Steamboat Springs has become a major resort destination since the ski area broke ground back in 1958. The majority of lodging that has been built in Steamboat since then is found in the "Mountain Village" area, which surrounds the ski area base. Steamboat Springs has been around much longer than the ski area though. In fact, Steamboat's first and smaller ski area is the longest continually operating ski area in all of the United States! Howelsen Hill was named after Carl Howelsen, who founded the Winter Sports Club and Nordic ski operations way back in 1914. This planted the seed of skiing for sport, and has led Steamboat Springs to become the home town of more United States Olympians than any other place in the country! Howelsen Hill is just across from downtown Steamboat Springs, also known as Old Town. Downtown lodging consists mostly of hotels and motels, but there are also an increasing number of private homes, town homes, and condos available for vacation rental in this area. There are also some lodging options within the 3 miles that lay in between the Mountain Village area and Downtown area. There are lodging options spread throughout other areas of Steamboat Springs as a city, and in rural Routt County outside of town.