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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. 

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.

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!


It is no sercret that the success of Vail Resorts is highly dependent on snow conditions, and the rocky start to the 2012 ski season was reflected in the early season's financial report. However, despite these hardships, Vail Resorts' latest financial report shows gains in the ski season metrics through Sunday compared to the same time last year. Though the challenging early season has set the company back in terms of following the financial guidance it put in place in September.

Skier visits are up 2% while revenues from lift tickets, ski school, dining and retail were up double digits from last year. Even with the early season setback, the report shows that once the more typical winter conditions returned in mid-December, visitation and guest spending increased–especially during the holidays.

The resort reported a EBITDA to be $244 million to $254 million, short of their 2013 fiscal guidance of $260 million-$270 million that was issued last fall. Now, the net income attributed to Vail Resorts is now expected to be between $39 million and $49 million, up more that double from last year's results. The revised guidance from fiscal 2013 assumes normal conditions for the remainder of the season. Let it snow, let it snow!


For a more articles relating to Vail Resorts' fiscal report, CLICK HERE

You may often have wondered … how many lifts does Vail Mountain actually have?  Is it possible to ski them all in one day? Vail Resorts posts they have 31 lifts but this includes 7 surface lifts – 6 "magic carpets" and 1 poma near Two Elk Lodge.

If you are up to the challenge, the list includes 24 lifts including the Mongolia Poma.  Vail Mountain's Epic Mix will track your progress on each of these lifts and track your vertical feet skied.  You'll see all of the amazing Vail Back Bowls, Blue Sky Basin, Game Creek Bowl and every lift on the frontside of Vail Mountain. Celebrate Vail's 50th birthday by seeing every lift mountain has to offer.

A group of us braved frigid weather and attempted the feat for a friend's birthday.  Because the temperature registered -14 degrees at Chair 4 when we loaded, we added in stops at a few of the lodges along the way.  Here is the route we traveled.

  • Gondola One (1) to Chair 4 (Mountain Top Express) – ski "Northwoods/Northstar" to Golden Peak.
  • Chair 12 – Golden Peak Beginner lift – ski down to chair 6
  • Chair 6 (Riva Bahn Express) to the top.  Take the cut through to Chair 10
  • Chair 10 (Highline Lift) – ski "Flap Jack" to Chair 14
  • Chair 14 (Sourdough) – if you need a stop, you can run into Two Elk Lodge – then ski "Poppyfields" to Chair 21
  • Chair 21(Orient Express) catwalk over to Poma 21 – Mongolia Poma – then ski "Bolshoi Ballroom" to Chair 37
  • Chair 37 (Blue Sky Chair – Skyline Express) – ski "Wuides to Chair 38
  • Chair 38 (Earl's) – stop into Belle's Camp if you need a warm up – ski "Cloud 9 or Big Rock Park" to Chair 39.
  • Chair 39 (Pete's) – ski "Grand Review or Star" – to Chair 36
  • Chair 36 (Teacup) – ski "Yonder Gully" to Chair 5
  • Chair 5 (High Noon) – ski "the Slot" to Chair 17
  • Chair 17 (Sun Up) – ski "Whiskey Jack" to Chair 11
  • Chair 11 (Northwoods) – Stop into Buffalo's for a warm up – ski "Ramshorn" to Chair 3
  • Chair 3 (Wildwood) – Ski "Dealer's Choice" to Chair 7 (Game Creek)
  • Chair 7 (Game Creek) – ski "Avanti or Lodgepole" to Poma 27
  • Poma 27 (Race Course) – to Chair 2
  • Chair 2 (Avanti) – ski to "Eagles Nest" – stop in for a warm up.
  • Char 15 (Beginner lift east of Eagles nest) – ski Born Free to Chair 8 at base of mtn
  • Chair 8 (Born Free) – ski "Simba" to Chair 26
  • Chair 26 (Pride) – Ski Simba to the Cascade Lift – Chai 20 (skip this if you don't want to go that far east.) – then just ski "Born Free" to Gondola
  • Gondola 19  –  Voila!  You have just completed the Challenge!

After the full day, we met at "The George" to relax in their comfortable sofas and chairs, watch the playoff games and have a few of their cheap cocktails and amazing food.

This is a great experience for the family! If you are ambitious, head out the day before and hide clues and make it a scavenger hunt!

GOOD LUCK! Enjoy the mountain!


Least Expensive 3 Bedroom in Bachelor Gulch! Just reduced, this 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom top floor Settlers Lodge condominium offers some of the best value in Bachelor Gulch. Walk right to the ski slopes and ease your tired muscles in the outdoor Jacuzzi. Or relax on the large covered patio with gorgeous slope side views. 

 Village Transportation provides complimentary door-to-door transportation anywhere in Bachelor Gulch or Beaver Creek. In addition to these great amenities, Settlers Lodge is a secure, quiet complex with ample ski storage and heated, underground parking. At $725/sqft and strong rental figures, this home is a wonderful option for your next ski home. Perfect for the family looking for private, comfortable luxury! 


Have you signed up for Travel Zoo notices in your area?  I LOVE the fact that Travel Zoo will alert me to specials in the Vail Valley.  The most recent is a $99 special at the Spa at Cordillera.  A $200 value for $99 … Massage or Facial … good from January 2nd, 2013 through May 2, 2013.  What a deal! It's not often establishments offer discounts during the ski season.   

Think of a long day skiing the beautiful slopes of Vail, Beaver Creek or Arrowhead and then as an "Apres Ski" treat to yourself, you can have a long massage.  Ah …. Bliss!