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 October 18, 2019 by Katie Shaprio
After its much-anticipated and celebratory debut season last year, Snowmass Base Village is readying for another wonderful winter ahead with new happenings, restaurants, boutiques, and real estate opportunities.
At Aspen Skiing Company’s annual “Upload for the Download” summit in September, Skico executives and Town of Snowmass Village officials shared the successes from 2018/2019, highlighting the Ikon Pass as a driver of new visitors. The focus was on the ongoing development of SBV, which beginning in November, will officially welcome One Snowmass.
The two buildings (One Snowmass East and One Snowmass West) will be joined by an enclosed walkway that allows the buildings to essentially “live as one.” One Snowmass will also serve as the new arrival center for SBV, featuring a central check-in, hospitality welcome area, and transit center for the Roaring Fork Transit Authority. RFTA will add a free shuttle service to and from downtown Aspen with stops at Aspen Pitkin County Airport, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands, and more along the way.
One Snowmass’s partnership with Inspirato — a Denver-based global leader in luxury travel — is the first of its kind, combining Snowmass home ownership with access to its exclusive collection of private homes, hotels, resorts, and bespoke experiences around the world.
One Snowmass West
Comprised of two-, three- and four-bedroom residences ranging in approximate size from 1,620 to 3,770 square feet, the 41 total units exude a mountain modern aesthetic with an emphasis on familiarity, comfort, and timelessness using details like high ceilings, rustic wood floors, warm textures, and carved accent tiles. A soon-to-be-announced fractional ownership program (1/15th interest) will be offered in One Snowmass East. Both new fractional and whole ownership buyers will also receive a five-year Inspirato Membership, which includes access to the in-house Inspirato Lounge on the ground floor of the building. Offering an exclusive, slopeside hangout, owners and Inspirato members can après-ski, mingle, and relax after a day on the mountain. A private fitness center and rooftop terrace with an infinity-edge spa and fire pits are also available to owners and renters.
With a bevy of additional benefits, we caught up with Andy Gunion, East West Partners managing partner for the Roaring Fork Valley, to break down the most commonly asked questions about SBV’s latest real estate offering for you:
- Can I buy my residence furnished? One Snowmass will feature two model residences that are fully furnished and can be purchased at an additional cost of the furnishings. As most residence owners prefer to select their own furnishings, One Snowmass does not offer furniture packages, but we can connect you with designers who can help you complete your residence.
- Can I rent my residence? Yes, you can rent your residence if you would like. The One Snowmass partnership with Inspirato offers world-class property management through Inspirato. In addition, Snowmass Mountain Lodging will be managing the HOA and offers a premier rental program.
- Will One Snowmass be pet friendly? Absolutely. Residents at One Snowmass are allowed to have two pets. There are no restrictions on breeds, but all pets must be safe, and their existence cannot create a nuisance to other residents. Of course, you must be diligent about picking up after your pet.
- Will there be charging stations available to charge my electric vehicle? Yes. The garage features charging stations that owners may utilize.
- Where can I store my skis and boots? Owners will have access to a private ski locker room located on the second level in One Snowmass East. Each owner will have a locker for ski and boot storage.
- What do you mean when you say One Snowmass is a healthy building? We partnered with Certified Healthy to ensure and validate that One Snowmass is a healthy and safe place to live. And we held ourselves to the highest standards for healthy design and construction. The LEED rating and certification system is the industry standard for environmentally sustainable building. This process offers third-party verification that One Snowmass has been designed and built using strategies aimed at reducing energy and water usage, promoting better indoor air quality and improving quality of life. One Snowmass is pursuing a Gold certification from LEED.
- How do I get more acquainted with the HOA? Prior to closing, the HOA will offer a new resident orientation, where we will provide you with a homeowner handbook, which explains everything and includes a copy of the rules and regulations. Upon closing, you’ll begin to receive communications to keep you informed of upcoming meetings and other important events and information.
- How much are the HOA dues? Current estimates indicate an average of $17 per square foot annually (including both One Snowmass and Base Village Master Association). This amount includes the annual allocation to reserves for long-term repair and replacement of common elements.
- What will my HOA dues include? The HOA dues include all of the amenities and services in One Snowmass, including utilities: property insurance, engineering services, water, sewer, trash/recycling, gas, electrical services, snow removal, common area property maintenance and parking assessments from the Master Association.
- What additional costs will I be responsible for as an owner? In addition to the individual HOA dues, each homeowner is responsible for their home’s phone, TV and internet access, property taxes and homeowner’s insurance for furniture, art or any residence upgrades performed by the homeowner after initial closing.
- Who is handling the property management at One Snowmass? Snowmass Mountain Lodging will lead property management duties at One Snowmass. SML operates numerous other properties in the Base Village.
- Who are the brokers representing One Snowmass? SV Real Estate LLC is the listing brokerage for One Snowmass representing the seller, but we work with all cooperating brokers, so you are welcome to have your own representative.
Photo: Matt Hobbs
Perhaps the biggest draw is all of the action residents will find right outside their door. In addition to the interior completion of The Collective — a vibrant community hub with special events and an in-house bar and restaurant — the following amenities will round out the already-bustling SBV scene this season on the plaza level of One Snowmass:
- JÜS Snowmass will open its second location (the first is in downtown Aspen), with hand-crafted cold-pressed juice blends, smoothies, and dairy-free drinks. The menu also includes healthy breakfast and lunch options.
- A full-service salon and spa (TBA) will offer haircuts, manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, and high-end beauty products.
- Locally beloved King Yoga reopens to the public offering daily yoga classes that combine healing practices with music to help students find balance between body and mind.
- Eye Pieces, a Colorado-based optical boutique chain, offers everything from designer frames and prescription lenses to high-performance sports frames and goggles.
- The Snowmass Medical Care Clinic, open seven days a week, year-round, is available to locals and visitors alike as a walk-in facility owned, operated and billed as an outpatient department of Aspen Valley Hospital.
Five whole ownership residences remain in One Snowmass West with One Snowmass East coming to market this winter. For advance sales opportunities or to take a tour, contact Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty at 970–925–6060. And for more information, visit allinsnowmass.com.
Posted on October 4, 2019 by Chris Klug
This is the weekend we have all been waiting for, the fall colors in full swing! Get outside and enjoy the golden colors and the sunshine, but beware of cooler October temperatures early in the day. Season is slowly winding down, but local restaurants and hotels are offering off-season specials before the close down to prepare for winter.
Stop in French Alpine Bistro for 40% off fondue, raclette, and other favorite menu items. This popular lunch and romantic date night spot closes Sunday, October 13th until Winter season. Check out the savory and sweet crepes as well. On Sundays, head over to Clark’s Oyster Bar for $20 Fried Chicken night. The price includes fried chicken and sides. Lucky for locals, Clark’s will only be closing for a few days during the off season, October 28th-31st. Another local favorite, Kenichi, is offering 50% off sushi rolls during their daily Happy Hour from 5pm to 6:30pm. For more information on Off Season Hours and Specials, visit www.eataspen.com
Local hotels are also offering discounts and package deals for off-season guests. If you’re looking for a staycation, The Little Nell offers a Colorado resident discount. This spectacular hotel also offers spa add-ons as well as wine cellar packages for the off season as well. The Little Nell’s two restaurants, Element 47 and Ajax Tavern are also offering specials on food. Ajax Tavern has a prix fixe menu of an appetizer, entree, and dessert for only $37. Element 47 has the same offering for $47. For more information, check out www.thelittlenell.com
Another longtime favorite is the Aspen Square Hotel, known for its central location, condominium-style rooms, and breathtaking views of Aspen Mountain. This is the spot to be after a day of leaf peeping, plus 30% off rates! Head over to www.aspensquarehotel.com for more information.
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 May 17, 2019 by Chris Klug
The new Snowmass trail, Seven Star, is now open! This is an intermediate/moderate trail, approximately 4 miles long with 960 feet of elevation change that you can hike, run, and mountain bike. It is adjacent to Sky Mountain Park and links to the North Rim Trail. You will have to leave your furry friends at home for this one, as dogs are not allowed. I can’t wait to get out and ride this fantastic trail. I hope to see you on your bike!
Posted on March 1, 2019 by Chris Klug
The snow is coming down hard in Aspen Snowmass today! I am excited to share a few of my March top picks for best real estate deals in Aspen and Snowmass. 71 Pitkin Way is a great lot opportunity on lower Red Mountain, sold with CCY plans to build and 8,600 square foot home. Permits ready to pick up and break ground, saving a buyer about two years of designing, planning and approvals. 50 Pine Lane, listed by Coldwell Banker Mason Morse, is a fantastic ski property at the top of Wood Run. 174 Twining Flats is also one of my favorite riverfront properties. This 2.6 acre lot to include the plans from KA DesignWorks for for a 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath, 4,245 sq. ft. residence with a 923 sq. ft. 3-car garage and detached barn. For a few ski-in/ski-out condo opportunities, check out 130 Wood Road Unit 341, Unit 716 and Unit 506.
Please call or email anytime if I can be of help. I study the market every day. I'm here full-time, ready to help you. It's going to be a great spring season ahead with more powder days to come! Have a fun weekend. I hope to see you out racing the Power of Four!
Posted on January 23, 2019 by Chris Klug
Since the ribbon was cut at the grand opening celebration of the long-awaited Snowmass Base Village (SBV) development on December 15, 2018, to a jam-packed plaza, the excitement has only intensified.
In the two days that followed the festivities, the Aspen Times reported that nine deals closed — eight in the Limelight Hotel Snowmass and one at Lumin — amounting to $23.7 million in sales volume. Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty’s resident market research expert, broker Andrew Ernemann, attributes the spike to “the psychological influence of Base Village.”
It’s a promising start to a much-hyped project that has been decades in the making, which while officially open for business, still has to put the finishing touches on its last project. Upon completion, SBV’s residential offerings will include One Snowmass with Inspirato along with the Limelight Hotel Snowmass, Lumin and Residences at Viceroy Snowmass.
Ranging in price from below $500,000 at the ski-in/ski-out resort-style Residences at Viceroy Snowmass, up to $6,300,000 for a penthouse overlooking the Elk Camp Gondola at Lumin, an SBV address accommodates every type of mountain lover.
However luxurious each residence is on the inside (also armed with varying levels of amenities like a membership to the new, ultra-exclusive Snowmass Mountain Club), it’s what lies just steps outside each front door that is another major draw.
In the center of it all is an ice rink open daily from noon to 9 p.m. with complimentary skate rentals available to check out from a funky 1958 Airstream. Surrounded by fire pits, SBV provides a much-needed, year-round public gathering place, which will transform into an events lawn in the summer for outdoor concerts, a farmer’s market and more.
Fuel up for the day with a fresh doughnut from Sweet Coloradough’s stand or try The Crepe Shack, our beloved local chef Mawa McQueen’s third restaurant concept in the area. Limelight Hotel Snowmass is already headquarters for après ski with an extended happy hour and live music five nights a week. Also at the Limelight, you can’t miss the five-story climbing wall (one of the largest in the state!) encased in glass, making it a focal point of the SBV plaza. Dreamt up and executed to resemble sections of natural rock on Independence Pass by Boulder-based Eldorado Climbing Walls, it is available to everyone weighing 25 pounds and over. The climbing wall is $10 for 30 minutes and $5 each additional 30 minutes, with staff on hand to help you plot your way to the top. Four Mountain Sports in the Lumin building will have all of your gear and equipment rental needs covered whether you’re hitting the slopes or the Snowmass Bike Park.
And last but not least, the Collective Snowmass has immediately morphed into a community hub offering an ongoing calendar of programming and pop-ups featuring local businesses and nonprofits from a winter artisan market and yoga classes to kids camps and art workshops. A new bar and restaurant is planned to open later this year along with a new-and-improved Snowmass Discovery Center, which highlights the area's legacy where the Mastodon once roamed. Click here for the complete schedule of events through the season.
Whether you’re in search of the ski town vacation home or have yet to experience what all of the buzz is about, this winter in Aspen Snowmass is all about Snowmass Base Village — the ultimate basecamp for the entire family.
To take a tour and learn more, stop by the SBV Real Estate Experience office at the base of the Elk Camp Gondola: 110 Carriage Way (Unit #3104), 970.924.9100, allinsnowmass.com
Blog Credit to Katie Shapiro, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's Elevated Living Blog