Welcome to Cat5 Lodge

Welcome to Cat5 Lodge

The story of the name is that we are friends from all over, but mostly out of New Orleans. We decided we needed an evacuation shelter, up real high, because we've learned that you just never know. (That's why we're calling it the Cat 5 Lodge, as in Category 5 hurricane. Not as in Cat 5 cable, but we got that run all over the house too.)

We have designed and detailed our home full of luxuries for ourselves with simple, but, we think important, stuff. Stuff like extra comfortable beds and roomy closets and baths. Broadband access hard-wired into every room, along with an office furnished with a computer and color printer/copier/fax. Yeah, of course wireless everywhere. So if you feel like working on your laptop in the hot tub, knock yourself out - it's huge, with a great view. Plasma TV, surround sound, full cable, kid's separate entertainment room downstairs, plenty of New Orleans CDs! Large main room with great view over the Fraser Valley. Party kitchen, since they always end up there, cork floor, double oven, feng shui worthy gas range, fridge with water in the door - ice on the floor. Naturally, expandable dining table, comfy couches, rubber floored mud room for your boots and skis/boards at the front entrance, heated garage, laundry room, even poker chips. Not so naturally, in-floor radiant heat. Awesome - if you've never experienced it, once you've gone radiant you can't go back. No extra-dry blown hot air, no big temperature swings or uneven hot and cold spots, and your feet are always warm. Laugh at the snow while you're barefoot and happy.

Oh, yeah. 4 Bedrooms, 3 with queen beds and 1 kids room with 2 twins that can make a king. 5 full baths, each bedroom has it's own, plus there's one on the main floor. Fold-out couch downstairs, for the hangers-on friends. 2 roll-away cots. We can put 12 people in beds, but, honestly, that would be a very full house. We're set up for 4 couples, or a family spread into 4 bedrooms, ideally.

Our home is located in Fraser, CO, 3 miles down the valley from Winter Park. Fraser is the real town, full of locals and very few tourists. The Safeway and the saloon are just down the hill... And we're on the free shuttle line for the ski area - actually 2 of the free shuttle lines, so a bus passes every 15 minutes going and coming, and drops you off at the Winter Park base. We're a little less than an hour and 30 minute drive from Denver International Airport.

Go here to see the Winter Park / Mary Jane ski area.

Our rates vary depending on season, from $350-$650/night, plus a $150 cleaning fee. We need 50% to reserve the dates, and the remaining 50% balance before or upon arrival.

So if you want to stay in a hotel room, go for it, and have a good time. Winter Park is great. But if you want to stay in a home, your own fridge and kitchen and hot tub and plasma tv and lots of space and furnished, so you can actually relax after a full day on the mountain, we think we've got a great spot. We'd better think that, because it's what we wanted.

Call or e-mail us with any questions, or for reservation information.

Rina Blixt: (970) 531-1583


  • 4 bedrooms (up to 12 people)
  • 5 full baths
  • 2 living areas
  • broadband internet hard-wired in every room
  • wireless internet throughout
  • incredible view of Fraser valley
  • on the shuttle line to the ski area
  • in-floor radiant heat
  • large party kitchen area with cork floor
  • full office with computer & color printer/copier/fax
  • 42-inch plasma screen tv with surround sound and full cable access
  • hot tub under the stars (seats 10)
  • rubber-floored mud room
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