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.
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!