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!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Traditional Ski Lodge! Full breakfasts and dinners, afternoon teas, shuttles, included in rates. Ski-in, 500 yds from slopes, family hospitality. "Big B&B, WITH Dinner!" ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Timberhouse Ski Hotel