Our Story

Looking back on success but never resting on it.

Nearly 60 years after Vail’s first realtor, 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, 90 support staff across 31 locations spanning the Vail Valley, the Roaring Fork Valley and Summit County. Our brokers have an average of 20 years’ experience, providing clients with an unsurpassed wealth of local knowledge. In 2019, SSF was the No. 1 real estate firm in the Vail Valley and Summit County, with nearly 1,900 transactions totaling $2.3 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.

2016
Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate welcomes a new President and Managing Broker, John Pfeiffer.

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.

Today
Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate awarded development sales listing for the $600 million Snowmass Base Village, expanding its presence to the Roaring Fork Valley. SSF remains a market leader in real estate sales and technology innovation with over 40 brokers across Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and New Castle.