Posted on June 7, 2019 by Chris Klug
Mud season blues got you down? Think again!
Winter has passed, yet summer is still just over the horizon. While it may seem like a difficult time of year to get outdoors and enjoy all the fun-filled activities Aspen-Snowmass has to offer, spring is actually the most unique time of year in our beautiful valley to combine some of our favorite sports!
Have you ever skied and played golf in the same day? Skied and biked? It’s a rare few who can lay claim to the spring sport trifecta of skiing, golfing, AND biking in one seriously epic day. Aspen Mountain will be opening again for the weekend of 6/8 - 6/9 and rumors are swirling about potentially opening over Food and Wine weekend as well… we’ll have to take advantage of our multi-sport days while we can!
With the recent openings of Maroon Lake and Independence Pass, those who are slightly less ambitious can go for a leisurely yet stunning drive through the lush green of the valley floor up into the white-capped peaks of winter. Zip on up to the top of Independence Pass and watch the backcountry skiers rip up some spring corn snow, or take a drive up to the Maroon Bells to view some of the avalanche paths that carved their way across the road during this record-breaking winter. Swaths of trees hundreds of yards long were flattened in some of the larger avalanche paths- it’s a truly unique sight that you don’t want to miss.
Whatever adventures you chose to pursue this “mud season,” make sure you save some time for a casual stroll around town. While the people watching isn’t yet quite as entertaining as it will be in July, the puppy watching is on point! Keep an eye out for the cute little fuzz balls wagging their tails around the walking malls.
Skiing, golfing, biking, and puppies! Spring just might be the best time of year in Aspen-Snowmass!
Posted on July 11, 2016 by Carson Campbell
Aspen in July is stunning. The sun is always shining over the clear blue skies and lush green mountains. The valley is sprawled with tall white aspen trees and beautiful wild flowers. Although lovely, the high elevation can make for a powerful sun that can get pretty warm in late afternoons. Here are some fun activities to stay cool this summer.
Aspen's punch bowl (seen below) is just a short ways up Independence Pass. It is a spot along the Roaring Fork River where the water slows and swells below smooth towering rocks. The punch bowl is a local secret on account of its dangerous features. It may be an intimidating drop to some cold water below, but it is safe as long as you avoid the one perfectly visible rock near the center.
Just slightly down the road, you can find a massive rope swing into a deep swimming pool. The rope can be a bit tricky, and most people might prefer just to enjoy the swimming. If you want to try the swing be sure to choke up on the rope as high as possible and let go over the deep water below.
Even closer to town and along the same road, Stillwater is a perfect place to bring rafts or SUP’s and float along the river. The Roaring Fork River meanders through North Star Preserve. A wooden bridge above the slow moving water is a perfect place to launch off on your floating adventure.
Lastly, in central downtown, the Mill Street Mall Fountain is a popular way for kids to cool off on a warm summer’s day. The game is to balance balloons on the tall pillars of water. Running through the fountain avoiding the shooting beams as they randomly spray out of the ground is a favorite. Kids love it, and parents love relaxing as they watch their kids tire themselves out even more. Get out and explore our amazing valley. There are plenty of fun secretes to discover. Go enjoy the warm weather, and stay cool doing it.
Posted on June 27, 2016 by Carson Campbell
Check out Aspen’s thrilling and entertaining Colorado experience, the rodeo. The Snowmass Rodeo is located at the Rodeo grounds in Snowmass Village. It’s an incredibly fun family event that takes place rain or shine every Wednesday evening during the summer. The event features local cowboys and cowgirls roping calves, riding bucking broncs and bulls, and cowgirls darting around barrels maneuvering only inches away and winning by hundredths of a second.
Cheer local, Nile Thompson (Seen Below), an Aspen High School graduate who is crazy enough to pick up the dangerous, and demanding sport of bronc riding. Come and see the skillful precision of roping, and menacing bucks and pounces of 2,000 lb. bulls. Entertain the kids in the calf scramble, where children between the ages of 4 - 10 chase ribbons on calves tails through the thick dirt. Or for the little buckaroos, there is Mutton Busting, a hilarious event where kids can try and ride sheep for the few seconds they can. Grab your boots and hat, have a Coors, and enjoy the show because Wednesday is the day to cowboy up!
The event starts at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. Adults and general admission are $20.00. Youth (11-15) are $15.00. Adults VIP $25.00, and youth 11-15 VIP are $20.00.