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Grand Lodge,18 Mi to Gondola,Mt Views,Hot Tub,Sauna, Billiards,Fire Pit, 4 Tvs

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Winters are Magical at the BDAL - 18 short miles to Breckenridge


Last updated: 03/27/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Lodge
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

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About the Property

Gorgeous Rocky Mt Lodge, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10) - Gourmet Kitchen

In Ski jargon, 'Black Diamonds' are the toughest ski runs for experts only-- but you won't need to be an expert to enjoy this Rocky Mountain Luxury Alpine Lodge! At 10,500 feet, it is nestled in the heart of South Park. Western Frontier meets Elegance in this Gracious home.

You'll find the BDAL rivals fine European Ski Lodges and provides High End amenities without the crowded tourist feeling and high prices you will find only 17 miles away in Summit County and Breckenridge. Completely avoid the I-70 weekend & holiday traffic jams by taking US Highway 285 practically right to the house-- it is a breathtaking 1.5 hour drive from either Denver or Colorado Springs. Convenient to major highways in snowy weather, (this is VERY important!) the BDAL is beautifully tucked into pine and aspen forests with huge views.

No tired, "dark cabin" with shabby furniture and small beds here, but 5800 sq ft of Custom Built Luxury overlooking the amazing Continental Divide - huge views of Fourteeners right out your windows or from the private hot tub! Perfect for entertaining the Gourmet kitchen - with Nespresso, Keurig and Cuisinart Coffee Machines, 4 large bedrooms (3 kings) and 3 large baths will easily accommodate 10. The Luxury Master Suite is an eye-popper-- see all the features below for it, there is a second king suite upstairs. The Vaulted Great Room with large log scissor-trusses and a stone-surround wood-burning stove create a Fabulous Resort Lodge experience. Plenty of wood available! The roomy exercise room upstairs has five large view windows and a Bose CD/Ipod sound system, spinning bike and elliptical trainer. Downstairs you'll find 2 more spacious bedrooms, one with a King Bed and the other with 2 sets of bunks (1 set memory foam full-size mattresses), and another large bath as well. The downstairs Great Room is a Great Entertainment area (Billiards, Foosball, Home Theater) to give you (and the kids!) room to spread out.

This 5 acre property has the remnants of a gold mine from the last century, the water there even has two schools of Rainbow Trout (just for looking--no fishing please--they are just getting established! There are several stocked fishing locations within 5 minutes' drive.) We've also cleared a Ski/Sledding run on the hillside behind the house! Sleds & helmets and snow shoes provided. Hands down one of the nicest rentals in South Park. You will find the BDAL to be an Elegant Retreat with a unique Rocky Mountain touch-- you'll want to come back again and again!

Things to do: ATVs are available to rent in the Fairplay area. You can also arrange horseback riding and white water rafting a short drive from the home. Biking is a big attraction in the summer. The Annual South Park Burro Race and street festival is very popular as well. In Feb each year, the Ice Sculptures in Breckenridge are truly spectacular.
NOTE: If you plan on skiing, please check out the discounted early season pass rates at which are only available from late Spring to Sept. An adult season pass runs around $500 with some black out dates but the current one day lift ticket is over $160. 4 days of skiing will pay for the pass and allow you to return to CO for more amazing skiing!

We will accept Paypal, checks, Echeck and you can book online through the VRBO website. Credit cards are welcome.

Keywords: Romantic, Custom, Luxury, Spa, Sauna, Hot tub, WiFi, Mountain Views, Breckenridge, hiking trails, biking, skiing, fly fishing,
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Member since: 2010

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/27/2017

Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 4600 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 years old, no college, or drinking (bachelor/bachelorette) parties or groups....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Pool table, foosball, Wii, rec area downstairs. Biking trails and roads in subdivision, paved walking/biking path for over four miles between Fairplay and Alma right out front....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Security deposit will be forfeited. It is not acceptable for your guests to smoke in our home. Sand pots are available outside for disposal of butts....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Your pets are wonderful, but please keep them at home. We try to keep our home as nice as possible for guests like you. There are plenty of homes that allow pets. Please don't ask. It is NOT acceptable for your local guests to bring their pets. Forfeiture of security deposit. The security system will detect pets....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Paved/concrete entry to 42" wide front door has large shallow steps (no ramp), with all interior doorways 36" or more for wheelchair access....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Bedroom 4


  • Office


  • King size beds (3) Master Bedroom has wonderful suite -sleigh bed, tempurpedic mattress, flat screen TV, gas kiva fireplace with remote control, huge dual-head travertine shower with body sprays, 6 person redwood sauna to warm up in after a hard day of skiing, large upscale spa tub in master bath with another flat screen TV. Downstairs, there is another large King Bedroom with a large picture window, forest views, and lots of natural light, 2nd King suite bedroom upstairs also has private full bath. Beautiful views of mountains and forests. Baby Cribs (2) Brand new portable cribs with soft linens. Also 2 high chairs for baby feeding. Bunk Beds (2) Downstairs, there is a bedroom with two sets of bunk beds (4 total beds, two doubles and two twins) and window with lots of natural light....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower, jetted tub

    6 piece spa bath: jetted tub, sauna, dual head shower...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    granite countertops, travertine tile tub surround...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    Lower lvl, granite, extra sink/vanity in rec room...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Master Bath has a sauna and flat screen TV in tub area. A spotting scope in the Great Room can find wildlife on the fourteeners. Both living areas are huge, large couches can be slept on. Game room has Home Theater, Pool table, Foosball table. Exercise room with Bose surround sound and CD/Ipod connection system, spinning bike, elliptical machine with five large windows looking out on the Continental Divide, this is another very large room, could easily accommodate kids who want to slumber party on the floor. ...moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room:

    Pool table and foosball table in downstairs rec room...moreless

  • Games
  • Music Library:

    Dozens of channels of music available over DISH satellite TV in both Great Rooms....moreless

  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable:

    (4) Large flat-screen TVs are located in both Great Rooms (upstairs and downstairs) as well as MBR and MBR Bath. DISH programming. DVD players in Lodge Great Room, downstairs recreation area, and in Master BR TV. Downstairs rec area has home theater setup with comfortable couch and recliners, surround sound, flat screen TV with satellite and DVD player...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Great Bose countertop sound system for IPhones or aux jack input...moreless

  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console:

    Wii, Wii-fit pad, Wii snowboard games in downstairs rec Room. ...moreless

  • Video Games:

    Wii with many games and accessories downstairs for a children's play area...moreless

  • Video Library:

    There is a collection of family dvds in Lodge Great Room, and Blockbuster on satellite! Also, there are lots of movies recorded on the Satellite DVR....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Not just any mountains! Amazingly awesome views of 'fourteeners' on the Continental Divide from the Lodge Great Room and Hot Tub and patio areas. Spotting scope in the great room zooms in on the view....moreless

  • Rural:

    The tourists of Summit County are nowhere to be found here. Home is tucked in the trees on a ridge in South Park. ...moreless

  • Ski-Out:

    You can cross country ski and snow shoe right out the front door. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    5 barstools at the Kitchen granite island, plus 8 chairs at the dining table; 2 child's high chairs...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Nature provides AC - summers average 65 degrees....moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    Wireless high-speed internet throughout the house...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    front loader on pedestal on main floor...moreless

  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Bose sound system for Ipod, IPhone, CD in fitness room, Top of the line elliptical and spinning bike...moreless

  • Garage:

    Large 2 car garage, leave your ski gear here. You can also park right next to the front door....moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    Master BR has kiva-style gas fireplace with remote control...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Toasty in-floor radiant heat upstairs, solar and electric baseboard heat downstairs...moreless

  • Internet:

    Wifi, ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    High thread count luxury sheets and large, soft towels with towel warmer racks in upstairs baths...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Lots of warm, overstuffed leather furniture and Baby Grand piano, views of the Continental Divide, Large Fireplace, Spotting Scope...moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    Good cell phone reception....moreless

  • Parking:

    Paved drive-through loop to front entrance with large paved pad by garage...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    large paved parking pad by garage...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    large paved parking pad by garage...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Good cell phone coverage for all major carriers....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Plenty of bath and spa towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    front loader on pedestal on main floor...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wireless high-speed internet throughout the house. The house is monitored by a security system....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Massive stone fireplace (with large woodburning stove insert) in Great Room, plenty of stacked seasoned firewood....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    There are 4 coffee makers, incl Keurig, Nespresso and Cuisinart coffee maker if you prefer regular brewed coffee. There's also a French Press. ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything you will need to entertain - blender, pots, pans, mixer, dishes, toaster, coffee pot and much more. Keurig Coffee Maker for those who have to bring their K cups! (also sold at the local grocery store.) Nespresso (bring pods). ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully stocked Kitchen, dishes, appliances, serving pieces....moreless

  • Dishwasher:


  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Gourmet kitchen with commercial convection, stainless steel range & appliances, granite counter tops, sink has a Touch faucet, just a tap turns it on/off! Travertine floors throughout the house. Stocked with cooking, baking staples, spices etc. 2 refrigerators....moreless

  • Microwave:


  • Oven:

    Professional GE Monogram 48" Dual Fuel Range and Convection/Double Oven....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    All the staples are provided: flour, sugar, spices, condiments, oil...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    (2) Large commercial side-by-side stainless refrigerator, extra refrigerator off the kitchen...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    (2) Front flagstone patio with table and chairs for morning coffee. Large side patio with views, hot tub, gourmet grill, gas fire pit, lots of room for entertaining. Horseshoes near patio & hot tub....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Large gas grill...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Snowshoes and sleds in garage for your use during winter months...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    7 ft hot tub on private patio facing northwest to the fourteeners and forest (see photo)....moreless

  • Sauna:

    Large imported redwood sauna holds 6 people, located indoors in master suite. Heats in 5 minutes. Wooden bucket & ladle for extra steam on the rocks!...moreless

  • Jetted Tub:

    Enjoy flat screen TV from Master jetted tub...moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 59 traveler reviews
Enjoy the beauty of Breckenridge in total comfort!!! 01/24/2016

VRBO Bear stayed here:

The VRBO Bear had the pleasure to stay in this beautiful lodge with friends and family during a weekend ski trip to Colorado. I cannot say enough great things about this beautiful lodge and its friendly owners! Starting with the location… This lodge is located in a gorgeous scenic location just south of Breckenridge. It was close enough to be a short 20 minute drive to the ski slopes in Breck, but also far enough away to provide peace, privacy, and tranquility. Surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains, the lodge had an amazing mountain view right out the front window. There was plenty of amazing scenery and wildlife surrounding the lodge. We saw a few foxes and even a moose just down the road. The lodge was gorgeous and well taken care of. It was clean, spacious, and very comfortable. It was well equipped with everything we needed to enjoy our stay. We spent the days skiing the slopes of Breckenridge and then came home to relax in the warm hot tub. In the evenings, we cooked a nice dinner in the fully equipped kitchen and then enjoyed some relaxation in front of the fireplace in the family room. We also enjoyed the game room downstairs where we played billiards on the pool table. During the day, a few members of our group enjoyed snow-shoeing, hiking, and sledding on the trails surrounding the lodge. The sleds and snow-shoes were provided by the owners for us to enjoy. We enjoyed the house so much that we did not want to be away at the ski slopes all day long. The house had everything we needed to be happy and comfortable without having to drive into town for additional entertainment. It was exactly as described in the listing and the owners were extremely nice and welcoming. We would highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a comfortable and relaxing place to call “home” while visiting the beautiful mountains of Colorado. We will be back next year after winter hibernation!

The VRBO Bear
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Daily Rate
Jan 9 - May 27, 2017
2 night min stay
Early Summer
May 28 - Jun 30, 2017
3 night min stay
4th July
Jul 1 - Jul 6, 2017
4 night min stay
Late Summer
Jul 7 - Sep 4, 2017
3 night min stay
Sep 5 - Nov 16, 2017
2 night min stay
Nov 19 - Dec 18, 2017
4 night min stay
Dec 19 - Jan 8, 2018
5 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning fee $200 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $600
  • Tax Rate 4%


When we send a contract, the payment method will be explained: we accept PAYPAL or personal checks. We choose not to pay the 3% that credit cards are charging us. Rates are subject to change until reserved.

The cleaning fee covers the full day it takes to restore the home to the renting condition you expect when you arrive. It does not cover unusual excess cleaning or damage, and the additional charge will be deducted from your security deposit.

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Last updated: 03/27/2017
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95 Miles
Nearest Airport
Denver International or Colorado Springs
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
South Park Brewery - Great Microbrew in Fairplay
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 9
3.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
South Park Brewery, South Park Saloon, Milonzi's
17 Miles
Nearest Ski

Car: Necessary

At an elevation of 10500, the house faces the Continental Divide, surrounded by gold medal fishing (South Park is 'The Fly Fishing Capital of the World'), biking & hiking trails. Breckenridge, with all its restaurants, nightlife, and shopping is a short 17 mi away. Private sledding hill in the backyard! Snow mobiling, dog sledding and ATV tours available nearby. We also have a gas fire pit and horseshoe pit set up.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: We're a military family. After traveling the world, we chose to settle down in the high mountains of Colorado. We split our time between the Front Range and our mountain home to relax and play.

Why the Owner Chose Alma, CO, USA:
This is one of the most beautiful places in the world. We enjoy the convenience of all the different kinds of mountain fun in our own front yard. While we are in the mountains, it only takes 2 mins to be on the hwy to Summit County. Your vehicle won't be stuck on a steep driveway during the snow months.

The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
After a great day of skiing, skip the I-70 bumper-to-bumper traffic for hours to get home. We are in the middle of Fourteeners, gold medal fishing, biking, and hiking--God's country. Use the spotting scope in the great room to look for bears and elk and watch gold miners up on the Divide! Sledding Hill in backyard.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/27/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Winters are Magical at the BDAL - 18 short miles to Breckenridge

    Winters are Magical at the BDAL - 18 short miles to Breckenridge

  • Warm Up by Gas Firepit w/Mosquito Pass in the Background

    Warm Up by Gas Firepit w/Mosquito Pass in the Background

  • Spacious Great Room Facing Fourteeners

    Spacious Great Room Facing Fourteeners

  • Gourmet kitchen entertainment area--see any Black Diamonds?

    Gourmet kitchen entertainment area--see any Black Diamonds?

  • Master Suite with Kiva Fireplace

    Master Suite with Kiva Fireplace

  • Spa Mstr Bath: dual sinks, jetted tub, Sat TV, 6-prsn sauna, Lrg multi-head shwr

    Spa Mstr Bath: dual sinks, jetted tub, Sat TV, 6-prsn sauna, Lrg multi-head shwr

  • 2nd King Suite /Private Bath, with 4 View Windows of Forest & Mts.

    2nd King Suite /Private Bath, with 4 View Windows of Forest & Mts.

  • King BR on Kids' Level

    King BR on Kids' Level

  • Billiards Room

    Billiards Room

  • View from the hot tub--a blizzard on the Continental Divide

    View from the hot tub--a blizzard on the Continental Divide

  • Jaime Fox looking for Megan his mate.

    Jaime Fox looking for Megan his mate.

  • Trout fishing on the Middle Fork of the South Platte River 2 minutes away.

    Trout fishing on the Middle Fork of the South Platte River 2 minutes away.

  • Patio w Hot Tub, Grill, Fire Pit, Mt Views and Horseshoe Pit

    Patio w Hot Tub, Grill, Fire Pit, Mt Views and Horseshoe Pit

  • Welcome to the Black Diamond Alpine Lodge!

    Welcome to the Black Diamond Alpine Lodge!

  • Great Place to be after a Day on the Slopes !!

    Great Place to be after a Day on the Slopes !!

  • Professional Chef's Kitchen

    Professional Chef's Kitchen

  • Master Spa/Bath Jetted Tub, Walk in Shower, Sauna

    Master Spa/Bath Jetted Tub, Walk in Shower, Sauna

  • 6-person sauna in Master Bath

    6-person sauna in Master Bath

  • A Beautiful 70 degree Summer Day in Southpark

    A Beautiful 70 degree Summer Day in Southpark

  • Kids' 4-bunkbed room on Kids' Level

    Kids' 4-bunkbed room on Kids' Level

  • Home Theater and Foosball next to Billiards Room

    Home Theater and Foosball next to Billiards Room

  • Views of 14ers and the Divide from the cozy warmth of the Great Room

    Views of 14ers and the Divide from the cozy warmth of the Great Room

  • White Water Rafting on the Arkansas is a short drive away.

    White Water Rafting on the Arkansas is a short drive away.

  • Mama & Baby Moose taking a swim in the Trout Pond

    Mama & Baby Moose taking a swim in the Trout Pond

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Monday, March 27, 2017

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