Harvest Party at Rock Bottom Ranch

Posted on October 11, 2019 by Chris Klug

Happy weekend from snowy Aspen, Colorado! Since early Thursday morning, we have received over 10 inches of snow on the top of Aspen Mountain. We are only 48 days from the start of ski season, but there is still plenty going on off the mountain during this gorgeous off season.

Check out the Harvest Party at Rock Bottom Ranch this Saturday, October 12th from 12pm to 4pm. Enjoy a local-sourced lunch, using ingredients from Rock Bottom Ranch, at this family friendly, all ages party. Celebrate fall with fun events such as pumpkin carving, apple cider pressing, vegetable harvest, hay rides, face painting, arts and crafts with The Art Base of Basalt, photo booth, live music from A Band Called Alexis, and more! Rock Bottom Ranch is a fully functional ranch in Basalt, only 25 minutes from Aspen. It serves as the midvalley hub for Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), and specializes in environmental education, sustainable agriculture, as well as an educational ranch and wildlife preserve. It’s also one of the best places in the whole valley to buy local products such as meat, eggs, and vegetables. 

This long standing event has a newer addition, the Second Annual Pie Contest. Anyone may enter this tasty competition. Pies will be judged on creativity, taste, and appearance. There are three categories: Best in Show, Most Creative, and Best Youth, 12 and under competitors. The third place and second place prizes include harvest baskets of Rock Bottom Ranch goods, and the grand prize of Two Tickets to an ACES Burlap Dinner in the summer of 2020. 

For more information on this car-free event, and more information on the Pie Contest- check out www.aspennature.org. Enjoy the snowy, sunny fall weekend!

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Aspen Ruggerfest and Sun Sets in Snowmass Art Show

Posted on September 19, 2019 by Chris Klug

The beginning of Fall is finally approaching! Gorgeous colors are starting to fill the Roaring Fork Valley, and the trendy “leaf-peeping” is about to be in full swing. Check out these exciting events featuring the stunning fall backdrop!

 

Aspen Ruggerfest returns this weekend. The tournament is a rich piece of recent Aspen history. A local ski instructor, Steve Sherlock, and a friend started the tournament when Wagner Park was an unkempt field filled with litter. In exchange for a permit to host a rugby tournament over Columbus Day weekend, Sherlock promised City Council he would clean up the field. Sherlock recruited local athletes, most of whom had never played rugby prior to the tournament, and put up makeshift goal posts. Fifteen teams showed up to play in the inaugural tournament, and a local tradition was born.

 

Three years later, the temporary posts were replaced with Spruce trees cut down from Aspen Highlands and carried to town by horses. Recently, the annual tournament was moved to the third week of September to avoid playing in the snow- which is absolutely possible in October! Now in its 52nd year, the tournament spans over four days with Men’s, Women’s, Seniors’, and Kids’ brackets held at Rio Grande and Wagner Parks. The main attraction is the Men’s Final on Sunday, September 22nd at 4pm in Wagner Park. For more information and a complete bracket, head to http://aspen-ruggerfest.com/

 

In between Rugby matches, head up to Snowmass to check out the Sun Sets in September Art Show in Snowmass Base Village. This free event on Saturday, September 21st from 6-10pm features sixteen local artists showcasing their work in all different types of media, including graffiti and sculpture. Enjoy food and drinks for purchase from local restaurants, the Village Tavern and Venga Venga. The best part? A percentage of proceeds from each art sale will go to Challenge Aspen, a local nonprofit. 

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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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Gearing Up for a Fantastic 2019 Summer in Aspen/Snowmass

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!

 

 

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Spring Break Blog Post

Posted on March 15, 2019 by Chris Klug

Even though it may not look like it, spring is here. It feels like today is the first day of springtime! In the days ahead we will have more back-to-back sunny days than we have had all winter, allowing some of the feet of snow we’ve received the past weeks to start the melting process. While the skiing and snowboarding has been fantastic, I am excited for some Colorado blue bird sunny days ahead. I have a feeling this spring will be similar to that of 2016, when the snow stuck around so long that Aspen Mountain was reopened in June. Aspen Skiing Company announced today that Aspen Highlands will remain open for two bonus weekends April 19-21 and April 26-28. All this snow means a huge spring runoff and hopefully decreased wildfire danger this summer. The fly fishing and boating are going to be great this summer. Get ready for better rafting conditions, cooler mornings, and sitting around campfires again this spring and summer. For most people in Aspen, spring is our secret season. Off season will set in once the lifts close in late April. Springtime and off-season provides front row parking and dining at restaurants that have been crowded all winter, and skiing bluebird days in one layer. With Easter Weekend late this year the lift access spring skiing season is extended until April 21 and possibly beyond with the huge winter we’ve had. Aspen Snowmass received over eight feet of new snow in March alone. The down valley mountain biking trails will dry out again soon and be ready for some fun riding. Get ready for lower hotel rates, closing day parties, and spring skiing and boarding. The calm before the preverbal summer storm of activity is approaching. Enjoy it!  

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Snowmass Rodeo Summer Fun

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. 

Bronc Rider Nile Thompson at the Snowmass Rodeo

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Snowmass Village Real Estate Analysis February 5, 2016

Posted on February 5, 2016 by Chris Klug

Snowmass Village Condo Analysis February 4, 2016

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I have been busy the past weeks with a lot of Snowmass Village condo activity. I think it’s such a great value today that I’m building a new single-family home there for my family. We’re so excited to be moving to Snowmass. Snowmass has never traded at a bigger discount to Aspen then today. It’s selling for about half the average sold price per sq. ft. of Aspen for all property types. On top of that there is such a strong seasonal and full-time rental demand in the upper Roaring Fork Valley with families looking to get into the Aspen School District with the number on school in the state and #24 in the country, and very little vacancy. Many Aspenites, myself included have been priced out of the Aspen single-family market, yet there are still some great opportunities in Snowmass Village. I know so many young families that have moved to Snowmass in the past year and more that are headed there this year. It’s the place to be!

I feel like everyone is holding their collective breath waiting for some clarity on base village. I believe once the future picture is clearer we will see increased activity and appreciation again. I think there are some incredible real estate opportunities at one of the best family ski/snowboard resorts in the world, not to mention one of the best single-track mountain biking destinations.

Below are some stats that I wanted to share with you from some research I’ve done on behalf of my clients the past week:

  • There are 184 actively listed condos in Snowmass Village today at an average list price of $1,239,326 and an average list price per sq. ft. of $790 with 332 average days on market.
  • 8 condos are pending sale in Snowmass Village today.
  • 94 condos have traded in Snowmass Village the past year at an average sale price of $892,268, 93% sale/list and 355 ADOM
  • An almost two year supply of condos exists today in Snowmass Village
  • 61 single-family homes are on the market in Snowmass Village today at an average list price of $5,724,918 and an average list price per sq. ft. of $1,134 with 316 average days on market.
  • 6 homes are pending sale in Snowmass at an averae list price of $3,813,333 and $910 list price per sq. ft.
  • 33 homes sold the past year at an average sold price of $4,170,709, 91% sale/list and $941 sold price per sq. ft.
  • There is about a twenty month supply of single-family homes in Snowmass today.
  • There are currently 32 actively listed four-bedroom plus Snowmass Village condos on the market at an average list price of $2,598,516 and an average list price per sq. ft. of $978.96 and an ADOM of 298 days.
  • 9 four-bedroom + condos have sold in Snowmass Village the past year at an average sale price of $2,725,667, 92% sale/list with an average sold price per sq. ft. of $844 and 399 ADOM.
  • 5 ski-in/ski-out four-bedroom condos sold the past year in Snowmass Village at an average sale price of $2,846,200, 91% sale/list and an average sold price per sq. ft. of $863.92 with 481 ADOM.
  • There are currently 25 actively listed four-bedroom + Snowmass Village condos on the market today with 1 pending sale, #60, with an average list price of $2,743,688, $1,026 list price per sq. ft. and an ADOM of 298 days.
  • The absorption rate for four-bed plus condos in Snowmass Village is 60 months.

I hope this is helpful. Contact me if you'd like more information on Snowmass Village condo and single-family properties. Happy winter season!

Chris Klug

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