Ski-In & Ski-Out Hotels in Steamboat Springs

by Lisa Mercer Google

Ski-in/ski-out lodging in Steamboat Springs is more expensive than lodging in town, but worth it for obvious and subtle reasons. Nothing beats the convenience of having the slopes right outside your door. If you need to go into town, Steamboat has an efficient, free bus system, eliminating the problem of choosing a designated driver after a night of partying.

Resort Quest Lodging

Resort Quest specializes in managing condominium hotels at ski resorts. Guests staying at one of their Steamboat ski-in/ski-out lodging venues benefit from a 24-hour check-in desk and a private Resort Quest shuttle, which chauffeurs guests around the town. The Gondola Square Condos are located right next to the Silver Bullet Gondola, the kids' vacation center, the ski school and the Gondola Square Adventure Zone. Their two-bedroom, three-bath units sleep six people. Those seeking lavish ski-in/ski-out accommodations appreciate the three- and four-bedroom Ironwood Townhomes, with their cathedral ceilings, washer/dryers and wet bars. These town homes are 20 yards from the Headwall ski run.

Spa Hotels

Ski resort spa hotels serve two purposes. They offer services that help you relax your aching muscles at the end of a day on the slopes, and they appease your non-skiing significant others. Steamboat has two ski-in/ski-out spa hotels. The Steamboat Grand and the Sheraton Steamboat both have full-service fitness centers and spas, which offer massage, body treatments and facials. Both hotels represent a recent trend in ski-resort lodging, which combines traditional hotel rooms with multi-bedroom, condominium-style lodging. The Steamboat Grand has early- and late-season lift and lodging packages, which include lift tickets and breakfast. The early-season packages are available in November, and the late-season packages are available in April. Conditions vary each year, but most locals tell you that more terrain will be open in April. The Sheraton offers discount rates for Colorado residents, which, in 2010, range from $119 to $179. These rates require a Colorado driver's license.

Pet Friendly

If you hate the thought of traveling without your four-legged children, consider some of Steamboat's pet-friendly lodging venues. The Scandinavian Lodge and Condominiums, located near the Thunderhead Lift, offer pet-friendly accommodations with full kitchens, which feature heated pools, hot tubs and laundry services on the premises. The one- and two-bedroom units sleep up to six people.

Budget Lodging

Budget ski-in/ski-out lodging is usually an oxymoron, but the Ptarmigan Inn, located near the Christie Lift and the gondola, has rates as low as $139 (2010 price), including breakfast. Its rooms, decorated in pastel colors, have balconies with views of the mountains. The hotel has a restaurant on the premises as well as a heated pool and a ski valet to store your skis.

About the Author

My articles have appeared in Aspen Magazine, HerSports, The Professional Skier and other print and online publications. When I'm not teaching fitness or writing, I work at Copper Mountain and at the Breckenridge History Society.