Reading a recent SKI magazine reader poll has me curious...what do you consider Steamboat's pluses and minuses as a ski destination? I know a lot of this depends on individual preference, experience, etc., but I imagine there must be sone general positives and negatives. We have never been, and we chose it for our upcoming vacation in March for the following reasons: ease of access for us (direct flight to Hayden from ATL), lower crowds due to distance from major airports, laid-back locals, Western character, affordable and convenient lodging, highly praised ski school and the Kids Ski Free program.
The poll respondents dinged Steamboat for lack of challenging terrain, but since we are novices that's not a concern for us. (I'm sure the results came mostly from experienced skiers, and, like all polls, should be taken with a big old shaker of salt.)
But I'm interested. If you were to name the areas in which Steamboat (both resort and town) excels over other CO ski destinations and the areas in which it could use improvement, what would you say?