Steamboat Springs

The name Steamboat Springs is thought to have originated in the early 1800s when French trappers thought they heard the chugging sound of a steamboat's steam engine. The sound turned out to be a natural mineral spring. When the railroad came through in 1908, dynamite used to lay the track caused the chugging sound to cease permanently. Ranching was the primary industry of the valley and in the late 1800s a mining boom was underway in the area of Hahns Peak. Today, cattle and sheep ranching, hay and wheat farming, and coal mining are county industries with tourism as the major economic factor in the area.

Skiing was part of the early settlers' lives because it was one of the only means to get around in the winter. Then in 1913, Carl Howelsen came to town and showed the townspeople that skiing could also be fun. The Flying Norseman, as he was called, built a jump and hurled himself, skis and all, more than 100 feet off the jump. Howelsen Hill, in downtown Steamboat Springs maintains the 30, 50-, 70-, and 90-meter jumps used by Steamboat's future Olympians as a training site. In 1955, Jim Temple, son of a local ranching family, spearheaded the development of the ski area. Engineered and largely constructed by local rancher John Fetcher, the new hill was ready in 1961 with only a poma lift. Storm Mountain was officially opened in 1963 with a double chair lift and an A-frame cabin as a warming hut. The mountain's name was changed to Mt. Werner in 1964 when hometown Olympic skier Buddy Werner was killed in an avalanche. Today the ski area boasts 21 lifts, 128 trails and more than 2,935 acres of skiable terrain.


Catamount Facilities

Golf Club House
33400A Catamount Drive
P.O. Box 774707
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
Phone: (970) 871-9300(970) 871-9300
Fax: (970) 871-9222



Lake House
30215 Waters Edge Trail
P.O. Box 774707
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
Phone: (970) 871-9229(970) 871-9229
Fax: (970) 871-9339



Heritage Cabin
29355 Harrison Trail
P.O. Box 774707
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
Phone: (970) 871-9229(970) 871-9229
Fax: (970) 871-9339