STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Every time you buy a Colorado Lottery ticket, part of your dollar goes to outdoor projects all over the state. In fact, the lottery has distributed more than $2 billion over the last 26 years to places like Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs.

“It’s one of the coolest city parks in the history of the United States,” said Rick Devos with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. “It’s part of an entire city park complex here that has not only the ski area. It has a rodeo grounds complex and it has an ice skating complex.”

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Howelsen Hill also features a terrain park, a tubing hill and one of the best Alpine training facilities in North America.

“We’ve got a mogul course, a free-style aerial complex. We’ve got one of everything,” said Devos.

Howellson Hill makes for an affordable ski vacation.

“A day lift ticket to Howelsen Hill is about $17 and it’s really geared towards families,” said Molly Killien with the Steamboat Springs Chamber.

“I come to Howelsen Hill because I have three kids and I can drive the car right up to the front,” said mom Urte Delliquadri. “The older two kids can ski on their own.”

Over the years Steamboat Springs has produced 87 Olympians.

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“People say it’s in the water,” said Devos. “It’s just one of those things where the kids training here now may have just ridden behind an Olympian on Poma or their coach at the top of the hill is a past Olympian.”

In 1959 Ray Heid was one of the top five ski jumpers in the country.

“This is probably the most ideal training hill in the world for racing,” said Heid.

Howelsen really is the all-encompassing adventure activity place in Steamboat Springs,” said Killien. “It’s the jewel of our community.”

Additional Information

Get more information about all the activities at Howelsen Hill by calling 970-879-8499or log on to

Get there by taking I-70 to Silverthorne and follow CO highway 9 to Kremmling. Follow U.S. highway 40 over Rabbit Ears Pass into Steamboat Springs. Howelsen Hill is on the south side of town.

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The Colorado lottery has donated $36 million to projects throughout Routt County over the years, including more than $900,000 Howelsen Hill.