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Mountain Events: February 25th – 26th

Saturday, February 25th

Woodcut Printmaking: 1p Randall Barn, Breckenridge

Public Skating Session: 1:15p Stephen C. West, Breckenridge

Mardi Gras 4Paws: 2p Town of Frisco

The Swing Crew: 3p That Last Lift Bar, Keystone

Line Dancing: 6:15p Old Masonic Hall, Breckenridge

Canvas Uncorked: 6:30p Ready, Pain, Fire Breckenridge

“Medicine of the Wolf” Free Film Showing & Colorado Premiere: 6:30 Colorado Mountain College, Breckenridge

The Toxic Avenger: 7:30p The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, Breckenridge

Dawg Nation Hockey Tournament: To Benefit Flight for Life Nurse Dave Repsher, Copper Mountain

Sunday, February 26th

The Summit Foundation Cup: 7:30a Copper Mountain Center Village

Mardi Gras Mask Painting: 11a Ready Paint Fire, Breckenridge

Overlook Guided Snowshoe Tour: 11:30a Gold Run Nordic Center, Breckenridge

Uphill/Downhill Skate Ski Clinic: 12p Gold Run Nordic Center, Breckenridge

Sunday Music in Silverthorne: 3:30p Sauce on the Blue, Silverthorne

Hollywood & Wine: A Night on the Red Carpet: 5:45p The Speakeasy Movie Theatre, Breckenridge

Kevin Nealon: 7:30p Vilar Performing Arts Center, Vail

 

Tuesday, February 28th: Breckenridge’s Annual Mardi Gras Parade 

Mountain Events: August 5th – 7th

Friday, August 5th 

Free Concert: 6p Rick Thomas, Historic Park Gazebo, Frisco.

Vail International Dance Festival 2016: 7p Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail.

Vail International Dance Festival 2016

Late Night, Date Night, Create Night: 7p Ready Paint Fire, Breckenridge.

Band of Heathens: 7p Dillon Amphitheater, Dillon.

Vanya And Sonia And Masha and Spike: 7:30p The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, Breckenridge. (Saturday & Sunday also)

Cabaret: 7:30p The Lake Dillon Theatre Co., Silverthorne.  (Saturday and Sunday also)

Public Skating Session: 7:30p Stephen C. West Ice Arena, Breckenridge.

Breckenridge Music Festival – Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna: 7:30p Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge.

Saturday, August 6th 

Copper Triangle: 5:30a Copper Mountain Restort.

Leadville Boom Days: 7:30a Downtown Leadville.

Breckenridge Hunky Dory Half Marathon: 8:30a Vista Point Park, Breckenridge.

Wild About Colorado Plein Air Art & Outdoor Festival: 9a Carter Park Pavilion, Breckenridge.

Dillon Open Regatta: 10a Dillon Marina, Dillon. Dillon Open Regatta

20th Annual Keystone Bluegrass & Beer Festival: 12p River Run Village, Keystone.

20th Anniversary of Keystone's Bluegrass and Beer Festival

Copper Campfire and Fireworks: 6:30p Copper Mountain Center Village.

Nora Jane Strutters and the Party Line: 7p Dillon Amphitheater, Dillon.

Breckenridge Music Festival: Marcus Roberts Trio: 7:30p Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge.

Sunday, August 7th

Copper Triangle: 5:30a Copper Mountain Restort.

Dillon Challenge: 7a Frisco Marina, Frisco.

Dillon Challenge

29th Annual Beaver Creek Art Festival: 10a Beaver Creek Resort.

20th Annual Keystone Bluegrass & Beer Festival: 12p River Run Village, Keystone.

20th Anniversary of Keystone's Bluegrass and Beer Festival

Mountain Events: July 15th-17th

Friday, July 15th 

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe: 10a Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, Breckenridge.

Scratchboard Art: 1p Randall Barn, Breckenridge.

*Mac & Cheese Festival: 5:30p (events Sat & Sun also) Copper Mountain.

Bravo! Vail Music Festival I The Philadelphia Orchestra: 6p Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail.

Late Night, Date Night, Create Night: 7p Ready Paint Fire, Breckenridge.

Leftover Cuties: 7p Dillon Ampitheatre, Dillon.

Chicago: 7:30p Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, Breckenridge (Sat Night also).

Cabaret: 7:30p Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Silverthorne (Sat Night also).

A Bears Choice: 9:30p The Historic Brown, Breckenridge.

Saturday, July 16th

Xterra Mountain Championship: 8a Beaver Creek Resort, Beaver Creek.

Ballet Technique: 8a Old Masonic Hall, Breckenridge.

Yoga at the Marina: 8:30a Frisco Bay Marina, Frisco.

3rd Annual Frisco Triathlon: 9a Frisco Bay Marina, Frisco.
* Registration may sell out so call for more information.

Alma Festival In The Clouds: 10a Alma Town Hall, Alma.

Vail Family Fun Fest 2016: 11a Lionshead Village, Vail.

*Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival: 1p River Run Village, Keystone.

Free Live Music – Todd Johnson Blues: 1p The Outlets at Silverthorne (Blue Village), Silverthorne.

*Mac & Cheese Festival: 2p (events Fri & Sun also) Copper Mountain.

The Magical Music of Disney: 6p Breckenridge River Walk Center, Breckenridge.

Line Dancing: 6:15p Old Masonic Hall, Breckenridge.

Sunset at the Summit Concerts: 7p Rainbow Park, Silverthorne.

Displace: 9p Barkley Ballroom, Frisco.

Sunday, July 17th

Kristin McLain Get Out Girl Paddle Jam: 7a Frisco Bay Marina, Frisco.

*Mac & Cheese Festival: 10a (events Fri & Sat also) Copper Mountain.

*Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival: 12:30p River Run Village, Keystone.

Pirates of the Caribbean – Presented by New Belgium Bike-In Cinema: 7:30p Frisco Bay Marina, Frisco.

 

RENTING YOUR VACATION HOME YOURSELF? AVOID THESE FIRST-TIMER PITFALLS

Summit Mountain Rentals (a property management company in Summit County) has some great advice for first-time second homeowners who are looking to rent their property. 


RENTING YOUR VACATION HOME YOURSELF? AVOID THESE FIRST-TIMER PITFALLS

By

Mark Waldman

If you’re renting your vacation home for the first time, it’s easy to fall victim to what we call “first-timer pitfalls.” Renting your vacation home is a business. Unfortunately, many forget this and treat renting their home too casually or forget to consider the consequences. Running a business, even a small one like renting your property, takes time, effort and thoughtfulness.

Here are the top things to never forget:

Pay your taxes
In the beginning of the vacation rental market, governments were not too worried about a single homeowner paying sales tax. But with the advent of VRBO, AirBnB and other online channels of sale, vacation rentals by owners is big business — with big revenue. Local tax entities no longer look kindly upon a “casual” attitude toward paying taxes. The last couple of years, city, county and state governments have offered amnesty to homeowners for back taxes as long as they start paying current taxes. However, these types of programs are going away.

If you are renting your property, you owe sales tax — and not paying sales tax is a crime. If you have not been paying sales tax, start now. Remember, it does not affect your rental’s price. Everyone expects to pay sales tax on top of the price you list; you just need to tell your guests and charge them for it. There is no reason to risk criminal action, so pay your taxes.

Need help? Check out this great article on vacation rental taxes.

Get professional pictures of your rental
Yes, this costs money. But the difference in revenue, guest satisfaction and just plain pride in your home calls for professional pictures. And, unless you sell photography for money, you are not a professional photographer. The number one way to distinguish yourself from other properties in the sales process is to have great pictures. Homeaway/VRBO is now building algorithms to determine if you have good pictures; if so, you get a higher spot in their listings. This will become standard in the market. Not only do good pictures generate better income; it makes for happier guests. The number one way to make a guest happy is to meet or exceed their expectations. So take lots of great pictures and let your guest know exactly what they are getting. You will make them happier, generate better income and reviews, and just make your life easier.

Upgrade your vacation home
If you walk into your vacation home and say “Wow, I really like being here,” so will your guests. Think of it this way: going cheap gets cheap — and going nicer gets nicer. If you furnish and treat your home like a “rental,” then your guest will do the same. If you furnish and treat your home like a beautiful home, then your guests will do the same. Nicer homes have much less wear and tear because guests love them and come back. I always advise my owners to make their home something they love to come to. It always works — guests know the second they come into a home whether the owner cares about their property. And, it will generate more money for you. The number one way to increase price and sell more nights is creating repeat guests. People come back to places they like. Making your home spectacular not only makes you feel good when you visit, it makes your guests feel good and makes you more money through higher rates and higher occupancy.

Need help? Check out these great articles on updating vacation-home kitchens and bathrooms.

A bad bed is just a bad bed
Have you slept or at least tried to take a nap on all the beds in your vacation home? If you haven’t, do it. One bad review about mattresses can make you lose a lot of guests. People don’t call and ask if you replaced a bad mattress they read about in a review; they just don’t come. If you get a complaint, go try to sleep on the bed. If your mattresses are 10 years old … they are 10 years old! Replace them. The primary function of a vacation home is to sleep. Often your guests will not even eat in the home, but they all sleep in the home. If you don’t give them a good night’s sleep, nothing else matters.

Need help? Check out this great articles on updating vacation-home bedding.

Have local resources ready
Now that you have found your renters, collected their money and checked them in — what happens next? Why, Murphy’s Law, of course: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” The TV won’t work, the heat goes out, the air conditioning goes out, the fire alarm goes off, the water doesn’t come out of the master shower … and so on. Almost no one realizes how often things go wrong in their own home … we just take care of it. But in your vacation rental — for which someone is paying good money — you now have to take care of the same issues for someone else. And, you’re a 1000 miles away.

It is imperative that you not only have names and numbers of good local vendors (plumbers, electricians, etc.) but that you have interviewed them. You need to know if the plumber will come out on a Sunday night at 10 p.m. (You do know that toilets only overflow on a weekend night, right?) You need to know that your audio video resource will be able to fix the TV on Super Bowl weekend (again, this always happens!). You need to know that electrician will go out and fix the power at 1 a.m. so the house does not freeze. There is nothing worse than having a guest yelling at you over the phone because their 2-year-old child has been sleeping in a freezing cold or overheated room for four hours. Be prepared … and know your resources.

Pricing is important
Don’t be fooled: Having every date sold in July 2016 by the end of August 2015 the previous year is not “great.” It means your pricing is WAY TOO LOW. Not only have you lost out lots of revenue, you have probably rented to the cheapest and least respectful people. The same is true for not having July 4 booked by June 15. In this case, your pricing is probably WAY TOO HIGH.

So … pricing is very important. You need to sell your property, but you don’t want to give it away. The trick is research and paying attention. Do a quick search of the vacation homes that are similar to yours. How are they priced? Now do you want sell your home before them (price yours slightly lower) or after them (price yours slightly higher). Then pay attention. if your home is selling too fast, raise the price. If it is selling slowly, lower the price.

Renting a vacation home is a job
It takes time. Don’t fool yourself. If you want to do it yourself, make sure you have the time to do things right. What I’ve discussed here is just a small part of what it takes to rent your vacation home yourself. If you take the time and do it right, you can make good money. But if you don’t have the time or don’t like doing it, no amount of money made will be worth the aggravation.

So, try it! You’ll know quickly if you like it. If you don’t like doing it, get a good property management company do it for you. Either way, USE YOUR HOME AND ENJOY IT. I have found that owners who visit their vacation home often have the happiest guests. If you are happy with your vacation home, then others will be happy too.

If you have any questions about renting your vacation property yourself, call me! I’m happy to talk with you and help you get started. Here’s my number:

Mark Waldman, Owner, Summit Mountain Rentals, 970-423-7382

Or, shoot me an email. You can also post any questions (or tips) on vacation rentals in the “Comments” section below.

Mountain Events: June 17th-19th

Friday, June 19th

23rd Annual Colorado BBQ Challenge: 11a Frisco Main St. All day food and events.  ** My favorite event of the summer**

All Day Skateboard Camp: All Day Breckenridge Recreation Center, Breckenridge.

Tumble Bubble Soccer: 4p Breckenridge Recreation Center, Breckenridge.

Breckenridge Town Party: 4:30p Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge.

Altitude Anonymous Festival: 4p Copper Mountain.

The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre Grand Opening: Kander & Ebb’s Chicago

The Doyle & Debbie Show: 7:30p The Lake Dillon Theatre Co. 246-X Rainbow Dr, Silverthorne.

Public Skating Session: 7:30p Stephen C. West Ice Arena, Breckenridge.

Cody Wayne Live: 9p The Historic Brown Hotel, Breckenridge.

Nicky Z: 9:30p Snake River Saloon, Keystone.

Saturday, June 18th 

Vail Pass Clean Up: 8a Lionshead Welcome Center, Vail.

La Sportive Summer Solstice 5K, 10K & Kid’s Fun Run: 9:30a Beaver Creek.

Colorado BBQ Challenge: 10a Frisco Main Street, Frisco. (Vote for your favorite with People’s choice until 2pm on Saturday) 

Paint Your Own Art! Pottery/Canvas/Mosaics: 11a Ready Paint Fire, Breckenridge.

Intro to SUP Camp: 11:15a Nottingham Park, Avon.

Altitude Anonymous Festival: 1p Copper Mountain.

Pug Ryan’s Lake Dillon Briefest: 1p Marina Park, Dillon.

Reds White & Brews: 1p Nottingham Park, Avon. (w/ Jimmy Stanley, Kristen Kelly, Kendell Marvel and more)

Saturday Skate & Learn: 1:15p Stephen C. West Ice Arena, Breckenridge.

Zuma Road: 9p The Historic Brown Hotel, Breckenridge.

Sunday, June 19th

Learn to Row Open House: 8a Frisco Rowing Center, Frisco Marina.

Altitude Anonymous Festival: 12p Copper Mountain.

Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass ft. Jeff Austin, Bridget Law & Danton Boller: 7:30p Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge.

 

 

Mountain Events: June 10th – 12th

Friday, June 10th

Dillon’s Farmer Market * Opens for the 2016 Summer Season: Fridays 9a-2p

GoPro Mountain Games: All Day Events happening June 9th – June 12th! (Vail, CO)

Women’s Tennis: 10a Dillon Town Park, Dillon.

Science Adventure Fun!: 11a Arts Alive, Breckenridge.

Live Music by Rewind: 6:30p Vail Brewing Company, Vail.

The Doyle & Debbie Show: 7:30p Lake Dillon Theatre Company, 246-X Rainbow Drive Silverthorne.

Saturday, June 11th

Frisco Rowing Center Open House: 8a Frisco Marina, Frisco.

THE HIGHEST AIR SHOW ON EARTH!: 10a Dillon Reservoir, Dillon Town Park best viewing area. (I’ll be there, come say hi if you see me!)

GoPro Mountain Games: All Day Events happening June 9th – June 12th! (Vail, CO)

Paint Your Own Art! Pottery/Canvas/Mosaics: 11a Ready Paint Fire, Breckenridge.

Tumble Bubbles: 11a Maggie Pond, Village of Breck, Breckenridge.

National Repertory Orchestra Opening Night ” Rhapsody in Blue”: 7:30p Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge.

The Doyle & Debbie Show: 7:30p Lake Dillon Theatre Company, 246-X Rainbow Drive Silverthorne.

Frisco Funk Collective: 9p The Historic Brown Hotel, Breckenridge.

Sunday, June 12th

Frisco Bike Park Fling: 10a events start, Frisco Bike Park, Frisco Adventure Park. 

Public Skate Session: 1:15p Stephen C. West Ice Arena, Breckenridge.

Tony Award Celebration: 5p The Lake Dillon Theatre Company, 246-X Ran

 

Mountain Events: Memorial Day Weekend 2016

Happy Memorial Day! Despite the weather the off-season is just about done here in Summit County. Be sure to double check with your favorite restaurants either their Facebook pages or website to make sure they are back to normal operating hours. Here are some fun events for this weekend.

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Nat Geo Live: On the Trail of Big Cats: 7:30p Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge.

Horizon Line: 9p The Historic Brown Hotel, Breckenridge.

Karaoke With Sandman: 9:30p Loaded Joe’s-Avon, Avon.

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Free Tai Chi for Health and Balance Class: 8:30a Summit Senior and Community Center, Frisco.

Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival 2016: 12p Beaver Creek Plaza, Vail.

Hope Hummus Pop-Up Shop: 12p Whole Foods Market, Frisco.

10th Mountain Division History Presentation: 12p 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirits, Vail.

Spring Concert Series – New Sensation: 1p Arapahoe Basin Base Area.  ** 80’s Theme

Public Skating Session: 1:15p Stephen C. West Ice Arena, Breckenridge.

Acoustic Moose: 5:30p Ridge Street Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate, Breckenridge.

The Frisco Funk Collective: 9p The Historic Brown Hotel, Breckenridge.

Zuma Road: 9:30p Snake River Saloon, Dillon.

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

History Speaks: All day, Arts Alive Breckenridge.

15th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs – music from Jakarta: 12 – 4p Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.

Karaoke With Sandman: 9:00p The Mine Breck, Breckenridge.

Monday, May 30th, 2016

2016 Vail Valor Races: 8a Solaris Plaza, Vail.

Memorial Day Commemoration: 9a By the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, Valley Brook Cemetery, Breckenridge.

History Speaks: All Day, Arts Alive Breckenridge.

Mountain Events: May 6th-8th

A few mud season restaurant closures: 
  • Break Brewery – Will open again mid-May
  • Flip Side – Closed May 31st – June 2nd
  • Giampietrlo’s – Closed until June 10th
  • Mi Casa – Closed May 6th -25th
  • Modis- Closed May 18 – 25
  • Motherloaded – Closed until May 26th
  • Allies Pub and Grub – Closed May 8th -19th
  • Quandary – Closed until May 20th
  • Relish – Closed until May 20th
  • Taddeos – Closed until June 10th
  • The Dredge – Closed until May 25th
  • The Lost Cajun (Breck) – Closed until May 26th
  • Arapahoe Cafe – Closed May 9th – 13th
  • Chimayo Mexican Grill – Closed just May 17th
  • Bageli’s – Closed May 9th – 24th
  • Greco’s – Closed most of May
  • Kemosabe Sushi/Silverheels Bar and Grill – Closed May 23rd & 24th
  • Vinny’s – Closed until May 13th
  • Blue Moon – Closed May 16th – 20th
  • Sunshine Cafe – closed for remodeling

*During May it is sometimes a good time to call ahead. This isn’t a complete list.

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Open Kayaking: 7p Breckenridge Recreation Center, Breckenridge.

Velocity of Autumn: 7:30p The Lake Dillon Theatre Company, 246-X Rainbow Dr. Silverthorne.

Public Skate Session: Stephen C. West Ice Arena, Breckenridge.

2 DudeZ: 9:00p The Historic Brown Hotel, Breckenridge.

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

16th Annual Community Pride Highway Cleanup & Thank You BBQ: 9a Broken Arrow at Arrowhead Ski Area, Avon.

Expand & Experiment with Wax: 10a Hot Shop, Breckenridge.

Going Organic: 12p Elevated Yoga & Holistic Health, Frisco.

Spring Concert Series – The Robby Wicks Band: 1p Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.

Whitewater Ramble: 2:30p Loveland Ski Area.

Aspirations Dance Studio Recital: 6p Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge.

Velocity of Autumn: 7:30p The Lake Dillon Theatre Company, 246-X Rainbow Dr. Silverthorne.

Sunday, May 8th, 2016
Remember it’s Mother’s Day!

Summer Adult Hockey Leagues: 8a Stephen C. West Ice Arena, Breckenridge.

Closing Day Celebration feat. Funky Johnson: 2:30p Loveland Ski Area *Closing DAY

Don Watson and the Vail Valley Band: 7p Route 6 Cafe, Vail.

 

Mountain Events: March 18th – 20th

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Late Night, Date Night, Create Night: 7p Ready Paint Fire, Breckenridge.

Open Kayaking: 7p Breckenridge Recreation Center, Breckenridge.

Dancing Lessons: 7:30p Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Temporary location at the Green Village at the Outlets at Silverthorne.

Salem: 8p Barkley Ballroom, Frisco.

Cranford Hollow: 9:30p Snake River Saloon, Keystone.

Spring Fling Dance Party: 10p MotherLoaded Tavern, Breckenridge.

Lewis Black: 8p Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge.

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Snowmobiling: 8a, 10a, 12:30p, & 2:30p All ages, Dillon.

Adult Drop In Tennis Clinic: 10:30a Keystone Tennis Center, Keystone.

Town of Silverthorne Discussion: 11a The Lake Dillon Theatre Company *New temporary location at the Green Village in the Outlets at Silverthorne.

Public Skating Session: 1:15p Stephen C. West Ice Arena, Breckenridge.

Paint Along: 2p Robert Whyte House, Breckenridge.

The Swing Crew: 3p The Last Lift Bar, Keystone.

Line Dancing: 6:15p Robert Whyte House, Breckenridge.

Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra: 6:30p Vilar Performing Arts Center, Vail.

Canvas Painting Party!: 7p Ready, Paint & Fire, Breckenridge.

Grease Sing-A-Long: 7p Riverwalk Center, Backstage Theatre, Breckenridge.

Coral Creek: 9p Barkley Ballroom, Frisco.

The Ultimate 80’s Party – Starring 6 Millon Dollar Band: 9p Warren Station, Keystone.

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Gentle Stretch Drop-In Class: 9:45a Breckenridge Recreation Center, Breckenridge.

The Laughing Bones: 2p Broken Arrow at Arrowhead Ski Area, Avon.

 

 

Mountain Events: February 19th-21st

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Celebrate Breckenridge History: 11:00a Breckenridge Welcome Center, Breckenridge.

SalesForce.com Open House Hours: 11:00a EVO3 Workspace, Frisco.

Dave Perron and Friends: Broken Arrow at Arrowhead Ski Area, Avon.

The Swing Crew: 3:00p The Last Lift Bar, Keystone.

Kevin Danzig & Faith Crawford: 5:00p The MotherLoaded Tavern, Breckenridge.

45 Years: All day, Speakeasy Movie Theater, Breckenridge.

Let the Beat Move You! – Full Moon Yoga Expereince Meta Yoga: 6:30p Old Masonic Hall, Breckenridge.

Colorado Music Convergence: 8p Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge.

Grizzly Bears of Alaska Photography Exhibit: All day, Arts Alive Gallery, Breckenridge.

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Ballet Technique with Christine Armitage: 8:30a Old Masonic Hall, Breckenridge.

Colorado Music Convergence: 2p Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge.

Copper Uncorked: 3:00p Center Village, Copper Mountain.

Full Moon Snowshoe Party: 5:00p Gold Run Nordic Center, Breckenridge.

Canvas Uncorked: 6:30p Warren Station Center for Performing Arts, Keystone.

Fresh Hops: 9:00p Barkley Ballroom, Frisco.

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

50+ Winter Games: All Day, Summit County Community & Senior Center, Frisco.

Colorado Music Convergence: 11:15a Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge.

Bentgate Presents Loveland Ski Area On Snow Demo: 8:30a Loveland Ski Area.

Telemark Sunday Funday: 10:00a Beaver Creek @ Base of Centennial, Beaver Creek.

Free One Run Lessons: 1:30p Arapahoe Basin.

Free Copper Ambassador Moonlight Snowshoe Tour: 5:30p Copper Mountain Resort.