Silverthorne preps for much-needed Rainbow Park remodel to begin April 20 |

Silverthorne preps for much-needed Rainbow Park remodel to begin April 20

This summer, the aging tennis and basketball courts at Rainbow Park will see a much-needed facelift.

In February, the town council approved a contract to reconstruct the park’s existing courts. Construction on the nearly $300,000 project is slated to begin on April 20 and should be completed by the end of June.

During construction, the courts will be fenced off and closed to the public. The remainder of the park will remain open. Park users should expect regular contractor traffic.

For safety reasons, the park will be closed for three to four days in late May or early June while concrete trucks are accessing the site to deliver material. The town will post notices when dates are finalized.

The basketball court will be rebuilt with a new, 5-inch thick post-tensioned concrete court surface, while the tennis courts will feature a specialty tennis court surfacing material. The basketball courts will also be enlarged to meet NCAA regulations. The project will also be striped for shared pickle ball play.

Both courts will also get new fencing, along with other court-related items like tennis nets and basketball nets.

After the courts at Rainbow Park have been completed, the contractor will move to the Trent Park tennis courts for resurfacing, coloring and striping. The courts at Trent will also be striped for both tennis and pickleball play. Construction at Trent Park will take a week.


The brand-new Summit County Business Mentor Series begins on April 9 with a presentation by Mo Kanwischer, a Colorado-based business strategist who champions the Business Model Canvas tool.

Based on the book “Business Model Generation” by Alexander Osterwalkder and Yves Pigneur, the workshop guides business owners and entrepreneurs through a “map” that helps create “a shared language for describing, visualizing, assessing and changing business models.” The workshop covers key elements of the model, giving owners, senior management and key employees a highly visual way to assess business strategies.

The workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Elevate CoSpace in Frisco and includes breakfast. Individual tickets cost $65. To register, see Enter the discount code “flyer” at registration to take $10 off. The workshop is hosted by Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center, a local nonprofit that hosts dozens of workshops, mentor seminars and other business events throughout the year.


In early March, women of the snowsports world gathered for a one-of-a-kind conference to bring greater equality to the industry.

The Professional Ski Instructors of America-Western Division’s three-day Women’s Summit was held at Squaw Valley from March 9 to March 11. The program was expanded this year to include ski patrollers and alpine ski coaches from across the snowsports industry. It was endorsed by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association and the National Ski Patrol.

The summit provided opportunities for industry professionals to train with elite coaches, share ideas, influence the future of the industry and network with women colleagues in cross-industry fields. The summit included three days of coaching, collaboration and après ski discussions on topics fostering personal growth for developing leaders.

The coaching staff included current and alumni PSIA National Alpine Team members and education specialists holding PSIA and USSA trainer certifications. Speakers included: Inger Norman, a leader in the outdoor industry promoting women’s camps and relationship building; Kim Seevers, a Sochi Paralympic guide; Dee Byrne, a two-time alumni of the PSIA National Alpine Team and resort executive; and Anik Demers-Wild, a former Canadian team alpine racer and X Games gold medalist.

The event offered female pros a unique and diverse perspective on how to grow female participation as professionals in the snowsports industry.

The summit’s expansion mirrors current political, social and cultural trends, which have seen women’s initiatives embraced around the world in an effort to spawn diversity in leadership platforms and support systems.

“It is not just for female athletes that we need more women coaching,” said Ron Kipp, USSA Alpine education manager noted. “We need women coaches for all our athletes.”

Creator and coordinator Heidi Ettlinger, a PSIA National Alpine Team member, explained that despite inroads made by many women to top positions in the snowsports industry, the industry still needs diversity particularly in leadership roles.

“Not only was the coaching staff an inspiration to help women visualize a pathway to pursuing their goals, our speakers offered a wealth of knowledge and encouragement for women to think optimistically about their potential,” Ettlinger said.


Blue Line Protection Group, a Highlands Ranch firm with ties to the regulatory and security fields for high-value asset industries, on March 19 announced the formation of Blue Line Advisory Services, an in-house subsidiary created for the licensing and bookkeeping needs of lawful marijuana businesses across the nation.

Blue Line Advisory Services provides complete bookkeeping services tailored to the highly regulated cannabis industry.

“This industry operates primarily through cash transactions, which doubles or triples the bookkeeping requirements of these businesses,” said Sean Campbell, chief executive officer for Blue Line Protection Group. “By consolidating these under our umbrella of cannabis due diligence services, we can ensure our clients are operating completely transparent businesses and are able to respond to all reporting requirements of state and federal licensing and regulatory agencies.”

Blue Line Advisory Services will provide lawful marijuana businesses access to experienced bookkeepers and audit protection advisors. Its financial professionals, trained in the unique reporting requirements of cannabis businesses, minimize the burden of maintaining complex financial records.

“While serving our customers’ compliance needs, we quickly became aware that they were underserved by their existing bookkeeping services,” Campbell said. “Those services may have been fine in a normal business setting, but the nature and intricacies of the marijuana industry demands more precision and responsiveness.”

For more information on the firm’s marijuana financial services, including service appraisals and rates, see the official website at

“Our goal is to streamline and simplify the day-to-day bookkeeping duties these businesses face,” said Patrick Deparini, the chief financial officers for Blue Line Protection Group.


LIV Sotheby’s International Realty recently announced the addition of Frank Hofmeister to its quality Breckenridge brokerage team.

Hofmeister brings more than nine years of second-home and resort-market experience to the firm. His in-depth knowledge of Summit County and its surrounding markets, coupled with his expertise in finance, make him a welcome addition to the esteemed brokerage.

“We are thrilled to have Frank join our team,” said Melanie Frank, managing broker of LIV SIR’s Breckenridge office. “His ability to offer clients the highest level of professionalism and integrity will continue to position him as a well respected Realtor in the Summit County community.”

Hofmeister established his real estate career in 2002, followed in 2012 by start-up for a financial transaction services. Before that, his professional background includes over 30 years experience in media, technology manufacturing, financial transaction and capital sectors.

Since1975, Hofmeister has called Colorado home and enjoys sharing with clients the unique outdoor lifestyle opportunities found in Colorado.

In early 2015, Hofmeister returned to the Summit County real estate market, rekindling past client relationships, as well as expanding his practice with the help of his wife of 42 years, Barbara Hofmeister, a retired teacher and innkeeper of a successful bed and breakfast on the Arkansas River in Buena Vista.

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