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Thread Starter 

I have done a lot of "searches" here on Epic and internet for information on Steamboat.  Specifically i am searching various lodging options.  Gennerally my family tries to stick with Ski in Ski out but with prices increasing, and kids getting old enough to carry their gear, we are thinking about trying a cheaper property and using a bus to base area.  From what i read the bus system if very good.  I guess my issue has to do with renting a condo and then being stuck "in the farthest building from the bus stop".  Looking at 2BR type condos and it appears on VRBO that Ski In Ski Outs run in the 350 and up price range while bus stop types are more in the 150 range.  I also read that some places advertise Ski in Ski Out when that is actually a stretch.  I would hate to pay a Ski in Ski out price for a condo and end up walking the same distance that i would have walked to a bus stop.  My ski vacation cost has about reached my limit so i am looking for some suggestions on condo's that might offer a good price, be close to a bus stop, but not on the government housing project level of amenities.  OR should i pony up the buck and get ski in ski out?  ANY INFO on condos or bus usage is appreciated...

post #2 of 13

Well, Ptarmigan is ski-inout, Bear Claw is as well. Sheraton, One Steamboat, and a couple others. Many do claim to be In/out and are not or are not convenient. I have a condo over in Canyon Creek, its less than 5 minute walk away.  You can also check out the Highmark which is not on the slopes but about 50 yards away.  Did you call Steambaot reorts at 800-525-5502?  These folks are really knowledgeable and will actually work with you to get you want. 

post #3 of 13

You are right to be concerned about being on the tail end of the bus route.  Sometimes it can be quite full.  While I use the bus regularly when visiting Steamboat it does not drop you in the most convenient location at the mountain.  You still have to walk a fair amount and down stairs to get to the gondola.  There are a lot of places that are nearby so that you could walk and hopefully not pay ski in/out rates.

post #4 of 13

There are too many condos to list that are on the bus route, so if you give me some condo names I can tell you where they are in relation to slopes or bus route, but literally we have hundreds of condo complexes all within a mile or so of the base area, most withing walking distance to a bus stop or the base area.  And I wouldn't worry about being on the tail end of the bus route... it can get full but I've never seen it too full to fit on, I take the bus all the time to town and work and my stop is after all the condo stops and never had an issue.  Lots of condos offer their own on-call shuttle service, but most times with vrbo you don't get access to that amenity so read carefully in all the descriptions.

post #5 of 13

I do not have a lot of experience at Steamboat; Finn or Tam will have more presice advice, but we did take two trips there last season, both with kids with lots o' gear and offer our experience FWIW.

 

First trip was booked by our friends and was advertised as "ski in and out". It may have been ski in but a hefty uphill hike out. The next trip we stayed at a condo complex that was  close to the slopes but had its own shuttle bus. That was much more convenient and we spent a lot less time shlepping gear. It wasn't the village bus but one that was supplied by the condo complex and was super convenient.

 

Also, just an observation: the condition of the places was, well, not what you might expect for the bucks charged. Steamboat village has been around for quite a while and not all buildings or units in buildings have been kept up. We are faaaar from picky or the Deer Valley set but the first "ski in/out" condo we were assigned was so awful we would not stay in it. (I'm talking grungy, horrid) luckily the friends who booked it did so through the resort and they moved us to another unit which had also seen better days but was adequate. The second was nicer because it was owner occupied and gotten through VRBO, but it too was kind of a throw-back to the 80's. Don't know how you research that long distance unless you take Tam up on the offer to run the places you are considering through him/her.

 

 

post #6 of 13


GREAT ADVICE and yes, great point out regarding VRBO, in my complex if you rent via VRBO, you are not allowed to use the shuttles. I would again suggest you call the number I provided as they will literally go over each property they manage,they will tell you how old, when renovated, what amenities how close etc.  You really dont need ski in/out there but that's my opinion.  Most Steamboat Resorts properties are operated like hotels with front desks maid service and other amenities pools, hot tubs (we have wifi for instance).  There are a lot of property near the base that are "retro" so to speak. Call the number.......
 

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There are too many condos to list that are on the bus route, so if you give me some condo names I can tell you where they are in relation to slopes or bus route, but literally we have hundreds of condo complexes all within a mile or so of the base area, most withing walking distance to a bus stop or the base area.  And I wouldn't worry about being on the tail end of the bus route... it can get full but I've never seen it too full to fit on, I take the bus all the time to town and work and my stop is after all the condo stops and never had an issue.  Lots of condos offer their own on-call shuttle service, but most times with vrbo you don't get access to that amenity so read carefully in all the descriptions.



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I do not have a lot of experience at Steamboat; Finn or Tam will have more presice advice, but we did take two trips there last season, both with kids with lots o' gear and offer our experience FWIW.

 

First trip was booked by our friends and was advertised as "ski in and out". It may have been ski in but a hefty uphill hike out. The next trip we stayed at a condo complex that was  close to the slopes but had its own shuttle bus. That was much more convenient and we spent a lot less time shlepping gear. It wasn't the village bus but one that was supplied by the condo complex and was super convenient.

 

Also, just an observation: the condition of the places was, well, not what you might expect for the bucks charged. Steamboat village has been around for quite a while and not all buildings or units in buildings have been kept up. We are faaaar from picky or the Deer Valley set but the first "ski in/out" condo we were assigned was so awful we would not stay in it. (I'm talking grungy, horrid) luckily the friends who booked it did so through the resort and they moved us to another unit which had also seen better days but was adequate. The second was nicer because it was owner occupied and gotten through VRBO, but it too was kind of a throw-back to the 80's. Don't know how you research that long distance unless you take Tam up on the offer to run the places you are considering through him/her.

 

 



 

post #7 of 13

Jus tto be clear there is a town shuttle bus and there are resort operated shuttles depending on the property which will run on set schedules to/from base of mtn and to/from dowtown and points between. The resort shuttles are worth some extra cost.

 

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You are right to be concerned about being on the tail end of the bus route.  Sometimes it can be quite full.  While I use the bus regularly when visiting Steamboat it does not drop you in the most convenient location at the mountain.  You still have to walk a fair amount and down stairs to get to the gondola.  There are a lot of places that are nearby so that you could walk and hopefully not pay ski in/out rates.



 

post #8 of 13

You could always check out airbnb.com

post #9 of 13

Do you need the bus just for skiing or are you using it to get around town too? A lot of condos should offer shuttle buses to and from the resort, which would make the bus irrelevant.

post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks to everyone for the information.  Looks like we have narrowed our choices to either the Ski Trails or Snowflower complex.  Exploring bus usage was strictly an attempt to find a cheaper condo.  I believe the afore mentions complexes are within my budget. SWe will have a truck to tote us too and from town and for sight seeing outings so proximity to a bus stop is not a real concern.  I will ask for your opinions / pros / cons on either of these complexes.

post #11 of 13

snowflower is a stumble out the door and to the left biggrin.gif  very convenient.  It's an old complex and I would verify the age and condition of the units.  Some have been redone.

post #12 of 13

If some in the group want a day off, I highly recommend a guided snowshoe hike with the naturalists at the non-profit Yampatika It's cheap and beautiful and you can learn a lot about the local environment and a little about local history. I had a blast last year learning how to identify tracks and seeing the place from a completely different perspective.

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If some in the group want a day off, I highly recommend a guided snowshoe hike with the naturalists at the non-profit Yampatika It's cheap and beautiful and you can learn a lot about the local environment and a little about local history. I had a blast last year learning how to identify tracks and seeing the place from a completely different perspective.



 

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