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Steamboat- 16 days is it too long to stay and ski [family from New Zealand, kids intermediate, parents advanced]

post #1 of 44
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Hi there..  keen to get some advice on skiing steamboat in early jan 2016

 

we are about to book a ski trip for the family from New Zealand and wanting to know if coming to ski at steamboat for 16 days is too long.  The kids are intermediate and both my self and my wife are advanced skiers.

 We would have the option to break the trip up and ski steamboat and then onto another resort (e.g Breckenridge) but it would be more efficient to ski  the entire 16 days at a single resort if there is ample terrain to keep us entertained the entire time.

 I have heard of the legendary powder and keen to experience this..

post #2 of 44
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Originally Posted by CBdawson View Post
 

Hi there..  keen to get some advice on skiing steamboat in early jan 2016

 

we are about to book a ski trip for the family from New Zealand and wanting to know if coming to ski at steamboat for 16 days is too long.  The kids are intermediate and both my self and my wife are advanced skiers.

 We would have the option to break the trip up and ski steamboat and then onto another resort (e.g Breckenridge) but it would be more efficient to ski  the entire 16 days at a single resort if there is ample terrain to keep us entertained the entire time.

 I have heard of the legendary powder and keen to experience this..

Welcome to EpicSki!  I know of a few NZ/Aussie families who have taken long (2-4 week) ski vacations in North America in recent years.  One reason Park City in Utah is a common destination is that other world class ski destinations are very close by (about an hour's drive or less).  Have you looked at Aspen/Snowmass?  Great place in Colorado for a mixed-ability family but there are others as well.

 

Paging @Finndog , the EpicSki Ambassador for Steamboat.

 

Hope you don't mind . . . added a bit of info into your thread title.  Hopefully a few parents who have skied Steamboat will stop by with comments.

post #3 of 44

Personally, I think it is way too long at Steamboat.  Why not 5-6 days there and the rest in Aspen?  Aspen has 4 mountains, an excellent bus system, one of the world's best ski schools, and world class terrain.  And it won't be as crowded as Steamboat.

 

Mike

post #4 of 44
I'm not sure that there is any such thing as too long. People happily clock 100+ day seasons at relatively small resorts. Time spent just means you ski the mountain more effectively like a local with line preferences and knowing a few little stashes etc rather than a tourist.

At 16 days for most people cost becomes a question of accommodation and lift pass, so staying put can be an advantage if you access discounts. If cost is a non factor certainly consider Aspen. Steamboat seems like a nice place to me although I've only done one day there. Other options which add variety might include basing somewhere in Eagle or Summit County and greeting an Epic Local pass for access to 5 hills though you might miss the ease of access somewhere like Steamboat. Main caveat about Steamboat I'd offer is that it doesn't have lots of sustained steep pitches ( if that's what advanced means to you) though its certainly a fair size.
Edited by fatbob - 8/9/15 at 11:58am
post #5 of 44

I am a California skier who has been to Aspen twice and Steamboat once.

I would do 7-8 days at each. Steamboat is a great mountain but it has few steeps.

Snowmass is the biggest resort at Aspen somewhat similar to terrain at Steamboat.

But Aspen has Aspen Highlands and the epic highland Bowl that you can hike to.

It also has iconic Aspen Mountain that overlooks downtown Aspen which is beautiful as it

is swanky. Also, Aspen has Buttermilk which is a fun mountain for kids and intermediates.

I like skiing their a 1/2 day and going to Aspen Highlands for the other half day so I don't have to pay for the parking.

Downtown Steamboat is a nice town as well. Very friendly. Has more of a local feel.

post #6 of 44

Myself, wife, and three kids (3, 10 and 13) skied for 7 days at Steamboat in December 7- 14, 2014.  Myself and the kids were intermediate skiers.  For the wife, it was her first time.

 

Keep in mind, this was still early season.  There was quite a bit of terrain open, but I can't remember how much.

 

The kids were somewhat bored after a few days. Nonetheless, I made them ski every day.

 

We were staying at Dulany at the Gondola, which was 150 yards from the slope.  It was convenient for skiing, but there really was a lack of stuff to do.

 

When we left Steamboat, we skied Winter Park for a few more day.  We were glad to have a change of scenery.  My recommendation would be to go to at least one other near-by ski resort.

post #7 of 44

Coming from as far as NZ I would not spend 16 days at Steamboat.  In January I would get an Epic Local Pass as suggested above and spend the much of the ski time at Vail.

 

Before the Vail haters pile on, I'll just note that last year was my 3rd time spending a January week in Vail with no crowd issues whatsoever.  January is IMHO Vail's sweet spot for snow conditions because it's a relatively high snowfall area that's well covered by January most of the time, and it's usually cold enough with weak midwinter sun to keep snow good in the back bowls.  I had a couple of decent days at Aspen at the end of that week, but the snow was noticeably sketchier there.  In February or March Aspen has more snow than in January, Vail gets busier and thus I'd prefer Aspen in those months.

 

With 16 days of course, there would be nothing really to stop you from sampling all 3 destinations.


Edited by Tony Crocker - 8/12/15 at 1:32am
post #8 of 44

We are from NZ and spent 16 days at Steamboat about four years ago. We was me, DH, and our son aged 8 I think. We didn't get bored at all, despite it being a low snow year.

 

Ultimately it is up to you and probably depends on a number of factors. We have been for a few consecutive years and so knew that it was not our only opportunity for a North American ski holiday. We also like to explore and get to know a mountain. Also it gives DS time to explore the mountain since he mixes ski school and free skiing days. In my opinion there is more than ample terrain to keep you occupied, especially if you are prepared to be a bit adventurous.

 

DS was an intermediate and had a great experience with "Uncle Glenn" in ski school that he was begging for more ski school days.

 

We have done one Canadian ski holiday where we split the time between two resorts, the rest have been one place for 15-18 days. 

 

The reality for us has been that it is 30+ hours travel door to door and it takes a couple of days to adjust to temperature, time-zone, coffee, food etc. Adding an extra day of packing, unpacking and travel in the middle makes it less relaxing, adds significant cost and loses you a day skiing. Overall for us there are more downsides than upsides to transfers. We don't generally hire a car because you don't need one at the resort (the public transport system at Steamboat is free and really efficient), and we'd have to overnight somewhere when we land (that's a personal thing for us, but as you'd appreciate, the number of serious road accidents here caused by people coming straight off long-haul flights and hopping in to rental cars means it is not something that we can do). We've found transfers to be expensive and generally not that efficient. When we went the difference in cost between flying to Denver and flying the Hayden was NZ$10 each so a no brainer.

 

In terms of what is at Steamboat. We stayed close to the slopes (got a really good deal at the Steamboat Grand - the condo was huge and the pool was great). It was a good location for skiing and close to the transport system. The skiing was good - on mountain food was average (although the ski school catering arrangements were brilliant). The town of Steamboat was a refreshing change. Being a service town before a ski town it is well set up with lots of amenities and not just tourist shops. There is a ski jumping hill at Howellsen Hill right in the middle of town and the museum was fun - they had a great kids quiz/treasure hunt. We were also there for the cowboy downhill which was a cowboy version of the Queenstown Festival Dog Derby + Dog Barking event.

 

So that's a long way of saying, for us, coming from NZ there are more pros to staying put for 16 days. 

post #9 of 44

I have been to Steamboat once for a 14 day trip. There was fresh snow on about 7 of the 14 days, with most of the snow falling over night. Only one storm brought true "champagne powder". The snow was an "impossible" 3% moisture content. 14" of cold smoke packed down to less than 1/2 inch when you  skied it. It added 0 to the reported base depth. That once in a lifetime experience alone was worth the investment of extended days. Steamboat has a number of gladed runs that take extra time to fully explore and change character depending on the depth/consistency of powder. Steamboat also has some unexpected off trail options (e.g. OB terrain that you can ski into and out of without traversing) that's best found with the help of a local. I had one find me and then we skied a couple days together.

 

The advice about spending 7 days tops in Steamboat is spot on. That's all it takes to get to know the town, the culture and the trails. If you waste any more time than that you will start to become part of the town, the culture and the mountain. You've been warned mate!

post #10 of 44

Hey, Sorry for the late to the party reply!  OK, 16 days is a long time for any one resort if you just want to ski every day. I assume you will take some breaks here and there? Go to my page on Steamboat for a list of activities. First off, if you just want to stay in town you really dont need a car and yes, the public transportation is excellent. If you stay downtown, you can literally walk to everything and then take the AM shuttles (either public or hotel) to the mountain.  It depends on what you want but I prefer the downtown area to the mountain. I can discuss with you.  My Friend own's Retreatia which rents over 150 different properties.  http://www.retreatia.com/  for an idea of what's available. 

 

Many families come up here for extended stays from Australia and NZ and have a wonderful time. There are a ton of things to do for active families. I would suggest contacting the Steamboat resort for information on the best option for tickets. You can usually work in a good deal that way.  I would also suggest looking into a day or 2 of cat skiing at Steamboat Powder Cats.  http://www.steamboatpowdercats.com/  they offer 3 different levels of pristine true backcountry skiing.  Depending on your budget and such, there's nordic skiing, skate skiing, Snow biking on fat bike  and snowshoeing all right in town on some of the same trail Oympians train on.  You can also do snowmobiling and dog sledding or horseback riding and the operators will pick you up from your "home"    We also have so many other activities from bowling to ceramics to yoga and gyms.  

 

If you do decide to come up, please PM me and I would be more than happy to take you on a tour and show you around the mountain.  As said correctly above, the mountain is deceptively larger than what most people ever realize and many of the best areas to ski are not "on the map". Since I can ski here 50 days and never get bored, I am pretty sure I can show you how to ski here and have the same experience. Not sure of the skill level of the family but I can show you plenty of fun terrain for all.  Although no one can predict the weather or what the snow will be like, chances are very good that on a "average" year, you will get a few decent powder days over that time period. What makes our mountain so special is our powder and the mountain changes every time we get a good storm changing where I ski. So the same areas on the mountain can ski very differently depending on the snow.  


Edited by Finndog - 8/10/15 at 7:57am
post #11 of 44
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Originally Posted by Ski Kiwi View Post
 

We are from NZ and spent 16 days at Steamboat about four years ago. We was me, DH, and our son aged 8 I think. We didn't get bored at all, despite it being a low snow year.

 

Ultimately it is up to you and probably depends on a number of factors. We have been for a few consecutive years and so knew that it was not our only opportunity for a North American ski holiday. We also like to explore and get to know a mountain. Also it gives DS time to explore the mountain since he mixes ski school and free skiing days. In my opinion there is more than ample terrain to keep you occupied, especially if you are prepared to be a bit adventurous.

 

DS was an intermediate and had a great experience with "Uncle Glenn" in ski school that he was begging for more ski school days.

 

We have done one Canadian ski holiday where we split the time between two resorts, the rest have been one place for 15-18 days. 

 

The reality for us has been that it is 30+ hours travel door to door and it takes a couple of days to adjust to temperature, time-zone, coffee, food etc. Adding an extra day of packing, unpacking and travel in the middle makes it less relaxing, adds significant cost and loses you a day skiing. Overall for us there are more downsides than upsides to transfers. We don't generally hire a car because you don't need one at the resort (the public transport system at Steamboat is free and really efficient), and we'd have to overnight somewhere when we land (that's a personal thing for us, but as you'd appreciate, the number of serious road accidents here caused by people coming straight off long-haul flights and hopping in to rental cars means it is not something that we can do). We've found transfers to be expensive and generally not that efficient. When we went the difference in cost between flying to Denver and flying the Hayden was NZ$10 each so a no brainer.

 

In terms of what is at Steamboat. We stayed close to the slopes (got a really good deal at the Steamboat Grand - the condo was huge and the pool was great). It was a good location for skiing and close to the transport system. The skiing was good - on mountain food was average (although the ski school catering arrangements were brilliant). The town of Steamboat was a refreshing change. Being a service town before a ski town it is well set up with lots of amenities and not just tourist shops. There is a ski jumping hill at Howellsen Hill right in the middle of town and the museum was fun - they had a great kids quiz/treasure hunt. We were also there for the cowboy downhill which was a cowboy version of the Queenstown Festival Dog Derby + Dog Barking event.

 

So that's a long way of saying, for us, coming from NZ there are more pros to staying put for 16 days. 

This is a pretty compelling argument from a fellow Kiwi to stick to Steamboat only.  By the way, there are several other ski areas ~1.5 to 2.5 hours each way from Steamboat including Beaver Creek, Vail, Winter Park, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin in case you wanted to get a short term car rental and make a day trip to another resort on a day when the roads are clear. 

A lot of us have attention deficit and want to ski a huge new ski area every day or two when on vacation, but when I was a young man in college I skied 25 straight days one school break at a ski area with only as much vertical (1000’) as a single one of Steamboat’s smaller chairlifts.

post #12 of 44

It really depends on one's personal preference. Obviously I fall into the variety camp with 195 ski areas and counting.  But a week is a typical time for a large area, so I would think for most people with 16 days, choosing two large resorts would be the preferred option more often than not.  In January Steamboat + Vail (which I did with family including a 5-year-old in 1990) is a fairly logical plan.

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This is a pretty compelling argument from a fellow Kiwi to stick to Steamboat only.  By the way, there are several other ski areas ~1.5 to 2.5 hours each way from Steamboat including Beaver Creek, Vail, Winter Park, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin  AND COPPER in case you wanted to get a short term car rental and make a day trip to another resort on a day when the roads are clear

A lot of us have attention deficit and want to ski a huge new ski area every day or two when on vacation, but when I was a young man in college I skied 25 straight days one school break at a ski area with only as much vertical (1000’) as a single one of Steamboat’s smaller chairlifts.

 

fixed it, This totally, make a day trip or better yet, a couple of nights in summit is strongly suggested.  

post #14 of 44

For what it's worth, since you mentioned Breck - I have met a number of individuals and families who come in from Australia for a month or two of skiing at Breck. And they do it year after year.

post #15 of 44
While I am as big of a Steamboat fan as anyone not named @Finndog, I would not spend all of my time there in your circumstances. I would get a Rocky Mountain SuperpassPlus and spend the first 6 days at Steamboat(lower elevation/acclimate). I would then move on to Winter Park for a few days and finish up at Copper Mountain. They are all on the pass and then you can use it for 6 days at Mt. Ruapehu when you get back to NZ!
post #16 of 44
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While I am as big of a Steamboat fan as anyone not named @Finndog, I would not spend all of my time there in your circumstances. I would get a Rocky Mountain SuperpassPlus and spend the first 6 days at Steamboat(lower elevation/acclimate). I would then move on to Winter Park for a few days and finish up at Copper Mountain. They are all on the pass and then you can use it for 6 days at Mt. Ruapehu when you get back to NZ!

 

This seems like really good advice if the small transfers aren't too much trouble. You'd save a good deal of money on lift tickets and probably wouldn't cost much more in lodging. You'd get to spend a good bit of time at each mountain. Frankly the days off skiing for transfers (or half days) will probably be necessary -- I can't imagine skiing 16 days in a row. Put saved money in lift tickets towards a day in a cat?!

 

Plus bonus days back in NZ. 

post #17 of 44

Keep in mind I dont think he intends to ski for 16 days.  there are a ton of really cool and fun things to do here in the winter other than skiing; BUT I really think he'd be missing out by not seeing different mtns so close.  

post #18 of 44

I would go for a Steamboat / Copper split.

post #19 of 44
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Originally Posted by CBdawson View Post
 

Hi there..  keen to get some advice on skiing steamboat in early jan 2016

 

we are about to book a ski trip for the family from New Zealand and wanting to know if coming to ski at steamboat for 16 days is too long.  The kids are intermediate and both my self and my wife are advanced skiers.

 We would have the option to break the trip up and ski steamboat and then onto another resort (e.g Breckenridge) but it would be more efficient to ski  the entire 16 days at a single resort if there is ample terrain to keep us entertained the entire time.

 I have heard of the legendary powder and keen to experience this..

how many kids, their ages? my kids have found Steamboat stays of 8 nights very easy to do, and wished more, but agree with the idea that if a flatlander, not used to altitude that Steamboat is a great place to acclimate before other resorts at 9Kft to 10Kft (3Km). Your kids have any likes and will you ski every day?

 

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Originally Posted by Pwdrhnd View Post

While I am as big of a Steamboat fan as anyone not named @Finndog, I would not spend all of my time there in your circumstances. I would get a Rocky Mountain SuperpassPlus and spend the first 6 days at Steamboat(lower elevation/acclimate). I would then move on to Winter Park for a few days and finish up at Copper Mountain. They are all on the pass and then you can use it for 6 days at Mt. Ruapehu when you get back to NZ!

this is a great idea, depends on what you can get discount for lifts or in package wise for comparison. I know Steamboat offers free lifts for kids 5-12 yrs with parents lift buy of 5+ days. I picked up the RMSP+ (Rocky Mountain SuperpassPlus for this very reason, to ski Steamboat for 6 days and then any number at WP and/or Copper. Copper is lovely and WP is known for it's bumps.

 

My personal early Jan experience at SB has been it's really not that crowded other than Presidents day weekend. Between New Years and Presidents day, I haven't had issues with lines. for Presidents day weekend, one could consider lessons as this allows your class to skip the lines.

 

But I can't knock the idea of splitting a trip up, it'd be nice if one can but too, I feel a personal preference depending on what you plan for hill time, idle time, transportation, kids interests, etc. Transportation is a big item as if your renting and driving, then other resorts aren't time wise, not bad.

 

 

 

pete

 

ps, I have a bit of interest in your trip as my spouse spent a yr in NZ in Dunedin as an exchange student.

 

Perhaps may you share if this is your only near term trip or will you travel again in 2017?

post #20 of 44
Thread Starter 


Hi Finndog,

 Thanks for the reply and that's great to hear that you ski there 50 days a year and not get bored.  Yes our intention (or at least mine) is to ski the full 16 days
.Powder in North island New Zealand is a bit of  pretty rare so I am looking forward to enjoying some champagne powder..  I also like the idea of basing ourselves at steamboat and maybe doing a day trip or overnight to Winterpark or Vail.. is this possible to do from Steamboat.   Is it possible to get reasonably priced shuttle services if we were to do a day trip or two day trip to another resort like Vail  or WP ?

 

Will definitely private message you if we come.  Thanks for your advice

post #21 of 44
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Originally Posted by Ski Kiwi View Post
 

We are from NZ and spent 16 days at Steamboat about four years ago. We was me, DH, and our son aged 8 I think. We didn't get bored at all, despite it being a low snow year.

 

Ultimately it is up to you and probably depends on a number of factors. We have been for a few consecutive years and so knew that it was not our only opportunity for a North American ski holiday. We also like to explore and get to know a mountain. Also it gives DS time to explore the mountain since he mixes ski school and free skiing days. In my opinion there is more than ample terrain to keep you occupied, especially if you are prepared to be a bit adventurous.

 

DS was an intermediate and had a great experience with "Uncle Glenn" in ski school that he was begging for more ski school days.

 

We have done one Canadian ski holiday where we split the time between two resorts, the rest have been one place for 15-18 days. 

 

The reality for us has been that it is 30+ hours travel door to door and it takes a couple of days to adjust to temperature, time-zone, coffee, food etc. Adding an extra day of packing, unpacking and travel in the middle makes it less relaxing, adds significant cost and loses you a day skiing. Overall for us there are more downsides than upsides to transfers. We don't generally hire a car because you don't need one at the resort (the public transport system at Steamboat is free and really efficient), and we'd have to overnight somewhere when we land (that's a personal thing for us, but as you'd appreciate, the number of serious road accidents here caused by people coming straight off long-haul flights and hopping in to rental cars means it is not something that we can do). We've found transfers to be expensive and generally not that efficient. When we went the difference in cost between flying to Denver and flying the Hayden was NZ$10 each so a no brainer.

 

In terms of what is at Steamboat. We stayed close to the slopes (got a really good deal at the Steamboat Grand - the condo was huge and the pool was great). It was a good location for skiing and close to the transport system. The skiing was good - on mountain food was average (although the ski school catering arrangements were brilliant). The town of Steamboat was a refreshing change. Being a service town before a ski town it is well set up with lots of amenities and not just tourist shops. There is a ski jumping hill at Howellsen Hill right in the middle of town and the museum was fun - they had a great kids quiz/treasure hunt. We were also there for the cowboy downhill which was a cowboy version of the Queenstown Festival Dog Derby + Dog Barking event.

 

So that's a long way of saying, for us, coming from NZ there are more pros to staying put for 16 days. 


Thanks Ski Kiwi this is really good advice.. thanks for the help.

post #22 of 44

Almost certainly aren't reasonably priced shuttle services to Vail and Winter Park - remember it's a country that the idea of public transport is alien to many.  You'd need a rental car and an early start to day trip to either (and bear in mind Vail day passes are eyewatering money). I drove up to Steamboat one morning when it was reporting 11 inches compared to a dusting other places from Eagle County (it did have 11 inches of very high moisture content cement) - the worst thing about the drive was the featureless stretches in blowing snow.

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Hi Finndog,

 Thanks for the reply and that's great to hear that you ski there 50 days a year and not get bored.  Yes our intention (or at least mine) is to ski the full 16 days
.Powder in North island New Zealand is a bit of  pretty rare so I am looking forward to enjoying some champagne powder..  I also like the idea of basing ourselves at steamboat and maybe doing a day trip or overnight to Winterpark or Vail.. is this possible to do from Steamboat.   Is it possible to get reasonably priced shuttle services if we were to do a day trip or two day trip to another resort like Vail  or WP ?

 

Will definitely private message you if we come.  Thanks for your advice

 

you will have to rent a car. You easily to day or over night trips. I often drive down to Copper or A Basin for the day. IF the roads and pass are clear is actually a beautiful drive. If they aren't and you are not used to driving in snow, I don't advise it especially with kids. 

 

@fatbob  you need to come back up for a blower storm.  Yes, not every storm is blower  but the vast majority are.very light

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@fatbob  you need to come back up for a blower storm.  Yes, not every storm is blower  but the vast majority are.very light

 

Don't get me wrong the snow was skiable (at least in the am) but would have been considered sloppy even in the Pac NW.  Clumped up and refreezing in the pm made for somewhat challenging conditions.

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Don't get me wrong the snow was skiable (at least in the am) but would have been considered sloppy even in the Pac NW.  Clumped up and refreezing in the pm made for somewhat challenging conditions.

I am sure! We do get a few storms like that.  @dawgcatching and I probably skied that same storm you did.  Tough skiing for sure.  

post #26 of 44
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Hi Finndog,

 Thanks for the reply and that's great to hear that you ski there 50 days a year and not get bored.  Yes our intention (or at least mine) is to ski the full 16 days
.Powder in North island New Zealand is a bit of  pretty rare so I am looking forward to enjoying some champagne powder..  I also like the idea of basing ourselves at steamboat and maybe doing a day trip or overnight to Winterpark or Vail.. is this possible to do from Steamboat.   Is it possible to get reasonably priced shuttle services if we were to do a day trip or two day trip to another resort like Vail  or WP ?

 

Will definitely private message you if we come.  Thanks for your ad

not 100% certain but I can check if you wish ..

 

Greyhound (bus service) offers trips between locals:

https://www.greyhound.com/farefinder/step2.aspx?SessionId=c3d611fd-c50c-4b28-9ddd-0d56774d5eee

 

not promising they're 100% dependable but you can check with travel agents ...

 

pete

post #27 of 44

I would not advise daytripping from Steamboat to those other places, as it's about 2 hours each way when weather is good.

 

Vail really only makes sense as a second destination for close to a week with the Epic Local Pass as the day tickets are insane.

 

While I would choose Steamboat + Vail for January ski quality (best month for both resorts IMHO), there is no question that the RMSP combining Steamboat with Copper and/or Winter Park is the better value.

post #28 of 44

Out of curiosity, what would be the best lift ticket deal if OP and family wanted to ski approx. 14 out of 16 days at Steamboat and then maybe a day or two elsewhere?  A Steamboat season pass?  RMSP?

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Out of curiosity, what would be the best lift ticket deal if OP and family wanted to ski approx. 14 out of 16 days at Steamboat and then maybe a day or two elsewhere?  A Steamboat season pass?  RMSP?
That will depend on the kids' ages... 12 and under ski free when a parent purchases 5+ day ticket or a full season pass. Otherwise Steamboat 6 or 15 would be your best bet.
post #30 of 44
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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post
 

.... there is no question that the RMSP combining Steamboat with Copper and/or Winter Park is the better value.

 

Steamboat's pass pricing continues to be stupid if you want to spend more than six days there.  The cheapest is $999 for 15 days:

http://www.steamboat.com/tickets-and-passes/season-passes.aspx#multiday

 

Verses RMSP+ with 6 days at Steamboat and unlimited Copper and Winter Park for $559:

http://www.skicolorado.com/MultiMountain_SeasonPasses.html

 

Based on the pass pricing, I'd just ski the six days at Steamboat and spend the rest at Copper for the high-alpine skiing experience.  Go to Steamboat first to acclimate to the altitude and spend your non-skiing days there for the fantastic town.  I'd be hard pressed to spend the extra money to stay longer at Steamboat, but I'm biased toward Copper anyway.  I haven't used any of my Steamboat days on my RMSP+ the last two years.  :eek

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