runs for every level of expertise. Therefore, there is nothing quite like skiing Steamboat. Aside from our awesome resort, you can also ride Howelsen Hill and try out backcountry skiing. No matter where your interests lie, Steamboat has anything you need to achieve the perfect ski Steamboat day.
Steamboat Resort – 2305 Mt Werner Cir – (970) 879-6111
One of Colorado’s best ski resorts consists of multiple mountains and peaks. With 18 lifts, 165 trails, and more than 3000 skiable acres, Steamboat Resort has terrain for the beginner to the expert skiers and snowboarders. Champagne Powder snow, an 84-year Olympic heritage, and family programs therefore make Steamboat worth riding. Our snow, coined Champagne Powder® for its light powdery texture, is an experience to ski on like no other. With a ten-year average of 338 inches of this magical stuff, you’re bound to find an untouched stash somewhere.
Howelsen Hill – Howelsen Pkwy – (970) 879-8499
This unique ski area not only hosts the same Champagne Powder, but you can even check out the Olympic ski jumps while you’re ridging the lifts. This is the birth place of so many incredible Olympic Athletes, therefore providing this ski area has a unique heritage. It is Colorado’s oldest ski area in continuous use, as it was opened in 1915. With the largest natural ski jumping complex in North America, Howelsen Hill offers downhill and cross-country skiing too! In addition, night skiing/riding is available 3 nights a week. Folks can ski Steamboat for free on Sundays.
The peaks surrounding Steamboat offer some of the deepest snow in Colorado. With endless miles from Rabbit Ears to Clark, there are a multitude of places to check out backcountry and cross country. However, we absolutely recommend using a guided tour in order to try out the backcountry. Not only will you be further protected in this unique endeavor, but also will get the local’s knowledge. Sometimes the best places to try your hand are hidden. For a full list of popular trails, check our the Chamber’s information provided here.
Book with Four Seasons Steamboat during your vacation for a personalized experience and a local’s knowledge on all things Steamboat. We have great vacation rentals for you and the whole family! From a downtown condo to our mountainside locations, Four Seasons Steamboat can provide you with housing accommodations for your trip to Steamboat. Regardless if you are looking for a luxurious vacation rental, a private home, or a place for the whole family to vacation, we have the rental properties and vacation homes you and your loved ones will always remember. Vacation like a local with Four Seasons Steamboat. For lodging, head back to our home page here.