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Steamboat Ski Resort
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Owner description: A year-round resort offering winter and spring skiing on 165 trails of trademark "champagne powder," plus hiking, biking and other outdoor activities in summer and fall.
Reviewed March 28, 2014

If you live in the Rockies you can go to a lot of places to ski and ride. Steamboat is ideal if you live somewhere far away and get to ski once or twice a season. You avoid the crowds from Denver that are in Summit county much of the time. You pay for that in higher lift tickets but it is worth it to avoid the lift lines. Fly into Hayden and you avoid crossing the two passes to get here too. There is an excellent mix of runs, and plenty of acreage to get lost in. Steamboat never feels like I am in rush hour on skis which is my complaint about Breck. Great town, great resort and no anti-tourist vibe like you get at some mountains.

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Reviewed March 27, 2014

Our first trip to Steamboat and it was great. We flew into to Denver and drove up through the Rabbit Ears Pass, a fairly easy drive, but you definitely want to be traveling in an SUV in the winter. Although we shipped our skis to Steamboat (the property manager received them for us), the next time we make this trip, we'll bring them on the plane with us. The Denver airport is the most skiier friendly terminal we've ever been in.

My wife and I are older, Eastern skiers who have spent a lot of time in Vermont, Canada and the Adirondacks. I still like a variety of challenges on the slopes, such as long blue cruisers, soft moguls, glade skiing and steep blacks, while she likes long curvy greens, no ice and wide, un-crowded blues. Steamboat has it all! The mountain opens up, as you move to the top, and apart from the first line for the gondola, the lift lines are short. There are so many options, you can easily avoid the crowds and find the conditions and runs that you want. Most importantly, there is cell coverage on the entire mountain, so you can call other members of your group if you get separated. You can leave the walkie-talkies at home.

The three lodges on the mountain also provide several options for eating, drinking and relaxing, without requiring you to ski to the bottom. The Four Points Lodge offers a bit more upscale cafeteria fare, which was confirmed by the resort’s executive chef during a morning gondola ride, while the Saddleback Rendezvous Lodge and Thunderhead Lodge offer sit-down service at Ragnar’s or Hazie’s (respectively), pizza and a cafeteria serviced by several grills (where your food is made to order). The food isn’t cheap, but it’s priced comparable to other resorts (think Stowe, Tremblant, Sugarbush) and the quality and portions are very good. Each lodge also has a small retail store, where you can replace your goggles or gloves, get a hat, buy a t-shirt, sun screen and lip balm, get a pair of sunglasses, etc. if you should forget an item or drop it on the chairlift ride and elect not to ski the liftline to retrieve it. The restrooms are clean, large, and they even have racks and hangars to hang your jacket and helmet. The lodges also have free water dispensers, with glasses, if you just want to sit down and refresh yourself (and don’t want to use the fountains).

Despite what I wrote above, Steamboat isn’t just for experienced skiers. It has lots to offer to beginners too. While there are a few places on the mountain beginners can’t go, there are several long easy runs from almost every peak that will take you to one of the upper mountain chairs, to one of the three lodges or the whole way down the mountain. Even during spring break week, these trails were not heavily crowded.

The after-ski activity at the bottom of the mountain is also good. There is live music and plenty of bars to “mozy” up to. The staff at the mountain is very friendly and everyone was talkative and helpful. If you want to try something different, I strongly recommend relaxing in one of the hot springs. Strawberry Park (about 12 miles from the resort) is a great, and somewhat rustic, place to go, but be advised that the road up to it is dirt for about the last four miles and it is seriously potholed. Four-wheel drive or chains are necessary - and take a flashlight so you can find your way across the bridge, down the stone steps and back up the trail in the dark. You should also be aware that clothing is optional after dark ( about 8 pm in the winter). If you have kids you may want to go early, even though you really won’t see anything (except the Milky Way) as there are no lights there - remember the flashlight suggestion! If you don’t want to travel that far, there is also a hot spring in town near the Rabbit Ears Motel, which is more of a water park with slides, etc. You should also know that there is a pot (no, not pottery) store in Steamboat (cash only for those of you who care), and the crowd at the hot springs after dark (who are mostly in their 20's and 30's) can get a little giggly.

Steamboat is a very comfortable, unpretentious place to ski. It doesn’t have the glitz of some other Colorado resorts, but if you’re just looking for great snow and a fun time, take a hard look at what they have to offer! I know that I’ll be back.

1  Thank BillynMargo
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

Great mix of terrain from steep chutes to wide open blue cruisers. Good separation of terrain for different levels of ability, longest lift line I saw during Spring Break 2014 was less than 10 minutes, usually much less. Nice variety of on-mountain food and drink options. Numerous guides and ambassadors to provide advice and answer questions--ask one about Buddy Werner at his statue at the top of Storm King!

1  Thank Dan M
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Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

The air was crisp and clear, fresh powder and best friends together. We could not have been more pleased.

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Reviewed March 26, 2014

Good lift system, no queues. Wonderful snow in abundance.
Masses of options to ski in the trees. Plenty of challenging runs.
A great resort - must go back.

1  Thank TrekkerBob
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