Steamboat's not anywhere close to an hour away from a major city. On a good day where you can haul ass, it takes 2.5 hours to get from Steamboat down to Denver. For what you want OP - you'd need to move to Silverthorn, Winter Park, Alice, Georgetown, Idaho Springs, Evergreen etc. All are within 30 -45 min or less of the ski areas and all are within an hour from Denver (or less) on a good day...Factor in snow and who knows how long it would take.
My personal advice would be to live in Evergreen or Idaho Springs. Evergreen's really close to the city (20 min) and it's got a little shitty ski area (jib park) that's 10 miles up the road (Echo Mountain Park)...So you could get your jib on 4 days a week after work and would still be 45 min from most of the ski areas on I-70. Idaho Spgs is 30 min from Denver and, again, Echo Mtn Park is 10 miles away. Loveland is only 30 min away from Idaho Spgs.
Cause the likelyhood of finding a decent job at this time of year in a mountain town is slim to none.
Last edited by Gnarly; 01-30-2009 at 06:31 PM.