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Family Vacation in Steamboat - Christmas to New Year's

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I'm taking the family to Steamboat right after Christmas. There are four of us, myself, my wife, and my two stepdaughters. We have varying levels of ability and enthusiasm.

My wife (and both girls) started skiing when we started dating 5 years ago. She had been a couple times in high school and college, but never really took a shine to it. She now does enjoy it, but on her own terms. I am learning to live with the fact that she has no desire to be more than a green/easy blue skier. She is a better skier than she thinks she is.

My twelve year old stepdaughter started as a daredevil, but has gotten a bit nervous last year. I put that down to her growing body, as she was essentially in a brand new body from the year before. She can ski greens and blues with aplomb but is nervous to do more. I think she is capable of more but definitely want her to find her own way.

My nineteen year old stepdaughter started hesitantly, but has really taken a shine to it. Last year, freshman year of college, she took her gear to school with her and did a couple of bus trips, so I know she is really starting to enjoy it. She will someday ski better than me (hopefully the twelve year old will too) and is capable of easier blacks (east coast standards), snow dependent.

I started 16 years ago at 36 and fell in love with the sport. I wish I was a better skier and keep trying to learn more, but only manage to average 12 or so days on snow a year. I still skid my turns far more often than I wish, especially on steeper terrain. I ski blues, blacks, easier trees and have done some bowls, conditions warranting.

I've read the unofficial resort guide to Steamboat and come up with a partial plan. To wit, I will be getting on the shuttle early every day and aiming for first chair. The girls, who like to have a more leisurely morning, will follow along with the rental car. We will meet in the lodge between 10 and 11 am. I plan to have them start by getting some runs on Why Not, then deciding what they want to do. After we hook up, I'll see if either or both of the girls want to come along with me. I want my wife to ski by herself a bit, she gets nervous skiing with me, I think I pressure her to try more even though I try not to.

After we get together, I figure Sunshine offers the best chance for us to ski together, or at least meet up at lifts every couple of runs. If my wife wants to come over to Sunshine, what would a good run be for her? Is it possible to take a green all the way from the top of Sunshine Express to the bottom? Doesn't look like it on the trail map. There's a couple of greens you can take most of the way, then two blues to the bottom. Are there any steep pitches on those blues (Fawn and Spike)? Doesn't look like there should be, but you can't really tell from a trail map.

What are some good runs for us to try as a family? Also, what are some good runs for me to try by myself? I really want to get into the trees, is it pretty easy to find someone to ski with? I don't want to get in trouble by myself.

Lastly, how long of a drive is it to the hot springs? We definitely want to go to them at least once while we're there.
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@davidbeinct   I PM'd you back but here's the deal.

 

You pretty much have a solid plan and sunshine is the ticket.  Although there is no green all the way down, Sun dial to tomahawk or even Flintlock will suffice for the wife. Even High noon isn't steep.  You can work blues and blacks from there and meet up easily.  The trees over in that area are a blast and a great place to build skills and confidence.  You will find easy beginners trees up to some of the best on the mountain (not disclosing) :D

 

That week is very slow since everyone leaves after Christmas and new Year.  I will be happy to show you guys around and there is a free mountain tour as well.  You can also head over by the Thunderhead lift area too. 

 

The Strawberry Park hot springs is about 30 minutes up toward Buff pass and not advised unless you have a 4wd/AWD vehicle.  There are shuttle vans that go up. You can also hit the springs downtown .  

 

 

Where are you staying? 

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We're staying at the Legacy Vacation Club, they are on Pine Grove Road. It's a timeshare, which we are accessing through Armed Forces Vacation Club. I mention them because I always talk them up, it's a great resource for current armed forces and DoD civilians. I think veteran's can use it too. They basically take overflow from RCI and maybe some other timeshare companies, so anyone who can use them really should take a look.

If there are hot springs right in town I imagine we'll go there, unless Strawberry Park are that much better. We are renting AWD, as we are driving in from Denver. Flying to Haden is pretty expensive.
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We're staying at the Legacy Vacation Club, they are on Pine Grove Road. It's a timeshare, which we are accessing through Armed Forces Vacation Club. I mention them because I always talk them up, it's a great resource for current armed forces and DoD civilians. I think veteran's can use it too. They basically take overflow from RCI and maybe some other timeshare companies, so anyone who can use them really should take a look.

If there are hot springs right in town I imagine we'll go there, unless Strawberry Park are that much better. We are renting AWD, as we are driving in from Denver. Flying to Haden is pretty expensive.


 know it well.  Good place, good location.  And, that's great that they offer that to our service men/women. Thank you for your service.  

 

The hot springs downtown has regular pools, water slides, exercise facilities an such. the Strawberry Park facility is set in the woods, still rustic and more natural. After dark its clothing optional so not for the kids. 

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If there are hot springs right in town I imagine we'll go there, unless Strawberry Park are that much better. 

Strawberry Park IS that much better! 

 

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 We are renting AWD, as we are driving in from Denver.

 You should be alright driving there. But you need to go there when there's daylight. As mentioned, no kids after dark. 

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