A Recreation-Focused Development in Silverthorne

Inside Summit Sky Ranch’s new 240-home community.

The Everist Companies carved its name into Summit County in the 1960s when it provided construction materials for the Eisenhower Tunnel. This year, the family business unveils its first residential development. But unlike the two-mile burrow beneath the Continental Divide, Silverthorne’s Summit Sky Ranch aims to move as little earth as possible: The 240-home community places a premium on outdoor activities, with a private network of trails and a lake complete with stand-up paddleboards and kayaks. Construction on the first 47 homes (which start in the low $600,000s) began this year, so we sat down with Tom Everist, owner of the Everist Companies, to talk about his clan’s latest addition to the area—and his mission to bolster Silverthorne’s reputation.