Steamboat’s Top Ten Runs for Kids
Steamboat has long been known as a family-friendly ski resort, and having taught my two young kids how to ski here, I can certainly vouch for that! At age two, both of my boys began skiing in Steamboat, and now that they are ages five and eight, I have a solid list of the top ten ski runs for young kids in Steamboat:
- Tomahawk (Green)
- Why Not (Green)
- Rough Rider Basin (Green)
- Swinger (Green)
- Lil’ Rodeo Park/Mini Mav’s Pipe (easiest park option in Steamboat)
- Quickdraw (Blue)
- Broadway (Green)
- Moonlight (Blue)
- Baby Powder (Blue)
- Norther (Blue-Black, moguls)
There are of course the magic carpet areas and great ski school options in Steamboat for the most beginner skiers and riders, but once they progress to skiing in control and being able to stop on a dime, try out some of these top ten runs for young kids! I would recommend starting with the green runs, and when your child has mastered those and is ready for a little bit more of a challenge, try the blue runs and then Norther, which is a blue-black mogul run.
The photos below capture some of these top ten runs on past ski days with my kids (none of these photos were taken today). It is obviously a school day and they aren’t able to join me on the mountain today. We are still hoping for more snow in Steamboat, but have received five inches in the past week to freshen things up a little bit. Currently, the base is 43 inches at mid-mountain and 72 inches at the summit, so while it’s still solid, we’re all hoping for a powder day or two or more in the near future!
My kids have approved this list since 2015, so I feel quite confident that your kids will enjoy these runs as much as mine have over the years!
Another thing unique to Steamboat is the Outlaw Mountain Coaster, the longest coaster in North America, stretching 6,280 linear feet. Kids love riding the coaster, and is something we often do at the end of family ski days (honestly, adults might love it just as much). Pair skiing these top ten runs for young kids with a coaster ride or two, and your child will have a dream day in Steamboat!
Ski and ride with care and have a great day on the mountain!
Erin Campbell, Alpine Skier & Snowboarder