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Being a Colorado mover and shaker myself I am itching to see snow fall and get on top of the mountain; thankfully The Bookworm over in Edwards Riverwalk keeps me creative and intrigued with their long list of fun free to-do’s…

The Bookworm not only is conveniently located near across the street to our Gateway Real Estate office in Edwards but they share many options for tasty healthy eats as well as ‘keep you going’ drinks like their americano which is my personal favorite.

This week the Bookworm shares with us the stories of Doug Coombs as he will be live and in the flesh at The Bookworm discussing his life as a legendary extreme skier traveler. If you haven’t picked up the thrilling read, Tracking the Wild Coomba: The Life of Legendary Skier Doug Coombs I suggest you do as it gets readers in the mood for ski season and quiets some of our fears as extreme mountain seekers.

So while we’re still praying for snow take a stroll over to Edwards… Take a browse at the copious listings we have in beautiful Colorado and elsewhere and we invite you to come into our office; sit down with a broker and get those questions answered.  The Bookworm hosts Doug Coombs this Thursday November 10th from 4-6PM

For more information on Vail Valley Real Estate, or to browse the entire Vail MLS, please visit GatewayToVail.com

I am an early bird person by nature but not one to get out of the house early. Big difference! And to  get me at the Vail Mountain Club, one of the Vail Resorts Signature Clubs, at 7 am takes a lot! And First Tracks is just that…a lot of fun, a lot of camaraderie and a lot of great food!


And all the early morning frenzy to leave Cordillera Valley Club in Edwards by 6:30am is worth it! Enjoying the sunrise from the gondola is a spectacular event as it breaks over the Gore Range.


And what a thrill to cruise down a corduroy groomed run awaiting your first tracks! But the real joy is the sumptuous and extravagant brunch buffet awaiting you and your friends at The Tenth restaurant at the top of Gondola One! YUMMY!


First tracks

For more information on Vail Mountain Club, First Tracks, or Vail Valley real estate, please contact Suzi Apple at 970.376.5417.


With the over 99 inches recorded snowfall in Vail Valley this ski season, it is difficult to tear yourself away from the ski slopes or looking at ski in/out real estate. But last week, I met a good friend at her Cordillera residence and we enjoyed an invigorating snow shoe around a track on the Hale Irwin designed Ranch at Cordillera Golf Club. This snow shoe reminded me why Cordillera is such a wonderful community to live in and enjoy daily!  The Cordillera market has gotten hot the last few weeks, and why wouldn’t it? With stunning Gore Range and Sawatch Range views, amenities galore, handsome, western-style homes ranging from log cabins to Legacy estates, this incredible community is still a true value, especially in relation to the rest of the Vail Valley!

Some of my favorite properties that are on the Cordillera real estate market include (click to see more info):

308 Bearden Road

308 Bearden Road, Vail real estate

240 Elk Springs Trail

240 elk springs, vail real estate

Suzi Apple, vail real estate broker If you are interested in Cordillera or Vail Valley real estate and neighborhoods, please feel free to call or email me at 970.376.5417 / apple@gatewayland.com



Ah yes tis’ the season for Holidays’ and the mad scramble to get your “to do” lists done. Living here for the past 22 years I can tell you first hand, some things are overlooked by others who don’t know any better. Are you like me and already have your snow tires on or new tires? Did you get your skiis or board tuned? Whether it is the stuffing for the turkey or presents for family and friends; don’t worry I am here to help!

Vail Ski Mountain

Ready or not the 2013-2014 ski season in the Vail Valley is under way. Opening day may have minimal runs open, though that won’t stop many enthusiasts from making a few turns to get the spider webs off our equipment that has layed dormant for the past 5 months or more in garages and crawl spaces up and down the Valley. Locals have mixed feelings about the snow coming too soon, or some will say it has not come soon enough!

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Whatever side of the coin you may be on, I am here to tell you the snow is finally here and it looks to be a promising season. If you are planning to vacation here, let me be the first to welcome you and to tell you “yes you did make the right decision!” Planning all year or longer. Saving your PTO hoping the snow will be here when you arrive. It is hectic to work around your spouses work schedule, kids school breaks etc… All for the glimpse and chance of the best ski vacation you could ever provide for your family. The Mad Scramble, will it all pay off at the end?

Here are some tips that will hopefully make your trip a memorable one.

1. CME or Colorado Mountain Express is the biggest transportation company and has been helping locals and tourists get from the Denver Airport to their destinations for over 25 years. There are a lot of Private transfer companies out there. However, this company is one of the few shared shuttle companies. For the most part in my opinion they offer very affordable, professional, and economical transportation. They have free wifi on all there vehicles, which allows the adults the opportunity to take care of last minute unplanned business to take care of. The kids will not be saying he touched me. No she touched me. Which makes everyone happy. www.coloradomountainexpress.com

2. Before you book your Hotel, make sure you know if it is a true ski in ski out property. If not, don’t worry Vail has a free in town shuttle to get you to your destination. There are many hotels to chose from with a wide variety of price points to help fit everyone’s budget.

3. If you are vacationing with kids, consider that they will not ski all day or snow board all day. After making a few turns, sometimes just 1 run with my daughter (When she was younger) she would say “I am done dad.” As futile as we know it is, after asking, even begging to stay for a couple more runs; the answer never changes with children. So after lugging equipment and child, putting on sun screen etc.. you are heading home before the day even started. LOL

4. Amenities: There are adventure parks on Vail mountain, which have activities such as tubing, mini snow mobiles, and new this year….. the zip line! As a parent it is always helpful to have a back up plan to make sure the kids are having fun too. www.vail.com

5. Dining: There are exceptional restaurants through out the Vail Valley. I will not even begin to try and rate those. Definitely not my forte! I will say that dining out every night while on vacation get’s expensive quick. If you are looking to save a little, relax there are super markets, which can help keep the vacation on track and fun. If you prefer fine dining, fret not my dear fellow, you are but a stones throw in any direction. (call me, I can give you suggestions – Filip – 970-376-3466)

As a local for 22 years and Realtor with Gateway Real Estate I sincerely hope you and your family can benefit from my blog and hope that the Mad Scramble to get here pays off in a rewarding and fun vacation.

For more information visit my site: http://gatewayland.com.smsold.com/our-people/15/Filip-Petrovski or email me at Filip@GatewayLand.com

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Are you ready for Beaver Creek’s opening day? November 27th, 2013, Beaver Creek Mountain will be opening for 2013-2014 ski season. The season is expected to one for the record books with a brand new restaurant, Talons, which will replace Red Tail Camp. Other additions include Beaver Creek Village Improvements, which will make getting to the slopes faster and easier.

Beaver Creek

As for the events, this year, athletes and spectators alike will migrate to the resort for the Birds of Prey Men’s World Cup and the first annual Nature Valley Ladies World Cup, and Beaver Creek’s famous cookie competition on Opening Day! Finalists will be passing out their cookies and you get to vote on which will be the season’s official cookie of Beaver Creek!

The best place to take advantage of all the festive Beaver Creek happenings is from your own ski home. 133 S. Fairway Drive, a remodeled, six bedroom residence boasts several different guest quarters with space and privacy, making it perfect for multi-family use or corporate getaway. With a private, wooded lot, this classic ski home overlooks the 3rd fairway of the golf course & is conveniently located just minutes from Beaver Creek village and skiing. The home offers an entertainment room with large wet bar, billiards & poker room, private lock off guest quarters & multiple decks. With endless amenities and access to Beaver Creek’s convenient dial-a-ride, enjoying the 2013-2014 ski season will be a breeze!

Please contact Suzi Apple at 970-376-5417 or email her at Apple@GatewayToVail.com for more information. Or visit her websites, www.suziapple.com and Suzi Apple, Gateway.

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