Steamboat Springs Journals

Springing into Steamboat: Ski Town, USA

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A March 2002 trip to Steamboat Springs by Armed With Passport

Steamboat Condos and Timeshares Photo, Steamboat Springs, Colorado More Photos
Quote: Three things blend together nicely to make Steamboat Springs a one of a kind place: it has a friendly "ski-cowboy" demeanor about it; it has truly extreme sporting possibilities; and it is located in a beautiful setting in the Yampa Valley.

Springing into Steamboat: Ski Town, USA

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Overview

Steamboat Condos and Timeshares Photo, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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We went in late winter and found the skiing to be top-notch. If you bundle up, it is quite fun to go down the main boulevard, Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs, just to shop for antiques, enjoy Swiss food, or to quaff microbrews. In the alternative, you can go with the cliched, but satisfying, night by the warm fire or soak in the hot tub with someone you love.Quick Tips: Dress approriately, especially for the winter. You will get cold and wet and there are no bargains to be had on warm weather gear when you are in the resort area. Make sure you call ahead and reserve your rental gear, if needed, at least a day ahead or else you may be out of luck. The name of the town is...Read More

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Steamboat Springs

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Hotel | "Fairfield Inn - Steamboat Springs"

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I would have liked to have stayed in a more luxurious place, but we were using Marriott Reward points and you can't beat a free room. This hotel is consistent with the hotels in this chain; it had clean rooms, free continental breakfast, a pool and spa, an exercise room, and a crackling fire in the lobby to greet you. There is a relatively unsecure place behind the breakfast bar area where you can leave your skis, poles, boats, or snowboards when you're not using them. The room wasn't locked, but we felt comfortable leaving our stuff there (it was rented anyway). The location of the hotel isn't great; it is about three miles from the downtown part of Lincoln Avenue, where the shops a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 24, 2002

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Steamboat Springs
3200 South Lincoln St
Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80477
970-870-9000

Hazie's

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Restaurant

Hazie's Photo, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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Let me give a preamble to this description. I was to meet my wife at Hazie's, which is in the Thunderhead lodge on top of Steamboat Ski area's Mount Werner, right in the middle of the entire ski complex. Suffice it to say, I got lost (even with a trail map) and ended up going on an unintended adventure. After a lactic-acid-in-quads draining cross-country ski, a terrifying run down a double-diamond on tired legs, and a interminably long wait to climb up another lift just to get to the restaurant, I arrived at Hazie's about forty-five minutes late. I met my exasperated wife and an unhappy waitress at the table. As I recovered from my journey to the restaurant, I realized that the decor of the p...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 24, 2002

Hazie's
Steamboat Ski Area
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
970-871-5150

Winona's

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Restaurant

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Winona's, in my opinion, is a can't miss restaurant in Steamboat Springs. It is a breakfast and lunch only place, open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., except for Sundays, when it is open only for breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The restaurant is located in downtown Steamboat Springs on the main drag, Lincoln Street. Although there are accommodations for skiers downtown, most people stay up on the mountain and, therefore, may miss out on this place. It is worth it to take the free downtown shuttle in the morning and maybe start the ski day a little later just to get a taste of Winona's. All the food that I had was great, but the real draw here are the homemade cinnamon buns. The...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2002

Winona's
617 Lincoln Ave
Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487
(970) 879-2483

Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill

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Restaurant | "Steamboat Brewery and Tavern"

Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill Photo, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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After a cold walk down the Lincoln Avenue boutiques and shops, this brewpub and restaurant makes a great stop to come in and warm up. The Steamboat Brewery and Tavern brews its own beers. It has quite a good selection ranging in texture from pale ales to hearty stouts. We sampled the Stout, the Alpenglow Strong Ale, and a brown ale, which were all good, especially the Alpenglow Strong Ale. They even brew their own root beer for those patrons who want something without alcohol. We didn't have a chance to eat as it was to early in the afternoon for us, but other people that we had spoken to recommended the food. The menu includes starters, such as "Tex-Mex green chile pork stew", san...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 24, 2002

Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill
435 Lincoln Ave
Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487
970-879-3773

Steamboat

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Attraction | "Lincoln Avenue - Downtown Steamboat Springs"

Steamboat Photo, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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It was decidedly cold as Toni and I padded through the fresh snow on the sidewalk along Lincoln Avenue. All around us were about five or six blocks of a typical Rocky Mountain ski town main street. It was exactly the comfortable and unprentious bit of commercialism that we were looking for. We arrived in the downtown area rather effortlessly by taking the free shuttles that the town of Steamboat Springs provides. It took maybe fifteen to twenty minutes to get downtown from our hotel as the shuttle had to stop in the ski village on the way. The shuttle makes very frequent stops; the stops are sometimes only 200 yards away from the previous one. While this may be annoying once you are in the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 25, 2002

Steamboat
1255 South Lincoln Avenue
Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80477
(970) 879-0880

Steamboat Ski and Snowboard School

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Attraction | "Steamboat"

Steamboat Ski and Snowboard School Photo, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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Let's get to what really matters: How is the skiing? My answer is, "Top-notch." I started out, after not having skied for the last four years, going down some of the serpentine green circle (easiest) runs. These were pleasant and very easy; the problem is that they corkscrew down the mountain and cross right in front of other steeper trails. You run the risk of running right into another skier. After two runs, I went to some harder trails (blue squares) which were plentiful and then after I felt comfortable (I had never skied on parabolics before), I headed for the black diamonds. These runs were excellent with plenty of good bumps and absolutely no ice (I grew up skiing on the East coast)....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 25, 2002

Steamboat Ski and Snowboard School
2305 Mt. Werner Circle
Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487
(800) 299-5017

The True Story of Banana George

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Story/Tip

Banana George and Admirers Photo, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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I had found my seat on the United Airlines plane, buckled into my seat in coach next to my wife, and started to read a travel article in the in-flight magazine "Hemispheres". I was getting into some article about a faraway place and wondering when the rest of the plane was going to file in and get situated so that we could get underway with the second leg of our trip from Denver to Hayden/Steamboat Springs. I was disrupted by a small ruckus maybe about ten rows in front of me. I hadn't been paying close attention because I was reading, but I could see that all the flight attendants were making a fuss over one of the passengers. They all wore silly smiles on their faces and seemed to all want ...Read More