Keeping it FRESH


WINTER 2018-19

Vail Resorts is dedicated to providing the world’s best customer experience year-after-year, resulting in constant upgrades and exciting new technologies. Here is a look at what’s new at Vail & Beaver Creek for the 2018-2019 ski season.


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    Vail Mountain is installing 10 new low-energy + high capacity fan guns on Born Free trail in Lionshead AND upgrading pumps mountain-wide to increase snowmaking productivity.


    The Back Bowls will be even more accessible with a 30% increase in groomed terrain. Only a few more weeks until you can shred fresh corduroy on trails like The Slot, Poppyfields, Grand Review, Big Rock Park, Ricky’s Ridge, Yonder Gully and more!


    Located in Vail Village, the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum is back open after a year-long, $2.6M renovation. Make sure to check out the new interactive exhibits that delve deep into Colorado’s snowsports history. It is also a great place to stock up on unique gifts for all ages.



    Beaver Creek is focusing efforts on learning terrain with its reimagined Haymeadow Park Learning Area. Following the debut of the upgraded Red Buffalo Park beginner terrain in 2017-18, Haymeadow Park will feature a beginner gondola and lift, Haymeadow Express Gondola and Highlands Lift, in addition to magic carpets designed for beginner skiers and snowboarders — of all ages. Terrain improvements include a learning area with small terrain features, a beginner racecourse, Buffalo Bumps and Berms and Ske-Cology environmental learning. Haymeadow Park also features a new Ice Cream Parlour located at The Ranch, offering soup, sandwiches and more for kids enrolled in ski school.


    He can't carry your skis or give you directions, but Beaver Creek's newest ambassador will be accompanying the mountain safety team to spread the word about safety on the hill. Beaver Creek's first-ever mountain safety dog Willy is not a certified avalanche rescue dog, but his handler Mark Carll has plenty of important information for guests about safe skiing and riding in the mountains. Willy is a golden retriever. Follow his travels this winter using hashtag #WillyBeSafe.


    Planned for 2020-21, Beaver Creek's continued focus on family-friendly zones on the mountain continue with the McCoy Park expansion. The proposal includes lift-served ski terrain at McCoy Park, located at the top of Strawberry Park Lift and currently offering Nordic and snowshoe trails. The plan would add about 250 acres to the resort's skiable terrain, developing 17 trails that would be "groomable glades." About 75 percent of the terrain would be beginner, with the remaining being intermediate. All plans are subject to U.S. Forest Service approval and a decision is expected later in 2018, with a two-year proposed build out.

Forecast is looking promising...

OPENSNOW: Two storms will bring powder to the west.


It feels good to wake up to some promising news in the snow forecast. Our friend Joel Gratz is calling for two strong storms this week and states, "The western US is back aboard the storm train!" This weekend both Vail and Beaver Creek enjoyed "free refills" with over a foot of fresh champagne powder falling for most of Saturday. If you weren't able to get out there this past weekend (like me), don't worry, because we will see another storm in the Rockies later this week. 


Joel predicts the second storm will move from the Pacific Northwest, down the spine of the Rockies and through Colorado and New Mexico. No need to get your Valentine flowers this year, fresh powder is on its way! 

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, 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

The Coloradan


East West Resorts, a partner company of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate has broken ground on the only new construction private residences project in the Union Station neighborhood. Set to be completed in September of 2018, this $200 million, 334-condominium project is said to be "the final piece of the Union Station puzzle - the last building to go vertical in the area surrounding the train platform and canopy and the only opportunity to own a piece of this newly iconic neighborhood. -Chris Frampton, managing partner of East West Partners. 


× 334 total residences

× 33 Inclusionary Housing Ordinace (IHO) residences with pricing set by the affordability requirements estimated to be in the mid to high $200Ks

× 294 Studios, 1-bedrooms, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom residences ranging from the high $200s to $1.3M

× 7-19th Floor Penthouse residences ranging from $1.6M to $3.0M



× 19,000+/- sq.ft. of ground floor retail featuring experience driven high quality restaurants and shopping

× Rooftop pool deck and club room

× State-of-the-art fitness room

× Sprawling residents' garden

× 447-space underground parking garage

This exciting new product is being sold by our Slifer Smith & Frampton sales team in Denver! Interested? Give me a call for more information on THE COLORADAN or reach out to your designated real estate broker.