Steamboat typically has most, if not all, of its beginner and intermediate terrain open by the holidays. Despite a lack of natural early-season snow, our snowmakers and groomers have been working nonstop to open terrain across the mountain.

With a little help from Mother Nature dropping more than a foot of fresh snow this week, we’ve been able to open additional lifts and trails, including Morningside on Friday and Sundown and Elkhead lifts today.

If you’re a beginner or intermediate skier or rider, we’ve ranked our trails based on how steep they are, going from easiest to most difficult according the average slope angle.

Open green trails

A green trail is typically in the range of 8 to 25 percent and no steeper than 30 percent.

Where to ski: If you’re a beginner skier, you’ll need to stick to Preview or Christie Peak Express lifts. There is no beginner terrain from the top of the gondola.

• Preview lift: Preview trail

• Christie Peak Express: Yoo Hoo to Right-O-Way is the easiest way down. Boulevard to Giggle Gulch to Short Cut to Stampede is slightly more difficult. (If you’re night skiing, get off at the mid-station to access Stampede, the only green trail illuminated at night.)

Open blue trails

A blue trail is typically in the range of 25 to 45 percent and no steeper than 50 percent.

Where to ski: Some of Steamboat’s most mellow blue trails can be found in Morningside and the Sundown area, which opened today. As of today, intermediate trails High Noon and One O’Clock are not groomed, so keep that in mind when choosing your preferred route down the mountain.

• Christie Peak Express: Jess’ Cut-Off or Sitz to Vogue will return you to the base area.

• Gondola: Heavenly Daze to Jess’ Cut-Off or Sitz to Vogue will take you back to the base area. Rudi’s Run to Lightning or Blizzard will take you to Burgess Creek.

• Burgess Creek: Tower to Rudi’s Run to Lightning or Blizzard, or Skyline to lower Rainbow. Both options will return you to Burgess Creek lift.

• Four Points: Upper Rainbow to lower Rainbow, or Meadow Lane to Buddy’s Run to Tornado Lane will return you to Four Points.

• Thunderhead Express: Vagabond or upper Vagabond or Betwixt to Eagles Next.

• Storm Peak Express: Buddy’s Run to Calf Roper to Rainbow or Buddy’s Run to Tornado Lane will return you to Burgess Creek or Storm Peak Express.

• Morningside: Lots of intermediate terrain is open in this area, including Cowboy Coffee, Bail Out, Frying Pan, Rooster, Snooze Bar and Over Easy. Most of our easiest blues can be found in this area.

• Sundown Express: High Noon, or upper High Noon to One O’Clock to lower High Noon, will return you to Sundown Express. Be aware that the intermediate trails in this area are not groomed today.

When you’re ready to hit the slopes, be sure to grab a grooming report to find the easiest ways down the mountain. An ungroomed trail will increase the difficulty.

Happy holidays, and let it snow!



Nicole Miller, Alpine skier

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