It's all here, from Wild West BBQ, to Tex Mex and French. On the mountain the Tug Boat is good for après-ski eating, drinking and dancing, as is the Bear River Café. In town try the intimate Café Diva for a romantic meal, but for more hearty fare, the Creekside Café is open all day, serving huge breakfasts, Italian food and rare meats. We found the biggest steaks at the Old West Steakhouse. Choice of over 60 restaurants in Steamboat and Steamboat Springs. The Margaritas at Rio's are so strong you're only allowed three in one evening. For a more authentic beer, try the Steamboat Brewery, or the Steamboat Smokehouse, which has glasses so large you need both hands to lift them, and with peanut shells littering the floor, it can be a tricky journey back to your table. Antares has gourmet dining if you've deeper pockets. Club Levelz pumps out techno and house music until the early hours, and party animals among our reporters recommended the Inferno and the Slopeside Grill.
You won't be bored, with ice-skating, horse riding, indoor climbing, sleigh rides, ice-climbing and ice-fishing. Kids can have fun with the town history at Pioneer's Museum.
Beginners are advised to reserve ski school at time of booking as places can become restricted especially during peak periods. The Torian Plum is a great choice for near-doorstep skiing and plenty of nearby activities.