Vail was incorporated in 1966, just 4 years shy of the opening of Vail Ski Resort. Let's fill in those four years for you.. The story starts after World War II, with the return of the 10th Mountain Division and their intentions toward opening a ski resort. During training for ski troopers at Camp Hale, a courageous man bivouacked on Vail Mountain and identified it as an ideal ski mountain. In the early 1960s, this man raised funds from a group of Denver investors, including Jack Tweedy, and with Earl Eaton bought a ranch at the base of the mountain and eventually incorporated as Vail Associates. While plans moved forward for a new ski resort, this man had a few friends in Aspen who were just what he needed. Morrie Shepard soon became Vail's first ski school director. Shortly after, Shepard recruited Rod Slifer from Aspen to be assistant ski school director.

Now, let us clarify a few things while you try to connect the dots. This mystery man whom we speak of, is none other than Peter Seibert- father to one of Slifer Smith and Framptons current top producing agents, Pete Seibert. This is when things really got exciting. Rod Slifer became the only real estate broker in the early years of Vail and would later be the broker in the transaction that allowed Vail to buy a ranch, now known as the world-famous Beaver Creek.

In 1962, Vail had its first opening season. It operated a gondola lift and two ski lifts on the mountain owned by the United States Forest Service. The village was established at the base of the mountain for local residents and offered lodging for visitors. This idea grew quickly throughout the valley with housing added first in East Vail and then West Vail, and additional lodging added in Lionshead in the late 1960s. By 1969 Vail was the most popular ski resort in the state. In 1988 Vail opened China Bowl, making Vail the largest ski area in North America.

It started in the Sixties.. 


Rod Slifer, ski instructor/Realtor, starts his one-man operation out of the lobby of the Lodge at Vail, selling properties for Vail Associates. 



Rod Slifer opens his own brokerage, Slifer & Company, on Bridge Street. As Vail grows, so do Slifer & Company and Vail Associates Real Estate. 


Jim Flaum, a real estate veteran and former Navy pilot, becomes vice president and managing broker of Vail Associates Real Estate. 



Harry Frampton and Mark Smith form East West Partners, the major force of the development of Beaver Creek Resort.


Harry Frampton and Mark Smith open Frampton and Smith Real Estate, concentrating on the newly-formed Beaver Creek market.


Liz Leeds came into town, bringing knowledge and passion from a vast history of experience towards her new endeavors in the Real Estate world. With her start at Slifer Smith and Frampton in 2007, she has quickly climbed to the top of the ladder. Bringing her sales and marketing expertise, she stands out in all of her marketing efforts.