December 2010

There are 6 blog entries for December 2010.

The 2010 real estate year in Routt County proved to be one of opportunity for some and a mixture of heartache and setbacks for others.Routt County Public Trustee confirmed that the number of foreclosure filings here crossed into uncharted territory after the office recorded the year’s 300th notice of election and demand, which officially begins the foreclosure process. The previous record was 234, set in 1985 as local and national markets fought their way out of the Savings and Loan Crisis.
In contrast, Bruce Carta, of Land Title Guarantee Co., reported this month that through November, the number of homes sold for $1 million or more had reached 89. And that number has grown in December, with 10 more million-dollar homes sold and five of those selling for…
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Snow stats

- Average yearly snow: 175.5"

- Population (2000 census): 9816

- Snowiest month: January (41.8")

- Snowiest day: 30" (3/2/1929)

Record depth: 61" (1/12/1997)

They call it "champagne powder".

A typical storm arriving from the Pacific Ocean in the winter months dumps its first round of heavy snow in either the Sierra or Cascades. By the time the snow reaches the mountains of Colorado, the water content is less, so the snow that falls here is, well, fluffier and lighter.

There's plenty of snow, too. At least 10" of snow cover can be expected 97 days of the year. Here at 6636 feet above sea level, snow falls from mid-October to mid-May.


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After 30 years, the Shadow Run condominium complex could use a facelift, and owners there have tangible evidence this winter of what a little nip and tuck could do for the property less than a mile from the Steamboat Ski Area gondola.Shadow Run has a handsome new hot tub enclosure and outdoor fire pit with a contemporary steel chimney where motorists and pedestrians can admire it from Whistler Road. The initial buildings at Shadow Run were constructed in 1980, when consumers’ expectations for ski area condos were more modest than they are today. The project has a mix of permanent residences and nightly rental units.And although Shadow Run’s HOA is looking into the future at an exterior remodel, Frasier said, The Ranch and The West already have undertaken…
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The Colorado Department of Education announced that the Steamboat Springs School District is one of 14 districts statewide to be “Accredited with Distinction.”

The Department of Edu­cation announced the school districts that received the highest accreditation rating based on a new process that evaluates whether districts experience academic growth based on certain performance indicators and prepare students for postsecondary education or careers.

“I just wrote staff an e-mail saying compliments to each and every one of you for your high standards, professionalism and commitment to our students. I am privileged to work with you,” Steamboat Springs Superintendent Shalee Cunningham said. “That’s how I feel. I really believe this entire community is

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With 9 inches of new snow Monday, Steamboat Ski Area broke the record for snowiest November in resort history.

The previous record was set in 2005, when 83 inches fell on the mountain.

As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, the resort had received 90 inches of November snow with one more day to go in the month.

The mountain reported a midmountain base of 47 inches and a 62-inch base at the summit, which Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. reported is the deepest base in the state.

“Obviously, whenever we get snow, it’s a great message, but to be able to say it’s a record-breaking November, it really gets our guests near and far excited for the upcoming ski season,” Ski Corp. spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said.

Joe Ramey, climate special­­ist and forecaster with the Nation­al

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