Steamboat is a destination resort, its a 3-3.5 hour drive from Denver, you can also fly into Hayden but that is pricey. If you do fly into Hayden you don't really need a rental car as free transit system is wicked efficient and convenient. The only deal you're going to get on lift tickets is the advance purchase though the mountains own website so don't waste time chasing a discount and Steamboat is worth it. There is so much terrain and so many options for all levels of ability. The staff is everywhere and is always willing to answer any questions. The town has changed dramatically since we were here 25 years ago, this uniquely cowboy town has grown up in a really responsible way. All of the amenties are here from dining to groceries to every modern conveneince you'd find at home and prices are reasonable. The growth has been tastefully done and the town has maintained it's friendly, rustic appeal. The snow always seems to be more abundant here than the front range resorts, we skied Vail a month ago and there is definitley more snow here. We are so glad we chose Steamboat for our family ski vacation this year, it was everything we wanted and we will be back again soon.
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