The Howelsen Hill Ski Area, owned and operated by the City of Steamboat Springs, holds a unique place in the history of skiing and the Yampa Valley. Located in downtown Steamboat Springs, historic Howelsen Hill truly embodies the heart and soul of the community, helping generations learn and enjoy the sport.
Howelsen Hill Ski Area is the oldest operating ski area in North America, and houses the largest and most complete natural ski jumping complex in North America. The ski area was officially established in 1915 by Norwegian Carl Howelsen who built the first ski jump in Steamboat Springs in 1914. Today the facility includes four lifts, 17 Alpine and nine Nordic trails (with over 13 miles of groomed trails for skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking), terrain park, summer and winter ski jump complex, and the historic Lodge.
For more than a century, the esteemed Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, a non-profit organization that provides sports and youth development programming for over 1,000 athletes annually, has called Howelsen Hill home. As the training ground for nearly 100 Winter Olympians and scores of athletes, Howelsen Hill was Steamboat Springs’ original ski area and a driving impetus for the town’s moniker Ski Town, U.S.A.®
The Howelsen Hill Endowment Fund was established to help preserve the ski area’s rich legacy, as well as provide for the future. The dollars collected through this fund help operate, maintain, and improve the Howelsen Hill Ski Area today and for generations to come.