Review of Steamboat

5th September 2007 by lily knowles 

We were a party of 5 adults staying at Steamboat for a week in February this year part of which included Presidents weekend. This weekend is very similar to our UK Bank holiday & can be very crowded.
Not to be recommended if you don’t like crowds; however we found all the ski lifts were kept running smoothly and we were never waiting longer than 10 minutes for a lift seat. We had spent our 2005 and 2006 holidays in Breckenridge. A beautiful resort and a fantastic holiday only marred by altitude sickness for 2 members of the group. We read about Steamboat in your “Where to Ski & Snowboard” guide and thought we would try another resort in Colorado. Our plane landed at Denver during a severe snowstorm and the transfer to Steamboat by road was held up enroute for nearly 2 hours. We had booked a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment at the Bronze Tree conduminiums. We had a beautiful, extremely comfortable apartment, with a communal indoor pool and 2 hot tubs 2 floors down. One of the hot tubs was on an outside balcony. This was where we all “chilled out” at the end of every day, a glass of wine in hand, snow gently falling on our heads, counting the odd bruises! Bliss!!
The nearest ski lift was 50 metres walk from our building and we could ski home right to the front door.
So much snow fell during our holiday that the snowploughs had to work hard throughout the nights just to keep the slopes smooth and well packed. We had 2 days of peacefully skiing on half empty slopes before the weekends crowds arrived. There were 3 experienced skiers in our group and 2 intermediate ones.
Steamboats’ famous champagne powder snow is slightly different to ski on, so we all took a little while getting used it. It certainly made falling over rather fun at times. The most spectacular was when one of our party overshot a slope when skiing through the trees and landed upside down in a deep snowdrift with just her skis sticking out above the ground. An American from another group skiing by hollered at us” Hey you guys! stop laughing and take a photo! thats one for the Steamboat mag!!” Steamboat is a real family resort, everyone was really friendly and Americans were always so pleased that we Brits had taken the time out to fly to their mountain to ski. As for eating out in Steamboat, apart from Presidents weekend when it was impossible to get a table in any of the restaurants, we tried to eat somewhere different each night; we find American restaurants are of a very good standard with reasonable prices. The only negative in the entire week was our equipment hire, which we had arranged as part of our holiday package. To avoid wasting time on arrival at Steamboat We had opted for the Door-to-Door equipment hire service. The hire company brings your ski equipment to your apartment and fits your skis, boots etc. The 3 experienced skiers had brought their own ski boots,but my husband and I have always hired ours. Even though our feet were measured, the boots we were given were so ill-fitting they had too be swapped again at the end of the first day’s skiing. The 2nd pair fitted but were uncomfortable and the blisters that accumulated during that week took about 4 weeks to heal. A harsh lesson learned! Good boots are worth every penny.
In spite of this, we all had a such a great holiday in Steamboat, we are going back again in February 2008 but a week later to avoid the crowds.

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