Monthly Archives: March 2010

Summer at our Lodges: Need A/C?

Over the years I have had many guests ask Air conditioning during the Summer months?

Well that one is easy, Mother Nature takes care of that for us! Cool nights and moderate temperatures during the day make our Lodges the PERFECT location all summer. Also the Huge insulation log and Bavarian construction holds in the cool in the days and keeps the warm in, during the nights. Come out and experience our “Green” construction that gives you comfort.   


Posted by on March 10, 2010 in Lodge Orientation

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What are the Lodges outfitted with?

One of the favorite questions guests have before arriving at one of our Lodges is what do we need to bring? Well, we have tried to outfit our Lodges with all the conveniences of home so that you can spend your time with us building memories and not bothering with the problem of finding a cork-screw!

We provide all linens, towels and cleaning products. As a matter of fact if you’re with us a week of more you can pick up fresh linens mid-week if you desire. We know large groups often like to save by cooking family meals so we provide all the pots, pans and utensils that we could think of so you can prepare whatever you like.

Our family loves to Bar-B-que after a fun day of activities so we have charcoal grills for your use too.    All we ask is you bag the COLD ashes and put them in the dumpster so the animals don’t get into them. Yes, we have bears so ashes and all trash should be put in the dumpster daily to avoid problems!

A few years back a guest called me from the  lodge asking me what to do about the BIG bear on the porch…I explained that using the dumpster would eliminate the problem. Her comment to me was she thought I had been kidding about the bears!


Posted by on March 7, 2010 in Lodge Orientation, Ski Teams Love our Lodges

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I have a TWO  rules when our family is staying at Summit Peaks or Riverside Lodges, #1 drink lots of water and #2 Make sure you follow rule #1.

My rule of thumb is 8 liters of water a day or until ” your #1″ is clear! The Lodge sits at 9,245 feet above sea level and without proper hydration you are certain to have problems.

The other thing to bare in mind is avoid Diuretics, yes all the fun stuff…coffee, excessive alcohol, and even chocolate. (at least in the first days of acclimatization)  This is serious stuff and is the MOST common problem I have heard of over the years from our guests. With simple prevention this can  easily be avoided!


Posted by on March 4, 2010 in Lodge Orientation

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Discounted Rides from the Denver International Airport!

Many guests have asked  how to get from DIA to Summit Peaks and Riverside Lodges. My suggestions are two:  first, rent a car or SUV. Every national rental car company is located right at DIA. The second is use Colorado Mountain Express, and let the pros take you to our door step! Click on or paste this link in your browser and you get a 10% discount with your booking!!

It doesn’t get any easier for our guests! Enjoy!


Posted by on March 4, 2010 in Transportation

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Paul Bachhuber MN. 2000-2010!!!

Date: 05-30-2008
Super Bowl weekend is a great time to ski. For the past 25 years I have belonged to a group of 12 guys that have headed to the mountains for friendship and skiing. It has not always been easy to find a house big enough for 12 of us and having 12 separate beds. We have been going to Summit Peaks lodge for the last 8 years. It has a great location with its proximity to many different ski hills. The spacious living space is ideal for a large group. Several in our group enjoy cooking and we are able to utilize the well equipped kitchen for the production of great meals from chili to standing rib roasts. The table is big enough to seat all of us. Prior to finding this house we had tried others. Every one of us has stated that this is the preferred place to stay. The comment I hear the most it that its layout contributes the camaraderie and the overall fun experience. I highly recommend the facility as the owners make it simple and are flexible in booking your dates. Great value for you dollars.

Best Regards,

Paul Bachhuber
MN. 2008


Posted by on March 3, 2010 in Guest Comments

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Hunter, Nikkie, Gabby Iowa City IA.

We had a once in a life time stay at Summit Peaks. We especially enjoyed accessing the National Forest from the back yard! Our friendly Red Fox visited each morning and we heard there was a resident Moose, but never saw him/her! Our favorite activity was hiking in Wildflower Basin at 11,000 feet above sea level and it was only 15 minutes away from Summit peaks! The next best were the summer festivals at each of the resorts!

Thanks for the memories and we will be back!

Hunter, Nikkie, Gabby
Iowa City IA.

Posted by on March 3, 2010 in Activities for the Family, Guest Comments

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Julie, Bettendorff Ia.

To Say WOW would be an understatment. Our kids initial response was, “Is this whole thing just for us?” This full log “log cabin” was in its finishing stage of a complete remodel so every thing was new and with every amenity you would expect. The amount of space is enormous and would be great for a multi-family reunion, business retreat or any group needing some private bedroom spaces,large gathering spaces, smaller living spaces and 2 full kitchens. Our week there was in the summer, and we found everything to be within a 5-25 minute drive from the house including biking, white water rafting, hiking, horseback riding, and gold mining. This is a great location for the Silverthorne, Breckenridge, Dillon, Keystone and even Vail areas.

Posted by on March 3, 2010 in Guest Comments

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Tana, Littleton, CO

As a large family we annually rent over the New Year holiday. We have stayed in this home more than once, as it is our favorite. The common space is fantastic for group games and discussions. The bedroom layout is ideal for families. The central location in Summit County is a plus. In addition, the owner, Brad is great to work with.
Tana, Littleton, CO

Posted by on March 3, 2010 in Guest Comments

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Dave Warntjes, Burlington, WI

We just spent 4 nights with 40 relatives at the lodge. We rented the north and south lodges together. We stayed in July and planned on outdoor activities. Rafted the Arkansas River out of Buena Vista with Performance Tours – had a fantastic time. River conditions were perfect for our group, I guess faster water is available in June which we might look for next time but this was perfect for our first timers. Bicycle trails are FANTASTIC in the area. We brought our bikes along but rentals are available. Hiking trails are within walking distance of the lodge so you dont have to load everybody up all the time (as are the bike trails) and the various hikes are perfect for little kids up to experienced hikers. Shopping is readily available and close…I wanted to try the $4.95 Kobe Beef Burger and Happy Hour Specials at the Mint Saloon next to the Outlet but saved that for next time. The kids trout fished – the river or lake dillon is great but we just took them to a small stocked pond just north of the outlet mall about 1/2 mile just left of Blue River Parkway on Willowbrook. Caught enough for a fish fry!!!! Hot tub, scenery, hiking, biking, fishing, rafting, shopping, – we just couldnt get enough! (Copper Mountain just a few minutes away offers free chair lift rides in summer) At the end of the day, the lodge is perfect for large meal gatherings, card playing, board games. Bedrooms are QUIET. Mother Nature didnt completely cooperate – had some rare rainy days…that just offered an excuse to relax in/around the lodges. Next time we are hoping for a little more sun though. All in all, it was everything we hoped for.
Dave Warntjes, Burlington, WI

Posted by on March 3, 2010 in Guest Comments

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