With a few popular ski resorts, settled in the northwestern Colorado Rockies, Steamboat Springs is the most accessible ski and snowboard destination in western Colorado. Daily flights from around the country bring winter travelers to a small mountain town with two adjacent ski areas, one of which has trained dozens of Olympic athletes. In summer, visitors can explore the nearby mountains on foot or bike, or enjoy one of several annual traditions including a hot air balloon festival and a marathon. Lodging and accommodations in vacation rentals like cabins, condos, cottages, chalet, villas, apartments and homes are also available in large number in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Steamboat Springs is nestled in the Yampa River Valley, with the stately peaks of the Park Range in the background. The ski resorts are settled around a small town in the northwestern corner of Colorado in the USA. There are many things to do in the summer even though Steamboat is better known as a skiing destination in winter. Steamboat has its own hill for ski jumping. There is a 20, 30, 50, 70, and 90 meter jump on the hill. Since ranching is a popular means of livelihood in this area, the town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is authentic cowboy country. Many people come here to vacation for the waters, which were discovered by French fur trappers in 1865. If you visit, you can enjoy the springs at Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Strawberry Park is also the resort's cultural center, where you can enjoy jazz and other types of performances. Vacation rentals - homes, condos, cabins, cottages, chalet, villas, apartments - are near the springs for your convenience.
Today, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, boasts 69 Olympic athletes. Modern Steamboat Springs skiing has come a long way since the first boat tow. The ski resort has over 18 lifts, including the Gondola and a brand new Christie Peak Express high-speed, six passenger lift; 165 trails, and 2,965 acres/1,200 hectares offering a diversity of terrain for all ability levels. Private vacation rentals such as homes, condos, cabins, chalet, cottages, villas, apartments and other lodging are also available. Ski resorts of Steamboat Springs average 338 inches of its signature Champagne Power snow, enticing avid powder hounds from around the globe. The term Champagne Powder was coined in Steamboat and this is the only place to find this incredibly light, dry and fluffy snow. If you are interested in Steamboat Springs skiing history, take a walk through Howelsen Hill, which is located on the south side of the Yampa River. The hill is named for Carl Howelsen, the "flying Norseman" who was a well-known Barnum and Bailey Circus star. In 1914, Howelsen came to Steamboat Springs and introduced the town to ski jumping. The hill was first used for jumping in 1915. The slalom and downhill courses were added in the late 1930's. The first tow, built in 1934 was a "boat tow" which consisted of two sleds pulled by a cable that was powered by a car motor. It was one of the longest "ski lifts" in the United States. In 1950, a 90-meter jump had been built and named for Douglas Graham, who was a local businessman. The Graham Jump drew many Olympic training camps. It was the site of several noteworthy jumps. The most impressive was Ansten Samuelstuen's 316-foot jump in 1951. This jump set a record that remained unbroken till the 1960s.