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TSBI'd say the Boat, however they don't need anymore people in that small town. Also If it was me I'd prefer to ski Monday - Friday and leave the weekends to the tourists.
StaticSteamboat is wayyy bigger than Telluride. And neither one of those resorts gets too bad as far as lines go, except on pow days.
Steamboat gets more snow, Telluride has more steep terrain.
dan4060I have not skied Telluride, but I have skied Steamboat. I had fun there, but I would not go again. It has good glades and light snow but it is not a steep mountain. Telluride has a reputation for being very steep.
Put it this way: I ski Mammoth 3 weekends a month. I would consider a trip to Telluride, but I would never travel to ski Steamboat when I have Mammoth as my mountain. Full disclosure though, there are very few places I would take a trip to. Tahoe, Jackson, Whistler, Alta/Snowbird, Silverton, and maybe a few others.
FrozinballzThanks for the info.
Ive had many days at Mammoth and Kirkwood. Also skiid Alta and Snowbird as well, trying to figure out if Steamboat would get old quick. I live for the trees tho. Never been to CO
dan4060I got to ski great pow in the trees at Steamboat, but the tree skiing there is not as steep as the tree skiing at Squaw or Mammoth or Snowbird. I would not want to go from skiing the mountains you mentioned to skiing the boat everyday. I would if I found myself in that situation, and I would still have fun at Steamboat (I grew up in the east), but if I had my choice Steamboat is not what I would pick.
Can I ask what your work situation is? You say you are going to ski weekends, so not full on ski bum, but what factors are influencing this decision?
FrozinballzGotcha that makes sense. Hard to transition to a less steep mountain haha.
I don't really have a work situation, just going to send it and try to work the mountain or clean the shitters at a local restaurant and just do something different. Colorado interests me and I still want somewhat of a town and a cool area to live for a winter or 3.
dan4060My advice would be to try to work nights, wash dishes/wait tables tune skis or something, so that you can ski every day. If you are going to the mountains you want your time to be focused on skiing, not just skiing on weekends. I spent half a decade in Tahoe between college and grad school (thought it would be one year but you know how that goes, haha) and I worked nights and taught skiing part-time to maximize time on the mountain. You only had to give Squaw 25 days a year to get the pass so that is what I did. Usually all you had to do was show up on the hour, usually you wouldn't get a lesson so you could just go ski until the next lineup, then they would let you go early in the afternoon. The part-timers were only there to cover lessons when there were not enough full-timers. If you are doing this you want to ski as much as possible.
For pure skiing I would pick Telluride, but it is supposed to be insanely expensive. I would do as much research as you can to find out just what the living situation would be and how difficult it would be to afford day to day life and rent. Unfortunately those factors need to be a part of your decision. Some ski towns are expensive but have less pricey areas within 15 minutes so the locals are able to get by. I don't know if Telluride is this way or not, but you might want to try to find out.
Are you considering any other places? Or just Colorado. Personally I would rather ski bum in Tahoe than Colorado, although I can see people being scared off by the drought that broke this winter. You might want to check out Bozeman Montana. It is supposed to be a great town, it is a college town, and Bridger Bowl is very close. I'm not an expert on it, but it could be worth doing some research. If I were you I would see just how much you could learn about different places before making your decision. You might want to try the Teton Gravity Research forums. It is a bit of an older crowd over there, but lots of people who will have valuable information for you. Some of them will act like idiots, just like here, but don't let that bother you. Good luck.
Steamboat is totally full, we're not accepting any new residents, sorry. And like these guys said, it's totally flat, like you have to pole to get going, we barely have a park and the pass is super expensive. I wouldn't recommend anyone consider moving here.