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Local News for Summit County

29 Jan

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01/29/2013

 

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Vail Resorts has strong holiday performance But bad early season weather accounts for losses that are hard to make up 

After slow start, Summit County snowsports sales are picking up speed Local retailers say they’re coming out of a downward trend 

Breckenridge exhibit showcases 100 years of Summit County skiing For whatever the reason, skiers, snowboarders and other downhillers seem to love dressing up and hitting the hill in retro gear on April Fool’s Day and other holidays 

Dillon Marina receives top honor from national magazine

Being hundreds of miles away from the ocean didn’t stop Dillon Marina from gaining recognition as being one of the best in the country

 

Silverthorne moving forward on downtown development plans

Open house slated for Feb. 6

 

Snow sculptors converge on Breckenridge Event sees wide international field for 2013 competition 

Raising roofs in Summit County’s rocky terrain Habitat for Humanity planning new home in spring 

Breckenridge restaurants, retailers seeing increases

Lowest vacancy rate in four years

 

Copper Mountain launches uphill access pass Skinners looking for early morning powder turns will be able to find them at Copper Mountain 

Occupancy trends looking up for Summit County lodging

Positive projections for end of January, February

 

 

Hikes to Hot Springs

25 Sep

The 1st 2 are within an hour of our Lodges!!

1. MAD CREEK/HOT SPRINGS TRAIL AND STRAWBERRY PARK HOT SPRINGS

Location: Steamboat Springs area
Hike: This sunny trail outside Steamboat Springs starts and ends right next to the Strawberry Park Hot Springs — an encouraging reminder of the reward that awaits after your workout. The aspen-laden path runs through meadows that are home to nearly 100 wildflower varieties and past Mad Creek Canyon landscapes and a postcard-worthy old U.S. Forest Service cabin. 4.5 miles round trip. More info
Hot Springs: Set amid a swath of trees four steep miles from town, the rustic Strawberry Park Hot Springs’ pools are encased by artfully crafted stone walls. Man-made waterfalls trickle sonorously into the water, and a small private pool is dedicated for watsu, a type of gentle, warm-water massage that will make the strain of your hike a pleasant memory.

2. GRIZZLY CREEK TRAIL AND GLENWOOD HOT SPRINGS

Location: Glenwood Springs area
Hike: Cut into the north side of Glenwood Canyon, this challenging trail climbs 2,500 vertical feet alongside Grizzly Creek, a series waterfalls, lush forests and the canyon’s famously colorful walls. 7 miles round trip.More info
Hot Springs: Start your journey to relaxation in the Glenwood Hot Springs’ therapy pool, where Yampa Spring water is kept at 104 degrees and its 15 different minerals are purported to heal aching joints. Then hop in the massive, two-blocks-long big pool, kept at a chilly (by comparison) 90 to 93 degrees. Work out the rest of the kinks at the facility’s Spa of the Rockies, where the Kneipp Leg Release anti-inflammatory massage will focus on the muscles worked hardest during your hike.

3. ICE LAKES TRAIL AND ORVIS, WEISBADEN OR OURAY HOT SPRINGS

Location: Ouray area
Hike: A proverbial alpine paradise, this trail leads to several crystalline glacial lakes, gentle waterfalls tumbling over sandstone rock formations and views of several 13,000-foot San Juan peaks. Fields of paintbrush, buttercups, columbines and other wildflowers fill the basin that surrounds the lake at the end of the hike. 7.6 miles round trip. More info
Hot Springs: Choose from three hot-springs options in nearby Ouray. Orvis Hot Springs’ seven pools range from 98 degrees to a very steamy 112 degrees. The main, gravel-bottom “pond” is known for Mt. Sneffels vistas. The Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa and Lodging offers a couple of soaking pool options, including one inside a natural vaporcave. The Ouray Hot Springs Pool is tailored a bit more toward families, with slides and shallow areas, but there are also good spots for restful soaks and a picnic-perfect green space.

4. GOULDING CREEK TRAIL AND TRIMBLE HOT SPRINGS

Location: Durango area
Hike: Elk sightings are common along this steep trail outside Durango, which climbs above the striated Hermosa Cliffs on several switchbacks before dipping in and out of a series of vibrant meadows ringed by aspen groves (and home to a meandering cow or two). 6 miles round trip. More info
Hot Springs: Trimble Spa & Natural Hot Springs is located five miles from Durango. Two geothermal pools range from 101 to 105 degrees, and a refreshing Olympic-size pool offers a welcome cool off — it’s kept around 85 degrees. There are also two saunas, a poolside lawn that attracts sunbathers and a spa with delicious treatments like the honey facial. The Music on the Lawn Series makes summer an especially festive time to visit.

5. CONUNDRUM HOT SPRINGS

Location: Aspen area
Hike and Hot Springs: This undeveloped (read: free!) but popular hot springs pool can only be reached via a rigorous eight-and-a-half-mile trail that begins near Aspen. The raw beauty of the mountainous setting, the 102-degree water and the quiet seclusion of the area make it one of Colorado’s most unique adventures. In 2008,Time Magazine called a dip in this natural pool one of 50 Authentic American Experiences. 17 miles round trip.More info

 

New Summer activities

02 Jul

 

Our Guests can use this link for activities in Silverthorne!

 

http://silverthorne.org/.aspx?page=17

 
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Climbing 14ers!

28 May

This is the link we use for all route information when climbing around our Lodges!

http://www.14ers.com/photos/photos_14ers1.php

 

New Adventure Near our Lodges Zip Line!

28 May

This is a ball!

Stand up, lean forward and jump off the five-story tower.Don’t worry, though — you’re clipped into a cable designed to withstand a 4,500-pound tug.Still, there’s something unnatural about being so high and leaping into the unknown, even with mechanical devices ready to catch your fall and send you careening at speeds of 35-40 mph through Colorado Adventure Center’s new zipline in Idaho Springs.The adventure center and the new zipline are the product of a recent merger between longtime Summit County companies Highside Adventure Tours and Goodtimes Rafting and Glenwood Springs companies Rock Gardens Rafting and Glenwood Canyon Zipline.

Now, it’s four companies under one roof, able to service all of Interstate 70 between Idaho Springs and Glenwood Springs. Which means they can pull customers from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs in the east, capture some of the Vail market and draw from Western Slope cities.

“There are a lot of synergies between our companies,” said John Cantamessa, one of the four owners. “We are all good friends and we have proven we can do business together.”

Cantamessa originally bought Goodtimes Rafting from Kevin and Kathy Schneider. They became better friends during the transaction, and joked about joining their companies again. This winter, it became reality between the three along with the fourth owner, Jeff Hale.

Each of the four bring skills to the table, Cantamessa said. The Schneiders have marketing expertise, Cantamessa has extensive river know-how and Hale comes with a state parks perspective as well as experience as a charter captain and mountaineer.

“When you bring four people together with great skills, you’re going to get a great product,” Cantamessa said.

They raft Clear Creek, the Blue, the Arkansas, Upper and Lower Colorado stretches and the Roaring Fork. The also run bike shuttles, fishing tours and horseback riding.

And now, the company offers two ziplines — one in Glenwood Springs and one that opened this weekend in Idaho Springs.

Having all the offerings is ideal, Cantamessa said. He wanted to get into the Vail and Glenwood Springs market, but found it tough to snag without a Roaring Fork permit and Shoshone permit on the Colorado River. Rock Gardens found it tough to snag the Summit County and Front Range markets without the Upper Colorado, Blue and Arkansas river permits.

At about the time the merger went through this winter, Cantamessa and Kevin Schneider toured the new, riverside property that will become the adventure center’s Idaho Springs home. They finalized the purchase of approximately 10 acres of land and in March, began building the five towers that make up 3,000 feet of zipline. It was completed by firm Challenge Design Innovations, which does everything from recreational canopy tours to military tactical training facilities.

 

A good year to add activities

It’s a good year for a zipline to be added into the mix, Cantamessa said.

“We’re happy, because with the lack of water in some drainages, people still want to have fun. Zipping is the next best thing to rafting and biking,” he said, adding that it’s an ideal activity to create combo packages for those wanting to limit rafting to a half-day, but still fill the day with other activities. To do just the zipping, it costs $80 for five rides.

“Highside has always seen a strong correlation between people who raft and bike,” Cantamessa said, which was the impetus for creating the eastern zone zipline.

It’s said to be the longest tower-to-tower system in Colorado, with longer ones being canyon systems. One zip stretches a quarter-mile, and runs over Clear Creek. Zippers can wave to I-70 traffic as cars pass, or lean back and enjoy the view of the river.

The company is proud of its new location, and it’s already paying off with walk-in customers who stop by after seeing the system and signs from the highway. Owner and workers are busy working out a few operational kinks as well as completing the landscaping of the project’s initial phase. Future plans include building an aerial adventure park akin to the Glenwood Springs’ facility, and down the road bringing the boathouse upstream.

Cantamessa hopes he’s in front of the curve with the Idaho Springs zipline. He expects ski areas to build ziplines in the near future as part of the new summer recreation opportunities with the U.S. Forest Service. Some resorts have had short ziplines in the past, and Copper Mountain has had plans on the books for a 300-foot, multi-seasonal zipline at The Village at Copper.

New Adventure Near our Lodges Zip Line!

http://www.cheaptravel1.com/

 
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Riverside Lodge makes upgrades!

11 May

We are proud to announce two new pergolas for your to enjoy at our Lodges! 

From this Pergola you can enjoy the soothing sounds and vistas of the famous Blue River!  

 
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Fishing in the area around our Lodges

14 Apr

Summit County Fishing

  • Flyfishing on the Blue River: Flyfishing is a popular sport in the summertime and the Blue River in Breckenridge and in Silverthorne offer some of the best in Colorado.
  • Fishing regulations in Summit County: THE FOLLOWING LIST OF WATERS AND STATE WILDLIFE AREAS (SWA) HAVE MORE RETRICTIVE REGULATIONS THAN STANDARD STATEWIDE REGULATIONS.
  • The Swan River: Rules and regulations when fishing on the Swan River.
  • Green Mountain Reservoir: Looking to snag a kokanee, try your luck at Green Mountain Reservoir.
  • Lake Dillon: Whether fishing the shoreline or trolling from a boat, Lake Dillon is stocked with fish.
  • Snake River: Spend the day relaxing with your flyfishing rod on the Snake River near Keystone.
  • Ice Fishing: Most of the ice fishing you will see in Summit County is on Lake Dillon, Green Mountain Reservoir and Twin Lakes in Leadville.
  • Fish found in Summit County: Wondering what fish you might catch, below are descriptions of the area’s fish.
  • Fishing License Fees: Licenses can be bought at various locations throughout the county.
  • Fishing Guides: Looking to improve your fly fishing skills?
  • Fishing on the Colorado River: The Colorado has many sections to cast a line.
  • Fishing on the Arkansas: The Arkansas not only offers exceptional whitewater, when heading down there make sure you bring the rod to catch some trout.
  • Fishing at Turquoise Lake and Twin Lakes: With such a beautiful backdrop and only 30-45min. from Summit County, this is an epic place to fish and admire the mountains.
 
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Summer activities are the Lodge

13 Apr
CalendarCalendar of Events
These are just some of the events going on – check the town websites for even more to do while you are here!

Frisco Events

4 July – Frisco’s Fabulous Fourth of July Celebration

4 July – Independence Day 10K Trail Run

6 July – Frisco’s Founder’s Day Celebration

11 July – Concert in the Park Series: Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones

13 July – Triple Bypass Bicycle Ride (Day #1)

18 July – Concert in the Park Series:  Fierce Bad Rabbit

19 July – Full Moon Fling Disc Golf

25 July – Junior Sailing Olympics

25 July – Concert in the Park Series: The Trishas

 

 

 

3, 4, 6, 10, 13,17, 19, 20, 21, 24, 27, and 31 July – National Repertory Orchestra Concerts

6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28 July – PRCA Pro Rodeo

5-7 July – July Art Festival

5 July – Blue River Series: The Wailers

11 July – Blue River Series: The Fabulous Thunderbirds

13 July – Breckenridge Festival of Film Tennis Tournament

26-28 July – Main Street Art Festival

26 July – John Adams Band Presents John Denver – The Tribute

 

Silverthorne Events

 

18 July – Ice Cream Social at Willow Grove Open Space

28 July – Rocky Mountain Triathlon

 Keystone Events  

 

4 July – 4th of July Celebration

6 July – Keystone Citizens League Open Meeting

6-7 July – Big Mountain Enduro

13-14 July – Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival

20 July – Boats N’ Brews

27-28 July – Rocky Mountain Revival Wellness Weekend

 

Copper Events

4-7 July – Wanderlust Colorado Festival

19 July – Freee Live Music – Rob Drabkin

20-22 July – Courage Classic

27 July – Hike MS Colorado & Benefit Concert

27 – Free Live Music – Bob Skizzum

 

 

Dillon Events

4 July – NRO Performance
4 July – July 4th Old Town Celebration
4 July – Amphitheater Concert
5, 12, 19, and 26 – Dillon Farmer’s Market (Friday’s throughout the summer)
6, 13, 20, and 27 – Sunset at The Summit Concert Series (Saturday’s throughout the summer)
19-21 July – Dillon Arts Festival

Summit County Summer Activities

Summit County Guide


Activities – Entertainment

 
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Local Legend spends his winters with us at Riverside Lodge!

19 Jun

Local Legend, Charles enjoys our Riverside Lodge for the last 8 months!! http://t.co/xGzpLYQ

Charles A.

 
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Climbing Mt Royal 5 minutes From Summit Peaks Lodges!

13 Jun

We have a personal guide that can take you rock climbing only minutes from the Lodge On Mt Royal. The climbs have fixed protection so they are very safe for all ages! Please check out the attached.


 
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Foxes out in our back yard!

28 May

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoJDGaCUwWg&feature=player_embedded#at=68

This video was shot out the back door of our Summit Peaks Lodge in May of 2011! Keep you yes open when you stay with us you just do not know what you will see!

 
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Summer Bike Camps at Summit Peaks Lodges!

28 Feb

We are proud to sponcer Bike Camps through out the Summer at our Lodges!

http://www.summitmtbcamps.com/index.html

To Summit Mountain Bike Camps.  Our mission is to make you a more competitive Mountain Bike Athlete.
Located in Beautiful Summit County Colorado. Location of Breckenridge, Keystone, A-Basin and Copper Mountain ski areas.  Home of some of the best single track mountain biking in the world.  We offer all inclusive Mountain Bike camps.  All of our camps provide expert coaching, transportation, lodging, meals, cross training and training facilities packaged together in a 7 day high impact Mountain Bike Training Camp.

 
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Summit Peaks and Riverside Lodges Support Project 54

19 Jul

On August 28 Summit Peaks and Riverside Lodges will be hosting the Torreys Peaks climbers for Project 54! Our Lodge goal is to raise $1,000+ for these kids around the world!

Here is a link to see more!

www.project54.org

What is Project 54?

It is an annual fundraising event of the Wilderness Ministry Institute. The goal is to raise money to outfit indigenous youth workers with the needed gear to share the Gospel with underprivileged youth through outdoor adventure.

Torreys Peaks Climbing details!

Overview

Along with its nearby neighbor Grays Peak, Torreys Peak holds the distinction of being the only 14,000-foot peak on the Continental Divide. Highly visible from Interstate 70, Torreys is a memorable symbol of the ruggedness of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains for millions of passing climbers and non-climbers alike. Although Mounts Evans and Bierstadt are closer 14ers to Denver as the crow flies, the close proximity of Torreys and Grays to the interstate and a well-trodden path to their summits ensures plenty of climbing activity around the year. While the crowds might create a fun, sociable environment for gregarious hikers, the parking lot fills up rapidly on summer weekends, and it often is standing room-only on the summits of both peaks.

Torreys is a large, complicated mountain with a variety of routes for climbers of many skill levels and interests. The standard route, a walk-up from Stevens Gulch, follows the Grays Peak trail to the Grays/Torreys saddle (13,700 feet), and then ascends Torreys’s south slope. Excellent hiking routes also exist from Loveland Pass to the northwest and Chihuahua Gulch to the southwest. While there are no recognized technical routes on Torreys, this peak is home to several classic scrambles, snow climbs, and ski descents. The class 3/4 Kelso Ridge route ascends Torreys’s northeast ridge in style, with sustained scrambling on clean rock, and an unforgettable knife-edge. The most popular snow climb (and expert ski descent!) is Dead Dog Couloir, with 50° slopes and a convenient finish near the summit.

Many other interesting climbs exist on Torreys’s steep and broken north face, the easiest being the class 2 Northwest Slopes. Emperor, described by Gerry Roach as “one of Colorado’s longest snow climbs”, is the mountaineer’s highlight. These climbs and others start from Grizzly Gulch.

the Northeast
Click on map for area overview


Dark Blue – Grays Peak Trail
Yellow – South Paw Couloir
Purple – Dead Dog Couloir
Light Blue – Kelso Ridge
Pink – Eroica
Black – North Ridge
Red – Emperor
Green – West Ridge
Orange – Chihuahua Gulch
Stevens Gulch
Trailhead
From Denver take I-70 West to the Bakerville exit #221 and proceed south on forest service road 189. Look for the brown forest service sign pointing the way to Grays Peak. Depending on road conditions, the clearance of your vehicle, and the number of cars in the Stevens Gulch trailhead parking lot, drive ~2 miles to the trailhead (elevation 11,150 feet). Routes:Standard route (Grays Peak trail), Kelso RidgeDead Dog Couloir.
Routes from the Northwest
Loveland Pass
Trailhead
From Denver take I-70 West. Near the Loveland Ski Area, exit US Highway 6 west. At the top of Loveland Pass (12,000 feet) on the left is a parking area.Routes: Loveland Pass
Routes from the Southwest
Chihuahua Gulch
Trailhead
From Denver take I-70 West. Near the Loveland Ski Area, exit US Highway 6 west. Proceed over Loveland Pass. At the east end of town, take Ski Valley Road south, which almost immediately becomes CR 6, which turns into CR 5. After 4 miles, turn left onto CR 260 BEFORE you hit the tiny town of Montezuma. Continue for 2 miles; a parking area is on the left with a fenced/bermed gate (elevation 10,500 feet). Routes:Chihuahua Gulch.
Routes from the North
Grizzly Gulch
Trailhead
From Denver take I-70 West to the Bakerville exit #221 and proceed south on forest service road 189. Look for the brown forest service sign pointing the way to Grays Peak. Continue for 1 mile, turn right onto FS road 189.1C for 0.3 miles and park. Four-wheel drive vehicles may continue about 2 miles up Grizzly Gulch. Elevation 10,320 feet.




 
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Colorado Mountain Conservation Projects!

09 Jul
Summit Peaks and Riverside Lodge has launched an aggressive initiative to help improve our surrounding  Forests! We offer 1 to 5 day conservation projects in the White River Forest. These projects include but are not limited to trail improvement,wildlife habitat projects, reforestation and Fire protection projects. Lead by mountain guide Mike McKernan, we will customize project to meet your needs. For specific project details Mike can be reached at 970-485-4945.
Come enjoy the mountains and improve Summit County during the same trip!
At approximately 2.3 million acres, the White River is one of the biggest sections of the National Forest System. With 10 peaks over 14,000 feet, and eight Wilderness areas encompassing more than 750,000 acres, the Forest is also world-reknowned for its scenery.

Our mission of caring for the land and serving people means that we take pride in being the lead in the conservation and wise use of our Nation’s forests. As the most popular forest for recreation and as one of the first National Forests carved by Congress from the original forest reserves, the White River National Forest enjoys a proud heritage in the US Forest Service.

 
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Rafting In Summit County 2010

05 Jun

Ok friends, it looks like the 2010 rafting season will be another great year! The Blue River that runs right through our Riverside Lodges East and West is navigable! This means the surrounding rafting rivers are also going to be a blast! Do not miss out on this exhilarating activity! Remember to bring your sunscreen or you could end up like me, burned to a crisp! (I have done this m0re than once)

Sure, Colorado may be best known for its skiing, but the same snow-covered peaks that give us our world-class slopes also provide another unique recreational asset — rivers, as in rafting.

“Colorado is the Mecca,” veteran river guide Duke Bradford said regarding the quality of the area’s whitewater. “The fact we have these huge mountains with incredible grading, it’s remarkable. The water, coming down that grading, makes for amazing rivers.”

And the areas in and surrounding Summit County are great examples of that.

In close proximity, Bradford said, there’s a stretch of water for “anyone,” regardless of ability or fitness level.

“Right in our own backyard, we have some unique circumstances,” said Bradford, who’s the director of Breckenridge-based Arkansas Valley Adventures. “The Continental Divide provides both the Eastern and Western slopes with great whitewater, and we have access to it all.”

The Blue, Arkansas and Colorado rivers, along with Clear Creek, all provide world-class rafting, and Bradford said the seasons for each look very promising.

The same couldn’t have been said just a few months ago.

Along with the rest of the state’s whitewater enthusiasts, Bradford was a bit concerned about what the summer would hold — or rather, if the rivers would be holding much at all.

The snowpack was low, and the outlook for whitewater was even lower around March. But a late cold snap in April and May vaulted the moisture levels back near average numbers, and, as Bradford put it, “more snow means more whitewater.”

“The water’s looking great,” Bradford said. “It’s up, but not to the point you have to be worried about it being dangerous in stretches.”

A true sign of the season, Bradford said, is that there’s a season at all on the Blue River. Some years, the river’s flows (below the Dillon Reservoir) are far too low to raft at all.

That’s not a problem this year.

Bradford said the Blue is currently running well. And, as the river may hit its peak in the coming weeks — possibly even days — now’s the time to go down it.

“It’s anyone’s guess how long it’ll last, but we should have at least a couple weeks,” he added about the Blue.

The Arkansas, however, is looking to have a long season, possibly past the end of August, due to high amounts of winter precipitation on Hoosier Pass. Bradford said the “Ark” is commonly consistent for boaters, as it has controlled releases from the reservoir.

Clear Creek, in the stretches near Idaho Springs, is already running well and should continue to do so until early August.

“That’s the closest, most consistent whitewater we have,” Bradford said.

And in each of the rivers, Bradford said a boater of every ability can find the stretch that’s right for them.

For instance, the Colorado River has arguably the best stretch of class IV and V rapids anywhere in the country in Gore Canyon near Kremmling. There’s a waterfall, long runs, and Bradford said the stretch is strictly for the “active and aggressive” boaters with a whole lot of experience. (Swimming tests — including recovery from under the raft — are required to paddle down the area.)

On the other hand, the Colorado also offers some pretty leisurely paced float trips.

“It’s all about finding the section that’s right for you,” Bradford said. “There are so many options, you just don’t want to be over your head.”

Bradford said any of the county’s many outfitters would easily steer a boater in the right direction.

After all, finding the right run, Bradford said, can lead to one of the best experiences Colorado offers.

“Being out on the river — It’s just a big, majestic place,” he said. “The environment a river takes you to is off the beaten path, it’s not something you see doing anything else. To experience something like that is certainly unique to Colorado.”

 
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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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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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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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Rivers are looking good this year

10 May

Photo Zoom
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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Summit Peaks and Riverside Lodges: Orientation

31 Jan

Come up and stay with us!

Summit Peaks and Riverside Lodges: Orientation

 
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Summit Peaks and Riverside Lodges: Orientation

31 Jan

We have our own Private Gold Metal Water!

Paridise on Earth

Enjoy with your friends and family

Summit Peaks and Riverside Lodges: Orientation

 
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History or Riverside Lodges East and West to present

30 Jan

We Purchased the Riverside East and west lodges in the spring of 2007. It was irresistible because it’s PERFECT location in the heart of Silverthone Colorado, winter paradise! Previously know as the Alpenhutte Lodge established in 1984 as a European bed and breakfast/ hostel. We thought the over 7000 sq. Ft 3 store lodge had an excellent location and renovation potential. So $200,000 and 3 months later our dream was transformed into reality! The cool thing is the over 200 foot of private Gold Metal Blue River run through our back yard!! It was fun to also invent an entirely new main level . We converted the dated space into 2 separated floors, each with their own gourmet kitchen and home theater rooms. The new Riverside now has the flexibility to sleep up to 36 in the West and 38 in the East for a combined total of 74 for the BIG groups. Both are loaded with a video library of 500 movies, free Internet and fireplace to warm you up! Guests get an exclusive discount at the 62K square foot rec center 100 yards from the lodge! In the mid west we would call this kind of place a water park, but out here all the tourist tax revenue buy some incredible facilities. Riverside most recently received the honor of International World Cup Ski Team accreditation. This mean you need to keep your eyes pealed when visiting, many famous skiers have frequented these parts!

 
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Summit Peaks South and North Lodges

15 Jan

Summit Peaks Lodges!

My name is Nichole Foreman, I am currently a tenth grader in Iowa but my whole life I’ve been going on trips to Colorado. My dad has owned property and lodges located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Summit County, since 1990. Since we have between ten and twenty thousand guests a year, we thought we’d share our favorite Rocky Mountain adventures. My dad got the lodges so we could vacation in this paradise many times a year. We go to Colorado about two to four times each year, visiting more frequently. One of the best parts about going to Colorado is that we discover new places and new things to do every time. Even after fifteen years of traveling to the mountains, there is always more to see and experience.

Lodge History:

Summit Peaks South was our first lodge. It was built in 1984 but we bought it in 1990, four years before I was born. In 1998, the lodge burnt down in an accident but we took advantage of it and my dad spent the next four years building it to perfection. Two hundred and fifty thousand pounds of Douglas Fur were hand picked from the forests of Northern Oregon to use for the lodge. Steve Wilson, one of the most detailed craftsmen and builders at the time, finished the project in 2002. Some logs spanning over 80 feet and over 20 inches in diameter, create an atmosphere that’s one of a kind. The South Lodge address is 231 North Side Circle at the end of a horseshoe shaped road where the lodge’s back yard is the National Forest. It sits on the side of Buffalo Mountain in the Wilderness Subdivision. It’s hard to believe your only 1.3 miles from I70 exit 204 when you’re nestled into this mountain. The six bedrooms and 3,900 square feet make the lodge feel very spacious. My favorite feature of the South Lodge is the heated floors, which keeps things toasty in the winter and doesn’t pass germs like a forced air heating system does. I also love the potbelly stove on the main level because it heats the entire house. Sometimes my dad puts a kettle of water on top of it to humidify the extremely dry air, which is probably why we never get sore throats. Just remember to not put your skit boots too close to it or they will melt just like my sisters did! The covered porch provides a very good BBQ all four seasons. We’ve had our whole family of ten out there watching the wildlife as our burgers cook. The atmosphere is just spectacular. As this being the first lodge, it is also my favorite to stay in when we visit.

Summit Peaks North was our second lodge. Even thought you can’t walk between them, it is located on the backside of the same property as the South Lodge and it has the best views of the National Forest behind our property. After the success of the South Lodge, we acquired the North Lodge so we could double the occupancy to satisfy the needs of the larger groups. The first upgrade was the private breakfast deck off of the upper level. When we have our morning coffee up there, we spot a lot of big game and wild life. It was built by the same builder and with the same meticulous eye for detail as the South. The warmth of the log construction provides a perfect environment for entertaining and a beautiful gas fireplace heats the wide-open main level. The North Lodge is better suited for couples because it has more queen and king size beds. The two covered decks on the front and back of the lodge provide even more area to enjoy the outdoors.

 
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Orientation

15 Jan

Nikkie fly fishing 1 mile from the LodgesHello, My daughter Nikkie and I are going to write about our Summit Peaks and Riverside Lodges and the the MANY Activities in the surrounding Mountains. We hope you enjoy reading about and hopfully experiencing this paridise as much as we do! We appreciate your time and would love your comments so we can share them with others.

 
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Summit County Discounts!

26 Oct

Any Summit County Skier that brings their lift ticket to our Riverside Lodge will get up to a 20% discount call Steve @ 970-468-6336 to make your reservations!

Our guest get the following discounts exclusively as our guest!!!

All Summit Peaks Lodge guests will receive a 20-50% plus discount from all the retail stores andrestaurants in Blue River Plaza (1 mile from Summit Peaks Lodge or 100 yard from Riverside Lodges-at the corner of Route 9 and Wilderness/Ryans Gulch Rd.)

  • Quiznos – The spot to stop in Silverthorne
  • Dominos – We deliver to Summit Peaks Lodges: Call us at 970-668-5323
  • Blue Valley Discount Liquor – We always have great values – 970-468-0282
  • Blue Valley SkiBike Rentals – call 970-468-0400 for equipment, lift tickets and ski reports
  • Silverthorne Recreation Center- Water Park! 970-262-7372 (more info)
  • Rent Bikes at Pioneer Sports – call Mark 800-888-3688! He can even deliver the bike right to our front door!
  • Guided Trout Fishing: Cutthroat Anglers – call Trapper at 888-876-8818 and hire one of their numerous guides (BIG TROUT)
  • Colorado Hot Air Balloon Rides – For Reservations please call: 1- 888-468-9280 or 1-970-468-9280.
  • Backcountry Snowmobile Tours Daily – Call 970-668-1162
  • Colorado Mountain Guiding (Permitted) – Call 970-485-4945, Guided hikes, climbs, fishing, ski tours and bike tours!
  • Whitewater Rafting, LLC – Voted “Best Rafting Company” for 3 years straight by the locals. Contact them at 800-993-7238 or 970-945-8477 or e-mail them for rates and directions to the Glenwood Springs location.
  • Trail RidesSleigh Rides, Pack trips, and Hunting – Copper Mountain Stables (970) 968-2232
  • Weddings Discounts at the Famous Silverthorne Pavilion – Call 970-262-7396 for all the details! This is exclusive for our guest at Summit Peaks Lodges!!!!!!
  • Timothy Faust Photography – www.timothyfaust.com, 970-453-4538 Timothy Faust will come to the Lodge and capture the your Family, Group or special event, call for the details!
  • Real Estate Professional – Tim Garrett – Call 970-201-3240, Coldwell Banker
  • Shuttle Services – Make your online reservation and receive a 10% discount!! Take Colorado Mountain Express from the airport to our front door! To make your reservation, click here!
  • Summit Stage – Public transportation in Summit County is provided for free by the Summit Stage. For more details click here.
  • Full Errand Runner Service – Includes Babysitting, Events, and Concierge Call owner for details 309-721-4715

    Exclusive Summit Peaks Lodges discounts!

 
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