Overview: Last spring, I lured former college roommates west with promises of the ultimate ski vacation. One look at Pioneer Ridge’s Gondola Run property, and my hyperbole became reality: the house sleeps 16. Cobalt skies and bountiful snow also helped my cause.
Notable: A free, on-call shuttle delivered us to the lifts and collected us from après.
Our Take:C atch Steamboat between doses of featherlight powder. Ride horses with a fourth-generation rancher at Del’s Triangle 3. Sample the 21 kilometers of Nordic trails off Howelsen Hill. Or recuperate in one of the two major hot springs: Old Town and Strawberry Park.
Stay Here If: Your idea of five-star accommodation is family style. We gathered by the fire in a cozy living room, cooked meals in a gourmet kitchen, and reveled in a private hot tub.
Information: Peruse 150 properties managed by Pioneer Ridge online to find the ideal condo, townhouse, private home, or remote cabin. Gondola Run rates start at $2,450 a night. steamboat-springs.com —Olivia Dwyer
From the Early Winter 2014 issue.