I’d like to add something to the saying, “Wherever you go, there you are,”…before you go, think location.
I have had some wonderful opportunities to review Colorado ski resorts this year and all were absolutely amazing! Each of the accommodations have been fabulous, and I would recommend all of them to my friends, but I have developed a true appreciation for not only the ski-in/ski-out luxury, but the difference that location can make.
Bear Claw Condominiums
Bear Claw has an ideal location, on the main mountain of Steamboat Springs Resort, just below the Christie Peak Express mid station. This means that you can walk out your back door, gear up and ski on down to the base – no gondola rides, chair lifts or navigating the runs to find your way back to the epicenter of it all – you’re staying right there! This was particularly convenient for us because our kiddos were taking lessons at Steamboat’s Kid’s Vacation Center (KVC) at the Gondola Square. The KVC entrance was just down the slope from our condo; so we were able to ski-in for lunch, back out to check on the kids and onto the lift – without feeling like our ski time was ticking away.
Other aspects of Bear Claw Condos that I loved (random order):
- Parking garage with free shuttle service – it’s so nice to not worry about parking!
- Full kitchen amenities, including pantries stocked with supplies – we didn’t have to run out for syrup, coffee or sweetener (just some of the things we tend to forget, ha)…it’s nice to avoid the markup on food prices in ski towns.
- TVs in every room – this is a favorite on behalf of my kids – they can’t get enough of movies in bed, and that’s exactly why we don’t have this offering at our house.
- Sauna in our condo – clothing optional, no creepers – I like it.
- Beautiful, heated outdoor pool (mountain view) and two, toasty hot tubs – loved the seating along the edge of the pool – relaxing option.
- Ski-in/ski-out – need I say more?
- KVC at the bottom of the hill – check on the kids and still have time to ski.
- Après ski appetizers, complements of local Steamboat restaurants – in the Bear Claw lounge at 4:30 every day.
Excellent Customer Service
Staff at Bear Claw was extremely helpful and professional. Our daughter, being an affable critic, provided the ultimate test in customer care – she decided to throw a monumental fit over who pushes the elevator button, and while busy stomping and screaming, the elevator doors closed in her face and the rest of the family rode down to the parking garage – belly laughing the whole way. It really isn’t our family culture to laugh at another’s misfortune, but the natural consequences of this one was just way too funny! So, dad sprinted up the stairs as I rode the elevator back to the lobby to find a gracious concierge consoling her and patiently waiting for us to make our way back to claim our daughter.
Kid’s Vacation Center (KVC)
Steamboat Resort offers a variety of ski and snowboard classes as well as care for kids as young as six months, so it’s a great destination for families with kids of all ages. The Kid’s Vacation center underwent a recent expansion including a 40% increase in space – an approximately 3,000 extra sq. ft. addition to accommodate families. The facility is beautiful and very kid-friendly with a fun, western theme. Check-in has been streamlined with eight new additional kiosks to help the process flow quickly.
Our three-year-old participated in the Maverick’s class which included two one-hour ski lessons in small group sizes. Lunch was included and no lift ticket is necessary, as the class is held on the magic carpet area of the slope – super cute to watch the little ones as they do their best to steer down the hill. My daughter’s items were well labeled at check-in, and I received a pick-up card with her name for the end of the day.
Our seven-year-old received snowboarding lessons in the Rough Riders class – available to children in 1st grade through age fifteen. His class included lunch and had a well-marked meeting/pick-up location at the top of the magic carpet. He had a great time expanding his snowboarding skills to toe-side techniques and spinning 360’s (not part of the lesson but he did see his instructor do this “super cool” trick.)
Both kids greatly enjoyed their lessons and time with new friends. Learn more about the different types of lessons offered at Steamboat at http://steamboat.com/plan-vacation/family.aspx.
Get your kids excited for their experience on the slopes at Steamboat with Snow Monsters, Steamboat’s Kid’s Only Website http://steamboat.snowmonsters.com/.
Learn more about Bear Claw Condominiums at http://bear-claw.com/.
Our trip to Steamboat Springs was an epic ski adventure! My appreciation and thanks to Bear Claw and KVC for hosting us, loving our children and making our stay one to remember. We look forward to a return adventure!
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