Through September 1, you may cancel your spot at any time and receive a full refund. After September 1, the following cancellation fees apply:

For cancellations received from September 1 - October 31, $200 fee. For cancellations received from November 1 - November 30, $500 fee. After December 1st: no refund. These fees apply regardless of other SKI BUMS trips for which you are signed up or would like to sign up, and regardless of our wait list status.

View the full SKI BUMS cancellation policy or submit your cancellation >
Buy travel insurance. We cannot stress this enough.

A travel insurer can provide a refund even when SKI BUMS cannot. Just in case you need to cancel your trip because of work or health reasons, you should purchase travel insurance within 30 days of your initial trip deposit.

There are many travel insurers. We especially recommend
$1199 per person for double occupancy

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$1799 per person for single occupancy
(there are limited single occupancy spots available)
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Upon arrival in Steamboat, all participants receive a detailed itinerary with meeting times, events, & helpful tips. Here is an overview of our trip, to help you think through scheduling, packing, etc.
Wednesday is a travel day. After arriving in Colorado, you'll probably want to head directly to our hotel. (See "Ground Transportation," above.)

After checking in, take some time to relax, hydrate and soak up the mountain atmosphere! Pick up equipment rentals, explore the village and have a bite to eat.

The official SKI BUMS fun begins at 8 PM. You'll meet the other BUMS at our welcome reception and meet & greet at the hotel. Our trip leaders will hold a brief welcome and info session, and you'll receive your lift tickets, SKI BUMS member tags and the official trip itinerary.
Our trip leaders design an itinerary that gives you the best way to explore the terrain and get to know your fellow BUMS. It's published in a printed handout and updated on a devoted Twitter feed, with up-to-the-minute announcements you can receive on your cell phone.

The on-mountain adventure begins bright and early on Thursday. We divide into skill level groups that help you identify the other skiers and snowboarders who enjoy the same terrain that you do, and then we divide and conquer the mountain!
Learn about our skill level groups. >

Each day, we'll explore the mountain within our groups, then gather as a group for lunch, and après-ski. In general, you'll spend most of the day in a smallish group of four or five skiers or boarders -- but that's up to you. The BUMS are a social crowd, so it's always easy to find others to join in the fun.

You and your group will set your own pace, and it's common to mix it up with a few different groups throughout the week. This is your vacation, so you're always free to break away and do your own thing.

Thursday, we'll dine together at our hotel -- this meal is prepaid. Friday night is free for you to enjoy as you like -- you may want to journey to the
hot springs, head out on the town with your new friends, or take a night to chill out at our hotel. On Saturday, we'll celebrate our final evening with a delicious dinner at Cafe Diva, one of the best restaurants in town.

Wednesday, January 22 to Sunday, January 26 2014
Stylishly renovated in 2010, the ski-in, ski-out Sheraton Steamboat is our home for four nights. It's a comfortable, convenient spot located right at the base of the resort. The rooms are spacious, the decor is inviting and comfy and the daily breakfast is delicious. It's a solid, stylish property. Amenities include an outdoor heated pool and hot tub, complimentary ski valet, steam room and a full-service spa. Learn more >

You may select single or double occupancy. Single rooms have one king; double rooms have two queen beds. We're happy to arrange roommates for you
(see Roommates, below).
Your trip includes a three-out-of-four day lift ticket; we'll be skiing and riding on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Note: If you or a travel partner do not ski or snowboard, we can remove the lift tickets from our package; contact us to make arrangements. (See "non-skiers," below.)
Your stay includes a daily hot breakfast buffet at our hotel; it's pretty great. Nice selection.

We're also including a
pre-paid dinner at one of Steamboat's best restaurants on Saturday night. This meal is included; you'll simply pay for your drinks.
Four night stay in Steamboat, double or single occupancy accommodations | Three day lift ticket | Four breakfasts and one dinner | Two professional SKI BUMS trip leaders
As with all SKI BUMS trips, space is limited, and this trip will sell out!

You must be a registered member to join a SKI BUMS trip; only those who sign up via the SKI BUMS website may join us.

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We are happy to arrange roommates for you. Typically, half of our participants ask us to match them up with a roommate. We'll ask a few easy questions and accommodate your preferences.

Single occupancy: a limited number of single occupancy slots are available. (If our signup form permits you to select one, then a single occupancy slot is available for this trip.)
About half of our participants rent skis or snowboards -- in part to avoid traveling with extra bags. Rentals are not included in our trip price; you should budget about 30 USD per day for rentals.
We recommend this trip for all levels of skiers and snowboarders*. On ALL SKI BUMS trips, we begin by dividing into skill level groups so you can identify those who enjoy the same terrain that you do. See how our groups work >

*Beginner: We cautiously recommend this trip for beginner skiers and beginner snowboarders. Here's why: there's very little beginner terrain at Steamboat; only 14% of the mountain is marked with a green circle. That said, Steamboat is home to one of the USA's very best ski and snowboard schools, and the learning areas are really fun. Moreover, there are a ton of other winter activities here (see "non-skiers," below). If you're a new skier or boarder, please enroll in daily lessons via the Steamboat Snowsports school.

Intermediate: Steamboat is a great resort for intermediates. You'll enjoy the wide open trails and picturesque views on the groomers, and if you're ready to advance to the next level, it's the perfect opportunity. Steamboat is famous for abundant dry powder in January, and if we get lucky with a big snowfall, this is excellent terrain for experience the child-like joy of falling down in fluff.

Advanced: Black diamond BUMS get extra giddy at Steamboat; it's a mountain with lots of hidden nooks and crannies that reward exploring. The glades and tree runs are famous for a reason; the pines are beautifully spaced out on a hill that maintains a perfect pitch. On a low-occupancy week like the one we've chosen, powder days reward you with freshies long into the afternoon. 44% of the terrain here is advanced, offering up vast playgrounds of challenging fun.

Expert: Steamboat gets its knocks for its lack of true steeps; this isn't the kind of terrain that puts a lump in your throat. Instead, you'll be able to charge through trees, Plinko-style, without worrying about launching off a sudden unexpected cliff. Experts undeniably love Steamboat, but if you're looking for an adrenaline rush, consider our trip to Alaska, Chamonix or Snowbird.
If you would like to book additional nights in Steamboat, contact the hotel directly. SKI BUMS cannot assist with trip extensions, and we cannot provide roommates for those who are booking additional nights on their own. We do encourage you to coordinate with other trip participants, and our Facebook page is the most enjoyable way to do so.
Air transportation is not included.

Hayden Airport (HDN) is the nearest airport, just moments from Steamboat. (To save on airfare, there are shuttle services from Denver; see Ground Transportation, below.) We will have participants who are flying in from multiple destinations, so we do not recommend any one particular flight. Our trip officially begins with a meet & greet cocktail reception at 8 PM at our hotel on Wednesday night.


Click here to view the winter air schedule & routes into Hayden Airport >

ARRIVAL | An early afternoon arrival is best; if you arrive before our guaranteed check-in time (3 PM), the hotel can happily store luggage for you while you take some time to explore the resort.

DEPARTURE | You'll be free to head out anytime on Sunday. If you'd like to stay extra nights, you'll need to book your extension directly with the hotel.

Connect with the other BUMS on Facebook if you'd like to coordinate travel with others.
+ Wed Jan 22: Travel day: fly to Colorado; check in at our hotel after 3 PM

+ Thu, Fri & Sat: ski & snowboard at

+ Sun Feb 23: Travel day: check out at our hotel, return flights home
Cars won't be necessary during our trip. There are several ground transportation options; we recommend Go Alpine, which offers transfers from Hayden and Denver. Be advised, however: the road from Denver can make for a long drive when it's snowing. It's 3 1/2 hours on a good day.

View rates and reserve online >
Air transportation | Ground transportation to Steamboat | Lunches | Three dinners | Skiing or snowboarding instruction | Equipment rentals
Airfare booking tips:

Set up a price alert at, and watch fares for a while before buying.

How to set up a price alert >

Fares often fluctuate for flights to HDN by as much as $200; a Monday return may provide extra savings.

Sunday's our travel day; we'll check out of the hotel and go our our merry way. Some participants will opt to remain in Canada for more sightseeing -- or to score better return airfare -- feel free to post a message on our Facebook Wall if you'd like to coordinate travel with other BUMS!
Our rooms are guaranteed after 3 PM Wednesday. You'll simply visit the front desk and check-in under your own name. if you'd like to arrive earlier, the hotel can store your luggage for you.
Discover one of America's most treasured ski resorts.

When it comes to the pursuit of great skiing and riding, getting off the beaten path is a smart way to go. Fewer crowds means more fresh tracks. Far from the heavily trafficked I-70 corridor, Steamboat offers up some of America's very best skiing and riding.

SKI BUMS visited Steamboat in 2010 and instantly fell in love; we've been eager to return. For this year's trip, we've chosen the week just
after MLK weekend, when powder storms are plentiful and crowds are extra low. With a comfortable ski-in, ski-out hotel right on the edge of the slopes, this year's trek to Steamboat promises to be an guaranteed highlight of our season. And we've scored a phenomenal value. Join us!

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This trip is a great choice for those who do not ski or snowboard and would like to join us. Steamboat Springs has an incredible array of fun winter activities; Outside Magazine ranks it #1 in the nation for off-mountain fun. Simply contact us to arrange a custom trip without lift tickets included.
We want to make it easy to connect with other SKI BUMS members who have signed up for trips -- or are thinking about coming. New this season, we've got specific Facebook groups dedicated to each major trip, and they're open to anyone.

If you're curious about this trip -- or want to see who's coming, simply
sign up here >

Our main Facebook fan page is a fantastic way to keep an eye on all the fun we're having. Our Twitter and Tumblr will keep you up to date on the latest news. We host cool trip videos on Vimeo and pics on Flickr. And on Spotify, we curate fun-loving playlists that are perfect for the slopes!
We expect a number of our Colorado-based members to join this trip. If you live in Colorado, be sure to sign up for free SKI BUMS membership. If you'd like to coordinate a carpool from Denver, a message on our Steamboat Facebook group is the perfect way to start the conversation. If you have a season pass, etc., simply contact us and we'll set up a Custom Trip for you. Take note: there are a limited number of Custom Trip spots available, so contact us ASAP to make arrangements.