Winter Sports beyond Alpine Skiing near Breckenridge Homes

Folks from Breckenridge homes participate in a wide range of recreational activities, far beyond the Alpine skiing and snowboarding that Breckenridge Ski Resort brings to town.  Diverse recreational opportunities draw lovers of the great outdoors and Rocky Mountains fresh air to our beautiful mountain village and Summit County vacation properties.

Breckenridge homesResidents and visitors to Breckenridge CO real estate get outside for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, figure skating, and ice hockey.  Add to the mix the Gold Run Nordic Center and Breckenridge Nordic Center, Breckenridge Recreation Center, Breckenridge Golf Course, and Stephen C. West Ice Arena to experience exhilaration beyond downhill skiing.  All of these and more.  Big Ed’s Fishing Ventures just added guided ice-fishing to their services.

Lots of people try out snowshoeing, a great family activity accommodating many ages.  Nordic ski centers provide snowshoe rental and guided excursions throughout Summit County.  Snowshoe Adventures are available through the Rec Center.  The Nature Series and Adventure Programming series offer clinics that prepare students for outdoor activities.  Programs include snowshoeing, skiing, climbing, kayaking, and many other exciting activities.

All year-round, the Stephen C. West Ice Arena is open for public skating and hockey, mini golf, bounce houses, and lawn games.  There are youth and adults hockey leagues as well as curling and broom ball.  For ages three to adult, the Ice Arena hosts figure skating programs.  Ice dancing, lessons through the Breckenridge Skating School, and by annual ice shows are other popular activities at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena.

breckenridge homesThey can also swim or sweat it out at the 69,000 square foot Breckenridge Recreation Center.  Set along the Blue River Bikeway, Breckenridge Recreation Center is a state-of-the-art facility with a long list of programs and activities.  Lap pools and leisure swimming pools, tennis, racquetball, and basketball courts, a rock climbing wall, indoor track, fitness equipment, softball and soccer fields, playgrounds, and a lighted skateboard park are some of the amenities.

Excellent facilities located within Breckenridge city limits are inviting.  Yes, there are over 6000 skiable acres, back bowls, and terrain parks along several mountains in the Ten Mile Range.  The Summit Daily News (3/7/14) just reported Breckenridge as the snowiest ski resort in the nation with 28 feet of snow so far this year.  Vail Resorts announced they will keep Breckenridge Ski Resort open through April 27, 2014!

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For information about Breckenridge homes and Summit County real estate, please contact Kim Stevenson of Breckenridge Associates Real Estate at 800-774-7970, 970-453-2200, or 970-390-3150 (cell).  Serving your best interests for over 25 years!

Everyone Wins at ISSC in Breckenridge Colorado

We all won during the 24th Annualbreckenridgeissacolorado Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Not only were the sculptures fantastically creative but the process is so much fun for everyone to watch.  Residents from Breckenridge homes and others coming to view properties available in the Breckenridge Colorado real estate market picked a great time to visit.

ISSA Breckenridge CO real estateAnd coming from around the world to join the host Team Breckenridge were 15 excellent groups of competitors:  USA/Wisconsin, USA/Colorado/Black Forest, Spain/Catalunya, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Russia, and Mongolia with two teams.

Judges were looking for “a piece that is original, detailed, moving and inspiring.”  The awards ceremony took place on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.  Team Breckenridge joyfully accepted First Place for a sculpture representing childhood winter play.  ISSA Breckenridge Colorado home

Lisa Pogue at blog.breckenridge.com connected with Chef Keith Martin, captain of Team Breckenridge about the idea and he explained.  “As kids, we would look outside at the snow and imagine what the day of fun would have in store.  Sledding, snowball fights and forts to be built.”  Many adults consider the snow a burden but “Not us here in Summit County.  We still look at the snow outside with that same imagination we had when we were kids.”  Tim West, Margo Jerkovitz, and Tom Day rounded out the Team Breck.

ISSC Breckenridge ColoradoGermany took Second Place with their sculpted stack of discs set in balance and USA/Wisconsin took third placed with an exotic tropical sculpture

The climate in our beautiful Breckenridge surroundings is perfect for snow sculpture.  Beginning January 13 and ending February 2, 2014, the exciting ISSC process lasted three weeks.  The first week was Technical Week when volunteers built 12-foot blocks of snow, each weighing 20 tons.  Before the days of snowmaking machines, these blocks required great time and energy.  Volunteers stomp the snow, packing it into the molds.Breckenridge Colorado ISSA

Teams are given 65 hours to complete their works of art.  Sculpting began January 21 at 11 a.m. with the pop of a gun.  Sculptors had till January 25 at 10 a.m. to finish.  During the final night, most teams were up to the wee hours finishing details.  The teams are only permitted the use of hand tools for sculpting.

ISSA Breckenridge ColoradoThanks to our superb winter weather, sculptures remained on display through Sunday, February 2, 2014.  People from throughout Summit County real estate and Eagle County and along the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains had plenty of time to marvel at the ice creations.  And international skiers enjoyed the icy marvels, too.  We are already looking forward to the 2015 Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships here in Breckenridge Colorado and invite you to join us then.Breckenridge CO real estat

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For information about Breckenridge and Summit County properties, please contact Kim Stevenson of Breckenridge Associates Real Estate at 800-774-7970, 970-453-2200, or 970-390-3150 (cell).  Serving your best interests for over 25 years!

Keystone Colorado Properties in River Run Village

River Run Village tops the list of properties in Keystone Resort for many families.  Generally, Keystone Colorado real estate near the ski slope that River Run Village is priced lower than similar properties in Breckenridge.  Keystone Resort offers a more intimate small-town experience.  Families with children of all ages discover River Run Village to be a super-convenient base camp for skiing, ice-skating, hiking, and mountain biking.  Other recreational pastimes are nearby, whether it’s fly-fishing or championship golf.

Keystone properties in River Run Village are available at many price points and sizes.  Luxurious townhomes along the Snake River or efficiency studios and condominiums just steps from the ski lifts attract families who return year after year to play in Summit County.  There are also opportunities for fractional ownership such as Alpine Quarters.  Real estate prices in River Run Village begin in $200,000s with some properties valued over $1.5 million.

Amenities at River Run Village beautifully accommodate relaxed vacationers.  Anyone looking for great food will find it at Keystone’s cafés and casual restaurants, coffee shops and fine diners.  The Village features specialty shops, boutiques, some services, and numerous entertainment venues for after-ski mingling.  In addition, Keystone organizes fun outdoor events and fascinating festivals.

The pedestrian-friendly village is home to the Summit Express Chair Lift and the Gondola.  These lists are used to access all three mountains in Keystone Resort during both winter and summer months.  For ski-in/ski-out condominiums in River Run Village, ask about the Timbers Condominiums and Lone Eagle Condominiums.  Just a short walk from the ski lifts are condominiums in Red Hawk Lodge and The Springs and dozens of other attractive River Run condo complexes.

Offering night skiing, Keystone is the largest of Colorado’s Front Range ski resorts with 3,148 skiable acres and 135 runs.  Guests enjoy Keystone’s long, rolling intermediate runs and steep cruisers and the many beginner slopes for children and beginners.  The resort boasts five bowls along with steep tree runs, moguls, and cornices for advanced skiers.  Skiers can adventure up to approximately 12,000-foot elevations.  And then, there’s the 60-acre A51 Terrain Park with over 100 features and a park-specific lift.

Children love Keystone for many reasons. The Schoolyard on Schoolmarm, the first-ever family ski trail, winds through miles of pristine groomed terrain.  Children are entertained on a daily basis with fireworks, the Keystone avalanche dogs, and an awesome mountaintop snow fort.

Located about 90 minutes from the Denver International Airport, Keystone nestles near the Lake Dillon, the highest elevation lake in North America and the Continental Divide.

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For information about real estate in Keystone Resort and throughout Summit County, please contact Kim Stevenson of Breckenridge Associates Real Estate at 800-774-7970, 970-453-2200, or 970-390-3150 (cell).  Serving your best interests for over 25 years!

Dew Tour Inspires Summit County Colorado

Where else than in the Colorado Rocky Mountain communities of Summit County Colorado can residents mosey over to the world-renowned events taking place during the Dew Tour?  The ability to rub elbows with the best free skiers and snowboarders in the world is one advantage of owning homes in Breckenridge.  Last week’s Dew Tour was a memorable athletic competition, part of the official Olympic selection events.

Summit County Colorado real estateAn increasing number of families have pursued the purchase of Colorado’s Summit County real estate where young adults pursue freeskiing and snowboarding.  Breckenridge Ski Resort features an award-winning Freeway park and pipe.  High-quality amenities in terrain parks played host to the ski and snowboard superpipe and the slopestyle events.

Several competitors are at home in Breckenridge and Summit County Colorado.  Bobby Brown, Anna Segel, Eric Willlett, James Woods, Zach Black, and Kari Herman are among them.

During the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships December 12-15, 2013, spectators gathered around the base of Peak 8 to enjoy the excitement.  Practices and the following events took place:

  • Men’s/Women’s Ski Superpipe
  • Men’s/Women’s Ski Slopestyle
  • Men’s/Women’s Snowboard Superpipe
  • Men’s/Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
  • Nike Snowboarding Streetstyle

A young freeskier from Indiana won the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships ski slopestyle.  Nick Goepper is the reigning champion for the Winter X Games.  A Canadian took second and an Australian third.  All three men are competing to make the United States Olympic free skiing team.

The streetstyle event was held under the lights on Friday night in downtown Breckenridge.  In addition to the live events, the week included a lifestyle Festival with live music.  At the Do Tour Experience, fans ask for autographs from the athletes, played games, and enjoyed themselves.

The events come to Summit County Colorado as the first and second of five Olympic selection events for snowboarding and free skiing.  Dew Tour began in Breckenridge and moved this week to Copper Mountain Ski Resort.  Olympic rosters are scheduled to be announced on January 22, 2014.  Overall standings are determined by the two best results of individual athletes during the selection process.  A maximum of four athletes per event may be selected.

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Look at the variety of beautiful properties in Breckenridge and throughout Summit County Colorado.  Find a home nestled near the exalted snowy peaks.

For information about Summit County properties, contact Kim Stevenson of Breckenridge Associates Real Estate at 800-774-7970, 970-453-2200, or 970-390-3150 (cell).  Serving your best interests for over 25 years!

Oktoberfest Merriment with Friends of Summit County CO Homes

Summit County CO homes filled up with merry friends during the 19th Annual Oktoberfest held in Breckenridge September 13-19, 2013.  The lively weekend kicks off the beginning of fall in the Rocky Mountains.  In spite of rainfall, Main Street Breckenridge hosted the large street party with big German style.

Summit County CO homesResidents of Summit County CO homes donned decorated traditional German lederhosen and other costumes.  Following a keg-tapping ceremony, revelers toasted their large Breckenridge collectible steins of Paulaner Bier and feasted on authentic German cuisine.

Performances by Those Austrian Guys continued throughout the Oktoberfest at the Blue River Plaza.  Bavarian dancers whirled around to the beat of some mighty fine oompah and polka tunes.  Some danced the jig.

Children participated in games and activities also.  Families prefer daytime events on Fridays and Sundays to beat the crowds.  Behind Welcome Center was a play area with inflatables.  Children rode a mechanical bull.  Lots of people hung out at the Riverwalk Center across the river.  And quite a number of runners from Summit County CO homes showed up for the 5K run.

Summit County CO homesThe weekend began with a Brewmaster Dinner Friday evening.  This sumptuous multi-course meal with wine pairings sold out early.  According to an article by Breeana Laughlin in the Summit Daily News (9/14/13), “Smells of bratwurst and onions wafted from barbecue grills as people strolled down the street chatting and laughing….”

A rundown on the beverages.  Breckenridge Oktoberfest German beers from Paulaner included wiesn, marzen, and hefeweizen.  Breckenridge Brewery served up Avalanche American Amber, Lucky U IPA, and Agave Wheat.  Red and white wine and gluten-free beer were also made available.

Laughlin quoted one fellow lured out of his Breckenridge homes by the merriment.  “The ground was shaking with polka music…Everybody’s happy and partying and dressed to the nines.”

For information about buying or selling Summit County CO homes, condominiums, and vacant land, contact Kim Stevenson of Breckenridge Associates Real Estate at 800-774-7970, 970-453-2200, or 970-390-3150 (cell).  Serving your best interests for over 25 years!

Colorado Mountain Real Estate: Copper Mountain

Colorado Mountain Real Estate

Colorado Mountain Real Estate in Copper Mountain: The Copper Mountain Ski area has 2,465 acres of awesome skiing. Area ski-in-ski-out homes in Copper Mountain include Copper’s Tubing Hill which is divided into five lanes and is located in the East Village at the base of the Super Bee lift, Tucker Mountain Snow Cat rides, and Woodward at Copper is a state of the art 19,400 square foot indoor training facility providing a snowboard and ski training camp dedicated to park and pipe progression.

Colorado Mountain Real Estate

Homes in Copper Mountain have a great après ski scene. Enjoy live music, warm fires, and great friends at one of the fine watering-holes. From shaking your booty with Lefty Lucy at Jack’s to singing along to all your favorites with Moe Dixon at JJ’s.

Pamper yourself with a rejuvenating facial and relaxing massage at the Copper Mountain Spa & Athletic Club. There is a 25-yard indoor lap pool, tennis, racquetball, weight room, spas, saunas and steam rooms.

Is Remodeling a Waste of Money?

Kitchen in Luxury Breckenridge Home

Even at the peak of the Breckenridge real estate market, most remodeling projects did not pay for themselves.  Renovating is consumption spending, and upgrades are not investments.  Today homeowners are recouping on average just 58% of what they paid for upgrading, and that’s only if you sell within a year of finishing the remodel.  Your home-improvement project starts to get dated upon completion. Today’s stainless steel is tomorrow’s no fingerprint appliances.

Should you ever remodel your home? Sometimes remodeling makes sense. Carpeting, counters and appliances wear out over time. You might want to open up a floor plan by knocking down a wall or add a bedroom or bathroom. Maybe the home’s previous owners had awful decorating taste.

Here are a few inexpensive fixes:

  • Refurbishing, refinishing or refacing cabinets is usually less expensive than replacing them. Tubs and sinks can be reglazed to save you thousands compared with a gut remodel.
  • Declutter or re-purpose a room. Maybe you have two dining areas and one could be your office or a guest bedroom instead.
  • Paint is inexpensive and can dramatically transform the look of a room.

A few projects have the highest return on investment, and they all focus on maintenance, replacements and enhancing curb appeal. Some of these projects are: new windows, new exterior siding, replace front door, finishing an attic or basement, midrange minor kitchen and bathroom remodel, new garage door and new deck.

Finally, if you’re trying to sell your home, you shouldn’t sink money into a major remodel.  There are some low-cost fixes  likely to return far more than they cost, such as:

  • Wash windows, remove heavy curtains, and trim back branches and bushes that cover windows.
  • Scour your house from top to bottom and make it sparkling clean.
  • Spruce up landscaping, trim bushes, remove dead trees, and plant flowers.  In winter clear all walkways, driveways and patios of snow.
  • Stage your home. Rearrange furniture and décor to highlight positives and downplay negatives. Professional stagers can help you with this.

Hiring Interior Design Consultants

Decorating a Contemporary Dining Room

Interior Design Consultants

Many interior decorators and designers offer consultation services that can assist you in getting started in decorating your home…

Before you choose which interior decorator you are going to work with. Look through their work and talk with some of the references they give you.

Decorating is both personal and subjective. Before you begin you should study the different styles to determine the look that you want your home to have.

An interior designer can help you to use color wisely and to select the proper furniture and accessories to help you to create the overall effect you want to achieve. This service is not expensive. Some decorators allow the fee to be applied to purchases you make through the decorator. It is important to develop a long-range plan before you begin to decorate.

An experienced interior designer can help you to save time and money. A carefully thought-out decorating plan will help you make wise purchasing decisions and avoid buying items which may never tie together. A well-decorated home can bring years of contentment. By determining your preferences before you start, you can make consistent style decisions and avoid making costly mistakes. Start by looking at your favorite furnishings. The style is found in the detail: shapes and lines, fabric colors, and patterns.

Styles to Choose From

Using a plan that includes a color scheme and styles that are harmonious will help to unify the various components in your home and will assure that each room easily flows into the next.

Traditional, contemporary, eclectic, and country are the four main decorating styles are in use today. Specific themes such as soft contemporary or international country stem from these styles. An eclectic style successfully mixes different styles and ties them together by a common denominator, such as color.

Design Basics To Work With

Whether you hire a designer or work on your own, it is good to remember these important points of interior design:

  • Begin with the window treatments, wall coverings and flooring. Coordinating these will go a long way toward providing a uniform background for your furnishings.
  • It is important that all other fabric patterns complement the main fabric. Pick out a primary fabric pattern that you like and build from that.
  • The size of the furniture is important. When a room is filled with furniture of the same height, it loses its focal point. Large, heavy pieces can overpower a room. Vary the heights and sizes of the furniture pieces. Do not put a lot of furniture into a small area. It is important to leave some space unoccupied as that will allows the natural beauty of the furniture to display itself and will keep the room from looking cluttered.

A successfully decorated home should be comfortable to you and to your family and should reflect your lifestyle and personality.

Beautiful rooms can be the result of vision, careful planning and resourcefulness rather than a generous budget.

Once you have implemented your decorating plan with coordinating colors, textures, accessories, and personal flair, your home will radiate your particular warmth and uniqueness. You will have a home that you will be able to enjoy for many years to come.

Building Your Summit County Home Theater

 

Summit County Home Theater

The Movie Room

With all the technology that is available today, it is much more affordable to transform practically any room into your very own home theater.

One way to lessen the out of pocket impact of a good home theater system is to tie your investment in with your mortgage. If you plan ahead, you can finance a better system and avoid settling for an entry level system that may be limiting or quickly obsolete.

In order to create the movie theater experience at home, you need to be able to have control of lighting, acoustics and viewing positions. Any room which you can sufficiently darken will work to create your own movie theater. Your basement may work. A room with lots of windows that are hard to cover easily would not work.

The room dimensions will depend on your maximum intended audience and the screen size. In general, the optimum viewing distance is about twice the diagonal screen measurement (for example: a 48-inch TV is best viewed at around 8 feet).

Furnishings in Your Home Theater

Comfortable seats are essential. Small reclining chairs work well. Sectional sofas are a good choice if they face the screen directly. Do not use high backs that will obscure views.

Lighting in Your Home Theater

Technology is available to automate the theater lights, close and open window treatments, drop the projector from the ceiling and lower the theater screen. All of this can happen with a touch of a button on a sophisticated remote. Automation is very popular. It is important that your light sources are indirect and controllable.

Audio in Your Home Theater

Start with a Dolby Digital receiver. Then add a 5.1 surround sound system – six speakers for the left, center and right front, rear surround and a sub-woofer for the low frequencies. You can spend under $1,500 for a decent-sounding entry level system or more for a THX certified surround sound system that can be built to a 7.1 surround with additional speakers and amplifier. Shop around and look at major brands to compare quality and price.

Video Essentials for Your Home Theater

For prerecorded movies, you need a good stereo VCR. DVD’s offer superior video and audio quality and will also play music CDs.

A high definition tuner would need to be purchased separately for $600 to $2,000.

Inexpensive viewing options include direct-view sets (32 inches is the minimum) and rear-projection big screens (from 43 to 80 inches). Expect to spend between $800 and $5,000 for a good set. A high definition ready set combined with wide screen picture format may cost even more.

If you are able to spend more money, you can create a real theater experience with a 100″+ screen and a digital light projector (DLP) or cathode ray tube (CRT) projector.

Get ready to enjoy your very own movie theater in the privacy of your home for many years to come!

Remodeling Your Kitchen

Remodeling Your Luxury Kitchen

Planning Your Kitchen Remodel

It is very important to receive professional advice when you are planning a kitchen remodel. Planning carefully with a competent professional is the most important ingredient in determining the successful outcome of your remodel. The more complicated the project, the more important it is to receive good professional advice.

There are a wide range of costs and types of products available so one of the first steps is to establish how much you want to invest in a kitchen remodel. Work with a professional to select the best materials that are in your budget and that will achieve the look that you and your family will enjoy.

Updating your kitchen can vary from low- cost cosmetic improvements such as new wallpaper or window treatments, to a total renovation of the space. Your kitchen can be both efficient and attractive.

Components For Your Kitchen

Today’s appliances offer more convenience than ever before. Appliances now have a built-in look and blend in well with surrounding cabinets. Most appliances come in colors or specialized finishes that fit in with any kitchen decor.

Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. A well-designed kitchen establishes a base where the family can spend quality time together.

Ask yourself the question: Do you want the look of the high-tech style of Euro/contemporary or do you want to choose the traditional look of wood.

Plastic laminate remains the most popular countertop material available. Other popular materials include ceramic tile, wood, natural stone, and synthetic solid surfaces that resemble marble or granite.

Cabinetry and its accessories have improved dramatically in the last 20 years. You can select many convenience features including Lazy Susans and appliance garages that will make your kitchen extremely functional and a joy to spend time in.

Many experts agree that for the typical American home, a mid-level remodel includes new countertops, new flooring, good quality cabinets, and reasonably priced fixtures and appliances.

Investment

For a complete remodel, the general rule is not to spend more than 15% of the value of the home. Remodeling the kitchen is an excellent investment. Remodeling will help increase the resale value of your home. Remodeling can help to add space and enjoyment for your family.

Costs for Remodeling vary depending on the quality and type of countertops, number of appliances and labor required to do the job. The best way to ensure a good return on your investment is to choose a competent professional with good references.

The kitchen is the most often remodeled room in the American home. A well-designed kitchen with plenty of cabinets and counter space is one that you can spend time in and enjoy for years to come and is a very important feature in helping to sell your home in the future.