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Howelsen Hill Ski Area and Nordic Center. Photo Credit: Dean Laird - OutThere Colorado.
Howelsen Hill Ski Area and Nordic Center. Photo Credit: Dean Laird

Howelsen Hill Ski Area and Nordic Center

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Nestled in the heart of Yampa Valley lies the oldest running ski resort in Colorado- Howelsen Hill Ski Area. Since 1915, Howelsen Hill has been the training epicenter for 79 Olympians and boasts holding the largest natural ski jump in North America. Located on the outskirts of Steamboat’s downtown, this resort is a small 50-acre oasis for Nordic, alpine and freestyle skiers, snowboarders, fat tire bikers, tubers and winter enthusiasts of all abilities. Bonus? All ticket prices are well below the three-figure average that larger resorts charge.

“I have vivid childhood memories grasping onto “the carrot”, my family’s nickname for the old school rope tow that slowly dragged my sister and I up Howelsen’s bunny hill. After hanging on for a measly hundred feet, our arms would burn and frequent shouts of “Dad, I CAN’T hold on anymore!” filled the air.  As the years passed, rope tows turned into Poma rides and shouts of agony were replaced with laughter as we raced each other up and down the small resort mountain.”

Pro Tips

  • Keep your eyes peeled for Olympic hopefuls and past Olympians at Howelsen Hill!
  • In early February, Steamboat hosts an annual Winter Carnival with several awesome activities taking place right at Howelsen Hill. From night ski jumping, Nordic sprints, cross-country obstacle races, free tubing events, bike races to fireworks, there is bound to be something that peaks your interest.
  • Expect several rolling hills and beautiful vistas of downtown Steamboat on Howelsen Hill’s 13 miles of Nordic trails.
  • After a long day on the slopes, treat your sore legs to a soak in the Old Town Hot Springs located a few miles away from the base of Howelsen Hill.

Recommended season(s): Year-round.

Alyssa Wendt

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