Sorry to respond to this so late after the fact, but I just got back from Morocco last night.
Geoff wrote:On a powder day, I think they have the 2nd best tree skiing in the US.
You may feel that way, but I certainly disagree with you on that one.
I guess it's good news that the rfarren's of the world won't go to some of my favorite little ski areas because they don't have 3000 feet of sustained kick-ass vertical.
I dealt with that in the vert thread.
I guess I'm confused on how just under or just over 2000' of vert is
rfarren wrote:lacking in serious vert
. None of it double diamond of course but solidly diamond pitched for 3/4 of it at least.
I felt it lacked in vert because A)
It was advertised as 3,000 ft of vert. So I expected more.
B) I found the terrain somewhat tame. Long stretches of terrain although diamonds weren't particularly interesting, especially compared to the areas I hit prior (copper, Vail, Beaver creek, snowbird, Alta) on my trip last year.
I guess my bigger complaint was not the vert but the lack of really interesting terrain. The chutes were fun, but they are too much work for such little reward, especially when you consider the crazy flat terrain just at the bottom.... and if you make a wrong turn there you might as well take your skis off and start walking. The rest of the mountain seemed no better than Stratton. Some mountains ski big, and some ski small. For all the acreage that steamboat boast, I think it skis small.
BTW, the trail map for steamboat really doesn't represent very well how the mountain is laid out. IMO it makes it seem much more extensive than it truly is.