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Stats for the month of January 2014...

February 19, 2014
Provided by Sigrid Cottrell, Red Lady Realty - Sales for all categories- Almont-North- based on Listing Side - Monthly comparisons

2007      7,010,000.00
2008      6,051,000.00
2009      2,772,858.00
2010      2,854,600.00
2011      4,256,000.00
2012    14,108,750.00
2013      8,809,200.00
2014      8,067,436.00

2007    10,751,500.00
2008    10,923,900.00
2009      4,105,949.00
2010      4,454,069.00
2011      2,778,078.00
2012      4,545,898.00
2013      8,741,475.00
2007    12,743,500.00
2008    18,061,000.00
2009      3,827,500.00
2010      8,115,831.00
2011      8,091,400.00
2012      5,860,700.00
2013    10,751,486.00
2007    12,596,550.00
2008      6,726,000.00
2009      2,129,000.00
2010      4,174,000.00
2011      9,259,925.00
2012      8,032,800.00
2013    17,131,900.00
2007    36,092,910.00
2008      6,654,900.00
2009      6,450,000.00
2010      7,331,250.00
2011      8,391,150.00
2012    10,256,700.00
2013      8,562,900.00
2007    27,918,364.00
2008      7,962,500.00
2009      2,571,000.00
2010      4,481,000.00
2011      7,010,900.00
2012    10,568,365.00
2013    11,965,249.00
2007    20,867,200.00
2008      6,296,350.00
2009     13,026,000.00
2010       6,313,500.00
2011     10,291,000.00
2012       3,709,800.00
2013     13,856,000.00
2007     13,223,400.00
2008     11,507,075.00
2009     19,664,750.00
2010       9,242,100.00
2011     12,932,900.00
2012       Quick read more or view full article 8,499,001.00
2013     10,323,420.00
2007     14,896,800.00
2008     14,970,250.00
2009     13,332,500.00
2010     14,141,000.00
2011     20,191,300.00
2012       9,202,855.00
2013     17,301,511.00
2007     21,436,700.00
2008     10,467,480.00
2009       5,208,050.00
2010     10,548,800.00
2011       9,109,360.00
2012     10,691,500.00
2013     18,102,107.00
2007     14,415,820.00
2008       5,439,000.00
2009       4,900,400.00
2010       8,603,200.00
2011       8,701,890.00
2012     12,819,662.00
2013     13,044,100.00
2007      8,225,395.00
2008      9,830,000.00
2009      8,189,150.00
2010      4,877,500.00
2011      7,450,600.00
2012      7,136,000.00
2013      7,091,625.00
2007     $200,178,139.00
2008     $114,889,455.00
2009       $86,177,157.00
2010       $85,136,850.00
2011      $108,464,503.00
2012      $105,432,031.00
2013      $145,680,973.00
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Crested Butte, the Best Ski Town in North American...

February 18, 2014
...The 15-seed mountain in Southern Colorado that beat everyone else

[The people of Crested Butte are taking to the streets to get the vote out. PHOTO: Crested Butte]
The people of Crested Butte are taking to the streets to get the vote out.
PHOTO: Crested Butte
The day after taking the second annual Ski Town Throwdown presented by Liftopia championship,
Crested Butte and its passionate denizens went after another win—the world record for the most
Santas skiing at one time. Santa suits sold for $25 a piece (and that included five drink tickets) and
hundreds of jolly red and bearded skiers stormed the mountain. That’s one of many reasons why
people voted Crested Butte the best ski town in North America. “We’re definitely a different breed
here in Crested Butte,” says Gabe Martin, 33, who owns the ski shopColorado Freeskier. “We’re so
far off the beaten path and we love that.”
Crested Butte was rated as a 15-seed in the Rocky Mountain West region, but the mountain beat
the oddsin the 64-town/ski area field, overcoming Powder Mountain/Snowbasin, Aspen, Big Sky,
Sun Valley, Stevens Pass, and the tournament runner-up, Eaglecrest, Alaska, by a record final
score of 17,156 votes to 17,063. CB is known for steep terrain and for hosting one of the longest
running big mountain competitions in the country (Freeskiing Extremes, a FWQ 4-star event), but
it’s also the kind of place where fundraisers are thrown for your neighbor’s dog who needs
surgery—and the entire town comes out to show support, says Martin. It’s a town of referrals,
where Quick read more or view full article your friend knows another person who can help you with that thing. It’s famous for the
burritos and tamales at Teocalli Temale—a cheap, quick, delicious meal to power up on
powder days (except you’ll have to wait until noon, because the people who make your burritos
will be skiing fresh pow all morning). Crested Butte is a town where you can move in without
knowing a soul, and four years later, become the mayor. That’s what happened to Mayor Aaron
Huckstep. “Crested Butte is a unique place. The locals take a lot of pride in that,” says Huckstep.
“That really is the glue that keeps everybody together.”
The day after winning the Ski Town Throwdown, Crested Butte showed up to the mountain (and the bar) as Santa Claus en masse. PHOTO: Kochevar's
[The day after winning the Ski Town Throwdown, Crested Butte showed up to the mountain
(and the bar) as Santa Claus en masse. PHOTO: Kochevar's]
The day after winning the Ski Town Throwdown, Crested Butte showed up to the
mountain(and the bar) as Santa Claus en masse.
PHOTO: Kochevar’s
Every time Crested Butte was up for another round of Ski Town Throwdown voting, there’d be a
party at the oldest saloon in town, Kochevar’s, another slice of Crested Butte goodness recently
renovated by owner Jason Vernon. Amid the wall-hanging taxidermy, porcelain dolls, and other old
artifacts the saloon has collected since it first opened in 1886, Crested Butte skiers and riders cast
their votes. Billboards across Colorado got the vote out. And last Friday, voters were biting their
nails until 6 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, when the polls closed. Crested Butte beat Eaglecrest by
a narrow 93 votes out of more than 34,000 total votes cast in the finals.
“Everyone gets pumped up,” says Martin, who hopped on a bus on Saturday night and gave a
shout out to CB’s win, spurring cheers from the rest of the riders. “We’re definitely going to be living
off this high for the next year.”
Details, Details:
Vertical: 2,775
Average Annual Snowfall: 300 inches
Total inbounds acreage: 1,547
Ticket price: $98
Don’t Miss: Teocallii Bowl, a short hike in and a short hike out, but your chances of finding a stash
are pretty good.

by: JULIE BROWN published: DECEMBER 17, 2013 Read Less
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How Much Snow is Too Much Snow on Your Roof?

February 6, 2014
By: Douglas Trattner[Snow on a home's roof]Wet snow is much heavier than dry, fluffy snow. Six inches of dry snow weighs about as much as 38 inches of wet snow. Image: Zvozdochka/iStockphoto

If you’ve had a big snowfall in your area and you’re wondering if your roof can stand the extra weight, don’t reach for a ladder and a shovel — reach for the telephone. Calling in a professional to remove ice and snow from your roof is the smartest — and safest — option.

When (If Ever) is it Necessary?

The critical factor in determining excessive snow loads on your roof isn’t the depth of the snow, it’s the weight, says home improvement expert Jon Eakes. 

That’s because wet snow is considerably heavier than dry, fluffy snow. In fact, 6 inches of wet snow is equal to the weight of about 38 inches of dry snow.

The good news is that residential roofs are required by building codes to withstand the heaviest snows for that particular part of the country.

“Theoretically, if your roof is built to code, it’s built to support more than the normal load of snow and ice,” says Eakes.

You can determine the type of snow you’re getting simply by hefting a few shovelfuls — you should be able to quickly tell if the current snowfall is wet or dry. Local winter storm weather forecasts should alert you to the possibility that snow loads are becoming excessive and a threat to your roof.

Quick read more or view full article /> How Do I Know There’s a Problem?

An indication that the accumulated snow load is becoming excessive is when doors on interior walls begin to stick. That signals there’s enough weight on the center structure of the house to distort the door frame.

Ignore doors on exterior walls but check interior doors leading to second-floor bedrooms, closets, and attics in the center of your home. Also, examine the drywall or plaster around the frames of these doors for visible cracks. 

Homes that are most susceptible to roof cave-ins are those that underwent un-permitted renovations. The improper removal of interior load-bearing walls is often responsible for catastrophic roof collapses.

The Snow Load Seems Excessive, Now What?

Most home roofs aren’t readily accessible, making the job dangerous for do-it-yourselfers.

“People die every year just climbing ladders,” Eakes points out. “Add ice and snow and you’re really asking for trouble.”

Instead, call a professional snow removal contractor to safely do the job. Check to make sure they are licensed and insured — that immediately sets them apart from inexperienced competitors.

Pro crews attack snow removal with special gear, including sturdy extension ladders, properly anchored safety harnesses, and special snow and ice-removal tools. Expect to pay $250-$500 for most jobs.

Don’t expect (or demand) a bone-dry roof at job’s end. The goal is to remove “excessive” weight as opposed to all weight. Plus, any attempt to completely remove the bottom layer of ice will almost always result in irreparable damage to your roofing.

The DIY Option

If you have a small, one-story bungalow where the roof is just off the ground, taking matters into one’s own hands may be safe — if you can work entirely from the ground and have the right tools.

Long-handled snow rakes work great on freshly fallen snow, and at $45 they are relatively affordable. Look for models with sturdy telescoping handles and built-in rollers, which keep the blade safely above the shingles. 

Other versions work by releasing the snow from underneath. These models slide between the roof and snow, allowing gravity and the snow’s own weight to do most of the work. Models range from $50-$125 or more for unique systems utilizing nylon sheeting. Again, search out models with sturdy adjustable handles.

Eakes offers a common sense word of caution about all these snow removal tools. “They tend to work their best on light, fluffy snow — the kind that probably doesn’t need to be removed in the first place.”

You’ll need to anticipate where the snow and ice will fall as you pull it off your roof — you won’t want to pull a load of heavy, wet snow down on top of yourself or any helpers.

Remember, the goal isn’t to remove all visible snow and ice, but rather just enough to relieve the excessive load on the roof.
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