Mountain Living: Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen & Beyond

Colorado mountain towns
In a recent blog post, we discussed Colorado’s shifting home market. Denver and its surrounding cities are some of the most active real estate markets in the country right now. In addition, these cities are some of the most desirable places to live. The resort towns of this special state however are hot on their heels.


With the ever-changing demands of the COVID pandemic, people are leaving densely populated cities and flocking to the open air of the mountains. While this concentration of new buyers to Colorado has converged mainly in Denver and its suburbs over the past decade, we are seeing peaked interest in towns with even more space and open air. The ski resort towns sprinkled throughout the west side of the state are quickly becoming popular. Towns like Vail, Steamboat, and Aspen simultaneously offer an intimate community. These Colorado mountain towns also offer a plethora of activities to enjoy.


Our team at Corken + Company, finding real estate solutions across Colorado for more than twenty years, is well-versed in these nuanced markets. Many of us have been visiting them our entire lives. Some of us are even privileged enough to call them home. Let us schedule a consultation to discuss these vibrant markets and the myriad of opportunities they present.


In the meantime, here are just a few of the many wonderful reasons residents of these Colorado mountain resort towns are so proud to live there…


Vail & Beaver Creek
Home to the world-famous resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek, these ski towns offer more than 300 runs of terrain for skiers, hikers, and bikers. They also have several luxury hotels, fine dining establishments, and local boutiques. The town of Vail hosts many seasonal community events. These include concerts and performances at the stunning Gerald R. Ford Ampitheater, a Fourth of July Parade through Vail Village, ski and snowboard competitions on Gold Peak, and weekly farmers markets. Beaver Creek also hosts many signature events ranging from beer and wine festivals to annual fireworks. A notable event includes the World Cup ski racing competition & the Beaver Creek Rodeo. These special resorts, just minutes apart, deserve so much more than a seasonal visit. Year-round, there is always something to enjoy!


Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley aren’t only famous for their world class skiing at Aspen-Snowmass and Buttermilk resorts; they are also a leader in arts and culture events in the Rocky Mountain region hosting an annual film, music, and ideas festival. Aspen is frequented by celebrities and oftentimes depicted in films. It has a designer shopping district and several distinguished dining establishments. It also has beautiful hiking and biking trails enjoyed by summertime visitors including the illustrious Maroon Bells.


Telluride is the quaintest and most secluded of these resort towns giving it a particular kind of rustic charm. Nestled in a deep valley among the towering ski resort and San Juan mountains, it may also boast some of the most spectacular views in the state. Many of the town’s establishments are laid-back and local. You’ll find farm-to-table restaurants, organic markets, and eclectic shops. Spend a few hours exploring the town’s village-like downtown and you may never want to leave.


Steamboat is in Northwest Colorado and is known for both its skiing and its ranching. Here, cowboy and ski bum collide for an active, energetic, and tight-knit community. The town hosts many annual events including the Steamboat Winter Carnival which has a skijoring event to pay homage to the town’s western heritage, Oktoberfest filled with beer and food tasting events all over town, and the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo creating colorful skies and the opportunity to participate in fun small-town traditions. In the summer, people visit simply to attend the gorgeous natural Strawberry Hot Springs. Any time of year, the wild west of Steamboat Springs awaits!


Crested Butte, Breckenridge, Winter Park, and so many more!
There are many Colorado mountain resort towns throughout the state, each with its own unique reasons to explore it further and consider calling it home. We can’t wait to learn more about your particular needs and find your dream home (or home away from home) nestled among one of these exceptional communities.
Our newest realtor, Lisa, is a mountain expert. Learn more about her, and our experienced team, here. 

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