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9 Essential Runs At The Steamboat Ski Area

11/12/2020 11:54AM ● By Rachel Miller

Rainbow is an easily accessible run and allows for convenient lift access. 

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS- Snow is falling and Opening Day is just a few weeks away. Planning a trip to Steamboat Springs this winter season? Here is a list of 9 essential runs we think are a must-do when skiing and snowboarding in the 'boat. 

1. Stampede

Accessed via: Christie Peak Express lift, getting off at mid-station

Difficulty: Easy

Perks: Easily accessible, wide-open and low-impact. Good for quick laps on the Christie Peak Express lift. The only green run that’s lit during night skiing.

2. Sundial

Accessed via: Sunshine Express lift

Difficulty: Easy

Perks: Gets lots of sun on bluebird days. Highest-elevated beginner run on the mountain, with great views of the Flat Tops. Takes you to Rendezvous Way, which makes it a great pre-lunch option on the way to Rendezvous Lodge.

3. Buddy’s Run

Accessed via: Storm Peak Express lift

Difficulty: Intermediate

Perks: Great corduroy early in the morning, and plenty of rollers along the edges. Excellent option for groups of skiers with varying skill-levels.

4. One O’Clock/Two O’Clock

Accessed via: The right side of High Noon

Difficulty: Intermediate

Perks: Gradual slopes and widely spaced bumps ideal for easing one’s way into mogul skiing.

5. Rainbow

Accessed via: Just below Four Points Lodge

Difficulty: Intermediate

Perks: A gentle cruiser that’s easily accessible and offers options to reach many different areas at the bottom via Burgess Creek, Four Points and Storm Peak lifts. 

6. Tomahawk

Accessed via: Sunshine Express lift

Difficulty: Intermediate

Perks: A long, rolling run perfect for getting a taste of early morning corduroy.

7. Chute 1

Accessed via: Morningside Lift

Difficulty: Expert

Perks: Steep, exhilarating skiing and bragging rights.

8. Cyclone

Accessed via: Below the Bar UE chairlift

Difficulty: Expert

Perks: A steep, wide, regularly groomed run that’s perfect for satisfying the need for speed.

9. Triangle 3

Accessed via: Between the tops of Bar UE and Storm Peak lifts

Difficulty: Expert

Perks: Balances a tantalizing mix of excellent tree skiing and powder skiing.