Howelsen Hill Ski Area

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Howelsen Hill Ski Area jumping complex
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We have put together a list of everything you need to know about Howelsen Hill Ski Area. 

Howelsen Hill Overview

Howelsen Hill is located in Steamboat Springs and is the longest-running ski area in North America. It is known for having the largest natural ski-jumping complex on the continent.

Ski Terrain

  • Beginner runs: 20%
  • Intermediate runs: 30%
  • Advanced runs: 50%
  • Expert runs: 0%
  • Total ski runs: 19
  • Terrain Parks: 2

Mountain Statistics

  • Summit elevation: 7136 feet
  • Skiable area: 50 acre
  • Average Snowfall: 150 inch

Howelsen Hill Trail Map

Howelsen Hill Ski Trail Map

Howelsen Hill Lift Tickets

Howelsen Hill Ski Area offers two types of lift tickets: Day lift tickets and Season Pass. 

Day Lift Tickets

Day lift tickets can be purchased by visiting the Howelsen Hill Ticket Office during regular operating hours. The ticket office is conveniently situated in the northwest corner of the parking lot near the main entrance. 

Day lift ticket price range from $31-$43 (prices are subject to change). Children aged four and under can ski for free.

For more information about lift tickets, please call 970-879-8499 or email

Season Pass

Howelsen Hill Season Passes allow you to ski all season long at the Howelsen Hill area as long as the ski resort is open. There are three purchase options available:

  • Alpine Pass: Lift access only
  • Nordic Pass: Nordic access only
  • Alpine and Nordic Pass: Lift and Nordic access

Benefits of the Pass:

  • No Blackout Dates
  • 3 full-day tickets once per season at partner resorts (Hogadon Basin Ski Area, Mont du Lac, Snow King Mountain, Snow Valley, and Sunlight)

Ski Free Sunday

During the winter season, Howelsen Hill offers Free Skiing Sunday. To access the lifts and Nordic trails on these designated ski free days, a ticket must be obtained from the ticket office.

Please check the Ski Free Sundays to see the schedule and conditions.

Nearest Town to Howelsen Hill

Howelsen Hill Ski Area is conveniently located in downtown Steamboat Springs, Colorado, which is around a 157-mile drive from Denver. On the southeast side of town, you will find the renowned Steamboat Ski Resort, which is one of the largest and most popular resorts in the state. There is also a complimentary shuttle bus service that operates between the town and Steamboat Ski Resort.

Restaurants Near Howelsen Hill

Howelsen Hill Ski Area only has one on-mountain dining option, however, the base town of Steamboat Springs offers several highly-rated restaurants.

The Outrun Snack Bar

Outrun Snack Bar offers a wide variety of affordable snacks, sandwiches, soups, and refreshing alcoholic beverages. It is conveniently located at the base of the ski hill.

Opening Hours (subject to change): 11  am - 7  pm (Mon-Fri), 10 am - 6 pm (Sat-Sun) 

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Taco Cabo

Taco Cabo is a Mexican restaurant in Steamboat Springs and is popular for its tacos and alcoholic drinks.

Opening Hours (subject to change): 10 am - 8 pm (Mon-Fri), 8 am - 8 pm (Sat-Sun)

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Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill

Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill is a small American brewery located in Steamboat Springs. It is known for its Happy Hour.

Opening Hours (subject to change): 4 pm - 10 pm (daily)

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Howelsen Hill Contact Information

Address: 245 Howelsen Parkway, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, United States

Phone number: (970) 879-8499

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 Frequently Asked Questions

Are there ski packages to Howelsen Hill Ski Area?

There are no ski vacation packages to Howelsen Hill Ski Area as it is a small ski area owned and operated by the City of Steamboat Springs. However, there are ski vacation packages to most Colorado ski resorts, including the neighboring Steamboat Ski Resort.

When is the best time to go skiing in Howelsen Hill Ski Area?

The best time to ski at Howelsen Hill Ski Area is generally from December to February. This is typically when the resort sees the most of its snowfall.

What amenities are available at Howelsen Hill Ski Area?

There is a snack bar, small storage lockers, lost & found area, sledding hill, tubing area and a Nordic Hotline.

Does Howelsen Hill Ski Area offer ski and snowboard lessons?

Unfortunately, there are no ski and snowboard lessons available at Howelsen Hill Ski Area.