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Make Glacier Your Getaway Home for Every Season

The beauty of living on land that embraces all four seasons is that we at Glacier get to live a lifestyle that’s the best of all worlds. Now, with ski season behind us, it’s that time of year when owners trade in their ski gear for trail wear, tighten the strings on their racquets, ready their road bikes and dust off their clubs to hit the links. Whether you’re craving an alfresco meal in downtown Durango this spring, looking forward to exploring our lush, thousand-acre landscape this summer, yearning to get that perfect photo of fall foliage or already seeking that adrenaline rush on the slopes next winter, Glacier is the perfect place to call home — every month of the year. Here’s a guide of what to expect each season in our backyard.

Spring Pursuits

Once the frost melts away, now is a wondrous time to hop on the Durango & Silverton railroad, which winds through breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million acre San Juan National Forest. A year-round delight, this coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive ride takes you through jaw-dropping river gorges as the greenery returns to the landscape after hefty winters, putting you on the same tracks that miners, cowboys and settlers of the Old West rode over a century ago. The tail-end of May is also the ripe time to get back to the golf course and refresh your backswing.

Summer Splashes

White water rafting, ziplining, rock climbing — the list of outdoors adventures is nearly endless in the summer. Situated at the center of gorgeous treks, swims and bike rides, Glacier in the summer is like camp 2.0. While fly fishing is a year-round activity, the summer is a comfortable time to wade through trout waters and get some Dry Fly action. Two miles from downtown Durango, Lake Nighthorse is also a water-lover’s paradise with endless options for water sports. Whether you’re wakesurfing with friends or boating with family, there’s a lot to love out on our waters. Back on solid ground, this is also the prime season for cycling journeys and tennis court showdowns. Summer at Glacier is guaranteed to have you break a sweat.

Autumn Colors

Fall is a great time to stroll through historic Downtown Durango, pick up local produce from the Farmer’s market and take in all the autumnal sights and scents. With an endless array of cultural centers, wineries and breweries, weekends in Durango are a nice reprieve from all the seasonal sporting here in Colorado. Be sure to take a drive on the famed San Juan Skyway in early September to take in the peak fall foliage. Our aspens boast a gorgeous golden yellow, and exploring these brilliant autumn shades can be an adventure in itself — Jeep tours, horseback rides and canoe trips make for lovely fall adventures.

Winter Adventures

It goes without saying that ski season is unbeatable in Southwest Colorado. Hit the slopes at Purgatory and Telluride, embark on a thrilling backcountry tour, hit the snowshoeing and Nordic skiing trails, catch a horse-drawn sleigh ride on family holidays, and sled and tube nearby with the kids. And at the end of the day? Retire to the cozy comforts of your Glacier home. Among the frosty vestiges of wintry gales, don’t forget to retreat to our Woodhouse Spa to decompress. 

With the tremendous sales success over the past year, several families will be celebrating their first post-snow season with us in their new Glacier home. And with the first two buildings of luxury mountain condominiums entirely pre-sold at Etta Ridge, we’re excited for even more owners to embrace the year-round wonders at Glacier in the near future. It’s not too late for you to join us, so please contact our sales team today and schedule a discovery stay to experience firsthand the year-round splendor of Glacier.

The Story Behind the Name of Glacier’s Newest Real Estate Offering: Etta Ridge

Etta Ridge, Glacier’s newest real estate offering, is an enclave of luxurious three- and four-bedroom condominiums that are aptly suited to worry-free, come-and-go living unlike anything else in Southwest Colorado. So when giving a name to this intimate, modern mountain experience, we greatly considered the adventurous and authentic escapism that encapsulates the Glacier lifestyle.

That’s how this one-of-a-kind collection of mountain residences earned its name from Etta Place, the leading woman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid — one of Hollywood’s greatest Westerns filmed right here in Durango. Inspired by her mystifying storyline, as well as the rare parcel’s location atop a distinct promontory amid century-old ponderosa pines, we chose the moniker of Etta Ridge. 

Accompanying the new name are our two floor plans of The Sundance and The Cassidy — the other two members of the notorious “Wild Bunch.” Behind the luxury and sophistication, there’s always a spark of adventure that calls in the wilderness of Southwest Colorado. 

With flexible floor plans, light-filled interiors, direct and private elevator access and a central location, Etta Ridge is a prime locale to stress less about living logistics and focus on the present. With the tremendous sales success over the past year, Etta Ridge’s first two buildings are nearly pre-sold out and we’re now set to launch Phase II. If you, too, are interested in learning more about Etta Ridge or wish to schedule a private tour when you’re at Glacier next, we welcome you to reach out to our dedicated sales team at and explore our brochure in the meantime.

Resident Spotlight: The Sokolovic Family on Building a Life at Glacier

In this wildly magical corner of Southwest Colorado, we’re proud to have created an idyllic home base for families seeking heartfelt moments in nature — including our newest members, Pete and Karla Sokolovic, and their three sons. A force to be reckoned with on the golf course, Pete was the winner of this year’s club championship while Karla has joined in on the golf scene after a warm welcome from the lady golfers at Glacier. 

Hailing from Arizona, the Sokolovics found their way to Glacier by way of longtime friend and pro golfer Alex Fisher, our summertime Director of Golf Instruction. After booking a Discovery Stay last spring, the two moved into a Glacier Pond Cabin and later an Ironhorse Cabin, and are currently developing one more lot in Glacier’s Hideout enclave to house their new custom mountain retreat. 

We sat down with Karla to learn more about how the Sokolovics have developed their real estate portfolio at Glacier, as well as how they’re making the most out of this season’s outdoor pursuits, from playing the championship Mountain Course to settling friendly rivalries on tennis courts. 

What does a typical day at Glacier look like for your family? 

Our full-filled days entail an abundance of activities with amazing people, ranging from golfing, pickleball, tennis, hiking and more! I enjoy the tennis scene here and really like the women’s group that Jeremy runs twice per week. Many of the girls are super strong players, and they are so welcoming and encouraging.  

What would you say is the biggest perk of life here at Glacier?

My first impression would be the beauty of the outdoors with fantastic views in every direction. But now? Honestly, it’s the people and friendships with those who become your extended family.

We know you’re both exceptional golfers. Any tips or tricks for playing the Mountain and Valley Course?

Ha! We are far from professionals — I just started golfing last March when COVID started and was so fortunate to be introduced to Glacier. The girls in this community welcomed me with open arms into their golf groups despite my regular score of 100++.  

What’s your family’s favorite day trip from Glacier?

We had a cabin in Ouray while my boys were growing up, so Ouray still has a soft spot in our hearts and is a beautiful place! It’s a scenic drive from Durango!

What are your favorite local restaurants or attractions?

My top three are The Nugget, 11th Street Station, and Derailed Pour House. None of them are too fancy — totally low key with local personality!

What made our Ironhorse cabins stand out amongst our other Glacier properties?

We like the “mountain modern” architecture and style.  Our cabin is a wonderful size for having a second home. It has two master bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and a half bath. In addition to its cozy square footage, it has a large open kitchen and family room for entertaining. It’s an easy size to enjoy and maintain without too much work!

What are your plans for your newly-purchased lot at Glacier? 

We really do love the Ironhorse Cabin. After spending the summer here and discovering how much time we want to spend in Glacier, we’ve purchased a lot and are building a larger home that has tremendous views and will accommodate our family to spend more time with us in paradise. 

How was your experience with Glacier’s exclusive sales team with selling your Glacier Pond property?

The staff at Glacier is top notch! Just wonderful people! When we were introduced to Glacier, Lindsey Lubrant was our realtor and we definitely plan to use her in the future as well.

To learn more about our real estate offerings and how you can craft your own unique lifestyle at Glacier, please contact our dedicated sales team today.

The Craftsman Collection: Your Guide to Building a Mountain Home at Glacier in 14 Months

Building your very own dream home is a labor of love. Here at Glacier, we want to help bring your vision to life by removing the typical obstacles and hassles involved with building from the ground up. That way, you can focus your energy on what’s most important to you and your family while we streamline the process. To let homebuyers prioritize more of what matters to them, we’ve created the Craftsman Collection — the most turn-key solution for those who wish to build a modern mountain home within our gates.

The Ace + Bunk Room

With high-end interiors, a spacious patio for open-air entertaining and large picture windows to link your space to the outdoors, the Craftsman Collection’s pre-approved home plans are flexible and adaptable for your ideal mountain lifestyle. And the best part? We make it possible to build in just 14 months. Below, find a step-by-step guide for seeing your Craftsman Collection retreat from start to finish.

The Legacy Cabin

Choose Your Floor Plan

The Craftsman Collection features two flexible home plans that are compatible with five different homesites, each thoughtfully positioned within a distinct setting amid Glacier’s wild landscape. Both home plans offer high-end interiors and spacious outdoor spaces to revel in carefully crafted comforts. And with every architectural detail fully pre-approved, you can entirely sidestep the usual timetables of designing from square one. Lots for both builds start at $245,000.


The Ace + Bunk Room

Starting with The Ace + Bunk Room floor plan, this 3-bedroom + bunk with 3.5-baths grants 4,061 square feet of living space, and is available to be built on 0.46 – 1.69 acre lots. With a range of golf course, mountain and lake views to choose from, this plan features details such as vaulted cedar ceilings, 2-car garages with golf cart parking, expansive patios and open-concept layouts. 

The 4-bed, 3.5-bath plan of The Legacy cabin provides 4,287 square feet of open-concept space. This three-bedroom floor plan pairs contemporary rustic details with large picture windows throughout, offering an idyllic hideaway at the doorstep of year-round mountain adventures. With ample space and luxurious builds, The Legacy is one of our premium custom homes.

Choose Your Homesite

When it comes to selecting a plot of land for your ideal house, the main considerations here are location, views and acreage. Consider which facilities you want to be closest to — perhaps you’re fond of walks by the northern Fishing Pond, or maybe you’d like to be right by the Valley Course, close to the action. The Legacy’s predetermined compatible homesite is Homesite 4 — a 1.60-acre lot situated along the fourth hole of the Mountain Course with serene fairway, Glacier Pond and waterfall views. The Ace + Bunk Room is compatible with Homesites 1, 5, 14 & 16, with options of mountain, lake and valley views and varying proximity to each golf course and pine forestry.

Let Glacier’s Development Team Work Their Magic

Once you’ve collected your preferences and needs, contact Glacier’s expert development team and they’ll handle the rest of the logistics so you can skip the fuss of overwhelming timetables and tedious building concerns. With every architectural detail fully pre-approved, the Craftsman Collection takes the weight of building off your shoulders so that in less than a year, you can be ready to enjoy your new home.