On a day with the best snow ever, see a mountain community that’ll be just as much fun after ski areas close for the season.
Finding a mountain property that looks like a smart buy on a weekend like this is easy, when you’re experiencing the best Colorado snow you may ever see.

Finding one that will look as good during summer, or during the “mud months” after the lifts have closed, is tougher.
But you can see a community like that today, five minutes off the freeway in Silverthorne.
“Everyone is talking about the skiing now, but our residents are just as likely to be up here in mud season as they are this weekend,” says Matt Mueller, development director at Summit Sky Ranch, a master- planned community in the pretty Blue River valley, five minutes from Silverthorne’s dining scene.

Mueller says Summit Sky Ranch is a particular value be- cause rather than being depen- dent of a ski area or the national forest, it has created its own al- pine amenities that buyers can use most of the year — including a 20-acre Silverthorne park tak- ing shape, with an amphitheater for summer concerts and a nice sledding hill; a private fly-fishing stretch along the Blue; and a spectacular community lodge with year-round pools that lures wedding bookings from the 120 families that have already bought mountain homes here.

“It’s great,” says John VanderLaan from the Denver area, who with wife Meg bought a 2,030- square-foot Powell ranch with a loft when the community was just launching. The VanderLaans also have a property nearer the lifts in Breckenridge, but he says that has a denser feel.

“In Summit Sky, we feel like we can spread out,” he said. “It feels like you’re out in the wilderness.”
That’s despite the fact thatSummit Sky Ranch is just 15 min- utes from Keystone or Copper; about 35 minutes from Vail, where the VanderLaans some- times ski.

Closer still is Silverthorne’s Performing Arts Center, and din- ing spots including Angr y James Brewer y and Sauce on the Blue, which attracts Mueller and his wife for its wine selections and a variety of themed ravioli platters, $14 to $20 a plate.
Summit Sky Ranch has even more amenities arriving soon to its 416 acres, 60 percent designat- ed as open space — including a 20-acre stocked lake to have its own Lake House club; an obser – vator y with 20-inch telescope to scan the high-altitude heavens; and a new trail that will climb 31⁄2 miles to the Gore Range Trail in the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area, above the property.

All of that is amplified by a full- time activities director who may be teaching Nordic skiing now and offering yoga classes in the park when things warm up. The monthly HOA fee for all of this is $349-$398/month, in a ski market where HOAs generally get you some maintenance and snow removal.

On your visit today, you’ll see Summit Sky’s mountain-modern single-family homes in eight plans priced from around $1 mil- lion (you’ll visit two models in- cluding a 3,431-foot Summit ranch with a finished walk-out option and a full-wide three-car garage); also plans for a new se- ries of twin cabins from the high $900s, being designed as two cabins with the look of a single home. And if you find yourself warm- ing up to this, Summit Sky can arrange an overnight for you and the family, providing you’re a qualified buyer.