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Hank, that works in ski patrol went out of his way to have ski patrol find my phone. It was last chair so I couldn’t ride back up the mountain. Without hank to go out of his way to make sure I got it back. Walking to the car hank calls saying he found my phone. Five stars for “HANK” ... Full Review
Steamboat is a huge mountain offering something for everyone. Staff is SO friendly and knowledgeable, ski school is professional and well-run, lift operators are on their game about 95% of the time; I enrolled a variety of levels of my 5 kids (7, 9, 11, 13, 15) to bring them up to speed for the first ski of their season and they all enjoyed the tree-skiing, terrain park, and groomers. Also, we are vegan and vegetarian, and selection on that front at lodges was okay. Not swell, but okay. If you need or want it, Steamboat has it in terms of gear, restaurants, spas, pools, gyms, groceries, etc. We unfortunately skied in a snow-drought and though the coverage was excellent, I never experienced the Champagne Powder. There are a ton of advance slopes and many moguls. There is a small NASTAR course, frankly not very challenging and short and mostly in use by the local kids team the few times I tried to give it a go. One down side is my youngest is skiing without poles and it was tough to take her all over the mountain with us because there aren't as many green-blue options for less experienced skiers. That's why I feel it's not the best resort for novices. But that being said, Steamboat's black diamond ratings cover an enormous variety in difficulty of different slopes- some way easier than others and probably really blue squares. Hiring a guide would be a smart thing. The resort sprawls in a horseshoe-like shape and you can easily ski new area each day all week. That being said, you can also spend half your day getting from one run to another that you wanted to do, and that was a bit frustrating. The tree skiing was a blast. There are also long wide groomers that I felt comfortable getting over 40 MPH on. We came in February and I did not notice any crowding really. Lift lines were short. Lifts are not high speed, but with all the vertical elevation we still got a ton of skiing in. I topped out one day at 40 miles of trails between 9-3 with a large lunch break. MY ONE BIG COMPLAINT- The resort trail maps do not show the moguled trails. This drove me nuts. At 46 years old I can shred any trail or terrain park, but I have about one run in moguls in my weary self, and sometimes you just don't know you are on an all-mogul trail until you are on it. Steamboat, mark your trail maps! Overall we had an excellent family vacation. (Reviewer background: Mom of 5 athletic kids, I grew up in White Mountains of NH racing GS/slalom, captain of my ski team.) ... Full Review
Love the skiing and the town vibe. Sure, it’s changing a little, but what isn’t?
The naysayer reviewers need to grow up and realize nothing ever stays the same and maybe it gets better but different.... Full Review
Steamboat has changed, and not for the good. I will get to that below.
If you like tree skiing and a variety of terrain, then Steamboat is very good. The people are friendly and the town is real and enjoyable. I could go from glade to glade all day. Nice place. It has been unbeatable for me.
But!!! Steamboat has changed just over the last two to three years. They constructed a new, quality gondola, and are now part of the Ikon pass. Those things sound good at first, but now the mountain routinely becomes over crowded. Lift lines at the base are incredible. You may very well wait over an hour even if you show up 30 minutes prior to the lifts opening. And many of the express chairs up in the mountain get extremely crowded (wait times over 30 minutes). You simply will not be able to ski the terrain you want. Your ticket (over $200.) will not give you much vertical in a day compared.
Pick you dates carefully.
That is sad because I genuinely love The Boat. I have held Steamboat as my favorite for years, but right now, as things are, it just gets too crowded.... Full Review
Meh. Just another overgrown resort with little character. Was definitely better back in the day but good luck getting powder now. Ikon pretty much ruined things.... Full Review
This is a beautiful ski area, with wonderful staff who are always helpful. The snow is amazing, and a challenging mountain. Try to come here on quiet days, not the holidays. Get up early, and you will experience the best powder in the USA this year. ... Full Review
Very diverse mountain that will challenge all levels of ability. Enormous mountain with plenty of available amenities. Very polite, happy, enjoyable and fun staff that keep customers coming back for more. Expensive hobby so be prepared to show off the Dollar availability. Going big!... Full Review
Steamboat is a terrible mountain. It is exorbitantly expensive. A price only a Texan oil tycoon could afford. Many of them visit this place and ski in jeans. The quality of snow that the northern area of Colorado, where Steamboat is, receives is terrible. Difficult runs do not exist at this mountain even if you know where to look. That is why they do not produce world class snow sport athletes like many other Colorado mountains. The tree skiing is poor and does not provide nearly the experience of resorts like Keystone. The lines are extremely long and the mountain is disjointed. The lifties are wooks. Apres, because were all here to party, is poor. Avoid at all cost and visit a superior mountain like Breckenridge or Vail.... Full Review
More waiting in line than skiing. Hour long lines for every lift.
Skiers swearing in front of my kids and many other people being just plain rude, pushing.... Full Review
I have been taking my family to Steamboat since 2005. It use to be cheaper than other resorts in Colorado. These days has become as expensive as other bigger mountains. It is loosing its magic.
It is sad because I have so many good memories of my son in Steamboat and I think this is our last year going. At least until I win the Lotto or something.Haha.... Full Review
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