13 Dec 2016
With sunny days, a lively concert schedule throughout the winter, and some of the best tree skiing in the state, Steamboat offers a good option for skiers looking for Colorado snow without the crowds of the I-70 resorts. New this winter, Ski Town U.S.A. has replaced the Elkhead Chairlift with a high-speed quad, making it faster and easier to get around the mountain.
Families will also feel at home at Steamboat. The learn-to-ski and snowboard programs boast accomplished instructors and younger kiddos can take advantage of the on-site daycare. After a day on the hill, head into the town of Steamboat Springs for a dip in the hot springs—we love both the more remote Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs and the family-friendly Old Town Hot Springs in downtown—and an upscale meal at Laundry Restaurant.
...And Stay at Moving Mountains Chalets
Although the Steamboat Grand has a nice location at the base village, Steamboat just doesn’t have the same number of high-quality hotel accommodations as other ski towns. So take a page out of the European ski book and opt for a catered ski chalet with Moving Mountains. With an array of homes and condos available for rent—many of them ski-in/ski-out—Moving Mountains offers an in-house chef, concierge services, and five-star amenities. Head over here for more info.