The first ski resort opened in 1962 and the town, which now boasts an uncluttered 5,000 residents, followed four years later.
ski resorts are a business, and one that can be quite fickle—a bad snow season means poor revenues.
The ski club—and Howelsen Hill—are the reasons Steamboat has produced so many great athletes.
1883 (there is an isolated instance from 1755; in early use often spelled skee), from Norwegian ski, related to Old Norse skið "long snowshoe," literally "stick of wood, firewood," cognate with Old English scid "stick of wood," obsolete English shide "piece of wood split off from timber;" Old High German skit, German Scheit "log," from Proto-Germanic *skid- "to divide, split," from PIE root *skei- "to cut, split" (see shed (v.)). Ski-jumper is from 1894; ski bum first attested 1960; ski-mask is from 1963; noted as part of criminal disguises from 1968.