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Curbed Cup 1st Round: (8) Steamboat vs (9) Truckee

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The Curbed Cup, our competition for the ski town of the year, is kicking off with 16 ski towns vying for the prestigious trophy. This week we'll have two matchups per day, and all the results and the full tournament bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!

The second Curbed Cup match-up features two continually hot ski towns. Coming in at the no. 8 seed is Colorado's Steamboat Springs. Ski Town U.S.A. won the battle this year against Ski City U.S.A. (Salt Lake) for its naming rights, and Steamboat continually remains a top contender in other competitions for best ski town of the year. It's got epic hot springs, will be better connected with flights this winter, and big plans for the future. It also has one of the funniest ski town police blotters (who remembers the mystery pooper?), and while the ski area has changed a lot since it opened in January 1963, it's still one of our favorite ski towns for dining and skiing powder trees.

In the other corner, we have Truckee, California. While California has suffered from a four-year drought in recent ski seasons, things are looking up with this year's monster El Niño ready to drop some serious snow. Truckee has plenty of skiing nearby with Northstar, SugarBowl, Donner Ski Ranch, and Squaw Valley all within a reasonable drive. As one reader said, "visitors can fly into Reno and be on the mountain in less than an hour." It doesn't get much better than that. There's also new breweries and plenty of outdoor activities, like fat biking.

Poll results

· All Steamboat Springs Coverage [Curbed Ski]
· All Truckee Coverage [Curbed Ski]