The Best Beginner Ski Runs

Hit these Great Green & Blue Runs!

Steamboat Springs, CO… Ski Town, U.S.A… Home of the world’s best Champagne Powder. All of these claims to fame are what make Steamboat a great spot for your next family ski vacation. Mount Werner is the ski hill that is famous not only for its world class skiing, but also for giving the world some of the greats like Billy Kidd or Nelson Carmichael. And while we are proud of our 80+ local Olympians, what most people don’t know is that Steamboat is one of the absolute best places to learn how to ski. This complete mountain range boasts 6 peaks and 2,965 acres of skiable terrain, thus making it the perfect spot for beginner and expert skiers alike. In light of this, we came up with a list of our top 5 best beginner runs on the mountain to help guide you through your trip.

1. Lower Mountain: The lower portion of Mount Werner is one of the best places for beginners to get their legs under them. Take the Christie Peak lift up to the first offload point. Any of the runs from there will all be easy greens for you to work on your ski technique.

2.  Why Not: Why Not is the longest run on the mountain coming in at just over 3 miles long. Originating at the top of the gondola, this trail zig zags all over the mountain and spits you back out down at the base. The length will give you a little more challenge as you learn the art of skiing.

3. Wally World: As a kid learning to ski, we always begged our Snowsport School instructors to take us over here… a tradition that still takes place today. Not only is it a great area for beginners to practice their skiing, but it is also one of the most fun areas on the mountain! Wally World consists of approximately 5 or more different blue runs all of which are very open with a gradual slope. It is guaranteed fun for one and all!

4. Vagabond: Hang a hard left off of the gondola and make your way over to Vagabond. This blue trail is perfect for pushing yourself a little more. The first drop is a bit steeper, but from there it is a fairly gentle slope with plenty of open space perfect for practicing those turns. But be forewarned, you are going to want to visit Vagabond early in the day as it does get rather crowded toward closing time.

5. Rough Rider Basin: Rough Rider Basin has long been a congregation area for ski school filled with fun and games. This area is a nice easy green with various little jumps and rollers for kids and adults alike to enjoy. Grab the kids from ski school and take them for one last run of the day through Rough Rider.

There you have it. Our list of the top 5 best beginner runs on the mountain. We hope that you find this list helpful in guiding you around the Steamboat Ski Resort. Have fun and stay safe! Need a visual? Watch the video of what skiing down Steamboats’ longest run “Why not” is like from a skiers point of view!