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Steamboat: Insider Ski & Snowboard Tips
Steamboat enjoys a certain degree of isolation, it’s a little too far from Denver to attract the day trippers the way the other resorts along the 1-70 do and it’s this little extra distance that keeps the lift queues down. Riding straight on to the lifts is commonplace in Steamboat and when it’s dumping hard fresh tracks are available every run through the Aspen trees.
Mountainwatch contributor and Steamboat local Don St.Pierre a former US Olympic Coach has an unwritten rule; “When there’s 15cm of fresh at the base of the mountain, I’ll see you in the trees.” 15cm of new snow at the base usually means over a metre on the mountain and it’s everyone for themselves in the quest for the secret stashes.
With nonstop flights to Steamboat from 15 cities during the ski season and 2 cities in the summer months, you can be on the mountain in only a few hours. Steamboat Springs is only minutes from the Hayden Airport and between 3 and 4 hours from Denver International Airport (DEN).
For those without their own transportation, the City of Steamboat Springs offers a comprehensive system of FREE transportation between the ski area, downtown, as well as most hotel, condominium, restaurant, grocery and entertainment locations. The ski area is located 3 miles/4.8 km southeast of downtown Steamboat Springs.
Whatever you’re after, you’ll find it in Steamboat, from four star hotels, to downtown condos and town homes, to affordable motels. See here for more.
Steamboat: Restaurants & Apres
Whether enjoying breathtaking views over drinks on the Oasis Sundeck during the summer, to embarking on a magical snowcat journey to Four Points lodge for a five-course culinary experience in the winter. There’s no shortage of dining options for visitors to Steamboat Resort.
There are both a number of on-mountain haunts worth eating at including, Café Diva, The Truffle Pig and Hazie’s. However, the majority of Steamboat’s restaurants can be found downtown. A word of advice – a lot are worth booking in advance.
Steamboat: Non-Skiing Activities
Steamboat is more than just skiing and riding. Immerse yourself in western heritage with horseback rides, snowmobiling, hot springs, sleigh ride dinners, winter photography tours, and more.