Booking a ski trip means two things: great adventure with a great big price tag, right? Not necessarily. Book early or get clever and consider other ways to save money.
Rent a property and split the cost with family and friends. Condos in Steamboat have a wide range of accommodations to suit a range of group sizes and budgets.
- Save money on food and pack a lunch. Dining on the mountain is very expensive and if you are not staying in a ski in/ ski out location it can get pretty pricey eating on the hill every day.
- Buy multi-day lift tickets in advance. Daily lift prices are reduced the more you buy. Plus, did you know that kids under 12 years old ski free at Steamboat with a paying adult?
- Don’t rent a car and use resort shuttles. The City of Steamboat operates a free bus service between town and the mountain so you don’t need a car. It makes eating out taste all the more sweeter when no one has to drive home.
- Look for happy hour specials on drinks and food. Eat out at lunch-time and cook at the condo for dinner. Check out the free local newspaper Steamboat Today for daily specials and events.
- Don’t buy ski or snowboard equipment, which just keeps getting better every year. Rent gear once you arrive in town or pre-order and have it delivered.
- Spend a day in downtown Steamboat on Howelsen Hill, the oldest continuously running ski area west of the Mississippi, where you can Alpine ski, snowboard, cross country ski and fat bike. It’s compact which makes it perfect for family and groups of mixed ability to stay together. It’s inexpensive and on Wednesday nights you can try ski jumping.
- Pick up tips for free every day on the mountain and ski with a Steamboat Ambassador. Tours for intermediate and above level skiers leave from the top of the gondola at 10.30 a.m., just look for them in their yellow jackets.
- Travel at off peak times, which means avoiding school vacations and some weekends.
- Like us on Facebook and keep an eye out for last minute deals through the season.