Our Story

Looking back on success but never resting on it.

Nearly 60 years after Vail’s first real estate broker, Rod Slifer, set up his brokerage on Bridge Street, SSF continues to execute a luxury real estate vision that prioritizes service, local expertise and careful stewardship of our mountain communities.

Headquartered in Avon, Colorado, SSF has grown to include a team of more than 250 brokers and 100 support staff across 30+ locations spanning the Roaring Fork Valley, the Vail Valley, Summit County and Denver. Our brokers have an average of 20 years’ experience, providing clients with an unsurpassed wealth of local knowledge.

In 2020, SSF was the No. 1 real estate firm in the Vail Valley and Summit County and the No. 1 independent firm in the Roaring Fork Valley, with nearly 2,300 transactions totaling $3.6 billion in sales volume across all three regions.

SSF brokers work with you on every detail — from open house to closing day — to sell your most personal asset. Our brokers are involved in the majority of transactions across three regions, which provides our clients the unique advantage of receiving the most up-to-date information on the entire market, including new listings and projects.

Slifer Smith & Frampton Timeline:

1962 – Rod Slifer, ski instructor/Realtor, starts his one-man operation out of the lobby of the Lodge at Vail, selling properties for Vail Associates.

1968 – Rod Slifer opens his own brokerage, Slifer & Company, on Bridge Street. As Vail grows, so do Slifer & Company and Vail Associates Real Estate.

1983 – Jim Flaum, a real estate veteran and former Navy pilot, becomes vice president and managing broker of Vail Associates Real Estate.

1986 – Harry Frampton and Mark Smith form East West Partners, the major force of the development of Beaver Creek Resort.

1988 – Harry Frampton and Mark Smith open Frampton Smith Real Estate, concentrating on the newly-formed Beaver Creek market.

1994 – The two top dueling powers of Vail Valley real estate merge, forming Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate.

2004 – Expanded into Summit County, opening two of our current offices located at 117 S. Main Street Breckenridge and in Keystone’s River Run Village.

2019 – SSF grows again with the acquisition of Palladium Properties, a boutique and independent luxury property brokerage firm based in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. Palladium Properties founder, Krista Klees, joins Slifer Smith & Frampton as Executive Vice President and Managing Broker overseeing operations throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

2020 – Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate awarded development sales listing for the $600 million Snowmass Base Village, expanding its presence in the Roaring Fork Valley.

2020 – SSF is a proud founding member of Forbes Global Properties, a luxury real estate marketing platform showcasing the world’s finest homes and the stories behind them. Forbes Global Properties leverages the audience and worldwide reach of Forbes, one of the most trusted media companies for the last 100 years, to engage, inform, and delight buyers and sellers of luxury properties.

2021 – Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate restructures leadership and Krista Klees is promoted to Market President of the Roaring Fork Valley. She is one of four Market Presidents: one in the Roaring Fork Valley, one in Summit County, one in the Vail Valley and one in Denver. This management change brings SSF even closer to the customers and the communities it serves.

Today – SSF remains a market leader in real estate sales and technology innovation with over 50 brokers across Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and New Castle.