If you’ve ever wanted to ski with an Olympian, Steamboat is the place to do it. I always try to jump in on the almost daily “Ski with Billy Kidd.” He was the first American male to medal in alpine skiing winning the silver in 1964. Check the sign at the top of the new high-speed gondola to see if Billy is skiing. I guarantee he’ll make you feel like an Olympian, just like he makes me feel like superstar skier Lindsay Vonn. If you want to learn how to tackle the bumps, ski with two-time Olympian and bronze medalist Nelson Carmichael. His wife, Caroline, a two-time Olympian, gave me one of the best ski tips I’ve ever gotten. At the top of a run or if you encounter intimidating terrain, just focus on one turn at a time, instead of the whole run. It’s a tip I’ve used over and over on the slopes. For beginners, you’ll find a plethora of green runs off of Christie Peak Express lift. For experts, black diamond Rolex is an iconic run along with dropping in from the top of Storm Peak and skiing the chutes of Christmas Tree Bowl. I love taking advantage of the morning sun and doing laps on runs like Tomahawk and High Noon off of the Sunshine Express lift. I’ve found powder stashes on Baby Powder every time I’ve skied the intermediate run.
For a leisurely lunch with spectacular valley views, ski over to Hazie's in Four Points Lodge. Indulge with their lobster mac and cheese, Kobe beef burger or smoked salmon croque madame. You can also enjoy a casual lunch at Stoker in Thunderhead Lodge at the top of the gondola. Order their grilled bacon mac ‘n cheese melt. You can ski off the calories. If you’d rather eat on the go, look for the Taco Beast, a snowcat food truck. For lunchtime locations, follow @TacoBeastSBT on Twitter.
There are two runs that make my perfect ski day. I hit both either after lunch, or after a hot chocolate warm-up break. Buddy’s Run was named after Steamboat native and ski icon Buddy Werner. To me, this intermediate blue run has it all. It starts steep then ends wide open, so you get the leg burn then get to just cruise as a reward. I almost always end a ski day at Steamboat with a final run on Heavenly Daze. The view from this steep intermediate run is, well, heavenly.