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post #31 of 37

didnt read enough......  great terrain for upper intermediates......    shadows and such.

 

you can also hike up (10 mins) to get east face.    3 oclock and all that are cool to, the land of the little people is cool.....  great hill

post #32 of 37

all depends on snow

post #33 of 37
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Originally Posted by sman View Post

didnt read enough......  great terrain for upper intermediates......    shadows and such.

 

you can also hike up (10 mins) to get east face.    3 oclock and all that are cool to, the land of the little people is cool.....  great hil

 

TMI!

post #34 of 37

If xmas is crowded, what about new year? Going to Colorado on NY eve for six days; will Steamboat be still packed?

post #35 of 37

still packed, not as much as Christmas but still busy.  Seriously; is there any resort of merit that is not crowded at that time of year? People go to where it affords the best overall experience so you have to understand that any resort is going to be crowded. Now all that said, Christmas morning is dead at the boat and I have enjoyed many a powder-filled but empty mountain Christmas morning   in my book, you won't find a better church in all of America or a better Christmas present. icon14.gif

post #36 of 37

Thanks Finn, pretty much what I expected (which is why we'll be in New York for xmas week biggrin.gif).

We're locked into the 12/31-1/6 Denver stay, so I plan to just watch the early season reports and decide as late as possible where in Colorado to spend that week.

post #37 of 37

IceQueen , sorry I wasn't here earlier to jump in on this, hope you're still following. Been to Steamboat a couple times in the past 5 years, one of my favorites (I'm also an upper intermediate). One of those trips was a Christmas week trip, and although crowded I don't recall that it was anything to complain about. The "worst" lift lines I've ever encountered at Steamboat were nothing compared to some of the lines on an average weekend in New England.

 

As far as staying slopeside vs downtown, my vote also goes for slopeside. Downtown's a lot of fun, but the convenience of being close to lifts in the mornings far outweighs the minor issues traveling to and from downtown. Free city shuttle runs regularly; if you happen to stay at a Steamboat Resorts managed property, their shuttle services are almost like having private transportation - call and they're usually there in 10-15 minutes. 

 

Re: your preference for casual beer and burger dinners, Slopeside Grill and the Tugboat both fit the bill mountainside - hanging at the bar while waiting to eat is not the hassle it can be at a lot of other ski resrot restaurants; there's also a laid-back bar downtown main street (embarrassed I don't remember the name!) that felt like home the first time I walked through the door. 

 

Last but not least, you really do need to checkout the options to fly into Hayden. I understand your preference for direct flight, but Denver's not a bad airport to change planes and the 20-30 minute shuttle ride from Hayden is sooooo much easier than the drive from Denver.

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