Accessability, Slopes, Snow, Town, Apres Ski
Have to fly to Hayden...
My husband and I rediscovered skiing after a 20 year hiatus in Steamboat three years ago, and since then, we cannot get up there enough. Although the snow is not always as deep there as in other places, the fresh snow there is hard to beat. Steamboat is a great mountain to grow with. There are plenty of terrain levels to push a skier to keep improving. What I LOVE about Steamboat is that the Mountain dumps everyone back into the same place. There is no need to catch a shuttle back to your locker or loved ones. No matter what kind of terrain you are skiing, everyone ends up in the same place. There are a couple of greens up high which are more to the tune of easy blues, but by the time you work up the nerve to go up there, you are probably ready for it. As you make your way, slope by slope, across Mount Werner, the trails get steeper, so before you ever point downward, you know exactly what you are getting into. They have wonderful childrens programs at Steamboat and GREAT lessons for all levels. The on Mountain dining is wonderful and they have several restaurants with different price points. Great restaurants downtown too--which is a must see during the day AND at night. We love Steamboat, and already have reservations to spend Christmas there in 2011.