Along Colorado’s I-70 mountain corridor, the hills are alive with the sound of construction

Projects in Silverthorne, Georgetown examples of how high country is transforming during ongoing economic boom

The team building the Summit Sky Ranch development on the northern edge of Silverthorne is casting the project as a next-generation mountain luxury community.

No more sprawling homes on big, isolated properties. The residences top out at 3,500 square feet. Lots range from 0.3 acres to 1.5. Loads of shared amenities have been built or are on their way including a community center with a pool and tap beer and wine, a 20-acre public park along Colo. 9 and a trails network tying everything together. Even if many people who buy the 240 homes being built there don’t end up living there full time, the aim is to create connective tissue that makes Summit Sky Ranch more than a vacation getaway spot.

“We want everyone here to know each other,” said Matt Mueller, who is managing the development on behalf of owner Tom Everist. “The original model was really that sort of second home location, the old model of the mountains. We thought that time had passed and our market research was showing that.”