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Summit Sometimes: Kevin Quashnick

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Summit Daily/Nicole FormosaKevin Quashnick, Chicago, Ill.

Kevin Quashnick lives in downtown Chicago and has a hectic work schedule, but he makes it a point to vacation at his Copper Mountain condominium at least once a year.Quashnick and his two investment partners, who are both family members, purchased their Passage Point condo in July 2001.”At the time, we lived in Denver, and it made total sense to do it because we were big skiers,” Quashnick said.But about six months later, he moved back to Chicago for business.Right now, he only makes it to Copper about once a year, and usually, his trips are in the wintertime to get his Colorado ski fix.But he would like to start making a summer trip as well.

“We all talk a lot about starting a summer vacation,” he said. “We have to practice what we preach.”How did you discover Summit County?Quashnick and one of the other investors had lived in Denver for about seven years and were both familiar with Summit County.He has skied at resorts throughout the country and in different parts of the world, but puts the Colorado mountains at the top of his list.”This is my dream area for skiing. Nothing beats the snow and resorts in Summit County.”

“It’s really one of my favorite mountains to ski on.”Quashnick said when they were getting ready to make a purchase, Vail was an option.”Vail seemed so commercialized already and so crowded, and Copper seems so much easier, so laid back.”Also, back in July 2001, growth at Copper was prime, the new Center Village was still developing and plans to expand were on the horizon.But then the economy took a plunge and many people put tourism on the back burner.Regardless, Quashnick said he has seen a lot of growth at Copper and is optimistic about future development.

“It doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s an amazing place to ski.” What activities do you enjoy out here?First and foremost, it’s skiing, but Quashnick also uses his time in Colorado to catch up with old friends from when he lived in Denver. He also enjoys going out to eat at Summit County’s many restaurants – The Blue Spruce is a favorite – shopping and occasionally making the trip to Blackhawk.Quashnick also enjoys rafting and hiking in the summertime.”It’s just about coming out here and relaxing … We keep our fireplace going and bring a lot of books.”

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