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This Saturday, June 4th Alpine Arts Center is offering a Cocktails & Canvas class at 6:30!

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This Saturday’s guided class will feature acrylic painting of a Mountain Lake. All painting supplies are provided by Alpine Art Center, Beer, Wine and Snacks are available for purchase at the Bar all evening. Relax and explore your creative side with a few friends or meet a few new ones!!   Cheers! 


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GoPro Mountain Games is the country’s largest celebration of mountain sports, lifestyle and music drawing more than 3,000 athletes and 53,000 spectators to Vail each year.  The GoPro Mountain games showcases more than 25 sports in professional and amateur categories for more than $100,000 in cash prizes.  The event venues range from Golden Peak to Vail Mountain, Vail Pass and Homesteak Creek.

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Athletes from around the world and the Vail Valley converge upon the mountain and rivers of Vail to compete in nine sports and 25 disciplines including: x-country and road cycling, freestyle, 8-ball, sprint and extreme kayaking, raft cross, World Cup Bouldering, stand up paddle sprint and surf cross, as well as trail, mud and road running, dog comps and the Ultimate Mountain Challenge.  The Ultimate Mountain Challenge is the ultimate in multisport competition and will push the athletes skills, power and endurance to the limit with the most demanding races of the GoPro Mountain Games.  Athletes will compete in the 10 K Spring Run off, X-Country Mountain Bike, Road Bike Time Trial, the Class II Down River Sprint (or SUP surf sprint) for the best combined time to determine the ultimate pro man and women, and the ultimate amateur man and women and team.

In addition to the athletic events, the GoPro Mountain Games include a mountain photography competition, adventure film school, film festival, an interactive exhibition and demo area, live music and mountain lifestyle parties.

The Free Concert Line Up:

Thursday, June 9

J Roddy Walston and The Business

Checkpoint Charlie / Gore Creek @ 7:30 pm

Friday, June 10

Tracksuit Wedding and Katchafire

Checkpoint Charlie / Gore Creek @ 6:30 pm

Saturday, June 11

Bonfire Dub

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater 7:30 pm

Stephen “RAGGA” Marley

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater 8:30 pm

I hope you will get out and enjoy some of the events of the GoPro Mountain Games!


Some Buyers search the internet for properties, then contact the listing agent.  They believe two things that most usually do not hold true:  that they have found the best property suited to their needs and desires, and that they can negotiate a better deal.  Wrong!

To start with, the realtor that lists a property wins no matter how the sale occurs.  Many realtors focus only on listing properties, and most often they get the public recognition, when it is the Buyer’s agent that has done the tough job of linking a client to the appropriate property.  Yet, the listing agent makes money even when they may have invested little time, money and effort in marketing the property.

Second, many properties do not gain exposure through the internet or newspaper and magazine advertising.  Good Buyer agents know their market well, spending a lot of time previewing properties to know which are the best deals.  So, an “independent” Buyer is likely to miss the property that would be a perfect match for their criteria.

Third, the listing agent contracts to sell the property and receives commission on BOTH sides of the deal if there is no Buyer’s agent.  Buyers who think they can negotiate away the Buyer agent commission are sadly mistaken.  Worse, the job of the listing agent is to sell their listed property, so if there is a better match for the Buyer’s needs, the last person likely to tell them about the best available property in a given market is that listing agent.

A good Buyer’s agent will spend considerable time interviewing a client to ascertain what features and location would suit the client best.  Contractually, the agent is obligated to work in the Buyer’s best interests, whether it is for investment property or a home for personal use. Then, the agent uses their in depth knowledge of the local market to connect the Buyer with a property that best meets the Buyer’s needs.  In some cases, as with ski or golf properties, this knowledge is crucial.

Real estate is usually the biggest purchase anyone makes, particularly in our market of luxury real estate.  Why would you forego have an expert agent to help ensure you make the best decision?  Call Lai White at 970-471-2207 to discuss how I can help you!


In the Summer and Fall we have the opportunity to enjoy local Farmers Markets in Eagle County.  The Vail Valley has three markets to choose from of which everyone should go during their visit to Vail.  The summer starts off slow with early crops, like rhubarb and romaine lettuce in June, with apricots, beets and broccoli in early July, but the real summer gems arrive in mid-July with peaches, sweet corn, cucumbers and heirloom tomatoes.

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The Vail Farmer’s Market and Art Show, takes place on Sundays, June 19th through October 2nd, 2016 from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.  Take a stroll down Meadow Drive where the market has grown to 135 tents.  There is a tremendous variety of vendors and is the largest market in the county as well as the state.  Along with produce, shoppers will find plenty of local artist, jewelry makers and plenty of entertainment.

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If take your children to the Vail Farmer’s Market, pack a change of clothes and towels for your kids.  Children love the Children’s Fountain, with spurts of water shooting sky high creating water art and taunting your kids to jump in and get squirted.  As your family walks by Gore Creek, the allure of the refreshing water with swirling patterns will mesmerize your children to play in the water.  Even though the air is warm, Gore Creek is extremely cold as it is snow melt.  Wet clothes in the mountains turns your kids into icicles.

The Minturn Market is the county’s oldest farmer’s market and has it’s own unique charm.  The market is delayed this year due to a street improvement project.  The market is on Saturdays and will start July 2nd through September 3rd, 2016 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The Minturn Market features an assortment of items from farm fresh and organic produce to great breakfast and lunch items to gourmet foods, gifts, clothing, jewelry and hand made crafts and more.


The Edwards Market is the best if you are looking for a small, less crowded option.  The main focus of this market is high quality farm and gourmet food products.  Gourmet food vendors arrive early in the morning with freshly made specialties and freshly picked fruits and vegetables along with Colorado lamb, beef, pork, eggs, honey and cheese.  Local bakeries sell freshly baked breads, pastries and pies.   Located in the Edwards Corner where parking is easy and convenient.  The market is on Saturdays, June 18th through September 17th, 2016 from 9:30-1:30.

The markets are a great family activity or an excellent way to spend a few hours enjoying the outdoors. Make a day of shopping, music, food and more.  The markets are pet friendly too!

For more information of what’s happening in the Vail Valley, please feel free to call:  Betsy Randall at (970) 401-3011 or email:  Please visit our website:

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The Vail Whitewater Race Series is tonight at 4:30pm at the International Bridge in Vail Village below our office at Gateway Land and Development.

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 Come by our office and watch from our deck, the best seats in the house! If the competition is too much for your sensibilities then we could take a quick look at one of the new listings along Gore Creek.  Call my cell at 970-390-0705 or email me at…….




Cordillera is well known for its Troon Prive status as a private golf club, with three outstanding 18-hole courses within its 13 square mile mountain terrain.  However, Cordillera offers a year-round lifestyle with a wide range of amazing amenities.

The Valley at Cordillera has an outdoor pool and tennis courts.  There is a work-out facility inside the golf clubhouse, which also features fine dining.  Trout catch and release fly fishing in the golf course pond is fantastic, which a small fish running 16 inches and a strong population of much larger and wiser prey to test your skill.  Along the Eagle River separating The Valley neighborhood from the rest of Cordillera the community owns a mile and a quarter of managed Blue Ribbon trout waters.

In the heart of The Divide is the famous Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, which has won recognition by the Conde Nast travel magazine.  Its five star Mirador restaurant serves an excellent brunch.  Near by is the 10-hole Short Course, with holes running in length from about 100 to 200 yards, and The Grouse On The Green Irish pub, which serves the best fish tacos in the Vail Valley.  The kids’ fishing pond is a great family gathering place, and there are also tennis courts.  One of the popular annual winter activities in The Divide is the community snow shoe excursion.  At the entrance to The Divide is a world-class equestrian facility with space for dressage and jumping, as well as connection to riding trails.  Up the road from there is headquarters for the community public works department, as well as a community post office, dog park, ice skating rink and one of two resident fire stations.  The post office shares a building with an activity center used for community art, book and card clubs.  And a bit farther is Bearcat Stables, which features trail riding in the summer and horse-drawn sled rides in the winter.

The Ranch neighborhood surrounds the Mountain Course.  At its heart is the Timer Hearth Grille, a four-plus star restaurant.  The area’s best Nordic ski track makes use of half of the golf course in the winter, and a snow shoeing trail uses the rest.  On the way to The Summit neighborhood is the Trailhead recreational facility, which has outdoor pools and a kids’ park.  It is the home of Cordy’s Camp for kids in the summer, and it hosts kids movie and party nights on a regular basis.  The Trailhead is also one of the several access points to over 23 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails that run throughout the community.

At the start of The Summit is Settlers’ Park, which has an athletic center with work-out facilities and an indoor pool.  There are also tennis courts and the second fire station.

The heart of The Summit is a golf course at an altitude of 9100 feet.  Breakfast or lunch at the clubhouse is a treat before, during or after a round of golf.  Expect to hit your longest shots at this altitude… much as 10% to 15% farther than at sea level.  Enter the trail system here and you can trek all the way to New York Mountain.

For more information about Cordillera’s amenities, its lifestyle and its luxury homes, contact Lai White at 970-471-2207.



  This Saturday May 21 from 10-4 the town of Eagle is hosting the Eagle River Jam & Backyard BBQ at Chambers Park, located behind the Back Bowl!

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Moe’s Original BBQ will be providing lunch for purchase, although Hot Dogs and Root Beer Floats are available free for Kids under 12! 

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Distillery Tastings from 12-1, cocktails offered and locally brewed Beer from Bonfire Brewery available all day!


The Platonics will be providing LIVE music throughout the day!

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Free Raft Trips and Fly Casting Clinics and plenty of activities for the kids! Hope to see you there!

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Here is a beautiful 2.07 acre lot with big views to spare. As if the fabulous views are not enough, the lot comes complete with a foundation, optional building plans for 3000+ sqft, electrical run to the foundation, water tap done, and a septic tank in place. This property has a true country setting within minutes from downtown Eagle.

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For more information on this property or to sell your next property,

call Greg Peterson at 970-331-1333

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Mud season

Rain and Snow Mix for a while this morning after a few days of real nice weather.  Some people call it Mud Season.  The golf course in Vail opened Sunday.  Some of the down valley courses have already been open for a couple of months. 


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The Vail Course‘s new club house with the larger meeting room for bigger weddings (which delayed the beginning of construction for at least 2 years while the neighbors and the Town and the Vail Recreation District and the golfers fought about the larger size and parking and attorneys fees and restrictive covenant, etc.) should be completed in September, and they are already booking weddings.  There has been talk of picketing with signs that promise nothing but bad karma for all the newly weds. 

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 A few Realtors are holding open houses and it is a good time to do property agent tours Vail is not a place where there has been much picketing over the years.  Not even the Ski Instructors at Beaver Creek that had a vote for a Union this past year did much, if any, picketing for it.  Somehow I missed the vote results, but the Vail Daily will probably republish the information in the off season when they can’t find enough other news.  Most of the picketing I’ve seen here has just been people for office holding signs on election days.   A lot of the news this time of year is centered on Construction, Highway information, which restaurants are open in the “off season” and information on graduating offices since not a lot of Buyers and tourists are in town.  Many of the Vail retail owners and workers are on Beaches everywhere.  It is difficult to go to an airport with a beach near it and not run into someone you know from Vail, either coming or going this time of year.

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      ….I’m thinking about a road trip myself!  It’s a beautiful day in Colorado, Bob.

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

Mountain Lion

Mountain lions are generally calm, quiet and elusive.  They tend to live in remote, primitive country where deer and elk are plentiful.  The number of mountain lion / human interactions are on the rise for a variety of reasons; more people are moving into lion habitat, increase in deer populations, increase in lion population and more people using hiking and running trails in lion habitat.  People rarely get a glimpse of a mountain lion in the wild.  Humans are adult lions biggest enemy. While attacks on people are rare, more attacks were reported by young lions.  Young lions key in on easy prey such as pets and small children.

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To reduce the risk of encounters with mountain lions  you are asked to follow a few simple precautions. When you walk or hike in mountain lion country, go in groups and make plenty of noise to reduce your chances of surprising a mountain lion,  A sturdy walking stick is a good idea to have with you while hiking as it can be used to ward off a mountain lion.  Children should be within your sight at all times.  Do not approach a mountain lion, especially one that is with kittens.  Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation.  Give them a way to escape.  Stop or back away slowly as running may stimulate a mountain lions instinct to chase and attack.  Face the lion and stand upright.  Try to appear larger by raising your arms.  If the mountain lion behaves aggressively, throw stones, branches or whatever you can get your hands on without crouching down or turning your back.  Keep your pets under control.  Roaming pets can be easy prey for mountain lions.

Even though most people will never see a mountain lion, it’s important to understand this magnificent wild cat shares our natural areas.  For more information on mountain lions you may go to:  Colorado Parks and Wildlife.