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!
Posted on November 15, 2019 by Katie Shapiro
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The 2019/2020 ski season is so close we can hardly stand it! Aspen and Snowmass open on Thursday, November 28 and Highlands and Buttermilk open on December 7. With more than one million photos tagged #aspen on Instagram and innumerable international media outlets also circulating editors’ picks around the Internet, pre-planning to make the most of your time in Aspen/Snowmass and the Roaring Fork Valley is a daunting challenge.
Enter Aspen Bucket List — an Instagram account curated by an Aspen native, who’s called the Roaring Fork Valley home their entire life. While we can’t reveal their identity, they launched @aspenbucketlist on June 1, 2017 and have since amassed 26,000 followers for stunning photography, insider pro-tips, local knowledge, exclusive partner offers, and more.
Powered by Bucket Listers, a national network of city guides around the world, its local account manager is a friend of founder and CEO Andy Lederman, who started the digital company in Chicago in 2016. Self-described as “the world’s largest adventure club,” each city’s official Bucket List is compiled with reliable, bucket list-worthy events and experiences that admins personally experience to give their stamp of approval. This strategy has garnered 10 million explorers that now follow their lead in more than 15 cities through social media, online, and email newsletters to take their own adventures.
So to help you narrow down your itinerary for the season ahead, we turned to Aspen Bucket List to share their top 10 picks for the ultimate winter in Aspen. And if you’re not already following, find Aspen Bucket List on Instagram @aspebucketlist and tag them in your posts for a chance to be featured using #aspenbucketlist.
1. Ski Highland Bowl
For anyone who's a good enough skier or snowboarder, a powder day Bowl lap (or three) is a must. aspensnowmass.com
2. Winter X Games
Attending X Games or just being in town during the long-running annual competition is a definite winter Bucket List event to attend. The energy around town is infectious. Aspen is alive with extreme things to do around every corner — from seeing live music slopeside to parties celebrating athletes at the Sundeck to watching the Men's Snowboard Halfpipe live (an Aspen Bucket List personal favorite). xgames.com
3. Uphill Traffic
Skinning, aka “uphilling,” at any of the four mountains on an early morning or late afternoon is so fun and gratifying. Start with Tiehack on Buttermilk and progress from there. Dinners at the Cliffhouse on top of Buttermilk are an added bonus and happen periodically throughout the winter on full moon nights. aspensnowmass.com
4. Hike to Weller Lake
Drive to the bottom of Independence Pass and hike with your favorite pal or pet up the road to the Weller Lake trail. Go up to the lake and back while enjoying all of the beauty and serenity that Indy Pass has to offer during the winter months. independentpass.org
5. Snowmobile to the Maroon Bells
You absolutely can't beat the Bells in the winter. Ask a buddy with a sled or book a guided tour with TLazy7 to see the spectacular views without the crowds. tlazy7.com
6. Dine at Pine Creek Cookhouse
This experience is nothing short of incredible. Cross-country ski, walk, snowshoe, or ride a horse-drawn carriage to the Pine Creek Cookhouse in Ashcroft — just about a 15 minute drive from downtown Aspen. Find 5-star everything from the food to the views to the service. And tell 'em @aspenbucketlist sent ya. pinecreekcookhouse.com
7. Aspen Powder Tours
Check out the backcountry terrain on the backside of Ajax and ski powder all day long via snowcat service. Great turns, good vibes, and a private experience that you'll never forget. aspensnowmass.com
Held January 9-12, 2020, this classic Aspen tradition turns downtown into a spirited celebration of the Nordic lifestyle with a parade, fireworks, ice sculpting, and more. aspenchamber.org
9. Dinner at Maru
There’s nothing like fresh sushi and hot saké after a long day in the mountains. Check out Maru, a locally owned hot spot with the highest quality ingredients in town. Chef Taylor Hale brings decades of experience and passion to his food set in a local’s atmosphere. maruaspen.com
10. Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs
For a relaxing day off, or to warm up your bones after completing items #1 — #9 on our Aspen Bucket List, take a drive down to Carbondale and check out Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs. Rejuvenate the body in their private pools along the Crystal River. Differing temperatures provide everyone with a perfect place to decompress and soak in the views. Make sure to make a reservation. avalancheranch.com
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Posted on November 8, 2019 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday from Aspen! The temperatures have warmed up, but the snow from last week’s storms is here to stay! Opening Day for Aspen Mountain and Snowmass Ski Resort is scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, November 28th. There is a lot to look forward to every season. This season is especially exciting with new on-mountain restaurants, in-town improvements, favorite and new events. There is something for everyone!
Formerly known as Sam’s Smokehouse, the new and improved Sam’s plans to open its doors on Opening Day, Thursday, November 28th. After a multi-million dollar remodel, guests are invited to enjoy the big views and redesigned menu. This favorite on-mountain restaurant at the Top of Sam’s Knob on Snowmass will now feature Italian and Mediterranean fare, a slipper room, and a live-action kitchen.
Snowmass Base Village will be unveiling its second phase this December. One Snowmass residences open Mid-December. One Snowmass has partnered with Inspirato to offer owners luxury homeownership as well as a membership to enjoy luxury rental properties, homes, and experiences. The Collective in Base Village will now feature a community flex space, as well as the new Mix 6 restaurant and bar. Buildings formerly known as 6, 7, and 8 will now house the new Snowmass Clinic, a local, dynamic art gallery, King Yoga, Aspen JUS, as well as an eyewear store. A second Grand Opening for the second phase of Base Village is scheduled for mid-December. For more information visit www.allinsnowmass.com
XGames returns to Aspen January 23-26, 2020. ESPN’s winter showcase signed on for another five years at Aspen Snowmass just last winter. Without an Olympics or a world championship, this event is the highlight of the winter athlete competition circuit. As of now, the only local athlete expected to compete is Alex Ferreira, who won Gold in Men’s Superpipe last year. To learn more, go to www.xgames.com/aspen
NASTAR National Championship is back at Snowmass for the first time since 2015. NASTAR stands for National Standard Race. NASTAR is the world’s largest all-level ski and snowboard race program that allows racers to compete against each other at over 100 different courses, which include Aspen and Snowmass. This season’s National Championship will be held at Snowmass March 24-28, 2020. Check out www.nastar.com/national-championships for more details and information.
Posted on October 25, 2019 by Chris Klug
Happy Halloween from Aspen Snowmass! This weekend and upcoming week are filled with events to celebrate the holiday for both families and adults. We’ve picked the best, must-attend parties and events for everyone. Whether you like music, arts and crafts, or want to show off your creative costume, there is definitely something for you.
There are two family-friendly Halloween events, but not to worry! Spooktacular Creepy Crafts and BOO! Bash are held on separate afternoons, offering two chances to show off this year’s Halloween costume.
On Tuesday, October 30th check out Spooktacular Creepy Crafts at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Village. Anderson Ranch invites kids to come decked out in their Halloween costume to work on crafts, trick-or-treat through the artists’ studios, and enjoy festive snacks and treats. There’s even a costume contest! Prizes will be given to those with the “Most Creative” and “Best Homemade Costume” plus more categories! For more information on this free event, go to www.andersonranch.org
On Wednesday October 31st, head over to the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department for BOO! Bash. This free event offers face painting, art activities, games, clowns, giveaways, candy, and fire trucks! Everyone should come in costume, kids and adults. For more information on this event, go to https://www.aspenchamber.org/event-calendar/boo-bash-0
For the adults out there looking for Halloween fun, check out the Belly Up for An Evening with Lotus. Celebrate Halloween at the Belly Up for two nights with this electronic jam band who happens to be based out of Denver! Belly up is also hosting their annual costume contest. First prize is a $500 gift certificate to Belly Up! For more information on the shows and tickets, head over to https://bellyupaspen.com/an-evening-with-lotus
Enjoy the beautiful, snowy weather and have a fun and safe holiday! Happy Halloween!
Posted on September 27, 2019 by Katie Shapiro
Welcome to altitude, W Hotels. Where the beloved Sky Hotel once stood, the just-opened W Aspen now marks the spot. And unlike its Kimpton predecessor, you can now call this piece of paradise a part-time home.
As part of W Hotels Worldwide’s first-ever North American alpine destination — the hotel group opened its first Mountain Escape property in Verbier, Switzerland in 2014 — The Sky Residences at W Aspen offer an exclusive shared real estate opportunity with 11 slopeside units. Upon its grand opening celebration in August, the inventory was already 40% sold, indicating a much-needed niche for fractional ownership.
Ski-in, ski-out access to Aspen Mountain is punctuated by a private, Residences-only roof deck with spa, lounge seating, BBQ grills, outdoor kitchen and fire pit, as well as on-property amenities including concierge, 24/7 security, in-residence dining, housekeeping, ski lockers, valet, and fitness center. W’s signature “Whatever/Whenever” service promise provides residents and hotel guests with “whatever they want, whenever they want it!”
The Sky Residences portfolio features five 2-bedrooms (approximately 1,567 square feet; starting in the mid-$500K price range) and six 3-bedrooms (approximately 1,993 square feet; starting in the $800K price range), available for a 1/10th shared ownership interest in real estate. Enjoy five weeks of usage — four of which are guaranteed Planned Vacation Weeks within the winter and summer (two weeks per season). The fifth week of ownership, Space Available Nights, can be either dedicated to the winter or summer season, depending upon ownership preference and availability.
“The Sky Residences at W Aspen feature compelling statements of space and design that defy expectations,” says R.J. Gallagher, Jr. of Forte Aspen, the agency managing sales. “It’s where an owner can get away from it all, while having it all. Effortless ownership, where quality time with family and friends is the only order of the day. And night.”
The building itself — Aspen’s first new luxury hotel in 25 years — was brought to life by locally-based architecture and design firm Rowland + Broughton, resulting in an environmentally sustainable, modern mountain chalet with long, sloping roof lines drawing inspiration from the Rocky Mountain landscape. W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen are owned and were co-developed by Washington, DC-based Northridge Capital (also owner of the Sky Hotel for 16 years), which financed the buildout and also tapped locally based Sarpa Development as a project partner.
The W brand’s signature luxurious, energetic vibe interior was dreamt up by global interior design firm nemaworkshop that pays homage to Aspen’s storied inhabitants from the silver miners of the late 19th century to the swinging counterculture of the ‘60s and ‘70s to the current crop of globe-trotting billionaires.
Each of the W Aspen’s 11 Sky Residences exude a cozy warmth reminiscent of a Swiss chalet through the use of rustic wood finishes, sloped ceilings and fireplaces, complete with decor channeling Herbert Bayer, Thomas Benton, and the Ute Indian Tribe mixed with modern industrial touches and rich, ski-wear-inspired fabrics.
Gallagher adds, “This shared ownership opportunity offers a unique combination of the hip W brand and the prime Aspen location. All of these amenities right at an owner’s fingertips — in one of the greatest locations, in one of the most desirable towns in the world.
Additional owner benefits include access to the Living Room restaurant and bar, 39 Degrees (a nod to the Sky Hotel’s beloved lounge, and the WET Deck — an open-to-the-public rooftop bar with a pool, cabanas and hot tub. Already proven to be Aspen’s hottest new spot, there’s no closer commute home than to a Sky Residence of your very own.
For more information about The Sky Residences at W Aspen, or to take a tour contact Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty at 970–925–6060 or visit waspenskyresidences.com.
Courtesy Forte Aspen
Posted on September 13, 2019 by Chris Klug
Another gorgeous Fall weekend is upon us, and it is once again full of enjoyable events! Off season is slowly approaching, and the gorgeous golden colors are starting to appear. There is still plenty to do as the seasons turn.
Starting September 12th through the 15th, Lead with Love hosts their Aspen Retreat at the Aspen Meadows Resort. This popular event is centered around restorative workshops, yoga, and mediation. The retreat also features adventures in and around Aspen, farm to table meals, biking, and even forest bathing! To register and learn more about this retreat, visit https://ileadwithlove.org/aspen2019
One of Snowmass Village’s most popular Fall events is this weekend. Since 1991, the Rotary Club of Snowmass Village has been hosting the Snowmass Wine Festival. The Wine Festival has grown from just the Grand Tasting to a weekend-long event including an exclusive Wine Dinner. This year’s Wine Dinner at the Viceroy Hotel has sold out, but there are still tickets available to the Grand Tasting, on Saturday September 14th! (https://www.snowmasswinefestival.com/) Enjoy the changing fall colors and some of the best views of Snowmass Village from Town Park while sipping wine and savoring delicious bites from various local restaurants. There will be over 35 wineries represented, plus six distilleries for those who don’t prefer wine. Some of our favorite featured restaurants include Home Team BBQ, Il Poggio, Jimmy’s, The Edge, and Toro. Stop by these booths early to get the best portion size, and before they run out of yummy food! In case wine, food, and great views weren’t enticing enough, partake in the stocked silent auction featuring local art, goods, and wine from the participating vendors. This event is a local’s favorite, don’t miss out!
After the Grand Tasting, head up to Snowmass Base Village for the Aspen Snowmass Motoring Classic. Come check out this car show from 9am-12pm on Sunday, September 15th. Swoon over luxury cars from Porsche, Ferrari, BMW, Audi, Corvette, and Viper. This year, the Ducati Club of Denver will be showcasing 30 different types of motorcycles. The best part? This event is FREE and family-friendly.
Some may say off season is here, but it sure doesn’t feel like it! Enjoy the weekend!
Posted on September 6, 2019 by Chris Klug
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!
Posted on January 11, 2019 by Chris Klug
Happy 2019 Wintersköl from Aspen! The 68th Annual Wintersköl takes place January 10-13, 2019. This is an incredible community event with fun activities for kids and adults. Get excited for snow sculptures, a bonfire at Wagner Park, music, fireworks, an evening torchlight descent on Aspen Mountain, and much more! Check out the full Schedule of Events Here. I hope to see you around Aspen this weekend at all the great events.
Posted on March 16, 2018 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday from Aspen! We got a little more spring snow last night with more in the forecast for Sunday. March is a great time of year in Aspen for many fun spring events. Kick of the weekend tonight with sunset skiing on Aspen Mountain followed by a party under the stars at the Sundeck. Click here for more details. If you want to continue your Friday night, G. Love and Special Sauce are playing at Belly up. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $65 for reserved seating. Doors open at 9:00 PM. For a more relaxing experience on Saturday morning, check out Morning Meditation at O2 Aspen at their new location at 408 S. Mill Street. On Saturday evening, Bumps restaurant at the base of Buttermilk Mountain hosts their annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner, which benefits the charity assistance fund for the needy in the Roaring Fork Valley. Enjoy traditional Irish cuisine and live Irish music by The Crowlin Feries. On Sunday check out Clicquot in the Snow on the patio at Ajax Tavern. This fun spring party offers the perfect place to apres-ski with locals and visitors alike.
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Posted on December 16, 2016 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday from Aspen! It’s snowing hard outside and expected to continue all day. Bring it on! I’m hoping for a white Christmas! I wanted to share some of great events going on this weekend! The Aspen World Snow Polo Championships take place this weekend at Rio Grande Park. The tournament is one of the most prestigious snow polo events in the world and attracts top players from around the country. Polo enthusiast from around the world as well as the local Roaring Fork Valley fans will be participating. For more information click here. This Saturday, the St. Regis is hosting their Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony between 5-7p.m. This is the third leg in the local tree lighting circuit. Sardy House and Little Nell were both big hits the past two weekends. The hot cocoa at Little Nell’s tree lighting was among the best. With a three and a five-year-old I don’t miss local tree lightings and cookie and cocoa opportunities. I’m hosting open house today, Friday, December 16th from 2-4 p.m. at 1096 Waters Avenue, a spectacular contemporary downtown Aspen dream home. Have a wonderful weekend! Keep doing your snow dance. Happy holidays ahead!
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