Tuesday, February 8, 2011

CMC Benefits: The High Mountain Lodge

From the desk of Sarah Gorecki, Development Director of the CMC, shares her skiing experience over her weekend at The High Mountain Lodge outside of Winter Park. CMC Members get 10% off their stay at the lodge, which is run by two long-time CMC members Tom and Julie Beckwith. 

Who knew that one of the benefits of being a Colorado Mountain Club member was relaxation? 

This weekend I took advantage of one of our great member benefits and stayed at the High Mountain Lodge, just outside of Winter Park. The High Mountain Lodge is owned by CMC members Tom and Julie Beckwith, and CMC members get 10% off their room stay. 

Julie and Tom Beckwith
After skiing all day at Winter Park and Mary Jane, we checked in during the late afternoon. Tom and Julie greeted us with snacks and drinks by the fire. A free happy hour was not all they had in store for us. During ski season, Tom and Julie actually cook dinner for their guests. And being a bed and breakfast, a hot yummy breakfast of quiche, muffins, lattes, juice, and fruit was waiting for us in the morning. 

The atmosphere at the lodge is welcoming and laid back. We enjoyed getting to know some of the other guests by the fire over our wine and cheese, we played games in the rec room, we perused the wall of movies guests can check out, we enjoyed the view of the pasture and the wooded hills, and the falling snow lulled us to sleep.

Little things make the stay nice: Dogs are welcome. There is a fireplace in every room. There is a pool, hot tub, and sauna. And during ski season, if you stay Friday and Saturday night, you can stay Sunday night for free and drive back early Monday morning – why fight the Sunday afternoon traffic? 

The High Mountain Lodge is one of many companies that offer discounts to CMC members. In addition to the discounts listed on the CMC website, many CMC groups also have discounts with their local retailers.  And as a CMC member, you also receive the member rates of other regional mountaineering clubs on a host of their perks and benefits, including huts. 

Participating clubs include the Adirondack Mountain Club, American Alpine Club, Appalachian Mountain Club, Mazamas, and the Mountaineers. Contact each club or the CMC to take advantage of what they have to offer!

What are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy all the benefits of being a CMC member!

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