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Closing Dates for Summit County Resorts

by The Mountain Living Team

The days are getting longer and the temperatures getting warmer.  We are enjoying spring skiing here!  This time of year always lets us know that the snow won't last much longer.  Most resorts close around mid-April with Loveland and Arapahoe Basin staying open longer.  Here are the closing dates for our local resorts.  Remember these dates are subject to change based on snow conditions.

Breckenridge - April 22
Copper Mountain - April 15
Keystone - April 8
Arapahoe Basin - No date set yet.

Nearby Resorts:
Beaver Creek - April 15
Vail - April 15
Loveland - May 9

Time is short.  Get out there and enjoy the rest of this ski season!

The Winter Olympics is Summit County, Colorado and then some.

by Meredith Adams

Photo courtesy of https://www.bestvpnanalysis.com/watch-winter-olympics-2018-stream-live/The winter Olympics start today!  So many of the winter sports are some of the things we do every day here in Summit County.  Things like alpine and cross country skiing, snowboarding, & riding the rails & the half pipe.  We also have many of the past, present & future Olympians pass through town as they compete in their specific events hosted at our local ski resorts.  Many of us have had the opportunity to watch these amazing athletes compete in person.   

Sports are always more interesting to watch when you have an understanding of the game and can understand the strategies and skills involved.  Lindsey Vonn skis slalom at around 80 mph.  We don't generally clock ourselves skiing but with an app on his phone, my husband clocked his speed down one really fast run to see how fast he could ski.  He said he was going just over 50 mph.  There's no way I would have wanted to or could have kept up.  Based on that, I'm guessing, at my fastest ever I may hit 30 mph, maybe.  Lindsey Vonn goes 80.  Knowing what 30 feels like gives me so much more appreciation for not only what she does, but how fast she does it.  

I have a better appreciation for those athletes that ride the half pipe, getting amazing air and doing tricks.  I have skied the half pipe.  I don't get air and I don't even get close to the top of the pipe.  The momentum you get going from one side to the other is so amazing.  The steep and icy sides that are so high are absolutely crazy.  If you haven't taken a run down the half pipe, you should put it on your bucket list.  At Copper Mountain, if there isn't an event or practice happening, anyone can ride the pipe.  I urge you to go down it.  Go only as high up the sides as you feel comfortable.  Feel the speed you build as you slide from one side of the pipe to the other.  Notice how the sides tower over you.  Understand the control & skill these athletes must possess to fly beyond the top, spin around in the air, and land back on the steep sides without wiping out.  

Woodward at Copper MountainWhile you're at it, give some of the other Olympic sports a try.  If you've got the guts, check out Woodward at Copper Mountain.  There you can safely launch yourself off a ramp, do an in air trick, and land in a foam pit, all while strapped into your skis or board.  Or go a little milder and strap on the skinny skis and head out into the woods or to one of the local Nordic Centers.  There is one in Keystone, Frisco and Breckenridge.  You may be amazed how different it is from alpine skiing, and appreciate how much energy you exert just to go across a long, flat stretch.  

Summit County offers the opportunities to enjoy all these winter activities and so much more.  The fun to be had in both winter and summer is endless.  Get out and enjoy yourself in Summit County.  You'll be glad you did.

What's on the horizon for 2018's real estate market?

by The Mountain Living Team

2017 was a good year for real estate.  Both prices and demand were up and inventory down from 2016.  2018 will continue to be more of the same. With the potential for higher interest rates that will put added strain on affordability, 2018 may see a slight slowing in demand and pricing.  However, the seller's market will continue.

Unexpected events may curtail the real estate market's trajectory but I think odds are low.  Even though prices are high now, by this time next year I expect them to be even higher.  I'm not sure how long we will sustain the uphill climb but I think we have at least one more year of it.

CNN sees the same things for the national real estate market.

 

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Jason & Meredith Adams
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