Steamboat's a pretty cool place. The town seems chill. The mountain is awesome. The thing I like most about it are the glades, coming from Maine they always amaze me. Although it is a pretty touristy mountain, there are great spots that are kind of unknown. The powder is absolutely wonderful. I'd think it would be pretty hard to get lost on the mountain, there are trail maps available at the top of most lifts. As for the lift lines, it really depends on conditions/time of year. I've waited in line at the gondola for an ungodly amount of time, but it was on a holiday weekend. I bet there's some way to dodge the crowd that I haven't figured out yet.
Also, if you're coming from a hill with 500 vertical you'll be blown away with how long the runs are. You'll love it there.
This is all coming from an east-coaster, so my apologies if I seem overly excited about little things.