Monthly Archives: February 2012

Bode Miller – Off the Hill

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Bode Miller is setting aside his skis for the season because of a balky left knee.  The five-time Olympic medalist had a minor  procedure performed on the knee earlier this month with the hope of quickly returning to the circuit but when Miller recently arrived back in Europe, he experienced more discomfort in the knee and opted for another season-ending surgery.  Fortunately for ski racing, his future plans seem centered more on rehab than retirement. “I love ski racing and I love being active so I hope for a solid recovery and to get back to training as soon as possible,” Miller said. “I’m still having fun and as long as skiing is enjoyable, I’m going to continue to do it.” Miller had four podium finishes this season, including a nerve-testing victory on the challenging Birds of Prey downhill course at Beaver Creek in December.  “Winning again at Beaver Creek was pretty special,” said Miller. The knee first began bothering Miller while he was competing on an icy slope in Sochi, Russia, a test run for the 2014 Winter Games. He tried to ski through the pain the next weekend in Bansko, Bulgaria, and then decided to return to the…

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Are single-family home sales heating up in the Vail Valley? Do we need more inventory?

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It appears so! Since January 1st, the resort areas in the valley have seen a lot of activity. Bachelor Gulch has set a record so far this year with a closed home sale in only 30 days on the market.  The home sold for $11,000,000 which was 92.63% selling to list price. Beaver Creek has 1 closed home sale this year and there are 3 under contract. Arrowhead has 4 homes under contract, two of which are priced over $7M. Vail Village has had a home go under contract in a very short amount of time and that home is listed at a whopping $16,889,000! In addition, we have seen quite a few multiple offers in various areas throughout the valley which is causing buyers to circle as they wait for new inventory to pop up on the market. Seems like we have turned the corner in our resort market. Buyers waiting for the “bottom” should not delay. The time is now to seize the opportunity to own in the Vail Valley!

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VAIL — The 22nd annual Taste of Vail

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The festival we all look forward to year after year is approaching!  With three days of educational seminars and events, no one should miss Vail’s Taste of Vail!  In addition to the new seminars offered during the 22nd annual Taste of Vail, popular signature events will return such as the 8th Annual Colorado Lamb Cookoff and Apres Ski Tasting, Mountaintop Picnic at 10,350 foot above sea level on Vail Mountain and the Grand Tasting. Tickets can be purchased for $75 for unlimited all-you-can eat and drink lamb and wine. The Mountaintop Picnic is $135 with tickets for the Grand Tasting at $175. An all-inclusive Festival Pass also can be purchased for $495, which includes all signature events and seminars.   New this year is a program called Sip, Slide & Sample, which allows festival goers the opportunity to ski on the mountain with winemakers followed by a small, intimate tasting in the Village. This event is one of the many smaller, more personal seminars offered throughout the annual spring food and wine festival taking place April 5-7. Seminar ticket prices begin at $45 per person. The event kicks off April 5 with the Colorado Lamb Cook-off and Après Ski Tasting…

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Blue Sky Barbecue

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I’m going to let you in on a tradition for Vail locals today.  A barbecue picnic in Blue Sky Basin is my favorite thing ever to do in the winter!  When skiing in Blue Sky Basin, you will feel like you have left the world behind.  Its quiet and vast surroundings with pillows of powder make you feel very secluded.  After a few runs of unbelievable skiing, locals unload their backpacks of anything from bratwurst and beers to steaks and bubbly.  I have even been known to make a mean tequila slushy utilizing freshly fallen snow.  Hot grills and picnic tables await skiers and snowboarders for public use and an afternoon shared with friends you will never forget. Following an adventure at Blue Sky Basin, you will most likely want to purchase Vail real estate.  Stop by Ron Byrne & Associates on Bridge Street or give us a call at 970.476.1987.

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Vail’s Moral Compass

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In a valley known for dreaming the impossible and being able to bring it to life, the Vail Symposium is taking learning and intellect to the forefront. Founded in the early days of Vail, the Vail Symposium is like a sleeper-cell of intellectuals, hovering just under the radar of Vail’s party-loving, Street Beat-dancing, slope-carving residents, just waiting to appear in sudden random acts of culture.  The educational equivalent of an air-to-ground missile striking at our most vulnerable organs, our brains, the Vail Symposium acts as our moral and thought-provoking compass through events such as last weekend’s “Vail Vignettes” theatrical event and their ongoing lectures on global, political and artistic issues. Thursday evening’s lecture by adventurer Neal Petersen is sure to be one such landmark event as he talks about his journeys.  PBS has aired a documentary about his life titled “No Barriers – the Story of Neal Petersen,” and his autobiography, “Journey of a Hope Merchant,” won a NOBA award. Petersen completed the 1998-99 Around Alone yacht race, journeying 27,000 miles and nine months at sea alone and in a yacht he designed and built himself. Neal is a natural storyteller—riveting, engaging and highly entertaining as he will share his…

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Mardi Gras in Vail

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Pass on N’Awlins and head to Vail for the largest annual Mardi Gras celebration at 8,150 feet above sea level. Don’t miss the merriment, the throws, the Cajun and Creole cuisine and, of course, the Fat Tuesday Parade and Street Party with Frogs Gone Fishin’. While you are in town, please stop by our Vail real estate open house.  Visit us on the web for all of your Vail, CO real estate needs.

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New listing in Vail’s Best Neighborhood

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Mature pines surround this remarkable home located in Vail’s most desired neighborhood.  A short walk to Vail Village, this 5 bedroom, 5 ½ bath residence encompasses Gore Range views and a fabulous master bedroom with its own private deck.  The open floor plan encourages entertaining along with the extensive wine cellar and game room.Visit www.ronbyrne.com to search Vail real estate.  We would love to help with all of your Vail Colorado real estate needs.

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Ski Condos in Vail see Strong Sales

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CONDOS are movin’ on up in Vail Village and Lionshead!  Over the past six months we have seen almost $80 Million in condominium real estate go under contract.   While new developments such as Solaris and the Ritz Carlton naturally contributed to the high dollar amounts, tried and true complexes such as The Lodge at Vail, Village Center, Riverhaus and Lodge at Lionshead added a great deal to the overall success.  With a good amount of inventory still on the market,  it is a great time for Buyers to take advantage of good options and a great prices.

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Beaver Creek Terrain is 94% Open

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Snowfall in January for Beaver Creek was 5% above its monthly average over the last 11 years.  Ski patrol has been prepping double-black-diamond and extreme terrain in Royal Elk Glade and Upper Stone Creek Chutes.   Portions of this terrain will open for the season today.  This will make 1,712 acres open on Beaver Creek now with all 25 lifts operating. The snow is here and its time to come ski Beaver Creek.  While you are in town, check out Beaver Creek Real Estate from one of our expert Vail real estate brokers.

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Teva – Not just for Summer anymore!

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When you think of the Teva Games, you probably picture mountain biking, kayaking, and te ever-popular mud run, but winter will never be the same after professional and amateur athletes converge on the mountains and villages of Vail for a celebration of adventure sports, music and the great outdoors. The first annual Winter Teva Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer will feature competitions in mixed/ice climbing, mountain cyclocross, Big Air, and dual slalom biking, Nordic and telemark skiing, ski mountaineering, snowshoe racing and ascension with $60,000 in prize money on the line. Plus, the inaguaral Seven Wonders of Vail contest – can you ski all the Back Bowls in one day? February 10 – 12th, 2012 The Gear Town will be open daily starting at 10am, so even if you are not competing you can still score, maybe even an amazing Valentine’s Day gift for the athlete in your life!  Visit the official Teva Winter Games site, or contact Ron Byrne & Associates directly to find out more about this and other events happening in Vail!

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