Saturday, October 30, 2010

Early winter update

Trick & Treat – after a glorious fall, Old Man Winter was feeling the Halloween spirit this past week, by tricking us into thinking it was January with our 1st early season storm with 26 inches on the mountain!

Strong Pace of Sales in 3rd Quarter. Why? An exceptional selection of properties that are “on sale”, along with ridiculously low interest rates. Its been many years ago that we have seen the cost of money and real estate to be “on sale” at the same time!

As a result, the 4th quarter has started out with a “bang” - already sales are up over the whole 3rd quarter a whopping 58% and we have two more months to go!

So, if you are still “toying” with the idea of a Summit County Rocky Mtn. getaway or retirement home, there has been no better time than now and the next few months. So, book your flights, tune your skiis, have little fun and then set aside a bit of time to find your mountain get-away with me., & NLY direct, 970-485-0293.

Mortgage Rates

U.S. averages as of September 30, 2010:

30 yr. fixed: 4.32%

15 yr. fixed: 3.75%

1 yr. adj: 3.48%

Upcoming Events and Dates of Interest

11/05/10 Keystone Ski Area Opens

11/07/10 Daylight Savings Ends – Set your clocks back one hour!

11/12/10 Breckenridge Ski Area Opens

11/25/10 Thanksgiving

12/04/10 Lighting of Breckenridge

12/31/10 Yamn – New Years Eve Celebration at the Riverwalk Center

01/09/11 Ullr Fest – 7 day event begins

01/13/11 Ullr Fest Parade

01/25/11 Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships

What's New in New Housing Design

Below are the products that are currently grabbing the most attention of the home building and remodeling industries:

Appliance Drawers. Small warming drawers, modest-sized dishwasher drawers for small loads, refrigerator drawers and microwave drawers.

Counter-depth refrigerators. Some are only 24 inches deep.

Motion-detecting faucets. Like you'd find in the restrooms of businesses.

LED lighting. These are used under cabinets and in ceiling fixtures as a longer-lasting, more efficient alternative to compact fluorescent lamps and incandescent bulbs.

Electric heated floors. A nice touch in bathrooms,

Showers with multiple heads and body sprays. Bathtubs are out.

Also, according to Pantone, has deemed turquoise “color of the year for apparel and home for 2010. Turquoise has made its way mark on the fashion side and is slowly moving into home accent furnishings.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Yes, winter is here

The Colorado Department of Transportation has closed Independence Pass for the season. The pass was temporarily closed on Monday due to the snowfall, adverse conditions and the winter storm forecasts.

This closure includes the area from just east of Aspen to west of Twin Lakes, approximately 18 miles. A re-opening of the pass following the storm was determined not to be feasible and safe, so will remain closed.

The pass's regularly scheduled seasonal closure is Nov. 7 each year. The 12,095-foot pass is closed for the winter every year for the safety of the traveling public. It is often closed temporarily before the goal date-last year, the pass closed for the season on October 29, for similar early storms. Each spring, CDOT plans the opening of Independence Pass for Memorial Day weekend in May, weather permitting.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Loveland wins the opening race

LOVELAND — Sunday's opening day at Loveland Ski Area had locals and folks from the Front Range feeling a little puff of powder under their planks.

Between a little help from Mother Nature — five inches of fresh snow — and some hard snowmaking work from Loveland employees, Chair 1 opened at 9 a.m. to an excited crowd. Winterhounds out for the first day saluted Loveland's opening day triumph — beating Arapahoe Basin by a day this year.

Loveland won the race from 1999 to 2005 until the Basin unseated the champion in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, the resorts tied for an opening day, but last season, Loveland regained the title.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Highway 9 widening project almost complete

The Highway 9 widening project is expected to wrap up this week, a few weeks later than previously expected.

Crews will replace a section of curb on the road and put some additional striping on the bike path at Coyne Valley before the job is concluded.

“The project is essentially finished with a few minor punch list items left to do,” said Bob Smith, project engineer with the Colorado Department of Transportation.

In June 2009 crews began construction to widen a one-and-a-half-mile segment of Highway 9 between Frisco and Breckenridge to four lanes. Though the project was originally scheduled to be completed in November, later estimates suggested the work might be done by late September.

Smith said utility delays in moving phone lines to construct a sound wall at Fairview Boulevard slowed the project down.

“We appreciate the public's bearing with us while we were doing this, we know there were some delays,” Smith said.

The speed limit along the wider sections of highway was set at 45 miles per hour. Smith said there are no plans to increase it.   What is up with that?  We make it a 4-lane divided highway and decrease the speed limit?

The recpath was also moved back from the highway and a bridge was put in over the Blue River north of Valley Brook as part of the $9.25 million stimulus-funded project.

Plans are under way to continue widening the highway between Tiger Road and the Agape Outpost Chapel, but the project will not move forward until additional funding becomes available.

“It's all designed, the right of way is purchased, right now there's just no funding for it,” Smith said.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Breckenridge hosts craft distillers festival

Colorado distillers will gather in Breckenridge on Oct. 15-16 for a showcase of handcrafted spirits complemented by restaurant specials and a downtown pub crawl.

The Craft Distillers' Still on the Hill Festival is a new Breckenridge Restaurant Association event, born of Colorado's rapidly growing artisan spirits industry, a news release said.

In the release, Jordan Via, master distiller at the Breckenridge Distillery, said he's not aware of anywhere else in Colorado where a small distiller's festival or similar event takes place.

The Grand Tasting, slated for 4-6 p.m. on Oct. 16, features several of Colorado's most talented craft distillers at an informal, walk-around event hosted by Beaver Run Resort.

From today through Oct. 16, restaurants throughout town are to offer dining specials at $18.59, an homage to Breckenridge's founding year.

The Downtown Poker Run and Pub Crawl, set for Oct. 15, lets players sample Breckenridge's best drinks and pick up cards at each location. The best hand wins craft spirits at the Grand Tasting.

Lodging specials starting at $96 per night will be offered throughout October as part of the Craft Spirits Festival and fall leaf-viewing season.

For lodging information or reservations visit or call 877-593-5260.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Blessing of the Pets

On Sunday, the lawn outside Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church was crowded with locals and their pets. They gathered for the renewal of the church's annual pet blessing, which occurs the day before St. Francis of Assisi's day of commemoration.

Locals were carrying cat crates, toting dogs on leashes, carefully handling plastic jars containing fish, and even bearing the ashes of a former pet.

Tina Oberheide balanced a canary cage. She had hoped it might sing along with the hymns, which were part of a brief service prior to pastors Darlene Muschett and Joe Holub performing the blessings.

“Pets are an important part of people's lives, particularly in Summit County” Oberheide said. “This is a way to make them special for a day.”

The pet blessing was last done by the church several years ago before taking a multi-year hiatus, Holub explained. They hold it prior to the commemoration day for St. Francis of Assisi because the saint was known for his appreciation of nature.

“His brotherhood was all of God's creation,” Muschette said. “His love of nature was so deep.”

The service included hymns and readings from Genesis and Psalm 104, which praise all of creation, particularly its animals.

Good news is so nice to read.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Aspen Leaves

A beautiful set of 3 aspen leaves Michael (my husband) shot the other day.  Autumn is winding down, but I thought you might like to see a professional photographers view of autumn.