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Vail Back Bowls

The Vail Back Bowl ropes dropped!! Skiers and Boarders were treated to knee deep powder Thursday 12/12/2013! Chair 5 opened at 9:30 AM. You can now picture yourself riding down Sun up and Sun down bowls and dream unless of course you were there!!! Vail Mountain now has 2,000 acres of open terrain and next up will be China Bowl this coming Saturday. What a fantastic start for the 2013/2014 ski and snowboard season!! See you there.

For an article on what it takes to open the bowls… see this Vail Resorts Post

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Today Forbes posted an article titled “The Top 5 Ski Resorts For Families In 2014” .  Vail Resorts Beaver Creek ranked number one in the country with two other Vail Resorts Properties making the top five also – Heavenly and Breckenridge.  A few of their rating factors include:

  • Commute from car to slopes
  • How close is the “family friendly” terrain
  • Do the ski lifts slow down for loading and unloading (crucial for little tykes)

Here is what they say about Beaver Creek:

1. Beaver Creek, Colorado – Family PAF Score: 84.9  

There can only be one No. 1, and in this category Beaver Creek is the clear winner.  The areas for kids are creative, plentiful and large. There’s a sizeable area right at the base (no riding three lifts to get there!) that includes a short gondola, installed for kids (but you can ride it to, mom and dad) called Buckaroo Express EXPR +0.38%. How awesome is that?BC Buckaroo loadingFor kids who pass the tests at the bottom, some of the mellowest, longest green runs in the West reside at the top of the front mountain, complete with little faux gold mines that kids can ski through.


The snow has been falling and the temperatures have been rising (above zero degrees now!).  Come ski these fabulous resorts for your Holiday vacation!

It’s the time of year that calendars are packed with holiday parties and the roads are snow covered.  The good news is that there are buyers who venture out during their ski trips to Vail and Beaver Creek who are serious about buying a home.

Pinecone wreath

The first impression is the only impression.  It’s important to make people feel warm and welcome.  Always be ready to show.  You never know when a buyer is going to walk through the front door. These are some simple suggestions for getting your home ready for the holidays. Before you decorate, your house needs to be staged and de-cluttered.  Keeping the house de-cluttered shows it’s size and presents a cleaner look.  Remember, buyers are looking for more storage so leave your closets half empty and neatly organized.


Holidays can be personal so you want to make sure your decorations are neutral. A few decorations can stir the holiday spirit but you still want each room to look as spacious as possible.  Avoid overly religious flourishes which may be off-putting to some buyers. Instead of a large Christmas tree, you can use greenery to show off the beautiful elements of your home such as, the fireplace, staircase or front entry of your home.  A few subtle touches like a bowl of pinecones, beautiful candles or an evergreen wreath can create a warm and festive feeling in your home. Take advantage of the colors of the season to brighten up your home with out clashing with your current décor.  If your home has an earthy color scheme, accent with rich tones like cranberries, forest greens and gold.

Holiday Candles 2

Hopefully, these simple tips will make selling your home during the holiday season easier. I want to which everyone a very Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year!

Experience the Colorado Rocky Mountains and the World Class Beaver Creek Ski Resort with your own full ownership condominium hotel suite in the Ritz Carlton Residential Suites at Bachelor Gulch.   Enjoy the legendary first class service and amenities that the Ritz Carlton has to offer.  This is a rare chance to own one of the largest 1 bedroom suites that has been completely remodeled with designer fabrics and carpets, crown molding, hardwood flooring.  The kitchen features granite countertops and custom designed cabinetry with sub zero refrigerator and wolf range.


The Ritz Carlton Residential Suites in Bachelor Gulch is a great option for a second home in a world class ski resort and count on a high occupancy rate provided by a professional management team.

Two weeks of World Cup Races completed this weekend in preparation for the World Championships in 2015. For the first time the Women raced on the brand new Raptor course, which was added this year. The Men raced on the Birds of Prey course which was created for the World Championships in 1999. The Women raced over the Thanksgiving weekend and the Men completed their three races yesterday in frigid weather which saw temperatures drop to minus 15 degrees on the day of the Downhill. That race was won by Erik Svindal, who was seriously injured six years ago and then came back to win it the following year.

Fan excitement ran to the ultimate in the Giant Slalom race on Sunday which was won by Ted Ligety, who has won five of his six latest GS races on the Birds of Prey course. Equally exciting was the fact that Bode Miller came in second on both runs giving the USA two places on the podium. Ligety claims these wins give him a leg up in preparation for next year’s Olympics in Sochi. In addition, Bode lost all of last season after knee surgery kept him off the circuit for a year and a half. With Bode’s return is also capped off with Lindsay Vonn’s return from knee surgery, which should be a big boost for the USA in preparing for our Olympic.

The races at the Beav were the coldest on record, with new snow and colder temps each day. There were over 200 volunteers, including myself, who put up with the cold and put on one of the best weekends of racing this valley has ever seen.

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The Snow has arrived in Vail and Beaver Creek! With over a foot of new snow in the last 12 hours, Vail and Beaver Creek and ready for its skiers and riders! And it continues to fall…

VAIL: 803 acres are now open, 30″ base, 12 lifts open, 49 runs open

BEAVER CREEK: 760 acres are now open, 27″ base, 14 lifts open, 40 runs open

Enjoy some shots in the snow from the last two days: Vail Skier vail skier

Game Creek Bowl is now open! This shot is from today!

Game Creek BowlWe are expecting a great ski year and we hope to see you on the slopes!

Gateway To Vail

Vail Snow Report

Beaver Creek Snow Report

Ashley Smith

New snow on Wednesday, December 4th, caused a cancellation for the Birds of Prey Race. Today, Thursday started with 4 inches of new snow, sunshine and cold, cold weather.  This cold weather will hopefully contribute to prime race conditions for future races on the course.  Click here for a map of the Beaver Creek Birds of Prey race course.

The schedule is packed full of world class racer and world class events.  If you are heading out to spectate, make sure to dress in layers and prepare for brisk weather.  Enjoy!!

Enjoy a “bird’s eye/racer’s view” video of the course.

World cup




Beaver Creek Resort opens up 486 acres of skiable terrain and just in time for Thanksgiving!! Good early season snow fall combined with a state of the art snow making system has allowed for top to bottom skiing and boarding for all ability levels. Snow Cats grooming the slopes at Beaver Creek

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Vail, Colorado – Our local news channel, 9News, has posted a weather alert for today through Wednesday 12/4/2013.  They are predicting 18-36 inches of snow in the next 48 hours.  If you can play hooky from work, head to Vail Mountain to make some turns!

vail snow storm

Gateway To Vail

Vail Snow Report

 Located in the middle of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Beaver Lake Estates is 7 miles south of Leadville, Colorado off of Highway 24.  Beaver Lake Estates boasts private buildable lots filled with aspens, pines and an abundance of wildlife.  Leadville is a former silver mining town that lies near the headwaters of the Arkansas River offering numerous opportunities.

2564 Empire Valley Drive is a spectacular 2.008 acre lot located a the top of Beaver Lake Estates.  This lot offers privacy and is heavily treed with aspens and pines.  Reduced to:  $53,900

41 Rock Circle is a stunning home site with 3.85 acres.  Beathtaking views of Mt. Massive and Mt. Elbert.  This lot features a well and a driveway cut into the lot.  Offered for:  $80,000


Beaver Lake Estates has year round access and it’s the perfect place for a weekend cabin or a full time residence.  The amenities of Beaver Lake Estates include a clubhouse, 3 rental cabins, a horse corral for short term boarding, two private fishing lakes filled with trout, campsites with RV hookups and it is surrounded by National Forest.

More information on real estate in the Vail Valley and surrounding areas