We enjoyed a week in this home during the July 4th celebration in Winter Park.
There was plenty of room for all the adults and kids. It was close to many activities and places to ride bikes. The home had a well equipped kitchen(except a large pasta pot) and books, children's games, plenty of towels and a nice hot tub. We enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend it to others.
We were invited to stay with extended family who had rented Basecamp 480 for a ski vacation. We happen to live within an hour and a half of Winter Park, so it was a nice chance to get away and experience the Winter Park ski resort area. We really enjoyed our stay here, so I wanted to give a review to describe the facility in detail for others that may be considering this unit.
The Base Camp area of Winter Park is a very nice area that puts you in the center of the action at Winter Park ski resort. Base Camp 480 is no exception. The themeing and decorating in the unit is top notch. It had a cozy feel that made you feel at home. The 3 story unit has the following highlights:
* Single-car garage with heated floor and ski holders on the wall and a bench to remove your boots
* Wonderful open floor plan on the middle floor with a large living area w/fireplace and raised kitchen/eating area
* Dining area with 10-person table and chairs
* Large kitchen with a 6 multi-stage burner gas stove, oven, dish washer, and island with sinks - plenty of pots, pans, skillets, utensils, etc to handle the cooking needs for 14 people
* Four bedrooms with comfy bedding
* Private hot tub and grill on the decks for use
The Trip Advisor page describes everything in detail, but suffice to say that we felt at home in the bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen/living areas. Hoping in the hot tub when it's in the upper 30's with snow all around is quite nice!
As I'd mentioned, the Base Camp units are very close to the main action at Winter Park ski resort. I've seen some folks say this is not a true "ski in/ski out" and I would have to agree. There is a pathway across the cul-de-sac that leads some some stairs where you can eventually get to a run and be on the slopes, but it's not just right outside the door. However, at the base of the cul-de-sac is a pickup/drop-off location for the shuttle service that takes you straight to the center of the base of the ski runs where the shops and lifts are, so that was nice. The shuttles ran around every 15-20 minutes, so we didn't have to wait a long time going in either direction. Alternatively, you could drive down to the bottom of the resort area and park to take a air tram across to the ski resort shopping area.
Overall we really enjoyed our stay at Base Camp 480. From a value perspective, I would expect no less for the price range this place demands. Some of that is due to it's prime location with regard to the ski action, so just take that into account. But the living spaces and amenities are top-notch and do not disappoint. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend a stay here!!
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We loved this condo. Lots of space and very comfortable.
Our only complaint: we thought it was true ski-in, ski out. What you really have to do is walk across the courtyard, through the neighbor's backyard, and up a series of stairs to the slope. Also, if you're expecting views of the mountains, you'll be disappointed. It's in the woods.
That said, great amenities, gourmet kitchen, and lots of room.
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