Closing Day 2020



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.

Keystone Resort

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Sunday, July 5, 2020 (known to be very flexible with its dates)

Loveland

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Copper Mountain Resort

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Breckenridge

Monday, May 25, 2020 (Memorial Day)

Vail

Sunday, April 19, 2020

For a complete list visit On The Snow.

Top 8 Summit County Restaurants near Keystone, CO

Friends eating at a picnic table in the winter at Summit County Restaurants
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

   
  • Keystone Ranch | Keystone  

    If you’re visiting Keystone, you have to eat at this rustic venue. It’s one of the most unique restaurants near Keystone, CO.

     
  • Dillon Dam Brewery | Dillon  

    There are tons of incredible restaurants in Dillon, CO, but Dillon Dam Brewery stands out at the top of the list. Choose from traditional bar fare and gourmet entrees.

 
  • Cafe Profusion | Dillon  

    This Summit County restaurant is the ideal place for healthy, dietary-restriction-friendly meals. Everything on the menu is gluten-free and flavorful.

Enchiladas at Restaurants in Frisco CO  
  • Hacienda Real | Frisco  

    There’s nothing like a little spice to breathe warmth back into your limbs after a day on the mountain. Hacienda Real is one of the freshest restaurants in Frisco, CO.

 
  • Vinny’s | Frisco  

    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

Parents and child sitting in the snow on the best family vacations in Colorado

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!

While Summit County has the best family skiing in Colorado, our ski areas also have excellent adults-only attractions. If you want to hit some black diamonds, but the kids aren’t ready for the challenge, or if you just want some romantic time on the mountain, look into the ski resorts’ childcare. Most ski areas have some sort of daycare or ski school, including Loveland Child Care (18 months to 12 years), Keystone Daycare (two months to six years), and Breckenridge Child Care (two months to four years). Read about the high-quality and convenient Arapahoe Basin ski school

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.

Photo of our Colorado rental properties

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!

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!

Most Romantic Mountain Getaways in Summit County

Couple Enjoying Romantic Mountain Getaways Whether you’re a new couple or have been married for 30 years, there’s no better way to stoke your fire than taking a trip together. Romantic mountain getaways are always exciting, regardless of how many times you go. The majesty of the Rocky Mountains makes couples feel like the only two people in the world, which is why so many people take an annual romantic getaway to Colorado. And the most romantic places in Colorado are right here in Summit County. When you stay at Summit County Mountain Retreats, you’ll enjoy all the convenience of romantic ski resorts with the additional comfort and privacy of a vacation rental.

Cute Colorado Rental Properties for Couples

Although you’ll spend most of your time hitting the slopes, your accommodations are a crucial part of any romantic mountain getaway. Luckily, our luxurious vacation rentals are some of the most romantic places in Colorado! These are our cutest Colorado rental properties for couples.
  • The Dakota Lodge is in the bustling River Run Village of Keystone, where you’ll enjoy plenty of bars and restaurants within walking distance. The units have fireplaces, and the complex has two hot tubs, a sauna, and an enormous pool.
  • Chateaux Dumont is in the more secluded, peaceful Mountain House Base Area of Keystone. However, there is a convenient shuttle available to take you to River Run Village for dinner. Many of the units have private hot tubs, so you can warm up without stepping outside.
  • The Willows complex is in Lakeside Village on Keystone Lake, which is the largest Zamboni-maintained outdoor ice skating rink in North America. In the summer, you can take a canoe out together. In the winter, hold hands as you skate leisurely across the ice. 

Unique Date Ideas in Colorado

There are tons of lovely date ideas in Colorado’s Summit County, many of which are near the romantic ski resorts. During romantic mountain getaways in Keystone, you’ll find dreamy dinner date destinations like Snake River Saloon & Steakhouse, Der Fondue Chessel, or the Overlook Grill. Near Breckenridge, you’ll find hand-crafted drinks like nowhere else. The Continental Divide Winery, Apres Handcrafted Libations, and Breckenridge Brewery & Pub will quench your thirst and keep you entertained. For a more hands-on date idea in Colorado, head to Ready Paint Fire! to get creative with your special someone. There are endless date ideas in Colorado for romantic mountain getaways!

Finding Love on Romantic Mountain Getaways

After exploring all the romantic things to do in Colorado, head home to your private rental property to lounge in front of a fire and bask in each other’s company. There’s nothing better than getting out of town for the weekend and leaving your chores and responsibilities behind. Here among the mountains, you’ll have ample space to just be together, and the scenery will take your breath away. Contact us today to book your romantic mountain getaway!

Can’t-Miss Keystone Events this Winter

Keystone Events Summit County, Colorado, is a skier’s paradise. With unbeatable rental homes near five of the best ski resorts in Colorado, Summit County Mountain Retreats is paradise, too. One of those incredible mountain playgrounds is Keystone, where you can shred from sunup to sundown and never run out of terrain to explore. In addition to offering some of the best downhill runs in Colorado, this top-notch ski area offers countless Summit County events for visitors and locals alike. These are the five Keystone events that you simply can’t miss.

Super Snowy Science

Are you or your kids interested in science? The Super Snowy Science Keystone event occurs every Friday between November and April. Keystone’s science school instructors host these family-friendly, educational Summit County events, and they teach all about the anatomy of a snowflake, the snow cycle, and avalanche safety.

Meet the Avalanche Rescue Dog

On Tuesdays, also between November and April, the four-legged heroes of Keystone pay a visit to Kidtopia Headquarters. It’s one of the most popular recurring Keystone Events—who doesn’t love dogs? Plus, you’ll learn all about how to stay safe during your Summit County vacation.

My First Cross Country Ski

Child Cross Country Skiing in Colorado

Keystone isn’t a downhill-only destination. While you stay with us in our luxurious Summit County vacation rentals, you’ll have access to all kinds of winter activities, including cross country skiing in Colorado. If you’re new to nordic, don’t worry. The My First Cross Country Ski Keystone events are geared toward those who have never been in cross country skis or snowshoes before. After the lesson, you’ll be nordic skiing in Colorado like a champ!
 

Colorado’s Critters—Wildlife Education Station

Getting outside and exploring the mountain scenery is central to any Colorado vacation, and you’re sure to see some new and unique animals during your adventures. With Friends of the Dillon Ranger District’s Keystone events, you can learn all about the different critters living in our mountains. After attending one of these Summit County events, see if you can recognize any of the animals out on the mountain or around your Summit County vacation rental.

Colorado Fireworks and Keystone Events

Colorado fireworks are a hit with everyone, including families, friends, and couples. That’s why Saturday evening fireworks are one of the most popular Keystone, Colorado, events. You can watch the brilliant show every weekend during ski season. You’ll feel fireworks as you watch the bursts of color illuminate the gorgeous Colorado mountainside

Style and Comfort at Summit County Mountain Retreats

Depending on which Summit County events you choose to attend, you’ll want to stay in a different location. Fortunately, Summit County Mountain Retreats has luxurious options near all the Keystone villages. To stay near the Kidtopia Headquarters, opt for one of our River Run Village options. We also offer plenty of ski-in/ski-out options so that you can make the most of your minutes on the hill. Contact us today to book your Keystone ski trip today!

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 75% occupancy so choices will be limited.

Area Christmas Events

Chocolate Village
LOCATION: Keystone Lodge and Spa
DATE: December 9-January 6
TIME: Available for viewing 24 hours a day (the trains stop running from midnight-6 a.m.)
  • Keystone’s one-of-a-kind chocolate village make it’s annual appearance in the Keystone Lodge & Spa lobby in Lakeside Village. More than 7,000 pounds of chocolate carved into a magical display of trees, presents, a working gondola, chocolate waterfall and more! Come see what’s been added this year!.
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: 11-1 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.
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The Summit County Top 5: Kid-friendly Complexes



Summit County is an ideal destination for people of all ages. From horseback riding to biking, skiing, fishing and tubing, there’s an activity for everyone. Plus, the resort itself hosts a wide variety of activities for kids every winter and summer. And, whether you’re looking for a great pool, miniature golf or a fire pit for making s’mores, there’s a complex perfect for your family.

So, which complexes are the most kid-friendly? We’ve gathered the data, tabulated the results, and are happy to present the top five kid-friendly complexes in Summit County.

The Summit County Top 5: Kid-friendly Complexes

Taking the top spot on the list is The Springs. When it comes to kid-friendly, this complex is a step above the competition. With amenities like a shared media room and a dedicated indoor children’s play area you won’t need to leave the building. And that’s just the inside. Outside there’s a year-round heated pool complete with a waterfall and slide, two hot tubs, a wading pool with sprayers, a shared grill area and a fire pit for making s’mores.



Second on the list is Settler’s Creek. Not only do you have access to the extra green space you get with a townhouse, there’s also one of the nicest clubhouses in the resort. Minnie’s Cabin, as it’s affectionately known, features a large recreation room with a wet bar, a pool table, a large flat screen TV, a fireplace and plenty of seating. Just outside the clubhouse is a beautiful pool and two hot tubs. You’ll also find a shared grill area with lots of seating and there are changing rooms back inside the clubhouse. There’s something for everyone at Minnie’s Cabin.



No. 3 on the list is Dakota Lodge. Amenities and location give this complex its edge over the competition. Dakota Lodge features the largest pool in Keystone. The outdoor pool is heated year-round and features absolutely stunning views of the slopes. There are also two oversized hot tubs, perfect for resting after a long day. And, what about location? This complex is located next to Dercum Square, providing fun for adults and kids alike. During the winter it features an ice rink and during the summer converts to a miniature golf course. There’s also a playground and a fire pit. Honorable mentions include Buffalo Lodge and Expedition Station, also located next to Dercum Square.



Coming in at No. 4 is Lodgepole. The clubhouse features an indoor pool and a hot tub, as well as the convenience of changing rooms complete with a shower and restrooms. The sprawling courtyard is a favorite among families with children. The ample greenspace allows for play while there’s also a shared grill area and seating. There’s a deck with lounge chairs just outside the clubhouse offering views of trees and wildflowers during the summer.



And coming in at the fifth spot is The Timbers. This complex features high-end finishes that lend a touch of luxury. The spacious lobby features plenty of seating and tables with inlaid chessboards. There’s a long bar and a baby grand piano. Outside you have access to a hot tub with a waterfall and a year-round heated pool. The swim-in/swim-out pool allows guests to enter from inside the fitness facilities should they need to avoid any cold winds. Take advantage of the shared grill area and then head over to the fire pit to make s’mores with the whole family. And did we mention…this is a ski-in/ski-out complex so hitting the slopes is a breeze!

Quality Service: Housekeeping

Providing quality service for our clients and guests is one of our highest priorities. And to help us consistently achieve this goal on a daily basis, we moved our housekeeping and laundry services in-house in 2011 and 2015, respectively. Although this was a huge undertaking that involved hiring more staff and acquiring more real estate, it allowed us direct control in maintaining our standards.

We hope that all of our clients and guests walk into vacation rentals that are welcoming, cozy and clean. And our housekeeping teams even show that same hope in their work. Yes, all of us at SCMR, are here to serve you.

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Opening Day 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

Saturday, October 12, 2019 (their earliest opening in 20 years!)

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Thursday, October 11, 2019

Loveland

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Copper Mountain Resort

Friday, November 8, 2019

Breckenridge

Friday, November 8, 2019

Vail

Friday, November 15, 2019

For a complete list visit On The Snow.