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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Before Spring arrives and the snow melts be sure to get out for a snowshoe hike or a simple walk in the mountains.  Some of my favorite hikes are East and West Lake Creek, Meadow Mountain in Minturn, Grouse Mountain, Two Elk trail, June Creek in Singletree and Stone Creek in Eagle-Vail. Many great hikes are described in the Vail Hiker.  Another idea is to take up a new snowsport like telemark skiing, nordic skiing or snowboarding if you want to make the hill feel new again.  Be sure to catch some of the free concerts around town including this weekends Burton U.S. Open shows and the Spring Back to Vail shows which will feature O.A.R. and Jimmy Cliff.  The Vail International Film Festival is coming up from March 28-31 which brings in a few celebrities and is always a fun event.  Enjoy these last weeks of ski season and we hope to see you on Vail and Beaver Creek Mountain for closing day festivities and fun! 

Beautiful, heavily treed 2 acre lot in Beaver Lake Estates


Beaver Lake Estates is located 7 miles south of Leadville, Colorado off of Highway 24.  This 2 + acre property has year round access.  Beaver Lake Estates boasts private buildable lots that are filled with aspens and pines.  The amenities include 3 rental cabins, a horse corral for short term boarding, and a clubhouse.  Two private fishing lakes, RV hookup and campsites are conveniently close.  This is a true rural, pristine escape unlike any other. 

One of the private fishing lakes in Beaver Lake Estates


Leadville is located in the middle of the Rocky Mountians of Colorado and is an easy drive to Denver and Colorado Springs.  Leadville is a former silver mining town that lies near the headwaters of the Arkansas River offering numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation such as white water rafting, fishing, camping and skiing.  The closest ski area is Ski Cooper which is about 10 miles from town.  Vail, Beaver Creek and Copper Mountains are a short 45 minute scenic drive.

Offered for $58,900. 



Throughout Vail you can see and feel the excitement brewing over the Burton US Open this upcoming weekend.  Starting today, February 25, athletes are beginning to prepare for the competition ahead.  From today-March 2, 2013, the Burton US Open will bring over one hundred of the world's most talented riders.  These riders include Kelly Clark, Jamie Anderson, Shaun White and many more. 

-Monday, February 25: Halfpipe and Slopestyle practice at Golden Peak

-Tuesday, February 26: Halpipe and Slopestyle practice at Golden Peak, Apres at Vail Burton Store

-Wednesday, February 27: Men's and Woman's Slopestyle Semi Final at Golden Peak, Riglet Park at Solaris, Sponsor Village at Solaris and Golden Peaks, Apres at Vail burton store

-Thursday, February 28: Men's and Woman's Halfpipe Semi Finals at Golden Peak, Riglet Park at Solaris, Sponsor Village at Solaris and Golden Peaks, Apres at Vail Burton Store

-Friday, March 1: Men's and Woman's Slopestyle Finals at Golden Peaks, Slopestyle Awards Ceremony at Golden Peak, Sponsor Village at Golden Peak and Solaris, Riglet Park at Solaris, FREE Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert at Solaris

-Saturday, March 2: Men's and Woman's Halfpipe Finals at Golden Peak, Slopestyle Awards Ceremony at Golden Peak, Sponsor Village at Golden Peaks and Solaris, Riglet Park at Solaris, Santigold FREE Concert, After Party at Dobson Ice Arena

Not only will you be able to see some of the best athletes in the world perform tricks two stories high but, in addition, there will be free outdoor concerts Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2.  Friday night Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will be performing and on Saturday Satigold will be performing.  Dress Warm!

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go snowmobiling in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  My college roommate invited me out to his cabin which overlooks a long valley and lake.  The back counrty trails, I was told, are some of the best snowmobiling trails around. 

In one day, we took the sleds through 70 miles of backcountry trails all the way to Wyoming. Fortunately for us, it had dumped the previous night so we had plenty of fresh powder.  Thanks to the fresh powder, my first experience snowmobiling was amazing.  I'm sure I would have had a ton of fun regardless, but, the snow helped me feel secure because of the soft landing when I would fall off.

Snowmobiling, to me, is such an adrenalin rush.  The fact that you have a 500 pound machine underneath you while climbing a mountain is something I have never experienced before.  I was extremely surprised at how well these massive machines maneuvered through rough terrain in the middle of the Rockies.  We would steer away from the trails and find pockets which opened up so we could ride in the deepest powder. 

Snowmobiling is very popular in Colorado.  If you get an opportunity to go you should most definitely jump on it!  Vail, from what I hear, has great snowmobiling terrain as well.  There are plenty of places to rent snowmobiles and go with professionals.  If it is your first time, I would highly recommend going with someone who has a ton of experience.

Here are a few websites to help lead you to a great snowmobile experience:

Snowmoblie Vail

Vail Valley Tours

Nova Guides

If you have never been snowmobiling- do it! The adrenaline rush, views, adventure and backcountry living is like nothing else!

On March 9, 2013,Vail will host PINK VAIL – the world's biggest ski day to help fight cancer.  Visit to learn about forming a team, fundraising opportunities and the celebration ski down, toast and free concert.  Sponsored by many prominent local businesses, the day is sure to be filled with fun, color (there is a costume contest), prizes and good comraderie; all to benefit the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

211 Granada Glen is truely a stunning European style custom residence located at the Divide at Cordillera.  Built on 2 plus acres, this home features gorgeous views of the Cordillera mountain vistas. 

Mountain vistas from the stone patio of 211 Granada Glen


This 5,596 square foot home offers 5 bedrooms designed as spacious suites with several intimate living spaces including a sun room and library.  The large gourmet kitchen with expansive hearth room is a wonderful place for family to gather.


Other features include incredible privacy, a manicured lawn with beautiful gardens, a 2 car garage and elevator. The stone deck is a perfect place to entertain and watch the Colorado sunsets.  This is a home not to be missed!  Offered for $2,295,000.

Tonight at 7:30 pm A Denver theater group will perform a satirical take on some of Vail's history, featuring three of Vail's iconic couples:  Sheika and Pepi Gramshammr, George and Rose Gillett and Paul and Janet Testwude.  There will be libations and theater snacks starting at 6:30pm, the play begins at 7:30pm.  This is a benefit for the Vail Symposium and Vail's Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum.  Sounds like a night of fun and good humor.  Hope to see you there!



Singletree located in Edwards, Colorado and home of the Sonnenalp Golf Course is truly the place to be in the Vail Valley. If location, views, golfing, skiing and easy access to all the Rocky Mountain activities you can think of is what you are looking for in a permanent home or a second home, then I recommend Singletree as your primary choice. Currently there are over twenty homes on the market priced from the low $500,000's to over the 2 million dollar price. For more information on any of the homes on the market in Singletree or any where in the Vail Valley, see my contact information.

Vail is gearing up for the 2013 Winter Mountain Games which are being held this weeknd, February 8 – 10, 2013.  Professional and amateur athletes will converge on to the mountain and the villages of Vail for a celebration of adventure sports, music, art and the great outdoors.

The 2nd annual Winter Mountain Games is presented by Eddie Bauer and is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. The featured competitions include mixed climbing, Big Air, duel slolom biking, both Nordic and Telemark skiing, ski mountaining and snowshoe racing and a one day vertical challange in Vail's legendary Back Bowls.  $60,000 in prize money always brings out the best in each sport.

The winter festival comes to life with free concerts, films, photo comp, an interactive expo area, demo events and of course, dogs.  The concerts will be held at Checkpoint Charlie and will start at 7:30. The bands that will be performing this year festival include:  Thursday, February 7, Ana Sia and Kraddy; Friday, February 8 features Flobots and Saturday night; Februay 9, features: John Brown's Body.

Vail will be hosting two amazing winter events in the next few weeks … The Winter Mountain Games (presneted by Eddie Bauer) and Burton's U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships.

The Winter Mountain Games will include events in Biking, Climbing, Running and Skiing.  Biking includes the On-Snow Bike and Slalom Bike events.  Skiing events have Nordic Freestyle, Telemark Big Air (amazing event) and the Vail Uphill to name a few.  The schedule also includes a unique Avalanche Dog competition, the Vail Uphill Run and climbing competitions!  Bring your snowboats and your voice for cheering.  Click here for the schedule of events.

Jack Affleck

The Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships includes one of the World's largest halfpipe courses (see previous post).  Vail will see some amazing athletes including Mason Aguirre, Jaie Anderson, Ryo Aono, Nils Arvidsson & Gretchen Bleiler to name just a few.  For a full line up of athletes, click here.  If you've never had an opportunity to witness a snowboarding event in person, it's worth making the effort to visit Vail for this event.  Broadcasts of the event fall short when attempting to convey the height and depth of this halfpipe and fails to capture the true nature of the amazing tricks performed by the athletes.

Come join us in Vail for these two spectacular events!  We've had over 2 feet of snow in the last 3-4 days, so conditions are EPIC.