Steamboat is great. I have gone for the past two seasons and have yet to hit the whole mountain. During the value season you sometimes get whole runs to yourself. I go back every year with my family for a great relaxing time. I would definitely reccommend finding a condo with ski in/ski out access. However, if money is tight I reccommend The Inn at Steamboat. I am not a hotel/motel person, and this one is very nice with quick access to the gondola by shuttle, however, it could be a bit closer to the regular bus lines.