The Cordillera Team - Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate

The Cordillera Team


P: 390.0669, B: 376.5149, A: 949.910.0009

About Us

Pam, Brooke and Aaron have transformed traditional real estate by providing uncompromising value to their clients with an approach that combines their three different perspectives to create a unique synergy. Pam brings the wealth of knowledge and expertise from selling Vail Valley real estate for over 30 years paired with strong and successful negotiation tactics. Brooke offers a creative eye for marketing and interior design along with a detailed understanding and mastery of the all Colorado real estate contracts. Aaron offers a strong relationship-based approach with clients along with a detailed analytical focus to provide up to date statistics in our ever-changing changing market.  Combining each of these characteristics, Pam, Brooke and Aaron work together on behalf of all their clients to provide a seamless transaction process from start to finish.


Pam Horan-Kates was born and raised in Simsbury, Connecticut, schooled in New York, and has been a resident of the Vail Valley since 1976. Her path to Vail started when she met John Kates, the Director of Marketing for then Vail Associates, in New York City.  He invited her to visit the Vail Valley, and on her second visit, Pam realized that this was where she belonged.  Her third visit involved a U Haul truck and shortly thereafter, a marriage to John, the new Vice President of Marketing for Vail Associates. Pam was the Executive Director of the Colorado Ski Museum/Ski Hall of Fame for 8 years before taking a break to care for Conor and Brooke, now aged 35 and 33.  Pam joined Slifer & Company on Bridge Street in Vail in 1987, and moved to the Cordillera Sales Center in 1993.  She has specialized in Beaver Creek, Vail and Cordillera since then, and is consistently among the top producers of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate.

Pam lives with her husband John in Lake Creek, where John has retired as the founder and Chairman of the Board of the Vail Leadership Institute. He is the author of several books and articles on leadership, as well as on the history of the Vail Valley. Son Conor is employed in the field of computer technology with in San Francisco, CA, and daughter Brooke joined Pam in her real estate practice in 2015.


Brooke Horan-Kates was born and raised in the Vail Valley. She attended Vail Christian High School and went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Upon graduation, Brooke moved back to the Vail Valley where she met and married her husband JP, who is a Firefighter with the Denver Fire Department.

Brooke joined Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate in 2015, and teamed up with her mother, Pam, who has been with the company for 30 years and Aaron Rabins who has been with the company 5 years. Together they work out of the Cordillera office but Brooke maintains her business in Eagle and throughout the valley as well.

Brooke lives in Eagle Ranch with JP, their daughter Charlie, son Jack, and their two dogs, Myla and Susan. She enjoys hiking with her dogs and family, going to the gym, and simply being outdoors!


Aaron Rabins is originally from San Clemente, California, he moved to Colorado to attend the University of Denver where he fell in love with Colorado. In 2015 he moved to the Vail Valley with his wife Jessica and began working for Slifer Smith and Frampton. Aaron’s main office is in the beautiful community if Cordillera, however he is well versed in all communities throughout the entire Vail Valley.

Aaron focuses on adding value to his clients by providing an excellent customer service-oriented sales experience that creates a long-lasting relationship. His hard work and determination have provided him with quick success in his young real estate career where he has been a part of many transactions. 

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