Howelsen Hill Ski Area, Steamboat Springs

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The Howelsen Hill Ski Area is a small ski area located on Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. As such, it is not a typical alpine ski area, as it includes a series of ski jumps, the largest at 114 metres.The ski area has produced over 70 Olympians in both alpine and Nordic events. With a vertical drop of 134m, it has one chairlift, two carpets, and one Poma lift. The local youth ski team, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, practices at the area, along with various ski jumpers in training, including U.S. Ski Team Jumpers.Construction of the first ski jump on Howelsen Hill began in the summer of 1914. The jump was completed and the area was open for recreation in time for the second annual Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Carnival that was held in 1914. This is the oldest continuously operating ski area in Colorado. On an area once known as Elk Park, a former small game preserve, it was renamed in 1917 for Carl Howelsen, a Norwegian immigrant who established it. The alpine area was established in 1931.Howelsen Hill Ski Area has sent more skiers to international competition than any other area in North America. It is the oldest ski area in continuous use in Colorado, and has the largest and most complete natural ski jumping complex in North America. Howelsen has been the training ground for more than 79 Olympians making over 130 Winter Olympic appearances, 15 members of the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame, and 6 members of the National Ski Hall of fame. Howelsen Hill is open to the public and is owned and operated by the City of Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreation Department.
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  • We've gone to Howelson Hill for years and have enjoyed every encounter there. My kids grew up ski jumping at the jumping venue, cross country skiing nearby, and alpine skiing when time permitted at th...  more »
  • We enjoyed the alpine slide again and again -- the kids loved the ski lift ride and the alpine slide down! Both men who weighed more than 200 pounds fell off ... of course, they were trying to go as f...  more »
  • We rented a room along River Rd this July so we could walk into town and enjoy the rodeo and Howelson Park. There always seems to be something interesting going on in the park, whether it's a volleyba...  more »
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  • Small town charm and a fun place to ski.
  • Friendly staff and good area to ski.
  • fantastic for the price. the runs are narrow and a little steep for beginners though so not the easiest to learn at for the first time. staff are friendly and happy to help if they can. really enjoyed my time here and saved a bundle too :-)
  • Easy parking here for river floats and the rodeo
  • The hill is the oldest operating ski area`in the state of Colorado. Plenty of challenges, not very busy. Check it out its a gem..

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As with most of the country's ski resorts, room rates increase with proximity to the slopes in Steamboat Springs. Expect to pay the highest rates during the winter holidays, as well as at the peak of the summer season. One of the most economical ways to stay near the slopes is to choose one of the area's inns. These offer every comfort of home at a fraction of the price charged by the big resorts and chain hotels.
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