I traveled to Steamboat last week to meet up with some friends and go skiing and fishing for a few days. Steamboat is one of of my favorite mountains in Colorado for a variety of reasons. First and foremost it is just out of reach for the average person from the Front Range/Denver area to drive to for the day. Drive time can take anywhere from 3-4 hours from Denver however, it is only about a 4 and a half hour drive from my home in Park City, Utah.
The mountain has a ton of terrain for every skier/rider ability and there is a solid amount of beginner intermediate terrain at the top of the mountain. What this translates to is that EVERYONE in the family or group gets to experience riding the gondola instead of being trapped down at the bottom of the mountain as is the case at many other ski areas. Another great aspect of Steamboat is the amount of off slope activities there are especially the choices in hot springs in and around the area. We chose to visit Strawberry Hot Springs located just outside of town as they are slightly less developed but be aware as it is clothing optional after dark.
We were fortunate enough to stay for three nights at the Phoenix located right on Apres Ski Way through Mountain Resorts. The Phoenix has seen a ton of updates in recent years. It received a new facade and the owners of our unit did a very tasteful job of updating the kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms. The kitchen was all stainless and the counter tops were granite. Bathrooms all had granite counter tops as well and the master had a great walk in shower with a double shower head. Jen and I even enjoyed a sauna located right in the master bedroom. The location of the Phoenix is awesome! You can either make the less than five minute walk over to the snow, or you can jump on the complimentary shuttle provided by the property to get you over to the lifts. The common area pool and hot tubs were awesome after skiing! Another nice aspect of the Phoenix is that it is located right next door to a small sundries/liquor store. The staff is very nice and the orange-cranberry scones are to die for!
We ate some wonderful meals and had some delicious drinks while on the trip as well. The first night we stopped on our way into town at Carl’s for some cocktails. It is a really nice open space with a huge bar in the middle. There is a separate dining room and we heard the food is pretty good. I had a couple beers and Jen enjoyed two Moscow Mules out of the traditional copper mug. The second night we went downtown again to Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill. This is one of my favorite spots in Steamboat to grab a burger and a salad…the house dressing is AWESOME and the beers are good…I recommend the home brewed root beer! The last night we decided to go out for a special occasion meal at Three Peaks for great steaks and seafood. Oysters followed by a NY strip and a salad topped off the trip…the food was great and the service was extraordinary! Our last stop was on our way out of town to the Creekside Café and Grill. This is a must and is worth the wait if there is one. I enjoyed a fresh garden salad and a bowl of the home made beef stew and Jen indulged in the Eggs Benedict…the dining room is relatively small but is packed with lots of character and locals.
One of the finest points of Steamboat is the laid back atmosphere of both the town and mountain. It is a very unpretentious and has some of the best skiing and fishing in Northern Colorado!