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Summit Daily/Nicole FormosaWally and Donna Evans, Michigan

High school sweethearts Wally and Donna Evans grew up skiing the Midwest’s icy slopes and relish the opportunity to glide down Summit County’s steep, snowy ski runs.”A good day in Michigan is a bad day out here, ” Wally said. The Evans bought a condominium at village square in the heart of Copper Mountain about 10 years ago, before the current center village was even a pipe dream. “The resort has really come to fruition, allowing more restaurants and stores and has gotten better at bringing in a lot more people.”The couple first discovered Summit County in 1993, when they came to Copper Mountain over the Christmas holiday with some friends.

“We thought it was magical. We absolutely loved it, ” Wally recalled.After their initial visit, they knew a second home in the High Country was in their future.The next year, they settled on their cozy condo, which overlooks Copper’s center village and is perfectly situated a stone’s throw away from the American Eagle Lift.Why did you choose to buy in Copper?”We knew we liked it here,” Donna said. “Copper had a heart and a close community.”

They enjoy that Copper is very family-oriented and the mountain is well-suited to all levels of skiers and riders, which means they don’t have to worry about their grandkids getting run over on the hill, Donna said.How often do you make it out here?Usually, about one week a month from November through April, Donna said.”We’re always here for the last week of the ski seasons for all the ski bargains!”Despite living on a lake in Michigan and spending most summer days relaxing on their boat, the Evans’ still love the Summit County summer and visit two or three times because “there’s no humidity and a lack of bugs”.

But, they expect their visits will decrease due to Wally’s recent appointment to his local county commission.What activities do you enjoy in Summit County?Besides skiing, the Evans enjoy exploring the county’s bikepaths, rollerblading and horseback riding.”We love the transit system here. We’ll take the bus to Keystone, then ride our bikes back, ” Donna said.They also enjoy eating lunch at Dillon’s marina and attending the free summer concerts in Dillon.

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