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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Summit bears, need a little help.

I'll be in summit Jan 22-24 for a clinic at breck and need a little info: looking for best price (read: dirt cheap) lodging; already know about alpinehut, anything else around relatively cheap?

Also, 'bout how long will it take me to get to breck on summit stage from frisco? from dillon/silverthorne?

thanks.
post #2 of 14
Just met these folks at a party who own Mountain Vista bed and Breakfast in Silverthorne. Rates vary between $69 and $99. There is also a dorm room for about $29.

800-333-5165

Supposedly, since they cut out the main Street stops in Frisco, the ride from the Frisco Transfer Center to Breck should be 30 minutes. From Silverthorne, it would be about 45 minutes.
post #3 of 14
snowshoe motel in Frisco is cheap. Not fancy, but clean.
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post #5 of 14
If they cut out the main st. stops in Frisco, then you might not want to stay at the Snowshoe. There was a stop right in front of the place.

I have used hotwire before and their 2 star hotel is the holiday inn in frisco, right off the highway 9 exit. Most times the rates will be $59 a night. They have an indoor pool and hot tub for after skiing as well.
post #6 of 14
Due to protests from locals, every other Breckenridge bus will now go down Main Street, so be sure to check the schedules if you stay at the Snowshoe.

The Holiday Inn is closer to the transfer station.
post #7 of 14
Second the Snowshoe Motel recommendation - stayed there a couple of years back before I bought my place up here, when I was up looking for places. Totally basic, non-luxo digs, but clean, nice people, and a great location.

The Summit Stage has partially restored the downtown Main Street service on the Breckenridge line. They are now alternating - the service that runs from Frisco Transportation Center at the top of the hour will bypass Main Street and stop at the new Medical Center. The service that runs at half-past the hour will do the Main Street and Granite Street stops as before, and bypass the Medical Center. In the evening, all runs on the Breck line will serve both Main Street and the Medical Center. So that restores the service for heading to Breck for dinner/drinks if staying in Frisco, or vice versa. Full details at the Summit Stage website.

Other options in walking distance to the transportation center (which means you can always get to the Breck service whether it's doing Main Street Frisco or the Med Center) in addition to the Holiday Inn mentioned by matt7180 could be the Alpine Inn. It's pretty basic from what I know, but I haven't read bad reviews about it. It's practically at the Transit Center rather than across Highway 9 (which is where the Holiday Inn is). Puts it in good access to the Stage, plus walking distance to one of our souless strip malls (but which does have several good ski shops, a good "cheap gourmet" cafe - FoodHedz, a Mexican place and some other good services.)

Summit Inn is relatively reasonable; it's across Highway 9 in the same area as the Holiday Inn. One of the managers there was the assistant director on a show I did - seems like they have good people over there.

Wherever you stay, you need to figure in another 10-15 minutes to get from the Breckenridge Station transit center up to either the Peak 9 Beaver Run base, or the Peak 8 Base, on the resort buses that leave from Breck Station to the base areas. Not sure when the clinic starts, or which base it goes out from, but you'll have a bus ride either way. If it goes out from the Peak 9 Village base, you'll need to take the Breckenridge FreeRide bus system from Breckenridge Station over to the Village, the resort doesn't run a bus to that base.

If your clinic is going out from Peak 8, another option from the Breck Station transit center is our new BreckConnect Gondola - it should be open to the public by then. All the cabins got loaded on the cable 2 days ago and they've been running it for testing since then. It's supposed to be online to the public by early January. However, the complimentary lift tickets at PSIA events typically are given out at the meeting areas, and it looks like you need to have a ticket to ride the Gondola up to the base (note - I'm not sure about that but the Gondola building does have a bunch of ticket windows), so it might be the bus the first day anyway. In which case, leave extra time if going to Peak 8 because once we start running the Gondola, we're cutting back on the frequency of Peak 8 buses from what I heard from the parking guys yesterday.

Wish I could do some turns with you but that week is ESA Aspen, so I and a lot of Summit Bears will be at ESA. More snow for you guys!

Enjoy!
post #8 of 14
[quote=Lisamarie;623845]Due to protests from locals, every other Breckenridge bus will now go down Main Street, so be sure to check the schedules if you stay at the Snowshoe.
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Nice to see the locals worried about the downtown businesses. Why not just put up a gate on either end of Main and lock it to keep those pesky tourists out!
post #9 of 14
I just realized I might have read your post wrong Lisamarie. You probably meant the locals prosted no bus, so they are now sending every-other one through there.

I originally took it that the locals protested the buses, which resulted in cutting the schedule in half.
post #10 of 14
The locals were outraged at the change in the bus schedule. It was horrific for Frisco businesses, as well as locals who use the bus system. There were petitions in many of the stores, and daily letters to the editor in the Summit Daily. With Breckenridge charging for parking and the reduced bus service, even some Copper locals and employees were worried that this would cause over crowding at Copper.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Lisamarie View Post
The locals were outraged at the change in the bus schedule. It was horrific for Frisco businesses, as well as locals who use the bus system. There were petitions in many of the stores, and daily letters to the editor in the Summit Daily. With Breckenridge charging for parking and the reduced bus service, even some Copper locals and employees were worried that this would cause over crowding at Copper.
So whose decision was it to eliminate the shuttle stop?

I did not go to Copper last year, but the times I have been there this year have seemed quite crowded. I can see the concern with adding more people.

The Breck people will tell you the pay-for-parking is not a big deal as most of their patrons are staying in town and using the shuttle. I do not think this is the case. The times I have been to Breck, I met just as many people who drive in for the day as in Copper of Winter Park.
post #12 of 14
We are being told that when the new hospital was built, the ride from the Frisco Transfer Center to Breckenridge became a 45 minute, as opposed to a thirty minute ride. However, cutting out Main Street, which was a very popular stop, was simply a bad decision. Hardly anyone ever gets off at the County Commons or Hospital stop, which involved a major detour.

IMHO, they should have used the same format that they used for Copper during the winter season. You can catch an Express to Copper at the Frisco Transfer center. If you want to go to any of the Main Street stops, you take the local. They could have done a Breckenridge Express, and a Breckenridge local.

The ironic part about the new bus route is the fact that there is this absolutely horrific woman on the Frisco Planning Board who likes to target female-owned businesses and restrict their hours of operation. Her supposed rationale: There is not enough parking in the day time!:

Well, if they are so concerned with parking, why are they restricting bus service?:
post #13 of 14
I see it all the time in my line of work; people thinking "small" who live in communities that necessitate thinking "large". Frisco, as with every city in the are, would be better served thinking about the region as a whole. If they do not think this way, their community will become isolated and ultimately lose.
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
I want to thank everyone for their help with my dilemma. I'm home sick today, and will respond to PM's later in the day.
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