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Dillon Amphitheater is the place to be!

05 Jul

We enjoyed several different concerts here! They are free and you can dance right up front below the stage! This is great fun for all ages…a do not miss event!


 
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Copper Festivals

05 Jul

The wine and Jazz festival moved from Breckenridge where it was held in 2009 to Copper where we enjoyed it in 2010! Just perfect weather to enjoy great music. The waiters were also at their bests and served as if we were Kings and Queens! After the music we rode the chairlift up the mountain and hiked the flower covered hill sides! Wonderful!

 
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See the Mountains by Boat!

13 Jun

Touring Lake Dillon by boat is something the entire family can enjoy. We rent a house boat each year and every time we seem to find something new to explore.  We back a huge cooler with a picnic lunch and lots of beverages to enjoy throughout the day! The weather can change VERY quickly so I recommend starting in late morning because the storms and high winds tend to arrive in mid afternoon. A few years back we got pinned down in a very active storm with winds reaching in excess of 4 miles per hour…the kids thought it was a blast, but we all got pretty wet! Oh yes did I mention sunblock…lots of it!

DILLON — Want to scope out marmots, bear and birds while learning tantalizing details of Dillon history?

You can do all this while relaxing in your very own guided pontoon boat on Dillon Reservoir. For only $7 each, up to 14 people can fit in a boat on a one-hour cruise. Tours will be conducted Mondays and Tuesdays throughout June.

Whether you’re visiting Summit County or call it your home, there’s something for everyone on an “EXPLORE Lake Dillon” interpretive tour of the lake (and Denver Water’s main water source). Just don’t forget to dress in layers and slather on sunscreen. At almost 9,600 feet, the Dillon Reservoir can at one minute be hot and sunny, then cool and breezy.

Manned by a captain and Summit County Historical Society’s tour guide Linda Kelly, guided tours start June 14 and last about an hour. With the help of the boat captain, Kelly will narrate the ride, covering different facets of Dillon Reservoir, the old town of Dillon which that was located beneath the lake, and the surrounding area.

“This is a first-year trial,” said Dillon spokeswoman Susan Fairweather. “If it’s received well, we’ll consider adding additional dates.”

Though the actual boat route could vary due to wind, tours will generally cover where the old town of Dillon used to be, what’s what in terms of mountains and other landmarks, Roberts Tunnel (how the water is transported to Denver from the reservoir), the Dillon Nature Preserve, lodgepole pines and its decimation by the mountain pine beetle, the early days of the railroad, and Summit County’s mining history.


The Dillon Marina will soon be giving guided tours on their pontoon boats in conjunction with the Summit Historical Society. The tours will relate to the history of the reservoir and surrounding areas including old Dillon, mining and the mountain ranges visible from the lake.
Summit Daily/Mark Fox
More info:
“EXPLORE” Lake Dillon boat tours will be conducted Mondays and Tuesdays: June 14, 15, 21, 22, at 9:45 a.m.
Tours will start at the Dillon Marina for $7 per person, and reservations are a must.
Minimum age: 7
Call (970) 468-5100 or visit www.dillonmarina.com for more information.
 
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Improving the Fish Habitat

08 Jun

As you have probably concluded we love Colorado for many reasons! Reason Number 76 is the DNR (Department of Natural Resources) does an unbelievable job of repopulating fish in our Rivers. Below describes one such effort. I find it interesting how much effort goes into making  Colorado what it is today!

As part of an ongoing effort to improve river habitat for several endangered fish species, releases from various reservoirs will be increased this week and next as part of the Coordinated Reservoirs Operations Program.

Iniated in 1995 as part of the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program, the coordinated release effort is aimed to enhance spring peak flows in the Colorado critical to the survival of four species: the humpback chub, razorback sucker, bonytail chub and Colorad pikeminnow. Friday and Saturday, Green Mountain Reservoir releases were increased by 200 cubic feet per second, and outflows from Wolford Mountain Reservoir were increased by 200 cfs above inflow over the weekend. Increased outflows may continue through Wednesday.

“The release boosting this year’s Colorado River peak are a tonic that will make the river healtheir, and that benefits everyone from water users, to recreation and all the fish that call the river home,” said Bart Miller, Water Program Director for Western Resources Advocates.

 
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Friends, Reunions Ski Teams and More!!!

06 Jun

Family reunion 2009 Brother Scott, Lisa, Kattie, Carly and Meridith! This spot is a 3 mile hike out the back door of the lodge!

Best Buddy from Thunderbird, is chill’in at A-basin as we wait for the Brats to heat up! Nothing beats a sunny day at North America’s highest ski mountain!

Walt and Connor Lee and Tyler Davison enjoying A-Basin Beach BBQ! Oh what a Day!

Climber extraordinar, Ben Clark, an Everest summiter I might add!

 
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Summit County Summer activities! 2010

05 Jun

One thing is for sure there is always something do here in the mountains! Some of my “Do not Miss List Items” are the Dillon Amphitheater concerts…usually FREE and great family fun. Yes and then of course a the weekend festivals at the big resorts-Keystone Copper and Breckenridge.

Summit County Calendar of Events

What’s Happening in Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Frisco, Dillon, and Silverthorne

June-Aug :: Summer Music in Breckenridge :: More than 40 classical and non-classical concerts and ensemble performances. Riverwalk Center. Box Office: 970-547-3100

June 3, 10, 17, 24 :: 6pm :: Country Dancing, first half hour of instruction
will feature the basics followed by open dancing until 8pm, Dillon Amphitheatre


June 5 :: Marina Season Opener, Frisco Bay Marina

June 5 :: Kids Fishing Derby, free fishing derby for children 14 and under, Trent Park, Silverthorne

June 10-13 :: Breckenridge Festival of Film, 970-453-6200, www.breckfilmfest.com

June 11, 18, 25 :: 9am-2pm : Farmers’ Market, live entertainment 10:30am-1pm, Buffalo Street, Downtown Dillon

June 12 :: 8am :: 34th Annual Run the Rockies, Registration at Frisco Recreation Building

June 14, 15, 21, 22 :: 9:45-11am :: “Explore” Lake Dillon Boat Tours. Reservations required. Dillon Marina. 970-468-5100, dillonmarina.com

June 15, 22, 29 :: 11am :: Kid’s Discovery Days, Keystone Resort

June 17-19 :: Colorado Barbecue Challenge. Kick-off Concert, June 17, 8pm, Main Street Frisco

June 18-20 :: Lift-Off Summer, Copper’s opening weekend with activities, specials and live music,
Copper Mountain

June 19-20 :: Kingdom Days, Breckenridge’s annual heritage celebration, Corner of S. Ridge St.
and Washington Ave.

June 23, 30 :: 5pm :: Family Fun Nights, Keystone Resort

June 25-27 :: Genuine Jazz & Wine : Fri, 9pm; Sat, 1pm & 9pm; Sun, 9:30am; www.genuinejazz.com, The Village at Copper

June 25-27 :: 10am :: Merchant Tent Sale, Keystone Resort

June 25 :: 7pm :: Friday Night Concerts, Dillon Amphitheatre

June 26 :: 6th Annual World Music Fest, Keystone Resort

June 26 :: Annual Flea Market,Silverthorne Recreation Center Parking Lot

June 26 :: 10am :: Saturday Morning Adventures, Marina Park Pavilion by the Dillon Amphitheater

July 2 :: Noon-5pm :: Arts District Grand Celebration, Arts District of Breckenridge (corner of S. Ridge St. and Washington Ave.)


July 2-4 :: Frisco’s Fantastic Fourth of July, parade, kids fishing derby, live music, Green Art Festival, Founder’s Day celebrations, fireworks. Main Street Frisco and Frisco Bay Marina


July 2-4 :: 3 Ring Weekend, free family event featuring live music, conscious carnival, “Primp my Ride” kid-powered parade, fireworks, Copper Mountain, 3ringweekend.com

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 :: 9am-2pm :: Farmers’ Market, Buffalo Street, Downtown Dillon

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 :: 10 & 11:30am :: Rapunzel: A Rock-n-Roll Fairytale, Quaking Aspen
Amphitheater, Keystone Resort

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 :: 7pm :: Friday Night Concerts, Dillon Amphitheater

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 :: 7pm :: Sunset at the Summit Concerts, Dillon Amphitheater

July 3 :: 10am :: Frisco’s Founder’s Day, Frisco Historic Park

July 3, 17 :: 11am :: River Run Kidzfest, Keystone Resort

July 4 :: 11am :: Breckenridge Independence Day Celebration, 10K trail race, “Firecracker 50” bike race, Main Street parade, various activities and music throughout town. Main Street Breckenridge, www.gobreck.com

July 4 :: Noon :: 4th of July Celebration, National Repertory Orchestra in the morning followed by
music by DooWop Denny, children’s bike parade, BOCCE tournament, pie-eating contests and more. Downtown Dillon

July 4, 11, 18 :: 1pm :: Afternoon Concerts, Dillon Amphitheater

July 5-11 :: Breck Bike Week, 970-453-2913, www.gobreck.com

July 6, 13, 20, 27 :: 11am :: Kid’s Discovery Days, Keystone Resort

July 6, 13, 20, 27 :: 6-7pm :: Stories Alive Story Hour, Quaking Aspen Amphitheater, Keystone Resort

July 7, 14, 21, 28 :: Noon :: Historical Lecture Series, Gazebo, Frisco Historical Park

July 8, 15, 22, 29 :: 6pm :: East Coast Swing/Jitterbug, Dillon Amphitheater

July 9, 16, 23, 30 :: 6pm :: FAC – Fridays at Copper, free concerts and outdoor movies, Copper Mountain

July 10, 17, 24, 31 :: 10am :: Saturday Morning Adventures, Dillon Marina Park Pavilion

July 16-18 :: Parker Artists Guild Village Art Walk, www.parkerartistsguild.com for times, Village at Copper

July 16-18 :: Dillon Arts Festival, Downtown Dillon off of Lake Dillon Drive

July 17 :: 10am :: Historic Frisco Town Tour. Enjoy a free, guided tour of Frisco’s Heritage attractions. Frisco Historic Park & Museum.

July 18, 25 :: 11am :: Music in the Mountains Concert Series, Keystone’s River Run|

July 21 :: 6pm :: John Adams & Friends Summer in Colorado Concert, Dillon Amphitheater

July 24 :: 8-10pm :: Saturday Concert Series, Copper Mountain

July 24 :: 4pm :: River Run Rocks, Keystone’s River Run

July 24-25 :: 10am-2pm :: Frisco’s Classic Weekend, classic wooden boat show and marina parade, Frisco Marina

July 25 :: 9am:: ‘Vettes on the Rockies, more than 500 Corvettes on Main Street Frisco

July 29 :: 7pm :: Smokey Joe’s Café: The Music of Leiber and Stoller, River
Run at Keystone

July 30-Aug 1 :: Colorado Gold Panning Championships, Breckenridge, www.gobreck.com

July 30-Aug. 2 :: 21st annual Children’s Hospital Courage Classic, Copper Mountain, www.couragetours.com

July 31-Aug. 1 :: 11am :: Dillon Open Regatta, Dillon Marina

July 31-Aug. 1 :: 14th Annual Bluegrass and Beer Festival, Keystone Resort

Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22 :: 1pm :: Sunday Afternoon Concerts, Dillon Amphitheater

Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 :: 11am :: Music in the Mountains Concert Series, Keystone’s River Run

Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 :: 7-8:30pm :: Dancin’ in the Rockies Dance Series, free lessons in swing, line, salsa and tango. Final Tuesday in August will culminate into Summit County’s Biggest Dance Party, Pavilion at Keystone

Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27 :: 9am-2pm :: Farmers’ Market, Buffalo Street, Downtown Dillon

Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27 :: 7:30pm :: Friday Night Comedy Series, Pavilion at Keystone,
www.keystoneneighbourhood.com

Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28 :: 7pm :: Sunset at the Summit Concerts, Dillon Amphitheater

Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25 :: Noon :: Historical Lecture Series, The Gazebo, Frisco Historical Park

Aug. 5, 12, 15, 19, 26 :: Smokey Joe’s Café: The Music of Leiber and Stoller, Thurs.,
7pm; Sun., 2pm, River Run at Keystone

Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27 :: 6pm :: Fridays at Copper, Free concerts and outdoor movies, Copper Mountain

Aug. 6-7 :: 10am-10pm :: Dillon BBQ at the Summit, Town of Dillon, www.bbqatthesummit.com

Aug. 7 :: 5:45-8am start :: Copper Triangle Bicycle Tour, www.coppertriangle.com

Aug. 7 :: 9am :: Canine 4K, Dogs and their humans run or walk the 4K course, Frisco Main Street

Aug. 7-8 :: Art on Main Street to the Rockies, Fine art show, Frisco Main Street

Aug. 6-8 :: Mountain States Cup, largest full-discipline race series in the U.S., Keystone Resort

Aug. 12-13 :: Guitar Town Guitar & Songwriting Clinic, Copper Mountain, www.copperguitartown.com

Aug. 13-15 :: Guitar Town, the world’s best guitarists come together at Copper for the 5th annual festival, www.copperguitartown.com

Aug. 13 :: 5pm :: Dillon Bluegrass Festival, Dillon Amphitheatre

Aug. 14 :: 11am :: River Run Kidzfest, Keystone Resort

Aug. 14 :: 11am :: The Collision, skate park competitions, Frisco Skate Park

Aug. 14 :: 25th Annual Music on Main, free concert, Main Street Frisco

Aug. 21 :: 10am-3pm :: Frisco Free Family Fun Fest, Frisco PeninsulanRecreation Area

Aug. 21-22 :: Warrior Dash Rockies, Copper Mountain

Aug. 21-22 :: 6th Annual Blues Festival and Art Show, Keystone Resort

Aug. 22 :: 7am :: Blue River Century Ride, bike race to benefit the Lance Armstrong
Foundation, Keystone Resort

SEPTEMBER
Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24 :: 9am-2pm :: Farmers’ Market, Buffalo Street, Downtown Dillon

Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24 :: 7:30pm :: Adrenaline Movie Series, Pavilion at Keystone, www.pavilionatkeystone.com

Sept. 3 :: 6pm :: FAC – Fridays at Copper, Free concerts and outdoor movies

Sept. 3-5 :: Copper Country, Free Labor Day festival tradition, coppercountryfest.com

Sept. 3-5 :: Fri., Noon-6pm; Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 10am-2pm : Dillon Craft Fair, Downtown Dillon

Sept. 3-6 :: Breckenridge Labor Day Weekend Festivities, 970-453-2913, www.gobreck.com

Sept. 4 :: 7pm :: Sunset at the Summit Concerts, Saturdays, Dillon Amphitheater

Sept. 4 :: 22nd Annual Taste of Keystone, Keystone Resort

Sept. 5 :: 1pm :: John Adams & Friends Fan Appreciation Concert, Dillon Amphitheater

Sept. 6 :: 2pm :: Marina Mutt Contest, Registration starts at Noon, Dillon Marina

Sept. 10-12 :: Copper Criteriums, Cyclecross & Fall Colors Ride, www.coppercrits.com

Sept. 11 :: Beetlefest, Frisco Main Street

Sept. 17-19 :: 16th Annual Breckenridge Oktoberfest, 970-453-2913, www.gobreck.com

Sept. 17-19 :: The America Cup International Fly Fishing Tournament, Frisco, Blue River and other local rivers

Sept. 24-26 :: Camp Experience, Oneof- a-kind retreat exclusively for women, Copper Mountain. CampExperience.com

Sept. 25 :: Annual Flea Market, Recreation Center Parking Lot, Silverthorne

OCTOBER
Oct. 31 :: 6-8pm :: Trick or Treat Street on Main Street Frisco

 
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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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What Determines The Flow Of the Blue River That Runs Though Our Property?

02 Jun

It is important to understand how the water flow in the Blue River is determined. This effects our fishing and rafting in it! The simple guide line is in the Spring and early Summer the flow is generally higher and in Fall and Winter it is less. But when in doubt just check with the Forest Service office about 1 mile North on Hwy 9! Remember, as shown above the Source for the River is a Dam, that is why the River produces HUGE trout and large swings in CFS water flow amounts!

Water from Dillon Reservoir began flowing through the morning glory spillway into the Lower Blue River at 5 a.m. Tuesday. Water spills through the “glory hole” when the reservoir’s water level reaches its full elevation of 9,017 feet.

Water also flows through the waterworks and into the Blue River from the bottom of the dam. The spillway ensures water never flows over the top of the dam.

Outflows into the Lower Blue reached 235 cubic feet per second (cfs) Tuesday, with 220 of that coming from the bottom of the dam. As the snowpack continues to melt, the percentage of water coming from the top of the reservoir, via the spillway, will increase.

Outflows into the Lower Blue are forecast to peak at 1,100 cfs on June 9. Inflows are forecast to peak at 1,300 cfs on June 9.

Actual peak flows will vary from the forecasts depending on weather: Warm, sunny weather would produce higher peak flows over a relatively short period of time; cooler, cloudier weather — resulting in slower snowmelt — would translate to a lower-

volume peak spread over a longer period of time.

The Lower Blue is generally fine for rafting at flows higher than 500 cfs. To reduce the likelihood of flooding along the Lower Blue, Denver Water tries to ensure that peak outflow doesn’t exceed 1,800 cfs.

“There is always some risk of flooding downstream,” said Denver Water’s manager of raw water supply, Bob Steger. “The reservoir could be spilling, and we could get a bunch of rain. That’s a risk we have every year while we’re spilling.”

The historic average peak inflow is about 1,700 cfs, and Steger said this year’s flows would not likely reach that level. Average peak outflow is about 1,100 cfs and occurs around June 20.

“People in Silverthorne still need to be kind of diligent in understanding that anything can happen as far as weather is concerned,” Steger said.


 
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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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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

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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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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Colorado History

21 Apr

Here are some curious things you might not know about Colorado.

Highest Climb. The highest vertical climb is not on a mountain but up the north side of the Black Canyon.. Rising 1,700 feet, this sheer rock face is even higher than the famous Diamond on Longs Peak and was not conquered until 1969.

Deepest Snow. In 1899 Crested Butte recorded 254 inches of snow near the top of Kebler Pass. That year, snow buried a train near Leadville and left only stove pipes showing above cabins at many mountain towns. Usually, Wolf Creek Pass near Pagosa Springs gets the most snow in Colorado.

Oldest Hotel. The Peck House in the little town of Empire, near Berthoud Pass, is Colorado’s oldest hotel. It was built in 1859 by James Peck. Early guests included President Ulysses S. Grant and other famous people.

Highest Town. Leadville is the highest (10,200 feet) incorporated town in Colorado and the entire U.S. It has also had the highest rate of premature babies in the U.S. Researchers concluded that the altitude causes smaller babies.

Largest Nuggets. The biggest gold nugget in Colorado weighed 135 ounces and was found near Breckenridge in 1887 by miner Tom Broves. The biggest silver nugget weighed 1,840 pounds and was found at an Aspen mine in 1894.

Largest Elk Antlers. Measuring 52 inches at the widest point, the antlers of an elk killed in 1899 near Crested Butte are still on display at that town’s visitor center. In 1961, Boone and Crockett researchers declared it to be the largest elk rack in history.

Toughest Climate. No crops are grown around the town of Silverton, north of Durango. At 9,318 feet elevation, Silverton’s growing season between frosts is only two weeks. San Juan County there is reportedly the only county in the U.S. without a single acre of agricultural land.

Worst Drought. About every 40 years, Colorado experiences a drought, according to tree-ring researchers. The worst was in the 1200s. It lasted 25 years and may have driven the Indians from Mesa Verde. During the Dust Bowl on the eastern plains, one cloud of dust on April 4, 1935, gathered itself to 1,000 feet high and 200 miles wide. It traveled at 60 miles an hour, suffocated hundreds of animals and damaged many people’s health.
Driest Town. Delta, south of Grand Junction, gets less rain per year than Tucson, Arizona.

Musical Dunes. Winds blowing around the Great Sand Dunes near Alamosa create sounds resembling music. That’s how Music Pass above the dunes got its name.

Women’s Rights. Colorado was the second state in the U.S. to give women the right to vote. Wyoming was the first. You would think the eastern states would have been more progressive, but it took the frontier adventure to make men realize how strong and intelligent women were.

 
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Riverside Lodge is born!

05 Apr

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.

 
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Summer at our Lodges: Need A/C?

10 Mar

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.   

 
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What are the Lodges outfitted with?

07 Mar

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!

 
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Hydration

04 Mar

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!

 
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Discounted Rides from the Denver International Airport!

04 Mar

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!!   

https://reservations.ewrt.com/afrm_summitpeakslodge

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

 
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Paul Bachhuber MN. 2000-2010!!!

03 Mar

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

 
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Hunter, Nikkie, Gabby Iowa City IA.

03 Mar
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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Julie, Bettendorff Ia.

03 Mar
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.
Julie
 
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Tana, Littleton, CO

03 Mar
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
 
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Dave Warntjes, Burlington, WI

03 Mar
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
 
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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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