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Steamboat

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Steamboat4 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
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Steamboat - Reviews

Steamboat - Reviews

Great ski resort

zeb09/01/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    12-17
  • Month Visited:
    February

Great ski resort

zeb09/01/2019
Great ski resort, fantastic for beginers and intermidiates. Amazing ski school. Only thing I don't like is sometimes a little crowded and people who don't know what they are doing.

Terrific family resort with excellent snow

Cole15/11/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February

Terrific family resort with excellent snow

Cole15/11/2016
Steamboat is a fantastic resort with a great town to go along with it. So it is not just a resort, but a great town too with history to add to their character.

The resort is geared towards intermediate and beginner skiers and riders. Their sunshine bowl is one of the best aspects of the mountains. Locally known as Wally World, Sunshine Bowl is an upper mountain area with intermediate terrain. The advantages of this means that lower level skiers can experience more terrain and vertical feet with quality natural snow without having to stretch their abilities.

Intrawest taking over the resort has marred the natural beauty of the base area with the addition of several condos and hotels but the improvements they have made on mountain have been tremendous. The additions of several new high speed detachable lifts like the Christie and Sunshine lifts and most recently for the 2016-2017 season, Elkhead (This will a Godsend for those who had to ride the old lift), have transformed the flow of traffic and has drastically reduced lift line times. Also, new snow making systems have kept Steamboats base area in much better shape. These improvements have come with cost though and Steamboat's prices have increase quite a bit. But even you don't mind the extra distance from I-70, their pricing is still comparable to more competitive than most Summit County resorts and those resorts on I-70

On piste skiing is great! They have several great runs like Buddy's run (my personal favorite), See ya, Valley Views, Heavenly Daze (sometimes heavenly glaze in the afternoons and evenings when it can get a bit icy sometimes), and almost all of Sunshine Bowl.

Their off-piste runs are not as impressive and their expert/extreme area around the peak of Mt. Werner is limited compared to the other terrain available. But their tree skiing is legendary off of Sundown lift and for specifics, you'll just have to fine the great Champagne powder stashes yourself!

In short, Steamboat is an amazing family resort where intermediate and beginner skiers will never get board, with great snow, a great town, and while not as easy to get to and increasing prices, still a good value for the high class resort that it has now become.

Steamboat - 2015

David Lapeyrolerie01/06/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Steamboat - 2015

David Lapeyrolerie01/06/2015
I visited Steamboat in March of 2015.

The sun was out and the days were beautiful. There was no fresh snow during my visit but the mountain received a lot of snow in February. A built-up base endured the higher temps quite well. The base would freeze overnight so the slopes were a bit icy in the morning. As the day wore on the runs would loosen up.

I visited Steamboat during spring break with my two children. The slopes were slightly crowded during this time. There were times when we would wait in lift lines. The wait was around five minutes - just long enough to catch our breath before the next run.

This was the first ski trip ever for the kids. They attended ski school and the experience could not have been better. The instructors were extremely friendly and the kids learned the skills necessary to enjoy the sport.

The overall value was average. The lift tickets were a bit expensive. Food at the foot of the lifts was a bit inflated as well. However, a free city bus service that ran from the hotels into town would reliably whisk you away to more reasonably priced eating establishments. This more than made up for the cost endured on the mountain.

The Best

Tyler G.25/05/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    12-17

The Best

Tyler G.25/05/2015
I have bin skiing steamboat my whole lifeand i am not planning on leaving for another resort annytime soon. I have bin to breckendvrige and still steamboat is mutch better and it isnt 5* out when skiing.

Love Steamboat

Todd28/10/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Love Steamboat

Todd28/10/2014
Skied Steamboat for the first time last year and already booked for this season.

Arrived a few days into some consistent snow fall and the snow is as advertised and more. My first three days were probably the best skiing I have had in 10+ years, then it got better. I took a group lesson. Within 30 minuets the instructor had me doing drills that transformed the way I had been skiing for the last 20 years. I can't wait to get back at it. My 5 year old skied for the first time and after 3 half day lessons with two instructors that knew what they were doing she was on her own and in control. It saved me from having to sign her up for lessons at home, she skied with me for the rest of the season.

There are a lot of amazing places in the US and Canada to ski, the snow is amazing but you won't find a mountain with better people top to bottom.

Steamboat

Robert Armour12/10/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70

Steamboat

Robert Armour12/10/2014
Friendliest Ski Mountain. Everyone seems so helpful. Good early season resort. Uncrowded and has back country gates.

"Champagne" Powder? It's true

Jason20/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

"Champagne" Powder? It's true

Jason20/10/2012
When I first heard Steamboat described as having champagne powder, I thought "sure thing, I'll be the judge of that". I've visited Steamboat 7 or 8 times for extended trips, and I can say that we had champagned powder during all those trips. Steamboat has a really cool feel. It's a big place that doesn't feel overcrowded or busy. The people are amazingly friendly, but maybe that was because we brought good Canadian beer that we happily shared. ;-)

I think the best part about Steamboat is the snow quality. They get some of the driest and powdery snow (hence, "champagne powder"). The terrain at Steamboat isn't particularly challenging (by some other mountain standards), but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. Some of my most memorable ski days have been at Steamboat, this mountain has the whole package.

Pros: 1) Snow quality, snow quality, snow quality, 2) Great feel, 3) Great people

Cons: 1) Not necessarily the most challenging terrain

Steamboat

Leftie19/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    N/A

Steamboat

Leftie19/10/2012
I just can't say enough good things about Steamboat. Truly a resort that has it all. Incredible snow due to its more northern location in Colorado—makes it dry and light. It can get cold here but it's also at a lower elevation than the other big resorts in Summit County. Plus you can still ski with Billy Kidd on the weekends if that's your thing.

Pros: Awesome terrain—beautiful steeps and bumps. Big. Fun on the front side. Fluffy snow. Try Rolex for some fun in the bumps. Lots of drops if you want to hit them elsewhere. Humane elevation. Glades with perfectly spaced trees. The village at the base has its own vibe but the town is just a couple of miles away and it is great—yummy food at Noodles and More Saigon Cafe. Many lodging options available and it's an easy bus ride from downtown to the village. There is a place to stay for any budget either in the village or the town.

Cons: It's not a day trip from the Front Range—you are almost in Wyoming. It's pretty remote heading out to Rabbit Ears Pass. But the view is beautiful and it keeps some of the crowds away but they have a nearby airport to bring in the guests. Season passes can be pricey.

Great Town, Great Snow

Todd Macey17/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Great Town, Great Snow

Todd Macey17/10/2012
Steamboat is one of the better mountain towns in Colorado and, depending on the year, has the best snow of the Colorado resorts. The biggest issue with Steamboat is (at least those who live outside the mountain area), is that it's a big hike from Denver. It's tough to justify heading up to Steamboat for the day. But if you're going skiing for vacation or for the weekend, Steamboat is one of the best. It has a cozy, small-time mountain town feel that is pretty rare nowadays (Winter Park is one of the only other "mountain town" strongholds).

Steamboat is best suited for advanced skiers, although there is something to offer for beginning skiers as well. For expert skiers, No Name is the best place to go on a powder day. It's limited in terms of snowboard parks, more focused on skiing. The chutes on the front side of the mountain are also a fun place to go for some expert skiing.

Steamboat is a good place for families as it's more quieter and relaxed than the bigger resorts like Vail. If you're looking for a vibrant night life, Steamboat is not the best place to go.

Be sure to check the snow report before going - the snow in Steamboat tends to differ from some of the mountains closer to Denver.

The Boat

POWDERHOUNDS.COM24/02/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

The Boat

POWDERHOUNDS.COM24/02/2012
Other than the excellent tree skiing, Steamboat doesn’t have any amazing stand-out features. However it’s a great ski resort because it is a very good all-rounder. With the exception of cliff hucking experts and die-hard party goers, Steamboat caters to everyone: beginners, intermediates, advanced riders, families, empty nesters, powder hounds, ski bums, cowboys, and those who don’t ski or snowboard.

The culture of Steamboat is really diverse. There are an incredibly large number of old folks who ski at Steamboat, and there are also loads of little kids. There is a lot of wealth in Steamboat but you’d never know because there’s nothing flashy and anyone who struts about in fur looks very odd. The town is an eclectic mix of low key upscale and downright dowdy and old fashioned – this is what makes the place so cute. In contrast, the mountain village lacks a bit of charm, but it’s still great to stay here because of the convenience.

Some people claim that Steamboat is too expensive and this is true with regards to the lift tickets (but at least kids under 13 can ski for free) and child care, but food seems reasonably priced, and it’s definitely possible to vacation in Steamboat on a small budget.

The jury’s still out on the powder because we didn’t get to experience it first hand. We were in Steamboat for 5 days and it hadn’t snowed for many days before we arrived. Others say that the powder’s not as good as Utah or Hokkaido Japan, so perhaps Steamboat should stop raving about it?!