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A Basin opens today

A Basin officially opened for the season this morning at 9am.  A Basin will beat Loveland to opening day this year with 700 vertical feet open on the High Noon run.  Skiers from all over will flock to A Basin this weekend to get their first turns of the season in.

 

A winter storm adds to the race for the first ski resort to open

Check out this great article from the Summit Daily about how this most recent round of snow has helped A Basin and Loveland get closer to opening
 

Winter storm dumps fresh powder on Summit County ski resorts

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Frisco resident Joe Howdyshell woke up on Monday, Oct. 13, loaded an old pair of skis into his car and drove south.  The 31-year-old bartender learned from friends about a spot in Park County where the wind piled up fresh powder. After a 45-minute drive and a 30-minute skin, Howdyshell took his first turns of the season.  The run was a quick 200-foot vertical on a 25-degree pitch, he said. He found 8 to 9 inches of snow coverage, up to 18 inches in some spots, and hit a few rocks on the way up and out.  “I have a pair of rock skis,” he said. “Everybody needs a pair of rock skis.”

 

The winter storm that hung around Summit County from Sunday morning to Monday morning brought fresh snow and smiles at local ski areas.  Keystone Resort received 4 inches and began making snow on Sunday, almost three weeks ahead of its Oct. 31 opening day.  Although it is expected to warm up throughout the rest of the week, the resort will continue snowmaking with its recently upgraded equipment as long as temperatures drop low enough.  Other resorts around Summit will do the same.

 

“It’s been a little bit stop and go this season,” said Adrienne Saia Isaac, spokeswoman for Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, which started making snow on Oct. 1.  The resorts don’t officially track their snowfall until they open, but last year, A-Basin received about 17 inches in the weeks leading up to its Oct. 13 opening day with 9 inches falling in September.  This weekend’s storm brought 5 inches to the resort with snowmakers blowing snow into Monday, racing Loveland Ski Area to be the first Colorado resort to open.  Any rumors about A-Basin’s opening date are still just rumors, Isaac said. But that could change any day.

 

Every year, the resort announces its opening date 36 to 48 hours in advance, she said. “As soon as we know, we tell the world.”  At Loveland, employees unofficially recorded 8 inches of snow from Sunday’s storm, which later settled to 6 inches, said spokesman John Sellers.  Workers went around knocking snow off the base area buildings, usually a midseason activity, he said, adding that Sunday night was the best night of snowmaking for the resort so far this season.

 

At Copper Mountain, which will open Oct. 31 like Keystone, spokeswoman Stephanie Sweeney said the resort received 9 inches.  Some of it has been melting, she said, but it has helped out the snowmakers who started officially blowing snow a couple days before everyone else this year.  Copper announced it will have a costume contest to determine who will ride on the first public chair. Keystone also will have costume contests and other Halloween-themed festivities for opening day.

 

At Breckenridge Ski Resort, the last Summit County resort to open on Nov. 7, a snow stake recorded about 9 inches from the storm.  Colorado forecaster Joel Gratz, of Opensnow.com, correctly predicted 5 to 7 inches at the resorts along Interstate 70 as well as the season’s first Vail Pass closure on Sunday.

 

On Monday, he wrote that the mountains shouldn’t receive another winter storm for the next 10 to 15 days.  “I’d count on a tranquil weather pattern through most of the rest of the month,” he wrote, with potential storminess after Oct. 25.

Backcountry Ball Friday 10/10

SHA-Color-Cut-out-Logo-webThis year the Summit Hut Association will be hosting their 13th Annual Backcountry Ball on Friday October 10, 2014 at The Maggie Restaurant from 6pm to 9pm

 

 

This is an annual fall favorite! Join other hut and backcountry enthusiasts for a fun evening featuring a casual dinner, socializing, and as always, a killer silent auction! Tickets will be $25 for adults and include food, 2 drink tickets, and a pint glass. Kids $10 (no drink tickets or pint glass included). 250 tickets will be available and may be purchased in advance (until Thursday, October 9) here or at the door. The silent auction is always a highlight of this event and there’s something for everyone! Outdoor gear and clothing, ski passes and tickets, scenic train rides, massages, yoga – we’ve got it all.

 

Summit Huts Association provides inspirational backcountry refuge for self-propelled mountain recreational users and provides a unique venue in spectacular natural settings for community, charitable and educational programs. Summit Huts Association strives to provide opportunities for education about self- sufficiency, the high altitude environment, backcountry ethics, winter and avalanche safety, and other relevant topics.

 

Summit Huts Association is a non-profit organization, founded in 1987 and dedicated to developing and maintaining a system of backcountry cabins linked by non-motorized trails in Summit County, Colorado. SHA operates under special use permit from the Forest Service, USDA, in the White River and Pike-San Isabel National Forests. SHA is a separate organization from 10th Mountain Division Hut Association and is responsible for the construction, maintenance, and supply of its huts. SHA works with 10th Mountain, which takes reservations and handles some marketing of the Summit Huts.

 

When fully developed, the Summit Huts System will consist of seven or more cabins. Currently, the Summit Huts System connects with the 10th Mountain Huts system in the Vail Pass area. Future plans are to link the 10th Mountain huts and Summit Huts with the communities of Copper Mountain, Frisco, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Montezuma, and the surrounding backcountry. Presently, Summit Huts Association operates four huts: Janet’s Cabin near Copper Mountain Resort, Francie’s Cabin near Breckenridge, and the Section House and Ken’s Cabin on Boreas Pass east of Breckenridge.

Open house today 10am-1pm!

Check out this great 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in Wilderness/Mesa Cortina for only $450K.  This house has amazing view and a huge deck but it could use a little updating.  Great for first time home buyers or an investors dream.  It has been rented on a monthly basis for $2100/mo.  Click HERE for more information

 

Winter is right around the corner and now is the time to buy your next home in the mountains!

Winter is right around the corner…

And now is a great time to buy your dream home or next income property in the Colorado mountains! Over the next few weeks we will start to see a drastic reduction in the number of homes on the market.  Most homes that have not been sold will be removed from the market so they can be used as vacation rentals during the ski season.  Homeowners can cover their expenses and generate positive cash flow during the winter months by using their home as a vacation rental.  Why wait another year and let someone else make all of the money?  Contact me now to set up a time to search for property – 970.389.6987 or anne@comtnrealty.com!

Do you know someone looking to buy real estate in the Mountains?  I would also like to help any of your friends or acquaintances who may be looking to find their dream retreat.  A referral is the highest compliment I can receive!  Are you looking to buy real estate in another area?  I work with a network of agents all over the country and I would be happy to put you in touch with a great realtor in your area!

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As resident and a homeowner in Dillon, I have intimate knowledge of the real estate market as well as the lifestyle that you are looking for. I specialize in real estate in Frisco, Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Dillon, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Vail, Beaver Creek and other surrounding areas. Contact me to find your dream home today!
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August 2014 Land Title Market Analysis

Want to know what the property market is doing in Summit County Colorado.  Check out the great analysis that Land Title Guarantee Company puts out each month.
 
August 2014 Highlights:

  • Market Analysis by Area for August:  August experienced a downturn from last August 2013 in Summit County.  There were 203 transactions with $88,825,100 in gross monetary volume. The average transaction price for all 18 reported areas at $439,258, average residential price was $474,525 and the median residential price was $400,000. The average residential PPSF was $300.   
  • YTD Transaction SummaryThere have been a total of 1141 transactions with $546,016,981 monetary volume, the average transaction price for all 18 reported areas is $478,735. The average residential price is $502,361. The median residential price is $402,000. The average PPSF is $312.
  • Market Snapshot for YTD 2014 vs. 2013:  Values are as follows: Average Indicators for $: Single Family +3%, Multi- Family +5% and Vacant Land +10%. Median indicators for $: Single Family +5%, Multi- Family  +7% and Vacant Land +35%.  These indicators translate that the prices are still fairly stable to last year, increasing slightly. 
  • Market Analysis % Change showing years 2004-2014 YTD:  August monetary volume ($88,825,100) is down 16% from August 2013, transaction volume (203) is down 6% from August 2013.  2014 YTD (8 months) monetary volume is up 5% from YTD 2013. YTD 2014 transaction volume is  up by 2%  from YTD 2013.  
  • Residential Market Sales by Price Point : Residential volume in August had 171 transactions with $81,143,800 gross volume.  There were 7 properties that sold for $1M and above in August.  The most active price point in August was between the ranges of  $300K to $400K, with $400K- $500K in second place.  There were 66 Single family, 105 Multi-family and 8 Vacant land transactions in August.
  • 2014 Average Price History: Average residential pricing continues to be consistent as of August – Single family is $770,746, Multi- family is at $362,167 and Vacant land is $357,345. This graph on page 7 is a great piece to show your clients that our market has held it’s value over all these years.
  • Historical Cost Breakdown YTD 2014 : There have been 953 residential transactions YTD 2014 and $478,750,481 gross volume with 72 properties selling for a  $1M and over- Compared to 2013 YTD, there were 903 transactions and $453,587,400 gross volume, 76 properties at $1M and over and in 2012 YTD, there were 718 transactions with $365,677,000 gross volume, 56 properties at $1M and over. 
  • Top Lender Graph: There were 510 loans in August, with 64% of the purchasers obtaining financing at the time of sale. 36% of the real estate closings were cash transactions.  There were 121 Refinances. 260 loans were related to Timeshare Sales.
  • Market Highlights: Please see page 10 of the Market Analysis-View the higher priced purchases in August with again no bank sales.
  • Foreclosures:  Foreclosure actions was flat with 11 in August 2014 compared to 12 in August 2013. There have been a total of 113 Foreclosure actions YTD 2014.
  • Land Title Purchaser Highlights ( Page 15):  There were 7 higher end sales in August to note- you can see the details on this report.  In August, the majority of our buyers for real estate transactions continue to be the Front Range demographic at 42% of our market, only 32% are local and 26% are out of state buyers. 

 

For the full report, check out the link below:

Land Title Guarantee Company August 2014 Market Analysis

Choosing a school in Summit County

If you are looking to relocate to Summit County, it is important to know about the options your children have for school.  Dillon Valley Elementary is the only bilingual school in the county.  Check out this great article from the Summit Daily.

 

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At 11 a.m. Thursday morning, 8-year-old Josie Riberdy popped into her homeroom class to grab a folder. Then she walked through her school’s media center, down a hallway and into another classroom. The third-grader with brown bangs and freckles sat down at a desk in the back corner of the room. “¿Qué hicimos ayer?” asked the teacher, Evangelina Riveros, once all the kids were seated. (“What did we do yesterday?”) Students answered that they read part of a book called “Robo en la noche” (“Robbery in the Night”). Josie flipped to capítulo dos (chapter two) and pulled out a sheet of notebook paper where she had written in large letters, “El avión es como un ave. Los aviones vuelan muy alto.” (The airplane is like a bird. Airplanes fly very high.)

 

For the next half hour, Ms. Evangelina, who is originally from Argentina, helped students pronounce words they read aloud and asked them questions about what they read. “Muy buena memoria. Muy bien,” she said to one student. (Very good memory. Very good.) Meanwhile, Josie added new Spanish words, like manejar (to drive), to her paper.

 

Josie attends Dillon Valley Elementary, which offers the only dual-language program in Summit County. Since the program began in 2005, the school’s native English- and Spanish-speaking students have been speaking, listening, reading, writing and learning in both languages every day.

 

ECONOMICS IN ENGLISH

 

When Ms. Evangelina’s class ended, Josie walked back to her homeroom class, where Nicole Luse is the teacher. Josie explained that Ms. Luse, who doesn’t speak Spanish, will be her homeroom teacher until next week. Then she’ll switch to Mr. Jose’s homeroom class.

 

In a typical day, Josie bounces back and forth between English and Spanish more times than she can count. The school divides its four third-grade classes into two teams, and each team splits their classroom time 50:50 with an English-speaking teacher and a Spanish-speaking teacher. One week Josie learns new math concepts in Spanish and the next week her English-speaking teacher continues the math lessons in English. The same goes for reading.

 

Before settling at her desk, Josie pulled out a small plastic container with a handful of carrot sticks. The class took a snack break as the kids still have an hour and a half before lunch. Ms. Luse reminded the class that they are learning about economics and finances in their social studies unit this week. She played a few short videos about children earning and saving money, including one with children in Australia, and Josie wrote down her thoughts and answered questions in English. “He is very nice to make mony for his comunity [sic],” she wrote. “I think he is very smart.”

 

Dillon Valley’s dual-language approach aims to address rapidly changing demographics in Colorado. “>In the Summit School District last year, one in three of the county’s roughly 3,200 students were Hispanic and one in five were learning English as a second language. Those portions grow at the elementary level and at schools in neighborhoods with more Hispanic people, like Dillon Valley Elementary and Silverthorne Elementary.

 

MATH IN SPANISH

 

At noon, Josie walked back to Ms. Evangelina’s classroom. “¿Qué hicimos ayer?” Ms. Evangelina asked again, noticing Josie’s raised hand. “>“Hicimos los problemas con los cuadros en el papel,” Josie said, referring to the tablas matemáticas, or times tables. The class recited the times tables in Spanish. “Trece por cinco, sesenta y cinco … Trece por ocho, ciento cuatro. (Thirteen times five, 65 … Thirteen times eight, 104.) “¿Estos son los más difícil, no? Porque son los numerous más grandes,” Ms. Evangelina said. (“These are the hardest ones, right? Because they’re the biggest numbers.”) >Then Ms. Evangelina passed out a worksheet with math problems on it for the students to work on it in pairs. The Spanish directions stumped Josie and her partner, who talk in English about what they’re supposed to do. Josie decided she needed help.

 

“I’m going to ask her. That’s the best way to find out,” she said. She walked over to Ms. Evangelina, who was helping other students. “¿Maestra, qué es la última parte …?” she said, pointing to a spot on the paper. (“Teacher, what is the last part …?”) Because Josie has advanced math and reading skills, she spends extra time every day learning those subjects in Spanish with Ms. Evangelina.

 

Besides teaching proficiency in both languages, the school hopes its dual-language program will help close the achievement gap between English- and non-English-speaking children, instill respect for different cultures among the students and assist them in the workforce as they grow older.

 

NOW SHE KNOWS AGUACATE

 

At 12:30 p.m. it’s time for recess. Outside, Josie and her friends did somersaults, cartwheels, back bends and headstands in the grassy field. Josie pretended to be a lawnmower, scooping up dead grass and throwing it in the air with a smile. Then the girls ran to a climbing structure, where they swung from the bars and chatted in English about their friends, families and how it’s way too hot outside to be wearing tights. One of the girls pointed to a few Hispanic boys playing with a soccer ball and said she would like to play soccer with some of the other kids if they didn’t play too rough.

 

At 1 p.m. the third-graders walked inside for lunch. Generally, the students sat next to other kids who spoke their native language. Between bites of her ham, cheese and salami sandwich, Josie explained that she’s used her Spanish on two family trips to Mexico. Two years ago, she said, her parents were grocery shopping in a small Mexican store and couldn’t find everything they needed. Josie and her big sister helped by asking store employees for things they knew how to say, like crema del sol (sunscreen) and describing things they didn’t, like avocado. “Verde en el medio con una semilla grande,” Josie recalled. (Green in the middle with a large seed.) This was when she was in first grade and didn’t know the word aguacate, she said.

 

SWITCHING WITHOUT PAUSE

 

After the half-hour lunch, Josie returned to her homeroom, where Ms. Luse told the students who speak Spanish at home to stay where they are and the ones who speak English at home to line up by the door. The class divided in half as the hispanohablantes, Spanish speakers, stayed seated to work on their English with Ms. Luse, and the angloparlantes, English speakers, walked next door to improve their Spanish with Mr. Jose.  Jose San Miguel, who moved to Summit with his family this summer from Madrid, instructed students to act out the Spanish verbs andar (to walk), escuchar (to listen) and mirar (to look).

 

In half a school day, Josie studied reading in Spanish, learned about finance in English, practiced math in Spanish and giggled with friends in English. Her brain seemed to bounce without pause between the two languages. While drawing and narrating pictures in Spanish, Josie talked in English to her friend. Mr. Jose overheard and reminded her, “Español, Josie.” In another hour, she would return to learning in English. For now though, she picked up a tablet and headphones to listen to a story called “Ay Caramba” in Spanish.

Man of the Cliff this weekend in Avon

Check out all the great Man of the Cliff festivities this weekend at Nottingham Park in Avon.

 

Man of The Cliff 2014 is the 6th annual non-profit event comprised of outdoor, rugged activities that are modified to fit all strength and ability levels.  And the best thing about MOTC is 100% of all funds raised benefit local charity, First Descents.

 

Events include axe throwing, keg toss and tug of war competitions.  It is certainly a spectacle and one of the events not to miss.  To view the full event line up, further information, or to donate click HERE

 

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House Hunters is doing an episode on Breckenridge, CO.  If you like what you see, please contact me at 970.389.6987 or anne@comtnrealty to find your dream home in Breckenridge or other surrounding areas!

 

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September 23, 2014
4:00 PM e/p
 
Mike and Sean, are commerical airline pilots, who live in Argyle, Texas. While they love their custom built home, they’ve decided to buy a vacation house in their favorite vacation spot – Breckenridge, Colo. With a budget of $800,000 – $1 million, Mike really wants a true log cabin house and is willing to look farther away from Breckenridge to get it. Sean, wants to be in a ski-in/ski-out home and is willing to consider condos in the heart of downtown. Click HERE for more information!

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Lake Front Bargain Hunters is doing an episode on Summit County, CO specifically Lake Dillon

 

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  • September 21, 2014

    8:30 PM e/p

  • September 21, 2014

    3:30 AM e/p

A job opportunity for Mike has moved the DeBell family from the California coast to Colorado, but without a nearby ocean they are feeling very disconnected to the drink. They’ve decided in order to get closer to the water; a vacation home in nearby Summit County is a must. But with Mike’s busy work schedule, Lisa is searching solo with her son, Andrew, for a lakefront retreat to bring the family back together and back to nature. Wanting to spend less than $299,000, mother and son enlist the help of real estate agent, Sara Austin, to help them choose a home in the beautiful Colorado Rockies, without breaking the bank.