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Summit Sometimes

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When Ken and Vicki Slaughter began looking for a second home about two years ago, the Rocky Mountains were a natural place to search.All three of their kids have made the move from the Midwest to the Centennial State, and the family has been vacationing here for 20 years.”We always wanted a place in the mountains because that’s where we spent our summer vacations,” Ken Slaughter said. “Two years ago we got serious and spent three weeks in 2003 looking at different areas.”They considered Estes Park and Grand County around Winter Park and Tabernash, but found it easy to settle in Breckenridge.”In Summit County, there was no comparison of things to do … great restaurants, beautiful golf courses, which is very important to me,” he said. “All three younger ones ski, so they can use (the property) year-round, and I’m just happy to be here!”Why did you choose Breckenridge?”I think it was a little more distance from the interstate, a little more off the main road. The town of Breckenridge … it just felt more warmth, had a little more small town feel to it rather than being on crossroads of the interstate.”What activities do you enjoy out here?Golf, hiking, sightseeing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are the Slaughters’ main activities of choice, although all three of their kids are skiers.And Ken has some new pursuits on his mind.”I want to spend more time developing some fly-fishing skills and eventually when I retire, I’d like to spend at least half the year here.”He also mentioned snowmobiling as another wintertime sport he’d like to explore.How often do you make it out here?”Four to six weeks a year. Every major holiday we spend at least a week out here. I would guess our kids are (in Summit County) three weeks (out of the month). It’s a shared home away from home for our whole family.”


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