Trailhead Lodge

1175 Bangtail Way, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA
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Scout loves

  • The property has its own gondola, right outside the back door.
  • Universal furnishings in all the condos means you know what you’re going to get.
  • The studios are a great size, and the condos are quite spacious.
  • The lovely pool area features ‘grotto’ style hot tubs to add an element of privacy and ambience.
  • There is a good fitness facility on-site.
  • All of the studios and condos have fireplaces, washers, dryers and balconies. 

Scout tips

  • The location is somewhat removed from the action (but still very close).
  • Each condo comes with one underground parking spot.
  • A resort fee (or “reservation fee”) of 6.5% is charged by the hotel on Scout checkout, along with the lodging sales tax.
  • Views from some rooms do include the gondola – though it’s not noisy and does not have a big building.

SCOUT REVIEW

All right, we’ll be honest. When Scout visited Trailhead, we took one look at the outside of the building and wanted to run. Why, we asked, would anyone want to stay in this big building, separated from all the action, with roads circling all around it and right next to a giant parking lot?

This question was answered the moment we (somewhat reluctantly) stepped inside – and since then Trailhead has emerged as one of our favorite places to stay in Steamboat.

Unlike the many privately-owned condos that proliferate the area, all of the condos within Trailhead are furnished in exactly the same way. (Which makes a nice change from all the individually-owned condos Scout has seen – some tastefully decorated, but some bordering on horrific).

The best way we could describe the style is ‘simple, modern, urban and inoffensive’. Think: a color scheme of green and light brown, complemented with dark wooden floorboards, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Plus there are windows everywhere, letting in tons of light and providing mountain vistas in all directions. While they’re not quite the most spectacular views in Steamboat, every window generally frames something pleasant – whether it’s the slopes in the distance, or the valley, although occasionally that pesky parking lot gets in the view, but somehow doesn’t spoil it.

The condos are all large, and even the studio rooms would provide enough room for a couple to comfortably stay for a week. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get a bathroom with an enormous ‘wet edge’ bathtub, so you can enjoy a serious soak at the end of a hard day’s skiing.

And while, yes, the location is somewhat removed from the village base area (the indirect road system doesn’t help), a gondola has been built specifically to serve the guests at Trailhead, which is located literally just outside the back door. Your skis will be waiting there for you each morning, and then the gondola will whisk you to the ski base area in a matter of minutes. This makes Trailhead particularly convenient for families who want easy access to the ski school.

As an added bonus, now that the resort has added night skiing on weekends, the gondola will run during those nights – meaning it’s easy to access the village’s restaurants and bars without the need for a car or shuttle – that is, unless, you’re carving it up on the slopes. 

Who should stay here

Trailhead would suit couples or families wanting a condo that is convenient to the slopes, and who aren’t willing to risk the prospect of renting an apartment with hideous ‘mountain rustic’ décor. 

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