Hola! In these 3 areas, could you offer some advise on which motels offer the most complete breakfasts? This is one of our perks!
Eggs, Pancakes/Waffles, Bacon/Sausage, etc.
The Best Western in Winter Park last year had eggs and sausage at least -- and on some days, I think they had waffles -- and they also had fruit, cereal, juice, and bread products. The eggs were typical, rubbery, puck-like articles poured from a carton, but it was the calories and convenience I was after, not the haute-ness of the cuisine. The lodging was a very fair deal.
Although you never stayed there, you have had their free breakfast dozens of times...
do you want a free breakfast or a good breakfast? Not sure what you are actually asking, I assume you are not actually saying you ski at one of the 3 areas based on a free breakfast?
I can always count on you to bring rationale and clarity to issues
In Steamboat, Rex's American Grill and Bar, located in, or I should say on the end of, the Holiday Inn building has to be the best. However it is not free, although it's possible those staying at there might get a discount. They also serve a fantastic lunch and dinner. It's one of the best casual places in Steamboat, don't let the location (in the HI) fool you. You will not be disappointed. Here is the link: http://www.rexsgrill.com/
A good cooked breakfast is a great way to set you up for a days skiing. It always ranks high on our list, especially when the kids are in tow. The problem we have found is the huge jump in hotel cost based on breakfast alone. The hotels that provide a decent full cooked breakfast buffet are often twice the price of the motels that provide wrapped donuts, boxed, cereal and cheap coffee. I'm sure that the beds are a little softer and the showers a little warmer as well, but we don't mind saving on some comforts for what is often the price of a lift ticket. With a little planning the hotel microwave and hot water can make a pretty decent breakfast.
I stayed at the La Quinta in Silverthorne two years ago. They had an OK breakfast buffet. The overall cost of the room including breakfast is what make us choose La Quinta. It even has an in lobby ski shop if you need a quick tune.
If your going to Winter Park you might want to look into Beavers Lodge. They used to have a buffet breakfast and dinner available but the web site doesn't seem mention in now. However, many of the comments mention the food. It's been a lot of years since I stayed there but I still remember the food, not the greatest but plenty of it. The lodge was built in 1939 and staying there is going back in time.