It is a beautiful Monday here in Aspen. According to local weather forecasts, it should remain sunny until at least Friday. Finally, we are getting a good dose of the sunshine I’ve promised in my last couple blog posts. Start this week off right by checking out Big Gigantic on Tuesday night. This Boulder based duo is comprised of saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken. Over the last couple years Big Gigantic has accumulated a massive following, and is considered one of the most entertaining shows in the music business. Also on Tuesday night, catch a performance by Wynonna and the Big Noise. Wynonna has over 60 various musical awards, and was once referred to by Rolling Stone Magazineas “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.” Depending on your musical tastes, this could be a really tough choice. However, I’m sure neither performance will disappoint! On Wednesday, catch the Fly Fishing Film Tour’s 13thlap around the globe! The Film Tour is filled with great shorts and stories that will get you in the mood to head up the Frying Pan in pursuit of a trophy trout of your own, catch and release of course. It all leads up to the famous Grand Traverse, a night time backcountry ski race starting at Midnight in Crested Butte traversing Star Pass and Taylor Pass and ending at the bottom of Ajax in Gondola Plaza. Certainly not for the faint of heart, this 38-mile backcountry ski mountaineering race actually follows an old mail route, and includes a climb of over 7,800 vertical feet in elevation! Enjoy this week of fun events and warm weather, and end it by cheering Grand Traverse competitors across the finish line in downtown Aspen! Have a great week. Happy springtime from Aspen Snowmass!

 

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With the spring equinox two days behind us, its remarkable how many tourists have stopped me on the street to ask why it’s still snowing. If you’re a local, then this awkward in-between time that marks the start of our off season is nothing new. Standing on the outside looking in, most assume this is a bad time to be in Aspen - right after the height of our main ski season and before the start of all the summer activities. Personally, and I’m sure I’m not alone on this one, I consider this the best time to be in Aspen. It gives us all time to recharge from a long winter in preparation for a summer that always goes by too fast. There are some killer events going on in town this weekend, starting with the KickAspen Big Air event. Tonight 20 skiers and 20 snowboarders will throw down their best tricks at the base of Aspen Mountain, with the winner going home with $1,500! The event starts at 8 pm, so make sure you bundle up! After the big air event, rush over to Belly Up for a performance by instrumental electronic rock band STS9, known for pushing the boundaries and using both acoustic and electronic methods to convey their unique sound. If you don’t manage to get a ticket for tonight’s show don’t worry, the funky group will be performing every night this weekend! Also tonight, the sixth instalment of the International Ocean Film Tour at the Wheeler Opera House, showcasing the best ocean adventures and environmental documentaries from around the globe. Tomorrow night catch Aspen Laugh Festival’s event with Marc Maron, a comedian known for his raw, honest, and thought-provoking humor. As always, there will also be Aspen Historical Society lead ski tours on aspen mountain and guided tours at the Aspen Art Museum. It is forecast to snow all weekend! Stay warm and have fun in the moutnains! Happy Friday!

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End Of February Events In Aspen

Posted on February 27, 2019 by Chris Klug

February is coming to a close and spring is right around the corner, even though it definitely doesn’t yet feel like it. This week there is an awesome lineup of musical performances around town. At the Belly up, catch performances by awarding winning DJ DEADMAU5 (Joel Zimmerman), who will be preforming Thursday night, and Matoma, who will be preforming tonight. A winter performance by pianist Marc-Andre Hemelin will take place at the music tent on Thursday night. Don’t miss Ola Onabule on Friday and Saturday night at the JAS Café at The Little Nell. As always, there will also be historic pub crawls, ski tours, and Hotel Jerome tours. More snow is expected this weekend in Aspen Snowmass, which should make for an interesting Power of Four SkiMo Race on Saturday morning. Cheer on the competitors as they skin and descend 24 miles over 10,000 vertical feet from Snowmass Village to the Base of Aspen Mountain. Recreational and cultural opportunities abound this weekend in Aspen Snowmass. Enjoy the final days of February!  

 

Photo Credit: Aspen Skiing Company

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Springtime in Aspen with 5Point Film Fest & Ed Harrold

Posted on April 24, 2015 by Chris Klug

Happy Friday! It is a wet, snowy, cold April day in the mountains. We aren’t complaining because we need the precipitation and it is a perfect excuse to check out the 5-point Film Festival held in Carbondale this weekend. There are plenty of activities and films to see for everyone. If you are a yogi or cyclist you are in luck because inspirational athlete and coach, Ed Harold is teaching a class, “Train as a Mind Body Athlete,” at The Aspen Club & Spa all day Saturday, April 25. Learn new breathing habits for high altitude training and get a leg-up on your competition. Try something new at this awesome class. Check it out!

Let’s take a look at April’s real estate numbers! The Aspen Real Estate Market in April continues to be strong with twenty-two properties sold in Aspen since the beginning of April. Let’s do a comparison of April 2014 to April 2015 Aspen sales: twenty-one properties have sold since the beginning of April ’14. The average sold price per sq. ft. in Aspen increased from $1,193 in April ’14 to $1,302 in April ’15. The average sold price decreased slightly from $4,077,862 in April ’14 to $4,035,000 in April ’15. YTD sold volume has increased from $211,278,592 with sixty-eight sales in April ’14 to  $297,788,50 with seventy-seven sales in April ’15.

Notable Sales

The Gant J-201

The highest sale was listed by Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty which sold on April 20, 2015 for 17,250,000, $2,048 sold price per sq. ft. The second highest sale was 1470 Red Butte Drive, also listed by Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty, which sold for $11,400,000, $1,687 sold price per sq. ft. I was proud to close top floor, two-bedroom unit B-202 at The Gant today for $1,600,000. It’s the nicest two-bedroom at The Gant with spectacular contemporary finishes and great views of Aspen Mountain overlooking the main pool courtyard. I also have two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit J-201 under contract.

I was in Chicago earlier this week for a Sotheby’s International Realty Global Partners event to share ideas and build relationships with the top brokers in our network around the country. It was a great opportunity to network and discuss trends in our respective markets. We talked about the impact of a strengthening dollar and changes in international currencies affecting our business, the shortage of inventory in metropolitan markets, the influx of Chinese buyers in the Pacific Northwest, and technology improvements to provide better service to our clients. It was a valuable experience to strengthen my worldwide referral network. We are an international company. I have relationships with the top Sotheby’s brokers around the world and can help facilitate my clients real estate goals around the world.

Let me know if you would like more information on the Aspen Real Estate Market, I study the market everyday! Enjoy the activities in Aspen this weekend. Happy off-season! Thanks for visiting my Klug Properties blog page.

Chris Klug

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