Skip the Drive and Use Fresh Tracks Transportation

Driving in the mountains in the winter can sometimes be scary if it is snowing! We always take a shuttle to Keystone when we fly into DIA and we could not be happier with Fresh Tracks Transportation!  Instead of gripping the steering wheel of a rental car and praying we don’t slide off the road, we ride with Fresh Tracks and we don’t worry about the travel!

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Our driver was friendly and shared local knowledge with us.  He gave us ideas on where to eat and fun activities to do. He drove us safely to our condo and helped us unload our luggage.  He also told us that Fresh Tracks offers resort to resort shuttles. We were excited to learn this as it gives us more options to try different ski resorts while staying in Keystone.

 

Having a wedding at the Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin?  Book a wedding shuttle with Fresh Tracks for your guests to take them from their Keystone Lodging up to Arapahoe Basin and back home after the party is over!  Fresh Tracks is one of the few shuttle companies in Summit County to offer wedding shuttle services.

 

Fresh Tracks pricing is very reasonable.  They were a little less than some of the other shuttle companies but still provided high quality service and they have really nice shuttle vans.  We rode in comfort to and from the airport at DIA!  All SummitCove Lodging vacationers receive discounts with Fresh Tracks in the Key to Keystone coupon book! 

The Age Old Question: Should I Purchase Travel Insurance for My Colorado Vacation?

The end of March brought with it a lot of snow, a blizzard hit the Denver area with 1 to 2 feet of snow falling on March 23rd.  This was perfect timing for Spring Break skiers and riders to enjoy the powder, but with one catch: only if they could actually get to the mountains.  Denver International Airport closed for most of the day and had to cancel more than 1,300 flights, leaving many hopeful skiers stranded at their home airports as air traffic across the country was disrupted by the storm and flight cancellations. Roads in Colorado closed as well, leaving many people unable to make the trip.
 
Here at SummitCove Vacation Lodging we started getting calls from guests who would be arriving late or had to cancel their trip completely.  Unfortunately, we were unable to offer refunds based on our Cancellation Policy – which is standard in the vacation rental industry.  However, our guests could have been reimbursed for the cost of their lost lodging and often airfare too by purchasing travel insurance when they set up their reservations.   
 
We ask all of our guests if they would like to purchase travel insurance when they are making a reservation with one of our vacation planners.  This insurance costs about 7 percent of your reservation total to add it to your reservation and covers things like flight delays or cancellations, illness that prevents you from traveling or the death of a family member.  There are some additional coverages for lost baggage and emergency accident or sickness with medical expenses during your trip.  The insurance also offers emergency roadside assistance and trip delay expenses, for example if you had to stay the night at an airport hotel if your flight was cancelled.
 
Traffic backing up on I-70 during a winter storm. Avoid stress by purchasing travel insurance for your next Colorado vacation.
According to statistics from the US Travel Insurance Association, one in six Americans say their travel plans have been impacted by medical conditions, natural disasters including severe weather or flight delays.  Only one in five people whose travel plans were impacted had purchased travel insurance. 
 
When you stay with SummitCove Vacation Lodging, all of our guests have the option to purchase travel insurance from RED SKY Travel Insurance.  We have worked with them for years and have found them to be a terrific company when handling claims for our guests.
 
 
We recommend travel insurance for all of guests to protect your investment in the event of an emergency. Although it may seem easy to just say no when asked if you’d like to add trip insurance to your reservation, you may want to think again and say yes next time, especially when you may have thousands of dollars on the line for your upcoming family vacation.  We guarantee you will be glad you have it the next time a big storm rolls in to Keystone or the Denver area.  I-70 road closures happen fairly frequently during the winter months when the weather turns bad and it is not uncommon for people to get stuck for a few hours or sometimes an extra night in the mountains.  When you have trip insurance, you can relax and just enjoy another powder day on the mountain without having to stress about your travel plans!
 
Written By: Cindy Lucero

Colorado Bustang Now Running on Weekends

The Colorado Bustang travels between Denver and Glenwood Springs while stopping in major towns like Frisco and Vail along the way. It is the only form of public transportation that provides a comfortable and safe ride along the I-70 corridor.

Since the Bustang first opened in July, they have been very successful and the public has shown a great deal of appreciation. That is why starting this past Saturday, November 21st the Bustang has extended its services and started running a round trip bus from Glenwood Springs to Denver on both Saturdays and Sundays for the rest of the winter. This is big news for those weekend warriors out there!

There are many reasons why people choose to take the Bustang instead of battling the various obstacles endured while driving on I-70. Daily obstacles of I-70 include weather, traffic, construction and so much more. I have heard some really scary stories about folks driving on I-70 over the years so if it can be avoided, I highly recommend it.

So, give it a shot! Comfortable seats, free wifi, outlets to charge your ipad and a relaxing ride to the high country for a very manageable price. Find out schedule information, rates and more at www.ridebustang.com

USA Pro Cycling Events and Festivals in Summit County

Just a brief drive through Summit County will give you a pretty good idea of the excitement and anticipation these few days prior to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Banners announce the coming events and electronic highway signs warn of impending closures and delays and the front page of the Summit Daily newspaper is dedicated to the event. Not only are these events great ways to celebrate the hard work of others, but they’re also surrounded by festivals full of great beer, live music and fun events! These festivals are just a short drive from Keystone!

Arapahoe Basin
On Tuesday, August 18, the Pro Cycling Challenge will bring the cyclists over Rabbit Ears Pass, through Kremmling, over Ute Pass, along Lake Dillon and up to Arapahoe Basin. This greuling second day is sure to bring some excitement to our neck of the woods in Keystone! If you are hoping to combine a day of relaxation and excitement, A-basin may be the place for you on Tuesday! From 9 am to 6 pm, the chairlift is free to mid-mountain with some spectacular vistas and an easy hike (or chairlift) back down to the base area for games and drinks.

Barbeque, pizza and steamed dumplings are just a few of the items that will be offered at the food tents in the Festival Village. The 6th Alley Bar and Grill is also open from 8 am to 10 pm with limited lunch items. At noon, the Stage 2 Finish Festival will begin with a “Kid of the Mountain” bike race for kids 12 and under. Music and live race coverage is provided and vendors will be set up around the base. Starting at 5:30 is a free concert featuring the Freddy Jones Band and Bonnie & the Clydes.  There is also a free concert happening tonight at A-Basin, Brother’s Keeper featuring John Popper of Blues Traveler, along with special guests The Samples, from 5:30 – 9 pm. 

Parking is extremely limited, so we highly recommend staying in Keystone and then taking the free shuttle from Keystone’s River Run Village parking, where parking is also free. The shuttle will run from 9 am to 2:30 pm, but will stop running temporarily while Highway 6 will be closed due to the race. The shuttle will then resume from 6 pm to 10 pm. Highway 6 to Arapahoe Basin will be closed from approximately 2:30 pm to 6 pm to all traffic, so don’t plan on arriving at Arapahoe Basin during these times.

Breckenridge
Breckenridge is both the Stage 4 finish on Thursday and the Time Trial host city on Friday. Activities and events throughout Breckenridge will be sure to entertain for the day!
On Thursday, August 20th, Breckenridge will have the Festival Village open from 12 pm to 7 pm in the Tiger Dredge Lot. This Festival will have everything from bike stunt shows, demos, music, food and race coverage! The Entertainment Stage in the Festival Village will have live music from 12 – 2pm and from 5:30 – 7pm featuring the bluegrass band Trout Steak Revival. Around 3:45, racers will begin to finish Stage 4 in Breckenridge on Main Street! More live music and parades on Main street continue until 7 pm.

On Friday, August 21st, Breckenridge will host the Time Trial. The Festival Village will be open from 10 am to 5 pm, with more bike stunt shows, music, food and general entertainment. The massive TV will show live coverage of the Time Trial. Opening ceremonies for both the Men’s Time Trial and the Women’s Inaugural Time Trial will be located on North Main Street and the Time Trial Awards Ceremonies for both will be located later that day on the Riverwalk Center Awards Stage.

Take advantage of all the activities and entertainment and enjoy the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts which will also be taking place throughout this week! And be sure to check out some great lodging here in Keystone to be near all the events!  Wrap up your weekend at the Mountain Town Music Festival, happening Friday and Saturday in Keystone featuring a Colorado peach harvest theme, fireworks, art and craft vendors, and live music from acts like David Wax Museum, Delta Rae, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Mosey West and more! 

Written By: Amy Drees

How to Plan For Travel During The USA Pro Cycling Challenge

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge has become known as “America’s Race” and is now one of the most important and prominent cycling races in the country. The race takes place over multiple days and covers a span of more than 500 miles and we are lucky enough to host it right here in Colorado. This years race will start in Steamboat Springs on Monday, August 17th and ultimately finish in Denver on Sunday, August 23rd. In between Steamboat Springs and Denver, the racers will travel through a host of towns including Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Frisco, Aspen, Loveland, Fort Collins, Golden and more.

So what does this mean for us in Summit County and those who will be traveling in the area during this time? Besides for the fact that we will be witnessing history right outside of our front doors, there will be thousands of people traveling here to do the same. And when thousands of people travel to specific areas, we get congested highways and roads.

The race will be in and out of Summit County all of next week. Not only will I-70 be affected but the County itself will see a large impact. Almost all state highways surrounding I-70 will have delays and closures scheduled throughout next week as well. Tuesday, August 18th will be the most heavily impacted day in this area.  From about 2:30 – 3:30 pm, I-70 ramps at Dillon/Silverthorne in both directions will be closed.  From 1:30 – 6 pm, Loveland Pass will be closed, but busses will be available to shuttle spectators up to Arapahoe Basin.

For more detailed information about road closures and the race itself please visit these two websites:
GO I-70
USA Pro Cycling Challenge

On Sunday August, 23rd the race returns to its roots, finishing off in Denver. The race will start in Golden that morning and is planned to finish at Denver’s Civic Center Park approximately 5 hours later. If you are in the Denver region on this day, plan for heavier traffic than normal. The event will be celebrated with food, drinks, vendors and much more. If you are in the area on this day I highly recommend being a part of this experience. Book discounted lodging for the event in nearby Keystone with SummitCove Lodging and enjoy 15% off stays when you use the promo code ‘ProCycle15‘.

 Written By: Patrick Foley

Introducing FlightCar – Free Parking and a Little Extra Cash

As flights and begin to charge more for “extra” items like luggage and the cost of printing your ticket, we’re always looking for ways to save on travel. A new car-sharing trend may be your ticket to an inexpensive rental, free parking and sometimes a little extra cash.

FlightCar is a new car rental program available at 14 different major airports around the country. This service rents out personally owned vehicles to qualified renters at a much less expensive rate than one will find at a traditional car rental service. In return the vehicle owners, travelers who drop their car off while they are away, are given free parking, a free car wash and cash if the vehicle does get rented out.

Free parking can save you over $15 per day and if your car is rented, you will be paid between $0.05 and $0.10 per mile that the car is driven, more if it is driven over 75 miles per day. And before you step in your car to drive home from the airport, your vehicle will receive a thorough car wash and detailing service. Renters are screened and must have a good driving record prior to renting a vehicle from FlightCar. Further, each vehicle is covered by a $1,000,000 insurance policy.

If you are looking to park or rent, you may want to look into this new transportation option. If you are looking for ways to save on parking while you travel for a summer vacation in Keystone, Colorado, FlightCar might be a good option for you! Or, if you are looking for an inexpensive ‘rental’ car when you arrive in Denver, this may be a good option as well. Travel in peace, knowing your vehicle is not only safe, but also making you some extra cash while you are away!

 Written By: Amy Drees

How Do I Get to Keystone? Shuttle or Rental Car?

Transportation to your mountain vacation is just as important to plan as your lodging and activities. It is important to know your choices and how to decide on which form of transportation will work best for you, based on things like what activities you are planning and where your lodging is located. There are three major choices, the first of which is driving your own car, but often that choice is out of the question for guests flying in from other states. The other two options are renting a car or taking a shuttle from the airport.

Taking a Shuttle
One of the easiest options for getting to Keystone from the airport is taking a pre-arranged shuttle. Want a hassle-free, relaxing trip to Keystone? Take a shuttle! Many of the shuttles now have complimentary wifi as a part of the journey and often the little ones can don wireless headsets and watch a movie from the in-shuttle tv. Check out SummitExpress online or book your shuttle with your Keystone lodging reservation. Ask your reservation agent about our discounted rates with SummitExpress!

Many of our properties are conveniently located in the River Run Village or near the Mountain House base area with quick access to the mountain and shops and restaurants. Further, Keystone has a fast and easy resort-wide shuttle system that will allow guests to get from almost any property to the base areas without driving. Even some of our private homes are near shuttle stops! If you aren’t sure where your property is in Keystone, don’t hesitate to ask one of our knowledgeable reservation agents if you are nearby a shuttle stop.

Arrange your ski and board rentals through Ski Butlers and your groceries through Peak Provisions and your gear and meals will be waiting for you when you arrive! There is no easier way to travel!

Renting a Car
If you are planning a few day trips to Breckenridge, A-Basin or nearby Copper Mountain, a rental car might be the option for you. Even though Keystone has a convenient, free resort shuttle system throughout the resort area, a vehicle will enable you to make that shopping trip to the Silverthorne Outlet Mall or check out the tubing hill at the Frisco Adventure Park.

We will always suggest renting a 4-wheel drive vehicle for your ski/ride vacation. Although you can get to Keystone with a 2-wheel drive vehicle, many parking lots are icy and the roads are often snow-packed, making travel difficult and dangerous. Ask your reservation agent about our discounted rates when you book your Alamo Car Rental through SummitCove Lodging. They offer unlimited mileage and complimentary ski racks on SUV rentals for our guests!

With a little knowledge and planning, traveling to Keystone can be a breeze.  Take advantage of our guest discounts and be sure to reserve your transportation in advance. Safe travels!

Written By: Amy Drees