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Steamboat in a week

post #1 of 20
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I'm headed to Steamboat in a week. Never been there, going by myself with the objective of skiing all day and sampling the Colorado microbrews in the evening. Gonna ski on a Mon, Tue & Wed so crowds shouldn't be an issue.

Again, never been there. What are the "must-do's" I don't know about ? I'm a strong Midwest skier and well beer you know just bring it on...
post #2 of 20
The best place to sample micro brews is the Tap House downtown on the main drag, Lincoln St.

Must dos, the Double Z for the best pulled pork sandwich in town.

Strawberry Park for an all natural hot spring extravaganza.

Wynonna's for the best pancakes in town, if they're too crowded go to Freshies, owned by the same people and same menu.

The mountain is a skiers mountain, no real steeps but some of the best snow anywhere.

You should really do some cat skiing, check it out and reserve ahead cause it will be bookedup.
post #3 of 20
Definitely ski the back of the mountain, Morningside Park. Also known as "see inset" on your trail map.

After impressing yourself all day, hit Slopeside Grill's snow patio for beer (from the Latin, "to have many beers") and surprisingly curious background music. Champagne powder and classic Van Halen? Welcome to vacation.
post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by Lars
...Strawberry Park for an all natural hot spring extravaganza...

Think I heard somewhere that with the high snows this year, that 4WD was needed to get to the hot springs. Anybody have more current info?
post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by lennyblake
Think I heard somewhere that with the high snows this year, that 4WD was needed to get to the hot springs. Anybody have more current info?
4wd every winter afair. Also big fines for going off the road and the tow truck aint cheap. I seem to remember hearing that all told it was about a $1000 ordeal if you went in the ditch. Tour or taxi is the way to go.

Over by the Rondezvous saddle ask someone to point you to Land of the Little People.
post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by tief schnee
Also big fines for going off the road and the tow truck aint cheap. I seem to remember hearing that all told it was about a $1000 ordeal if you went in the ditch. Tour or taxi is the way to go.

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Nah, only cost me around $100, but that was 6 years ago. Oh, I had 4x4.
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by gregmerz
I'm headed to Steamboat in a week. Never been there, going by myself with the objective of skiing all day and sampling the Colorado microbrews in the evening. Gonna ski on a Mon, Tue & Wed so crowds shouldn't be an issue.

Again, never been there. What are the "must-do's" I don't know about ? I'm a strong Midwest skier and well beer you know just bring it on...
Best tree skiing over on Priest Creek..Shadows, Closet, Twilight and everything in between but there are stashes all over the place (lots in the Four Points area).

Bumps: Nelson's Run, Twister, Whiteout, Oops to Concentration (my fav),
Preist Creek lift line etc....lots more

Hit the chutes for a QUICK rush...very steep but short

All in all a great mountain...but the tree skiing/snow is what makes it special IMO
post #8 of 20
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Over by the Rondezvous saddle ask someone to point you to Land of the Little People.
Why you have to go and say that s**t???? Now where is my powder stash going to be on the weekend if we don't get any snow???
post #9 of 20
I went to steamboat. The snow and trees are awesome. However, I was disapointed with the number of powder days. Their annual average of snow is good but not great and, at least when I have been there, the snow comes in double digit spirts about once a week. But the snow in the trees is usually quite nice, even if not immediately after a huge snow dump. As for trails to take, remember: the best tree skiing is not on the map. While I was frequently disappointed with Closets, Shadows, Christmas Tree Gulley, etc., diving off a steep blue or black yeilded amazing skiing through untracked powder.
post #10 of 20

Looks Flat

I skied there a while back. Is there anything challenging? I recall the woods were stocked w/ powder and that was fun. What about real skiing. It doesn't have to be crazy steep to be fun, but is there good skiing for a good skier?
post #11 of 20
I'm heading to the boat for a week on Friday, and looking at the weather forecast, it's kind of all over the place. Some sites are forecasting high probability of snow through the early part of this week, some are saying little snow; others are saying heavy snow one week out, and others stating the opposite.

Do any of the locals have any favorite forecast sites for weather? (and, yes, I know this is a totally jongy question, but I'm excited and after my trip last year in the midst of a three week dry spell, I'm hoping for a little more this year.) also, where are the land of the little people and Area 51 -- I can't fine either on the trail map?

(only joking, pure jong-ish-ness!)

-David
post #12 of 20
Try noaa.gov and click on the map over western CO and then click on Steamboat. Fairly accurate and seems to be much better than the Weather Channel
post #13 of 20
Also helps to go to right side of screen when viewing Steamboat forecast and click on "Forecast Discussion". They give you an idea of how certain the forecasters are of the week ahead. It's been a good year this far. So far, this year, there has been no such thing as a 3 week dry spell.
post #14 of 20
Jim, thanks! I've been wondering where to get the extended write up which refers to the different forecasting models, and you got it. Cool!

-david
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by freeskinow
I skied there a while back. Is there anything challenging? I recall the woods were stocked w/ powder and that was fun. What about real skiing. It doesn't have to be crazy steep to be fun, but is there good skiing for a good skier?
You must have skied exclusively off of Sunshine lift. That's really the only flat area.
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by TerpSKI
You must have skied exclusively off of Sunshine lift. That's really the only flat area.
Maybe, but the powder was great! Solid trees and although you could hear people there were none to be found. It really was fun but I like steeper stuff.

Where would you go at Steamboat. We'll only be there four days. Please steer us in the right direction.
post #17 of 20
Weekend of Mar 17, will there still be powder or spring conditions.
post #18 of 20

Crystal Ball

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Weekend of Mar 17, will there still be powder or spring conditions.
I just checked the crystal ball... 4 inches on friday high of 27 degrees. No new snow on saturday, high of 35 degrees and sunny. Sunday a storm will blow in in the afternoon, 23 inches overnight, epic monday.
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by Steamboat
I just checked the crystal ball... 4 inches on friday high of 27 degrees. No new snow on saturday, high of 35 degrees and sunny. Sunday a storm will blow in in the afternoon, 23 inches overnight, epic monday.
Make sure to give that ball a sweet old polishing. that's a good was to see the future!
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by freeskinow
Maybe, but the powder was great! Solid trees and although you could hear people there were none to be found. It really was fun but I like steeper stuff.

Where would you go at Steamboat. We'll only be there four days. Please steer us in the right direction.
The trees are great of course. Closet/Shadow/Priest Creek

If the snow is fairly fresh, I like the Pony Express area.

You can do a short hike up to the chutes & N. St. Pats. Pretty steep (but short) some cliffs.

you can also do laps on Storm Peak Express. Definitely not flat, but not super steep (as compared to the likes of Snowbird)
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