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2305 Mount Werner Circle Steamboat Springs, 80487 us 970-879-6111 website:
Small-town vibe and some of the country's best snow combine to make Steamboat a must-visit.
By Samantha Berman

Reviewed by Samantha Berman

Nov 06, 2008

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+One of ski country’s best towns. Trees!

- Slow-moving construction at the base.

Laid-back. Genuine. fun. There’s arguably no other resort that surpasses Steamboat’s down-to-earth vibe, from Lincoln Avenue’s cowboy cafés to the easy-smiling barista at Gondola Joe’s. But don’t mistake a mellow rep for a lack of ambition. Steamboat Unbridled, a $20 million plan to revitalize the village with a pedestrian plaza, lodging and dining, is gaining traction. One Steamboat Place, a new slopeside property, and The Truffle Pig, its farm-to-table restaurant, elevate the resort and embody the direction it’s heading. Until then, the “genuine Rocky Mountain town” of Steamboat will fill in the gaps, with Bistro C.V.’s Colorado seasonal fare and Winona’s plate-size cinnamon rolls. On-slope, readers rave about “powder and trees. What more do you need?” Two Steamboat trademarks that never change. —Samantha Berman

On-Hill Lunch » At Ragnar’s, midmountain, the Reuben, topped with housemade Austrian blaukraut and melted Jarlsberg, is divine.

Family Activity » The Western BBQ, weekend nights at the top of the gondola, boasts a live band, dancing and games. (Hokey-pokey, anyone?)

Off-the-Map Trail » Hit the Johnny Chutes, in Christmas Tree Bowl. Steep. Beautifully gladed. Lots of fresh because it's hard to find. Ask a patroller.

GO: Where to stay

  • The Ptarmigan Inn

    Sacrifice a little glitz, but get friendly service and a super-close location.

  • The Steamboat Grand

    Right at the base of the mountain, the Steamboat Grand is convenient, comfortable and classy.

  • Eagle Ridge

    A small, cozy hotel close to the slopes.

Apres: Your guide to eats & drinks

  • Creekside Cafe

    One of the best breakfast spots in Steamboat Springs

  • Bistro CV

    Quality, fresh, local products prepared simply and deliciously.

  • Backcountry Provisions

    In Steamboat, where there is a sandwich shop on every corner, this places stands out.

reviews of Steamboat
My Rating:
BEAUTIFUL! Great skiing, great people, not crowded. Just a perfect place
My Rating:
Steamboat is a truly awesome place and very genuine. A few key points the story missed that are some more highlights are as follows: Paramount-best food at ski area and owners lee and Suzy are great! Fleischer Sport hands down for knowledge, equipment selection, atmosphere and customer service. Economy lodging is inn at steamboat- rad place super nice and as cheap as it gets for the quality of the room and includes Bfast. If u want something super good and unique go to three forks ranch and cat ski and don't waste ur time or money with anyone else unless you enjoy skiing on powder catwalks or skiing what the snowmobilers left over. Cafe diva is hands down best food so get in there first if u can. Truffle pig is a no miss place as well.
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