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TimberHouse Ski Lodge
32, Winter Park, CO 80482   |  
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Ranked #4 of 15 hotels in Winter Park
Medina, Ohio, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Consistently superior”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

We happily returned to the TimberHouse again this year....four the fourth year in a row! However, this time we were joined by my oldest sons' girlfriend and her mother. We arrived on Easter Sunday and they late Monday evening via Home James. Todd and his staff had their room made up, pitcher of water and a vaporizer running since he anticipated that they had no time to acclimate to the altitude. He had also held some dinner in case they were still hungry. The staff has been exemplary each season and it is clear that they are hand-picked for their attitudes, work ethic and honesty.

There was a larger crowd present that the first week of April last year, mostly due to the plentiful snow this year. We met some acquaintances from last year and shared a few meals. There was conversation with every meal. The other adults seemed to enjoy my younger son discussing with some merit any subject proposed to him. It is a rarity to find a place like this where socialization is encouraged and fostered.

Meals were plated, we were always offered seconds, and my two growing boys never went away hungry. The food was better than good and one evening we had a home made barbecue pulled pork that passed muster from a barbecue judge staying in the Lodge! Coffee and tea available 24 hours, as is a refrigerator freezer in the lower level for your personal beverages (wine, beer, sports drinks, etc.)

We were driven the 1/3 mile or so to the slopes each day and were able to ski the challenging Billy Woods trail back to the TimberHouse every afternoon. What a hoot to be able to expose an Easytern skier to their first ever Colorado ski trip where they remarked that they could not see the bottom of the mountain...from the top of Cranmer! Then to point to the Panoramic and remark "the top of the area is two mountains, that way." To be standing on top of the aptly named Panoramic while we all just took it in, then skied the 5 miles to the base. Then to return to the TimberHouse for the afternoon snack of bakery, coffee, tea and a hot tub and a short rest before Dinner! All made for a unbelievably memorable experience for all.

The rooms are clean and well proportioned, everything from bunk beds with a shared bath in the dorms, European style simple rooms, to spacious suites, accordingly priced. Full baths with showers in most of the rooms, except the dorms. Clean crisp sheets, blankets and comforters so you can sleep as cool or warm as you wish. There is plenty of storage in each room with lots of room for Winter clothing.

If you rent skis, remember to use Alpine Sun and Ski. They are local and family owned with high quality equipment and about 1/2 the cost of Winter Park, with a substantial discount for a stay at the TimberHouse. And at the end of your week, leave your skis at the TimberHouse and Alpine Sun will pick them up.

No, I don't work for the TimberHouse. But my family and I could and have skied any of the Front Range areas on our annual trip from the Midwest. We continue to choose Winter Park because of the TimberHouse. The smell of a pine forest, a wood fire in the evening, The sound of the train, a faint whiff of the coal, the bald eagles flying over all these are irreplaceable and unforgettable. But it is the peerless service, the attention to detail and the generous amenities that seal the deal. The relaxation of the entire TimberHouse experience with conversation at breakfast, apres ski, during and after dinner. Maybe a trip to the game room for some ping pong or pool or the movie in the great room after dinner with a crackling fire? There are also puzzles and board games along with a selection of Classics to read and even magazines!

The value of a stay at the TimberHouse is clearly evident. You will receive 5 star service, a concierge, 2 meals a day, an afternoon snack, transportation to and from Winter Park and all else the TimberHouse has to offer all at 3 star prices. For a small fee that accounts to just gas $, they will even drive you into town if you need to do any shopping! Todd and his staff will also pick you up and drop you off at the Amtrak station in Fraser!

Room Tip: Don't worry about the trains. You will be sleeping too soundly to hear them!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
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Boulder, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

A quiet, quaint mountain inn with a strict no-phones/laptops policy and a family-style guest dining room isn't everyone's cup of tea. But, I found the TimberHouse Ski Lodge to be friendly, chill and charming with a dash of weird. Hipsters would love this place but thankfully, it seems to be undiscovered. If you're looking for a deal and you don't care about the thread count of your sheets, take a break from your iPad and check in to the TimberHouse after a day of skiing at Winter Park.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Medina, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

I live in the Midwest but have skied in Colorado every Winter since 1980. In that time we have stayed in many condominiums in Steamboat and Silverthorne and enjoyed the hospitality for many years at the Gasthaus Eichler in Winter Park. The TimberHouse has become a favorite for many reasons. The location is picturesque and secluded but not as far away as most other properties, but you can ski in if you so desire. The common areas are comfortable and inviting and the children love the game room. This IS NOT a sterile institutional environment. If you love old homes and bed and breakfasts, you will enjoy your stay.

Todd Waldron has made each year a memorable stay with his personalized service and attention to detail. He provided guidance the first year that included ski rentals. The convenience of dealing with a local ski shop for the children's rentals, and the substantial discount at Alpine Sport, and the ability to have pick up and drop off is substantial. The van service to and from Winter Park is also a big help.

The food service has improved the last few years. A few of the dishes were spectacular, at any price. The food is hearty, more than adequate and home style. The rooms are comfortable and clean and our suite is quite large. Once you learn your way around the large complex, you will appreciate the ambiance. It can be dim in areas, especially at night, like any other well maintained old house.

We continue to return year after year for all these reasons. Service provided by the Timberhouse is on par with the best of destinations. The Timberhouse provides a true value in a family ski vacation. If you were to honestly tally the $ for a condominum or hotel, food costs and TIME, yes TIME. I believe you will agree. If you want gourmet meals, high thread count sheets and a valet, you will pay substantially more than a stay at the TimberHouse, but your service will be no better.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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10 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

TimberHouse lodge prides itself on providing a community to fellow skiers and succeeds. Cell phones and laptops are banished from the living room and dining rooms, Everyone eats together (breakfast, 4 pm tea and dinner are camp style) and everyone hangs out talking about skiing, puzzles, etc.. I'm not the biggest fan of forced togetherness but it works here.
Todd (the owner) can make every part of your ski trip easier: helping you rent skis, getting deals on lift tickets and shuttling you to the lifts. I recommend that you call him a week or so before your trip.
There are aspects that might not be right for everyone. There were kids everywhere when we visited (it was spring break in Texas) but, frankly, they were sweet and energetic and just added to the whole camp thing. Ditto for the trains. After the first night, I didn't hear them.

Room Tip: If you are of advanced age, you might want a room with a private bathroom. You might ask for a room...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Upon reading lots and lots of reviews searching for the perfect place to stay in winter park, and weighing pros and cons of renting a house, condo, hotel etc we stumbled over Timberhouse lodge. Was a little worried at first as there was a few reviews deeming it very dark and rustic.

When we drove up the children said to the driver "no that is not where we are staying, we are going to a resort". I realized that it was about time that they get off this 5 star resort idea , and was really glad we arrived here.

Todd the owner gave us a great welcome and helped us getting settled. We got to pick between the room we had reserved or another set up he thought would be fulfilling our criteria better. We went with Todd's suggestion.

I was a little worried about the no lock/room key concept but it was really unnecessary. Someone from staff is always around nearby keeping an eye on things and really this is not a place where strangers just pass by. And at night they do lock the lodge up so it was very very safe.

Everyone on staff was overly friendly and accommodating and it is definitely the cleanest lodge I have ever stayed at. Every morning after breakfast and most guest on their way to the slopes I would notice the staff washing walls, panels, doorknobs etc etc.

The lodge really has a nice warm feel of an old European ski lodge, and as I grew up skiing in Europe I felt quite at home. It was really like going back in time to great childhood memories.

The food was good, solid housemans cost. Not gourmet but they also don't advertise that. But they accommodate everyone and they make some solid healthy meals that is what you need for a good day on the slopes. Personally we couldn't ask for more or differently.

During our stay here we met a lot of interesting people and all guests seems to gather for the meals, exchange fantastic travel stories and after dinner enjoy old warren miller movies. With Todd's great hospitality it felt like coming back home.

Todd took us to the slopes every day and also drove us in the afternoons to meet people at the base, he really looked out for all of us like we were his family, making sure everyone was happy, well taken care of and safe.

This fall upon planning this years ski vacations our children voted Timberhouse lodge as their favorite spot to go to - above all the luxurious expensive resorts they otherwise have been to. I think that says it all!

We are returning with a group of 15-20 this year and I am sure we will be back for many years to come.

Read reviews complaining about train and alcohol policy, I don't understand those reviews because we are super light sleepers and yet from our room (granted it was on side furthest away from the railway) we barely ever if at all heard the train - at least not during the evenings and night time. The staff were happy to open our wine bottles as well as give us wine glasses so I don't get the review about that one can't drink because they certainly don't prohibit it.

Room Tip: Stay on opposite side of railway tracks and you really won't be bothered that much
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

We just returned from a four night stay at the lodge. I travel frequently for business and this did not feel at all like a hotel. It was more like staying at my friends' family's summer house in New Hampshire. Todd knew all our names on arrival, and we were always referred to by first name. The rooms have lots of wood and are smaller than an average hotel room. We didn't notice that as we spent time in the common living room by the fireplace after dinner. The floors squeaked here and there as you walked on them. It was cleaner than most hotels, perhaps because the staff lives on site. Best of all, our two boys made many friends over "Apples to Apples", Pool, and Ping Pong, and many of the people knew each other from past stays. My wife and I enjoyed the group Trivia Pursuit game (men vs. women) one evening, met some great people over dinner at the multi-family dinner tables, and had some great conversations in the hot tubs. Like my friends's place, some people knew each other already and others were first timers like us.

Trains pass by Winter Park periodically, but living in suburban Boston they sounded like the distant commuter rail trains we hear at home. Aside from that, the rooms are much quieter than typical hotels. The food is good, but not to be confused with a gourmet restaurant. Some people may have trouble with the limited options and inability to select from a menu, but the staff is ready to help, e.g., bringing out a PB&J or plain pasta instead of beef stew over pasta. Fresh salads, great deserts, and Après Ski snacks resulted in plenty of options. Having meals prepared was much better than having to make reservations or wait in line for expensive resort-town meals. Dinners were beef stew, pork loin, grilled sole, and roast beef. Starters included fresh salad and French Onion Soup, while deserts were chocolate cake, brownies, and carrot cake.

My 9 year old wasn't initially as excited about 3 days of skiing as his older brother was, but he was emphatic that we should return to Timberhouse Lodge at the same time next year so he can see his "friends" again. The wide variety of trail options from each lift was also great as two of us could take an easier trail, two could take a harder trail, and we could meet at the bottom and ride the four person lifts together. Aside from lifts at the bottom - middle of the mountain, lift lines were never more than a few people long, and we skied the Friday - Sunday between Christmas and New Years! We skied Killington last year and saw long lines, crowded slopes, and were run over by out-of-control skiers twice.

Thanks Todd for helping make this a great family trip! Hope to see you next year.

Room Tip: Rooms near the dining room may be noisier - we stayed upstairs but walked by the every morning for b...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tupelo, Mississippi
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

Just finished our sixteenth consecutive seasonal visit to the Timberhouse and, as usual, it was wonderful. Old friends were there during our week, so we could catch up. It is hard to stay there and not make some new friends and, of course, we did. After a long day of skiing it is so nice to not have to worry about going out to eat, waiting in line at resturants, and instead being served a great multi-course meal by a competent and friendly staff who go out of their way to serve. A great breakfast and afternoon tea are also included. Timber house is a ski in lodge, so you have your choice of skiing back or having Todd pick you up at the base in the afternoon. The lodge is rustic but clean and comfortable, rooms are quiet and the owner and staff are extradinarily attentive to the individual needs of those who stay there. If you are addicted to electronic entertainment, it may not be the best choice for you, but if you enjoy sitting by the fire after a great meal, engaging in frienly conversation or being entertained with live music if any guests or staff members have those talents, then it is the place to be at Winter Park. If you need to rent equipment, Todd will take you and no standing in lines for lift tickets, he will get them for you and get the best possible deal at the particular time,

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 32, Winter Park, CO 80482
Location: United States > Colorado > Grand County > Winter Park
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Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out
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