An Avid Skier’s First Holiday to the USA!

skierI have been an Owner since 2008 and have had fantastic stays at Golden Beach, Port Douglas,  Ballarat and Sydney, but as an avid skier, this is about my holiday to WorldMark Steamboat Springs Colorado Feb 4 – 13 2010, my first USA resort stay.

The journey started with a 6 day stop at Telluride, then on to Steamboat, arriving on the Friday evening after a minor flight delay. It started snowing just after arrival and snowed for 5 days… 3 and a half feet of beautiful powder, a skiers dream.

For a start, I must say that the pictures on the web page don’t do the resort justice, as there are 5 apartment buildings instead of the one, plus the reception/administration building which housed the pool, gym, spa, games room and a business centre.

Our 2 bed apartment was spacious and comfortable with a good size kitchen, your own washer/dryer and balcony (mine had the view over the valley). Dotted around the resort were more spas/hot tubs and bbq’s as well as a seasonal outdoor pool and sports area. The apartment buildings had underground parking as well as outdoor parking.

All the staff were very friendly and dedicated to help with any query or concern making the stay very relaxing …. (well apart from the skiing of course), which leads me to the mountain.

A very good resort which caters for every level skier/boarder competency, great runs, ample lifts with little congestion, great restaurants/pubs and fantastic scenery and legendary snow

The resort is affectionately called the Village at Steamboat and has their own shuttle service of 2 vehicles that run to the hub of the ski resort (in winter at least) every 20 minutes from 7.30am to 5.30pm.

A short walk will get you to a shopping precinct of supermarkets, restaurants, and most other types of outlets and eateries and the free local bus service which takes you to downtown Steamboat (about 10 minutes ride) where every thing else happens, as we found out.

Steamboat holds a winter festival in early February where they close off the main street and have an assortment of events using the horses and riders of the local Cattleman’s Association and participants on skis and would you believe it … snow shovels!!! They also have a ski jump competition close by. Aside from the normal attractions there are two hot springs in the area to choose from to relax in after a hard days activities, Strawberry Park hot springs is a little out of town but worth giving a go.

All in all it was a fantastic ski holiday and would highly recommend Steamboat Springs as a destination what ever season you choose to go.

Cheers and happy holidaying,

Dave

 

Editor’s Note: Want a skiing holiday a little closer to home? Stay at your resort in Wanaka, New Zealand, conveniently located near two spectacular ski fields. Go to Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Wanaka for more information.

Wanaka, New Zealand

Wanaka, New Zealand

 

 

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