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Old 06-11-2017, 01:45 AM
 
Location: DFW, TX
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I am looking to purchase a condo in Colorado and I've gotten great advice from city-data folks in the past, so I'm back looking for some help. For the past 10 years or so I've spent at least two weeks in vacation rentals and I am ready to make the move for a few months a year. I grew up shoveling snow and I don't miss it one bit, so I'm looking for a summer home. I was thinking that since I really don't like the cold, maybe it's a good idea to get a place in or near a ski town and rent it out during the prime season which coincides with the time I don't want to be there. I'm not looking at it as a money making venture, but it would simply be nice if it was revenue neutral to cover the carrying cost of the unit for the months that I'm not there.

I am fortunate enough to have a flexible work environment where I can work from home much of the time. So the job market of the town doesn't play a role for me. I do however have to travel from time to time, so it would be nice to be within 2-3 hours of DIA so it's not an all day affair to get to a major airport.

I have gotten the chance to visit many places in your great state, from Durango up to Ouray, Montrose and Gunnison, Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs, Alamosa to Fairplay, and spent most of my time around the Dillon/Frisco/Silverthorne area. I love Breckenridge, but the elevation is quite extreme and I think I need to find a place lower in elevation.

Here's my wish list
  • Elevation between 6500-8000'
  • Actual town/city with a "Main St" with shops and restaurants
  • Within 2-3 hours of DIA
  • Viable as a vacation rental for winter months

I can look up a list of ski resorts and cross-reference elevation, but I'm hoping to get more local insights.
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Old 06-11-2017, 01:53 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Budget?
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Old 06-11-2017, 06:37 AM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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My first thought was Frisco, it would give you the walkable main street vibe and viability in the rental market, but the elevation is around 9,000. Avon doesn't really have the main street vibe, there are some great restaurants and a little shopping. The properties near Nottingham Lake are nice that you have access to summer events as well as a skier shuttle and gondola that runs from the Westin. Elevation is around 7,400. Arrowhead is a planned golf community with it's own ski area adjacent to Beaver Creek, it is between Avon and Edwards, it would be a lower elevation area with direct ski access for rental viability. Edwards has the Riverwalk for shopping/dining/living but it doesn't rent for skiing quite as much as Avon.
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Old 06-11-2017, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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The resorts within 2-3 hours of DIA are almost all higher than 8000 feet.

Breckenridge is 9600 feet
Dillon is 9111
Frisco is 9075
Keystone is 9173
Copper Mountain is 9712

Vail might be your best bet if you have the budget at 8022 feet
Edwards is also a good option at 7221 feet
Minturn is a cool little town near Vail and is at 7861

That's really about it unless you want to stretch out a little on the time and start working towards Aspen.
Glenwood Springs is 5761
Carbondale is 6171
Aspen is 7900

And while you may not be looking at this as a money maker, I think it definitely can be if you do it right.

Aspen does have airport. Does the airport need to be DIA?
If not, there are other options. Durango would be very high on my list.

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Old 06-11-2017, 08:28 AM
 
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Within that elevation range, a ski town in a state farther north is more realistic. Durango would meet the elevation range but it is a looooong drive from a major airport. LaPlata
County has an airport near Durango, with very limited flights.
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Old 06-11-2017, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Within that elevation range, a ski town in a state farther north is more realistic. Durango would meet the elevation range but it is a looooong drive from a major airport. LaPlata
County has an airport near Durango, with very limited flights.
American does run a nonstop DRO to DFW.
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Old 06-11-2017, 09:25 AM
 
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You might look into Steamboat Springs.
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Old 06-11-2017, 09:33 AM
 
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You might look into Steamboat Springs.
That is the closest fit. Lower than 7000 ft. Very "ski town" look and feel.
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Old 06-11-2017, 09:45 AM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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Sorry, Steamboat slipped my mind. It's a great option to look at.
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Old 06-11-2017, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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You might look into Steamboat Springs.
Can't believe I forgot that! Good option.
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