Originally Posted by vinn
There's a really good bar with a good bar food near your hotel, but it's not obvious. It's right on the corner across from the post office and it's called Arapahoe Cafe. Drive around the back, go in the back door, and down the stairs. I highly recommend going there for dinner - check out what their special is for the night. The restaurant upstairs is pricey, the bar downstairs isn't.
vinn, I think they are staying at the Best Western Lake Dillon Lodge, since they mentioned it's in Frisco. Yes folks, the Best Western that has "Dillon" in the name is NOT in Dillon. The Best Western that's actually in Dillon, right around the corner from the Arapahoe Cafe, is the Best Western Ptarmigan Inn, and does not have Dillon in its name.
Worth the trip over to it though, I really like the Arapahoe Cafe. You can get directly to it by taking the Dillon Dam road from Frisco - directly across the street from the BW in Frisco instead of getting onto the highway. After you cross the damn, take the right turn just before the traffic light at the end of the Dam Road, and that will lead you up into Dillon center with the Arapahoe Cafe on your right when you reach the downtown.
You guys are in the BW that's right at the Frisco Transportation Center (Summit Stage free bus hub for all of the county) and a "lovely" strip mall with ski shops, some cafes and restaurants, a Safeway, a Walmart, and nothing else of real interest. But really central to transportation, including just a 1/2 block to get back on I-70 to head out to Vail or BC. FoodHedz is a real good cafe/quick (not "fast") food restuarant run by a couple of great chefs. Looks like a hole in the wall but actually some really good meals.
BTW, Diamox makes beer (and soda and anything else carbonated) taste real bad. Whether you're taking Diamox or not, hydrate a lot (not with beer!)
Snowboarding is allowed at all of the resorts you mentioned, and I'm pretty sure every resort in CO. Nearest places that don't allow borders are 400 miles away around Salt Lake City!
I agree with all the advice about not trying to ride on Friday. Lifts stop running at 4pm so if you're getting into DEN sometime in the afternoon, you're not going to get anywhere in time. If you get up the hill to Summit County by late afternoon, check into your hotel, and really are stoked to get out that night, Keystone has night skiing/riding.
Yes, Breck can be crowded on weekends, but so can everywhere else. If you're fine with the altitude on Friday, then do Breck (the highest of the ones you're hitting). But if you're still a bit short-of-breath but feel good enough to ride, I'd suggest use that first full day to do either Beaver Creek (8100 ft base) or Vail (8120), both of which are at lower altitudes than Breck (9600) and Keystone (9280). You'll be sleeping at about 9065 feet (according to Google Earth) at that part of Frisco. So hitting Vail or the Beav on Friday would be giving you some time lower when at the base, to help acclimate. Breck on Sunday isn't too bad, and a lot of the Front Range folks leave early in the day.