At Summit County Mountain Retreats, a germ-free 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.
Each linen is cleaned using hospital-grade laundry procedures, equipment, and detergent between every guest stay. In our standard linen program, we ensure that all linens are clean and in excellent condition.
In addition, the housekeeping staff sanitizes all surfaces creating a clean and sanitary property after every guest visit. All of this is standard. It is nothing new to Summit County Mountain Retreats to ensure a pure environment for your getaway, so you only need to worry about where your next adventure lies.
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.
Their traditional Scandinavian hot stone sauna is an ideal way to decompress, detoxify and rejuvenate your body. Guests of Summit County Mountain Retreats can receive a 10% discount on services at Corpus Sanus Spa.
Easter is on Sunday, April 12th and several areas in Summit County will be hosting various activities to celebrate. See the list below and we hope to see you soon!
Sunday, April 12th
Keystone’s Closing Day celebration also falls on Easter! Join in the fun with their annual Slush Cup. This event consists of fun for the entire family, including pond skimming competitions for both kids and adults. Participants are encouraged to dress up in creative costumes and compete for prizes. Returning again this season, the Kidtopia Slush Cup will offer a separate, smaller pond for younger contestants ages 6-12. The Slush Cup begins at noon at the Mountain House Base Area and features music from a special guest DJ. It is free for spectators to join the fun at this end-of-season tradition, or join the fun! Registration opens March 25th. The Kidtopia Slush Cup is for ages 6-12 and is $5 to register. If you are 13 or older, please register for the adult Slush Cup division for $35. Visit the Keystone Resort website for more information.
Sunday, April 12th
Just five miles away from Keystone, Arapahoe Basin will be hosting Easter activities! 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.
Sunday, April 12th
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.
Sunday, April 12th
Enjoy a variety of activities all around Breckenridge, including some of the best Easter brunches around. There will also be a pop-up children’s museum offering creation, fun and learning. (Breckenridge Ski Resort has not posted any celebrations specific for Easter as of the publish date of this post.)
Sunday, April 12th
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.
Our Lady of Peace: Silverthorne, Sunday: 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 (Spanish), 6 p.m. (Polish)
St. Mary: Breckenridge, Sunday: 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m.
What do you picture when you think of a Colorado ski trip? For many people, the image stops at sky-high gondola rides and speedy downhill runs. However, the Rocky Mountains offer incredible long-distance trails for silent sports lovers to explore. Whether you call it cross country or Nordic skiing, Colorado’s breathtakingly interesting terrain will keep you entertained with hours of exercise. The Summit County Mountain Retreats vacation rentals are spread across some of the best outdoor recreation areas, which we have outlined below.
Centers for Nordic Skiing | Colorado Rentals and Trails in Summit County
The Keystone Nordic Center has more than nine miles of groomed trails—plus access to the White River National Forest. They offer lessons and Summit County ski rentals for both classic and skate skis. If you’re interested in other winter activities in Colorado, the Keystone Nordic Center has snowshoes for rent, too! After a morning of Nordic skiing in Colorado, be sure to stop back at the center for their famed Nordic Soup Bistro.
Frisco Nordic Center also has classic and skate skiing and snowshoeing. The city maintains 25 kilometers, or roughly 16 miles, of trails for public use. They offer lessons and Summit County ski rentals, but if you bring your trusty pair along for the trip, their tuning shop will get them ready for you to go cross country skiing in Colorado.
In its off-season, Raven Golf club at the Three Peaks turns into a winter wonderland. Instead of playing golf, outdoor enthusiasts trek through their gorgeous fields. The expertly designed landscaping makes for some of the finest Nordic skiing in Colorado, and it’s not far from your Silverthorne lodging at our Summit County Vacation Rentals.
For Breckenridge cross country skiing, head to the Breckenridge Nordic Center. They have 2,000-plus acres of groomed trails open daily, and you can find lessons and rentals there, too. Are you interested in touring nature but not interested in skiing? Opt for their Snowcat Adventure Tours.
Comfortable and Convenient Summit County Vacation Rentals
When you visit Summit County, there is no end to the slopes and trails to traverse. So whichever winter activities in Colorado are interesting to you, such as Nordic skiing in Colorado, you’re sure to find them near our Summit County Vacation Rentals. You can stay in Breckenridge, Frisco, or somewhere else in a private rental. Contact us today to plan your next retreat!
We’ve all been there. You’re making travel plans and looking for that perfect vacation rental. You’re scrolling through rental after rental, and then–there it is. You glance at the nightly rate the online travel agency (aka the “OTA” such as Airbnb, Vrbo, etc.) shows and then click on the listing. When the full listing opens you see not only the nightly rate, but also a list of additional fees.
What is that all about?
It can be discouraging to see additional fees listed after being shown just the nightly rate, so we wanted to take a moment to shed some light on what is often an unwanted surprise.
First, A Little Background
The first thing to understand is that the OTA, such as Airbnb or Vrbo, does not directly manage these vacation rentals. This means they don’t create the pricing or the fee structure. The homeowner or their hired property manager creates the pricing and the fee structure for the vacation rental. If it’s an individual homeowner, they likely do this directly on the OTA. A property manager uses software to manage pricing and fees for their multiple vacation rentals, and most use a third party to facilitate a connection between their software and the OTA.
The OTA simply provides a service. Instead of travelers having to search the web for individual listings advertised in a variety of ways, they can visit a single site and view listings from homeowners and property managers that have chosen to advertise on that site. If it’s a well known OTA, the traveler can easily compare hundreds of vacation rentals from one site instead losing an entire day of their lives deep diving into the world wide web.
So, what’s the deal with all the fees?
Fees are either rolled into the nightly rate or broken out into line items. Either way, the cost of managing a vacation rental is the same.
And the truth of the matter is that a lot goes into managing a vacation rental. The most common extra fees are taxes and the cleaning fee. On top of that, there may be a resort fee, an amenity fee, etc. How those fees are structured is up to the homeowner or property manager. We choose to break out fees instead of rolling them into the nightly rate. Not only does this make sense from an accounting perspective, it also allows guests to see exactly what they’re paying for.
The most common questions we hear are often about cleaning fees. This fee can seem high, especially when you’re booking a single night and especially when you’re accustomed to reserving hotel rooms. A hotel is a prime example of an entity that rolls costs into the nightly rate. Are hotel rooms cleaned? Yes. Is there a cost for this cleaning service? Absolutely. Do guests pay for this service even though they don’t see a line item charge for it? Yep. It makes sense for hotels to do this since most provide daily cleaning services. Furthermore, cleaning services for a hotel likely cost less as they are very streamlined: all the rooms are located in a single building, each room minimally furnished, and all rooms nearly identical. Since the cost is lower, it doesn’t have as big an impact when it’s rolled into the nightly rate.
Cleaning services for a vacation rental are different. We manage vacation rentals all across Summit County, an area that spans 620 square miles. On top of that, each vacation rental is often unique and furnished like a home (because it is someone’s home!). Vacation rentals commonly offer full kitchens, multiple bathrooms and private bedrooms. Cleaning a vacation rental is much more involved than cleaning a hotel room, which is why daily cleanings are not provided. This also means the cost of cleaning services is higher. For these reasons, it makes more sense to break the cleaning fee out into its own line item.
And since the cleaning fee is its own line item, this means that the cost of a check-out clean is the same whether you’re staying for one night or 10 nights. If the cleaning fee was rolled into the nightly rate, you would be paying more overall.
Why isn’t the total cost of stay advertised?
We have the same question. Why doesn’t the OTA advertise the total cost of stay in search results instead of the nightly rate? Advertising the total cost of stay would allow travelers to more easily compare the vacation rentals in front of them. We can’t definitively provide the answer on that, but a good guess is that it’s due to restrictions and difficulties that arise with software and coding. On our own website, we do have the ability to show the total cost of stay in our search results when dates are entered. Hopefully, OTAs will be able to provide this same functionality soon.
While we wait on technology to catch up to our desires, here’s what we suggest in the meantime: Make sure you’re always comparing the total cost of stay when searching for a vacation rental or a hotel. It’s one extra click to see that total cost of stay when you’re combing through search results, but it’s well worth your time when you’re trying to get the best bang for your buck.
If snow sports are your thing, Summit County is the place to be. Our region of Colorado has tons of incredible recreation destinations, including some of the most famous ski areas in North America. With so many options, how do you choose? The first step is knowing the different things each of the Colorado ski areas has to offer. Once you’ve decided where to visit, Summit County Mountain Retreats has comfortable and luxurious vacation rentals to complete your vacation planning. Here’s an overview of the nearby Colorado ski resorts.
Summit County Ski Resorts
There are five world-famous Summit County ski resorts for you to explore. They all offer the basics: ski lessons, lifts, and rentals. However, there are some differences.
Keystone has 128 trails with the longest run being three and a half miles. Those trails span across three mountains and five bowls. Breathtaking gondola rides transport skiers between mountains. It is owned by Vail Resorts, which operates 37 different ski areas across the country. So if you have a season pass to a Vail-owned resort back home, be sure to bring it for access to Keystone! For an extra special experience, try their night skiing.
Breckenridge is another of Vail’s Colorado ski areas, so the season pass tip still applies. While Breck has 187 trails, their longest run is three and a half miles, just like Keystone. The trails cover five different peaks, simply named Peaks 6–10. Get right to Breckenridge, Colorado, skiing each morning by staying near Peak 8 or Peak 9 with Summit County Mountain Retreats.
Copper Mountain has over 140 marked trails. The longest run is just under two miles. It also has a scenic roller coaster. It’s known for having one of the most organized trail layouts, ranging from easiest to most challenging, so it’s an excellent choice for novice and expert skiers alike.
Arapahoe Basin boasts the longest season in Colorado. It has 147 trails, and the longest run is one and a half miles. It has been open for skiing on July fourth seven times! Even the most advanced skiers can find a challenge at A-Basin. Tickets are rather affordable, too.
Loveland is a bit smaller than the other Colorado ski areas on this list, with 97 trails, but their quality is just as good. It operates a separate area called Loveland Valley with more gentle terrain. That makes it one of the most accessible Colorado ski resorts for new skiers.
Colorado Ski Areas within Driving Distance
There are two more incredible Colorado ski areas near Summit County Mountain Retreats. The original Vail Colorado ski resort (pictured) is only 30 minutes from our Frisco rentals, and Beaver Creek is just 45 minutes. Like Keystone and Breckenridge, these two Colorado ski areas are included in Vail’s Epic Pass. So if you want to shred all the best mountains during your visit, Summit County is the ideal place to stay. Contact us to begin planning the ski trip of a lifetime!
Ski season is in full swing, but it doesn’t hurt to look ahead so you can get the most out of this glorious Winter before it’s over. Check out the closing day dates for area resorts as you plan your next trip to the slopes!
The following dates are projections and thus are subject to change. Check with each resort to the most up-to-date information.
Sunday, April 12, 2020
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
Sunday, July 5, 2020 (known to be very flexible with its dates)
The beauty of Summit County, Colorado, is the sheer number of ski areas. With Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, and more, you could spend weeks here without taking the same run twice. And where there are ski areas, there are bustling mountain towns and top-notch places to eat. There are countless can’t-miss Summit County restaurants stretching between Keystone and Frisco, and Summit County Mountain Retreats’ Colorado rental properties are near some of the best ones. These eight are grouped by location.
8 Summit County Restaurants for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Another all-natural Summit County restaurant is Vinny’s, where they combine European and American flavors for one-of-a-kind dishes.
Colorado Rental Properties in the Summit County Ski Towns
The ideal vacation consists of three things: fun things to do, good things to eat, and a comfortable place to stay. With Summit County Mountain Retreats’ Colorado rental properties, you can stay in style near the best mountains and restaurants in the state! Whether you want to explore Dillon, Breckenridge, Frisco, or somewhere else, these restaurants near Keystone, CO, will keep you energized throughout your Colorado getaway. Contact us today to book your stay!
Best Family Vacations in Colorado: Spring Break Ski Trip
Spring break is the perfect time to enjoy some family skiing in Colorado. The powder is at peak thickness, there are plenty of flight options, and the average temperatures are slightly warmer. At Summit County Mountain Retreats, you can stay near the hill of your choice—such as Keystone or Breckenridge—for your Colorado spring break ski trip. Our top-notch amenities, comfortable lodging, and convenient locations make for the best family vacations in Colorado year-round. Here’s everything you need to know to plan memorable spring break trips for families.
What to Do on your Colorado Spring Break Ski Trip
When it comes to multigenerational travel, variety is key. Toddlers and teenagers have different interests, so the best family vacations in Colorado will cater to their individual needs. There are plenty of things to do in Summit County. Your teenager can learn how to stick a landing in the terrain park while your little one receives instruction from the best ski schools in North America.
Of course, spring break trips for families are all about spending quality time together. There are plenty of events and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Keystone, in particular, hosts tons of activities for all ages, plus their terrain has some of the best family skiing in Colorado! At the end of a full day on the mountain, watch the night sky light up with color from the Saturday evening fireworks show. The kids will point and shout in awe, and the display is pretty entertaining for adults, too!
The Finest Colorado Rental Properties for Families
Traditional hotels aren’t always the best option, especially for families. Mom and dad deserve lots of sleep while on vacation, and the kids will giggle and whisper with excitement well into the night. With a vacation rental, you have floorplan options, such as multiple bedrooms and a living room. Our vacation rentals also have full kitchens, where you can cook up healthy meals for the whole family.
Because Summit County Mountain Retreats offers so many Colorado rental properties, there is something to suit every family. Those with young children might not be interested in swimming or hot tubbing, while those with preteens might prize those above all other amenities. Whether you want a waterslide or playground, these family-friendly Colorado rental properties have you covered.
The Springs has a media room for watching movies as a family and an indoor play area for children. There is also an outdoor heated pool with a waterfall and slide.
Start Planning the Best Family Vacations in Colorado
In addition to providing spacious accommodations with family-friendly amenities, we have common children’s items available for rent. We offer this service so that you don’t have to worry about fitting everything on the plane or in the car. Contact us today to start planning one of the best family vacations in Colorado!
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!