Howelsen Hill


Howelsen Hill, located in downtown Steamboat Springs, offers affordable skiing and snowboarding for all levels, cross-country skiing and fat bike and snowshoe trails. On any given day you can find present and future Olympians training at Howelsen Hill.


Annual Snowfall:
170 in / 432 cm
Base Elevation:
6,696 ft / 2,041 m
Summit Elevation:
7,136 ft / 2,175 m
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 11:00 am-8:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Season Dates:
Skiable Area:
50 acres / 20 hectares
# of trails:
50 acres / 20 hectares
Bowl Skiing
CAT Skiing
Terrain Parks

Best Known For

Howelsen is the oldest operating ski area in North America, running since 1915, and has the largest and most complete natural ski-jumping complex in North America. Howelsen Hill is also the home of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, the oldest ski club west of the Mississippi, and provides training in alpine, nordic, freestyle, and snowboarding for beginners to Olympians.


  • Howelsen Hill has been the training ground for nearly 90 Olympians making over 150 Winter Olympic appearances, 22 members of the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame, and 13 members of the National Ski Hall of Fame.
  • Owned and operated by the City of Steamboat Springs, Howelsen Hill is actually a city park. 
  • Howelsen Hill is a Pioneer Ski Resort by the International Skiing History Association and the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame.


  • Nordic Trails: 21 kilometers / 13 miles
  • Elevation: 6,696 feet at the base and 7,136 feet at the peak
  • Lifts: Double Chair, Poma Surface, Small Magic Carpet, and the Boardwalk
  • Number of Trails: 17 Alpine and 9 Nordic
  • Snowmaking: 50%

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