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BOB BERWYN
Summit Daily/Bob BerwynTim Kriebel
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If the Boston Red Sox make it to the World Series this fall, Summit Cove residents might have to survive without their little neighborhood grocery store for a few days, says part-owner Tim Kriebel.Kriebel is originally from the town of Hudson, N.H., 45 minutes north of Boston near the Massachusetts state line. Almost by definition, that makes him a long-suffering Red Sox fanatic ready to cut loose.”This place might be closed for a few days,” Kriebel says while ringing up a sale at Giff’s Mountain Market, which Kriebel recently bought along with a few partners. “I’ll be back in Boston,” he says, dreaming of Red Sox glory. The bearded 27-year-old with a crinkly New England mountain-man face and smile, moved to Summit County a year ago, when a business partner made him an offer he couldn’t refuse – affordable housing in the heart of Colorado Ski Country.”She enticed my partner and me to move out here. She said, ‘how would you like to move out to Summit County and pay $400 a month in rent?'”After living two hours from the nearest New England ski area and spending four hours driving for a day of skiing, Kriebel said the offer to work and live in such close proximity to the slopes was irresistible.

Kriebel has spent most of his adult life in ski shops, perfecting the art of ski tuning, most recently at Keystone. But his path recently took a bit of a turn when he decided to buy into the small shop near the entrance to Summit Cove.”The ski season was winding down. I’ve always wanted to be self-employed,” he said. “We love the Cove. We knew this place was up for sale and we thought we could make it into something it wasn’t.”What Kriebel has in mind is something like a New England corner store, or mercantile.”Something with an old-fashioned feel, where you know the people, and if there’s something they really want, you try to get it for them,” he says. “Summit Cove really needed something like that, and we thought it was the ideal spot.”Kriebel grew up skiing Waterville Valley and Cannon Mountain and cross-country skied for 12 years before getting into alpine skiing.”My father wasn’t into paying for skiing,” he explains with a laugh.Locally, he says Arapahoe Basin and Beaver Creek are his two favorites.

“I know they’re worlds apart, but they both have a great ski vibe, and they’re not too crowded,” he says.His favorite ski of all time is the K2 GS Race 10.0, circa 1995 vintage.”That was the most versatile ski I’ve ever skied,” he says.After seeing thousands of pairs come through ski shop doors, he can also pinpoint the worst ski ever made, the Blizzard TCP. “If you were over 120 pounds, you would break it,” he says. “Not to pick on Blizzard. They do make some decent skis.”Kriebel says he appreciates Colorado’s winter climate.”I have yet to break out my parka. Cold here is not cold, like (back East).”

And while he says people here tend to be a little more open and laid-back, he sometimes misses the harshness that helps define the Yankee character.”You can be a little more sarcastic and abrasive with people back there, without people thinking you’re being mean,” he says.For the coming ski season, Kriebel hopes to take an avalanche class and start exploring the local backcountry.”That’s what I love. Keep me away from the trails and all the people,” he says.- Photo and text by Bob BerwynBob Berwyn can be reached at (970) 513-9204 or berwyn@mountainmax.com.


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