This resort is a hidden gem! We book annual ski trips to various locations during the shoulder season (just before ski season) to maximize fun and reduce the crowd experience. This was our first trip to CO and we hadn't even heard of Granby, Sol Vista, or WInter Park. But ... absolutely awesome trip.
First, the condo. We got a 2BR but it was more like a 3 BR. Downstairs contains: kitchen, sunken living room, dining room, balcony, fireplace, TV, extra closet, pegs for coats. The kitchen is well appointed with all the amenities you need, including garbage disposal, dish washer, fridge and ice maker, coffee pot, blender, microwave, pots/pans/dishes, etc. It has a master queen-bedded bedroom with bathroom (and tub/shower) and a jacuzzi (comfortable for 2, would be fine for 4, is too small for 6). The jacuzzi view over the valley and across the mountains was gorgeous. The 2nd bedroom has a queen bed, also downstairs, has its own closet and bathroom with a stand-up shower. Upstairs is the loft area are two full-sized beds and a 3rd bathroom with a stand-up shower. Overall good use of space with plenty of beds/baths for 6 people, and could actually accommodate 8 if you pull out the sleeper in the living room (and extra linens are provided). Each room has its own adjustable thermostat and there is drop-down ceiling fan. The weather outside was snowy and cold, but we were very comfortable inside. In fact, when we used the jacuzzi, we turned on not only the obligatory ceiling exhaust fan, but we also opened the windows a bit (to let out the moisture as well as the chlorine smell).
Next, the jacuzzi. Okay, so I've read other reviews complaining about the noise of the jacuzzi. Honestly, I expected not to like it. There were a few bumps when we arrived. We actually moved units in the middle of our week because the original jacuzzi did not heat up. Turns out it needed a new pump, so we were moved next door to a new place. Mitch, the head of maintenance, is a wonderful man who is very helpful, extremely polite, and customer-service oriented. Same layout but mirrored in reverse. (NOTE here: We had spectacular views down the mountain in Unit 87, and we moved to Unit 88 ... we preferred the original Unit 87 because it had better views of the valley and looked over a ski lift, while Unit 88 has similar views but looks at the check-in building versus the ski lift). Anyway, the new unit's jacuzzi was fine. The temp was hot and maintained a constant 104 degrees - perfect! There was a strong chlorine smell, which is to be expected given the use of these jacuzzi's, but we solved it by running both the fan and opening a few windows for ventilation. The noise resembled a large fish tank's circulation system, soothing to us in the background. Every once in a while the recirculator would kick on and yes, that was a bit noisy. But ... once you've been stationed aboard an aircraft carrier, no noise is too much and you just adapt. Truly, this was bliss for us!
The living room has huge picture windows from which we watched snow, deer, foxes, and the lovely valley views. We overlooked the golf course and one of the ski lifts, so in the summer the golf course would be beautiful and in the winter watching the skiiers and the Rocky Mountains was wonderful.
There is an outdoor pool and a few tennis courts, of course for summer use only. They were closed when we were there (obviously) but would be fun in the summer. There's also a small playground and a BBQ area, and the ski lifts would be turned into biking lifts for biking and hiking.
Next: what to do. Neither Granby Ranch nor Sol Vista were open. However, Winter Park had just opened up a few runs and lifts, and they were running a half-price online special. We got 2 days of skiing for the price of 1, and we absolutely loved it. It was a short drive over, and we rented ski equipment at the base of the mountain. We didn't want to lug the stuff back and forth, so we rented a locker for our boots and had them keep the skis for us overnight. If Granby were opened, you could actually walk across the parking lot and just ski down to a few different lifts. Granby and Sol Vista seem to be connected, just as Mary Jane and Winter Park are connected. Lots of great ski opportunities here!
Check out the Rocky Mountain YMCA nearby. It has lots of winter entertainment options, including a pool, skating rink, snow mobiling, archery, crafts, cafeteria, cabins, walking/hiking trails, horseback riding, fitness, and so many things to keep you busy, entertained, and fit. Tubing, balloon rides, swimming, sleigh rides, cross country skiing, zip lining, snowshoeing ... you can do lots of outdoor activities all within an easy drive.
Virtually across the street at the turnoff, there is a gas station, McDonalds, Subway, and Kroger (grocery store). You can stock up on groceries for your unit and cook your own meals, or there are several options for restaurants in nearby Fraser, Granby, and Winter Park. TIP: Get a Kroger membership card for a discount on your purchases. We "borrowed" the one from the front desk.
Rocky Mountain National Park was wonderful. We saw coyotes in Coyote Meadow, went up to a few of the hiking trails (part of the park was closed for the winter), and also drove over to Grand Lake. Each would be a nice day trip and picnic/hike/whatever, but it's all very beautiful. In the town of Grand Lake, turn off the main drag and hike up to Adams Falls. Or go to Sulphur Springs and indulge in hot tubbing and hot springs bathing or massages.
Do your homework and check out the area:
Winter Park: WinterParkResort.com
Granby Ranch: GranbyRanch.com
Sulphur Springs: HotSulphurSprings.com
Strongly recommend a rental car (we rented from EZRentals at Denver, and we had a new Subaru Legacy all-wheel drive for less than $100 for the week). E-ZRentacar.com.
Or, you could use a good van service: HomeJamesTransportation.com
- Also Known As:
- The Mountainside At Silver Creek Hotel Granby
- Mountainside Silver Creek
- Silver Creek Colorado