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Colorado Day

HAPPY 142nd BIRTHDAY, COLORADO! 

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On August 1, 1876, President Ulysses S. Grant made Colorado the "Centennial State." Now known as "Colorado Day," where residents come together to celebrate the best of our lovely state, whether it be music, recreation, or its rich history. 

In honor of Colorado Day, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is waiving entrance fees to all 42 state parks on Monday, August 6th. You might be asking yourself, but how do I choose!? Luckily they put together a list of some fan favorites to help you narrow your search. 

I have only been a Coloradan for 10 years but feel lucky to call it home. To show my state pride on this special day I have compiled some fun facts about why Colorado ROCKS (see what I did there). 


DID YOU KNOW...

Colorado is the only state in history to turn down the Olympics? In 1976 the Winter Olympics were planned to be held in Denver but in a last minute vote 62% of voting Coloradans chose to pass because of the costs, pollution and population boom it would have on the state. 

DID YOU KNOW...

Colorado contains 75% of the land area of the U.S. with an altitude over 10,000 feet.

DID YOU KNOW...

Colfax Avenue in Denver is the longest continuous street in America! 

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The 13th step of the state capital building is exactly 1 mile high above sea level.

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Denver has the largest city park system in the nation with 205 parks in City limits and 20,000 acres of parks in the neighboring mountains. 

DID YOU KNOW...

Colorado has more microbreweries per capita than any other state. Cheers to that! 

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Here is to you Colorado! You look pretty darn good for 142.

-Carling

EPIC PASS 2018/2019 | 65 Resorts. One Pass.

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I feel like every year I write a post encouraging people to lock in the best price for next seasons EPIC PASS and every year I find myself blown away with the new resorts added to the "Family." As much as people can complain about Vail Resorts quest for total domination, as a pass holder and someone who loves to explore other destinations, I fully encourage it. 

For a limited time you can still purchase an EPIC PASS for the 2018/2019 season for $899 and you then get access to 65 Resorts across the world. CLICK HERE to lock it down. 


NEW THIS YEAR

UNITED STATES

COLORADO: Telluride & Crested Butte *two of my favorite ski towns EVER.

NORTHEAST: Okemo & Mount Sunapee *Old stomping grounds back in VT & NH

WASHINGTON: Stevens Pass 


CANADA, Eh?

Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Nakiska Ski Area, Stoneham, Mont-Sainte Anne, and Kimberley Alpine Resort


JAPOWW (Japan)

Hakuba47 Winter Sports Park, Hakuba Cortina Snow Resort, Habuka Goryu Snow Resort, Hakuba Happo-One Snow Resort, Jiigtake Snow Resort, Kashimayari Ski Resort, Tsugaike Kogen Snow resort. 


EUROPE

You also have access to 30 European Resorts across France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria including Tinges-Val D'Isere, Skirama Dolomiti, Paradiski, Les 3 Vallees, Arlberg, Adamelle Brenta, 4 Vallees


Like I said, pretty EPIC and totally worth $899! I hate to admit it, but writing this post got me excited to SKI!!!! CLICK HERE to join the fun. 

-Carling

 

 

 

How will the new tax bill affect homeowners?

On December 20, 2017 Congress passed H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which has now received the President's signature and took effect on January 1, 2018. There are many intricacies to the new bill to explore, but there are a few major takeaways on how it will affect homeowners over the next seven years. 

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Impact on home sales, the real estate market, and mortgage financing:

  • The bill keeps the option to exclude up to $500K of gain on the sale of a primary residence.
  • The bill keeps business interest deductions for real estate, plus Section 1031 like-kind exchanges for real property, which will ensure that the costs of home financing remains affordable and real estate activity remains a vibrant part of the economy.
  • The bill keeps the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and the tax-exempt status for private activity bonds (PABs), tow rules that will help preserve options for affordable multi-family housing and consumer access to affordable mortgage credit. 

I found a great article from the National Law Review with a comprehensive and user-friendly breakdown of other highlights from this new bill -> check it out HERE.

 

Turkey with a side of POWDER

If I had to dream up the perfect weather scenario in Vail, Colorado I would have 75 degree blue bird sunny days from May 1st – October 31st and then winter would roll in with force and dump light, fluffy, champagne powder over our beautiful valley. We might be a few weeks late on my dream but our good friend Ullr is finally making his appearance just in time for the season opener!

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According to our pal Joel Gatz from opensnow.com, snow will begin falling on Thanksgiving night and will continue to pick up over the next 48 hours. It sounds like the most intense segment of the storm will be on Friday between 1PM and 8PM with snowfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour! Joel is predicting we will wake up to 6-12 inches of powder on Saturday morning. Just remember, it is still VERY early in the season so don’t roam too far to find those powder stashes, it is going to be boney out there.

For the most accurate and up-to-date mountain forecast and powder finder visit opensnow.com