Beginner Skiing

Steamboat Skiing for Beginners

Click on the trail map to get a bigger pdf of the Steamboat Ski Area terrain.

Kermit the frog would love it in Steamboat.
It actually is quite easy to be GREEN here.

So if you’re looking for the ubiquitous green circle before you plan your next ski trip?  Rest assured, the Steamboat Ski Area is a very forgiving mountain with terrain for all abilities and comfort levels.  The mountain consists of almost 3000 acres and the green runs are spread out throughout the area so families can pick their pleasure and still ride the lifts together all the way to the very top!

Here’s a Preview

For never-ever newbies, the Preview ski trail gives you just that.  A nice preview of the sport of skiing.  The chair lift is very easy to upload and offload from and a lot of the Preview terrain is sequestered off from more advanced skiers.  If you feel a bit brave after some time on Preview, head next door to the Christie Lift.  This 6-pack caters to all abilities, first stop lets you off above the Preview terrain and the second stop takes you higher to almost the mid-mountain point, but not all the way up.  Once you venture up above Preview, you can access the Thunderhead and Burgess Creek lifts for additional green runs and a bit more variety for intermediate and advanced skiers in your party.

Why Not Ski Run Steamboat, Colorado
Why Not?

And when in doubt in the Burgess Creek or top of the gondola area, just say “Why Not?”.  Actually, we don’t mean throw caution to the wind and hurl yourself down a double black, we mean just find the ski run called “Why Not”.  It’s a 3 mile-long green run from the top of the Gondola that winds its way through Aspen trees all the way to the bottom –crossing many expert trails.  So if you’re looking for the easy way down, just look for the signs that point to Why Not.

Broadway Bench

One of our other green favorites is Broadway.  Broadway is accessible from the Sun Down Express lift via another green run, Sundial.  Or you can reach it from the South Peak lift.  In either case, bolder boarders and skiers can schuss down West Side (a black) or mogul it up down Rolex (another black) and you can ease your way on down via the green run, Broadway.  Be sure to stop at the picturesque Broadway Bench for gorgeous valley views. You can come home with significant photographic bragging rights, as those black diamond skiers don’t get this spectacular vista unless they take Broadway too…

Want to hip hop your way off of the bunny slopes?

Try a few of the learn to ski or learn to ride lessons through the Steamboat ski mountain.  They’ve got lesson packages that cater to never-evers as well as advanced beginners (and everything above and beyond that).  Never-evers can use the magic carpets  and the ski school promises to get you skiing on a green run – or the lessons are free until they do.  For the littlest beginners, there are kids only zones and other runs where adults “must be accompanied by a kid ” to keep the runs for little ones as safe as possible.