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Member Monday: Skiing the Slopes of Steamboat Springs, CO

Global Discovery Vacations member Eric S. and his slope-loving family spent Christmas week in their ideal place: on the mountains of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Though they ski near their home in Pennsylvania, Colorado is a completely different experience. Read about his stay at the Village at Steamboat resort in this week’s Member Monday.
Member Monday: Skiing the Slopes of Steamboat Springs, CO

Where would you recommend a fellow member to go to?
Eat:
While we ate most of our meals in our condo, we did eat at some of Steamboat Springs finest restaurants while we were there. Our favorite restaurant for breakfast was Creekside Café. While not listed in the area dining guide, Creekside Café was a small, off-of-main-street wonder. Almost everything was homemade, even the fresh preserves to go on their homemade toasted bread.

For dinner, nothing compared to the 8th Street Steakhouse. While expensive (we spent $170 for our party of three), the steaks and side dishes were some of the best we have had anywhere. The three of us all had the Colorado buffalo ribeye at $35.95 each. The buffalo was superb and reminded us of eating a filet mignon, except for the buffalo was about twice the size.

The other restaurant we enjoyed was the Ore House at the Pine Grove. The Ore House serves steak and seafood. We had Christmas dinner there and found it to be very nice. The restaurant is a renovated barn and the decor went well with the food selections. While not as good as 8th Street Steakhouse, the prices were not as high either.

Shop:
While we did not shop much during the trip, my wife did buy western boots from F.M. Light & Sons. The boots were very nice and seemed fairly priced. The store had a lot of western wear for the choosing and the prices were similar to what we pay at home (Pennsylvania).

Have fun/attractions:
The primary reason to go to Steamboat Springs is the skiing. We have never experienced such diversity in trails offered. While I spent two days on Preview getting my ski legs under me, trials like No Way and B.C. Ski Way were easy, long runs, which I enjoyed. Our son, Christian, spent little time getting use to his snowboard and was on double diamonds (expert level) by the second day. In fact, Christian was on the backside of the mountain during five out of the six full days we were there.

village at steamboat

Resort/Condo Amenity:
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Village at Steamboat. The first unit was great as it had a loft with a bathroom for our son. When we found that the fire sprinkler was leaking, we had to move to a second unit in a newer building. While OK, the new unit was more like a hotel room than the first unit. We were disappointed in the change of units. However, the staff did give us options and were very helpful during the move.

Why did you choose this destination? Were you traveling for a special occasion?
Snow, snow and more snow. Steamboat Springs is a skier’s paradise. We ski predominately in the northeast and nothing we have compares to Steamboat. We arrived in Steamboat on December 19 because our son turned 21 the next day. While crowded due to being Christmas week, we all had a blast and would go again.

In addition to the wonderful skiing, the town of Steamboat Springs is an experience all its own. With restaurants, bars and a wide selection of specialty shops, Steamboat Springs offers a lot to do when not on the slopes.

What was your favorite memory of your vacation?
Our son turning 21 and skiing in one of the top resorts.

Any tips for a traveler to this resort or destination? Anything you think they should bring?
Be prepared for a trip you will want to return to again and again.

How long have you been a Global Discovery Vacations member?
Joined August 3, 2013.

Why did you join the club?
Wanted a hassle-free way of traveling and not wanting just another hotel room.

How many trips have you taken using your membership?
Six. We consistently take two vacations per year.

Why do you think traveling is important?
We have always enjoyed traveling. We believe that traveling increases your understanding of the world. Our trip to Italy was one of the best vacations we have taken, so far. We plan on continuing to travel as long as our health allows. Then, we will pass down our membership to our two children for them to enjoy.

Photo credits: Matthew Inden/Colorado Tourism; Village at Steamboat.

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