The newest lodging in Breckenridge is more than a hotel

By Eric Elkins

“It’s a direct reflection of how we eat, how we play, and how we live.”

For Gravity Haus founder and owner Jim Deters, merely opening a gorgeous hotel at the foot of Peak 9 in Breckenridge wasn’t going to be enough. “It’s not just a boutique hotel, it’s a full community asset,” he tells me.

A cozy lounge at Gravity Haus Breckenridge

We’re sitting at Unravel coffee shop in Denver, a stylish spot Deters just happens to own, and he’s showing me photos and plans on his phone, ridiculously excited about what his team is bringing to the funky cool ski town in Summit County, Colorado.

“It’s community-inspired first,” he says. “We call it a campus, not a hotel. Everything else out there now is either super fancy and expensive or corporate-y crap. We asked ourselves, where’s the authentic thing? How can you seamlessly move from work to play to activities — a sort of choose your own adventure, where Mom, Dad, and the kids can all do things and be happy?”

At Gravity Haus Breckenridge, the first of several ski town locations, choosing your own adventure is just the beginning. The 60-room epicenter of mountain experiences is just 30 feet from Main Street, with its many shops, bars, and fun restaurants, and 30 feet from the Quicksilver Super 6 lift, which takes you right up to Peak Nine.

But with so much going on inside the hotel, you may never want to leave.

“The lobby is mountain modern with soft, comfortable touches to make you feel cozy and at home,” Deters says. Not only can you settle in alongside a massive fireplace for caffeinated beverages at the new Unravel, but you can also drift downstairs to the après bar for a low-ABV cocktail made up from fresh juices. Speaking of juice, Cabin Juice is the hotel restaurant designed by acclaimed restaurateur Bryan Dayton (Oak on 14th, Acorn, Brider, Corrida) and the Breck Haus culinary team. Casually refined family-style dishes by Gravity Haus’ Executive Chef, Salvatore Proia, are simple and delicious, and just the thing to help you recover after a day on the slopes.

In fact, the hotel is as much about enjoying your time on the mountain as it is about recovery afterward.

Gravity Haus's relaxing suite with a stylistic bed and bathroom

With the Japanese-style onsen baths overlooking the Blue River and a Dryland Sports functional sports and recovery gym in the building, your post-downhill evenings can be spent soaking, sipping, or stretching. Get yourself some time in the hyperbaric chamber or work with the pros at the gym to give your muscles the help they need before another day on the hill. Too much effort? Check your ski equipment at the hotel and plop yourself down at Cabin Juice to share your exploits with the other enthusiasts who are still shaking the snow off their boots.

“Where do you go to share your stories after you throw off your gear and start warming?” Deters asks. He envisions people sitting around at midnight, so enamored by the vibe that they still have their ski boots on.

Maybe you need to knock out some emails or finish up a proposal before you get out on the slopes. Not a problem, because StarterHaus is a coworking space right on the river, with a 12-person conference room and fiber-fueled internet. Work, take a meeting, drink an Unravel flat white, and grind out some work before you grind a rail in Breckenridge’s terrain park.

Rather watch snowbound stunts than do them yourself? Gravity Haus has a MaxAir supertramp in the backyard, where pro skiers and snowboarders practice their big air exploits before taking them to the mountain.

With whimsical names like Powder Hound, Gnarnia, and Crash Pad, the hotel rooms themselves are part of the experience.

A look at Gravity Haus' dining with delicious food and wine

“They’re designed for families, teams, groups, buddies, corporate retreats,” Deters says, showing me floorplans of the array of arrangements. With hostel-style lodging that includes shared common area and keyed individual spaces, 10-person bunk rooms with queen bunks and a living room, family friendly configurations like a king bed and attached bunk room for the kids, you’ll find the right setup for your crew.

Membership means more

And Gravity Haus extends beyond the hotel in Breckenridge. It’s “a social club for the modern adventurer.” You can join the club for additional annual benefits, including free use of Dryland in Denver and in the hotel (including small group classes, the spa and onsen tubs, seasonal storage), unlimited coworking, access to backcountry gear if you’re going out with a guide, member discounts at the hotel and even members-only events and travel experiences.

“The best places I’ve stayed were not the most fancy, but they anticipated my needs before I thought of them,” Deters says when talking about his vision for his new series of lodges. “We’re in the experience business, not the hotel business.”

He pauses for a second, looking back at a photo on his phone. “If there was ever a hotel for front range families, we built it.”

Ready to see for yourself? Go to gravityhaus.com for more info and reservations.

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