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High Mountain Lodge
PO Box 1888
Winter Park, CO 80482

425 County Road 5001
Winter Park, CO 80482

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High Mountain Lodge, Inc.

High Mountain Lodge is a trademark of High Mountain Lodge, Inc.

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How far is it from the
High Mountain Lodge to ski areas?

From the door of the High Mountain Lodge to the entrance to Winter Park Ski area is just under ten miles. Mary Jane is another few miles up the road. Depending on weather and traffic, it takes about fifteen minutes to drive to the area.

What is the elevation of the High Mountain Lodge?

According to Google maps, the High Mountain Lodge's elevation is 8700 feet (actually, 2646 meters). To give you a reference, Denver is a mile high, at 5280 feet. As a rule of thumb, we're about 15-20 degrees cooler than Denver at any given time. So if the high in Denver is 90, it will be about 75 here.

Do I need a four-wheel drive car to get to your lodge?

Yes and No. In the wintertime when you drive down our road, a 4x4 or all-wheel drive car is helpful. Denverites and other Front Rangers know the value of studded snow tires in the mountains. Our neighborhood association is pretty good about scattering sand on the steep parts of our road, but sometimes they aren't as proactive as we would like.

We have pushed a number of guests up our road, and it is not unheard of us to tow cars up the road with our Subaru. Surprisingly, people seem to have the most difficulty during thaws, when the snow gets slushy.

Bottom line: in the wintertime, if you're from Denver, visit us in your snow car. If you're flying in, rent an all-wheel drive car at the airport. If you're taking the train, get off in Granby and rent a Subaru from Avalanche Car Rentals.

Does the High Mountain Lodge provide transportation to the ski areas?

Sorry, no. You really need a car when staying with us--unless you want to take a taxi into town or to Winter Park Ski area.

What is the High Mountain Lodge's smoking policy?

Smoking is not permitted in any guest rooms or interior spaces at the High Mountain Lodge. If we detect evidence of smoking in any of our rooms, we automatically charge an additional $250 cleaning fee to the room charge. Guests agree to this policy when booking the room.

We ask that people who smoke do so at least 15 feet from the nearest door or open window.

Now that Colorado has legalized marijuana, does that smoking prohibition include marijuana?

Yes. Our smoking prohibition doesn't have a thing to do with our opinions concerning either tobacco or marijuana. It has everything to do with our efforts to welcome our guests to a clean, odor-free room.

I understand the indoor prohibition, but can we smoke marijuana out on your deck in the afternoon when you're serving drinks and hors d'oeuvres?

Yes. But just like tobacco users, please ask permission from other guests before lighting up and be sensitive if the permission is given grudgingly.

What about medical marijuana?

Prior to the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado, people who had been prescribed the drug for medical purposes were required to smoke it in private placea. Since that conflicted with our strict no-smoking anywhere inside the High Mountain Lodge, people with medical marijuana permits didn't have a place at the High Mountain Lodge where they could smoke.

With the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado, that restriction seems moot, since it seems silly not to allow medical marijuana patients to smoke in public while the state permits its recreational use in similar venues.

Bottom line: if you choose to smoke weed outside at the High Mountain Lodge in one of our public areas, please be sensitive to the other guests around you and ask permission before you light up. This is the same courtesy we expect of tobacco-smoking guests. The default is *always* a smoke-free environment, and we ask you to be courteous to guests who prefer that option.

And we prefer that medical marijuana patients choose a delivery system other than smoking.

Are there telephones and televisions in the rooms? Is cellular service available?

There are no telephones in the rooms at the High Mountain Lodge. Guests are welcome to use the telephone in the office for occasional local and long distance calls at no charge. Guests are welcome to make international calls using a calling card.

We are happy to send and receive local and long-distance faxes at no charge.

Verizon Wireless and Sprint are the only cell phone providers with reliable service at the Lodge (Sprint roams on the Verizon network up here. Depending on your contract, there may be an extra charge for this for Sprint customers.) Other companies have reception closer to Fraser and Winter Park.

Guests with AT&T I-phones or similar smart phone devices can take advantage of one of the VOIP apps to make calls through our high-speed internet network.

There are no televisions in the rooms at the High Mountain Lodge. The television in the game room off the Atrium receives over 300 channels of satellite TV and can play VHS tapes and DVDs.

We have several smaller VCR/ televisions available at the office for guests to borrow to view videos in their rooms. The High Mountain Lodge has an extensive library of old-school VHS video tapes and DVDs. Families needing to entertain smaller children in their room find this a welcome amenity, as we have many juvenile videos available in the office.

We have friends in the area who are not staying at the Lodge. Can we invite them to have a meal with us? How much does that cost?

Because we are a Bed & Breakfast / Country Inn, we operate under different laws than restaurants do. Consequently, our breakfasts and also, in the winter time, our simple suppers, are included in the price of the room. So we can't charge for additional people.

That being said, with notice, we welcome one or two of your friendsand family to have a complimentary meal with us at no charge. (You're welcome to leave us a tip, but no pressure.....)

Similarly, because we operate under a B&B liquor license that allows us to serve complimentary wine and beer for four hours every evening to our guests staying at the lodge, we can't serve anyone alcoholic beverages who is not registered at the lodge. But we're happy to chill your BYOB wine and beer.

I'd like to give a gift of a stay at the High Mountain Lodge. What's the best way to do that?

There are two ways:

1. If you are making a reservation for friends or family for a specific time period, you can either make the reservation on-line or through our office and give your own credit card information while noting that the billing information differs from the information of the guests.

2. If you are giving a gift of a stay at the Lodge for some indeterminate time in the future, you can purchase a gift certificate for any amount by clicking on the Gift Certificate Link on the left-hand side navigation links from any page on our website. After purchasing the certificate, we will charge your credit card for the amount, then send you a link to a page where you can print the certificate off. There will be an code on the certificate that will allow the people who received the certificate to reduce the cost of their stay by the amount of the gift certificate.

Note: bookings made using a gift certificate are still subject to our cancellation policy as if they were paying by credit card.

Purchasers of gift certificates and their guests should understand that the gift certificates have no cash value. In the event that a stay would be less than the value of the certificate, we would carry the balance up to the expiration date printed on the certificate, but under no circumstances would we refund any unused balance at the end of the stay. Similarly, the purchase price of a gift certificate is non-refundable.

How "high speed" is your Internet connection?

It's as good as we can get this far out. We recently upgraded our service with a high-speed microwave connection that is much faster than the DSL service from the phone company. Depending on how many guests are logging on at any particular time, you should be able to check e-mail and surf the Web without a noticeble lag.

Our service is not robust enough to allow guests to stream movies on their devices from services such as Netflix.

Note that, because of the way the High Mountain Lodge is constructed, some rooms have spotty reception over our wireless network--even with the extender in the pool Atrium. If wireless internet reception in your room is necessary, please contact us and we will give you the rundown on the deficiencies of our network. Rule of thumb: the better the view, the poorer the internet reception.

What's the weather like? How should I pack?

Bring your swimsuit and perhaps some comfortable slip on "lodge shoes" to pad around in after a day of wearing boots, waders, golf shoes, or cycling cleats. "Dressing for dinner" in the Fraser valley usually means doning a comfortable pair of jeans or cords. If you have a really great Norwegian sweater, bring that for dressing up in.

In the summer, daytime highs are usually in the 70s or low 80s, with overnight temperatures dropping to 45 or 50°, making for perfect sleeping weather and crisp mornings. It often rains in the afternoon, so bring a rain jacket or shell. However, mornings even in high summer can mean frost, and guests may discover the multi-tiered deck at the High Mountain Lodge coated in treacherous ice in the morning before burning off in an 80-degree afternoon.

Summer is a time of extremes. The sun is really, really hot, but when it clouds over, the chill can be really, really chilly. We can't overemphasize--at any season--the need for robust sunscreen, moisturizers, eye protection, hats, and flexible clothing.

Fall is our favorite time of year, with cool air, warm sun, infrequent precipitation, and golden aspens decorating the valleys and mountainsides. Daytime highs average in the 60s and lows are usually in the 30s.

Winters are for playing, as the good people of Denver discovered 76 years ago when they created a park in the mountains that is still owned by the City of Denver: Winter Park Ski Resort. It isn't unusual for the overnight temperature to plunge well below zero, while the daytime high soars into the 20s or 30s with crystal blue skies and bright sunshine warming the air.

Regardless of the season or time of year, wise travelers always plan to layer their clothing. Even in the summer time, it can be very chilly in the mornings and evenings, while the mid-day sun can be hot. Begin with light layers, then cover them with sweaters or fleeces that you can easily remove as the temperature increases.

At all times of the year, the sun is much more intense at 8,700´ than most folks are used to. Plan to wear protective clothing and high SPF sunscreen at all times. Hats and sunglasses are essential, and avoid cotton under-layers, as they don't dry out once they get wet.

How good is your water?

Ok. This is another one of those questions that nobody asks, but we wanted to brag about our water. It comes from a well on our property, and is monitored weekly. Our monitoring company has never found bacteria or other biologicals in our water. Nevertheless, in addition to micro-filtration, we add a minimal amount of chlorine to be in compliance with Colorado regulations.

We wanted you to know how good our water is so that you wouldn't feel the need to bring cases of bottled water when you visit the High Mountain Lodge. The stuff that comes out of the tap is pure and healthy, and it tastes much better than the stuff in the plastic bottles.

If you still feel the need to bring bottled water, please be sure to discard the empty plastic bottles in the blue recycling bins in your room.The environment thanks you!

You call yourself a "Country Inn." What does that mean?

First and foremost, it means that we're not an impersonal hotel or motel. We welcome our guests personally, and we do everything in our power to ensure your stay with us is comfortable and relaxing.

Year round, we delight in serving up creative and freshly-prepared breakfasts for our guests, the cost of which is included in the room price.

We're a "Country Inn" because we're in the country and far enough away from restaurants so that, during ski season, we also serve our guests an evening meal--a simple supper that is part of the cost of the room. We have found that, after a day of skiing, people come back to the Lodge and relax in the pool, hot tub, and sauna. The last thing they want to do is then dry their hair, get dressed, and drive back into town in the dark and the cold to find a restaurant. (This also discourages people from planning to cook in their room, plugging a crock-pot in, and plunging the entire High Mountain Lodge into darkenss.)

Consequently, in the winter, we offer guests the option of eating a simple meal with us. It's not cordon bleu cuisine. It usually consists of one or more homemade soups or simple casseroles, homemade bread, and a salad. If we know ahead of time, we will endeavor to accommodate dietary restrictions. We don't charge extra for it, but we also don't give discounts if guests choose not to take advantage of it.

Does the High Mountain Lodge do weddings?

Sorry, the High Mountain Lodge does not have the facilities to accommodate weddings. There are a number of splendid wedding venues near by, and we're happy to refer couples planning their big day to any number of them.

Any venue you choose for your Colorado mountain wedding should be able to provide an alternative indoor place for your ceremony, since the weather is so changeable. Since we don't have the space to accommodate that sort of change of plans--and God doesn't always get the memo when we petition for good weather--we opted not to host weddings.

How big are the closets at the High Mountain Lodge?

OK, this isn't a "frequently asked question," but we thought we should tell you before you show up that closet space is limited or non-existant at the High Mountain Lodge. If you look closely at a lot of the room pictures, you will see hooks on the walls with coat hangers on them. In a lot of instances, this is all you will have for hanging clothes. For people who need to hang clothes, we recommend either the Valley View Suite or the Atrium View suite: both have "closet-like" alcoves in both their bedrooms and off the sitting rooms. Room Two has a hanging clothes bar, and Room Seven has an alcove-closet with a bar similar to those in the suites. Rooms Three and Thirteen have large armoires with drawers as well as hanging space.

If you need extra coat hangers, don't hesitate to ask. And, along the same line, although we don't provide irons and ironing boards in our rooms, if you need to iron something, we're happy to provide the tools.

All of our rooms have dressers with drawer space, if you are staying for several days and want to unpack to avoid the clutter.

What's with all the dead trees?

Grand County, along with much of Colorado, is suffering from an epidemic of pine bark beetles, which bore into and kill pine trees. The blight is the result of years of drought, which stress pine trees and make them more vulnerable to infestation. Grand County is particularly susceptible, because of the predominance of lodgepole pines and lack of biological diversity in the county's forests.

Grand County was one of the earliest places impacted by the pine beetle infestation, and if you look carefully, you will see a wide variety of trees flourishing under the canopy of dead lodgepoles. Logging goes on year-round, and things are improving all the time.

The pine beetle infestation is a natural event. It's nobody's fault. It makes the mountainsides look like hell, but the eventual result will be a more healthy, more diverse forest.

I see that you accept dogs. Members of my family are allergic to dogs. Do you have rooms that are hypo-allergenic?

In a word, no.

Each of our rooms is thoroughly and obsessively cleaned after every guest's stay. Depending on how sensitive the allergy is, this may or may not be adequate to assure your comfort.

We clean regularly, but if you are very sensitive, this may not be enough to mitigate your allergies when you come to breakfast.

We welcome people traveling with dogs to our lodge. We are "dog people." Dogs are not allowed in the dining lodge.

Depending on your degree of sensitivity, our lodge may or may not be the best place for you.

What about other animals?

Dogs are the only pet we allow guests to bring to the High Mountain Lodge. We charge $15 a night for each dog. Each dog gets a welcome basket with a toy, a variety of treats, and "pick up sacks" (which the dog won't care about, but its owners will need to be aware of).

A while back, a military family being posted from the east coast to Washington State spent a few days with us and brought their land tortoise into their room one particularly cold night and installed him in his terrarium under a bright light. They told us about it and offerred to pay extra, but we figured the extra electricity for his heat lamp was negligable, so we declined. He perked up when we came into the room that first morning to tidy, and we said "hi" to him, and he seemed to respond favorably, in a sluggish, reptilian way.

That being said, this was a one-off for us. Please. We don't welcome animals other than dogs.

Do you have facilities to accommodate RVs?

No. We're not a campground, but guests staying at the High Mountain Lodge may park their empty RV on our grounds--like any other vehicle--while staying with us.

Does the High Mountain Lodge have air conditioning?

Each room has a celling fan and an individual thermostat to adjust heat. At 8,700 feet elevation, even at the height of the summer, you won't need air conditioning in your rooms. Even in July and August, guests find the wood-burning fireplaces in their rooms a welcome amenity. Watch your step on the decks in the morning in August when you come over to the dining lodge for breakfast. We'd hate to have you slip on the frost on the deck.

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