Anyone living along the Front Range who has missed visiting properties in Breckenridge Colorado during the zany days of Ullr Festivities can still plan to take in tonight’s festivities at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center from 6 to 9 PM.  The eight-day celebration winds up again for residents of Breckenridge CO homes every day this week, January 6-12, 2013.

If you have only one chance to visit Breckenridge real estate during the Ullr Fest, come on up on Thursday for the super-fabulous and fun Ullr Parade.  The parade promises to be the wackiest and zaniest showroom of dedication to the Norse god of snow on record in the past 50 years of Ullr celebrations.  The parade features a menagerie of wild props and awe-inspiring floats, costumed participants, and a laughable show of Breckenridge creativity.  Warm-hearted displays rolling down Main Street end with a town bonfire and fireworks.

After tonight’s coronation, King David Love and Queen Cindy Love, active locals, will reign over the hilarious events of this week.  Monday at 3:30 PM begins Family Night of Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, indoor activities, and a bonfire at the Gold Run Nordic Center.  Tuesday the Ullymipians will participate in competitions including group ski racing in the frying pan toss.  On Wednesday bachelors and bachelorettes participate in the Ullr Dating Game at 7 PM.

On Thursday night, Comedy Works performs at the Beaver Run Resort auditorium.  Finally, Saturday brings the Pond Hockey Tournament and the Ullr Fashion Show in all of its glory.

Ullr rhymes with “cooler”.  It all began in 1963 after the mountains decided to show their appreciation for receiving 300 inches of snow.  This year’s parade through our little mountain town will be featured on Travel Channel’s show “Edge of America.”

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For information about buying land, homes, condominiums, and fractional real estate in the scenic Colorado mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor at (970) 390-2560.

Check out this beautiful Breckenridge townhome for sale in the favorite Chimney Ridge Townhomes community.  Chimney Ridge with its newly remodeled pool and hot tub area are conveniently located within easy walking distance to the Snowflake Lift on Peak 9, the resort shuttle route, and Main Street.  The desirable Breckenridge real estate is an end unit with views of the mountains and the Town of Breckenridge.

The three-story Breckenridge CO home features comfortable mountain décor, three bedrooms, a loft, and three baths, three decks, and a private one-car garage.  Other free parking is available on the property.  Priced under $750,000, the property for sale is located at 512 Kings Crown Road, Breckenridge, Summit County, Colorado, 80424.

Breckenridge CO home for saleBreckenridge real estateThe home offers 1776 square feet of a welcoming interior design.  An arched window centerpiece, vaulted ceilings, and a beautiful tile floor-to-ceiling, gas fireplace with wood accents are just a few of the handsome details.  The loft offers a versatile living area.

Built in 1989, the exterior of this wonderful Chimney Ridge townhome has been completely remodeled.  The home features a heated driveway, wireless Internet, and a Rinnai gas hot water heater, jetted tub, steam shower, and lots of storage space so important for vacation properties at Breckenridge Ski Resort.

For information about buying land, homes, condominiums, and fractional real estate in the scenic mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor at (970) 390-2560.

A great holiday snowstorm blanketed Breckenridge real estate in the Colorado Rocky Mountains this week.  It came with perfect timing.  Breckenridge Ski Resort opened Peak 10 on Christmas Day, adding 61 more acres of snowy ski terrain.

Now is a wonderful time to take a look at ski real estate in Summit County, while the region’s five ski areas are all open.  Breckenridge ski resort has 15 lifts running.  They access 72 trails.  The resort offers four peaks and 1262 skiable acres – more than any other ski resort in the USA.  A large area of advanced and expert terrain including several back bowls opened.

If you’re here for New Year’s Eve to investigate Breckenridge vacation homes, Breckenridge fractional real estate, or Summit County investment properties or second homes, Copper Mountain will present a fireworks show at 10 PM, December 31, 2012, at the base of the American Eagle Lift.

Keystone Resort has 19 less accessing 59 trails and 1169 it acres.  Copper Mountain utilizes 16 lifts to access 65 trails and 682 skiable acres, Arapahoe Basin is using five to access 20 trails through 242 skiable acres, and Loveland Ski Area is running five to access 14 trails and 231 skiable acres.

Summit County condominiums sales are gaining in value with prices increasing 1.2 percent year over year.  Last month, 78 condos were sold.  For information about buying land, homes, condominiums, and fractional real estate in the scenic mountain villages of Summit County, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor at (970) 390-2560.

Seven stages of the USA Pro Challenge whirl through Breckenridge real estate in Northern Colorado in August 2013. The USA Pro Challenge race begins on Monday, August 19, 2013 in Aspen Colorado, southwest of Breckenridge homes and ski resort. Summit County real estate also hosted the USA Pro Challenge during the past two summers.

The race includes those exciting high-altitude climbs so encouraged by Colorado’s huge enthusiasm for cycling. The roster includes over 125 of the best cyclists in the world. In addition the race has drawn a million fans. Professional cyclers may just want to pick up Breckenridge homes for sale to get ready for this big race and others!

Stage 1 is comprised of a 29-mile circuit ride between Aspen and Snowmass, a ski area to the northwest of Aspen. On Tuesday, August 20, Stage 2 heads east from Aspen/Snowmass across Independence Pass to Breckenridge. Then on Wednesday, August 21, Stage 3 heads northwest to Steamboat Springs from Breckenridge.

Stage 4 is a segment from Steamboat Springs south to Beaver Creek and Stage 5 features time trials in Vail. On the weekend, the race features a new segment through Larimer County in Loveland and Fort Collins. Finally, Stage 7 concludes the race on Sunday, August 25 with the Denver Circuit.

As a host city, Breckenridge is able to provide a full spectrum of city services and support for the events. The community offers lodging, marketing and local tourism, volunteers, and the ability to host world-class athletes.

For information about buying land, homes, condominiums, and fractional real estate in the scenic Colorado mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor at (970) 390-2560.

The 2012 Summit County real estate market is poised to overtake 2011. Positive trends and economic indicators are encouraging to brokers in all of the mountain towns of Summit County – Breckenridge real estate to Silverthorne, Keystone to Frisco and Copper Mountain real estate.

The facts are definitely encouraging. On December 4, 2012 in the Summit Daily News Newspaper, Caddie Nath quoted one local real estate agent who believes the community is stabilizing due to consumer confidence and “great deals.” A representative from Land Title also explained that local residents are also taking advantage of the low interest rates and good prices for homes in Summit County.

Data that underscores hope in the Summit County real estate markets include:

  • Number of homes sold through brokers is up about 15 percent year over year.
  • Dollar volume of real estate transactions is up 10 percent year over year.
  • Inventory is down about 15 percent.
  • Bank sales and foreclosures are also declining.
  • There are 178 pending sales this week.

The housing market in Summit County started out slow in 2012 but is finishing with the best numbers since 2007.

For information about buying land, homes, condominiums, and fractional real estate in the scenic mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor at (970) 390-2560.

Plans are moving forward to create five new chapters of the Chamber of Commerce to each serve the distinct communities of Summit County Colorado real estate: Frisco, Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Copper Mountain, and Dillon/Keystone. Summit Chamber of Commerce will serve as an umbrella organization, assisting with funding and set up.

Business owners and entrepreneurs relocating to Breckenridge homes and opening businesses or telecommuting from Summit County will soon discover business assistance tailored to the specific needs for Breckenridge real estate, and likewise in the other mountain towns and markets.

Almost two years ago, the Summit Chamber of Commerce determined that the individual communities within Summit County real estate are each unique. The organization determined to provide these local communities with more individualized support. As a result, the individual Chamber of Commerce chapters will grow. There will be more active members because members will find a greater level of service. Consequently, the Summit Chamber of Commerce will more aptly knit together the larger community.

The decentralization will improve cooperation and communication between the businesses who serve together in a specific town. Each town receive information specific to its own market and be better able to communicate needs. Marketing initiatives may become more specific.

The initiative is very purposeful. According to comments by Mark Nunn published November 28, 2012 in a Summit Daily News, the reorganization “has the most potential for growing the County, for helping the current businesses, for bringing people into visit and trying to make sure Summit County is going to continue to grow and succeed.” Nunn is the chairman of the board of the Summit Chapter.

So the strategy is twofold, to support the individual differences within the five communities and to put forth initiatives at the entire county will support. Each of the local chapters will be represented by two members in the Summit Chamber Board of Directors. The new structure encourages better coordination and will assist with strategic planning in Summit County.

Local business organizations assisted Summit Chamber of Commerce. Local business leaders and organizations such as the Frisco Chamber, the Copper Resort Chamber, the Dillon Business Association, and Silverthorne EDAC were acknowledged in the article by Jessica Smith in the Summit Daily. Over time, the new chapters will also provide a more functional dialogue with local government agencies.

For information about buying land, homes, condominiums, and fractional real estate in the scenic mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor at (970) 390-2560.

What a way to celebrate Thanksgiving—on the tubing hill at Frisco Adventure Park. The 10-lane hill overlooks Frisco Colorado real estate and the Rocky Mountains in Summit County. Family fun and a record-breaking 600 people of all sizes converged with the holiday spirit. Residents of Breckenridge homes joined with out-of-towners for the Thanksgiving Day opening of the 600-foot facility. Longer 1200-foot lanes will be opening in the coming weeks.

The crisp air never bit the toes. Frisco Adventure Park has been making snow since mid-October to get the tubing hill open on time. Then to maintain a snow base throughout the season, the Park operates two snowmaking machines. A snow cat is used to groom the facility regularly.

On opening day, staff began with three lanes open with options to open several additional lanes. The tubing lanes are designed to accommodate various ages and skill levels. Some lanes are longer than others and they have different gradations. The park will be in full swing by the Christmas season. When the ski lifts open, tubing enthusiasts can ride to the top of the lanes.

Ticket sales for the popular Frisco Adventure Park have been increasing every year. Facilities opened on December 12, 2010. The park charges $25 per hour. Until December 16, they are selling a transferable 10-punch pass for $199. The season pass is only $229. Call 970-668-2558 for details. Residents of Frisco homes and Summit County receive a 20-percent discount.

Frisco Adventure Park is open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from noon to 8 PM and on Monday from noon to 5 PM.
Popular nearby residential areas include historic Frisco, Water Dance, and The Reserve at Frisco. For information about buying land, homes, condominiums, and fractional real estate in the scenic mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor® at (970) 390-2560.

For vacations with family and friends, the convenience and beauty of Summit County real estateBreckenridge CO homes, Keystone condominiums, Wildernest or Blue River CO horse properties, Breckenridge and Keystone golf course homes, and collections of Summit County homes in the small mountain villages – can’t be beat.

Summit County homes are a short hour’s drive from downtown Denver. Straddling I-70 about 90 minutes west of Denver International Airport, Colorado real estate in Summit County lends itself to the ultimate mountain recreation.

Summit County lands ranges in altitude from 7947 feet to 14,270 feet at Gray’s Peak. Snowy peaks from the Ten Mile Range, Front Range, and Gore Range contribute to awesome majestic views. Perched on the West side of the Continental Divide in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Summit County includes major ski resorts, waterways from the Colorado River Basin such as the Blue River and the Snake River, Dillon and Green Mountain reservoirs, and thousands of acres of wilderness and national forests.

One of the original 17 counties of the Colorado Territory, Summit County once stretched from the Continental Divide to the border of Utah north to Wyoming. During the first half of the 1800s, high country trappers noticed gold and silver in the area. By 1859, their secret was out and mining towns such as Breckenridge and Frisco slowly shaped up until after the gold rush.

In 1946 Arapahoe basin ski area opened followed by Breckenridge ski area in 1961 then Keystone and Copper Mountain in the 70s. Known as Colorado’s Playground, Summit County became a top national ski destination. There is more. Comprehensive bicycle trails and pathways, ice skating, sledding, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and other outdoor activities invigorate residents and visitors alike.

Spanning 396,000 acres or over 600 square miles, Summit County is home to approximately 30,000 residents who enjoy the crisp winter and comfortable summers. Seasonal residents add dramatically to the population during prime winter months. Homes in Summit County also mean relaxing cultural events such as live theater, music festivals, galleries and art festivals in addition to excellent restaurants and shops.

For information about buying land, homes, condominiums, and fractional real estate in the scenic mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor® at (970) 390-2560.

Breckenridge Nordic Center’s Cleanup Day is tomorrow November 6, 2012 in preparation for opening day on November 10, snow permitting. Located near homes in Breckenridge Ski Resort, the Nordic Center is a favorite for those who love cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Spectacular Breckenridge real estate near Cucumber Gulch Preserve opens to trails maintained by Breckenridge Nordic Center.

The classic Nordic Chalet at Peaks 6 & 7 in the White River National Forest welcomes skiers to its wood-burning stoves, a retail and rental shop, and lessons and adventures. Trails traverse the old spruce forests and scenic overlooks and the Cucumber Gulch Preserve. The New Nordic World on Peaks 6 & 7 in the White River National Forest feature greater seclusion in the wilds of almost 1400 acres. Some snowshoe trails allow dogs on leashes.

Breckenridge Nordic Center features daily groomed, mapped, and marked trail systems for self-guided adventures. By reservation, Breckenridge Nordic Center also offers interpretive guided adventures on Peaks 7 & 8. Avid cross-country skiers and snowshoers dip into three warming huts along the trails. Josee’s Cabin is located below the Breckenridge Nordic Center Lodge on the Beaver Meadow Trail. The Historic Hallelujah Hut and Kathy’s Viewpoint Cabin and Sauna are nestled into the White River National Forest on Peak 7.

To get started with cross-country skiing, lessons are recommended. The staff at the Breckenridge Nordic Center love to teach beginners and hesitant skiers. They teach effective skills and drills for easy gliding on the snow. Lessons are offered four times daily, both private and private group sessions are included. Children also enjoy playing areas, a slide and sledding hill, an igloo and a fire pit for roasting marshmallows and brats.

Nordic Season Passes allow holders to use trails at Breckenridge/Goal Run and Frisco Nordic centers. Day and multi-day trail passes and group discounts are also available. Equipment rental is available for $8-$28 per day. The package includes skis and/or snowshoes with Nordic boots and poles.

The Nordic center is open from November 10, 2012 through April 15, 2013. Facilities are open all seven days each week from 9 AM to 4 PM.

From Interstate 70 west, take Exit 203 and go south on Highway 9/Summit Boulevard through Frisco for 9 miles to Breckenridge. At the roundabout, continue on Highway 9. At the second stoplight, turn right onto Ski Hill Road. Continue past the bridge at Shock Hill and the houses on Christie Heights to the parking lot. The ski chalet is located at 1200 Ski Hill Road.

For information about buying land, homes, condominiums, and fractional real estate in the scenic mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor® at (970) 390-2560.

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Residents of Breckenridge CO homes enjoy a range of cultural amenities not available to similar sized towns. Around Breckenridge real estate and Summit County ski towns of Keystone, Copper Mountain, and Arapahoe Basin, the Lake Dillon Theatre Company is almost taken for granted.

The excellent productions and professionalism of Lake Dillon Theatre have attracted attention far beyond Summit County homes. During 2011 and 2012, there has been a significant uptick in donations and interest. In 2010, the Denver Post Newspaper honored the theater with the Ovation Award for Best Year by a Company. It is ranked in the top 10 Colorado theaters located outside of the Denver area.

Local patrons and those traveling from Front Range cities expect great productions like the upcoming “Broadway Than 2012” playing November 2-4 and “Fox on the Fairway” November 23, 2012 through December 16, 2012.

Presenting year-round theatre, the Lake Dillon Theatre Company is Summit County’s only professional theatre company. Since 1995, its mission has been to provide top quality entertainment at affordable prices to our unique and thriving mountain community.

According to the Summit Daily News on October 19, 2012, the organization’s operating budget increase from $170,000-$800,000 over the past 10 years. Formally employing 1.5 staff, it now employs five going on six along with 6285 actors, technicians, designers, and directors.

The theater company, consequently, set about to improve its organization and to manage growth. The Daily reported that a nine-person committee has been meeting long hours for the last two months to create documented “choices for the future,” according to artistic director Christopher Alleman, The committee also included Executive Director Joshua Blanchard banker/facilitator Doug Sims, and other staff, board members, and donors. He says the work has been invaluable while creating next year’s budget.

Last Saturday, the theater company unveiled a new five-year strategic plan to become a destination regional theater. The plan includes objectives to deal with finances, fundraising, programs, marketing and branding, governance, and facilities.

Education is one of the new initiatives strengthening the program. The educational outreach will increase participation and enrollment. Scholarships will be available. The education initiative calls for the hiring of a new full-time theater staff member.

For information about buying land, homes, condominiums, and fractional real estate in the scenic mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor® at (970) 390-2560.

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