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. Rescue in the backcountry is the responsibility of the Routt County Sheriff's Office. If available, rescue is costly and may be very slow.

The resort strongly urges those venturing into the backcountry to know your limits and to be prepared for any set of circumstances.

Backcountry terrain is rugged and has not had any sort of preventative avalanche control work performed. This risk, along with the other hazards - large cliffs, obstacles, changing snow conditions, tree wells, etc. - requires respect, knowledge and preparation. Before heading into the backcountry be prepared and let someone know where you are going and when you should be back.

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

Should you need help, rescue in the backcountry is coordinated through the Routt County Sheriff's Office and may be costly and very slow.

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.