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Archive for May, 2010

Summit Peaks’ Top 10 Reasons to Visit us for Summer!

29 May

Top Ten Reasons To Visit Summit County this Summer:

10) 300 days of sunshine annually

9) World class Fishing

8) 5 Golf Courses within a 10 minute drive

7) Average daily high temp of 70

6) Endless Mountain Bike Trails

5) Endless hiking

4) Live Music!

3) BBQ’s every night!

2) Art and Film Festivals every weekend!

1) Breathtaking views around Every Corner!



 
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Frisco ..the next town West of our Lodges!

17 May

Frisco Colorado


The Town of Frisco is the Hub and Center of Summit County and has been since its founded in 1873; then due to its locale to many mines during the gold and silver rush of the late 1800s. Now, with its minute proximity to a half-dozen major resort areas, Frisco is the year-round, central location for enjoying all the Rocky Mountains of Colorado have to offer including its own Historic Park, Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area and Nordic Center, Frisco Bay Marina, Ten Mile Recreational Pathway, Town Parks and Special Events. With just under 2,800 full-time residents, the Town of Frisco remains the charming mountain town of days past, yet enjoys unique recreational activities and attractions along the shores of Lake Dillon, whatever the season, in beautiful Summit County Colorado.


Driving Directions

From Denver, Colorado:


  • Take I-70 WEST exit towards GRAND JUNCTION / IDAHO SPRINGS and drive for 58 miles.
  • Take CO-9 SOUTH exit towards BRECKENRIDGE / FRISCO, exit #203 and you are in Frisco, Colorado.

Frisco Mornings, my favorite things to do


Frisco Frisco Mornings, my favorite things to doMorning is my favorite time of the day. I love to get up and walk down the pedestrian-friendly main street in Frisco. Depending on what mood I may be in, I might stop by Pika Bagels and grab a coffee and a veggie eggman bagel sandwich. Other days I prefer to stop at the Butterhorn Bakery for a Hazelnut latte and a chocolate croissant and sit outside and watch the world go by. If I have a hearty appetite, The Log Cabin cafe is the best spot to fulfill my cravings. However, some days I just feel like relaxing, sitting on a couch, reading a book or the Summit Daily News and watching the sunlight grow on Mt. Royal. This desired relaxing spot is Rocky Mountain Coffee Roasters located on Main St. Frisco. Definitely the local hang out when you want a cup of Joe and a place to unwind.

Frisco Frisco Marina

While maintaining a small town community, a myriad of water activities can be enjoyed. Learn to kayak or sail with Osprey Adventures, located at the Frisco Marina. Rent a canoe to explore hidden coves and beaches and watch for the red-tail hawks, ospreys and occasional deer. Looking to catch the big one, motorboats are available to rent for the day. The best fishing spots are near the Blue River and Snake River outlets. Occasionally you might see a local sculling on the glassy, early morning waters of Lake Dillon. Those in a large group may like to rent a party barge and meander around the shores catching some rays. Whatever your preference, the Frisco Marina is the place to enjoy many water activities.
Osprey Adventures – 970.668.5573

Historical Frisco


The history of Frisco goes back to the Ute Indians who first traveled the region many years back. The first white pioneers were trappers and hunted the area from 1810 to about 1840. In the 1870’s gold was on the mind of men, women and children.

The town of Frisco was founded by Henry Recen and became the station for many miners. Frisco was known for its abundance of gold in the surrounding areas. Formerly known as Frisco City, the permanent population reached about 250 in 1882. The boom lasted until about 1918. The Depression stuck and the town of Frisco almost became abandoned. Remains of old building can be seen in Frisco’s Historical Park. Nineteenth century log cabins, including a chapel, private residences, and a jailhouse, have been restored and are on display right on Frisco Main Street. The current population is just about 2,800 full-time residents but brings about 3 million people to the area.
Buildings in the Frisco Historic Park:
· The Trapper’s Cabin
· The Niemoth Cabin
· The Ruth House
· The Staley House
· The Historic Jail
· Bill’s Ranch House
· The Log Chapel
· The Wood’s Cabin
· The Bailey House
· Schoolhouse Museum

 
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Dillon area…just next door!

17 May

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The Marina Tiki bar is excellent if the weather cooperates! This is a do not miss.

Dillon Marina


Dillon Dillon MarinaDillon marina is the hub of sailing activity. The Tiki Bar is definitely the post-sailing headquarters and a favorite summertime hangout. As the big-hearted winds gust in the afternoon, it is likely to see a fleet of J-24s racing around a prescribed course or a couple of sea kayakers coming in from a calm morning paddle.


Dillon Historical Dillon


If you can imagine no lake Dillon and three rivers coming together where a trading post and clusters of cabins might have existed, then you can imagine the first town of Dillon. This was the scene in the late 1800s until Denver needed water storage in the high country. The town had to relocate to the northeastern shore of the lake while the reservoir was completed in 1963. You can visit the town’s beautiful hillside cemetery that was moved from the former site. Now the lakeside mountain town of Dillon has a variety of amenities. One can find eateries housed in buildings from the Old Town of Dillon, microbreweries, a bowling alley, batting cages, Gart Sports outlet, and Saturday night summer concert/theatre performances in the Lake Dillon amphitheater. A trip to the old school house, which is now the Summit historical societys museum, is worth the visit to learn more about the area.


First rate family Summer fun with world class sailing, boat rentals, sailing instruction, racing regattas and at 9,000 feet in elevation, Dillon is home for the highest yacht club in North America.

Lake dillon has three rivers that empty into the lake:
1. Blue River:
2. Ten Mile Creek
3. Snake River

If you like fishing you will love fishing the high country and Lake dillon. You can stay on the lake or try one of the three rivers that feed Lake

Dillon Dillon Marina
 
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Silverthorne information!

17 May

Of course you know we are partial to this town in that our Lodges are located here and the people are especially nice!

Silverthorne Colorado


The Town of Silverthorne incorporated in the 1960’s and has flourished with the tourism brought on by the ski industry ever since. With the Blue River and its world-class fly fishing and proximity to the Ptarmigan and Eagles Nest Wilderness areas, Silverthorne is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream destination. Summer or winter, Silverthorne offers numerous Summit County activities and state-of-the-art facilities such as its newly completed Recreation Center for indoor adventures in fitness. The Dillon/Silverthorne Factory Outlet Stores provide over 70 brand name shops which are widely known for quality, value and variety and help make Silverthorne a popular stop for all visitors to the area.


Driving Directions

From Denver, Colorado:


  • Take I-70 WEST exit towards GRAND JUNCTION / IDAHO SPRINGS and drive for 55 miles.
  • Take the CO-9 NORTH / SILVERTHORNE(US-6 E) exit towards SILVERTHORNE, exit #205 and you are in Silverthorne, Colorado.

Silverthorne Recreation Center

Silverthorne Silverthorne Recreation CenterEncompassing 62,000 square feet, the recreation center features quality facilities, recreational programming and activities for all ages. The center offers yoga, land and water aerobics, personal training, indoor cycling, fitness equipment, racquetball courts, babysitting and massages therapy. Whether in for a full workout or a soak in the Jacuzzi after a day on the slopes, the Silverthorne Recreation Center has something for everyone.

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday 6:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday – 7:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday – 8:00am – 9:00pm


For more information call 970-262-7370

Silverthorne Pavilion


Silverthorne Silverthorne PavilionWhat a better place to have your big wedding day than at an elegant pavilion bordering the Blue River in Silverthorne. With magnificent balconies, arched ceilings, French doors, spectacular chandeliers, abundance of natural light and cozy furnishings you can have the perfect setting for a mountain wedding. Not to forget about the large dance floor and elevated area for a live band or DJ. To view this attractive venue call 970-262-7390.

Location:
400 Blue River Highway
Silverthorne, Colorado 80498

Phone Number:
970-262-7390

 
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Georgetown Loop Railroad_Great Family fun!

17 May

Devil's Gate High Bridge

We have had many guests and family members do this and I have not had 1 bad review yet! The views are one of a kind. As usual I recommend the earlier in the day the better before the afternoon storms build! Enjoy.


Georgetown Loop Railroad


The History of the railroad dates back to the time when the mountains were not only majestic, but the treasures they held within were extremely valuable. The silver ore found inside the mountains between Georgetown and Silver Plume in the 1860’s turned out one of the great silver-producing regions in the world.

By 1877, a rail line connected Denver to Golden and Georgetown was completed. The engineers did not stop there, but were presented with a challenge of connecting Georgetown to Silver Plume to climb more than 600 feet in just 2 miles while climbing one of Colorado’s steep canyons.

It took 200 men to lay 4 miles of track, building one of the world’s most famous engineering masterpieces, The Devil’s Gate High Bridge. Over a 100 years later, a ride on the Georgetown Loop Railroad brings you back in time. The beauty seen on the ride is spectacular and the experience will last a lifetime.

The adventure can be started at 1106 Rose Street at the Old Georgetown Station. You may also explore the history and miner’s livelihood with a tour of the Lebanon Silver Mine. The mine tour is accessible only by train. The Georgetown Loop Railroad invites you and your family to ride the railroad this summer. For railroad tours, the reservation phone number is 1-888-4-LOOP-RR (1-888-456-6777).

 
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Copper Summer

14 May

Our family has had more weekend fun here at their summer festival. The events are very playful and full of kid activities! Check the activity calendar on our web site  under “local Activities” to see what event are happening during your stay in the Mountains!

Select activities are available during Copper’s summer vacation season.

Free Lift Rides

Starting Monday, July 20 Copper Mountain is offering free round-trip rides on the American Eagle chairlift.  Copper is the only resort in County to offer free chairlift rides, available from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. everyday, weather permitting. Guests are asked to visit Guest Services in the Village at Copper to pick up their free round-trip ticket on the American Eagle. Limited time offer.

Operating Hours

General Operating Hours for 2009 Summer Activities

Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Lifts and Digglers, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

2009 Summer Activities will operate, June 19 – September 7, unless otherwise noted

 
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Keystone Winter

14 May
Ice lake in town in Keystone in winter

Keystone is the only Colorado ski resort with two high-speed gondolas. The first takes you to the top of Dercum Mountain and the second to North Peak and the Outpost- home to the Alpenglow Stube and Der Fondue Chessel.

River Run, Keystone, CO 80435

8:30 am – 4:00pm , Winter 09/10: November 5 – April 11, Summer 10: June 18 – September 6, Subject to change

This is the check-in location for the Dinner Sleigh Ride. Parking for this is located across US-6, in the same area as the Keystone Lodge parking lot.

Dinner Sleigh Rides are closed for the 2009-2010 winter season

Keystone is only 10 minutes for the Lodges and provided great variety in terrain. They often host many national competitions through out the winter. The town area is excellent for aprese ski too! Check the activity calendar on our web site  under “local Activities” to see what event are happening during your stay in the Mountains!
 
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Keystone Summer

14 May
Family mountain bicycle riders looking at lake and mountains in Keystone

Keystone has some excellent summer festivals and radical mountain biking! Check the activity calendar on our web site  under “local Activities” to see what event are happening during your stay in the Mountains!

The ‘lazy days of summer’ is a relative term at Keystone. Experience what the Rocky Mountain’s have to offer all in one place – Keystone, Colorado.Two award-winning golf courses wind along the Snake River and up through alpine meadows. Nearly sixty miles of trails – from scenic singletrack to screaming downhill runs – provide some of the best mountain biking in the country. And then, of course, there’s all the hiking, horseback riding, fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, festivals, films, concerts, and so much more to do.It’s a good thing we have 300 days of sunshine each year. With everything there is to do at Keystone, you’ll need it.The Adventure Center in Lakeside Village is your headquarters for summer activities.

Keystone offers biking throughout the summer. You can downhill at Keystone, taking advantage of our lift serviced mountain terrain. Or try cross-country or road biking with countless trails and miles of road outside our door. Bike rentals, helments and safety equipment are available.

Keystone, CO 80435

800-354-4FUN (4386)


 
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Just West of us

14 May

Besides great fishing the vistas here are unreal! I would recommend packing a picnic lunch to really enjoy this jewel.

Clinton Reservoir and CreekDirections to Clinton Reservoir and Creek:
Head west on I-70 to the Copper Mtn. Exit –
Route 91. Take route 91 past Copper Mtn. about 5 -6 miles until you come to Clinton Reservoir on the left. Park at the parking lot and walk the shoreline of
the reservoir to the mouth of Clinton Creek (east).
Above: Showing off catch at Clinton Reservoir Creek!
This is a bit of a trek but the hardy angler will be rewarded with good fishing and spectacular scenery! Cutthroat are abundant at both the upper (eastern) end of the lake and the lower section of the creek. Spinners work well in the lake but anglers who can match the hatch will be rewarded even more!
 
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Just North of us

14 May

This is really a hidden secret! Watch out for the Police on the drive back and forth, they tend to patrol this area regularly.

Muddy Creek

Directions to Muddy Creek:
For the adventuresome angler who wants to avoid the crowds along the Blue River (some people even fish at the Outlets in Silverthorne!!) take route nine out of Silverthorne to Kremmling. In Kremmling head west on route 40 (about 6 miles) to Wolford Dam. Park here and follow Muddy Creek as it flows out of the dam to some of the best fishing in Grand County (o.k. it’s not Summit Co. but you can get here from there!)

You might want to avoid this area in the heat of the summer since the flies love all kinds of insect repellant and some are large enough to cause unsuspecting angler to levitate! However, the fishing is great!

What you will catch and what lures to use:
Try attractor flies with a beaded nymph to catch some of the large rainbows but spinners work well too! This area is one of the best kept secrets locally since many anglers head for the Gold Medal sections of the Colorado that are nearby.

 
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The White River National Forest surrounds Summit Peaks Lodges!

13 May

weed pull project in Aspen

Our Lodges are nestled in this wonderful forest. Please not fires and keep track of the kids, if they wonder off it could be a problem! 😉

Natural Resources

The White River National Forest is open to anyone, but how much do you really know about the plants, animals, and other natural features of the area?

Find out more about the physical, biological and ecological aspects of the central Rockies that make the area unique. The spectacular landscape of the forest was shaped by continental and alpine glaciers. Valleys were carved out and lakes left behind. This created the land that early American Indians inhabited, and Eastern settlers viewed in awe.

Regional Bark Beetle Information

There are forests in Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota that are experiencing bark beetle epidemics at a historically unprecedented scale.

Lynx Amendment

The Forest Service is proposing to amend seven Land and Resource Management Plans in the Southern Rockies to adopt conservation measures for Canada lynx, a threatened species.

Species Conservation Project

The Species Conservation Program provides leadership to promote and coordinate positive actions that contribute to recovery of threatened and endangered species.

Continental Divide NST

The U.S. Forest Service received over 8,000 formal comments on the proposed directive for the development and management of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

 
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Summit Peaks Lodge Travel Insurance

13 May

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Company Name is proud to announce the availability of Travel Insurance offered through Travel Guard, a leading provider of travel insurance plans and assistance services.

To ease your worries, we have added travel insurance to all reservations. The amount of the insurance is included in the total cost of your reservation. Since it is our goal to do everything possible to make your upcoming vacation in our area enjoyable, we strongly suggest that you purchase this valuable coverage for your upcoming vacation investment.

This insurance also covers you and your family should an emergency occur and you are obliged to cancel your trip for covered reasons. Information explaining the benefits, exclusions, and limitations will be sent to you upon confirmation of your reservation.

Coverage includes:

  • Trip Cancellation & Interruption
  • Trip Delay
  • Baggage, Sportsman Equipment & Personal Effects
  • Baggage Delay
  • Medical Expenses
  • Emergency Medical Transportation
  • Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation of Remains
  • Car Rental Collision Coverage
  • Travel Guard  Assist-Concierge services, roadside assistance, Identity Theft Assistance, ect..

If you do NOT wish to purchase this insurance, include the signed Insurance Decline Slip with your down payment and the insurance amount will be deducted from your reservation.

Questions about travel insurance?

Call Travel Guard toll free 1-877-249-5376. Refer to product 008573 or download the below brochure. Representatives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 
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Summit Peaks Security Deposit Protector

13 May
  1. Security Deposit Protector:
    You may purchase the security deposit protector at a cost of $45.00. If you choose this option, you will not be charged the $1,000.00 security damage deposit. This insurance plan covers up to a maximum of $1,000 for unintentional damages to the condo interior that are disclosed to management prior to check-out Any damages that exceed $1,000 will be charged to the credit card on file.


Security Deposit Protector – A non-refundable Security Deposit Protector is charged at the time you place a reservation, which will relieve you of costs for minor unintentional and incidental damage to the property and its contents. This does NOT cover intentional damage or gross negligence.

SECURITY DEPOSIT/SECURITY DEPOSIT PROTECTOR: For your convenience you have the option of choosing to pay a $1.000.00 security deposit or purchasing the Security Deposit Protector available through AIG Travel Guard for the amount of $45. The optional protector covers you for any accidental damage up to $1,000. It does not cover any intentional, willful damage or gross negligence. Any damages must be reported to our office before check-out.  For complete coverage information, please refer to the Description of Coverage prior to purchase.

Disclosure needed when referencing insurance:

This is a brief description of the insurance benefits and travel services provided.  Insurance is underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., a Pennsylvania Insurance Company and a subsidiary of American International Group, Inc. (NAIC #19445) under Policy Series T30253NUFIC, currently authorized to transact business in all states and the District of Columbia. The Policy will contain reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions.  Full details of the insurance coverage are contained in the Policy.   All coverages may not be available in all states.  If there are any conflicts between this document and the Policy, the Policy shall govern in all cases.

 
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Rivers are looking good this year

10 May

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Colorado boaters excited about late snow

Spring snowstorms, cool temps may have ‘saved the day’

April snowstorms and cool spring weather have Vail Valley boaters excited about the coming whitewater season.

“The last couple of snowstorms that we’ve gotten and cooler weather have definitely seemed to save the day,” said Sean Glackin, owner of Alpine Quest Sports in Edwards, which teaches kayaking lessons and sells kayaks.

Local rafters and kayakers hope for lots of snow during the winter, which then melts and provides big, fun whitewater for a lengthy period of time.

While the Vail area saw below-average snow for much of the winter, there were big storms in April. And the cool spring weather ensures a slow runoff, which lengthens the whitewater season.

Through March, local snowpack was tracking at about the same level of the 2001-02 drought year. But, by Monday, the April storms had pushed snowpack levels at Vail Mountain to about twice of what they were in 2001-2002.

That means there is plenty of snow at high altitudes waiting to melt into rivers.

There was 19.3 inches of “snow water equivalent” at Vail Mountain on Monday. The average for that time of year is 23.6 inches.

Rivers are still running below average this week. The Eagle River at Avon was flowing at 350 cubic feet per second on Wednesday, compared to an average of about 700 cubic feet per second.

Kayakers are already navigating Dowd Chute, one of the more advanced sections of the Eagle River.

“People on a daily basis are running Dowd Chute,” Glackin said.

While this might not be the biggest year of whitewater ever, that might not be all bad, said local kayaker Ken Hoeve. Less violent water can be more friendly to beginner and intermediate kayakers, Hoeve said.

“There’s nothing wrong with low-water years in that it’s better for the average person to go out,” Hoeve said.

He added that many of the local rivers — including the upper Colorado, the Shoshone area near Glenwood Springs, as well as the Arkansas River — are dam-controlled, which ensures high, steady flows for much of the spring and summer.

John Dakin of the Vail Valley Foundation, which puts on the Teva Mountain Games in early June, said things are looking good for the whitewater events.

“Everyone’s feeling pretty good with where we’re at at the moment, and the Mountain Games have certainly run on less snowpack than currently exists,” Dakin said.

 
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We have it all in Silverthorne!

09 May

Linda Mirro got this closeup of the Silverthorne ospreys.

Spring in Colorado is like know other! This Osprey has a giant nest about 1 mile north on HWY 9 from our Lodge.  The mother and father catch fish from the surrounding river and ponds and then carry them back to their chicks in the giant nest.A  Litter of fox can be seen down by the Ace Hardware store in 2009. This is where we saw our 1st BLACK fox…simply amazing. We brought the kids down there each day to watch them play near their den.




Then there is the Red Fox that visitis our Lodge’s deck each late afternoon! I know this is hard to believe but it is true!

Linda Mirro got this closeup of the Silverthorne ospreys.

This photo is takes about 1 mile north of the Lodges up HWY 9

 
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Spring Skiing! Be cautious!

09 May

Our ski season starts in October and lasts into June or sometimes even July! Loveland and A-Basin are the two mountains that are the 1st in the entire county to open and A-basin is one of the last to close. If you have never skied in June this is a real fun experience. The crowd in one of a kind! It is not uncommon to see bikinis!

SUMMIT COUNTY — The amount of open skiing terrain in Summit County continues to decline while spring rolls along. Bad behavior by skiers and boarders, on the other hand, seems to increase as the ropes creep inward.

Poaching closed terrain is among the most common — and dangerous — of spring-time rule-breaking. And young men in their late teens and early 20s comprise the majority of offenders.

“It’s not a new thing,” said Arapahoe Basin general manager Alan Henceroth. “Sometimes they do it, and they don’t realize it’s a hazard. Sometimes they just don’t care. It’s hard to deal with either of those reasons.

Why do they do it?

With their ski passes and their lives at stake, it seems illogical that skiers and riders would take the risks of entering closed terrain. But logic doesn’t heavily factor into the decision-making process for the demographic group most likely to poach, according to University of Colorado psychology professor Tina Pittman Wagers.

“Adolescents are kind of notorious for having poor impulse control,” Pittman Wagers said.

In terms of neurological development, human adolescence spans the ages of 13-25 for males. Females usually mature by age 23. During that period, there are a host of reasons why they take risks that seem unnecessary or doltish to people in other age groups. In fact, adolescent males deal with a perfect storm of evolutionary, physical, social and neurological factors that practically destine them to go out of bounds, both literally and figuratively.

“Even in nonhuman adolescents, like rats and chimps, we see a lot of the same behavior. Adolescent rats do a lot of the same stuff as human adolescent males,” Pittman Wagers said.

At some point during adolescence, males must move away from their families and find somewhere else to live. So for the sake of survival, it becomes advantageous to give less deference to authority.

“This desire to try things their families haven’t and things that other adults have defined as off-limits for them — it’s evolutionarily appropriate, and we all do it, regardless of our species,” Pittman Wagers said.

For the same reason, adolescent males are drawn to novelty. So as ski areas and individual runs close, making laps on the same slopes over and over holds little appeal.

As the importance of family-defined boundaries wane, adolescents become much more preoccupied with the opinions and expectations of their peers. And since authority figures are less important in peers’ minds too, the allure of risky behavior is compounded.

In childhood, people are rewarded for complying with parents’ requests. As an adult, too, rewards come from following the rules, i.e., earning a degree, succeeding at work and obeying the law.

“In adolescence, all that goes out the window. Risky behavior garners a lot of social status from friends who are egging them on and talking about it later,” Pittman Wagers said.

Mating and courtship are also very important to adolescents, further driving risk-taking. Males in particular will take on risks that demonstrate strength and physical prowess. And at that age, their bodies are especially strong and agile, amplifying their sense of what’s possible athletically.

“If (a skier or rider) is looking at an out-of-bounds area, he’s thinking, ‘My buddy is going to think I’m so cool. And he’s going to tell this story to that chick I’m interested in when we meet up at the bar.’ That incentive is much more powerful for an adolescent than for someone who’s 40, who’s thinking, ‘I’m going to get in trouble with ski patrol, or I’m going to break my leg.’”

The deck is stacked against adolescents neurologically as well, when it comes to risk aversion. The prefrontal cortex, which helps humans control impulses, is relatively underdeveloped in adolescents. But subcortical parts of the brain, which deal with emotional information and evaluation of incentives, are very active in adolescents. So for a 20-year-old who’s contemplating ducking a rope, the emotional thrill of fresh powder could be much more salient than the physical or legal ramifications of breaking the law.

“They pay a lot more attention to short-term gain than long-term consequences. They’re paying a lot of attention to especially exciting positive incentives,” Pittman Wagers said.

 
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Once in a Lifetime Stay

05 May

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

 
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Upcoming Summer Events

05 May

Enjoy your family and friends!

3 Ring Weekend
6/18 – 6/20
Copper Mountain

Merchant Tent Sale
6/25 – 6/27
Keystone

Kid’s Discovery Days
Tuesdays in Summer
Keystone

Country Dance Night
Wednesdays in Summer
Keystone

 
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Share your trip with us!

05 May

1 mile from our Lodges!

We invite you to share you trip and experiences with us!  You can post some pics of your recent visit and tell us what you loved most about our lodges and beautiful Colorado!

 
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What a Great Family Vacation!!

05 May

Brad, What a great family vacation!! The house and surrounding area are beautiful. We loved Summit Peak and esp enjoyed our days visiting the sites. The white water rafting and hike up Quandry Mt. was memorable. Of course, the shopping can’t be beat. Thank you so very much for your hospitality and sharing your home with us. The Bennie-DeRooi’s -Missy , Ron, Carolyn and Alex, Bettendorf, IA

 
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WOW Would Be an Understatement!

05 May

To Say WOW would be an understatement. 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.

-Julie

 
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Great value for your dollars!

05 May

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.

 
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