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A February 2008 trip to Steamboat Springs by barbara

Lovely Views Photo, Steamboat Springs, Colorado More Photos
Quote: A family of three enjoys a week of hitting the slopes in Steamboat Springs.

Stellar Steamboat Springs

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Overview

Lovely Views Photo, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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Anyone who loves to ski will have heard of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. After all, it's known as "Ski Town USA" because so many Olympic athletes have lived and trained in the area. In fact, the local educational system has evolved to accommodate the demands of the super elite by having coaches identify the truly talented in their midst and get them into a "ski schedule" at a young age. If good enough to qualify for this program, students attend classes only in the mornings as the afternoons are reserved for training on the slopes. Keep in mind this option is only open to the very best athletes in the country. However, with ski school open to kids of ALL abilities as young as th...Read More
Celebrity Resorts Steamboat Springs Hilltop Photo, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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Celebrity Resorts Hilltop is actually a timeshare facility (RCI Exchange), but they also rent condos like a hotel when owners are not in residence. I found a good internet special (25% off a 4 night stay) that made Celebrity very attractive indeed, so we decided to give it a go despite mixed reviews I'd read on other websites. After all, this meant we'd have a kitchen. So what was the reception like? Well, we got off to a bumpy start because we arrived "after-hours." The front desk is only manned until 11 PM, and a long drive from Denver meant we didn't get there until after midnight. With that said, there is a sign beside a phone that tells you exactly what to do in su...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 2, 2008

Celebrity Resorts Steamboat Springs Hilltop
1000 High Point Drive
Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80477
407.996.3063

Marriott Denver City Center

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Hotel | "Denver Marriott City Center"

Marriott Denver City Center Photo, Denver, Colorado
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If you need a place to hang your cap and scarf the night before you fly out of Denver after a vacation of skiing any of the myriad resorts in the area, the Denver Marriott City Center is an exceedingly comfortable place in which to do it. After visiting Steamboat Springs 180 miles away, we booked a nice evening here so that we wouldn't have any problems getting to the airport and our international flight the next day. It was one of those brighter moves during the course of our vacation because we had a stress-free final day in the United States. What is the Marriott like? Expect the comfort you always get at a Marriott. If you have a car, the plac...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 3, 2008

Marriott Denver City Center
1701 California St
Denver, Colorado 80202
303-297-1300

Saddleback Ranch

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Attraction | "Tubing at Saddleback Ranch"

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After a day of skiing, we still weren't tired of playing in the snow. So, we grabbed a bowl of hot soup at our condo, left on our ski suits, and headed out in the car to Saddleback Ranch. It was a pleasant 15-20 minute drive from downtown Steamboat Springs in the opposite direction of Denver. (You can also catch a bus out to the ranch, which requires a phone call and a reservation.) Following the signs, we twisted through a narrow road, white snow blanketing the hills around us. Finally in the parking lot, the first thing we noticed was the pen of long horn cows by the ticket office. The sun was still out, and a group of children were laughing, dragging red tubes to a rope pull that...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 29, 2008

Saddleback Ranch
37350 RCR 179
Steamboat Springs 80487
(970) 879-3711

Sheraton Steamboat Resort

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Attraction | "Steamboat Springs Resort"

Sheraton Steamboat Resort Photo, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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Steamboat Springs offers glorious, consistent snowfall. There are reasons that so many Olympic athletes live in the area, and the consistency of the "champagne powder" would certainly be on the list. With that said, I am no elite athlete. I am from a warm climate, and I am lucky if I'm able to get out to the slopes once every couple of years. Still, I learned how to ski when I was a girl, so I am fairly competent on most runs. In the end, while I've been on more difficult slopes, I think Steamboat Springs is a fabulous family ski resort that caters to a variety of levels. How easy was it to get to the resort and park? Keep in mind that public bus transport in St...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 3, 2008

Sheraton Steamboat Resort
2200 Village Inn Court
Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80477
(970) 879-2220

Steamboat Springs Ski School

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Steamboat Springs Ski School Photo, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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If at all affordable, I am a huge advocate of getting a lesson every time a person goes skiing. I also think it's very important to get a child into ski school to gain the correct skills he/she will need to enjoy the slopes. Knowing this, I made reservations with the Steamboat Springs Ski School before we ever left on vacation. How much does ski school cost? This varies. Group lessons for kids seemed very reasonable to me, especially since a teen gets a really cheap lift ticket when bought in conjunction with a day in ski school.... less than $150 in total including lunch. To give our kid some confidence, these hours of instruction were worth every penny. Private lessons are ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 3, 2008

Steamboat Springs Ski School
Steamboat Springs Resort
Steamboat Springs
(970) 879-6111