Fall is here and winter is near! The leaves have changed and many are calling it the best year for fall colors! Due to the heavy rain early this summer with a drier fall, the Aspen leaves have continued to show off their gorgeous color!

Who else has enjoyed seeing the contrast of snowy peaks with the beautiful yellows around our state? As warmer days come to a close and winter is upon us, we’re looking forward to all that’s ahead! This quarterly update on the blog will highlight upcoming events, opening days on the mountains, and changes for Vail Resorts.

Summer outdoor music and most of Summit County’s beloved festivals have finished for the year, but there’s still plenty to do in and around the county! Whether you’re looking for a night out with your family or something unique to do while visiting the county, read on for ideas!

Upcoming Local Events

A 70s Flashback
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays @ 7pm – No late arrivals!
Through October 16th at the Breckenridge
“Two present-day tourists stumble into a local bar where things don’t seem quite right… that’s because it’s 1970’s Breckenridge! Featuring a live band and some of your favorite 70s hits, take a ride back to a simpler time with this talented group of local actors and musicians.” (Backstage Theater)

Ullr Fest
December 8-17th – More info to come here!
“Ullr Fest is an annual 10-day celebration of all things winter and snow! Breckenridge visitors and locals alike gather to praise the Norse God of snow, Ullr.” (GoBreck)

December 10-11 – Buy tickets here!
Ford Park, Vail
Powabunga is returning to Vail and will feature live music performed by a number of bands on the outdoor stage at Ford Park. Featured artists include Rufus Du Sol, Bob Moses (Club Set), Vintage Culture, Channel Tres, Gavlak, and Sandstrom with more artists to be named in the coming weeks!

Eyes Wide Open playing at Murphy’s Tavern in Silverthorne. Try a $6 mule during happy hour before trivia night on Wednesdays.

Looking for a way to test your knowledge with friends or a weekly date night? I've collected a few of the weekly trivia nights around the county. Everywhere on the list serves food, except for Broken Compass, however, you may bring your own take-out along. Try local craft beers or your favorite cocktail from a local bartender at one of these locals’ favorites. If there's one you enjoy attending that I haven't listed, add it in the comments!

Trivia Nights Around Summit County

Rocky Mountain Underground (RMU) @ 6pm
114 S. Main St., Breckenridge

Saved By the Wine @ 7pm
765 West Anemone Trail, Unit B, Dillon

Broken Compass Brewing @ 7pm
68 Continental Court, B12, Breckenridge

Murphy's Tavern @ 7pm
501 Blue River Pkwy., Silverthorne

HighSide Brewing @ 7pm
720 Main St., Frisco

Breckenridge in the distance; taken from Carter Park.

With winter right around the corner, I hope you're getting excited for opening day on your favorite local mountain! Have you been wondering when that might be? I have you covered for the major resorts in Colorado! Who will open first, Keystone or Arapahoe Basin?

(Projected) Ski Season Opening Days 2021

October – Keystone & Arapahoe Basin
Late October – Loveland
November 12 – Breckenridge & Vail
November 17 – Winter Park
November 20 – Purgatory & Steamboat
November 22 – Copper Mountain
November 24 – Beaver Creek & Crested Butte
November 25 – Aspen Snowmass & Telluride
December 11 – Aspen Highlands

Looking forward to this winter ski season, Breckenridge Ski Resort will showcase a new high-speed 4 seater lift, Freedom Superchair, servicing Peak 7! Beaver Creek will feature a new beginner/intermediate terrain park with 250 acres featuring two four-seater lifts. Crested Butte is replacing its oldest ski lift, Peachtree Lift, on the mountain with a three-seater lift to be ready for this season. Peru Express Lift at Keystone is being replaced with a six-seater high-speed lift to reduce wait time creating a better experience for those heading to the terrain parks, as well as for night skiing. Announced last month, masks will not be required on Vail Resorts Mountains this year and reservations will not be needed to ski; however, reservations and masks will be mandatory to dine on the mountains, as well as a proof of vaccination. In terms of how much snow to expect this year, Joel Gratz of Open Snow says the possibility of a La Nina year, but it probably won’t have much of an effect for us in central Colorado. (Summit Daily) Looking forward to the 2022-23 season, Vail Resorts is planning to build 19 new lifts across 14 resorts, including Keystone and Vail. To learn more about the planned updates for both this season and next, click here for more information.

A recently sold home in Silverthorne; I represented the seller.

A Quick Market Update

Sales in the county are up +18% over the same period in 2020 and up +27% over 2019! The average price increase has been steady all year showing a drastic change compared with last year (+23%) and for the same period of 2019 (+31%). At the same time, inventory has taken a drastic decline compared to past years with a -64% decrease compared to last year and down -78% compared to 2019. The percent of list to sold price has hovered between 97-98% in past years, but this year has consistently stayed around 101%! Sellers are often getting MORE than their asking price! Thank you Remax Properties of the Summit for this market update! If you’d like to dive deeper into the state of the market in Summit County, check out this page for a detailed report by town.

As you can see, there is plenty to do in Summit County as we prepare for the upcoming ski season. Whether it’s listening to 70’s music at the local theater, praying to Ullr for snow, or testing your knowledge at trivia night, the whole family will find entertainment in Summit County! Next month on the blog, I’ll discuss the changes happening in short-term rentals in Breckenridge and around the county. While this is a hot topic issue to some, I hope to summarize the issue as a local real estate agent with over 20 years of experience.