Katherine and Jack Jeter want to be “aged ski bums.” “We didn’t take time off at the front end,” Katherine said. “So we’re doing it now.”The Jeters, however, are much more active than the average 20-something ski bum in Summit County. The two volunteer at Copper Mountain as ambassadors and at the House With the Red Door in Breckenridge every Friday night.They continue to meet a variety of new friends in the county from around the world. The Jeters met two of their friends from New Zealand by picking them up from the bus stop in Frisco and giving them a ride to Copper Mountain.”She’s always bringing in strays,” Jack said smiling.
The upbeat couple was on the slopes in late December when they got the news that Katherine has breast cancer.Sporting her pink hat in support of breast cancer awareness, she said she had surgery in January and then was back out skiing less than two weeks later. She begins radiation therapy next week and remains positive about her recovery.Why Frisco?”We enjoy the hospitality of the county,” Katherine said.Friends of the couple who had a place in Summit County invited them out for two weeks in 1999.
“When Jack saw the wider, more diverse slopes here, he loved it,” Katherine said.Before they left the county during their brief stay, they had already found a winter home.Their choice was obviously popular among the couple’s friends and family.”We haven’t had a weekend that has gone by without having company,” Jack said.
The Jeters usually fit in five days of skiing each week during their December to March stay in Summit.”That’s the wonderful thing about retirement,” Katherine said.In the summer, they go swimming, kayaking and hiking. What’s your favorite season?”Definitely winter,” Katherine said. “But when we came out in September, we got to see the Aspens. They’re an artist’s dream.”
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