The Next Steps in Planning Your Steamboat Vacation

The number one priority in planning your vacation is finding the perfect vacation rental property to call home while you’re visiting Steamboat.  If you haven’t finalized your lodging, then stop now and Contact Us for help in finding the perfect place.

Once you’ve confirmed your lodging, it’s time to take care of some other critical pieces to your vacation.

1. Book Your Flights.  Just a little piece of advice–if you’re flying into Denver or Hayden, please try to arrive in the mid to late afternoon.  Many of the vacation rental properties will provide you direct access to the home, along with directions and a lockbox or access code.  Finding your location is always easier during daylight hours if you can make that happen.

2.  Decide on your transportation.  Will you rent a vehicle or take one of the shuttle services from the airport?  The answer to that question really depends on the location you chose for your vacation rental home.  Many of the in-town properties have access to the Steamboat Springs Free Transit system that is operated by the Town of Steamboat Springs at no cost to the rider.  There are many stops around town and you can see a map and routes on here.

If you decide renting a vehicle is the best option for you, make sure your condo or house has adequate parking, particularly if you will have more than one vehicle.  Many of the condos in town and some of the houses, only have space to park one or two vehicles.  Check out Steamboat Parking

3.  Reserve Ski and Snowboard rental equipment.  Our equipment partner has locations at the base and in town, and can even deliver your equipment to your vacation rental home.  Kids 12 and under rent free with each paid adult 4-day rental, and you can get a 20% discount on your reservation by using this link: Reserve Now

4.  Purchase your lift tickets.  Depending on the number of days you’re planning on skiing in Steamboat, purchasing online is generally the best savings.  All lift tickets are now sold directly through the Steamboat Ski Resort website, and they offer discounts off the walk-up window rate if you purchase a multi-day pass online.  Just follow this link to the order page: Lift Tickets

5.  Order your groceries ahead, and have them delivered.  While Steamboat does have full-service grocery stores–two being large national chains, and the other a local market next to the post office–both can get a little busy during ski season.  Local’s Tip: try to avoid going to the grocery store between the hours of 3pm and 7pm, as that is the busiest time of day, and please don’t bring the whole family or group.

A great alternative to going to the store when you arrive is to order ahead.  Jennifer and her staff at Fridge Fillers does a great job of doing the shopping for you and the small fee is worth it.  Check out all the details on their website.

6.  Make dinner reservations.  Many of the restaurants in town will accept reservations for larger families and groups.  If you’re planning a special night out, it’s a good idea to make a reservation as far in advance as you can.  Check out our Restaurant Blog to get a quick idea of some of the dining options we have in town and on the mountain.

And if you have questions about any of these next steps, please feel free to give us a call.  We are here to help!