My wife and I just returned from the Boat yesterday (stayed Feb. 21 through 28). We loved the town. On Sunday we took a half day snowmobile tour with Brian at Steamboat Lake Outfitters. He was a great guide (with a good sense of humor). We rode to the Continental Divide (where we had lunch) and into Wyoming.
Unfortunately, we did not get much new snow while we were there, but the visibility was excellent.
Restaurants we tried: The Ore House, The Butcher Shop, Mambo Italiano, Mazzola's, Rio Grande, and Slopeside Grill. My wife loved the guacamole at Rio Grande. I most enjoyed Mazzola's. Mazzola's is an family style Italian restaurant with reasonable prices and great, hearty food (when you order something with meat sauce, there is actually meat in it). Both the Butcher Shop and the Ore House were very good. The Ore House has very good specials from 5pm to 6pm.
We stayed at the Thunderhead Lodge for easy access to the slopes. While I was very happy with the mountain access, I was disappointed in the accommodations. From my research, I had expected the property to be older. However, I was very unhappy with our room and housecleaning. We were given Room 2501. This has to be the noisiest room in the hotel. Basically if you walk into the main lobby in front of the frontdesk, our room was right above your head. Not only did we have the displeasure of hearing the street traffic, but we could also hear the frontdesk phone ringing, the people walking through the lobby and everything going on in the restaurant and bar. We asked for another room but were told that one was not available.
Now to the room itself. While the fixtures were old, they all worked well. On the other hand, the carpet was "crunchy." Our room was never vacuumed the entire week we were there. It was also stained and very dirty. Housekeeping only changed the towels, and made up our bed (it did not change our sheets). Housekeeping also was inconsistent in its schedule. Many days we would return from skiing around 3:30pm to 4pm and our room had still not been visited.
It can also be a little difficult to navigate the myriad of stairs in the lodge itself. There are no elevators (there are elevators in the condo section) and our room was on the opposite end of the hotel from the ski access area and other amenities.
While I greatly enjoyed Steamboat, I will not be coming back to the Thunderhead Lodge.