Home water monitoring devices may be something to consider if you own a property that you do not live in full time. A friend with a second home here in Breckenridge was recently alerted by his “SimpliSafe” water monitoring system that there was a water leak in his home. He asked the property manager to check on it and they were able to stop the leak quickly. Without the notification from his SimpliSafe, the results could have been disastrous! Flood damage is the most common home insurance claim and one of the most expensive. Smart water monitors were created to prevent these very situations.

There are a variety of sensors on the market. Take a look and see if there’s a product that could help you in this same situation.

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Friends of the Dillon Ranger District (FDRD) is a Silverthorne-based nonprofit organization that ensures that our National Forest is not negatively impacted by its immense popularity here in Summit County. FDRD partners with the US Forest Service and many, many volunteers to sustain the local forest and enhance the recreational experience for all users. In their 15-year history the organization has grown to a team of four full time staff, two summer seasonal staff and over 1,000 dedicated volunteers.

With more than 60 projects planned every calendar year, the group’s active volunteers contribute thousands of hours maintaining and improving trails, planting trees, pulling invasive weeds, educating visitors and offering extensive youth programming.

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The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance wants to teach you something about the town you love! This local nonprofit offers walking, hiking and snowshoeing tours around Breckenridge nearly every day of the week. The Heritage Alliance’s NINE incredible local museums are free! Explore local wildlife in the home of Edwin Carter, a miner-turned-environmentalist with his taxidermy specimens that cover the walls. Tag along on the Haunted Tour or Swinging Doors Saloon Tour to learn about the colorful local characters of the 1880’s and those who still grace us with their time in area homes and bars. Stop into the Fire House, Railroad and Ski museums to get a glimpse of our rough and tumble roots here in Summit. No time to get to Breckenridge? No problem! Read through…

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“We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.” - John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra

Now is the time to plan your summer climbs! How many of Colorado’s fourteen-thousand-foot peaks have you tackled? It’s important to plan in advance so you are certain to get up and down before the afternoon clouds roll in. There is some great information online about selecting the right climb. Also, the Next Page bookstore on Frisco’s Main Street sells some good local hiking guidebooks.

If your sights are set on Quandary Peak, be sure to visit ParkQuandary.com for updated information on trailhead parking reservations. A new system was implemented last summer and parking is now…

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Summit County is home to some of the most active Senior Citizens you will ever meet and Summit Seniors has been connecting those folks within our community for more than 40 years. This amazing group supports the health and well-being of seniors by offering dozens of activities, events and social gatherings every month. Summit Seniors fosters community for people looking for friends, new hobbies and fun adventures. They offer indoor activities like card groups, exercise classes, theme dinners, craft workshops and support sessions plus outdoor activities like golf, hiking and skiing clubs. Additionally, Summit Seniors is a hub for volunteering throughout the county. This group is unbelievably well connected! They serve countless hours delivering meals on…

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A Breckenridge Spring Tradition will take place again on April 16. The Imperial Challenge is equal parts grueling and fun. This pseudo triathlon pits competitors against each other on a bike ride or run up the roads twisting through the Peak 7 neighborhood, then up the snow from the base of Peak 8, past the T Bar, to the tippy top of the Imperial Chairlift. Once participants summit, it’s a race back down to the base of the Independence Super Chair at Peak 7. Categories vary from ultralight SkiMo gear to more traditional AT gear to running cleats, snowboards or snowshoes. Two-person relay teams can also enter the fun! Completion of this event earns a person some serious bragging rights. All the information is online at www.MavSports.com

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I am sure you have heard about the real estate market here in Breckenridge from a myriad of sources. I have to say, in the 25 years of being in the real estate business here, I have not seen this situation happen before.

Currently, there are just 39 properties for sale in the Breckenridge area, with only 26 listed below $4 million and only 3 below $1 million! The total for all areas, including Park and Grand County, is only 149 listings for sale.
To put this in perspective, in March 2014 there were 556 listings for sale in Breckenridge and 1,690 for all areas. Remember, maximum inventory count usually occurs at the end of June.

One of the best investments to hold during inflationary periods is real estate, so if you currently own in Summit County,…

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On March 16 and April 15 from 6-8 pm, Breckenridge Ski Resort will be hosting the third and fourth events in a four-part series of ski patrol avalanche talks.

The events feature members of the Breckenridge Ski Patrol, as well as local guest speakers. This outreach is in an effort to educate community members about the current state of the snowpack, terrain management and more.

The evening events are free and open to the public. They feature a raffle for door prizes and a cash bar and are being hosted in the Elevation Room at The Village at Breckenridge.

And if you think you have what it takes the Breckenridge Ski Patrol is now hiring for the 2022/2023 Ski Season! On-snow tryouts are being held April 4th and 5th. More information can be found at…

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Have you heard that the little movie theater in the heart of downtown Breckenridge just reopened? After a brief hiatus, The Eclipse Theater (formally The Speakeasy) is now being enthusiastically run by the Breck Film Fest organization and is hosting matinee and evening showtimes throughout the week at their 103 S. Harris Street location. The talented team screens a variety of Blockbuster, Indie and Outdoor films year-round and is even hosting an upcoming week of Oscar Shorts. They serve up buttery popcorn and candy and have loads of free parking. In their continued effort to support locals, Broken Compass beer and Carboy wine are both on tap AND every Wednesday is Locals Night! Bring your ID to the door to receive discounted tickets. Check out their…

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The International Snow Sculpture Championships wrapped up on Friday with another awe-inspiring display of art in the heart of Breckenridge. Team Wisconsin, competing for their 8th time, secured Gold with their sculpture “The Digital Divide” – one robot and one human hand meeting on a wall of binary code.

Artists worked around the clock often through subzero temperatures last week to bring their sculptures to life.

The event is one of my favorites… a small town in the Colorado mountains showcasing larger than life world-class winter art.

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