(Photo: The Greenhorn Ranch learning area offers perks for new skiers and riders. Courtesy of Steamboat Resort.) Featured in the Steamboat Springs Visitors' Guide Ski Season 2023-2024.1. Shortcut:
After getting off at the first stop of the Wild Blue Gondola, you’ll find yourself at Greenhorn Ranch, a beginners ski area that opened last season. All runs off Greenhorn Ranch are great for newbies, but Shortcut will spit you out in a better spot to
get directly to the bottom of the base, where you could hop back on Wild Blue or get to some tougher runs via the Christie Peak Express Lift or the Steamboat Gondola.
Petra Bernehed hugs the statue of Buddy Werner at the top of Storm Peak for good luck. Courtesy of Deb Olsen.
2. Buddy’s Run: Named after Steamboat Olympian Buddy Werner, this classic run is wide open, long and provides excellent tree skiing on either side. It’s also the easiest way down from the top of Storm Peak to Four Points Lodge if you’re looking for a bite to eat. Don’t forget to tap Buddy’s statue at the top of the run for good luck!
Two O’Clock offers something for everyone: smooth slopes, moguls on days when conditions are right, and tree skiing on either side. Courtesy of Larry Pierce.
3. Two O’Clock: Two O’Clock begins midway down High Noon off Sunshine Peak. Slightly steeper than One O’Clock just next to it, Two O’Clock provides some glute-busting moguls (if conditions are right) as well as some great tree skiing off its left and right sides, and below the catwalk where it turns into Daybreak. 4. Concentration:
Not for the faint of heart, Concentration runs directly below the Thunderhead Express lift line. Its moguls will immediately let you know if you’ve done enough squats this past summer, and the people riding up Thunderhead will have a full view of when you eat snow.
5. Storm Peak North/South: Storm Peak(s) is one of the wider runs Steamboat Resort has and can be a great start for a top-to-bottom, end-of-the-day run. While it can have its fair share of moguls, thanks to its generous width, you can usually find some less bumpy patches that will lead you straight to après.