Steamboat après ski
Harwig’s & L’Apogee is one of the most luxurious eateries in town, with a menu that will have you salivating in seconds and a wine cellar to match. If you’re looking for something a little more down to earth or have a tighter budget, try out Old Town for classic, hearty pub grub. Blue Sage Pizza serve some of the best pizza in town, with goliath deep dish pizzas resembling a pie more than anything else. For a beautifully prepared breakfast, we love Winona’s for some of the best pre skiing sustenance available.
Providing more of a pub scene than late night clubbing scene, Steamboat isn’t the place to go if you want to be raving all night, every night. However, pubs and bars like the T Bar and Bear River have an excellent après atmosphere, whilst Carl’s Tavern and the Sweetwater Grill will keep things going later into the evening. Carl’s Tavern is a local’s favourite which opens later than most and the Powder Room at the base of the lifts provides a classy selection of drinks and a sophisticated atmosphere, for something a bit more upmarket.
Those looking for something other than filling their stomachs with solids and liquids will find numerous non-skiing options available. Tubing (great for families) is available on Howelsen Hill for everyone to enjoy during the evening. Alternatively, try an unforgettable experience with Grizzle T Steamboat Dog Sledding, a spectacular way to see the surroundings. If you want to try something a little different, give the Bridgestone Winter Driving School a go for a fun and informative day (and practical if our country gets its usual 5cm this winter...).
When is best to ski Steamboat?
With its altitude of between 2100 and 3230m, Steamboat’s ability to keep snow year round is pretty darn good. Couple this with one of the highest average annual snowfalls throughout Colorado at 886cm, and you have yourself a winner. That’s not to say that the snow is guaranteed – you have to pick the right time to be in with a chance of finding that champagne powder.
Typically, between January and March are the best times to hit this ski area. In 2008 January had only five days with no snow, with the rest dumping between 2 and 35cm – the total snowfall for January and February was close to 6 metres. Even if you do get a poor snowfall during your stay, the 375 acres of artificial snowmaking technology will allow you access to a portion of the ski area.
In addition, you rarely get major queues to the same extent you’d find in the big resorts during the peak dates.
At any location, Christmas should be a jolly and fun experience. Christmas in Steamboat is magical, especially when their signature champagne powder sprinkles its way down for that all important white Christmas.
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With a huge range of options, from parties, eating, drinking and free, family friendly events, it’s easy to see what makes people come from miles around to spend New Year’s in Steamboat.
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With no equivalent holiday in the US education system, skiing half term in Steamboat is a dream. At the peak time of year with regards to snowfall and weather, the likelihood you have exceptional, fluffy snow is high.
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Colorado has always been famed for its fantastic spring skiing, and with its height, typical snowfall and geography, spending Easter in Steamboat is an exceptional experience. The range of possibilities in town mean that even if the conditions are poor, you’re more than likely to stay super busy for the duration of your stay.
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