Tuesday, December 30, 2014

SSF Foundation Summit, Give for the New Year!

Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate (SSFRE) has been an integral part of both Summit and Eagle County for years and has helped mold the communities into what they are today. A fundamental part of what makes SSFRE special is their community involvement and charitable giving. Whether monetarily or with their time, brokers from the SSFRE family have been giving back since the early days of Vail and continue to make a difference each year in their charitable giving in both counties. Every dollar that SSFRE donates each year is given directly to local organizations that make an immense impact on the betterment of our local community. “At Slifer Smith & Frampton we recognize that investing in our local community is a fundamental part of what makes Summit County such a special place to live,” said Jeff Moore, Managing Broker at SSFRE in Summit County.  This year the team at Slifer Smith & Frampton got together to come up with a way to increase their giving as well as their overall impact on the community. “For years our brokers have been giving back to the Summit County in countless ways. We wanted to create a vessel that would help not only our brokers, but also streamline the giving process for our clients and other members of the community,” said Mark Smith, Founding Partner of SSFRE. The Slifer Smith & Frampton Foundation is exactly that, an official 501 (c) (3) with an end goal of increasing SSFRE’s outreach as well as giving capabilities. The Foundation focuses mainly on the environment, local families, education and need- based giving.  “Thanks to support from the Slifer Smith & Frampton, the High Country Conservation Center will be able to expand the impact of our food donation program next year. Food insecure families throughout Summit County will continue to benefit from locally grown, fresh produce and nutritional education,” said Jessie Burley, Community Programs Manager for High Country Conservation.
For more information about the Slifer Smith & Frampton Foundation and to see a full list of the local charities they support visit SSFFOUNDATIONSUMMIT.ORG

Monday, December 29, 2014

January Provides Variety of Activities at Keystone Resort

With nearly two and a half feet of snow just this month, and more on the way ahead of the New Year, Keystone will usher in 2015 with phenomenal conditions and a lineup of festive family activities during January. Whether guests are trying something new; perhaps making good on a resolution to learn a new sport while participating in national Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, or simply wanting to create new memories with friends and family, Keystone has a variety of offers for January to make a family ski vacation more convenient and valuable than ever. Plus, following the New Year and outside of the Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend, January is considered an “off-peak” month for skiers and riders; meaning great deals on lodging, and the perk of feeling like you have the mountain to yourself.

Night Skiing
Don’t be left in the dark; Keystone features the longest ski day in all of Colorado with 243 acres of lit terrain available. Lifts turn from 8:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday in January, and until 6 p.m. on Sundays. Special Holiday hours will allow skiers and riders to enjoy extended days on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 18-19.


Learn to Ski and Ride Month
Learning to ski or ride is an excellent way to become more active, participate in a new sport, and enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. There’s no better time to learn than January – National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, a snowsports initiative designed to encourage new participants with great offers across the industry.

Keystone’s adult beginner lessons are all available in a buy two get one free package starting from $262. First-time adult skiers and riders can purchase a $15 limited access lift ticket with any beginner lesson. For Children, Camp Keystone’s ski and ride school facility offers themed days, a 24-foot long slide that provides access to the snow from inside the building, and guarantees children the same instructor with three or more days of ski school booked in the Mountain House location. Additional adult and child lesson options can be purchased in advance online at

Women’s Ultimate 4 Ski Lesson
Available Jan. 1-3: New for the 2014-15 season, Keystone has introduced a lesson option just for women. With small group sizes – guaranteed no more than four women per class – female instructors and convenient timing, the Women’s Ultimate 4 are lessons catering to the specific needs of women in a supportive, encouraging setting. Whether learning a new sport, trying to keep up with the kids or wanting to get back on snow after some time away, these lessons are the perfect way to get one-on-one coaching in an intimate setting, with the private lesson price tag.

Chocolate Village 
Available Jan. 1-4: Keystone Executive Pastry Chef Ned Archibald composes this Keystone Holiday tradition from 8,000 pounds of molded chocolate. With a working train, flowing waterfall, three-foot tall white chocolate Christmas trees and an operating chocolate gondola, this stunning display is a must-see for Holiday visitors. Located in the lobby of the Keystone Lodge&Spa, the chocolate village is free and open daily through January 4. Photos of the chocolate village available here: https://vailresorts.box.com/s/iiik4u7znck4825iht09

9280’ Taphouse Pond Hockey Tournament
Jan. 23-25: An all-ages outdoor hockey event, the 9280’ Pond Hockey Tournament is hosted at Keystone’s five-acre Zamboni-maintained ice rink at the Lakeside Village. Tournament play occurs throughout the day, with live music by “Chris Thompson & Coral Creek” on Friday and Saturday nights from 4-6 p.m. The tournament features men’s, women’s, over 45 and a coed division. New this season, a youth division will be included. For more information, tournament schedule, or to register, please visit 9280pondhockey.com.

Savor the Slopes
Keystone is well known for its culinary prowess, including three AAA four-diamond rated restaurants and a number of
 signature dinging experiences. During January, guests can take in those signature experiences with Savor the Slopes, a rotating showcase of the best of Keystone’s foodie scene. Events will highlight food, wine, beer and spirits, and Keystone’s expert staff will be on-hand to elevate guests’ knowledge and enjoyment. All tasting events begin at 4 p.m. and are $25 per person with reservations required, 970-496-4386.

Jan. 21, Der Fondue Chessel – Taste of fondue

Jan. 22, Alpenglow Stube – Wines of Napa Valley

Jan. 23, Keystone Ranch – Farm-to-table presentation with Executive Chef Steven Vlass

Jan. 24, Bighorn Bistro & Bar – Creation of a menu item: the dissection of an entrĂ©e

Jan. 25, The Ski Tip Lodge – Hors d'oeuvres made easy with Executive Chef Brian Baker

Jan. 28, Der Fondue Chessel – Cabernet at its finest

Jan. 29, Alpenglow Stube – Wild game

Jan. 30, Keystone Ranch – Colorado spirits

Jan. 31, Bighorn Bistro & Bar – Craft beers with gastropub inspired bites


Burton Experience Snowboard Tour
Jan. 31-Feb. 1: The Keystone Burton Experience Snowboard Tour, a weekend full of free clinics, demos, activities and live entertainment, features discounted lift tickets and free, hour-long snowboarding clinics for anyone ages 3-and-older. Clinics will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Mountain House base area on Saturday and Sunday. This family-friendly weekend will feature women’s only clinics, professional Burton athletes and music as part of the on- and off-snow activity.

Keystone’s Kidtopia programming offers daily indoor and outdoor activities throughout the season, including a daily 4 p.m. Cookie Hour at the Dercum Square Ice Rink, Kidtopia Fireworks every Saturday at 7 p.m., pajama family brunch every Sunday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and the world’s largest snow fort, perched 11,640-feet above elevation on Dercum Mountain. View the entire weekly schedule online at

Friday, December 26, 2014

Montezuma Bowl to open Saturday, December 27

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) announced today that Montezuma Bowl, the terrain on the backside of the ski area, will open for the 2014-15 season on Saturday, December 27, 2014. This marks the second-earliest opening for Montezuma Bowl in the eight seasons that this terrain has been part of the ski area. Montezuma Bowl and the quad Montezuma lift opened during the 2007-2008 ski season, nearly doubling the ski area’s terrain at that time. Montezuma Bowl offers runs ranging from long, rolling groomers to the steeps of West Zuma Cornice. It also hosts some of the ski area’s best glade (tree) skiing.
Ski area officials attribute this early opening in part to the previous weekend’s storm which dropped over 30 inches of snow on the ski area. An additional 3 inches of snow reported the day after Christmas solidified the status of the terrain. Over the previous summer, ski patrol and mountain operations also constructed approximately 600 linear feet of snow fences to keep the natural snow in place.
Open runs will include the intermediate groomed trails Columbine and Shining Light. Guests can also look forward to advanced skiing in Miner’s Glade and the “14er Trees,” three tree-skiing runs named for nearby 14ers: Bierstadt, Grays and Torreys. A complete list of open runs can be found on the A-Basin Terrain Status webpage. More trail openings will be announced on the Arapahoe Basin Facebook page as well as Al’s Blog as they occur.
About Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
Located high on the Continental Divide, Arapahoe Basin boasts the longest ski and ride season in Colorado, from mid-October through early June. A-Basin’s legendary Pallavicini and East Wall terrain offers some of the best extreme skiing in Colorado. Pika Place and Molly Hogan learning areas feature mellow terrain for first-time and younger skiers and riders. With fun events, ample sunshine and incredible late-season snow, the Basin is the place to be in the spring!  Visit www.arapahoebasin.com for more information about our mountain, and elevate your ski and ride experience with us.

Monday, December 22, 2014

16 Inches of Snow at Breck! WHO-HOO!

The first full day of Winter in Breck did not disappoint!  Breckenridge Ski Area received 16 inches in the past 24 hours and it’s still coming down.  Breck is 80% open with all chairlifts running headed into the holiday season.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

New Listing near the Breckenridge Golf Course

405 Delaware Drive, Breckenridge, Colorado.  Beautiful home on a large, sunny home site conveniently located between Breckenridge and Frisco. This spacious mountain home features many recent updates, including the master bath, designer finishes, wood and cork floors, rock accents, dining area and new stairway. Stunning furnishings, impressive kitchen, cozy living areas, lots of windows, sauna, separate family room, office and much more.  Click here for the Virtual Tour:  http://www.vrguild.net/c/star.pl?U=1412201314135558&Z=1

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Breckenridge's Iconic Peak 6 Now Open

The gifts keep coming for those heading to Breckenridge Ski Resort this holiday season, with foot of new snow in the past 48 hours and another one of its five peaks now open! Breck’s Peak 6 opened this morning with more than 200 acres for skiing, including its signature run, Bliss – a high-alpine, intermediate bowl run. Breck now has four out of five peaks and 1805 acres of skiable terrain available for guests to enjoy.  Visit Breckenridge.com for the latest terrain information, grooming reports and more.

Just last Christmas, Breckenridge Ski Resort opened Peak 6 for the first time, adding over 540 acres to its famous landscape via the Peak 6 area just north of Peak 7. Peak 6 includes 400 acres of lift-served terrain and 143 acres of hike-to terrain, representing a 23 percent increase in resort’s skiable acres and features high-alpine, intermediate bowl skiing – a rare find in North America. This is one of the most notable ski area expansions in the past decade and has already become a favorite among locals and guests from around the world.

Breckenridge Ski Resort requires all skiers and riders to observe all posted signs and warnings. Closed trails may contain hazards due to limited natural snow coverage and snowmaking operations. Please keep off closed trails and out of closed areas for safety reasons.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Announcing the new Slifer Smith & Frampton Foundation

I am proud to be selected as a Board Member for our new Slifer Smith & Frampton Foundation!  At Slifer Smith & Frampton, we recognize that investing in our community is a fundamental part of what makes Summit County such a special place to live.  Each year, we give back to a number of local charities that focus on need-based giving, the environment, local families and education.  As we are in the midst of the holiday season and reflecting on the many things we are grateful for in 2014, please consider a gift to the SSF Foundation.  For more information about the Slifer Smith & Frampton Foundation, visit www.ssffoundationsummit.org or email me at ebowers@slifersummit.com

Friday, December 5, 2014

Breckenridge Terrain Update: Peak 7, Imperial Express to Open This Weekend

 Breckenridge Ski Resort is pleased to announce another round of terrain openings, just in time for the weekend. Peak 7 and the Independence SuperChair will reopen for the season on Friday, Dec. 5, with access to six trails on 75 acres, along with all base area services. Peak 7 – home to Sevens Restaurant tickets sales and equipment rentals at Breck Sports – is easily accessible via the BreckConnect Gondola from town. This opening will bring the resort’s total acreage to 1,500 so far this season.

Breck officials have also announced the Imperial Express SuperChair, North America highest chairlift, will open on Saturday, Dec. 6, conditions permitting. Accessible terrain will include the Imperial Bowl and ridge, and the views at 12,840 feet should be endless.

“Having Peak 7 and the Imperial Express lift open for the weekend and getting skiers and snowboarders on some of our amazing above-tree line terrain will help with compaction when the next storm system arrives,” said Gary Shimanowitz, Breckenridge Vice President of Mountain Operations. “The Lighting of Breckenridge festivities this weekend mark the official start to the holiday season in Breck and the added terrain is the perfect complement to the festivities.”

For an update on the Imperial Express SuperChair opening, resort conditions and more visitBreckenridge.com or follow @BreckConditions on Twitter.

Breckenridge Ski Resort requires all skiers and riders to observe all posted signs and warnings. Closed trails may contain hazards due to limited natural snow coverage and snowmaking operations. Please keep off closed trails and out of closed areas for safety reasons.

The Lighting of Breckenridge
The first weekend in December, Breckenridge transforms into the sparkling holiday scene for which it’s famous.  Participate in the Race of the Santas, where hundreds of Santas race down Main Street to benefit Adopt an Angel and continue in the festivities with the Lighting of Breckenridge, where Santa greets holiday revelers from his horse-drawn carriage. Find the perfect gift and come experience the new Breckenridge Arts District as it hosts Handmade Holiday Market and winter open house. Stroll the campus with a warm cup of cider or cocoa, visit the decorated historic structures, and enjoy music and artist demonstrations at the various studios. Learn more at www.GoBreck.com.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Host Cities Announced for 2015 USA Pro Cycling Challenge in August

Colorado’s largest sporting event is back for 2015, and today race officials unveiled seven of the host cities that will be highlighted as starts and finishes for the 2015 USA Pro Challenge. Taking place Aug. 17-23, the race will feature several dramatic changes for 2015, including a new overall start in beautiful Steamboat Springs, new host communities Arapahoe Basin and Copper Mountain and a challenging individual time trial course in in the scenic town of Breckenridge. And with six of the seven stages set, organizers are looking to fans to help determine the location of Stage 6.
“The start and finish cities for the 2015 USA Pro Challenge are going to create some unique challenges for the riders while also showcasing some of Colorado’s most beautiful regions to our worldwide audience,” said Rick Schaden, owner of the USA Pro Challenge. “We are always humbled by the amount of interest we receive from cities across the state that want to host the race and we feel confident that the partners we’ve selected this year will help us continue to raise the bar for professional cycling in America.”
After drawing more than 1 million fans each year and generating $130 million in economic impact to the State of Colorado in 2014 alone, the USA Pro Challenge will make its return with an overall start in Steamboat Springs.  Over the course of seven days of intensely competitive racing, the world’s best riders will return to iconic Colorado cities that have been key parts of the race in previous years, such as Aspen and Denver.
In a mix of new and prior host cities, the stages of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge include:
Last year, fans weighed in on the final stage and ultimately determined a route that took the riders from Boulder, through Golden and finished in Downtown Denver. Due to overwhelming fan interest and support, organizers are again letting people have a say in the course. Fans will be able to help shape the race by logging on to www.prochallenge.com/2015stage6 before 11:59 p.m. MT December 12, and giving their opinion on what part of the state Stage 6 should visit.
“Last year we turned to our dedicated fans to help determine the route for the final stage of the Pro Challenge,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Challenge. “The enthusiasm and valuable opinions that we received convinced us that we should look to our supporters again for their input on the 2015 race. We know our fans are passionate about the sport and we’re looking forward to hearing where they want Stage 6 to go.”
A new overall start for the Pro Challenge, Steamboat Springs, with a population of just more than 12,000, should see that number at least double on race day. Located just west of the Continental Divide and Rabbit Ears Pass, Steamboat is the perfect location to kick off the race and showcase Colorado’s unique scenic beauty. And as the Colorado city that has produced more Olympians than any other, the riders should feel right at home.
In one of the most significant changes to the 2015 route, Breckenridge will host the individual time trial. Located 9,600 ft. above sea level, this course will test the riders with challenging, hilly terrain. With these additions combined with new host cities Arapahoe Basin and Copper Mountain Resort, the 2015 course will create dramatic moments for the riders and fans.
Known for lung-searing altitudes and intense climbs through the Colorado Rockies, the race is the largest spectator event in the history of the state. The 2014 USA Pro Challenge saw part-time Aspen resident Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing Team take the overall win for the second year in a row this past August in Denver.
"I am so happy to hear the USA Pro Challenge is going through Aspen again,” said van Garderen. “It is always great to be able to race in front of my family and close friends. Of course, I am curious to see the route they will pick and I am expecting it to be the most challenging route yet."
Additional details regarding the exact start and finish locations of the 2015 race, as well as the specific, detailed route will be announced in the spring.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Holiday Ski at Mayflower Gulch

Great early season snow at Mayflower Gulch during the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Very thankful!