Areas beyond the ski area boundary are not patrolled or maintained; avalanche and other hazards exist. Access to public lands outside the boundary is provided through marked access points. Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation assumes no responsibility for the safety and welfare of skiers going beyond the ski area boundary.

Skiing/riding Outside the Boundary
We strongly recommend that you do not ski outside the ski area boundary. Unlike many other ski areas, leaving the ski area boundary can lead you into cliffs and drainages that are all but impossible to get out of especially in deep snow.

Financial and other impacts

Rescue may also be very slow given the nature of the terrain and can result in hypothermia. Remember you are not only putting your OWN life at risk but your rescuers lives and safety as well! If you don’t know, don’t go. Most people that require rescue said that they were “just following tracks”. Most often they were following other lost individuals. If Steamboat resort is not obligated to rescue skiers or riders outside the area operating boundary, but if Steamboat ski patrol does participate in your rescue you may be charged up to $500 per person for such service.

10 must have items for backcountry travel
  • Backcountry shovel
  • Avalanche probe (extended)
  • Backpack
  • Avalanche probe (folded)
  • Extra dry gloves and a flashlight
  • Water
  • First aid kit
  • Avalanche transceiver
  • Extra dry hat
  • Food that is high in energy

Backcountry terrain is rugged and has not had any sort of preventative avalanche control work performed.Before heading into the backcountry be prepared and let someone know where you are going and when you should be back. You should realize your actions affect not just yourself, but also every other member of your party and potentially any other winter enthusiast who may be required to help in the case of an accident. If you feel something is above your ability level, it is your responsibility to make the wise judgment and inform your group.