Located just a few hours from Fort Collins, Steamboat Springs is a beautiful recreational destination that offers world-class skiing, biking, rafting, and lots more year-round fun.

Carl Howelsen introduced the sport of skiing to the town of Steamboat in the early 1900s. Residents caught on quickly and began incorporating the activity into their lives, especially during the town's annual winter carnival.

Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame/YouTube

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Steamboat's first mountain dedicated solely to skiing opened during the 1960s. Following that, it really started to take off and more people started traveling to the charming Colorado mountain town. During the 70s, Steamboat became a popular destination for skiers from all over the world. Take a trip down memory lane with this promotional video that gives a glimpse of what the ski town looked like during those years.

Besides boasting the mountain, the tourist-focused film highlighted the property's lodge and a lively on-site bar. In the 1970s, there were about 50 runs available to skiers at the resort.

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The cowboy culture was on full display with those hats. Also, can we talk about all of the amazing ski suits worn in the 70s?! The fashion in the video serves as a great representation of both the decade and the western lifestyle.

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Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame/YouTube
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It's epic to see how much the small town has changed over the years. From starting out with 50 runs to now having 165 different trails and 3,000 skiable acres, it makes sense as to why Steamboat has been dubbed "Ski Town U.S.A." With an average of 154 inches of snow per year, the location makes for a perfect place to ski the slopes.

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Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame/YouTube
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