Unique Ski Season 2020

What You Need To Know:

  • Keystone plans to open on November 6
  • Breckenridge plans to open on November 13

On-mountain access will require a reservation this year.

  • Pass holders will have priority access. Skiing and riding are exclusive to pass holders from November 6 to December 7 for Keystone. These reservations can be made beginning November 4 for the following week (November 6-13).
  • Each Wednesday, reservation dates for the following week (Friday-Thursday) will be available.
  • Breckenridge opens early season on November 13, so week-of reservations begin on November 11.

Core ski season for both Keystone and Breckenridge is December 8-April 4, 2020.

  • Reservations for the core season begin on November 6 and can be booked throughout the entire season.
  • To get your preferred days, reserve before lift tickets go on sale on December 8.
  • You can lock in up to 7 days of the core season before the core season starts- these are called Priority Reservation Days.
  • During core season, week-of reservations will continue as in early season.
  • You can hold up to 7 Priority Reservation Days at a time, so after you ski or ride on a core day, you can reserve another day.

The following safety protocols will be in place:

  • Face coverings will be mandatory this year at all times except when skiing or snowboarding if you are far enough away from others.
  • Physical distancing will include riding in the gondola with members of your travel party or only two people at opposite ends of the gondola.
  • All transactions will be cashless at both resorts this season.

Action steps:

  1. Read more details about this ski season from Keystone Resort
  2. Get your pass
  3. Reserve your ski dates, beginning November 4.
  4. Book your stay with us!

Opening Day 2020

The following dates are projections and thus are subject to change. With an irregular year comes an irregular ski season. Each area is making its decisions based on the latest information. Follow the links below for each resort regularly for the most up-to-date information.

Keystone Resort: Friday, November 6, 2020

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area: Now open (as of Nov. 12, 2020)

Loveland: TBD (typically sometime in October)

Copper Mountain Resort: Monday, November 30, 2020

Breckenridge: Friday, November 13, 2020

Enhanced Cleanliness Procedures

At Summit County Mountain Retreats, a sanitary environment has always been the standard. The in-house laundry and housekeeping staff, alongside standard operating procedures, are critical to keeping every vacation rental sparkling clean and sanitized.

The Basics

Each linen and Ivory White duvet cover is cleaned using hospital-grade laundry procedures, equipment, and detergent between every guest stay, including washing temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. In our standard linen program, we ensure that all linens are clean and in excellent condition.

In addition, the housekeeping staff disinfects all surfaces, especially high-touch surfaces, creating a clean and sanitary property after every guest visit. Summit County Mountain Retreats does this to ensure a pure environment for your getaway, so you only need to worry about where your next adventure lies.

More Information

The Ivory White Bedding program consists of a soft, white-striped duvet cover with a medium thick, high quality down alternative duvet. The duvet cover is removed after each guest stay and replaced with a freshly laundered duvet cover. The entire bed is made with fresh white linens for each new arrival. All items are constantly evaluated for quality and replaced as needed.

Our Ultra-Premium Linen program dramatically surpasses all linen standards in the ski industry. We modeled our Ultra-Premium linens after the Four Seasons Hotels & Ritz Carlton.

Ultra-Premium Towels are 40% larger and two times thicker than our standard towels. Our ultra-premium towels are 100% cotton and use a very dense, yet fluffy weave to create a soft and substantial feel that is only found in the finest resorts and hotels. Our Ultra-Premium towels includes bath towels, hand towels, washcloths and bath mats.

Ultra-Premium Bed Sheets are brilliant white with a very high thread count. There is an alternating 1-inch satin stripe that crosses the sheet. This provides a timeless and elegant look and feel. The bottom sheet is fitted and the top sheet is flat with matching king sized pillow cases.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Summit County: August 2020

Activities and Precautions: Summer 2020

This year has been a strange ride. The entire world is experiencing the same thing, maybe for the first time in the history of the world. Many establishments have been shut down at one time or another. Here in Summit County, the same thing has happened. Short term rentals were closed for 2 ½ months. Now they are open, as well as many other businesses, but with social distancing and sanitization precautions in place. With that said, let’s look at what is available to do this August in Summit County.

1. Hit the water. The Dillon Marina, in Dillon, CO, has many activities that are outdoors and have COVID-19 precautions in place to make your time on the water safe and enjoyable. Here are several of their boat tours that are currently available. They have daytime and sunset sailing tours from as little as $60/person for a 2-hour tour. These tours are available daily, with 2-5 people per boat.

One very interesting tour is the “Explore Lake Dillon Historical Tour” offered regularly throughout the summer. They are offered every Tuesday-Thursday morning from 9:00-10:30am, until August 28th. A great deal at $40/person (ages 7+). According to their website, you will enjoy the mountains “and learn interesting facts about the Town of Dillon and the Dillon Reservoir during the 1 & ½ hour pontoon boat interpretive tour of Lake Dillon.” It is sponsored by the Dillon Marina and the Summit Historical Society.

2. Guided adventures. For those who would not necessarily go on hikes, rafting, mountain biking trails, or rock climbing on their own. Several companies offer tours to help you enjoy the adventure of Summit County. Peak tours are a great way to see the mountains without the need to be an expert mountaineer. There are the “14ers,” which are the peaks over 14,000 feet above sea level. These are very popular hikes because it is a milestone to reach a peak above 14K feet. During a time of social distancing, it may be a better option to escape the crowded 14K peaks and have a guide take you up the local “12ers” and “13ers.” Most of the peaks in Summit County are of this height, so there are many to choose from. The more to choose from, the better for social distancing.

3. Grocery delivery. Summit Home Services offers grocery delivery throughout Summit County. They help you maximize your time in Keystone, Breckenridge, Silverthorne, or Frisco by delivering your groceries, beer, wine, or liquor when you arrive at your Summit County Mountain Retreats vacation rental. Their normal procedure is to unpack and put away the groceries, but their COVID-19 protocol is only delivery to the front door of your vacation rental. So be sure to have your groceries delivered at about 3:30-4pm, since our check-in time is 4pm.

4. Good judgment and courtesy. On June 16, the governor of Colorado issued a mask-wearing mandate, stating that everyone over the age of 10 must wear a mask inside public buildings. This is complementary to the order to wear masks outdoors if you are within 6 feet of others. Social distancing and the wearing of masks is good to do for a peaceful, relaxing trip to Summit County. Refresh yourself in the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains in Summit County. Be courteous and respectful to others and be rejuvenated.

Summit County Mountain Retreats

Summit County Mountain Retreats has beautiful rentals for your entire group. Whether it’s a vacation for your family or friends, we have all your needs covered. We have implemented several precautions and sanitizing measures to ensure your safety while traveling to Summit County.

Waterfall Hikes – Silverthorne

Best Waterfall-Viewing Hikes in Silverthorne

Summer is in full swing throughout Summit County. Hiking in Silverthorne is a great way to have some fun on your vacation, enjoying the spectacular scenery. With COVID-19 on everyone’s mind, why not get away into the great outdoors, experiencing social distancing through the beauty of nature? Summit County Mountain Retreats is here to help you discover the best trails to view waterfalls in the Silverthorne area.

1. Mesa-Cortina Trail to South Willow Creek Falls is an 8.7 mile (4.35 miles to the falls) heavily trafficked out and back trail. It is rated as a moderately difficult trail. This trail is mostly shaded with some meadows along the way, which are great for viewing wildlife. At just over 4 miles, you will encounter a moderate climb to the spectacular South Willow Creek Falls. Be prepared to linger in the beauty of the scenery.

To access the trail, from downtown Silverthorne, travel south on Wildernest Road, follow Wildernest Road to the right onto Buffalo Mountain Drive. After 0.8 miles, turn right onto Lakeview Drive and then left onto Aspen Drive. Continue 0.2 miles and there will be a pull thru parking lot on the right-hand side of the road. The lot is fairly small, so get there early.

2.Lower Cataract Loop Trail is a 2.3 mile loop featuring beautiful wildflowers and a waterfall. It is an easy hike, with a mixture of open areas, a deep pine forest, and aspen groves. It is great for viewing the lake and waterfall, the mountains, and wildlife.

To access this trail, head north of Silverthorne on Highway 9 for about 16.5 miles, turn left onto Heeney Road, just before crossing the Blue River. Stay on Heeney River for about 5.5 miles, there turn left onto Forest Road 1725. Follow 1725 for about 3 miles. Pass Surprise Trailhead on your left to the parking lot for Lower Cataract Loop Trail. The last half mile on 1725 is gravel, but it is easily handled by any two wheel drive car.

3. The Willow Creek Falls via South Willow Creek is a 6.3 mile out and back trail. It is rated as moderately difficult. The trail is fairly narrow, so to be courteous to keep social distance between hikers. On the hike, you will cross bridges, see wildflowers and wildlife, and of course a waterfall.

The Willowbrook Trailhead can be accessed by driving north of Silverthorne about 1.5 miles. Turn Left onto Willowbrook Road. About 1 mile onto Willowbrook Road is the parking lot for Willowbrook Trailhead, on the left. There is parking for 15-20 cars.

4. The Gore Range Trail to Meadow Creek Trail Loop is a challenging 12.5 mile loop with over 3,000 feet of elevation gain throughout the trail. Because of the difficulty of this hike, you will not see many other people on the trail, making it perfect for social distance and fully absorbing the grandeur of the scenery. Be sure to take along plenty of water and be ready for a workout.

Buffalo Mountain Trailhead begins this hike at the top of Wildernest. Then it connects to the Gore Range Trail and Willow Creek Falls. It continues back to the valley between Buffalo Mountain, Red Peak, and Eccles Pass. The trail crosses Eccles Pass then connects to Meadow Creek Trail. Finally, it connects to Lily Pad Trail #50, passes Lily Pad Lake, and ends back at Buffalo Mountain Trailhead. There are some places you may get your feet wet, so bring some extra socks.

This trailhead is at the west end of Ryan Gulch Road. Follow Wildernest Road south of Silverthorne. Turn left onto Ryan Gulch Road, follow the curvy road for about 3.5 miles to the trailhead on the right. You can see the parking lot from the trailhead just down the road on the left.

Summit County Mountain Retreats

Summit County Mountain Retreats has beautiful rentals for your entire group. Whether it’s a vacation for your family or friends, we have all your needs covered. After your day spent hiking the scenic trails near Silverthorne,, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the views, utilize a Jacuzzi, or cook some dinner in your kitchen after an exhilarating day in the mountains. Book your luxury vacation rental in Silverthorne now.

Patio view from our 14 Road A rental in Silverthorne.

Cirque Series 2020: Arapahoe Basin

Photo credit: Cirque Series website

**Updated with COVID-19 precautions**

Cirque Series takes place on Saturday, August 29th it is right here in Summit County at Arapahoe Basin. The premier mountain running series garners runners of all types, casual and professional, and takes them on a unique journey up and down a mountain.

Competitors can enter into one of three categories: Sport, Expert and Pro, with the latter being for professional runners. There’s prize money for top finishers and sponsored award packs for unique categories like “middle of the pack”.

From their website,

The Cirque Series is redefining what mountain running is all about. Starting from the base of a world-famous ski resort, you’ll rally up windswept ridges and glacial cirques to towering peaks, power down a quad-burning descent, and break the tape into a festival of live music, food, drink, and vendor tents. The elevation is serious but the mileage is management, and the race is as hardcore as you want it to be–beat the pros down to earn legend status and cash prizes, or enjoy the views and let the challenge be its own reward.

For more information about how register, visit their website.

Arapahoe Basin doesn’t offer lodging on-site but Keystone is just five miles away. We offer a variety of vacation rentals in Keystone, from cozy studios to spacious condos, townhomes and stand-alone mountain homes. So, whether you’re racing or coming to support a runner, don’t forget to book your stay. And, to show our encouragement for the competitors, we’re offering a 10% discount on the nightly rates from August 27 through August 30. Just enter promo code CIRQUE20 when booking on our website.



Promo code is valid through August 30.

Any nights of stay before August 27 or after August 30 are not included.

Discount taken from rates that are subject to change.

Applies to new reservations or reservations made on the same day this promotion was sent out.

Cannot be combined with other SCMR promotions.

*Some properties not applicable. Fees and taxes are not discounted.

Biking Trails in Breckenridge

Easiest and Most Challenging Biking Trails in Breckenridge

Summer is in full swing throughout Summit County. Mountain biking in Breckenridge is a great way to have some fun on your vacation, get a serious workout, or leisurely enjoy the spectacular scenery. Whether you want to push yourself to your limits or take an easy ride through the heights of the Rocky Mountains, there are many biking trails to suit all skill and fitness levels. Always beware of the altitude, however. It simply takes time to adjust to the altitude, so always take the proper precautions when enjoying outdoor activities.

Mountain Biking in Breckenridge

Mountain biking on the trails of Breckenridge is always an enjoyable family activity and a great way to spend an afternoon. The easiest trails in Breckenridge will give you a leisurely ride, whereas the most challenging trails will please seasoned bikers, or those looking for a great workout. Below, we’ll tell you about the best trails on which to mountain bike in Breckenridge.

3 Easy Mountain Biking Trails in Breckenridge

1. River Trail begins about 1 ½ miles north of downtown Breckenridge. This biking trail starts near a bridge crossing on the Blue River. To access the other side of the Blue River, turn on Coyne Valley Road and return towards the town. On this leisurely trail, you will encounter others enjoying the outdoors fly fishing, hiking, and biking.

2.The Lower Flume Trail is a great out and back, beginning on French Creek Road. It is initially a steep ride from the road grade to the flume but soon flattens to singletrack. The trail will intersect with Highlands Drive, continuing downhill, then return to the trail from Highlands Drive.This trail is beautiful and enjoyable for bikers of all levels.

3. The B&B Trail begins at the B&B Mines Trailhead on French Creek Road. From the trailhead, you’ll ride up the road for a little over a mile to the B&B Trail. It is a fairly easy ride since it is slightly downhill the entire way with lots of double track and wide singletrack. This trail is another enjoyable ride for everybody.

3 Challenging Mountain Biking Trails in Breckenridge

1. Wheeler Trail. To get to the trail, start on a track named Burro, continue until you get to Spruce Creek Road which will bring you to the beginning of Wheeler Trail. With the elevation change and the potential for the weather to change within minutes, this trail isn’t for those who want to take a quick and easy bike ride. Wheeler Trail is a steep, old hiking trail, which makes even the descent challenging.

2. The Colorado Trail offers another challenge for serious bikers. From the Tiger Dredge Trailhead on Tiger Road, you’ll be able to warm up for a few miles on the road before it gets difficult. When you see the left side of the Middle Fork of Swan dirt road, you’ll find some of the most incredible singletracks in the mountains. Once you cross North Fork Road, you’ll meet the most challenging part of the bike ride. The ride back to your car will be met with major speed and serious curves.!

3. The B-Line Trail. is all about jumps and turns. There’s a great chance you will catch some air when you take on this trail. It is a challenge for even the most seasoned riders. You’ll start at the top of Moonstone Trail and end at Carter Park, and you’ll be ready for some R&R at your Summit County Mountain Retreats vacation rental once you complete this ride.

Summit County Mountain Retreats

Summit County Mountain Retreats has beautiful rentals for your entire group. Whether it’s a vacation for you and yours, your family, or friends, we have all your needs covered. After your afternoon spent mountain biking the trails of Breckenridge, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the view from Breckenridge, utilize a Jacuzzi, or cook some dinner in your kitchen after burning all of those calories. Book your luxury vacation rental in Breckenridge now.

COVID-19 Procedures

**Updated with ski season information on September 17, 2020**

Precautions to Help You Have a Safe Vacation In Summit County

We want to express our gratitude & appreciation for you, our guest. If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is to reflect on the things we’re grateful for. We know you have options and choosing to book with Summit County Mountain Retreats means a lot to us!

In the current environment, it is important for all of us to travel smarter and more consciously. That is why we want to inform you of the steps we are taking to ensure your health and safety while traveling.

We remain open for business and are prioritizing the safety of our guests, owners, staff, and vendors. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 status and work with our local officials to ensure we are doing all in our power to maintain a safe and healthy environment.

  • Our properties are sanitized, cleaned, and disinfected prior to guest check-in. Our housekeeping checklists meet or exceed CDC cleaning standards.
  • Every property will be stocked with a spray bottle of disinfectant, which can be sprayed on virtually all surfaces, including upholstery and bedding. This will enable you to take active steps to ensure your personal safety.
  • We provide care packages with sanitizing products for you to take when you check-in.

Pool and Amenities

Pools and amenities will begin reopening on June 19th. How and when these amenities are opened is controlled by each individual home owners association. We cannot guarantee that all amenities will be open, but we hope that most will be open soon after June 19. We recommend that guests be prepared for restrictions on capacity and other measures, which will ensure the safety of all guests and staff.

COVID-19 Relaxed Cancellation Policy

November 24, 2020

1. For all new reservations taken after October 23, 2020 and occupancy occurs between November 24, 2020 and December 23, 2020, we will honor the following cancellation policy:

  • Guests may cancel for any reason and receive a 85% refund 30 days prior to arrival.
  • Guests may receive a 65% refund for any cancellations between 14 days and 29 days prior to arrival.
  • Cancellations 13 days or less, prior to arrival for non-COVID-19 cancellation, our standard cancellation policy applies.

2. For all reservations existing between December 24, 2020 and February 4, 2021, we will honor the following cancellation policy:

  • Guests may cancel for any reason and receive a 80% refund for any cancellation more than 35 days prior to arrival.
  • Guests may cancel for any reason and receive a 65% refund for any cancellation between 25 and 34 days prior to arrival.
  • Guests may cancel for any reason and receive a 50% refund for any cancellations between 24 days and 14 days prior to arrival.
  • Cancellations 13 days or less, prior to arrival for non-COVID-19 cancellation, our standard cancellation policy applies.

3. For any reservation that does not qualify within #1 or #2 above, an 85% refund will be provided for the following cancellation reasons, upon verified written proof:

  • Mandatory closure of vacation rental accommodations by government authorities.
  • Verified positive COVID-19 test result for the primary guest, spouse, or children of the primary guest, within 14 days of stay dates.
  • Verified hospitalization of primary guest’s extended family member, within 14 days of stay date.
  • Active “stay at home order” for the primary guest in the guest’s primary community, within 14 days of stay date.
  • Government mandated “self-quarantine order” related to travel, within 14 days of the stay date.
  • Verified employer mandated travel ban and/or self-quarantine requirement of 10 days or more.

Travel insurance is an excellent mechanism to protect yourself and your family from the uncertainties of travel. There are many risks associated with travel. Some forms of insurance provide narrow coverage for issues like flight cancellations, while other forms of insurance are broad. During the uncertain times of COVID-19, we recommend that all guests consider and obtain insurance which is commonly referred to as “Cancel for Any Reason.”

When you are ready to travel, we’re here to ensure your stay is enjoyable, relaxing, and above all – safe.

Visiting Keystone & Breckenridge for Skiing?

Important Information:

  • On-site lift ticket windows WILL NOT be open during early ski season. Resorts may extend or modify this policy as the season progresses. All ski passes MUST be purchased in advance at Epicpass.com or by calling (970) 754-0005.
  • All pass holders must reserve their date(s) using the resort’s reservation system. The reservation system can be accessed at Epicpass.com. We strongly encourage you not to wait until the last minute to purchase ski passes and make reservations. You must have BOTH a ski pass and a reservation in order to ski any day.
  • For up to date information regarding passes, lift tickets, reservations, etc., please click here.

***Summit County Mountain Retreats is not affiliated with any ski resorts. Refunds will not be provided to rental guests for issues outside of our control. Please see the Summit County Mountain Retreats rental agreement for full details regarding refunds and cancellations. All information provided here is provided as a courtesy for our rental guests.***

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Summit County Hiking Trails

Photo from One of the Prettiest Summit County Hiking Trails.
As Colorado starts to warm up, the ski boots get put away and the hiking boots come out. The same rocky mountains that provide some of the best skiing, turn into some of the best hiking in the entire nation. Challenge yourself and get all of your steps in for the day as you hike these trails. You’ll feel a major sense of accomplishment once you finish! All of the hiking trails in Summit County will be close to you when you stay at Summit County Mountain Retreats

The Best Hiking Trails in Summit County, Colorado

Listed below are some of the challenging and beautiful hiking trails in all of Summit County. Take in beautiful mountain and lake views along each hike, and enjoy some fresh mountain air!


Begin this hike just eight miles south of downtown Breckenridge. With 3,500 feet of elevation game throughout this three-mile hike, you’ll definitely feel the burn! The final ascent to the end of the trail is worth it, as you overlook layers of jagged peaks jutting out in all directions. 

Mohawk Lakes

This trail is much easier than Quandary, so if you’re not looking for a challenge, the Mohawk Lakes trail is the right one for you. This 6.6-mile route begins a few miles south of downtown Breckenridge at the end of Spruce Creek Road. While you hike this trail, you’ll see a stunning waterfall and mining structures that date all the way back to the late 19th century. If you continue up the mountain, you’ll find Upper Mohawk Lake and see the view of the valley below. 

Upper Cataract Lake

If you really love hiking, the trails leading to Upper Cataract Lake are perfect for you. The 11-mile roundtrip hike is among one of the more difficult hikes in Summit county but is well worth it when you get to see gorgeous views of Cat Lake and Upper Cataract Lake. 

Summit County Mountain Retreats

You’ll love staying at one of the many rentals at Summit County Mountain Retreats. We have different condos, apartments, and homes available all over Summit County, including Breckenridge, Keystone, and Frisco, so you won’t have to go far to get to the best hiking trails of Summit county. We have rentals that will fit your entire family and friends, or the perfect size for you and your significant other. Once you find the rental you love, call us at 1-800-516-0041.

Dog Sledding in Colorado

Photo of a Group of Pups Dog Sledding in Colorado.
Visiting Colorado doesn’t always mean you have to go skiing. There’s plenty to do throughout the state that doesn’t involve committing to a long day on the mountain – some activities even include some four-legged friends! If you haven’t gone dog sledding in Colorado, you’re missing out. Wherever you’re visiting in Summit county, Summit County Mountain Retreats has the perfect place for you to stay, close to all the dog sledding adventures that await you in Colorado.

Dog Sledding Adventures in Colorado: Summit County

All of the major ski towns in Colorado also host some of the most fun dog sledding adventures. Whether you decide to stay in Vail, Breckenridge, or Keystone, there are many amazing companies who are waiting to take you on an adventure that you will never forget.

Dog Sledding in Breckenridge, Colorado

Good Times Adventures will take you on a gorgeous 6-mile tour along the winding trails of the Swan River Valley for just $125 per person. What is most exciting about this tour is that your entire group can take turns running the dogs, riding in the dogsled, and riding on a small passenger sleigh with the guide. The tour takes about an hour and a half, stopping along the way to trade places so that everybody gets a chance to run the dogs. You’ll be able to get some great photos of your group sledding, as well as some beautiful photos of the Rocky Mountains. Call 1-800-477-0144 to make your reservation. 

Dog Sledding in Vail, Colorado

You’ll have the best dog sledding adventure when you book through Mountain Musher in Vail. Our friendly, happy team of dogs will bring you through the beautiful Vail Valley on private, snowmobile free trails. The dogs at Mountain Musher are practically famous, as they’ve been featured on “The Today Show,” so you know they are some of the best sled dogs around! To book, fill out a reservation request form, or call 970-653-7877. 

Dog Sledding in Keystone, Colorado

If you want to go dog sledding in Keystone, be sure to book through Colorado Concierge. Colorado Concierge will set you up with the ultimate family-friendly dog sledding experience that you’ll remember forever. There are several tour types for you to choose from, including half-day, full-day, guided, family, group, and scenic. You’re welcome to run the dogs while on your tour, and it’s only $90 per person! Call 970-453-8222 to make a reservation. 

Post-Sledding at Summit County Mountain Retreats

After your Colorado dog sledding adventure, you’ll want to relax. There’s no better place for relaxation than with us, at Summit County Mountain Retreats. We have condos, townhomes, apartments, and any style home imaginable all throughout Summit county. No matter the occasion, no matter the group size, you’ll find that our rentals can cater to all of your needs. We would love to be a part of your next Colorado adventure. Give us a call at 1-800-516-0041 to book one of our luxurious rentals.