SKI - - WEST - — G.D.

When it comes to Steam­boat, read­ers seem split be­tween those who come for the “great­est tree ski­ing in the world” and those who love the “real cow­boy town at­mos­phere.” Which ba­si­cally means you can’t go wrong ei­ther way. Steam­boat con­sis­tently of­fers some of the best crowd-free (crowd-light on busy days) turns in Colorado. The moun­tain tends to be un­der­rated by the state’s hard­core ski bros, but laps on the Storm Peak Ex­press, then over to the Pony Ex­press, de­liver the goods, as do the short but sweet Chutes 1-3. And if you like glades (and who doesn’t), this is your happy place, with more than 60 per­cent of Steam­boat’s ter­rain rated as tree ski­ing. Steam­boat wins Top 10 rank­ings in Din­ing, Lodg­ing, Ser­vice, and Kid Friend­li­ness, with it all rolling up to the over­whelm­ingly fre­quent reader ex­cla­ma­tion of “au­then­tic, with no at­ti­tude!” One reader sums up the place nicely, not­ing “We con­sider Steam­boat our home moun­tain, even though we don’t live there.” And stand by for the new KSL/Aspen own­er­ship to roll out some sweet new passes next sea­son and fi­nally start spruc­ing up the bland base area.

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