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Kimberly Nicoletti

“Are you gonna stay a while?”

That was the most pressing question community members asked me as they welcomed me warmly in my new position as the Arts and Entertainment editor.

So, I thought I’d answer by talking about how Summit County has a hold on me that doesn’t seem to quit.

My story of moving to Summit County isn’t unique: 1989 – ski bum takes a semester off college, discovers Summit County ski areas actually have snow and vertical as opposed to short sheets of Midwestern ice and decides to stay for years.

How I almost got sucked into city living isn’t unique either: Ski bum earns associate’s degree from Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge and after a few years feels the need to do more than work for free ski passes, so she enrolls at CU-Boulder. Then ski bum-turned-academic gets sucked in further and decides to earn master’s degree. Of course, ski-bum blood is thicker than academia, so ski bum commutes from Summit County to Boulder for a season, not to mention the spring semesters she takes a leave of absences to ski and live in Dillon.

But then, the most dangerous event occurs: ski bum marries other ski bum from Dillon, and both obtain jobs – with benefits – in the city. Meanwhile, they spend every free day in Summit County, trying to convince themselves life is better in the city because “it’s just too darn cold in those mountains.” Nevertheless, they end up taking another season off to ski between “career building.”

Then, an opening appears for the arts and entertainment position at the Summit Daily, and frees them from city life at last.

When I gave my two-weeks notice at my old job, one of the editors asked, “Do they even have arts and entertainment in Summit County?”

“Of course,” was my answer. And I didn’t flinch when I said it.

I describe art as anything that stirs my soul and entertainment as anything that makes me laugh, holler or dance. And we have plenty of that up here.

The arts and entertainment scene has grown from hippie bands and apres ski antics to music festivals that bring in nationally known performers. The arts community has formed Arts for the Summit, which brings us excellent theatre, dance, films and art. We even have stadium seating at Skyline Cinema.

Call me simple minded, but I found the arts and entertainment scene in Denver and Boulder overwhelming. Trying to keep up with it was exhausting, and I ended up ignoring most of it. Here, things stand out more, and you don’t have to feed hungry meters or hand over $10 bills for parking.

The mountains hold a strong attraction, and I’m not the only one who feels the pull. Our community will continue to attract quality musicians, artists and performers, and the Summit Daily will continue to keep you well informed.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at

knicoletti@summitdaily.com.


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