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Big Sky or Steamboat for novices and timid intermediates

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

We are senior citizens who started skiing late in life and are just interested in easy going skiing for fun and relaxation.  We like the easier areas of Snowmass.  What resort should we move on to next? 

post #2 of 9

I haven't been to Big Sky, but I'll recommend Steamboat w/o hesitation.  I have been several times with kids and wife at varying degrees of ability and the place never disappoints.  It's predominately intermediate and snow and grooming are great.  Also, it's got a nice, authentic town a shuttle ride away.  It's really more of a "place" than Big Sky, so if you don't ski the entire time hard-core, you have stuff to do.

post #3 of 9

I haven't been to Big Sky either, so unfortunately can't compare them, but I go to Steamboat each year. I consider myself a lower intermediate skier and I enjoy pretty much all the blues at Steamboat and some of the easier blacks.

 

Steamboat is also easy to get around, with a convenient, free public bus system.

post #4 of 9

I would also recommend Steamboat.  Lots of beginner and gentle intermediate terrain.  The mountain is not intimidating. 

post #5 of 9

Snowmass and Steamboat are very similar mountains.  I've never been to Big Sky so I can't speak for it.

post #6 of 9

Never been to Steamboat, but Big Sky has some of the longest and greenest runs that I have seen.  Doesn't have a real ski village tho, so you miss some of that experience. No crowds, but I would bet that is the same for Steamboat.

Looks like you can't go wrong with either.

post #7 of 9

Been to both.  I'd pick Steamboat because of the "real town" that goes with it.  Big Sky has that "plastic" kind of base construction, all condos and the town of Bozeman is a real haul to get to.

 

OR, come on up to Whitefish.  There's a couple of lifts that have predominantly green runs or easy cruisers, a real good amount of gray haired skiers mid-week (me being one of them), and a real town for those days you don't want to ski.

post #8 of 9

Haven't been to Big Sky, but Steamboat is intermediate heaven.

 

Even as an intermediate, you can have a great big, delicious taste of glades skiing if you pick the right line. Ask a Mountain Host at the 10:30 group grope to show you where to go.

 

I make it a point to spend a few days at da Boat every year to get back to the trees and have some fun.

 

Enjoy it.

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks to all who replied, it has helped us decide on Steamboat for next year. We also were considering Alta, Solitude and Brighton. It looks like those would also work for us. 

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