Skiing at Steamboat Ski Resort, Colorado (Colorado Ski Country)

Skiing at Steamboat Ski Resort, Colorado (Colorado Ski Country)

Fishcreek Canyon near Steamboat Springs, Colorado (Colorado Tourism)

Barn in Steamboat Springs, Colorado (Corel)

Snowboarding at Steamboat Resort in Colorado (Ski Colorado)

Log Cabin in the snowy mountains Steamboat Springs, Colorado (Larry Pierce/Steamboat Ski Resort)

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What to do in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat is home to more Olympians than any other town in America—after the 2010 Vancouver Games, the count was 84. Perhaps it’s because Steamboat has one of the first ski jumps in the country. Maybe you can credit the 340 inches of yearly snowfall, so fluffy that the resort copyrighted the phrase champagne powder . Sports legacy aside, Steamboat is one of the most genuine ski towns in Colorado—where luxury properties butt up against working cattle ranches and ski-bum condos. The main street feels like a Western movie set, and weekend events tend to revolve around rodeos rather than operas and intellectual summits. Fur coats are nonexistent, and cowboy hats are common. And though the scenery—with big, rolling mountains and wide valleys—is less dramatic than at resorts farther south, it somehow contributes to the town’s unpretentiousness.

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