Found 17 blog entries tagged as Skiing.

 

Located in Park County, CO and the Mosquito Mountain Range, Montgomery Reservoir is a high elevation (10,873 feet) manmade lake that sits in a beautiful alpine setting between Alma, Colorado (80420) and Hoosier Pass. It’s located only about ten minutes from Alma.

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Five Reasons to Love Snow:

1. Snow Brings Out the Inner Child

Kids love snow and the older we get the more we realize that being a kid is actually the most magical time of our lives. Playing in, riding on, and throwing snow at each other helps us remember (and rekindle) that magic but with the added appreciation of adulthood.

2. Snow is Soft

Everyone knows making mistakes is a key part of learning anything. On skis or a snowboard this usually means falling on your face and/or butt. Falling is how you get better but snow beats concrete, gravel or dirt every time.

3. Snow Makes Everything Beautiful

Take some dead trees, a bunch of gross mud, even a broken down car and add a few inches of fresh white snow… instant postcard! Add…

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One thing is for certain. Moose aren't the most eloquent creatures, but they sure are cool. Standing over six feet tall and weighing between 600 and 1,600 pounds, moose are a common sight within Rocky Mountain National Park and a visitor favorite.

But until the late 1970s it was rare to catch a glimpse of moose in Colorado, even though there are records of moose sightings as far back as the 1850s, according to an Aspen Daily News article. In 1978, Colorado Parks and Wildlife first introduced 12 moose from Utah to the area west of the Never Summer Mountains near the town of Walden. In 1979, another 12 from Wyoming were released in the same region in the Illinois River drainage. This early population thrived and some moved into the Laramie River…

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As Fall draws near, we have the opportunity to witness the spectacular event of Full Rut. If you are love watching Elk and capturing amazing photos and videos of these majestic creatures, now is the time.  Please respect the wildlife and do not feed them or approach them.

 

The meadows in Michigan Hill and Jefferson Heights are filled with large herds right now. Take a drive through these neighborhoods around dusk and bring your camera. If you do not see the Elk, just turn off your car and listen. Their Bugling will lead you straight to the herd.

 

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Long-term vs. Short-term Vacation Rentals

Short Term Vacation Rental

 Vacation rentals have gained a lot of popularity in the past decade, thanks mostly to online services and the ability to market your home or a secondary property as a rental, without going through the official real estate mumbo jumbo. Vacation properties are a decent alternative to a hotel, and it has a personal (sometimes rustic) touch that many travelers and people on vacation prefer over the professionalism of hotels. Plus, they can be a cost-friendly option.

Vacation homes have been a thing before the advent of the internet, especially in places where it’s not feasible to build and profit from a hotel. There is a choice for investors and homeowners, who want to rent out part of their own residence…

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Experience the Breck Film Fest like never before — from your car, your couch or anywhere in the world. While this year’s festival feels far from the usual four-day event in town, the show must go on and go on it will! This year the film fest has three world premiers and a great line up of Q&A’s – one featuring American Pie’s Jason Biggs.

This year’s festival will consist of two formats:

The Drive-In:  September 17-20 featuring:

  • “Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President”- This film may have you trying to re-elect Jimmy!
  • “Breathtaking K2” & “Huck Yeah” – The annual Adventure Reel is back and ready to stir the stoke on ski season 2020-2021
  • “The Cuban” – A film with diverse story lines featuring a Breck Film Fest Fan himself -Lou…

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First thing’s first: when you’re checking out wildflowers in Colorado, you’ll need to know what to look for. There are literally hundreds of wildflowers that grow in Colorado, but here’s a list of some of the most common:

Colorado Blue Columbine

The Rocky Mountain Columbine is a gorgeous blue and white star-shaped flower you’ll find all over the state, which is appropriate since it’s our official state flower.

Indian Paintbrush

This tall flower with its cup-like bracts comes in a variety of colors, but you’ll most likely spot the red and orange varieties in Colorado.

Bluebell

Delicate bluebells look exactly like what the name implies.

Fireweed

Fireweed gets its name from its ability to grow so quickly and…

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5 Tips to Save For Your Down Payment

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One of the best things about buying a property in a rural area is that if you qualify for a USDA loan, you won’t have to save a lot of money for down payment or closing costs. But on the flip side, you will be slapped with a long-term PMI payment.

In case you don’t qualify for a USDA loan, the best-case scenario is that you have saved at least 20% of a home's purchase price for a down payment, and about 5, 7% more for closing and other additional costs. A 20% down payment means that you don’t have to pay for PMI, and you also have a decent amount of equity in your property going in.

The problem is that 20% can be a significant sum. It’s $60,000 for a $300,000 property, which is more than the…

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The town of Fairplay lies within the high, broad South Park valley, stretching over 900 square miles bordered by the Mosquito and Park mountain ranges.

 

Ute tribes summered in the region, and eventually French trappers arrived to hunt and trade in furs. By the mid-1800s, cattle and sheep operations moved in, but it was the discovery of gold in South Park in 1859 that brought large numbers of eager miners and the development of camps and towns like Fairplay.

 

A prospering mining industry encouraged migration to the South Park area, followed by permanent settlements. As more people moved in, the community demanded such skilled services as carpentry and blacksmithing. Wagon roads gave way to narrow gauge railways, and soon…

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Located right off of Highway 285, Kenosha Pass and campground is known as one of the nation’s highest mountain passes, sitting at an elevation of 10,000 feet. This small, easily accessible campground is perfect for a family getaway, hiking, biking, backpacking and horseback riding on the lengthy trails. Take in the spectacular views of Mount Evans and Mount Bierstadt. 

 

FISHING: Jefferson Lake is a short 10 mile drive from Kenosha Pass and is known as one of the best fishing spots in Park County with incredible views and scenery. Make sure you stop by Jefferson Market on your way for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. Click the link for menu and pricing.  https://jeffersonmarket17.com/menu.

 

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