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2015-2016 Ski Season

by Allison Simson

Happy Tuesday Morning to YOU!


Summit County is enjoying a beautiful September and like it or not, snowmaking at Summit County ski areas will be underway in a matter of weeks. How can that be??

In the meantime, local resorts are putting the finishing touches on their annual round of upgrades.

This year’s changes might not be as obvious to skiers and snowboarders as in 2014-15, when Arapahoe Basin Ski Area’s $2.3 million kids center became the fourth building in its base area, Breckenridge Ski Resort put in a higher-capacity Colorado Superchair and Loveland Ski Area constructed an on-mountain cabin.

Vail Resorts is focused on Utah this year as it integrates the resort formerly known as Canyons into one unified Park City.

Local ski area visitors can expect remodeled buildings, more snowmaking and new app features for the 2015-16 winter season. This from the Summit Daily News:

Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin put $500,000 into turning its ticket office into a guest services center. The space formerly used for kids snowsports lessons will be part of the expanded season pass and ticket office, and the ski area will establish a dedicated call center to handle snowsports reservations and questions over the phone.

A-Basin also will be able to expand its music offerings in winter and summer with a new stage and music venue on the ticket office steps.

Action on the more than 400-acre expansion in a backcountry area within the ski area’s permit known as the Beavers has been pushed back. Local Forest Service officials said recently that the ski area was refining its proposal for the federal agency to analyze.


Breckenridge is investing in the skier and snowboarder experience on Peak 6, a terrain expansion entering its third season. The resort added one mile of new snowmaking pipes on the Lost Horizon and Barton Breezeway trails, lower-mountain terrain critical for opening Peak 6 in the early season, and the ski area widened the Monte Cristo trail to double the width of the run that connects Peak 6 to Peak 7 and funnels skiers back to the base areas.

The ski area also upgraded its haul ropes, the cables that carry chairs on a lift, on the Rocky Mountain, 5 Chair and Snowflake lifts.

Copper Mountain Resort

Copper will have several new food and beverage options for 2015-16, including a full-service Starbucks Coffee in Center Village on the first floor of the Mountain Plaza building next to the American Eagle lift. Also in Center Village, Mahi Fish Tacos will specialize in different kinds of fish, salads and quesadillas.

Skiers and riders will be able to enjoy grab-and-go Belgian waffles and coffee on the mountain this year as Belgian Bean is moving to the location formerly known as Flyer’s Soup Shack just below the top of the American Flyer lift.

The Tucker Lift expansion project is still going through the approval process and won’t happen for this season. The resort plans to build a lift up Tucker Mountain to provide access to the terrain now served by snowcat. The snowcat operation would then move to the backside of Tucker Mountain.

Keystone Resort

Keystone spent nearly $2 million on repairs and upgrades to the resort’s snowmaking system, including the replacement of a primary water supply pump and changes to key electrical systems.

In October, the Keystone Lodge and Spa is being remodeled with re-carpeted hallways, replaced woodwork and doors and new pillows and linens.


Though Loveland isn’t technically in Summit, it’s just over the Continental Divide, and many Summit folks call it home.

Loveland Ski Area will re-align Chair 2, the main chairlift at the base of Loveland Basin. The original chairlift will be shortened to drop skiers and snowboarders off at the base of Chair 6. The newer upper section, called Ptarmigan Lift, will serve the Bennett’s Bowl and Ptarmigan Roost areas and its construction used a K-MAX helicopter this summer.

Loveland also remodeled its website,

App Additions

Copper’s Sherpa app, which tracks users’ runs, speed and vertical feet, will now offer trail recommendations based on skiing and riding history and habits. App users can designate if they want the optional suggestions sent via in-app notifications, email or both and at what time of day.

Vail Resorts’ Epic Mix app will feature an addition this year that allows skiers and riders to view real-time chairlift wait times and plan their mountain navigation accordingly. The feature will be rolled out across 55 core chairlifts and gondolas at the company’s four Colorado resorts.

Epic Pass Extras

In neighboring Eagle County, Vail Mountain is upgrading its Avanti Express Lift, known as Chair 2. The centrally located four-passenger chairlift will become a six-passenger, similar to the Colorado Superchair upgade at Breckenridge.

The front-side lift has long been a major hub for Vail skiers and riders above the Lionshead base area, and the upgrade is expected to reduce wait times and improve reliability. A loading conveyor and gates will increase skier circulation and passenger capacity by up to 30 percent.

Beaver Creek will add to its snowmaking fleet this year by equipping the Red Tail and Centennial trails, two popular intermediate runs, with 23 fan guns.

In Summit County, Utah, the plan to combine Park City and Canyons Resort into the largest ski resort in the U.S. includes an eight-passenger Quicksilver gondola, which will transport people from the base of the Silverlode Lift at Park City to the Flatiron Lift at Canyons.

The merger also means a new 500-seat restaurant, lifts and restaurants upgrades, new and widened trails and more snowmaking. Vail Resorts investments in ski area upgrades for the 2015-16 season total $110 million.

For more information about upgrades at other Colorado resorts, visit, the online home of the state’s ski area trade association, Colorado Ski Country USA. 

We'll see you on the slopes!

Allison Simson, Owner/Broker

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Time to break out the skis!

by Allison Simson

We at Summit Real Estate recently attended a breakfast that was hosted by the COO's (the big dogs!) of all the local ski resorts.  It's an annual event and the information they provide is always very interesting and fun!  Here's a recap for you:

  • Our economic outlook is very good and we should begin to enjoy early season visitors and the visitations will remain strong throughout the year.
  • Most of the areas have major capital projects that are nearing completion:
    • Loveland will be unveiling warming facilities on the mountain with operational toilets -- yea! As well as a 3600 sq ft addition to their base lodge!
    • A-Basin is hurrying to complete an expansion of not only their new base area- the restaurant called "The 6th Alley", but new terrain as well.  They will be expanding the Beavers area in the next few years.
    • Copper has been working hard to create the best place for our Sochi Olympic team to practice early season -- and they have introduced "Sherpa" -- a mobile device app that gives you real time, on mountain, tips for finding new snow, the lodges, and secret powder stashes.  Debuts Nov 1 for iPhone users - check it out!
    • Keystone continues their emphasis on family skiing -- even designating an area as a "family ski zone" with an entire ski trail for families and family parking.
    • Breck is, of course, working on the Peak 6 expansion including new lifts, new warming hut, new patrol hut, and awesome skiing -- for a preview watch this. Turn your speakers up and get ready to feel goosebumps!  The video is AWESOME! 

See you on the slopes! 


And Here's Your Morning Coffee!





Condo financing good news!

by Allison Simson

Here is some more good news for condo owners...the FHA has revised the condo rules again to reduce some of the barriers to financing.  Restrictions still exist that hamper some investments, but we are heading in the right direction!  Click here for more details!

Keystone, Copper Mountain and Arapahoe Basin are up and running, and Breck's lifts will be turning by the end of the week!


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Ski resorts spiff up for winter!

by Allison Simson

First, I'd like to send a special THANK YOU to everyone who voted for Allison Simson - Summit Real Estate as one of the TOP 2 REALTORS in Summit County in the Summit Daily News "Best of the Summit 2010!"  We are absolutely elated and honored for your trust and confidence in us! 

I can't believe it's the last day of August, and we're already thinking about ski season....but local ski areas have been working all summer to improve snow, lifts, lodging and more for the upcoming ski season....JUST FOR YOU!

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit's ski areas are putting the final touches on a variety of summer projects that will make winter fun all the better.

From chairlifts to snowmaking to lodging and dining, local resorts are upping the ante for the coming ski season.

Breckenridge Ski Resort
Crews at Breckenridge have been working on a new alpine coaster — the Gold Runner — that will operate in summer and winter. Located in the Peak 8 base area, riders will twist and turn down 2,500 feet of raised track between two ski runs.

“You control the speed of the two-seater car, so if you or your pint-size passenger is feeling timid, you can take it easy navigating the corners,” Breckenridge spokeswoman Kristen Pettit said.

Construction on the coaster will wrap up in coming weeks, and resort officials aren't sure yet whether it will be open for the tail end of the summer season. If not, look for it on winter's opening day, Nov. 12.

Breckenridge's on-mountain summer updates also include improvements to snowmaking lines on Peak 8, scheduled to be ready for action in October.

Off the mountain, Breck's One Ski Hill Place resort opened to the public on June 1. The new property features high-end condos, indoor pools, a bowling alley and dining options. The resort's T-Bar, a slopeside apres ski bar, will debut on the ski area's opening day.

Arapahoe Basin
Skiers and riders at A-Basin are in store for big improvements in the uphill transportation department this winter, with the addition of the ski area's first detachable high-speed quad chairlift. Black Mountain Express will supplant the Exhibition triple chair, cutting ride time in half and making loading and unloading easier on riders.

On Thursday morning, crews slowly towed the new lift's top terminal up the switchbacks of the mountain's summer road to reach its final destination near Black Mountain Lodge.

“As we get into late September, it will be substantially complete,” A-Basin COO Alan Henceroth said. “We anticipate being licensed and ready to go in early October.”

With help from the International Mountain Biking Association, A-Basin's summer crews have also been hard at work on a new biking and hiking trail that criss-crosses the mountain from the base area to the lodge.

“I think it's really neat — the views from the trail of the East Wall are amazing,” A-Basin spokeswoman Leigh Hierholzer said. “We put a lot of features in there you wouldn't expect to see on a normal trail.”

Henceroth expects the Black Mountain Lodge will become a prime spot for weddings and other special events next summer, given the improved access the new lift and trail will provide.

The Basin will host a public celebration of the two projects Saturday afternoon, with a barbecue buffet and free live music from Funkiphino.

Copper Mountain

Early-season skiers and riders at Copper will have better snow and more of it this year, thanks to expanded and improved snowmaking. Snowmaking operations will expand onto the American Flyer and Windsong trails (comprising 35 acres) in the Timberline Express area. And a new compressor will increase the snowmaking system's production capacity.

“Our guests are definitely going to notice that, and we're really excited about it,” said Bruce Hodson, director of operations at Copper. “It's one of the biggest snowmaking expansions we've had since 1998, so it's really sizable for us.”

Parking will be easier at Copper this season, with about 500 new spaces. A new 100-space pay lot in the Union Creek area will cater to beginner skiers, and the existing Corn Lot will feature about 400 new spaces. Both projects are on schedule to be complete by Oct. 15.

“I think our guests are going to see an improvement on the way we get them into the resort and onto the hill. We're looking forward to the season already — it's coming quickly.” Hodson said.

Keystone Resort
Keystone has spent the summer putting extra polish on its lodging and dining amenities. The Summit House received some freshening up of its outdoor bars, and Parrot Eyes underwent a complete remodel that extends all the way through to the menu. Summit Seafood Company, inside the Keystone Inn, is getting a full makeover and will re-emerge as the Black Bear Grill, with a totally new menu.

Crews installed new energy-saving windows and efficient flat-screen televisions throughout the Keystone Lodge, continuing the resort's commitment to sustainability.

On the slopes, the resort replaced snowmaking equipment on the Prospector run on North Peak.

SDN reporter Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-4630 or [email protected].

And now for your Tuesday Coffee Break..."We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have."   ~  Frederick Keonig


Enjoy the day! 

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