Howelen Hill is located across the Yampa River from downtown Steamboat Springs. It is owned and operated by the City of Steamboat and is one of the country’s oldest ski areas. It is the only ski area listed on the Colorado State Register of Historic Places. Over the years, nearly seventy Winter Olympians have trained on its slopes and jumps.
Skiing began as a necessity in Steamboat Springs as a way for people to get around in snowy winters. In 1914 skiing became recreation when Carl Howelsen (born as Karl Hovelsen in Norway) organized the first Winter Carnival in Steamboat. The event was held on Woodchuck Hill, now the site of Colorado Mountain College. The carnival featured the town’s first competitive skiing events, a ski jumping competition and cross-country ski races. The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club was founded to plan and promote the carnival. It was the first winter sports club in the West.
NO OTHER TOWN IN NORTH AMERICA HAS PRODUCED MORE WINTER OLYMPIANS THAN STEAMBOAT Springs, WITH A RECORD OF 79 AND COUNTING!
Steamboat and the Winter Games