Patrick Welch

Patrick is lucky to have been born and raised in the Vail Valley.  His parents, Don and Shirley Welch, both attended college in Denver.  Upon graduating college in 1968, they decided to follow their passion for skiing and moved to Vail where they both could earn a living teaching skiing.  That was all it took to convince them they were in the right place and they would call Vail home.

 Don and Shirley owned the second house in East-Vail in the early years and eventually acquired land in Lake Creek (Edwards) in 1979 and built a permanent home there, which is where they still reside today.  After teaching skiing, Don owned and operated a ski rental and retail shop in Vail Village, then he was elected County Commissioner and served two terms in office in the 1980’s.  After serving as County Commissioner, Don earned his real estate license and joined Vail Associates Real Estate in 1989, which later merged with Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, becoming the most recognizable brand in Vail Valley real estate today.  Don and Shirley raised three boys, Ryan, the oldest; Patrick, the middle son, and Casey, the youngest of the three. 

Patrick graduated from Battle Mountain High School in 1993.  After high school he attended the University of Northern Colorado, and after graduating in 1997 he joined his father, Don, at Slifer Smith & Frampton in 1998.  "It has been wonderful to create a partnership in a business we both enjoy.", says Don. The years of mentor ship by his father have proven invaluable in this profession. Now with over 17 years of experience helping Buyers and Sellers in the Vail Valley, Patrick has the local knowledge and expertise to ensure every transaction is handled with the utmost care and professionalism.    

Patrick specializes in servicing second home Buyers and Sellers, but also enjoys every opportunity to help local Buyers and Sellers with their real estate needs.  Patrick's office is located in the lobby of The Park Hyatt Hotel in Beaver Creek Resort.  His primary focus is on Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch, and Arrowhead properties, but he also has vast knowledge of Vail Village and is frequently helping customers and clients in all areas of the Vail Valley.  One advantage of being raised in the Vail Valley is that Patrick is familiar with the entire valley, from East-Vail to Gypsum, and the various niche markets that exist.  

Patrick is your inside source of information for anything not associated with real estate.  He is happy to offer recommendations for great restaurants, fun activities owners and guests should try, where the fish are biting, or any other information to help owner's and their guest's experience in the Vail Valley more enjoyable.    

Patrick has a passion for fishing and spends most of his free time on the water, whether it be chasing the catch of a lifetime or enjoying a scenic float with friends and family.  He is grateful to have so many recreational opportunities so close to home. 

Learning to ski at a very young age, it became second nature for Patrick, and he still enjoys every opportunity he gets to make some turns.  "I am so lucky to live where I do and I get to enjoy our surroundings everyday, like so many around the world who come to visit”.  

Patrick is forever thankful his parents had the pioneer vision to move to the area in the late 1960s and raise a family here.  Now Patrick cherishes every opportunity to help others realize the same dream.  He looks forward to being your guide to the Vail Valley.  

Don, now retired from the real estate business, has been instrumental in organizing the Wheels and Wings car and plane show at the Eagle County Airport and Vail Village, which takes place the second weekend of September each year.  2009 marked the inaugural year of the event and it continues to grow and receive national recognition.  When Don is not taking apart his car and putting it back together, or planning for the next Wheels and Wings show, he enjoys spending time with his five grand kids, or a casual ride on his road bike. He stil skis roughly 40 days a season.

When considering your options for a Realtor in the Vail Valley, please consider Patrick Welch as your trusted local advisor.  With hard work and dedication to his customers and clients, success is guaranteed.  



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Our relationship with Don and Patrick Welch began in 2003 during a quest to locate a Bachelor Gulch property just right for our growing family. After searching many properties, we found one and placed a bid. To our surprise and disappointment, the owners withdrew the offer. Determined to find a property that would work for us, Don and Patrick assisted us in searching and finally locating an even more beautiful condominium than we had imagined. Our peaceful family retreat in the mountains continues to inspire and delight us, as does our continuing and growing relationship with the Welch family.

— ~Dr. Lawrence and Beth Zarian ~ Lake Forest, IL

Dear Patrick, Eric and I want to thank you for the patient, persistent and forthright assistance you and your team at Welch and Sons gave to our search for a Colorado vacation property from the moment we contacted you on-line. Not only did you provide us with property leads and information consistent with our needs and within our search parameters, you made yourself available convenient to our schedule and for as long as we needed your help. What could have been an arduous process was made enjoyable. Every stage from first contact, through property search, contract proposals and sale conclusion was accomplished with relative ease. Being from outside CO, we especially appreciate that you were able to make available sales documents, that could be not only reviewed but also signed, on-line. We feel very comfortable highly recommending you individually and the organization of Welch and Sons for Arrowhead/Beaver Creek/ Vail real estate sales.

— Vicki and Eric Horne ~ Pittsburgh, PA

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