I just wanted to offer this recommendation for a stay with Steve at Riverside. Our ski team had a great time, felt very comfortable and welcome as if invited into a families home. Our athletes stayed 2 weeks during a training camp and could come back from a hard days training to a warm, clean and comfortable home. The only downside is Steve is such a good cook I gained weight …;).
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We have been to the Summit Peak Lodges twice now and absolutely love the lodges and how conveniently located they are to all of the major ski resorts. The lodges are very comfortable, the amenities are all there, and the hot tub after a full day of skiing is something I really look forward to. I would recommend to groups, families with children, or even just a few couples. There is plenty of room.
The below is the Press release!
Summit Peaks Lodges is proud to announce that on Saturday the 28th of 2010, 17 of our 21 person Torreys Peak climbing party summited. The youngest was 14 and the oldest 73, my Mom!! We had 6, 1st timers summit including Sandy! Most important we raised over $1,000 for the Kids of Project 54!!! Thanks all for the Lodges’ support!
“We came up from Denver for the weekend in a group of 4 families with young children and stayed at Riverside Lodge and had a great stay! The lodge is comfortable, well-equipped and in an ideal location — next to the rivers, across the street from the Rec Center and the playground and close to dining and shopping. We’ll definitely be back again next year! (Salim Haji, Denver, CO).”
Walt and Connor Lee and Tyler Davison enjoying A-Basin Beach BBQ! Oh what a Day!
BY NICOLE FORMOSA
summit daily news
Summit County, CO Colorado
SILVERTHORNE – When Tamara Goodenbour walked into the former Alpen Hutte Lodge in Silverthorne last month for an annual Summit Dharma Center retreat, she was in awe over the transformation.
“Oh, I was floored. They totally re-did it, it looks so good,” Goodenbour said. “Before it was a lot of unnecessary stuff everywhere. Everything was disorderly and stacked up. It sort of reminded me of like an old fraternity house.” The lodge – renamed Riverside Lodge by new owner Brad Foreman – has been undergoing renovations for the past six months in an effort to change the 20-year-old hostel’s run-down image.
“What we’re trying to do is offer Summit County still an economical alternative for housing, but one that is clean, healthy and safe,” Foreman said.
Peak Investments, LLC – the company owned by Foreman and a partner – purchased the lodge for $1.315 million in late April, and has poured thousands of dollars into a facelift that includes new carpets, fresh paint and updated electronics in two large livings rooms, a handicap-accessible bathroom and two kitchens on the first level.
“The whole bottom floor was redone from tiles on the floor to the texture on the walls, plus we have artwork now,” said James Adams, of Vacation Rentals, who manages the property.
Renovations also included outfitting the kitchen with modern appliances, new countertops, tile floors, cooking utensils and pots and pans, and adding a second full-sized kitchen for guests of the lodge, which sleeps about 70 people.
All the beds in the lodge were also given new sheets and blankets.
Foreman is hoping the revamped Lodge will attract large groups, such as church groups, people in town for a family reunion or wedding, or perhaps ski teams in the county for training.
The lodge is also available to drop-ins – a bed in one of the dorm-style rooms runs about $25 to $30 a night – but in keeping with Foreman’s effort to attract more of a family-oriented crowd, guests must now sign a contract saying they won’t have drugs on the property or be intoxicated.
In the past, the Alpen Hutte had a reputation for allowing unhealthy conduct such as public intoxication and drug use, Foreman said,
Now, if guests do not abide by Foreman’s strict zero-tolerance policy, they will lose their deposit and be asked to leave.
Foreman envisions the Riverside Lodge developing a feel similar to Lodges in other countries that cater to cash-conscious travelers.
“What we tried to do is create that European thing where families could come cook their own meals and stay, save money and be safe, and it’s convenient,” he said.
Foreman’s philosophy also includes treating his guests right, a point Goodenbour didn’t miss during her recent stay.
“The new owners are very hospitable. It’s like what you’d expect from staying in a nice hotel, very customer service oriented,” Goodenbour said.
For inquiries about the Riverside Lodge, call (970) 468-0987 or visit www.summitpeakslodge.com.
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.
Keeping a secret from one’s husband for over seven months is no easy task! I can’t tell you how many times I nearly blew it!
My husband, Bruce turned fifty this past June. Yep, he finally made it! Last fall I was kidding him about hitting the big 5-0 next spring when I decided I wanted to do it up BIG! I knew he would object, so I decided to leave him out of it all together. And, so the planning, scheming and secret communications began.
I wanted to plan a family and friend reunion in Bruce’s honor, but where? A few days later, I was talking to Brad Foreman who serves on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board with me. He told me about the lodging he owns out in Silverthorne, Colorado. I went on-line and checked it out (www.summitpeakslodge.com). This would be perfect! We booked the lodge Riverside East, that features 7 bedrooms + den and sleeps 30+ people! That should do it, I thought. Then the secret phone calls and emails began – inviting relatives and friends. Some “signed on” immediately and others had to wait and see what they could arrange. We honestly didn’t know who would all be there right up until about a week before!
I finally told him to make sure he “cleared his calendar” the week of June 7 – 14th. “Huh?”, he asked. Just do what I’m telling you and don’t ask any questions. He just smiled. He knew something was up, but had no idea. The morning of the flight we walked up to the ticket counter at the airport and the attendant said, “oh, traveling to Denver, eh?” Bruce turned and looked at me saying, “Denver”? The attendant looked a little surprised that he had no idea where we were going so I explained it was a surprise, up until now.
We arrived at our gate and to Bruce’s amazement, there was my step-mom, Jane sitting there reading a book. He actually walked right by her the first time. “What the heck are you doing here”? he asked. Jane explained that she was flying out to Wyoming to see her brother and had to make a connection in Denver to get to Casper. He bought it, hook, line and sinker. Jane was really flying into Denver, waiting for an hour to hook up with my brother who was coming in right behind her. Both were in on the surprise.
In the meantime, Bruce’s childhood friend and one of his best buddies was driving out with his family from Wisconsin. Bruce’s younger brother was driving in from the Kansas City area and his other brother was planning to join us mid-week. The ones who drove were already waiting for us at the house in Silverthorne. We were texting each other on the way there. I was able to ‘warn them” that we were about 15 min. away. They all hid.
We had received our security code to unlock the doors, so when we got there we went right in. We saw a laptop on the dining room table and a bowl of peanuts on the breakfast bar. Bruce turned to me and said” I don’t think the other people who had this place before us have checked out yet!”. I told him I thought he might be right, so we slowly walked down the hallway calling, “hellooo, anybody here?”. All of a sudden all the friends and family jumped out of the den yelling surprise! I thought he was going to pass out! He was in shock! Everybody hugged him, slapped his back and we were all laughing at how we managed to pull one over on him! About an hour later, after we all got settled down, the doorbell rang and we told Bruce to get it. There was my step-mom and younger brother from Wisconsin! More hugs and laughing. Bruce came to me and gave me a big hug and kiss. Wow, he said. You really worked hard on this, I’m amazed.
From that point on it was all fun. What a blast! Silverthorne was the perfect location for us. Just off I-70 about an hour west of Denver. The villages of Dillion, Silverthorne and Frisco are right next to Breckenridge. They have a bus system that runs between them, so getting around was so easy. The transportation center was a short three block walk from our lodge. The lodge was across the street from one of the best fitness facilities we’ve ever been in and because we were guests at the lodge we got day pass discounts. Silverthorne and Dillon also have a large outlet shopping center that is basically spread throughout the two villages. Very unique. Lake Dillon is right there too, with bike trails all around it and on up to Frisco.
We did everything! Took a train to a silver mine; walked the main streets of Frisco, Breckenridge, Leadville and Vail. Went to an independent film festival in Breckenridge. Eleven of us went on a whitewater raft trip out of Glenwood Springs. It was June and the snow was barely melted. It was 81 degrees out that day, but the water was 42 degrees. We all had wetsuits on and were glad we did! We went on a breakfast trail ride up near Leadville. After the ride, the cooks fixed a great outdoor breakfast for us. I hadn’t been on a horse in 30 years! What fun! The next day went to the annual BBQ cook off in Frisco.
We had so much fun and the mix of people we had was just perfect. Everyone pitched in with meals, cleaning and planning day trips. It went so smoothly that we are already looking into traveling again next year with the same group. We like the Silverthorne area so well, we just might be back there and do different trips during the day. I can only imagine what fun it must be in the winter too! The ski resorts are so close!
Beth Clark Iowa 2009
|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.