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Vail Resorts is spending between $110 and $115 million toward improvements for the upcoming ski season.  The largest beneficiary is the new Park City with a total costs of $50 million to tie together what used to be Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons.  This will become the largest ski resort in the United States with more than 7,300 skiable acres and the 2nd largest in North America behind Whistler Blackcomb’s 8,000 skiable acres. The new eight-passenger Quicksilver gondola will link together the two formally independent resorts.  The gondola will run from the Silverlode Lift at Park City to the Flatiron Lift at Canyons.  Park City will also get a new 500-seat restaurant called Miners Camp, at the base of Silverlode.  Other improvements will include upgrading the King Con and the Motherlode lifts, updating the Summit House Restaurant, expanding the Red Pine Lodge and widening some trails and adding more snowmaking.

Vail Mountain

Vail Mountain will be replacing the Avanti Express Lift (#2) with a six passenger lift.  The Avanti Express Lift (#2) is a primary lift on the front side of the mountain and the upgrade will reduce wait times and disperse skiers and snowboarders from the Lionshead area to mid-mountain.  A loading conveyor and gates will improve efficiency and increase capacity by up to 30 percent.

Beaver Creek snowmaking refresh expands for 2015-2016 season.  This winter, 23 fully automated fan guns will equip Red Tail and Centennial trails to enhance the “Snowmaking Refresh” fleet.  This adds a dusting of snow on top of the groomed trails.  This one-of-a-kind system ensures that guests will always be skiing or riding on the freshest snow available every day.

Breakenridge is adding snowmeaking on Peak 6.  A mile of new snowmaking on Lost Horizon and Barton Breezeway trails on Peak 6 is critical to get the popular new area open in the early season regardless of the natural snowfall.

Keystone Lodge and Spa will undergo a remodel where the hallways will have a new feel after being re-carpeted and the doors and woodwork replaced.  The guest rooms on all the six floors will be upgraded with new soft goods.

EpicMix Time is an expansion of EpicMix, which will allow guests at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone access to lift line wait times in real-time to help guests better navigate the mountain and make most of their ski and riding experience.  EpicMix Time will debut durning the 2015-2016 winter season.

Vail Resorts has invested over $500 million in the past 5 years for improvements.  Come ski the best!


Have you ever wondered about the different ways to hire a broker for a real estate transaction and what they actually mean?

The client has 3 different ways to hire a broker for real estate transaction.

  • 1. Buyer’s Agent
  • 2. Seller’s Agent
  • 3. Transaction-Broker

The difference between the three are actually quite simple. If you hire a broker to represent your interest in the purchase of real property, you are hiring a Buyer’s Agent. This means the agent owes all responsibility to you, the buyer. The broker is there looking out for your best interest. If you hire a broker to represent your interest in the sell of real property, you are hiring a Seller’s Agent. The broker, like the Buyer’s Agent, is there to represent you and your best interest in the sell of your property.

Now, here is the biggest difference between the 3. As a Transaction Broker, the broker’s loyalty and interest is to the transaction and not to either party of the transaction. As a seller or buyer, you have to decide when hiring a broker for a transaction whether or not you want the broker representing you and your interest, or whether you want your broker looking out for the best interest of the transaction.

So, next time you are looking for a Real Estate Broker in the Vail Valley, think about who and what you are hiring.

Right now!  The best weather, the best hikes, the best fishing, the best mushrooms, the best bike riding, the best restaurants, the best golf.  Everything is open and there are vacancies to rent and property for sale.  Labor Day Weekend will be crowded but other than that , this is as good as it gets.  Come to see us now.  Check out the Vail Daily, August 15, 2015.  Pictures of fish, mushrooms.  Late August and September is wonderful.  With schools starting before September now, this is the time to visit for those that can.

It’s a beautiful day in Colorado,

Bob Essin, Gateway Real Estate,, 970-376-4484,

The Vail Golf Club (Course) is public, owned by the Town of Vail (TOV), and managed by contract by the Vail Recreation District (VRC).  It is a cash cow for the VRC, unless you ask them and they give you the complicated accounting explanation.  The VRC in this matter has done just what the TOV has told them to do.  “If you want a new club house, do what we (TOV) tell you (VRC).”  The Course is leased out for cross country skiing and snow shoeing activities as recreational use in keeping with the restrictive covenant that the land came with when it became the TOV’s property.  Since most golf courses serve food on and off the course, that has been done at the Course since its beginning, along with the larger weddings that are anticipated in the new additional space.  The Club House which houses all of the businesses has been in need of substantial repairs and/or replacement for many years.  To become compliant with federal regulations about access, a solution was found but only temporarily.  No one seems to be against a new facility that will do all these things.  The “Catch” is that the TOV has decided that the additional space that has been used sometimes by the restaurant and for weddings and sometimes by other entities in the past needs to be substantially enlarged.  An election was held which the TOV says approved this additional space and use and which detractors say did not approve this additional space and use.  The funds became available initially by another election which approved a convention center and tax money was collected and then the convention center was disapproved.  There is currently still unsettled a law suit by neighbors in the area trying to stop the construction as long as it contains the additional space.  I am not a party to the suit except I am a citizen of the TOV and interested also as a golfer.  I am not qualified to comment on the legal merits of the case and do not know if other parties than the neighbors and TOV are parties (possibly the VRC and owners prior to the TOV).  Other issues have come up and changes have been made to the Course during this time, primarily involving the 18th hole and the parking lot and parking arrangements based upon more people being at the facility based upon the larger meeting room size.  Parking at the Course has been a problem since I have been here since 1990 with parking spilling over to the street along the driving range net and the first fairway.  In my opinion, The Vail Golf Club (Course) is in the top 1/3 of the 13 (or 14) 18 hole golf courses in the Vail Valley (I don’t say Eagle County because there are other courses between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale that are in Eagle County).  Comparatively it is very affordable.  What ever the legal results finally are, the Course will still not be as good as it has been in the past because the 18th hole has been shortened and the green will not be as well situated to the restaurant deck.  Suffice it to say that the fix for not hitting golfers in the 18th fairway is not a fix that could not have been done anyway.  The moving of the 18th green was and probably will be in the future about parking.  The TOV will not recoup the time it has lost ever and probably not the expenses and ill will by having additional space before a new facility is needed 30 or 40 years from now.  If you want a quality golf experience while you are here and while the new club house is being constructed, whether the new space is included or not, take this opportunity to try some of the other wonderful golf courses in the Vail Valley.  The Vail Golf Course will remain open with quality play during construction of the new club house, Nordic center, wedding chapel and probably the price may be lowered or not.  Someone badly wanted this space to be added, but it was not the local golfers or the nearby property owners.

MLS One Arrowhead Place A403 Covered Deck

Ski season is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about your retreat for the winter. Located in Arrowhead’s premier building, One Arrowhead Place, this spacious ski in/ski out condominium is in beautiful condition. This 2 bedroom 2 1/2 bath condo is 1,474 square feet with a gas fireplace, hardwood floors, and a beautiful kitchen to make any gourmet cook feel right at home. Featuring a large covered deck overlooking the Alpine Club and the mountains, private ski locker, and underground heated parking.

MLS One Arrowhead Place A403 Kitchen

One Arrowhead Place is the perfect year round retreat with a convenient location to the pool, tennis, golf, Arrowhead Alpine Club and Vista Restaurant. Easy to show. Offered for $1,200,000. For more information on real estate listings in Arrowhead, please feel free to call:  Betsy Randall at (970) 401-3011 or email:  Please visit our website:

Vail Resorts just announced EpicMix Time, an expansion of EpicMix, which will now allow guests at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone access to lift line wait times in real-time to help guest better navigate the mountain and make the most of their ski and ride experience.  Epic Mix Time will debut during the 2015-2016 winter season.  EpicMix Time will display an up to minute chairlift and gondola line wait times across 55 core lifts and gondolas, as well as 13,600 acres of skiable terrain in Colorado so guests may choose where to ski and ride.  In the future, the program will give on-mountain restaurant and rental shop wait times as well.  Vail Resorts is currently testing this technology at Perisher Resort in Australia, which is in the middle of it’s ski season.


Guests can activate their free EpicMix accounts at:  EpicMix debuted in 2010 as an RFID-based system which allows skiers and riders to track their days on the slopes and share their accomplishments via social media.   RFID chip in season passes and day tickets tracks vertical feet and number of lift rides  Vail Resorts followed the original EpicMix with EpicMix Photo, delivering digital photos through ski pass information..

Vail, CO

This week’s World Youth Fly Fishing Championships include 200 fly fishers who are 14-18 years old and from 10 countries.

All anglers have worked their way up via national rankings at local and regional events to earn a spot on their national team.

Vail Valley native Jack Arnot fished his way onto the US Team. He will be a freshman at Vail Christian High School.


Teen Flyfishing





This beautiful home was listed on June 11, 2015 and closed on August 7, 2015 for 97% of asking price. We were able to do all of this even though another broker had the property previously listed for over a year at the same price and overall since April 17, 2012.  That’s right, it took us under 2 months to do what another could not do in nearly 3 years.

So, if you are looking for quick results that will exceed your expectations in service, contact the listing duo of Greg Peterson and Suzi Apple. We have the knowledge to represent you in the diverse market of Cordillera with the time to insure you are getting the personal touch and care you deserve in the marketing of your home.

Call us to see what we can do for you. Greg Peterson 970-331-1333

Cordillera is an expansive luxury, gated residential community in Colorado with over 7000 acres nestled in the Vail Valley that is devoted to providing you and your family with a four season Rocky Mountain experience.  Rising from 7200 to 9400 feet, Cordillera offers five unique neighborhoods, wrapping around four championship golf courses and enjoying spectacular mountain views. The range of Colorado mountain homes combined with our endless year-round activities and amenities make you feel right at home.

Cordillera open space

The unique terrain and development of the Cordillera community is not to be found anywhere else in the world.  From the Valley floor, through the Divide, around the Ranch, up to the Summit and in the expanse of the Territories, there’s a perfect place for your family’s vision, one that can’t be found anywhere else.

For more information on buying or selling your Cordillera home, please contact

Greg Peterson at 970-331-1333.


The Colorado River in Colorado offers beautiful mountain scenery and river rafting fun at all levels, from float trips for any age to challenging whitewater. The Upper Colorado River can be rafted from May through September offering mellow terrain between the walls of the “Little Gore Canyon”.  In addition to rafting down the river, you can rent an inflatable kayak and be in charge of your own boat or rent a stand up paddle board and float down the river either standing up or kneeling on a sturdy surfboard like board. Pumphouse

For the experienced rafters seeking the ultimate whitewater experience, try a Gore Canyon Rafting Trip with one of the local rafting companies.  Class IV and V whitewater rapids.  Gore Canyon is considered the rite of passage for many in the paddling world and is one of the most challenging river runs in Colorado. The Gore Canyon season runs mid-July through mid-September.  Timberline Tours, and AVA, are a couple of rafting companies that offer trips down Gore Canyon.

Gore Canyon Rafting  Gore Canyon Rafting 3

Please visit our website for more information on summer activities in the Vail Valley;