Posted on January 24, 2020 by Chris Klug
Happy Winter XGames weekend! XGames 2020 returns to Buttermilk Mountain and Aspen this weekend. This is one of the greatest exhibitions in winter sports, right here in our backyard. Between all of the extreme sporting events, concerts at XGames and the Belly Up, apres ski parties, and deals- there is a lot going on. Here are the top three tips to XGames like a local.
- Beware of concert ticket scams! Most of the Belly Up XGames shows are sold out, except for Bazzi on Sunday night. For tickets, head over to www.bellyupaspen.com. If you were looking forward to Rae Sremmurd, Alesso, or Bazzi, there’s still a chance. These artists have double performances this weekend, at both the Belly Up and at the base of Buttermilk Mountain. For tickets to these shows, visit https://xgamesaspen.frontgatetickets.com.
- You don’t have to be at Buttermilk to enjoy XGames. Some locals will tell you the best view of XGames action is from your own couch or at a local restaurant on ESPN. The XGames extreme spirit is celebrated throughout downtown Aspen all weekend. Select restaurants are open later and offering this weekend only deals (www.eataspen.com). New to town this winter, Snow Lodge is bringing the music of XGames to the apres ski scene. Head over to their sunny deck at the base of Aspen Mountain to see big name artists, such as Sofi Tukker and St. Lucia for frea.
- Take the bus! Whether you’re going to the concerts at the base of Buttermilk, heading into the XGames arena for any event, or getting to downtown Aspen for after parties, take RFTA and special courtesy shuttles. New this year, there is a designated area for ridesharing across the street from Buttermilk. As most locals will tell you, the bus is the most efficient and preferred, not to mention free, mode of transportation. Check out www.rfta.com for bus schedules.
Have a safe and fun XGames weekend!
Posted on January 17, 2020 by Chris Klug
Happy snowy Friday from Aspen Snowmass! With today’s snowstorm (hopefully) carrying into this evening, the weekend looks ideal for bluebird skiing! There are a lot of exciting events this weekend, and great opportunities to try Aspen’s hot new restaurants. Read on for all the activities you do not want to miss!
After a fabulous day on the slopes, check out Ullr Night at Elk Camp Restaurant in Snowmass Village. This winter wonderland party on select Friday nights during the winter season is in honor of Ullr, Norse God of Snow. Take an evening gondola ride up to Elk Camp for tubing, a raging fire with s’mores (of course), the Breathtaker alpine coaster, snowbiking, and delicious cuisine. Pro Tip- try the mac-n-cheese and prime rib, they’re absolutely heavenly on a cold winter night. For upcoming Ullr Night dates and more information, head over to www.aspensnowmass.com
This weekend welcomes back local favorite 5Point Film Festival at the Wheeler Opera House. 5Point curates programs rooted in the outdoors and the human experience with special guests adding an additional dimension of inspiration and stoke to the night. Rooted in five guiding “points”—Purpose, Respect, Commitment, Humility, and Balance—the non-profit is known for bringing people together in a unique and dynamic way to celebrate the outdoors and the people whose stories encourage us to find our best selves. Enjoy short films both Friday, January 17th and Saturday, January 18th. For a full list of films, special guests, visit www.5pointfilm.org
The Aspen restaurant scene is offering some new options, as well as the return of an old favorite. Duemani is a new coastal Italian restaurant that took over Rustique’s old space, on the corner of Aspen’s infamous restaurant row. Their tostadas and aragosta pasta are not to be missed! New this season is Almresi in the Dancing Bear building. This intimate, Austrian restaurant is perfect for an authentic alpine dining experience. Back by popular demand, Over Easy is back with the same, favorite menu and a new location. Head over to the former Scarlett’s building for the traditional style “with a twist” breakfast, brunch, lunch and extensively creative cocktails! For more information on these and other Aspen restaurants, go to www.eataspen.com
Happy Long Weekend! Enjoy the beautiful winter weather!
Posted on January 10, 2020 by Chris Klug
Hello from Aspen Snowmass! This weekend is the 69th annual Wintersköl celebration in Aspen, Colorado. This four day event celebrates winter, and all that makes it so wonderful, in Aspen and Snowmass Village, as well as across all four mountains. There’s a lot going on this weekend- read on to learn more about the not-to-miss events of Wintersköl!
One of the highlight ongoing events of Wintersköl is WINTERSCULPT. Anderson Ranch Arts Center invites community members to team up and create freestanding sculptures from 8 foot by 8 foot snow cubes. Located on Mill Street Mall, teams work in this round-the-clock 48 hour competition. Once completed, sculptures are judged creativity, design concept, and technical execution by a panel of local art experts. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place. There’s also a KIDSCULPT for all those creative kiddos! For more information on these contests and how to enter, go to www.andersonranch.org
Back by popular demand with a new twist, Soupsköl is back! Soupsköl 2.0 at SO Cafe in the Aspen Art Museum will feature soups from SO along with other guest restaurants, additional tasty bites and fabulous cocktails. This event will take place on Friday, January 10th from 4-6pm. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite! Head over to www.aspenartmuseum.com more information.
A classic summer event has crossed over! Yoga on the Mountain is back at Sundeck on Aspen Mountain. Take a peaceful ride up the Silver Queen Gondola for a rejuvenating yoga class geared towards winter sport enthusiasts and athletes on Saturday morning. Class begins promptly at 9:30am. Reserve your spot at the Mountain Lodge at Gondola Plaza. Head back to the Mountain Lodge after class for Après!
For more information on other Wintersköl events, like the Glow Parade and WINTERFEST, head over to https://www.aspenchamber.org/events/acra-annual-events/winterskol. Have a happy and safe Wintersköl!
Posted on January 3, 2020 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday and Happy New Year from Aspen Snowmass! After a wonderful and snowy holiday season, we are ready for the rest of an already awesome winter. If you’re a little burnt out from the holidays, and in need of some rest and relaxation, we are right there with you. Read on for the best ways to relax in Aspen Snowmass.
Want to unwind in the great outdoors while getting in a great workout? Try out the Friday Morning Uphill Breakfast Club. Join uphill skiers at Buttermilk Mountain for breakfast club hosted by the City of Aspen at Cliffhouse restaurant at the top of Tiehack. Uphillers can enjoy a continental breakfast for purchase between 8:45-10am after a great skin or hike up. Try out the French Toast- it’s a must! Skinning is a great workout solo, and even better with friends. For more information, head over to www.aspensnowmass.com
If you’re hoping for a more traditional route of relaxation, book your spa day at either Viceroy Spa in Snowmass Village or Remede Spa at The St. Regis Aspen. The spa menus can be overwhelming, but not to worry. Do not miss out on the CBD massage at The St. Regis, after a rejuvenating nap in the oxygen room. Viceroy Snowmass is celebrating their 10 year anniversary, so naturally the spa is offering a decadent deal. Enjoy the Viceroy Snowmass 10x10 Anniversary treatment - a combination of 10 products and services to ensure your total relaxation. For more information on these and other treatments, head over to www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/snowmass and www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/asexr-the-st-regis-aspen-resort/
Just need a movie night? You’re in for a treat. The Wheeler Opera House is hosting the Aspen Film Academy Screenings. This film series highlights 20 films in the running for Academy Awards. This is an opportunity for active members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, British Film and Television Arts to vote, as well as a viewing opportunity for the general public. This year’s films include Bombshell, Just Mercy, and Uncut Gems. For a full list of screenings, head over to www.aspenfilm.org
Here’s to a happy and healthy new year starting out on the right foot! Happy Weekend!
Posted on December 27, 2019 by Chris Klug
Happy New Year from Aspen Snowmass! What an amazing decade it’s been. In the last 10 years, Aspen Snowmass has gone through lots of exciting changes. Snowmass welcomed the much anticipated Base Village, Aspen Skiing Company jumped on board with the Ikon Pass, and the Midvalley thrived with the development of Willits Town Center. There’s a lot to look forward to in the new decade, such as five more years of XGames, the possibility of Pandora on Aspen Mountain, and the future of Lift 1A. While there is much to reflect on and even more future to fantasize about, there are fabulous New Year’s Eve parties to look forward to in the near future. Read on for the best of the best!
Snowmass is no longer the sleepy mountain town. In fact, its roaring. Check out the Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve party at the Collective in Base Village. Guests are encouraged to dress their flapper and dapper best to celebrate the new decade. There will be extravagant eats and divine drinks from the new mix6 restaurant. The party starts sharp at 9pm. Before you get all dressed up, join the traditional Torchlight Parade. Skiers and riders start boarding the Village Express lift at 5:30pm to carry festive red flares while making wide turns down Fanny Hill. The Torchlight Parade starts promptly at 6pm, for those just wanting to be a spectator. For more information on these events, head over to www.gosnowmass.com
If you’re looking for the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration, look no further than the Clicquot Cats. Choose either the 8pm or midnight fireworks display to ride up in a snowcat with up to 12 guests of your choice. Only three cats go up for each display. Enjoy famous Little Nell five-star service combined with coveted Aspen Mountain access and Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame champagne throughout your experience. For more information, head over to www.thelittlenell.com
Wanting to stay in Aspen and catch some live music? Head over to the Wheeler Opera House for Yonder Mountain String Band. For over 20 years, the Wheeler Opera House has hosted a live music New Year’s Eve party. Before the concert, enjoy light bites and drinks from the Wheeler for the firework viewing party. This event starts at 7:45pm. Head over to www.wheeleroperahouse.com for more information and tickets.
Whether you’re out on the town or in for the night, have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve!
Posted on December 20, 2019 by Chris Klug
Happy Holidays from Aspen Snowmass! We have received almost three feet of snow in the last week, and all four mountains are open. Things are gearing up for a festive holiday season! There is a lot going on, and it can seem overwhelming. We have picked the best events that are not to be missed this holiday season.
The Aspen Chamber of Commerce is once again hosting their annual 12 Days of Aspen from Friday, December 20th to Tuesday, December 31st. This celebration is packed full of events for everyone. From Belly Up concerts, to free movies at the Pitkin County Library, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and parties galore.
Be sure to take the kiddos to Teddy Bear Storytime at the Wheeler Stallard Museum in the West End of Aspen from 10:30am-11:30am. During every day the 12 days of Aspen, children and their parents are invited for story hour with their favorite stuffed animal to read along with classic Christmas stories. Every day of Hanukkah, head over to the Hotel Jerome Lobby for a Menorah Lighting at 5:30 and stay for apres at either the cozy Jerome Living Room or locals’ favorite, the JBar. For more information on these events, check out aspenchamber.org/events/acra-annual-events/12-days-aspen
The Belly Up is celebrating their 15 year anniversary this winter season. While the famous music venue has big name acts on their calendar all season, some of their best headliners are performing this holiday week. Be sure to check out local blues band Garland & Friends on Saturday, December 21st, world-renowned DJ Cedric Gervais on Monday, December 23rd, and two-night headliner Third Eye Blind on Friday, December 27th and Saturday, December 28th. For more information and tickets, head over to www.bellyupaspen.com
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday from all of us at Klug Properties.
Posted on December 13, 2019 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday from snowy Aspen Snowmass! We are in the middle of a huge snow storm with more to come this weekend. The holiday spirit is contagious around town right now between all of the snow, festive decorations, and events. Read on for this weekend’s best events on and off the ski mountains!
Aspen Skiing Company is hosting Passapalooza from Friday, December 13th through Sunday, December 15th. This event grants access to all four mountains to those who are 2019-2020 season passholders at any resort in any part of the world. Guests can also enjoy demo packages for $56, $99 clinics, and exclusive lodging deals. There will also be art and light installation pieces at the Snowmass Village Mall, as well as a Snow Bike Cross on Assay Hill at Snowmass Ski Resort. For more information on this exciting event, check out www.aspensnowmass.com
After a long Saturday on the slopes, head over to The Little Nell hotel for their 30th anniversary party. Party Like It’s 1989 is exactly how it sounds, 80’s themed! Wear your best retro ski outfit because there is a costume contest. Enjoy an 80’s music DJ in Chair 9, an 80’s themed band in the Living Room, plus activities in the courtyard. There will be plenty of hors d'oeuvres, themed cocktails, and even a cash bar. To learn more, head over to www.thelittlenell.com
If you’re looking to be more in tune with nature and a part of history, head over to Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) for their 120th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 15th. This is the longest-running citizen science study in the world. All bird enthusiasts are welcome and encouraged to join this event. For more information and to register for this event, head over to aspennature.org.
Have a safe and happy weekend! Enjoy all the snow!
Posted on December 6, 2019 by Chris Klug
Winter is in full swing here in Aspen Snowmass. Aspen Mountain is 77% open with a base of 24 inches, while Snowmass Ski Resort is 33% open with a 32 inch base. All four mountains will be open as of this weekend. There is plenty to do this weekend on and off the mountain. With more snow predicted for later, the conditions should be ideal for a fun-filled weekend!
Aspen Highlands will be opening this weekend with a total of 717 acres open. Cloud 9 and Merry-Go Round restaurants will be opening for business. Skiers and riders can expect North Woods, Child’s Play, and G8-G0 in Highlands Bowl, as well as most of the frontside to be open. All of Highlands’ lifts will be running, except Thunderbowl, which will open on the following Saturday, December 14th. All skier services will be opening too.
If you prefer a more family friendly mountain with easier terrain, you’re in luck. Buttermilk will open for the season on Saturday, December 7th. There will be approximately 300 acres of terrain available to skiers and riders, with more to open as conditions allow. Bumps and Cliffhouse will be open for business. Stop by Bumps starting at 1pm to celebrate local legend and icon Klaus Obermeyer! Klaus turned 100 years old this week, and the celebrations continue. Skiers and riders are encouraged to wear their best retro Obermeyer gear, indulge in complimentary apple strudel, and toast to Klaus. For more information on opening day celebrations and terrain opening updates, visit www.aspensnowmass.com
After a fun day on the four mountains, check out Summit for Life. This nighttime, uphill race begins promptly at 5:30pm on Saturday, December 7th at the base of Aspen Mountain. Hosted by Chris Klug Foundation, this race is meant to raise tissue and organ donor awareness. If hiking isn’t your thing but you’d still like to participate, consider the Ride for Life. For more information on this awesome event, check out www.summitforlife.org
Posted on November 27, 2019 by Chris Klug
Happy Thanksgiving from Aspen Snowmass! Aspen Mountain and Snowmass Ski Resort opened last weekend with a fresh 16 inch storm, with more snow storms expected throughout the holiday week. There are plenty of ways to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner in Aspen Snowmass, no matter what your budget. Here are a few ideas to make Turkey Day memorable.
With the slopes already open and more snow falling daily, Aspen Mountain and Snowmass Ski Resort will be the hotspots during Thanksgiving Day. Back again, Thanksjibbing will take place at Snowmass from 2-3pm on Fanny Hill. Check out local freeskiers and riders carve their way through the terrain park for cash prizes and bragging rights that lasts all season long. Entry is free for those wanting to participate. Learn more at www.aspensnowmass.com
If you’re looking for affordable Thanksgiving food during the day, check out these options. Head over to Big Wrap between 10am and 6pm for their infamous Pilgrim’s Wrap. Don’t worry if you miss out, this is available every Thursday as a special. Did someone say truffle fries and turkey? Ajax Tavern at the base of Aspen Mountain is once again offering their plat du jour of traditional Thanksgiving goodness for $34 from 6-9pm, in addition to their regular menu. Jimmy’s Bar and Restaurant, a local favorite, is offering a three course holiday feast for $48/person from 3-10pm. It’s sure to turn to a party after 10pm, so make your reservations early.
If you’re looking to step up your Thanksgiving meal game with a wine pairing that are also kid friendly, these options are for you. Toro Restaurant at the Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass Village is taking a Spanish flair on the traditional Thanksgiving grub. Do not miss their heavenly Mexican, canela-spiced flan for dessert. The Hotel Jerome will once again host their decadent holiday buffet. If you’re looking for all the fixings, antipasti, and a raw bar- this where you need to be.
For more information on these specials and other Thanksgiving specials, check out www.eataspen.com and www.eatsnowmass.com. Wishing you a happy and safe holiday!
Posted on November 22, 2019 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday! Tomorrow is Opening Day at Aspen Mountain and Snowmass. Aspen Skiing Company announced earlier this week they would be opening Ajax as well as Snowmass five days ahead of schedule with over 208 combined open acres. This is the second year in a row Ajax has opened early, thanks to early season storms in October. Locals and visitors alike are excited and ready for ski and snowboard season to start.
Aspen Mountain will feature 148 acres of terrain 3,200 vertical feet of top to bottom skiing and riding serviced by the Silver Queen Gondola, Ajax Express, and Bell Mountain Chair. Runs will include Bellissimo, Upper Copper, Deer Park, Dipsy Doodle, Easy Chair, One and Two Leaf, Pumphouse, Silver Bell, Blondies, Pussyfoot Silver Dip and Spar Gulch. The Sundeck Restaurant will be open for food and beverage service for skiers, riders, and sightseers. After a long day on the slopes, check out Ajax Tavern in the Little Nell for apres ski. Enjoy the famous truffle fries or the delicious grilled cheese and tomato soup.
Snowmass also opens Saturday, November 23rd with 60 open acres of terrain and two lifts. Elk Camp Gondola and Village Express to midway. Skiers and riders can access Upper Scooper to Lower Hals, Fanny Hill, and Elk Camp Meadows. Elk Camp Restaurant will be open for lunch, as well as the Alpine Coaster. Base Camp Bar and Grill in Snowmass Base Village will also open for the season on Saturday. Be sure to check out the steak nachos and Moroccan Curry Bowl!
Keep up the snow dances! More terrain will be open as conditions allow. Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk are expected to open for the season on Saturday, December 7th. See you on the slopes!