Even though Steamboat is among Colorado’s more remote destination resorts, an airport expansion in nearby Hayden makes it easier to get here. And powder measured in feet makes it easy to linger. But where to stay? For discerning travelers seeking a luxury escape, choices were few—until recently. New resort owners and a base village overhaul have enhanced Steamboat’s lodging options. New upscale properties have opened their doors, and older ones are getting face-lifts. Prepare to indulge.
Three hundred yards from the Silver Bullet Gondola, the Bavarian-style exterior and copper-topped clock tower of Steamboat’s first boutique hotel stand out against the mountain’s white backdrop. Each of its 23 two- to four-bedroom condominiums has a gourmet kitchen and dining area opening onto the living room’s plush sofas and sandstone fireplaces. Greet the morning with coffee on your balcony or join guests in the lounge for a complimentary continental breakfast. Après-ski, soak sore muscles in the master bath’s whirlpool tub. $599–$1,599; highmarksteamboat.com; 970-879-8744