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What's the cheapest place to stay at Loveland, CO?

post #1 of 21
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I've got these from Loveland's website and so far it looks like $78/day is the cheapest at the Georgetown Mountain INN. That's a lot... in comparisson to the $20-30/day (Priceline) deal I've got at a 5-star hotel in Reno!

Lodging

Georgetown 12 miles east of Loveland Ski Area on Interstate 70

Georgetown Mountain INN (303) 569-3201
Georgetown Super 8 Motel (303) 569-3211
All Aboard Vacation Home (303) 569-2525
Centennial Mill Guest House (303) 569-3067
Historic St. James Place (303) 569-3100
Hotel Chateau Chamonix
Rose Street Bed & Breakfast (303) 569-2222
Red Ram Restaurant & Inn (303) 569-2300
Saxon Mountain Retreat (970) 389-1203
Silver Heels Guest Suites (303) 569-0941
Woodchuck Peak Lodging (303) 569-3022
4 Elements Cottage (303) 378-9668


Summit County 12 miles west of Loveland Ski Area on Interstate 70

AAA Vacation Rentals (800) 944-5994
Best Western Dillon (970) 727-0607
Best Western Frisco (800) 727-0607
Comfort Suites (970) 513-0300
Days Inn (800) 325-2525
Dillon Super 8 Motel (970) 468-8888
Holiday Inn (970) 668-5000
Summit Inn (800) 745-1211


Empire 14 miles east of Loveland Ski Area

Rocky Mountain Village (303) 569-2333- Retreat Camp (Dormitory style accommodation)
The Peck House (303) 569-9870
post #2 of 21
You didn't say when. It will make a difference.

For cheaper $$ think Idaho Springs or Silver Plume (east of Georgetown on I-70). Both towns have been bypassed by the tourist trade and "glitz". Both areas are pretty "basic", but you'll likely find some roadside motels for ~$40-$50. They DEFINITELY aren't going to be 5-star. Maybe 2 if you're lucky.

There's nothing "at" Loveland, so you'll have to commute from somewhere. G-town is the closest. It had a resurgence in popularity a few years ago and was spiffed up a bit. Prices up jumped accordingly.

Once you cross through the tunnel, you've got a lot more competition for beds serving A-basin, Breck, Copper, Keystone, and even Vail.

Hopefully some locals will have more suggestions.
post #3 of 21
The lift shack at the top of three is heated and unlocked. Don't ask me how I know.
post #4 of 21
A bunkbed at Alpen Hutte in Summit County is 25.00-35.00/night max. and is on the Summit Stage route. No stars. 12 miles from Loveland and reverse traffic. Lots of instructors use it as temporary housing at the beginning of the season. Next cheapest housing is http://www.couchsurfing.com/ or your rental car.
post #5 of 21
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Loveland in early December medmarkco. Is the snow good then? I went last year, in early December to Winter Park and thought the snow was 7/8 out of 10.
post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by tief schnee View Post
The lift shack at the top of three is heated and unlocked. Don't ask me how I know.
No, seriously... I wouldn't mind such adventure if it is for real; I'd be willing to do it!

I see some problems though:

1) Is it legal? Can I get in trouble with police?

2) If it is locked, unheated, or I get caught trying to spend the night inside, I have to start looking for hotels -- and without reservation in advance and without a deal, they might be more expensive and my trip might turn more expensive than planned.

3) Are there any other people in there?

4) What happens if it does work-out well for me up there, but my rental car is left on the parking lot? Aren't there police, security and patrols at night checking the parking lots? If they see a car... can they tow it... or think something suspicious? I don't want to get arrested!

5) Not to be too picky... but is there a shower up there?
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by daysailer1 View Post
A bunkbed at Alpen Hutte in Summit County is 25.00-35.00/night max. and is on the Summit Stage route. No stars. 12 miles from Loveland and reverse traffic. Lots of instructors use it as temporary housing at the beginning of the season. Next cheapest housing is http://www.couchsurfing.com/ or your rental car.
If the Free shack thing doesn't work-out, then yes, that $25-30/night is a good deal. Do you have a phone number/address/website for them?

By the way, in Florida you're not allowed to sleep in your car in a praking lot.... Are you allowed in Colorado? I did sleep for 4 nights in my car in temperatures below 32 in Ski Beach resort's mountains, in North Carolina, and seriously I was more affraid of getting arrested, rather than the cold.
post #8 of 21
for around that price, basic rooms can be had in Idaho Springs. btw, Silver Plume is west of Georgetown.
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by JamesX521 View Post

1) Is it legal? Can I get in trouble with police?

2) If it is locked, unheated, or I get caught trying to spend the night inside, I have to start looking for hotels -- and without reservation in advance and without a deal, they might be more expensive and my trip might turn more expensive than planned.

3) Are there any other people in there?

4) What happens if it does work-out well for me up there, but my rental car is left on the parking lot? Aren't there police, security and patrols at night checking the parking lots? If they see a car... can they tow it... or think something suspicious? I don't want to get arrested!

5) Not to be too picky... but is there a shower up there?

Yes, Yes, Yes - groomers, bad, yes, yes, no
post #10 of 21
Though the Reno deal is good, you're not that close to the resorts. Except maybe Mt Rose, I would think you are looking at a 30 to 45 minute drive.

Put yourself in that range and you could stay in places in Golden.
I would take a look at Lodging in Idaho Springs. Maybe 10 minutes further from Loveland than Georgetown, and you'll have many more options for going out in the Springs.
post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by icanseeformiles(andmiles) View Post
for around that price, basic rooms can be had in Idaho Springs. btw, Silver Plume is west of Georgetown.
Thanks ... wan't thinking. I don't remember anything in the way of lodging being there anyway ... maybe a "room for rent".
post #12 of 21
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Loveland in early December medmarkco. Is the snow good then? I went last year, in early December to Winter Park and thought the snow was 7/8 out of 10.
Well, J-X521, it's been a long time since I've had the pleasure of checking out Loveland in early December (unfortunately), so you'll have to ask a local what they think is in store for this season.

Coming from FL, I assure you the snow at Loveland will be a 10/10 compared with what you'll get at home. Unless it is a really bad year, you'll probably get a 6 or7/10 at Loveland compared with mid-season conditions. Like most everywhere else in early Dec. On the other hand, you might get lucky and see a big start to the year. Hope so!

Enjoy your trip!
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by JamesX521 View Post
If the Free shack thing doesn't work-out, then yes, that $25-30/night is a good deal. Do you have a phone number/address/website for them?
Here's some info on Alpen Hutte. My opinion: it's a darn good deal for Summit County but not one of my fave hostels. Does have its good points though.
post #14 of 21
I just checked as I hadn't been there since Spring. The Alpen Hutte is no more. It is now Peaks Riverside Lodge. Looks like upgraded lodging and pricing.

I know that one of the cabins on the slope at Loveland is/was available for camping. You had to hike up there on snowshoes though. No shower. It was first come/first serve for availability. Most people don't know about it. How are your lungs at 11,000 ft?

Snow is usually good at Loveland in Dec. It was good at Winter Park this past year too.

Been a long time since I've been to Ski Beech. I don't miss it. I never camped there but did play hooky from High School there. It's a little cooler here. Parking lots are usually okay unless there's a sign that says no overnight parking. Don't park there.
post #15 of 21
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Is it better to book my Loveland trip online now for a mid-December trip... or just wait another month if they might run some special promotion?

I skied in Winter Park last winter. Is skiing in Loveland a downgrade, or upgrade in comparisson to Winter Park? I decided Loveland this December, just because I haven't been there and just because it's probably one of the cheapest trips possible for a flight to Denver.
post #16 of 21
Loveland is a small family owned area. They tend not to run special promotions on lodging deals. They typically just do lift ticket specials. Airlines are a different beast. I don't really know how to advise on that.

Loveland isn't a downgrade unless you are expecting a "resort", high speed lifts, fancy food, and slopeside lodging or anything within 10 miles. It is pure old-fashioned family style and purist skiing experience. No lift lines, plenty of territory for any ability level. Lots of friendly people. I worked there for four years before moving to Winter Park. I routinely go there on my off weekends, and pre/post-season. I'd rather go there than Vail. As others have posted here, you will routinely find patrollers and instructors from other areas at Loveland on their days off.
post #17 of 21
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I am revisiting this thread from one year ago; I wasn't able to go last year, but it's possible that I'll go now in mid December. Basically, I'm looking for a good deal on lodging. I don't mind being in a dorm, but the comments for this one -- Peaks Riverside Lodge -- were pretty bad. The ones listed on Loveland's website are pretty expensive... starting at $80-90 per night.

By the way, last time when I checked -- there was no bus/shuttle from Georgetown and Summit County to the ski resort: Is that still the case? Am I dependent on rental car from Denver airport?

I am still interested in trying to sleep in that heated shack on the top of the mountain, at "11,000ft.," just for pure adventure... but any suggestions on how can I leave my rental car on the parking lot (if I get one)... because, I bet they don't allow overnight parking and I don't want it to get towed.
post #18 of 21
there will be 6 in the shack already, dont ask how its heated
post #19 of 21
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Man, no privacy even there!?
post #20 of 21
Absolutely do NOT use Woodchuck Peak Lodging (303) 569-3022 . Last year we gave them a $450.00 deposit and we could not go on our trip. We cancelled two months in advanced. He refused to give us our deposit back even though he took another deposit from someone after us.
post #21 of 21
Thread Starter 
Good to know. Thanks.
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