I’ve been skiing for 44 years. I’ve skied at many of the best ski area in the country. And one area that comes to mind in my home mountain in Washington state: Crystal Mountain. But, I’m not here to talk about Crystal. I’m here to say that the Steamboat ski area ranks 8th in the country. Now that’s pretty good considering it’s up against the big dogs on ski area.

Steamboat Springs Ski Area
Steamboat Springs Ski Area

Of course I live here so I’m biased regarding Steamboat. I do ski more powder that ever. I am always amazed and the beauty all about Steamboat with the snow covered aspens and clear blue skies. The snow is dry and plentiful. Steamboat is really a great ski area and not just because of the skiing.

Here’s the ranking from Ski Magazine. And a recent article about the results.

SKI Magazine 2011 Reader Survey top 20 resorts

1 Deer Valley, Utah

2 Vail

3 Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.

4 Snowmass

5 Sun Valley, Idaho

6 Park City, Utah

7 Beaver Creek

8 Steamboat Springs

9 Breckenridge

10 Telluride

11 Aspen Mountain

12 Jackson Hole, Wyo.

13 Heavenly, Calif.

14 Winter Park

15 Crested Butte

16 Canyons, Utah

17 Mammoth Mountain, Calif.

18 Copper Mountain

19 Aspen Highlands

20 Snowbird, Utah

Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs