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post #1 of 12
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My husband and I will be spending the week before Christmas (Dec.18-25) in Steamboat this year and we're very excited. I'm still debating where to stay and hope I can gather some opinions from fellow Bears. Based on what we want/need and our budget, I've narrowed it down to The West Condos, Ski Inn Condos, The Lodge at Steamboat or Timber Run Condos. I'm interested in hearing your experiences and if you have any pros/cons you can share for any of the properties.

 

Also, how crowded should we expect the Boat to be during this week? We usually take our Christmas ski trip the week after Christmas and go to either Wolf Creek or Grand Targhee. Crowds are not usually an issue at Targhee and Wolf Creek is filled to the brim with fellow Texans (though we can usually avoid lift lines by skiing the Alberta lift). The only other time we have ever been to Steamboat was Spring break 2007 and it was miserably crowded, again with fellow Texans. What can we expect this time out?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 12

Don't sweat it about the lift lines in Steamboat - 5 minutes is a long line here and this is easily avoided once you know the mountain.

 

For lodging take a look at Chateau Chamonix at MovingMountains.com - we have two 3 bedroom units there that are a bargain and for ski-in ski-out lodging you will not do much better.

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Don't sweat it about the lift lines in Steamboat - 5 minutes is a long line here and this is easily avoided once you know the mountain.

 

Unless it's a powder day. Gondi line can stretch around the building. Week before Xmas is good, however. Most people will be coming into town Fri 12/24 or later, so you should be good to go.

 

I like Trappeur's and Torian/Creekside.

 

post #4 of 12

Nice. Topical. Spam.

 

I never stayed at any of those properties, so can't help you out much. I'd just recommend staying at the base or in downtown. For my money I want to walk to the lifts, walk to bars/restaurants or both. And a lot of the condos in Steamboat are away from both the resort and downtown, so you don't get much of any advantage. The free shuttle is solid, but standing around at night when it's 10 degrees out waiting for a bus isn't much fun for a vacation.

post #5 of 12

Piggy back onto an existing thread...

 

I see there're a couple of cheap motels in downtown with pretty down to earth prices: Rabit Ear, Nordic Lodge, Alpine Lodge, Anyone ever been? Are they cheap because they're just no frill and acceptable for budget skier. Or are they really run down and best avoided?

post #6 of 12

Good comments on this thread.  I have not seen an update on discount lift tickets for Steamboat in a while.  What is the best bet for the 2010-2011 season?  Are they available through King Soopers in Denver or the Entertainment book?  Are they any good if you buy them through central reservations?

post #7 of 12

Well, I already got ticket sorted, getting a season pass! :) And with the pass, there's discount at lodging when booking through the central reservation.

 

Still looking at lodging decision. Probably downtown because it's actually cheaper, and probably easier to find places to eat after dark. Hope to find at least one of those motels not too run down. Clean and quiet (but not desolate) is all I care at that price ($60~70).  

post #8 of 12

The 2010-2011 Denver entertainment book does have discount tickets for Steamboat. However this only for the 2 or 3 day passes. Savings from $10 to $15 dollar. I do not remember if there were any holiday blackouts or not and book not in my possession. 

post #9 of 12

I have stayed at Timber Run at that week the last 2 years.  Nice place for the money, hot tub/pool, free shuttle, close to mountain.  The mountain will not be very crowded then.    I wouldn't expect more than a few minutes for a lift line.

post #10 of 12

Rabbit Ears is fine....if all you want is a place to lay your head.  It's like a motel 6...which I stay in all the time so...

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Piggy back onto an existing thread...

 

I see there're a couple of cheap motels in downtown with pretty down to earth prices: Rabit Ear, Nordic Lodge, Alpine Lodge, Anyone ever been? Are they cheap because they're just no frill and acceptable for budget skier. Or are they really run down and best avoided?



Stayed at Bunkhouse Lodge 4 years ago.  Essentially a motel with a spiffed up foyer and common room.  Very clean, NOT run down at all.  Your basic room for sleeping.  It's set back a bit from the road, and there was no noise at all.  Several young families. One of the cheapest places in town.  The breakfast runs out fast in the morning.  I opted to eat somewhere else because continental is not enough for this boy.  No worries.  Parked right in front of my room.

 

As far as driving, I'm from the cramped east coast, and found getting around by car to be a piece of cake.  Since I drove into town, I just drove to the resort and parked in one of the free parking lots.  It was much easier and only about a three minute drive.   There were lots of people waiting for the shuttle outside the hotel on the main drag.

 

The bunkhouse is a bunkhouse in name only.   There is other lodging in front of it, so drive to the back.   Safe, quiet, clean and kept up.

post #12 of 12

NYC- Try apliner, PM me if you still nned a room. I can get special EPIC rates.

 

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