In recent years, Steamboat has focused a huge amount of resources on ensuring that families have the time of their life whilst staying in resort. Their slogan of “families and kids are Steamboat’s speciality” shows their dedication and focus on this market. Add to this that in past seasons, kids 12 and under have skied and rented equipment for free, and you have an absolute winner.
The ski school is world class – with past seasons seeing 10 types of lesson for children between the age of 2 and 6, and a further 6 types from the ages of 6 to 17 (which includes racing, freestyle, alpine weeks and day lessons), the sheer range on offer allows for fine tuning your kids experience level to those of others, and usually in groups of similar ages your cherubs will have a fun and friendly atmosphere to make friends. The Kids’ Vacation Center is a purpose built facility just for the little ’uns, providing a safe and convenient environment for day care or when they aren’t on the snow.
Beginner-only terrain and slow zones try and ensure the safest possible environment for beginners and young ones alike to ski in; stick around the Christie Peak Express for the best green runs in a number of slow zones, including Right-O-Way and Rough Rider Basin (a kids only zone). For a more confident brood, the Lil’ Rodeo Terrain Park will entertain those budding freestylers for hours. For families looking to cruise blues, hit up any of them off the Sunshine Express (especially Tomahawk).
Once the skiing stops, you won’t be short of things to do. You could be taking a dip in one of the hot springs in town, riding on the back of a husky sled taking in all the stunning scenery or popping over to Howelsen Hill for the family favourite of tubing.
We all know that grownups need their alone time for a bit of relaxation and pampering. To make this possible, the Kids Vacation Center is on hand to provide day care for kids between the ages of 2 and 6, allowing you to go explore the surrounding areas, or simply relax in peace and quiet. If you want a romantic dinner, once night skiing is opened (usually around Christmas) there is the option for 5 to 12 year olds to enrol in the Kids’ Adventure Club at Night; a camp setting, with films, food and games to keep them entertained.