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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Steamboat Springs, CO


“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn." 
-John Muir

Happy Wednesday, friends!



As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I spent last week in Steamboat for a ski trip with my family. I wanted to share my tips and recommendations with y'all, as I know it is a popular ski destination!




WEAR:
Something w-a-r-m. It was below zero every single morning we were there. I wore Marmot pants, a Gerry jacket (I had outgrown my old ski jacket and found this one for under $100 at Academy - I was pleasantly surprised by how warm it was!), a Camelbak backpack, this base layer (similar top & bottom), and these socks
STAY:
We stayed at the Eagle Ridge Lodge. It was really close to the base of the mountain, and had easy access to all the ski shops and lifts. It also had 3 hot tubs, which were wonderful for the end of the day! Plus, it was nice that they had snacks laid out at the end of the ski day for everyone to grab on their way up to their rooms.

EAT:
We decided to make dinner in our condo for two of the five nights we were there. By the time you're done skiing for the day, you're absolutely exhausted and the last thing you want to do is get dressed up and go out. But, the nights we did go out, we went to:

Carl's Tavern - I had a burger and it was the perfect fuel for skiing the next day.  
La Montaña - My entire family ordered the Southwestern Enchiladas and they were so yummy. Their guac was also divine! (also you can make reservations online!)
Mambo Italiano - This was where we ate our last night there, and this was by far my favorite. I had the Chicken Milanese, which was basically a humungous arugula salad with the chicken part of chicken parmesan on top. It was delicious!

We made breakfast in our room each morning, and ate lunch on the mountain. They have several restaurants scattered around various "base" points, but I recommend:

Rendezvous - Get the Teriyaki chicken from the second floor. Carbs + protein will keep you going all day!
Thunderhead - I loved their gyro sandwich. I was not super impressed with their caesar salad, but I had the gyro a few times and found it to also be a good carb + protein combination.

Although these are both food courts, my family found this beneficial because we could all get what we wanted, and each dining option had multiple "stations" with different types of food.

DO:
Ski, obviously. We rented our skis from Fleischer Sports, and were incredibly pleased with both the quality of the skis and the service. We booked our skis online, and that saved us at least two hours of getting everyone fitted and ready to go. Furthermore, I cannot brag on the service enough, as Fleischer's staff was incredibly helpful, kind, and overall fun. 10/10 recommend using them!

If you're not up for skiing, you should definitely explore "downtown" Steamboat. There were a plethora of cute shops and restaurants, and there was also a tubing park as well as an ice skating rink and great shopping. 

TIPS & TRICKS:
1. Make dinner reservations as far in advance as possible. Steamboat is a tourist town, and as such, their restaurants get slammed really quickly. After skiing all day, you're exhausted and starving, and there is nothing worse than having to wait 2 hours to be seated at a restaurant.

2. DO NOT wear 2 pairs of socks. I made that mistake because my feet had been cold and I severely paid the price because I ended up sweating in the socks, then got really, really cold because the sweat froze. I do highly recommend little hand warmers and toe warmers. They go a long way!

3. Check in for all of your flights as soon as your airline will let you! I saw so many people get kicked off flights because of overbooking, and although I have major beef with every airline that overbooks, the best thing you can do is check in and make sure you have a seat assignment as soon as you can.

4. Mix lotion with argan oil. My skin got so, so dry, and mixing these two really helped. I use Cetaphil Cream and Josie Maran Argan Oil (on sale!).

5. Drink as much water as you can possibly handle. Your body will become so much more dehydrated at a higher altitude, and from moving around so much. You'll feel much better, trust me!

If you're planning a trip to Steamboat soon, I hope you enjoy! If you have any other questions, feel free to email me at victoria@memphismadeblog.com.



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