Steamboat is a remote ski town with surprisingly a lot to do even if you don’t ski or snowboard. If you are visiting Steamboat, especially in the winter, knowing what to expect both on and off the mountain will help you plan the perfect trip.
Steamboat is incredibly family-friendly. The childcare, ski school, family lodging options and activities for children, make it one of my favorite winter travel destinations.
How to get to Steamboat, Colorado
The biggest downfall to Steamboat, especially when traveling with children, is that it is hard to get to. Unlike other Colorado resorts, like Breckenridge, Copper or Vail, which are within a two hour drive from Denver, Steamboat is a bit farther. It’s about a 3 1/2 to 4 hour drive from Denver. That drive can be a bit treacherous if there is a lot of recent snow which can cause slick or even closed roads.
Driving isn’t your only option though, you can also fly into the small town of Hayden (Yampa Valley Regional Airport), which is only a 30 minute shuttle or car ride from the base. The caveat is, it’s a small airport so very few cities (11 as of Winter 2016) offer direct flights, and airfare can be a bit expensive. But I would definitely recommend flying into Hayden rather when white knuckling the steering wheel on the drive from Denver. By the way, the distance from Denver can actually be a good thing. The mountain tends to be less crowded than some of the other Colorado resorts! (More about this in our mountain guide.)
Atmosphere in Steamboat, Colorado
One of the most positive aspects of Steamboat is definitely its family-friendly feel. It offers a variety of terrain and a world-class ski school, and there is always something going on at the base.
My husband and I have skied together since we started dating, and we’ve visited numerous resort towns. Now that we have a child who will be learning to ski in a few years, this resort may quickly become my favorite ski town! Here are a few of the reasons why.
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