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Monthly Archives: April 2017

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Montauk Seafood Grill perfectly located in Lionshead Village is offering hard to pass up off season specials!

As seen in their Vail Daily advertising, Montauk is offering 50% OFF ENTREES from 6:00PM to 9:00PM

 

 

Stay tuned to GatewayLand.com blog & news page for great local deals during the off – season!

 

Although undergoing exciting renovations, our Gateway Real Estate office is OPEN during normal business hours (9AM-5PM) during construction!

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Looking for local, weekend fun this weekend for all ages? Check out the 5th annual Melee in the Mountains with the awesome 10th Mountain Division Roller Dolls!

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This Friday (April 28th) the fun begins at Dobson Ice Arena! From 5PM – 7 PM local skaters can come by and learn how to jam, shoot the duck, nollie ollie or heel-flip-it.  Feel free to bring from home your skateboards, scooters, inline skates or any set of wheels! This free session Friday gives locals a chance to meet local derby competitors and members or traveling teams. Music will be pumping and even a raffle prize give away(s)!

Pazzo’s Pizzeria in Vail Village (located across the Solairs) will host a meet-and-greet and all are invited for food and drink specials! YUM!

The 5th annual Melee in the Mountains will kick off 10AM this Saturday (April 29th)! The Roller Derby action begins at 10:30AM sharp! Melee in the Mountains is a Women’s Flat Track Derby Association-sanctioned event, it’s sets up competing teams to rank nationally, based on the outcome and score!

After the fun filled tournament head over to the after party at the Altitude Bar and Grill for live music, tasty eats and refreshing beverages! You can mingle with skaters as they’ll be in attendance!

Enjoy local, fun events while the off season is in transition! Gateway Land and Development Real Estate is undergoing a fabulous renovation at our Vail Village location that we are extremely excited about! We are still open during construction so come by!

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The 2016/2017 ski season has officiallyclosed in Vail and Beaver Creek.  Vail closed on Sunday, April 23rd.  It’s time to gear up for the summer activities that Vail and Beaver Creek have to offer.  One of my favorite activities in the spring and early summer is whitewater rafting.  The snowpack is a little lower than normal and river enthusiasts are already enjoying the water early this year.  Class I to Class V river trips are available on the Eagle, Colorado and Arkansas Rivers.  Take a day to enjoy the thrills of a half day, full day or multi-day river trip designed for beginner to advanced paddlers.

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If you are planning a multi-day trip, Down River Equipment, a rafting retailer in Wheatridge, has some tips for making your trip successful.  First, identify the river which best fits your group.  If you were lucky enough to draw a permit, then you need to build your team, based on experience, group dynamics and willingness to pitch in.  Make a plan to include where to meet and how vehicles will be shuttled.  Make a gear list taking in account weather, activities and class of rapids.  Delegate tasks so that one person isn’t stuck doing everything for the trip.  Make a budget so everyone shares in the cost of food and the river permit.  Plan a menu keeping in mind people’s diet restrictions and limited prep time on the river.  Execute the plan and go with the flow if unexpected obstacles occur.  After the trip is over, clean your gear, return any borrowed gear and refund any left over money.  Share photos and look forward to your next trip.

For more information on activities in the Vail Valley, please visit our website:  www.gatewaytovail.com.

Local bus service will boost on East Vail, Sandstone and Golf Course lines this Summer in a test that parallels with parking in town.

During daytime routes, the East Vail line will run twice / hour which doubles it’s original schedule that was once just once / hour.  The Sandstone and Golf Course lines will run once / hour, increasing from once every two hours which it was running at.

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Vail Town Council wants to make clear that the boost in service is a test for this summer, and not necessarily a change that will be in effect permanently.  The Council is expected to review the increased bus service numbers come August and the final parking numbers near September. The goal is to make sure guests have a place to park; it’s reported that this isn’t meant for the town of Bail to cash in on money gains, it is meant for the businesses to enhance their customers, and to get their customers to create sales tax for the town of Vail.

 

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For more information on news in the Vail Valley please call our Vail Village location at 970-790-6777. Open 7 days / week from 9AM – 5PM. Located near the International Bridge.

 

 

 

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This past week the new Aspen Skiing Company and KSL Capital Partners alliance acquired the Eastern Sierra’s Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, giving the partnership more than 6,000 acres of southern California ski terrain across four resorts that host more than 2 million visits a year.   No price has been announced yet but in 2005 the resort traded hands for $365 million.  This is just two days after the announcement that Aspen Skiing Company and KSL Capital Partners were buying Intrawest Resort Holdings for $1.5 billion which included Steamboat and Winter Park, which gives them an additional 10 new ski areas to add to their rich roster, which includes Aspen Snowmass and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.

A new multi-resort pass for Aspen Skiing Company and KSL looks very promising.  Maybe not for 2017-2018, but a ski pass rivaling the $869 Epic Pass for 2018-2019 seems certain.  Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass offers unlimited skiing at more than 40,000 acres spread across 11 major resorts in Colorado, California, Utah, Vermont and British Columbia not counting three urban resorts in the Midwest.  A pass offered by Aspen Skiing Company and KSL Capital Partners would offer skiing on more than 25,000 acres spread across 15 resorts in four states and Canada.  In the resort industry, it’s becoming apparent that the season pass revenue is the proven financial engine, as shown by Vail Resorts which sold more than 650,000 Epic Pass this past year.

There is a lot of speculation that there will be future acquisitions by Aspen Skiing Company and KSL Capital Partners before the winter of 2017/2018.  Many believe it will be based largely on geographic battles with climate change in mind.

April is finally here and your garden soil is finally warming up! April is the best time to plant most of your vegetable seeds after your last frost. It’s still not too late to plant tomatoes and peppers from seeds as well.

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Here’s a list of GREAT seeds to start planting N O W !

Beans:
Start planting both bush and pole beans now that the soil and air are warmed up. Try a continual 7-10 day sowing of different varieties. This will give you continual bean crops and not one large harvest with wasted crop.
Carrots:
Planting carrots by April will give an early summer crop..
Herbs:
Plant heat loving herbs like basil, oregano, thyme and sage.
Peppers:
Fresh, crisp peppers are a garden favorite. Peppers take up little space and can produce high yields when planted close together. Plant as many different varieties as possible. They come small, big, hot, mild, and an array of different colors.
Summer Squash:
Yum! Summer squash sowing in June will lead to fresh squash and zucchini in July and August.
Tomatoes:
The most popular garden vegetable. Growing tomatoes is not only fun but treats you to some of the best tasting fruits in the world. Tomatoes come in many colors, shapes, taste, and sizes. Grow a few varieties every year to find your favorites!

Enjoy beautiful Vail weather and start planting your seeds!

For more information on Real Estate in the Vail Valley please contact me, Lai at Lai@GatewayToVail.com or 970-471-2207

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On Monday, Aspen Skiing Company and KSL Capital Partners, shake up the ski industry with a deal to buy Intrawest Resorts for $1.5 Billion including debt.  The deal includes Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado, Showshoe in West Virginia and Stratton in Vermont, along with Canada’s  Mont Tremblant, Blue Mountain and Canadian Mountain Holidays, the world’s largest heli-skiing operator based in Banff, Alberta.

It’s a big move for Aspen, which currently operates four resorts in the Roaring Fork Valley; Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass.  The two companies will form a new entity to run the Intrawest resorts.  Aspen’s previous holdings will continue to be manage exclusively by Aspen.  According to the press release, there will not be any changes to the 2017-2018 Mountain Collective Pass, which includes Aspen and Squaw or the M.A.X. pass which includes Intrawest resorts.  But look for a new pass to come out as ski areas view season passes that allow skiing at multiple resorts as a vital business strategy.

Vail Resorts is suddenly facing some new competition in an escalating battle of consolidation.  In the past year, Vail Resorts has spent $1.1 billion for three-quarters of Canada’s Whistler Blackcomb ski area and $50 million for Vermont’s Stowe in an aggressive expansion plan.  The company expects to spend $103 million this year upgrading it’s resorts.  At Vail Mountain, Vail Resorts will replace the Northwoods Express with a six-person high speed chairlift.  At Breckenridge, the Peak 10 Falcon Chair will be upgraded with a six-person high speed chair.  At Keystone, the Montezuma chair will be replaced with a six-person high speed chair and at Beaver Creek, the two-person Drink of Water chair will be replaced with a four person high speed chair.

Vail Resorts also plans to invest $6 million this year 2017 for the Epic Discovery summer activities with the bulk of that being spent at Breckenridge with more modest spending at Vail and Heavenly to expand existing facilities.

Combined skier numbers for Aspen’s four mountains has remained steady around 1.5 million for a few years.  Vail Mountain welcomed 1.6 million skiers in 2015-2016 with Beaver Creek coming in with 919,000 skiers.

 

 

Spring Skiing in Vail

Springtime in the Colorado Rockies is upon us with bluebird days, warm temperatures and soft snow.  Spring Back to Vail is one of Vail’s premier events which takes place April 14 -16th featuring a free live concert, the famous World Pond Skimming Championship, Après after dark parties, and base area giveaways.

 

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On Saturday, April 15th, 123GO! Project will kick off the Spring Back to Vail celebration at Ford Park with a free concert presented by Bud Light.  The venue opens at 5:30 and the music starts at 6:00.  123GO! Project, is a rock n roll super group featuring Lead Guitar Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Lead vocals Brett Scallions (Fuel), and Bass Stefan Lessard (Dave Mathews Band) and Kenneth Schalk is the heavy hitter drummer that will round out the band.

The spring tradition of dressing in costume and skimming across icy waters in hopes of making it to the other side in the 15th Annual World Pond Skimming Championship on Sunday, April 16th.  The top male and female contestant will be awarded the grand prize of a 2017-2018 Vail Resorts Epic Pass and a pair of Liberty skis.  The contestant defies the laws of physics and common sense as a panel of judges scores each competitor on distance, style, creativity and water resistance.  The contest starts at 3:00 at the Golden Peak venue.

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The other events taking place over the weekend is the Tikis and Tunes Luau at Sarge’s at Mid Vail on Saturday, April 15th from 12:00 – 3:00 featuring a Pig Roast, drink specials, live music,  games and giveaways.

For more information on Spring Back to Vail please visit www.SpringBacktoVail.com. Vail Mountain closes for the season on April 23, 2017 and Beaver Creek closes for the season on April 16, 2017.  It’s been a good ski season.  Looking forward to summer activities.

Grown men and women will be racing on bar-stools mounted to skis at Little Beach Park on Saturday as the Minturn Bar-stool Race returns for its second installment.

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Here are some of the race rules that apply for THIS Saturday,

1. Push off from the start line at the signal.

2. You can push yourself, or have two people push.

3. Racers must ride the bar-stool while sitting down, in the drinking position.

4. Crossing lanes will result in disqualification.

5. Helmets must be worn.

6. Finish line judges have final say.

7. Racers must understand the results of the race before leaving the bottom.

8. Unsportsmanlike behavior will result in a disqualification. This is a fun, community-based event.

This year, the event is in the upper lot of Little Beach Park. Access and participant check-in is at 11 a.m., and the racing begins at 1 p.m. Grant Farm and Gipsy Moon will perform after the award ceremony, around 2 p.m. This fun, community event is still accepting contestants and the locals are encouraged to spectate!

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The Colorado Department of Transportation has partnered with the Colorado State Patrol to recognize April as National Distracted Driving Awareness month.

A recent study of Colorado residents showed the ongoing thread of distracted drivers on the road.  A great percentage of our population here in CO are hardworking, outdoor loving Americans… however rushing to get the mountain, the trail or the office may result in never actually reaching your destination.  22% of participants in the recent study admitted to viewing text messages while driving while 33% admitted to talking on a hand held device. Now a days you can pop into almost any gas station or convenient store and purchase ear buds that connect to your phone making it hands free while in transportation; most phones now come with these attachments to encourage safe driving.  We’re busy people, we’re also smart – so let’s act smart! 

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Encourage your loved ones to be more mindful on the road… Stay tuned to CDOT’s facebook page for updates all throughout the month of April. Let’s spread awareness and keep the roads safe!

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Stop by our Vail Village office to brainstorm ways with me to spread this knowledge! I’m here in the office with my furry friend Tuesday-Saturday from 9AM – 5PM! Stay safe!