You should be lucky enough to experience half term without the typical crush you find on most European slopes as the American schooling system doesn’t include a half term holiday, so get the homework done on the plane and prepare for a week on gloriously uncrowded slopes.
One of Steamboats marketing slogans is “families and kids are Steamboat’s speciality” and it’s easy to see the lengths they’ve gone to in proving this. The ski school is world renowned for its children’s lessons, with an unbelievable range available to ensure your child is in the correct age group to match their ability. If you want to maximise family time, ski Headwall, which is reserved for beginners, or check out the cat track “Why Not” leading into “Right-O-Way”, a long, not-too-taxing run back to the bottom of the mountain. There are 5 kid-only lifts on the mountain, as well as 2 kid-only learning areas, the Rough Rider Basin (a strictly no adults allowed ski trail/playground) and the kids’ Beehive terrain park. Just one last thing - past years have seen kids 12 and under rent and ski for free – check with the tourist office to see if this is still available.
There are a number of kid friendly eateries around town, perfect for filling up both little and large stomachs after a day’s skiing. Rex’s American Bar and Grill won the Best of the Boat award for family restaurant, offering a range of dishes to cater to numerous tastes - the kids will love its Brick Oven Pies (that’s pizza to you and I). Johnny B Good’s Diner comes in second, with its incredibly reasonably priced kids menu sure to leave your little ones feeling sated. If you want to have a grown up’s only meal, day or evening, then check out the Steamboat Babysitting Company to ensure your kids are in the best hands.
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