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Steamboat Ski Resort, Colorado
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  Resort Information
 Season  Nov - Mid April
 Nearest Airport  Hayden, Eagle and Denver
 Ski Area  260km
 Ski Lifts  25
 Ski Runs  165
 Longest Run  5km
 Resort Height  2070m
Snowball Ratings
 Beginners 4 / 5
 Intermediates 4 / 5
 Experts 4 / 5
 Families 5 / 5
 Nightlife 4 / 5
 Affordability 4.5 / 5
 Non Ski Activities 4 / 5

Steamboat (or Steamboat Springs to give it its full title) is renowned as the home of champagne powder.It is a unique and authentic Wild West ski town, being quite chilled and fun with plenty of options on and off the slopes.The actual town is away from the main ski area, offering a vibrant night scene great dining choices and a large variety of shopping options, making Steamboat the ideal destination if you are looking at a resort for both skiers and non skiers and more so with the awesome and natural hot springs the town derives its name from.

With nearly 3,000 acres covering six peaks, the skiing at Steamboat is quite varied. The front side of the mountain has lots rolling groomed runs,some through the trees and ideal for every ability. The steeper runs and chutes can be found in the bowls on the back of the mountain. Being below the tree line,the scenery is not as stunning as the Canadian Rockies, but having so much skiing on offer makes Steamboat a fantastic resort choice.

Steamboat is also an excellent area to learn to ski and snowboard, with there being a special area just for beginners and once you have mastered the basics, the rest of the mountain is easily accessible by chairlifts and the gondola. Being that bit further from Denver, Steamboat also does not get quite the crowds of other Colorado resorts, especially at weekends and it is a popular choice for European skiers as despite the great snowfall it has the lowest altitude of all the main Colorado resorts, ensuring you don't get out of breath as easily or get any possible altitude issues.

When the lifts close there are many bars and restaurants to choose from, two big supermarkets, ten liquor stores, ten cinema screens, plus lots of shops and art galleries. Steamboat also provides unique off mountain activities, including the Hot Springs and horseback rides, along with more traditional winter fun such as snowmobiling, sleigh ride dinners, snowshoe tours, spa services and more.

There is a good choice of accommodation around the base of the ski area and also some options in the town of Steamboat. The two are linked by a free shuttle bus. Steamboat town is the livelier of the two locations and has affordable hotel type accommodation, whereas the self-catering condo accommodation and higher-end hotels such as the Steamboat Grand or the Sheraton tend to be around the base of the ski area. There is every standard available from functional hotels to stunningly beautiful, luxury slope side condos and as a rule Steamboat tends to be good value for money and extremely family friendly.

Steamboat also shares a lift pass with Winter Park and so maybe consider a two centre holiday if going for 2 weeks. Alternatively you can combine it maybe with Aspen or even California, Florida, New York, Boston or Las Vegas.With so much choice you should look at options soon and then take the plunge and book. You will never regret crossing the Atlantic and sampling maybe the best ski experience you will ever have.

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