Steamboat or Breckenridge?

Oct 11th, 2012, 10:30 AM
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Families and kids are Steamboats specialty and I think it is a good option for you with young children and your history of altitude sickness. Even though the official celebration doesn't start until January,Steamboat is celebrating it's 50th season and the town excited and getting ready. Contact me directly with any specific questions about the area. [email protected]
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Oct 17th, 2012, 09:08 PM
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Just another questions. can anybody tell me what the drive between Steamboat Springs and Salt Lake city in winter (late December)... I have read alot about the drive from Denver to Steamboat but not the other direction to Salt Lake City. Thanks..
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Oct 18th, 2012, 07:57 AM
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If you are considering flying into SLC to ski in Colorado, you really ought to consider Park City. It is really close to the airport, in fact if you fly in early you can ski that same day. Park City is at a lower altitude and has a very western feel to the town. Just a thought.
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Oct 19th, 2012, 09:34 AM
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Good idea.
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Oct 20th, 2012, 08:07 AM
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Only place in the world I got altitude sickness was Breckenridge. Several rented a home and almost everyone had it.

No amount of OTC stuff worked & all went to MD. Took almost all week to get over it too.

Park City is a great option. Nice ski/out lodging at base ski area w/ an ice rink (not town itself but free shuttle to closeby)cute town, great food. Shuttle from Park City airport great and quick.Can get discount lift tickets same day of flight tickets.
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Oct 20th, 2012, 09:40 AM
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Salt Lake City is a LONG way from Steamboat--and in winter, the drive might be daunting. Ski in Utah if you're flying into SLC.
As for altitude sickness, we go to Denver often (and it isn't real high), and then to the mountains. I have been sick in Denver more often than Breck or Keystone or Vail. I think my point is that it can be variable. You MUST MUST drink a LOT of water ALL the time. Our son just hands us a bottle of water when we enter the door!!
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Oct 20th, 2012, 02:41 PM
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Thanks everyone..
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Oct 20th, 2012, 05:35 PM
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Have you looked at a map? 'o)
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Oct 21st, 2012, 09:04 PM
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We have spent the last two Christmas seasons at Breckenridge and love it. I think the big difference is that most of the town of Breckenridge is all togethor & Steamboat is spread out between the town & the mountain. If your condo is on the mountain in Steamboat you will not be in the town. I bet there is transportation but you will have to wait instead of just walking in Breck. We live in Colorado so don't have altitude problems but that may be an issue wherever you go. Please do not overthink this or be alarmed by some of the comments here. Frankly, I am appalled at the negative comments on Breckenridge. There is a lot to do there for nonskiers(as I am) & your kids will love the trolley as mine have since they were toddlers. Breck is a very family oriented place & we have had great times there with our kids over the last 23 years. Many happy memories!
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Oct 22nd, 2012, 05:08 AM
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I agree. Breck is a cute little town--enough good food and good shopping for the time.
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Oct 24th, 2012, 12:06 PM
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I agree but PeaceOut is consistent. He/she doesn't like Breckenridge and never misses an opportunity rip on it. But it is just personal opinion. The comment about a mecca for medical injuries is off the wall. Have never heard that. Our family doctor skies there regularly. Eighteen people died last year on Colorado slopes - 0 at Breckenridge, 5 at Keystone. So maybe you should avoid Keystone. Half were on beginning slopes and the other half on expert slopes. Nine were caused by running into trees.

Given that Breckenridge is a hundred plus year old mining town with some of the original buildings still standing - just barely - it is about as authentic as it gets. And I am sure the several thousand local residents living there would be offended to be viewed as non real residents. But that is just my opinion.
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Oct 24th, 2012, 01:23 PM
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I thought someone died at Breck on opening day last year--as at Vail. We were there. VERY sad, but it happens. The one at Vail was an ER doctor!
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Oct 25th, 2012, 06:48 PM
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Steamboat seems more family friendly.
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Oct 25th, 2012, 08:28 PM
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I completely disagree with wannawander's statement about Steamboat being more family friendly and wonder where these comments are coming from. We have been to Breckenridge at least once a year for the last 24 year WITH kids and a few years before without. Has Wannawander been there once? I can't imagine a place more family friendly. With many condos, lodging is great for families. Being a town/ski area all togethor it is very easy to get from lodgings to skiing. Many restaurants are geared for families & I can give you suggestions. For nonskiers, the sledding hill is lots of fun and they have a great rec center. Also, there is a nice cross country skiing center. Shopping is always an option. In Colorado, Breckenridge has a image of completely being for families and many from Texas, the midwest take advantage of this quality. I think wannwander is confused with perhaps Vail or Aspen.

My final decision would be based on the time to get to the two areas. Breckenridge is so much easier.
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Oct 25th, 2012, 09:02 PM
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I just looked at another of wannawanders posts. Apparently she is a single wonman in her 40's, living in Washington DC. She is currently asking for advice on places to move to. So how does she know that Steamboat is more family friendly, has she ever even been to Colorado? I would suggest you take advice from people that have actually been there, many times.
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Oct 26th, 2012, 08:14 AM
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Betsy, I agree with you 100% but since she just signed on this month it looks like she is posting from her dreams and not experience. I would doubt if she has even been close to Colorado. In '68 we spent our first married Christmas in Breckenridge. It didn't leave a favorable impression on my new bride because it was super cold that week. Breckenridge certainly has changed a lot since those days but so has all of the ski areas. The Aspen of today (which we now tend to avoid) is nothing like the Aspen of the late 60s when it was actually affordable.

If OP wants to save money then she should look at Frisco. Those condos north of main street (and the creek) have very pretty locations. That would give a similar set up - location wise - to Steamboat. Remember, OP indicated that skiing was not a top priority.
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Oct 26th, 2012, 08:23 AM
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Frisco is a fun little town also. Our son's inlaws just sold the cabin we usually use near Silverthorne and bought one in Frisco. Looking forward to March!!
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Oct 26th, 2012, 08:56 AM
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We have constantly looked at property in Summit Cty and IF, big IF, we were to purchase anything it probably would be in Frisco just because of the year around location.
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Oct 26th, 2012, 10:43 AM
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My family spent a holiday weekend in Breck a couple of years ago, and really enjoyed it. Friendly, great skiing, and for me (I don't ski), good shopping, cafes, people watching, etc.
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Oct 26th, 2012, 11:15 AM
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Steamboat's "kids ski free" program is definitely a draw for some families. But they're ALL pretty family friendly, including Vail and Aspen (at least if you include Snowmass). All have their pros and cons, and everyone is going to have personal favorites, but you can't go wrong with any of them.
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