Happy End of Summer! After a jam-packed Labor Day weekend with beautiful weather and awesome music, we are ready for fall, and even looking forward to winter! 

This past Wednesday, Aspen Chamber Resort Association hosted their annual event the Afternoon Blend at the Sundeck on top of Aspen Mountain. Aspen Skiing Company officials spoke to the local business crowd about the past, memorable winter and the upcoming winter season. 

Last season was the longest recorded season at Aspen, with 168 days. Two people logged 167 skier days. One skier, not a patroller, logged 115 Highlands Bowl laps. Skier visits at all four mountains were up 20% from last season. Wow! Beyond all of these impressive records, Aspen Skiing Company made history by joining the Ikon Pass last season. This season, Premier Passholders will also have the base Ikon Pass. Passholders must redeem this benefit online by December 12th. 

Winter is quickly approaching (only 83 days until ski season!), but there are still plenty of fun ways to enjoy the gorgeous Fall season in Aspen Snowmass. This weekend is filled with classic and soon-to-be classic events in Snowmass. 

The 44th annual Snowmass Balloon Festival kicks off on Friday, September 6th. Each morning from 7-10am, over 30 hot air balloons will be on display and launching from Town Park. Balloon Night Glow, the festival’s most popular event, is tonight. Stop by Town Park between 6-9pm to see the balloons all lit up against the night sky, kids activities, pilot games, and enjoy food and drinks from local vendors. 

The 2nd annual Cidermass is also this weekend on the Snowmass Village Mall from 1-4pm. Taste hard ciders from over 20 different vendors and enjoy a (hopefully) beautiful fall day. Tickets are available online for $35 or $45 day of and include the tasting plus your own glass.

After Cidermass, take the Skittles Gondola down to Snowmass Base Village to enjoy Snowmass Septemberfest from 4-7pm. Kids and adults alike can enjoy lawn games and activities, plus face painters, a bouncy house, and a petting zoo- just for kids! Enjoy food and beverages from Base Village restaurants, peruse local vendors showcasing and selling goods- there is truly something for everyone at this awesome FREE event! 

 

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Apres Music Festival and Closing Day Celebrations

Posted on April 5, 2019 by Chris Klug

Get ready for an epic couple of weeks ahead here in beautiful Aspen! It really feels like springtime today! Tonight, head to the base of Buttermilk for the first ever Après Music Festival! This three-day festival starts with a performance by Umphrey’s McGee tonight, followed by back to back performances by The String Cheese Incident on Saturday and Sunday.The Après Music Festival marks the start of a series of fantastic closing day parties on all four of our local resort mountains. Before the concert on Sunday, participate in Buttermilk’s closing day party, or as locals like to call it, Bacon appreciation day. Starting at 9 am head to Buttermilk for all things bacon, including bacon and waffles from the Cliffhouse Restaurant, bacon doughnuts from ColoraDough, and various bacon samplers scattered around the mountain from 11 am until it’s all gone. From 1 - 5 pm there will be live music, kids games, face painting, and a bacon and beer happy hour at Bumps Restaurant from 2-4!

Personally, my favorite closing day experience is found on Highlands starting on April 14th. I like to start by picking out the most ridiculous costume I can get my hands on. Last year I wore one of those inflatable T-Rex suits, and while dressing up isn’t required, I strongly recommend it. Start your day by hiking the bowl for a free ski patrol BBQ at the top. From there head on down to Cloud Nine for a drink and to watch, or even participate in, a champagne war! Finally, join the rest of the closing day partiers for a beer and a slice of Pizza at the Ale House, the natural conduit for all skiers and borders coming off the mountain. This is great place to mingle with other locals or out of towners to say goodbye until next year.

The next weekend after Highlands Closing Party we also have Snowmass Mountain’s Surf and Snow Beach Party to celebrate the closing of Snowmass Mountain on the 20th, followed by the 80’s Prom Party on Aspen Mountain for their closing on April 21st. What a month to be in Aspen! Happy Friday! Have fun at The Apres at Buttermilk this weekend!

 

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Snowmass Absolute Auction & Highlands Closing Party

Posted on April 10, 2015 by Chris Klug

Happy Friday! The ski and snowboard season in Aspen Snowmass has flown by and is nearing the end. 2015 is off to a fast start for Aspen Real Estate. Aspen is up 62% compared to the 1st quarter in 2014. Inventory is down about 20% overall in Aspen, and almost 30% for core condos. I anticipate less inventory and higher prices in Aspen this summer! There are a ton of weekend events ahead. Enjoy the warm weather, sunshine and spring slush. Happy riding!

Weekend Events

Aspen/Highlands Closing Party 

Aspen Highlands Closing Party - Photograph Jeremy Swanson

The ski season wraps up at Aspen Highlands this weekend with the biggest closing party of the year on Sunday, April 12! Time to break out your neon one piece, and vintage ski appeal to celebrate Aspen style.

Saturday, April 10 at 2 pm

Don’t miss the Auction hosted by Concierge Auctions and Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty at the Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass Village. 1581 Wood Road in Snowmass is going to Auction with NO RESERVE! For more information contact me right away, so I can get you registered before the auction begins. 

Twentieth Annual Sun Dog's K-9 Uphill at Buttermilk Mountain

This Sunday, April 12 at 10 am grab your snowshoes and bring your doggies to Buttermilk for a 2,000 vertical ft. hike up Buttermilk Mountain. This events supports local no-kill animal shelters. BBQ party following the race and Erik’s famous raffle.

Aspen ShortsFest

Don’t miss the Shortsfest Film Festival hosted at the Wheeler Opera House this weekend. Plenty of awesome films for everyone. Don’t miss it!

Recent Aspen Real Estate Activity 

1908 Faraway Road, listed by Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty, was the highest sale this week. Located atop Faraway Rd. 1908 Faraway is a Sweeney contemporary remodel in Snowmass Village, which closed on Monday for $6,375,000, $1,325 sold price per sq. ft.

The highest Aspen sale was 22 Alice Lane also listed by Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty, which sold for $4,300,000, $995 sold price per sq. ft. The lowest sale was 718 S. Galena Street 103-A, listed by Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty, which sold for $680,000, $1,333 sold price per sq. ft. Contact me if you would like a full Market Update. I am always happy to help you and share my market knowledge and passion for Living Aspen! Happy Highlands Closing! Have a fun weekend. Good luck to the bidders on 1581 Wood Road.

Chris Klug

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