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 real estate.
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 about Vail Real Estate 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 also a good source of information for anything not associated with real estate. He is happy to offer recommendations for great restaurants to dine at, fun activities owners and guests should try, where the fish are biting, or any other information to help their experience in the Vail Valley more enjoyable.
Patrick currently resides in Eagle with his wife, Melissa, and daughter, Logan, who was born in 2009, along with their dog, Rio, and two cats, Maddison and Smokey.
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 enjoys the 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 still still skis roughly 40 days a season.
Learn More About Me