Hi Folks, So here's the deal - was considering doing another trip to Steamboat so I asked the owner (nice guy, been great to deal with and very fair in terms of pricing etc.) of the property we have stayed in previously if he was willing to consider us staying again and he was......but.....his family might use the place over Christmas and New Year. So he comes back with family will use the place a week over Christmas and New Year and I'm thinking OK that's not so bad (wishful thinking maybe ) I can plan around that so I see some cheap Air New Zealand flights into Denver and I grab them. Guess I'm committed (into Denver at least) so time to start looking at options for a week in that Christmas and New Period then I get an update.....actually its a bit longer....BUGGER!! So now I need to look at options for 10 nights - this was knowing 7 nights was going to be an expensive pain in the backside which to be honest should have stopped me committing to the flights, but you know - I wanted to head back to Steamboat. Anyway, thought I would come and ask the ski.com.au brains trust to give me some ideas and options. I have been hitting up contacts and making enquiries in regards to trying to get alternative accommodation for the duration of my stay (flights have me arriving Denver on the 29th November and departing on the 22nd January - so a reasonable US stay). So far not coming up with any suitable options but I keep trying.... Given I could stay pre and post that Christmas and New Year period where I have stayed previously I have been trying to make enquiries for a 10 night stay over that period in Steamboat and...... .....Bloody hell!!! Seriously outrageous quotes so not sure this is going to be an option (@absentskier - you have had a cast of thousands at your place - how are you looking this Christmas/New Year - we will take under the stairs ). If we ski Steamboat (and right now if I don't sort something that suits and is within budget will look at alternative options - will mean my cheap flights will no longer be cheap but other destinations would no doubt offset that - Steamboat isn't the cheapest destination and US generally is going to be expensive more expensive than say Canada given exchange) we will have IKON passes so could go to anther IKON resort but then I'm in the same boat trying to sort accommodation over that crazy expensive Christmas and New Year period. It could be an option? Fly somewhere else (non snow)? Flights are probably going to be problematic (expensive) over the period and if we did NY or LA (maybe finally take my kids to Disney Land) aren't I just going to have the same issues with accommodation (scarcity and price)? What would be some good destinations over that period? Had thought about a grabbing a car in Steamboat and doing a road trip? Where? Are car hires more expensive over the Christmas and New Year period? Anyway as I said - give me some ideas people Gotta be honest and say who travels over Christmas and New Year? Think I have been spoilt in the past - in terms of skiing that's a period I want to avoid (because of crowds etc. on the hill and in fact on the odd occasion haven't skied due to crowds and how busy it is but you can do that when you are there for awhile). Thanks in advance and will look forward to hearing some ideas (I'm already in trouble for booking flights having me away 54 days so this little hiccup in accommodation has me decidedly in the bad books).