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Steamboat [planning for father, son, non-skiing mom]

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Hi Everyone,
I'm planning a trip with my son next season (already) to Steamboat to ski, but before I do I want to be sure that there is enough for my wife to do there if she decides to join us; she doesn't ski, but loves to explore, go to events, find places to eat, read, shop, etc. We plan to stay about 5 days. Any thoughts would be appreciated!
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Hi Everyone,
I'm planning a trip with my son next season (already) to Steamboat to ski, but before I do I want to be sure that there is enough for my wife to do there if she decides to join us; she doesn't ski, but loves to explore, go to events, find places to eat, read, shop, etc. We plan to stay about 5 days. Any thoughts would be appreciated!

The town of Steamboat is not that big but has a nice feel.  A real town, as opposed to a ski resort village.  There is good a good bus system for getting from the resort into town.  Don't really need a car if you fly directly into Hayden.

 

What month are you thinking of going?

post #3 of 15
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I imagine we will go in late Feb. or early March (2015).  

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Does the town feel at all like Park City?

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Does the town feel at all like Park City?

Been quite a while since I was in Steamboat and I only went into town one evening.  Hopefully others will chime in.  Have you read the reviews on the EpicSki resort page for Steamboat.  Might be some mention about the town.  Scroll down to the bottom of the webpage to find related threads.

 

Here's one to get you started:

http://www.epicski.com/t/125886/first-time-to-steamboat-insight-appreciated

post #6 of 15

Paging @Finndog .  Just realized he may not notice this thread because it's in Family Skiing.  He is the EpicSki Ambassador for Steamboat.

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He's recovering from surgery, so might not be on much, although he did post earlier today.
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Hey gang, I'm here!  @Michaelfahlund

 

Whenever someone asks me this; "is there enough to do" I have to ask, yes, but what does the person like to do?  

 

If they enjoy winter outdoor activities there is a ton of stuff to do, if they don't, there are still a lot of fun things but it will depend on what they like to do.  

 

Can you elaborate a little on what your wife enjoys? (fwiw, my wife doesn't ski and is never bored here)  

 

outdoor non-skiing:

 

  • snowshoeing- both on your own and guided tours with nature hikes (Yampitika is awesome)  You can also take the gondi up and snowshoe - great option to do this and then meet you for lunch. 
  • nordic- cross country skiing
  • hiking- and or trail running ( my wife loves this!)
  • winter biking on fat bikes
  • snowmobiling
  • horse back riding
  • dog sledding
  • Fly fishing- yes, we have incredible winter fly fishing here
  • Winter driving school- professional driving school.  very cool 
  • tubing at howelson hill (downtown)

 

indoor stuff and non-physical activity

  • hot springs- strawberry park natural springs or the in-town hot springs which also offers fantastic workouts. yoga pilates and so on.
  • yoga- many different studios
  • other workout facilities- many offer woman specific workout classes
  • many day spas
  • Some very good shopping options especially downtown.  not just tee-shirts.  some great art galleries, potter and other ceramics and authentic Indian jewelry.
  • Tread of Pioneers museum downtown- THIS IS A MUST FOR ALL VISITORS-  really worthwhile.  
  • Ice skating- indoors ice skating rink at Howelson  (Howelson is the oldest ski mountain in Colorado an dis located right downtown)
  • Watching ski jumping at Howelson- this is a lot of fun.  You can watch from a number of restaurants or walk over to Howelson and watch outdoors
  • Town Library- we have an amazing library here that offers many different options including a lot of lectures, educational films and classes. Something is always going on there. Its a hub of activity. 

 

there are now some fantastic 'ranch" day experiences that offer cooking classes with cross country skiing or snowshoeing too

 

So, let me know if you want more ideas!  


Edited by Finndog - 4/2/14 at 5:02am
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You are very nice to give me this list, Finndog!  Much appreciated and very helpful!  Michael

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You are very nice to give me this list, Finndog!  Much appreciated and very helpful!  Michael

 

my pleasure!  when you come out, I will be happy to give you a mountain tour if you like.  Conditions now are pretty stellar and we;ve received about 18-20" since this weekend. I am sidelined right now but I hear its skiing very well.  IF you need any other info, just PM me or post up here and I will get back to you.  

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Thank you; this is very kind.  When my son and I were in Aspen/Snowmass about 3 weeks ago, he had a lot of difficulty sleeping at night (I assume because of the elevation which also affected him when we were in Vail the year before).  One of the reasons Steamboat looks appealing, among other things, is the lower elevation (for my son).  I'm still a little on the fence, because in spite of the Vail and Aspen elevation issues, the skiing conditions and weather at both were magnificent, especially at Snowmass!

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Thank you; this is very kind.  When my son and I were in Aspen/Snowmass about 3 weeks ago, he had a lot of difficulty sleeping at night (I assume because of the elevation which also affected him when we were in Vail the year before).  One of the reasons Steamboat looks appealing, among other things, is the lower elevation (for my son).  I'm still a little on the fence, because in spite of the Vail and Aspen elevation issues, the skiing conditions and weather at both were magnificent, especially at Snowmass!

 

well, there are no guarantees regarding how altitude will affect a person but we are just about 7k which is typically an altitude that most people can tolerate well. Staying downtown will lower you to about 6800.  There are drugs that your DR can prescribe but there are some things you can do to help mitigate elevation related issues like going slow the first day, no skiing,  no high exertion  drinking a ton of water (like 8 oz per hour)  especially when skiing, no alcohol, or coffee for the first 24-48 hours (caffeine in general).  That won't prevent it it but it will help. Ironically, I had this discussion with the pre-op nurses last week about issues they commonly see from tourists.  That was one of the top issues cited (besides skiing injuries): dehydration leading to altitude symptoms. 

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Yep, you're absolutely right about all the things to do and not to do, and we abide by them!  My son seemed to be ok in Park City when we were there and Steamboat is roughly equivalent to the elevation.

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Finndog's covered it pretty well, but I'll add a bit since my family visited for the first time this past February.

 

The hot springs downtown was very nice, our entire family enjoyed this while taking a day off skiing. It would have been nice for a single person or parent & child too.

 

One thing that surprised me was how entertaining it was to just watch the skiers practice at Howelson Hill. We were there to tube in the evening so I take it they were after-school teams. There were courses set up for moguls, slalom, and GS (if I remember right) and all were within easy view from the bottom. It was not unusual to see kids wearing their US Ski Team jackets. I didn't get a chance to talk to any of them though.

 

Another visitor we spoke with highly recommended the dog-sledding. I can't remember WHICH trip he took (seems like his was quite a ways out of town) but there are trips fairly close to the resort. He was surprised at how friendly the dogs were. He was expecting them to be pure workers without,... uh, people skills.  : )

 

There will be PLENTY to do--and the people in Steamboat are very very friendly.

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Finndog's covered it pretty well, but I'll add a bit since my family visited for the first time this past February.

 

The hot springs downtown was very nice, our entire family enjoyed this while taking a day off skiing. It would have been nice for a single person or parent & child too.

 

One thing that surprised me was how entertaining it was to just watch the skiers practice at Howelson Hill. We were there to tube in the evening so I take it they were after-school teams. There were courses set up for moguls, slalom, and GS (if I remember right) and all were within easy view from the bottom. It was not unusual to see kids wearing their US Ski Team jackets. I didn't get a chance to talk to any of them though.

 

Another visitor we spoke with highly recommended the dog-sledding. I can't remember WHICH trip he took (seems like his was quite a ways out of town) but there are trips fairly close to the resort. He was surprised at how friendly the dogs were. He was expecting them to be pure workers without,... uh, people skills.  : )

 

There will be PLENTY to do--and the people in Steamboat are very very friendly.

 

yep, good fun to just hang out downtown.  spend some time over at howelson and wander along the town CORE trail which meanders along the yampa for several miles and its flat too! . There are a couple Dog sledding outfits, I haven't done it so I cant speak to them specifically but I think the Grizzle-T ranch is about the most popular.   http://steamboatdogsledding.com/

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