So many mountains, so little time; we know it might be hard to choose where to go when you only have a few precious free days in the season. The Active Times staff would like to help you make the best of your time in the snow. In addition to our gear reviews, ranked lists and interviews with the experts, we’ve started this section to gather the most important information you’ll want to know before booking a trip or heading out for a day on the slopes. Each week we will feature a new mountain, complete with statistics, snow conditions and plans for 2014. So, whether you’re thinking about your next big trip or you’re going last minute, check out the details on the top mountains here.
Location: Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Chairlift pitch: “Steamboat is famous worldwide for its authentic western atmosphere, friendliness, abundant Champagne Powder snow and Olympian tradition. New this winter, guests will enjoy the new Four Points Lodge, Night Skiing and Riding, expanded snowmaking, enhanced grooming with new snowcat groomers and a new GoPro feature in the Lil’ Rodeo Terrain Park. One of North America’s top family resorts, Steamboat encompasses 165 trails, 3,668 vertical feet and nearly 3,000 skiable acres with six peaks filled with world-class groomed cruisers, bumps, steeps, meadows, legendary trees and five terrain parks,” said Michael Lane, a Steamboat representative.
True-up Vertical Descent: 2,479 feet, according to mountainvertical.com; 3,668 feet according to Steamboat
Ski-able area: 2,965 acres
Ratios of difficulty (trail classification): 14 percent novice, 42 percent intermediate, 44 percent advanced
Number of trails: 165
Longest run: more than 3 miles
Number of lifts: 16
Hours of operation: the gondola operates daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Avg. annual snowfall: 349 inches
Adult lift ticket price on their website: $124
Deals and discounts: The deals listed on their website are contingent on lodging, find them here.
Upcoming events: Steamboat has plenty planned for this spring. They are hosting free live concerts each Saturday and their own take on a Mardi Gras celebration. Steamboat Mardi Gras will be held Feb. 27 to March 4 and will include concerts, parades, a BBQ, beer festival and restaurant contests. Check out the details on these and other events here.
Renovations: The biggest addition this season is the Four Points Lodge (pictured below). Sitting at the top end of the Four Points chairlift, the gorgeous structure features dining for any palate for breakfast lunch and dinner. For $99 per person, you’ll get a five-course Italian inspired dinner and a snowcat ride.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, the information above was found at the mountain’s website.