Steamboat Springs is my absolute favourite. Having skied in a number of resorts in Colorado and Europe, I have found Steamboat to be the absolute stand-out for Aussies who love to ski with their family. Why?
A) Easy to get to over the Xmas-New Year break. With the new direct flights from LAX to Steamboat you can be faster door to door than flying to Japan. And there are a number of flights from LAX to Denver, with a simple shuttle ride or own-drive to Steamboat Resort.
B) Accommodation is extremely reasonable. Great value vs the European offerings. I have stayed at Quails Run, Cross Timbers and The West, and depending on your budget these all offer excellent amenities and close proximity to the slope. The West is my favourite.
C) The snow is incredible. This season we had a great deal of dry powder days. The locals call the snow – Champagne Powder. It is light, bubbly and effervescent. So easy to learn to ski and get super competent on or in.
D) Kids under 12 ski free with every adult lift ticket. Can you believe that? A big cost saving.
E) Food is very reasonable, whether you cook at home, or visit the local restaurants. With AUD exchange rate, you get more value for you $ than buying your groceries at your local Coles. Fresh fruit is readily available.
F) The skiing offers a great deal for all the family. The mountain has excellent beginner slopes and children’s programs for the less experienced. And for those that just want to carve, slash and drop, there are some amazing Double Black runs, that need to be seen to be believed. For those that like to ski in between the extremes, the mountain offers a large variety of groomed, long and variable runs. We had a large group of people skiing from Australia last year, and there was something for everyone, every day. Lots of variety, and lots to talk about each night.
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