Steamboat Ski Resort Jobs
- Employment: Steamboat Job Listings
- Population: Steamboat Springs 12,088
- Road Conditions
- Steamboat Snow Report
- Annual Snowfall: 337″ (10 year average)
- Ski Season: Nov. 24 – April 10
- Chamber of Commerce
- Average Cost 1-bedroom Apartment: $475-725 (shared housing)
- Steamboat Lift Ticket Prices
- Local Newspapers: Steamboat Today
- Steamboat Webcam
Known as Ski Town USA and home to knee-deep “champagne powder” (flakes so small and light, they give the impression of bubbles), Steamboat Springs has produced more Olympians than any other U.S. town. It proudly claims thirty-four so far. The ski area is 157 miles from Denver in the Yampa Valley area of the Routt National Forest. The town, Old Steamboat Springs, is two to three miles from the base of the ski area. The four mountain peaks reach an average of 3,600 vertical feet, second highest in Colorado after Aspen Highlands. This is a town where you’ll want to wear your jeans and plaid flannel shirt (no, you won’t look like you just left the farm!) and be prepared to get down and dirty. Visitors get a chance to mingle with elk, antelope, and real live cowhands. While the area has a distinctly Western flavor, it also carries the sophistication and chic that comes with any modern, smoothly run ski destination.
In Steamboat Springs life is equally interesting on and off the slopes. There are World Cup Ski Races and other events scheduled and posted daily at the base of the mountain (usually including ski jumping contests, snowcat powder skiing, and moonlit cross-country guided tours). The Cowboy Downhill features slalom races, hostess lasso, and horse saddling, and a Winter Carnival is held in February. Call the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club at (970) 879-0695 for details. Steamboat also has an ice-driving school, chariot races, and water slides. The Chamber of Commerce has specifics.
Summertime is busy in Steamboat and provides a wide variety of outdoor activities. Opportunities for hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, white water rafting, fishing, and hunting in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness area, soaking in the natural Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and kayaking, water skiing, and golf are nearby. For specific trail or camping information call the Hahn’s Peak Ranger District at (970) 879-1870.
Nightlife is one of Steamboat’s specialties, and there is definitely something for everyone. If you prefer margaritas or beer, but want the same kind of atmosphere, then try Dos Amigos. The Sheraton Thunderhead Bar hosts beer-tastings and the Tugboat is always crowded with dancers and minglers. Steamboat offers excellent restaurants in town and on the slopes. The Yacht Club is in a renovated fish hatchery and faces the 90-meter jump so diners can observe the thrill of Nordic jumping at close range.
Steamboat is 157 miles west of Denver on I-70 through the Eisenhower tunnel , north on Highway 9 to Kremmling, then west on U.S. 40 to the resort. Two airports serve Steamboat, Steamboat Springs Airport and Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
YVRA is further from the resort (twenty-two miles) but is served by more airlines. Direct service is available from the following airlines to YVRA: American (Chicago, Dallas, New York, and San Jose), Continental (Cleveland and Houston), US Air (Phoenix), and Northwest (Los Angeles and Minneapolis). American Airlines has extensive connections to Steamboat from over 100 cities. Transportation from the airport to the resort is available from Alpine Taxi/Limo (800) 343-7433. Expect to pay about $44 if you are coming from YVRA, $130 from Denver or $5 if you are coming from the Steamboat Springs Airport.
The Steamboat Springs Transit bus service gets visitors efficiently around the area. It runs every thirty minutes throughout the day and late evening between points west of city limits, downtown Steamboat Springs, the ski area, and the mountain village. The transit system is now free to ride. Call (970) 879-3717 for more information.
Rent can be expensive in the town of Steamboat Springs, but there is some limited employee housing available. Housing that is provided by employers varies from apartments to mobile homes to single-family dwellings. For more affordable apartment rentals, it is best to look in Craig, Hayden, and Oak Creek.
Many of the jobs in Steamboat Springs are seasonal and cater to the resort industry. The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation is the largest employer and hires 800 to 1,000 employees seasonally (200 year round). Other employment opportunities include restaurants, retail, technicians, reservations, and shuttle bus drivers. The Steamboat Workforce Center, (970) 879-3075, provides information on all types of occupations including temporary, part-time, and full-time employment.