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Summit Daily/Nicole FormosaThe Novacks, Glencoe, Ill.

Steve and Ilene Novack’s excursions to Summit County with their four kids began as an opportunity to visit Ilene’s sister, who has had a home in Frisco for more than two decades.Fast-forward 15 years and vacationing in Summit County has grown into a full-fledged family tradition.Now, the Novacks have their own place in Frisco and the family has grown to include two in-laws and a 5-month-old granddaughter.”(Our own house) gave us a place we could bring our own kids,” Ilene said. “We loved it here, but we were always a guest in someone else’s home.”Every year, the Novacks spend one or two weeks over the Christmas holiday at their Frisco home, when they admittedly spend most of the time in the kitchen.”We have too big of a group to eat out, so our house is the dining hall!” she said.

What attracted you to Frisco?When the Novacks were ready to purchase their own place, they didn’t search any farther than Frisco.They ended up buying the vacant half of Ilene’s sister’s duplex.”We love the small town feel,” Ilene said. “The real draw was family. We didn’t live in the same city (as my sister) and it was nice to spend the summer together.”Other attractions were the closeness in proximity to Main Street, Ten Mile Creek, the ski resorts and various hiking and biking trails.

Favorite activities?Snowshoeing is Steve and Ilene’s favorite form of winter exercise, while the kids usually stick to skiing or snowboarding.Hiking and biking are the main activities in the summertime and Steve and Ilene especially enjoy Tenderfoot’s magnificent views of Lake Dillon.Favorite season?

“Summer, by far,” Ilene said. “We like winter, but there’s so much more to do in summer.”Namely, hiking and spending a lot of time in the little garden out front, where Ilene has taken to planting perennials in recent summers.How often do you visit?A flexible work schedule allows Steve and Ilene usually to spend two weeks over the Christmas holiday, one week in spring, a long weekend in the fall and several weeks in the summer.The kids usually don’t spend as much time in Colorado, though. Their son Scott spent last year ski bumming in Summit County before moving on to tackle the real world in Chicago.

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