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The Mountainside at Silver Creek
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

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
YMCA: YMCARockies.org
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

Room Tip: As for a room facing down the mountain, as they'll have beautiful views out the living room pict...
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

We took a fall trip to Colorado and used our timeshare to book at The Mountainside at Silver Creek. We had a change in plans and when I called they were able to move our week up by one day - GREAT customer service! I requested a view and even though it didn't look out over the mountains, we enjoyed the expansive view and it was still pleasant. We were there in October, but I would love to come back to ski, since you could walk over to the lifts. Very convenient! The location of the property was terrific for day trips to Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park and hiking. We took a day trip to Estes Park too.

The rooms are up to date and very nicely equipped. Wireless worked flawlessly and nice flat screen tv in the living room. Fireplace is a little quirky, but worked. Kitchen is well equipped and shopping at the City Market grocery store is just at the end of the drive out to the main road. Comfortable bed and great pillows! There is a spa in the room next to the master bedroom and we used it once after a day of hiking. It would be heavenly after a long day of skiing!

Loved everything about this resort and hope to go again another year!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view - otherwise you get a view of the parking lot.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank bjaindt
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

It was my first trip to Colorado and we were so happy with our condo and its location. The area was loaded with some spectacular aspen colors and elk. We spent most of our days hiking in nearby Rocky Mountain National Park and nights soaking in the spa..... perfect for the sore muscles that come from hiking above 9,000 feet.
We only met one staff member, a very nice man who was a super joke teller.
My husband and I agreed~we would go back again.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank soocj
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

We were so excited about our trip to Mountainside at Silvercreek in Granby, Co., because we are from South Louisiana and do not often see mountains. We had booked the condo through RCI (using our Wyndham time share points) about 5 months in advance and requested a good view of the mountains and were assured we would indeed have that. When we checked in, the people at the desk were very nice and efficient, but did not tell us about all the renovations and construction that was going on around our particular unit. When we walked up the stairs and saw the unsightly mess (not to mention UNSAFE conditions) all around the condo, we were very upset. We had brought guests, so we were very embarrased, also. We did not have a good view of the mountains as promised, and what little we might have seen out our windows was covered up by scaffolding and ladders.

We immmediately called down to the desk and asked to be moved, but were told by the person who checked us in, Donna, there were no other units available. We later discovered that there were indeed other units available. She told us that there was nothing she could do about it and gave us a 1-800 number to call a management person--a lady by the name of Sue Pierce. We had to leave a voicemail, and we never heard from Sue Pierce for the three days we were there. So, once they have you booked in, you are just stuck--they don't care!!! I have attached pictures of the unsafe construction mess all around our unit, plus pictures of the parking lot views we had instead of mountains.

Now, all that being said--the bad and the ugly, the insde of the unit was nice--the good. We had a 2 bedroom/2 bath unit plus loft with bathroom. So, one could call it a 3 bedroom/3 full bath condo. We had all we needed INSIDE the condo. There was a hot tub in the master bedroom with a TV in the den and master bedroom. The other rooms did not have TVs. The bathrooms were well stocked with towels, soap, shampoo--much like a motel. Kitchen was well stocked with all we needed to prepare meals.

No phone signal, but a little WiFi availabiltiy--once in awhile.

I think that people should be told ahead of time about renovations, etc., so they can decide if they want change their plans or not. If they cannot give you the view you request, you should be told so ahead of time and not find out that you have a poor view by surprise. That is very poor customer service.

Basically, as timeshare owners, we were very disapointed in the way we were treated here.

Room Tip: Ask for a unit with a view "looking down" the mountain looking out on the valley. The oth...
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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8  Thank CajunCountryBR
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Reviewed April 7, 2012

We spent February vacation at the Mountainside. It was a great condo. It was our first time to Colorado and we couldn't have asked for a better vacation. Our family of 4 and my mom came out to ski. Sol Vista was a great ski area and a great place to begin. We drove to Steamboat Springs (about 1hr 45 min) for an overnight and also skied at Winter Park. The condo was well equipped and the staff at the Mountainside was very helpful. Even to the point of informing us and helping us get discounts at the various ski areas. Everything you need is close by. Knowing we wanted to explore around the area, the Mountainside was a great hub.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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8  Thank yayabeer
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Reviewed March 1, 2012

We stayed in a 1 bedroom unit for one week. There was a hot tub in the room which we enjoyed immensely. The view from our livingroom window was spectacular. I stared out at the valley and the far away mountains for hours. The condo itself was very nicely arranged. We were in one of the renovated ones. There is a full sized kitchen. Plus a nice sized table to eat at. There was a queen bed, a sleeper soafa, and a man and a half sleeper chair. The bed in the bedroom was comfortable. The bathroom was dirty when we got there, several hairs in the bathtub. I had bought bleach wipes on our way into town so I just cleaned it myself. There are lots of steps and stairs so if you have difficulty climbing stairs, you should not stay here. But over all, with the view and the hot tub if you are not looking for much else and can climb stairs, worth the stay.

Room Tip: Ask for a view of the valley.
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank thadoo
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Reviewed November 26, 2011

We had a great time at Mountainside! We had TWO 2-bedroom units for 11 people (mid-aged adults, young adult, college kids and even little ones)...1 unit was an RCI exchange, and the other we rented. Both were warm and cozy! They nicely decorated and equipped...we managed a big Thanksgiving dinner for everyone easily!!! The negative comment below could only have been made by someone who would not be happy no matter what...the office staff was extremely helpful and responded immediately to our request to add an extra day, and one question regarding internet connection (we did loose wireless signal sometimes...afterall, we are in the Rocky mountains...but that was easily fixed within minutes by refreshing the screen!). The fullsize hot tub was in the master bedroom which was different, (room was large to easily accommodate it) but was nice that because it was private and you didnt even have to go outside! It is within easy driving distance (we even had a blowing snow storm) of lots of activities, but not in the middle of a big commercial area. We went skiing, hiked in the Rocky Mountain National Park, went sledding right outside the door, took the kids to the lazy river and waterslide at the inside pool at the Fraser rec center, and even went dogsledding - everyone had a BLAST! Our one wish was that we had MORE time here!!!

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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8  Thank springval6
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Address: PO Box 4222, Granby, CO 80446-4222
Location: United States > Colorado > Grand County > Granby
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Granby
Price Range: $302 - $332 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Mountainside at Silver Creek 3*
Number of rooms: 340
Also Known As:
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Mountainside Silver Creek
Silver Creek Colorado

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