Steamboat is famous for having 'Champagne Powder'. The snow is so incredibly light fluffy and dry the resort have actually registered 'Champagne Powder' as a trademark. Being at a high altitude in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains conditions stay acutely cold and the snow clouds that burst over Steamboat have an extremely low moisture content resulting in very dry snow. 'Champagne Powder' is fantastic to ski or snowboard it's almost indescribable. You can be up to your waist in it but still ski or board like a champion and feel like you are literally floating down the slopes. Steamboat has an average of 353 inches (896 centimeters) of snow per season - now that's a lot of 'Champagne Powder'!
Hit the slopes before anyone else does with a First Tracks Ticket. First tracks skiing and snowboarding is offered throughout the winter season at Steamboat. A maximum of 5 people per group are taken by an instructor to the Priest Creek area for some fast runs and virgin powder adventures. First tracks is for advanced intermediate and above level snowriders. The cost is US$50 per ticket and the tour takes around 1 1/2 hours.
After a morning of tree skiing in waist deep powder nothing goes down better than a bear burger. Head to the Bear River Bar and Grill in Gondola Square for one of their special bear burgers. The burger is a gourmet cheese burger with a meat patty so good it melts in your mouth, coleslaw and a pickle are served on the side. Wash it down with a beer and a side serving of fries. The Bear River Bar has a large sundeck facing the slopes and apres ski happy hour everyday from 3.30 to 6pm.
After a long day on the slopes rest your aching muscles and bones in Steamboat's natural hot springs. Head downtown to the 8 natural spring fed pools in the Steamboat Health and Recreation Center. The natural temperature of the springs ranges from 98 degrees Fahrenheit (36 degrees Celsius) to 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius).
A trip to Steamboat isn't complete until you've spent a night Downtown. It has a distinct friendly cowboy western feel with the wide Main Street lined on both sides by sports, fashion, souvenir and homewares shops. Downtown comes alive in the evenings with it's many restaurants diners and bars packed to the rafters. Make it in time for happy hour at the Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill to sample some hand crafted bears before heading to the Tap House for their special wings and ribs served with mild, hot or super hot sauce. For a memorable experience go to Steamboat's top restaurant Harwigs & L'Apogee to dine in the wine cellar by candle light. The cellar can cater for 2 to 10 guests with up to 6 courses being served. Downtown Steamboat is what you make it; either shop til you drop, dine like a king in five star service or have a quick bite in the diner before going to the cinema or hit just the bars for some fun.