Summit Sometimes: Stan and Sheila Rosko
KEYSTONE – Every bit the energetic couple, Stan and Sheila Rosko have no problems filling their days during the three months they spend in Summit County each year.”I ski every day,” Stan said. “Even Saturday and Sunday for about an hour-and-a-half before the crowds come.”When he’s not on the slopes, he’s in the water, fishing frigid streams in the Colorado River, the Blue River or the Frying Pan River.”A lot of fisherman are fair-weather fishermen … The fish are there (in the winter), a lot of people just don’t like to get cold,” he said.
Sheila, who no longer skis, can often be found at the Summit County Community and Senior Center playing bridge or enjoying a meal with the Red Hat Society, a group of ladies over 50 who don red hats and purple clothing for lunch at a local restaurant.The Roskos first discovered Summit County’s charm 25 years ago, while they were living in Illinois. Their two children were just learning to ski, so the family began visiting Breckenridge year after year for one-week vacations.Now, they live in Keystone during January, February and March, while spending the rest of the year at their home in Aurora, Ohio.”The winters up here are much nicer than back home because we don’t have the sun,” Sheila said.Both Stan and Sheila are Ohio natives and married in their early 20s. They lived all over the country for Stan’s job with a material handling business, which made office shelving and school lockers.
About 15 years ago, the couple started a management consulting business and moved back to Ohio in order to tap into the various Fortune 100 companies headquartered in Cleveland.Six years ago, they sold their company, freeing up more time to mingle in the mountains.They rent the same condo each season at the Hidden River Lodge, which backs to the Snake River and Keystone’s Mountain House base area.They enjoy the restaurants Keystone offers, the proximity to the slopes and the ease of the resort’s bus system.”Keystone has it all; it’s the best-kept secret around,” Stan said.
When they’re not soaking in the life at Keystone, the Roskos often attend the Monday night dinners at the Senior Center, where the chef whips up “unbelievable” meals, according to Stan.They discovered the Senior Center, and its various social outlets, a couple years back when some friends invited them to one of the popular dinners.”That was a saving point for me because (I was) spending a lot of time in the condo, this way I’m out a lot,” Sheila said.The couple also spends as much time as possible with their son and his family, who live in Summit County.
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