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Winter Park vs Steamboat vs Keystone

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
I am taking my 20 year-old son to ski three days in Colorado first week of January. I have tentatively booked us at Steamboat for the four nights/three ski days, thinking it would be his best overall first Western skiing experience (we are in upstate NY and usually ski Gore, Whiteface, Killington--both strong skiers (I race masters)). I have skied Keystone, Breck, Aspen, and Eldora in Colorado, plus Park City and Mammoth elsewhere West.

Is Steamboat a good destination for us? We can both ski anything through double blacks (he likes speedy racecourse cruisers plus steep drops), but I thought he would mostly enjoy true light powder at Steamboat-he's only been on Eastern cement powder). Neither of us need moguls. I have the afternoon to change plans if not Steamboat. Is it really that tame? Lots of Olympians from there...

How about Winterpark? If staying in Steamboat, is there another resort to check out for a half day? Keystone?

I am a lousy trip planner, so help!!!
Tom
post #2 of 20
If the snows good, you'll have a blast. Relax...
post #3 of 20
I think Steamboat based on what you mentioned as your preferences would be your best choice of the three. If you don't love moguls Winter Park probably isn't the best choice. The chances for powder at Steamboat are better than at Keystone.

I spent a ski week at Steamboat about 10 years ago, and really enjoyed it. It also snowed 26 inches one night and I had the opportunity to make first tracks down Storm Peak which I'll never forget. I prefer Vail over Steamboat if for only the reason you can ski the total mountain top to bottom at Vail. I'd have to say Steamboat is less crowded however.

Didn't ski the trees at Steamboat , but the tree skiing there is supposed to be as good as it gets. The town is a real town which is pretty neat with a nice variety of restaurants. I think if you can catch some powder days while you're there you'll have a great memorable trip.
post #4 of 20
Steamboat is one of the places I have not been too. I want to hear what you think. I expect a detailed TR with pic's. Have fun!!
post #5 of 20
Steamboat is a great town and great mountain. January is typically a time when they get a good deal of snow.

If you want a change of pace head for Winter Park or Copper. I have said this previously, Copper has a great deal of hidden gems in terms of terrain that are often overlooked.

I'd love to show you around WP/MJ. We have more to offer than just great bump skiing.
post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by Rusty Guy
Steamboat is a great town and great mountain. January is typically a time when they get a good deal of snow.

If you want a change of pace head for Winter Park or Copper. I have said this previously, Copper has a great deal of hidden gems in terms of terrain that are often overlooked.

I'd love to show you around WP/MJ. We have more to offer than just great bump skiing.
Rusty Guy
I just spent 5 days @ MJ/ WP Kinda disapointed that I did not look you up. I had forgotten that this was your home mountain.\
post #7 of 20
i'm sorry as well. it went off there today. lots of new snow.

hope you had a nice visit.
post #8 of 20
Our family takes a western trip every year for a week in late January/early February. We skied Winter Park three years ago and went to Steamboat two years ago based on a friend's recommendation. We arrived during the week of Steamboat's annual winter festival and had a blast! Not only was the skiing great, but the town was friendly and fun. We decided to return last year and again loved the town so much we didn't want to leave. This year we are going to Park City, not because we are tired of Steamboat, but because we figured it's time to try new places. The skiing in Winter Park is nice, but it lacks the charm of Steamboat.

The first yeat we skied Steamboat, we contacted Resortquest and told them we had an RSVIP Discount (friend actually had it). Anyway, we got a great discount on a 2 bed condo and lift tickets for four. We didn't need a car since we flew into Hayden and took a shuttle to the condo. Free shuttle services take you anywhere in town you want to go. The bus service is also free and there are some decent priced hotels/motels out of the resort area.
post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 
Great feedback, folks. Thank you. Steamboat it is, with a possible side trip to Copper or Winterpark on the return trip.
post #10 of 20

Steamboat

You hit the jackpot, steamboat has been getting dumped on. I have only skied there once but it was great. I skied there at the end of the season so through the trees was all bumped up. If there getting powder it shouldn't be a problem. From what I have been hearing they are having an epic year. In my opinion Keystone has more of an east coast type of snow. They tend to get alot of glaze, a harder hard pack than other Co. resorts. You might want to think about Breckenridge. Winterpark has plenty of terrain without bumps, personally I don't care for bump skiing and I ski at Winterpark alot. I have found good runs at Mary Jane as well.
I amended this post after doing a little research. I was skiing at Breck and was told by a person I skied a few runs with that Steamboat had waist deep powder and was getting more snow than Breck. I have since discovered this not to be the case. I am really sorry for the mistake. In the future I will only post what I have seen.
post #11 of 20
You're gonna love the Boat! Now, for your skiing on return trip, see mapquest for drive times to WP and Copper, then choose. Personally, I prefer Copper over WP, but that's because of the great grooming they do on all blues and some blacks.

Breckenridge will bore you with their tame runs.
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by Gpaul
You're gonna love the Boat! Now, for your skiing on return trip, see mapquest for drive times to WP and Copper, then choose. Personally, I prefer Copper over WP, but that's because of the great grooming they do on all blues and some blacks.

Breckenridge will bore you with their tame runs.
Same reason I prefer WP over Copper; of course, I work at WP.
post #13 of 20
Our family went to Steamboat last year for the first time. LOVED IT. We were dumped on with 14" one day. Great town and great people. The skiing is very nice with something for everyone. We were there for the winter festival and highly recommend it. We stayed at the Eagle Ridge Lodge. Very nice.

So far we have been to Vail, Breck, Keystone and Steamboat in Colorado. Steamboat is my favorite while my wife preferred Breck. Steamboat has had over 4' of snow this week!

Have fun!!
post #14 of 20
OK, it is maybe personal style preference, but I prefer WP/MJ to the 'Boat. the Vibe is more easygoing, like BBQ in the parking lot at MJ. less touristy and more home town hill. totally idiosyncratic, but I also like the evergreens at WP versus the deciduous trees at Steamboat. If you're going for powder experience, why choose someplace that is going to stomp all over the fresh snow and turn it into a flat run with a grooming machine? one of the prices you pay for natural snow is some bumps forming. But these are not the glazed over, rock hard bumps you may be used to, these are pillows for playing in. enjoy!
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by Mom
OK, it is maybe personal style preference, but I prefer WP/MJ to the 'Boat. the Vibe is more easygoing, like BBQ in the parking lot at MJ. less touristy and more home town hill. totally idiosyncratic, but I also like the evergreens at WP versus the deciduous trees at Steamboat. If you're going for powder experience, why choose someplace that is going to stomp all over the fresh snow and turn it into a flat run with a grooming machine? one of the prices you pay for natural snow is some bumps forming. But these are not the glazed over, rock hard bumps you may be used to, these are pillows for playing in. enjoy!
HUH? I've skied at Steamboat on 12"+ powder days at least 5 times and there is fresh powder all over the place. Steamboat is definitely not an overgroomed hill, especially on a powder day.
post #16 of 20
all the colorado resorts are getting a great deal of snow and the skiing is simply superb.
post #17 of 20
I'll be skiing Summit County 11-13 Dec and will report back and Rusty, thanks for the snow
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by TerpSKI
HUH? I've skied at Steamboat on 12"+ powder days at least 5 times and there is fresh powder all over the place. Steamboat is definitely not an overgroomed hill, especially on a powder day.
I was referring to the posts above mine from GPaul and LennyBlake regarding Copper vs Winter Park. Should have been clearer; sorry.
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by Mom
I was referring to the posts above mine from GPaul and LennyBlake regarding Copper vs Winter Park. Should have been clearer; sorry.
Oops. Sorry for the near-flame . Cheers!
post #20 of 20
Something to keep in mind, Steamboat had the snowiest november on record with 83" in November alone. It has also dumped a good amount since, and I heard the total was 123" so far, and that was a couple days ago before our last storm.

There was definately waist to chest deep pow this year a couple times too.
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