Parking & Transportation in Summit County

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Summit County is a fantastic vacation destination year-round, but like most vacation spots getting around while you’re here can be tricky to figure out.

Your options for transportation vary depending on the season, and should be a part of your vacation planning. And, don’t forget, Summit Express offers our guests discounts on their shuttle services. Just refer to the email you receive after booking or contact us for more information.

WINTER

Ski season offers the widest variety of transportation options. Both shuttle transports and in-resort shuttles are running frequently and on a regular schedule. Conversely, due to demand, your parking options will be limited and parking restrictions are strictly enforced.

We find that for most guests, taking advantage of an airport shuttle and using in-resort public transportation is a great choice. You’ll avoid driving in hazardous conditions and you don’t have to worry about parking at all. If your vacation rental is centrally located in one of the area resorts, then this option is even better as you can easily walk to shops, restaurants and the lifts. If your vacation rental is set off away from the center of the resort, then the in-resort shuttle can get you anywhere in the resort in just a few minutes. And in Keystone, you can even take advantage of their free on-call service. Call 970-496-4200 at least 30 minutes before you’d like to leave and the bus will pick you up and drop you off at your desired Keystone destination.

For those staying in Keystone that need to pick up keycards before heading to their vacation rental, we can even offer a step-by-step guide of how this might work:

  1. Schedule your Summit Express airport shuttle to drop off at our office.
  2. Pick up your keycards via our No-Hassle, 24/7 check-in.
  3. Head next door to Mountain View Sports to get your ski gear (our guests get a discount!).
  4. Head over to the Keystone shuttle stop located at the corner of the plaza parking lot.
  5. Hop on the shuttle and get off at your vacation rental!

All that said, you may have or want a car during your stay. Some guests have a car because they’re driving in from their homes, while others might want to visit more than one ski area, check out tourist attractions across the county or just want the freedom of driving somewhere immediately rather than waiting on a shuttle. If you’re driving your own car, you should take into consideration the cost of fuel and wear and tear on your vehicle. If you’re renting, then you should consider the cost of a rental car and the time needed to pick up and return the rental. In both cases, you need to determine how prepared you are to drive in difficult weather conditions.

Aside from that, the most important consideration is parking. Most vacation rentals are managed by HOAs that govern the parking for the entire complex, and most of these HOAs allow one parking space. If you have one vehicle, then you’re all set! If your party has more than one vehicle you’ll need to figure out parking for those additional vehicles. You can park additional vehicles at an overflow lot that allows overnight parking. To access these additional vehicles during your stay, you’ll need to use the in-resort shuttle or come up with a car-pooling system (e.g., drive to the overflow lot to drop off the driver of the additional vehicle, and then both of you drive back to the vacation rental to pick up others in your party). Keystone offers free overnight parking at the Keystone Lodge lot (in North Keystone off of Highway 6 across from Lakeside Village) and Breckenridge offers overnight parking for a small fee at the Satellite lot (north of the center of Breckenridge just as you enter into town). Both lots are first-come, first served.

Unfortunately, we don’t manage any parking in Summit County. We do our best to communicate all parking options as well as restrictions to help guests avoid fines and tows. If you need help figuring out parking for an upcoming stay, feel free to contact us!

SPRING, SUMMER, FALL

If you’re traveling to Summit County during the spring or fall, taking advantage of those off season lodging rates, you’ll have to take into consideration that shuttle transportation to and from the airport will be limited and at times unavailable. Summit Express has a schedule on their website detailing when they offer shared shuttles and when they offer only private charters. Additionally, in-resort shuttles also have a limited schedule, combine routes or don’t run during low seasons and summer. On the flip side, parking is more plentiful, more lots are free and some restrictions are lifted.

Another consideration to make during the spring and fall is that some businesses will close down as well. For example, most of the shops and restaurants in Keystone Resort are owned by the resort. This means they close down during “mud” season (spring and fall). The benefit of this is that the resort is really quiet and guests get a chance to live like a local, taking a ten-minute drive into the nearby towns for restaurants and other activities. But this also means, you’ll need a vehicle.

During the summer, the resort picks back up as do your transportation options. And the overflow lots don’t have as many restrictions as during the winter, but the spaces aren’t as plentiful as during the “mud” season. Please note that parking managed by HOAs have the same restrictions year-round.

However you come to Summit County, our goal is to help you have a great stay. This post is an effort to do just that. We believe informed guests are happy guests, so we try to share our knowledge of Summit County as much as we can. You can read more about resort parking for Keystone here, and Breckenridge here. If you have any questions about parking and transportation, please let us know!

Military Appreciation


We appreciate all that our military does—their hard work, service and sacrifice does not go unnoticed. We would like to extend our gratitude to all veterans and their families. Thank you.

And to further show our appreciation we are now offering a discount to any state or federal military personnel of the United States. You can save 5% on the nightly rate when you book a stay with us. Just send us an email with a photo of your valid government identification. That’s it! Our staff will then help you find a vacation rental for your dates of stay, or, if you’ve searched for rentals on our website, you can tell us which rental you would like to book. We hope to see you in Summit County soon!


FINE PRINT

Save 5% on any nights of stay on a new reservation.

Exclusions may apply, including, but not limited to, the following:

BLACKOUT DATES: Christmas/New Year, MLK Weekend, President’s Day Weekend, Spring Break (all of March).

Discount taken from rates that are subject to change.

Applies to new reservations only.

Cannot be combined with other SCMR promotions.

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

Easter in Summit County



Easter is on Sunday, April 21st and several areas in Summit County will be hosting various activities to celebrate.

Keystone

TBD

(not announced yet)

Arapahoe Basin

Sunday, April 21st

Just five miles away from Keystone, Arapahoe Basin will be hosting activities on Sunday, April 21st. There will be 5,000 eggs on the mountain, and those on foot can start their egg hunt on Molly Hogan and those on skis will head to Wrangler (a beginner trail). Golden eggs with a special prize will be hiding at both locations! Click here for more information.

Frisco

Sunday, April 21st

Main Street in Frisco is a fan favorite year-round, but for Easter the Historic Park and Museum is hosting an egg hunt with 5,000 eggs! The hunt begins at noon and children 8 years old and younger are invited to hunt for candy-stuffed eggs throughout Frisco Historic Park and the Town Hall areas. The Easter Bunny will visit with children before and after the egg hunt on Main Street. Click here for more information.

Breckenridge

Sunday, April 21st

The following information is from 2018; when Breckenridge Resort updates their 2019 calendar we will update here as well.) Start with the 6 a.m. sunrise service at the Tenmile Station via the QuikSilver SuperChair at the base of Peak 9. Then from 9:30-11 you can meet the Easter Bunny at the base of Peak 8. Children ages 10 and under are welcome. Finally, come and enjoy some skiing and an on-mountain Easter scavenger hunt. There will be 5 big eggs scattered across the mountain from Peak 6 to Peak 9. Take your picture with each egg and the beautiful view, then come down to the base of Peak 8, show your photos and collect your prizes with the Easter Event Team. The first 10 participants to complete the challenge of finding all 5 eggs and showing their photos at the Breck tent will receive special grand prizes. Lifts for this event open at 8:30 a.m. and prize redemption is from 11-2 p.m. This event is for children ages 7-14. Click here for more information.

Copper Mountain

Sunday, April 21st

Boasting “The World’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt” with over 65,000 eggs spread across 2,500 acres. There’s an egg hunt for kids of all ages, including “kids at heart”. Click here for more details. Did you know: Copper buys their eggs from Phil and Ruth Ayers and family. The Ayers family hires veterans and people with disabilities to fill their eggs, which are made in the USA.

Loveland

Sunday, April 21st

The Spring Skiing Giant Easter Egg Hunt begins at 8:30 a.m. Gather at the Basin area for the first chair and keep a lookout for giant Easter eggs as you ski down the slopes, browse the Sports Shop or wander the base area. Giant eggs mean giant prizes like skis, snowboards, and more! There is a limit of one giant egg per person, but each egg is filled with lots of goodies. For the kids, there will be plenty of small eggs around the base area and off Lift 2. Click here for more information.

Area Masses & Church Services for Easter

Please check websites for the most up to date information about Easter services and events.

Catholic Parish in Summit County: Keystone Conference Center, Sunday: 9 a.m.

Our Lady of Peace: Silverthorne, Sunday: 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 (Spanish)

St. Mary: Breckenridge, Sunday: 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m.

Copper Mountain Chapel: Copper Mountain, Sunday: 5:15 p.m.

St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church: (between Keystone and Dillon), 10 a.m.

Dillon Community Church: Dillon, 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m.

Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church: Dillon, Sunday: 9 a.m. (Easter egg hunt at 10:15)

Christ Lutheran Church: Frisco, Sunday: 9:30 a.m.

Agape Outpost Church: Breckenridge, Sunday: 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m.

Father Dyer Methodist Church: Breckenridge, Sunday: 9 a.m.

St. John the Baptist Episcopal: Breckenridge, Sunday: 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m.

Book your stay and then plan your Easter fun!

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Our Wedding Discount



Destination weddings make for fantastic memories and stunning photos. Weddings in Summit County are no exception. Whether it’s Keystone, Breckenridge or somewhere in between, all four seasons offer their own unique backdrop, and the beautiful mountains and landscape are present year-round.

If you’re considering Summit County for your nuptials, you may have found that some property management companies offer wedding packages. These packages range from full, all-inclusive wedding services to simply a hall for the wedding day with lodging for the wedding party. What’s not missing from these wedding packages is a high markup on the cost of these specialized services. Even if there’s a discount on the front-end, there are usually fees on the back-end. And when you do the math on the total cost you find out you paid a premium for bundling.

What We Offer

On your special day we’re happy to assist by offering a 10% discount on the nightly rate for lodging for you and your wedding guests. No, we won’t be handling the entire wedding, nor can we offer a hall for the exchange of vows. But we also won’t be charging any extra fees for taking care of these things. Instead you simply get a discount on lodging!

How it Works

  • Contact us by phone or email to let us know the date of your wedding and the full names of the bride and groom.
  • We’ll create a promotional code specific to your wedding and then email you a flyer with all the details.
  • Simply send the flyer to your guests before they make their reservations.
  • You and your guests can reserve your stay online at our website and enter the promo code during booking.
  • Celebrate!

Now you can rest easy knowing you and your guests have your lodging squared away for your beautiful Keystone wedding. And that may be reason enough to start some of your celebrations a little early.

We look forward to hosting you on your special day, or maybe we’ll be hosting a friend or family member. Please share this information with anyone who might be interested.

Looking for a photographer? We highly recommend Omer Davidian whom we’ve worked with for over three years.

Closing Day Dates for 2019



The following dates are projections and thus are subject to change. Check with each resort to the most up-to-date information.

Keystone Resort

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Sunday, June 2, 2019 (known to be very flexible with its dates)

Loveland

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Copper Mountain Resort

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Breckenridge

Sunday, May 27, 2019

Vail

Sunday, April 21, 2019

For a complete list visit On The Snow.

Vacation Rental Upgrades: High Quality Linens



There are many important details when it comes to your vacation, and we believe quality linens are at the top of the list for a great stay. Our Classic linen service offers light, breathable microfiber linens that are comparable to the linens of our major competitors, however, SCMR rotates old bed linens and towels out of service on a 3-year cycle, whereas our competitors use a 5 to 6-year cycle. That said, many of our homeowners opt for one or both of our linen upgrades: the Ultra-Premium Linen Package or the Ivory White Bedding Program. Below we have details on each of these upgrades.

Ultra-Premium Linen Package

Our Ultra-Premium Linen program features linens that rival those of The Four Seasons. They’re extra soft, oversized towels and high quality bed linens with a subtle satin stripe pattern for a touch of elegance. Take advantage of this added luxury because less than one percent of properties in Keystone offer linens of this quality.

The Ivory White Bedding Program

The Ivory White Bedding program is modeled after high-end hotels and resorts and adds a sophisticated look to a property while featuring an uncompromising level of cleanliness. It showcases 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 will be made with fresh white linens for each new arrival. This is an uncompromising and industry leading standard of cleanliness.

Properties Featuring Ivory White Bedding

We have many vacation rentals enrolled in one or both of our linen programs. Want to book one? After clicking the button below, input your dates of stay and then click “amenities”. Select either linen program or select both to see only rentals with both linen upgrades.

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The Summit County Top 5: Hot Tubs

People come to Summit County for the nation’s best skiing, but a good soak in a hot tub is not far behind on their list of reasons for choosing a mountain vacation. There’s really nothing better than soaking in a hot tub after a long day of winter adventures with snowflakes falling all around.

SCMR has put in the hard work of figuring out which complexes have the best hot tubs. It was a tough job, but someone had to do it.

The Summit County Top 5: Hot Tubs



No. 1 on the list is Dakota Lodge. This complex features two of the largest hot tubs in all of Keystone, not to mention the largest pool too. It’s in the heart of River Run Village so you’re steps from shopping, restaurants and local festivities, plus it’s next to Dercum Square that features an ice rink during the winter and a miniature golf course during the summer. Throw in an absolute stunning view of the slopes and you’ve got the number one hot tub in Keystone.


Second on the list is Water House. Located in Breckenridge just off Main Street, this complex makes the list because of the number of hot tubs offered! First, there are three hot tubs near the pool with a large seating area all around and beautiful views. Then there are three more just northeast of the pool with a bit more privacy provided by a wrought iron fence and trees. Then there is a single large hot tub centrally located within the complex with a wrought iron fence and greenery. Not only are there hot tubs, but the complex also offers a large pool, steam room, movie theater and more!


Coming in third we have The Springs. This hot tub made the list because of the entire set up with amenities at The Springs. Not only is there a hot tub, but there’s also a heated pool with a slide and waterfall, a splash area with water sprayers, a grill area and an outdoor fire pit for making s’mores. Sit back and soak those muscles while the rest of your party makes use of the other amenities.


Fourth on the list are the hot tubs at Slopeside. Take advantage of their rooftop hot tubs with incredible panoramic mountain views. Plus there’s a fire pit with a large seating area and an outdoor grill. Imagine yourself in the hot tub while steaks are on the grill… doesn’t get much better than that!


And coming in at the fifth spot are the hot tubs for Hidden River Lodge. Enjoy two hot tubs on a large south-facing deck offering beautiful slope views. And with nearby grills and seating, you may not need to be in your room for hours!

The New Seasons at Keystone

The Colorado adventure comes to life at the New Seasons at Keystone, the first condominium project in Keystone since 2002, when the original Seasons at Keystone was built. The 40 new-construction one-, two-, and three-bedroom units offer the complete mountain experience—a lodge-like exterior that houses tasteful, contemporary interiors in which to rest, refresh, and park your gear, combined with skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, cycling, canoeing, and hiking in the famed Rockies.

This final phase resembles and complements the original 32-unit Seasons at Keystone project. The New Seasons at Keystone is conveniently located near Keystone’s Lakeside Village on the banks of the Snake River.

The New Seasons at Keystone homeowners that sign up with our full-service Platinum management program will receive a 30% discount off the Best level maintenance fee for a full two years. We would love to manage your Keystone! Our company philosophy is simple: Focus on the needs of others and we will be successful. We’re successful when we meet the needs of our clients, and our client’s goals can only be achieved by providing an outstanding experience to our guests. We anticipate the needs of our clients and guests and constantly look for opportunities to improve. We believe in innovating and focusing on systems and processes that produce real and tangible results. Learn more here.

Check out the construction progress by following The New Seasons at Keystone on their Facebook page!

Christmas in Keystone, Breckenridge & More!

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Glittering snow, twinkling lights and the majestic mountains. Summit County is bustling with Christmas cheer! Check out the area events in Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Breckenridge, and for those that still haven’t booked their stay, search to see what’s still available. As of the writing of this post, we’re around 90% occupancy so choices will be limited.

Area Christmas Events

Chocolate Village
LOCATION: Keystone Lodge and Spa Lobby
DATE: December 6-January 7
TIME: Available for viewing 24 hours a day (the trains stop running from midnight-6 a.m.)
  • Visit Keystone’s one-of-a-kind chocolate village make it’s annual appearance in the Keystone Lodge lobby in Lakeside Village. More than 7,000 pounds of chocolate into a magical display of trees, presents, a working gondola, chocolate waterfall, running train, and more! Come see what’s been added this year!. Santa will visit The Chocolate Village: Thursday, December 20, 3-7p.m.; Friday, December 21, 3-7 p.m.; Sunday, December 23, 4-8p.m. Cost: Free.
Jingle Bell Breakfast with Santa
LOCATION: Bighorn Bar and Bistro
DATE: December 24
TIME: 8-10 a.m.
  • Join Santa for a special breakfast and say goodbye to Santa as he begins deliveries! Call 970-496-4386 to reserve your spot!
Santa Visits A-Basin
LOCATION: Mountain Goat Plaza
DATE: December 24th
TIME: 11-2 p.m.
  • Santa Claus and an elf will arrive at A-Basin to hand out candy to children in the A-Frame Lodge and Mountain Goat Plaza. After Santa visits the base area buildings he will visit children on Molly Hogan before heading up Black Mountain Express to visit our friends at Black Mountain Lodge. The Summit County Choral Society will be caroling in the base area as well.
Main Street
LOCATION: Breckenridge
DATE: N/A
  • Main Street in Breckenridge boasts some of the best shopping and eateries around! They have a wide array of restaurants and these places are known for their great food. Plus, you have various other activities and theater shows to choose from all weekend. Not to mention, lots of opportunities to say hi to Santa! See more information here.
Masses and Church Services
  • CHRISTMAS EVE MASSES
    • Keystone Conference Center: 4 p.m.
    • Riverwalk in Breckenridge: 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
    • Our Lady of Peace in Silverthorne: 7 p.m., 9 p.m. (Spanish)
    • St. Mary in Breckenridge: 9 p.m.
  • CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES
    • Our Lady of Peace in Silverthorne: 12 a.m. Midnight (Polish), 8 a.m., 10 a.m.
    • St. Mary in Breckenridge: 8 a.m., 10 a.m.
    • Copper Mountain: 5:15 p.m.
  • CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
    • Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Silverthorne: 5 p.m. (family service), 7 p.m. (candlelight service) 9 p.m. (candlelight service)
    • Dillon Community Church: 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
    • Rocky Mountain Bible Church: 5 p.m., 7 p.m.
    • Christ Lutheran Church: 3 p.m., 5 p.m.
    • Agape Outpost Church: 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m.
    • Father Dyer United Methodist in Breckenridge: 3 p.m. (family service), 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m.
    • St. John the Baptist Episcopal in Breckenridge: 4 p.m. (pageant, children’s homily & communion), 6 p.m., 8 p.m., 10 p.m.
  • CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES
    • St. John the Baptist Episcopal in Breckenridge: 10 a.m. (festal Eucharist with carols accompanies by guitar)

Need a place to stay? Click the book now button below, then enter in your desired dates of stay. Or, if you’re flexible, enter in only Christmas Day and then view each property’s calendar to see what days before and after the 25th are available.

The Keystone Top 5: Ski-in/Ski-out

Thinking about booking that dream ski vacation? You know, the one where you have the perfect vacation rental in a complex with great amenities and you step right out to the slopes? We’re here to help. This edition of The Keystone Top 5 ranks the ski-in/ski-out complexes so you can make an informed decision.

But…

Before we unveil our top five, we need to share some important insider information: there are only two ski-in/ski-out complexes in Keystone! It’s true. So our Top 5 is actually a Top 2 with three complexes that are the next best thing.

So, without further ado, we present:

The Keystone Top 5: Ski-in/Ski-out Complexes



Coming in at No. 1 is Lone Eagle Above River Run. This complex is on the River Run slope and you’re about fifty yards uphill from the gondola. When you’re ready to hit the slopes, simply head outside, step into your skis, and ski down to the gondola. This convenience just can’t be beat. Lone Eagle also boasts a covered patio for all of its guests to share. It faces the slopes so you can watch family and friends come down while sitting back and enjoying a hot beverage by the fire pit. Other amenities include a pool, hot tub, fitness facilities and an owner’s club with complimentary newspapers and beverages. Plus, the heated driveway and sidewalks make for easy commutes by car or by foot. The properties in this complex feature high-end finishes and private laundry.



And in second place we have The Timbers on River Run. This is the other ski-in/ski-out complex in Keystone and it’s located next to the first one on our list, Lone Eagle. You’re a little over fifty yards uphill from the gondola so when you’re ready to hit the slopes, just step into your skis and ski down. This kind of convenience makes for a smooth vacation. The Timbers also features a swim-in/swim-out pool–enter and exit the heated pool from inside the complex instead of outside when the weather is a bit cold. There’s also a hot tub, fire pit, sauna, steam room and fitness facilities. The lobby features high-end finishes, a fireplace, a baby grand piano and game tables with inlaid chessboards. All properties in this complex feature high-end finishes and private laundry.



Keystone is home to only two true ski-in/ski-out complexes, and those got the top two spots on our list. But there are complexes that come close to being ski-in/ski-out. The Springs grabs the third spot on our list because it’s about a hundred yards from the gondola. Grab your gear, head out of the complex and in less than a minute you’re at the bottom of the River Run slope. The Springs also features great amenities for families with children: a pool with a slide and waterfall, a hot tub, a wading pool with sprayers and a fire pit for making s’mores. Inside you have an indoor children’s play area and a media room for movie watching.



And in the fourth spot we have tie between Black Bear Lodge and Jackpine. Both are about 150 yards from the gondola, and on top of that, they’re also in the heart of River Run Village. In less than a minute you can be at the bottom of the River Run slope or at shops and restaurants in the center of the village.The complexes together feature a hot tub, sauna, fitness facilities and access to the shared pool at Dakota Lodge.



And last, but certainly not least, is Chateaux DuMont. This complex is located in the Mountain House Base Area and is less than 150 yards from the Argentine lift. Many guests prefer the quiet atmosphere in this part of the resort while also getting to take advantage of being so near the slopes. The premier feature of this complex is that most properties have a private hot tub. No waiting your turn or trekking through the cold to soothe those sore muscles after a long day on the slopes. Simply change into your swimsuit and walk through your living room to the hot tub!