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If you are looking for a luxury home in the beautiful Vail Valley then don't overlook Arrowhead, home of the Country Club of the Rockies and Arrowhead Ski Area. This quiet and scenic gated community offers everythiing for enjoying all of what golf and skiing in Colorado has to offer. With over 40 single family and duplex homes on the market, buyers have a wide range of prices and a wide range of selections to choose their ideal vacation home.

For more information on real estate in Arrowhead and the Vail Valley see my contact information below.

Just in time for next month's Burton U.S. Open Championships, Vail's Superpipe in Golden Peak is now open. The Superpipe, with its 22-foot-high walls, is North America's largest.

When the athletes hit the pipe next month, they will soar 15-18 feet out of the pipe. That's flying 40 feet off the ground.  Although daunting in size, the larger pipes are actually safer. Although the amount of air is hard to comprehend, the larger pipes allow for more room for the athletes to learn and more room for the athletes to make big mistakes. 

How it's Built

When halfpipes were younger and technology more limited, the average pipe was only 10-12 feet high and created by Snowboarders with their shovels. The pipes were round on the side with flat bottoms. As boarders and freestyle skiers began trying more technical, dangerous tricks, the pipes also improved. Now, the superpipes measure 22 feet high, 60 feet long and are elliptical from the bottom to the top. The process to creating the pipe is not terribly complex, but just a lot of heard work. First, snowmakers make a massive pile of snow then, grooming lays the foundation and moves the snow to the right places. Next, the walls are built up to 22 feet, one after another. Although measured by yards and feet, measuring the pipe comes down to a matter of inches and degrees. The last step is the rough shaping of the sidewalls, then the meticulous measurement and shaping of the pipe. Snow Park technologies, the creator of the 22-foot Pipe Monster, spent the last two days sculpting and perfecting the shape of the superpipe. 

New businesses are opening in Vail Village and sales were strong during the holiday season.  There are at least eight new businesses open along Meadow Drive, including six new stores in the Shops at Solaris Plaza.  High end seems to be the theme amoung the Vail Village's new retail stores, which is exciting to see.  We have enough T-shirts shops in the Village.  The Cashmere and Coco Boutiques are located over Bridge Street along with a store called The Great Put-On located in the old Golden Bear location.  The Great Put-On carries both men and women's clothing, including designer fashion from Europe and the United States. Icebreaker is a new store in Solaris, which sells fine Merino wool baselayers and other clothing.  I have to say, this is my favorite store!  The chef of Sweet Basil has opened a new rustic style restaurant called Mountain Standard.  It's located just below Sweet Basil facing Gore Creek.  This new restaurant is getting great reviews.

Vail Village retail is finally making a come back and providing guests what they expect.  Take your time walking through the Vail Village and enjoy the all the new shops and restaurants in town. 

Are you longing to see those white flakes falling from the sky?  Wait no more.  Today's Vail Daily posts an article stating there could be up to 4 storms on the way (from 

Predictions state the first storm could hit tonight, Thursday 1/24 with a second storm following late Friday night into Saturday a.m. 1/26.  Joel Gratz from Open Snow suspects a third storm would hit Sunday night.  The 4th storm is expected on Tuesday 1/29.  Gratz states these storms aren't necessarily the "big powder dump" we are looking for, but a few inches from each storm is still welcomed in this dry Colorado winter.

The Beaver Creek Food and Wine Weekend 2013 begins Jan. 24 with a Meet the Chefs reception from 6 to 9pm at the Black Diamond Bistro at The Charter in Beaver Creek and finishes up on Sunday, where the last event will be the Celebrity Chef Ski Race and Brunch at The Beaver Creek Chophouse.  Saturday is the Grand Tasting from 7-10pm at Ford Hall at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort.  This is a fun-filled event with tons of positive energy.  John Besh, who owns a handful of restaurants and has appeared on "Top Chef Masters", "Iron Chef America" and "The Food Network Challenge" said, "The setting just couldn't be any more perfect…getting up, getting a good workout on the mountain and then coming back and enjoying a gourmet meal – it's like heaven for me." 

Credit:  John LaConte's article in the Daily Weekly.

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Living in Vail, Colorado since September has been an incredible experience! In Vail, you find yourself spending the majority of your time outdoors on the mountain or with others socializing at one of the top restaurants in the valley.  With so many fun activities one can do, there is little time spent on the couch watching television. 

My all time favorite thing to do in Vail is ski.  Vail mountain has some of the best skiing terrain in the world.  There are more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain with Vail mountain's peak elevation at 11,570 feet.  Even though, in 2010-2011 ski-season over 1,750,000 skiers and snowboarders shredded this mountain, the amount of open terrain here was plenty of space for every single person to ride freely.

Skiing and snowboarding are not the only driving forces that motivate me to spend my time on the Vail mountain.  If you love to exercise, I would highly recommend snowshoeing.  Snowshoeing is one of the most challenging workouts I have ever experienced in my life.  Snowshoeing is also very rewarding.  Unlike working out in a gym or running down the block, snowshoeing enables you to be in an environment where your views are unmatched anywhere in the world.

Vail has a lot to offer.  From the people to the outdoor activities, it is difficult to not have a good time.  Above, I only mentioned a few activities one can do on Vail mountain.  I assure you, once you visit Vail, you will have no troubles uncovering the vast range of activities one can partake in on Vail mountain!

If you are in the market for a home in the Valley, more specifically down valley, there are things you can do to stay ahead of the rest. As you have probably already seen first hand, any nice home worth bidding on does not stay on the Market for long. Homes that are in great condition and priced to Sell are going under contract quicker than you can say, "it was Active yesterday!"


If you have decided that it is time to purchase a home there are little things you can do to stand above the competition.

1. Get pre-approved, do yourself a favor and get pre-qualified.

2. Find yourself a competent Realtor that has access to the MLS and extensive market knowledge.

3. Understanding what the MLS is and how you can benefit from it. (Read #2 again)

The thing to keep in mind is how you set yourself up. If you are waiting to see what is out there and getting your information from third party web-sites like Trulia, Realtor, or Zillow chances are you are looking at old and dated information.

You call up a Realtor and tell them about the Property you just saw and cannot believe your ears…Is this Realtor living under a rock? That cannot be! Actually it is. This is very common and happens all the time.

Let me draw a different scenario for you on how it should go down. You call a Realtor they sign you up as your Agent. Your Listing Agent explains to you the importance of getting pre-qualified and offers you three great references of Lenders in town that know the market just as well as they do.

Your Realtor sets up a web portal that notifies you of all the homes that are of interest to you. You would be happily surprised to see how specific it can get based on the amenities you feel are "must haves" in your new home.

Your Realtor listens to everything you say (they are out there!) When that home hits the market that you have been searching for you see it first. You are in a position to make an offer because your Realtor made sure that you had all of your ducks in a row.

Which position would you like to be in? It's a no brainer. So the next time you think…. "ahhh who needs a Realtor I can find everything I need on the Internet." Remember this. All Realtors are not created equal. Take your time to ask the right questions. It is in your benefit and we are here to help you. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Call a qualified Realtor like myself, you will be glad you did.

Looking for a vacation that is kid friendly?  Come join us in Vail, ColoradoUSA Today lists Vail as one of the top 5 kid friendly ski vacations.  To quote them:

Vail, Colo. Notorious for its après-ski chic, Vail has discovered rugrats. The slopes feature kid ski-through zones for exploring the stockaded Fort Whippersnapper, Thunder Cat Alley and, new this year, Chaos Canyon with its zigzag runs. Three years ago, Vail opened Adventure Ridge at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola at Eagle's Nest. It offers ice skating, tubing, laser tag, snowbiking and kid snowmobiles.

As mentioned above, Vail Resorts has created numerous fun, on mountain, kid ski zones and areas for fun and excitement.  Chaos Canyon is made up of exciting ski tracks through the woods with the "whoopdeedoos" kids love.  Fort Whippersnapper has tunnels and mines for the kids to ski through. Parents beware – once you have taken your children through these areas, you may never get them to ski anywhere else.

Evenings you can pack the kids up and head up the Lionshead Gondola up to Eagle's Nest.  Adventure Ridge has bungee trampolines, a tubing hill, kids snowmobiling, ski biking and family friendly food at Bistro Fourteen.

Your kids will be happy, tired and have amazing memories of their ski vacation!


An Evening with Sit Down Comedy starring Robin Williams and David Steinberg happens tonight, January 17th, at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, Colorado.  A few tickets are still available to see Academy Award winning actor and Grammy-winning performer Robin Williams.  Williams and Steinberg will be doing complete improv on stage, never covering the same ground twice.  Enjoy the show if you were lucky enough to get tickets!  For more information call the box office at 970-888-920-2787.  

Cordillera Valley Club is a preferred neighborhood for those who want security (Full-time guarded gate), a community feel, amenities such as pool, tennis and golf and the close proximity and convenience to Edwards and Vail.  Shops, theater, skiing, trails and restaurants are all within minutes to this elegant mountain home with big vistas of the Sawatch Range. 

For more information on this stunning property contact Owner/Broker Betty Ann Woodland at 970-376-3155.