Related Colorado is going full speed ahead in Snowmass Village! In a letter to the Town of Snowmass Village, Related Colorado has updated the town on its current efforts, projected timelines, and a minor setback it has seen so far in its attempt to live up to its predecessor’s promises at Base Village.
Viceroy Snowmass Residences have sold at a rapid pace this year. Fifty-four units have sold in the past eleven months at an average price per square foot of $876. Plus, Related Colorado sold three of its Capitol Peak residences. Hotel and condominium rentals were up in the past year in Base Village and are very encouraging for the 2013/2014 winter season.
The most exciting news is the sale of Base Village Lot 2 to Aspen Skiing Company in order to bring a Limelight Hotel to Snowmass Village. This location was previously earmarked as a site for a new Little Nell Hotel in the initial plan. This will introduce another 100 hotel rooms into Snowmass Village and Aspen Skiing Company hopes to start the project in 2014.
One major change that wasn’t expected by Related Colorado involved Anderson Ranch not having a presence in the Base Village area. Instead, Anderson Ranch has made the decision to expand its current Snowmass Village campus located next to the Snowmass Fire Department. Related Colorado is investigating alternatives for the space it donated for community use.
Related Colorado is hosting a number of community events in December and January. This includes an outreach planning meeting scheduled December 20th at the new restaurant in Base Village, Ricard Brasserie and Liquor Bar.
Call Greg Rulon and Stacey K. Kelly to be a part of these exciting changes in Snowmass Village. Rulon/Kelly–your first move in Snowmass Real Estate.
‘Tis the season for gingerbread, cocoa and carols, and to ensure the people in the Roaring Fork River Valley have their fill, Aspen will once again hold its traditional 12 Days of Christmas beginning on December 20th through December 31st. As with every year, the Twelve Days of Aspen are filled with fun and magic for all ages.
For the children the fun begins Friday, December 20th with a free ice-skating party on the Silver Circle Ice Rink, while Mrs. Claus will be at the Limelight Hotel making arts and crafts with the crew from the Aspen Art Museum. Saturday a free gift-wrapped book will be given away at the Sundeck for the first fifty children on the mountain. Santa Day will take place all day at the Aspen Recreational Center. Not far away, the Police Department will host cookies and cocoa at the Cooper Ave Mall. Teen Gingerbread house making at the Pitkin County Library will provide entertainment for the older children on Sunday. Later that night the Tree Lighting Celebration with Santa and Reindeer at the Little Nell Hotel will take place completing the a Holiday ambiance in town. Monday morning, December 23rd will dawn bright and early with the Teddy Bear Story Hour. Hot chocolate and cookies with Santa’s Elves on the Cooper Avenue Mall will set the tone for Santa’s visit later that day at Hotel Jerome. Carols and winter crafts throughout town will round out a busy and merry day. Christmas Eve will be somewhat quieter with a special reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” at the St. Regis Aspen Resort Library and a performance by the Vocal’s Victorian Carolers. Santa will make one last appearance on Christmas Day at Brunch at the St. Regis. Arts, crafts and stories will be offered around town throughout the rest of the week to keep children busy and in the Holiday Spirit all 12 days.
Lest one think the fun is only for the children during the 12 Days of Aspen, the calendar is chock-full events for the young at heart as well. Stacey Kent will warm up the room at JAS Café Downstairs on the 20th. More music will follow all week long with performances of Burt Bacharach, The Harmony Sisters and Gypsy Allstars Return to Rajasthan to name a few. Pitkin County Library will offer an Adults Craft session and an Ugly Sweater Party at the Little Nell Hotel promises to allow every adult in town an opportunity to break out with their ugliest wardrobe selections.
New Year’s Eve is an especially fun time in Aspen for adults, rated with one of the best nightlife atmosphere’s in the country, Aspen lets loose for New Year’s. Clubs and bars will host special events all evening. Of particular note, the Sky Hotel will hold a Masquerade Party. A VIP ticket includes dinner, open bar, private server and private table. General admission is open later with open bar and entertainment by D.J. Dylan and D.J. Baya. The St. Regis will host a Speakeasy New Year’s Eve Themed Gala with Curtis Salgado providing the music and entertainment. Midnight desserts will be served along with a Midnight Champagne Toast.
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The soft blue glow of snow in the moonlight, the crunch and squeak of fresh snow underfoot and the sparkle of perfect snowflakes atop an untouched snow drift hold within them magic only understood by those who truly love winter. In such circles, the slightest hints of superstition can sometimes be found, particularly as skiers and snowboarders pull out their winter gear to prepare for the upcoming season. Among this group one might see a small silver charm of man on skis with a bow in hand on a necklace or keychain. A passing reference might be made to burning old skis to bring new snow. Libations might be poured out on a cold December night in honor of the ancient Norse God, Ullr.
Hailed as the God of Skiing and Snowboarding, tributes to Ullr abound this time of year, particularly in Snowmass Village as the entire town devotes itself to capturing the traditional Viking reverence for winter in the second year of Ullr Nights, held every Friday night from December 20th through March 28th. In this special tribute the town of Snowmass transforms into a winter wonderland as the sun sets behind the mountains. For the family a Viking Ghost ship appears, a Viking themed sledding hill opens up and ice for skating is given its smooth and perfect top while music plays and restaurants serve their best Viking inspired dishes. Hot chocolate, s’mores and a bonfire warm up those modern day Vikings of all sizes after a nighttime romp in the snow.
The more adventurous Viking might look to the Ullr Nights to explore Snowmass Village in the winter in new ways. Aspen Center for Environmental Studies will offer two guided tours at Elk Camp for a flat rate of $35, which includes, snowshoes, a gondola ride and a hot drink afterwards for each participant. This moonlit snowshoeing experience is an unforgettable experience that every lover of winter ought to experience. While not exclusively solitary, it a close second to wander the mountains with a wildlife expert to point out birds, deer, elk and other wildlife in the quiet serenity of the woods.
For those who have seen bikes with the very fat tires around town and in the news, but aren’t quite sure what to make of them, a new trend is hitting the winter sports arena – snow biking! Invented to help Arctic adventurers and explores, these bikes are fitted with extra wide tires which spread out on the snow to allow extra traction. This year Snowmass Village will offer Snow bike Tours for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Ride and slide down the mountain in a completely new winter snow experience. For a minimal fee of $69 riders get instruction and two-on-mountain trail rides as well as bike rental, tour and lift ticket up the mountain. Make reservations today!
Experience the magic of winter like you have never experienced it before in your own tribute to Ullr in Snowmass Village and Aspen this year. When the full effect of winter’s spell is cast upon you, click here to find your perfect home-away-from home or primary residence.
The most exciting thing happening in Aspen this December includes snow, a famous man, bling and a fantastic party, but it is not Christmas. It’s the 3rd annual Ajax Cup of course, with Antonio Banderas as the host and custom a designed Gorsuch Cup Trophy for the winner.
This year’s event will be held on Aspen Mountain on December 29th and 30th, where 14 teams will compete in head-to-head competitions on the dual slalom for the one-of-a-kind trophy – not to mention the title and subsequent bragging rights. Sunday, December 29th will debut with a Team Captain Meetings, followed by a Meeting with the respective team coaches. Handicapping Runs will take place from 12-2 Sunday, with the Opening Party and Bib draw at the Caribou Club later in the afternoon.
Monday will dawn bright and early on the 30th with the First Tracks up the mountain at 8a.m., a continental breakfast in the mid-morning and the race beginning at 9:00 a.m. The awards and Après Party will follow a full day of racing at the St. Regis, where Antonio Banderas will host the evening. Food and drinks will be served to this invitation only crowd.
The Ajax Cup, while an exciting and much anticipated event in town, is held primarily to benefit the Aspen Valley Ski Club in Snowmass Village and Aspen. The AVSC is the Roaring Forks Area ski club created to support and train young athletes committed to making their own mark in the winter sports arena. Compiled of skiers and snowboarders, the AVSC is committed to providing the necessary support for these athletes. Partial scholarships are available to enable these athletes to pursue the dreams. The Ajax Club is a primary source of funding for these scholarships.
Antonio Banderas’ support of this event, for the second year in a row has added star power to this essential form of funding for the members of AVSC. However, Mr. Banderas is not the only star to support the race. Professional athletes, including some Olympic athletes, from a variety of winter sports compete in the races as well. In addition to raising money for scholarships for the needy members of the team, gear and jackets are donated as well.
In 2012 over one million dollars from the Ajax Cup went to support young athletes in the Roaring Forks River Valley. Organizers are hopeful that this year will be even more successful.
Aspen and Snowmass Village have long had a reputation for star power, but what is sometimes less commonly known, the residents of Aspen and Snowmass Village also have a deep commitment to philanthropy. The Ajax Cup is a prime example of the kind of people Aspen/Snowmass attracts and the kind of events they are able to put on to benefit those less fortunate than themselves. It is the kind of community one can be proud to call home.
Join us as we work together to support the youth in the Valley and build tomorrow’s athletes. After enjoying an action packed race, click here to find your home, condo or investment in this remarkable community.
Skiers and Snowboarders are not the only winter athletes celebrating the early season snow, snow polo players scheduled to participate in the upcoming World Snow Polo Championship December 19th and 20th are also welcoming the wet and snowy weather.
Snow polo, a European conception, originated not far from Aspen’s sister city Davos, Switzerland, in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The Alps, home to both of these Swiss cities, have more in common than just tall, breath-taking mountains and resort towns with the Rockies and Aspen specifically. A rich cultural heritage accompanied by an intense dedication to sports both during the summer and the winter months in these Swiss towns and shared across the pond in Aspen has fostered the concept of Snow Polo and helped launched it onto the world scene.
Imagined in St. Moritz in 1985, snow polo captured the imagination and interest of their very first audience on that snowy day. Due to their similar cultures, snow polo caught on in Aspen, and remains the only city in the United States where snow polo can be found. This modified version of polo includes three players and four, seven-minute periods. Horses are given special horseshoes to ensure they do not slip in the snow. This year’s tournament will mark the eleventh Annual USPA World Snow Polo Championship.
In recent years some debate has surrounded the USPA Tournament in Aspen with questions about the condition of the fields after the tournament and some questions surrounding the treatment of the horses. In 2011, a year with very low snow levels was a problematic year for the USPA. A horse from the Snow Polo Team died due to an injury sustained on the field. However in 2012 and again in 2013 teams have worked closely with the City of Aspen to address concerns and to ensure that the horses health and safety are paramount.
This December the event will return to Wagner Park in Aspen after a hiatus at Rio Grand Park and the Marolt Open Space property the previous two years. On October 23rd, 2013 The Aspen Times reported the return to Wagner Park, complete with the details agreed upon by all parties. Any damages sustained by the park by the horses and the competition will be the responsibility of the USPA Tournament to repair. The city is hopeful that the excellent snow conditions this winter will ensure no damage is sustained to the grass.
Celebrities and horse fans alike, flock to take in the U.S. Snow Polo Championship, where the excitement and the challenge of this unusual game are unparalleled in America. As with almost all noteworthy events in Aspen and Snowmass Village, the USPA World Snow Polo Championship is accompanied with an exciting and healthy après scene. Join the fun and experience polo in a completely new way this December in Aspen and Snow Mass Village.
After the winner has been decided, settle in for a longer visit in one of the beautiful and luxurious townhomes, residences or single-family homes in Aspen and Snowmass Village. Explore the Rockies and uncover all of the similarities these remarkable cities share with their European counterparts this winter! Click here to get started in your exploration today!
Long before Santa and his elves come to town, Aspen and Snowmass Village are awash in Holiday cheer. Very often Aspen and Snowmass are on the edge of the latest trends, but a return to tradition is apparent during the Holiday Season from the quiet woods to the center of town.
This year, for the first time since 1888 the first night of Hanukkah will coincide with Thanksgiving, meaning that in Snowmass Village and Aspen the celebration will be three-fold. First and foremost, November 28th is opening day on Aspen and Snowmass Mountains. (If the great winter weather of recent weeks doesn’t provide an earlier Opening Day as some are predicting). Secondly, and most obviously, the great American Holiday Thanksgiving will be celebrated at every table throughout town, but most importantly because the first of 15 candles will be lit on Menorahs at many of these same tables on this historic evening. In years past the St. Regis has also held a community lighting of the Menorah in their lobby with traditional songs and prayers. Check with the St. Regis for details concerning this year’s celebration.
Everyone has a favorite holiday cookie, perhaps a cookie his or her grandmother made, or one from a particular bakery. The warm, sweet flavor of a Christmas cookie may be the most memorable way to debut the Holidays. The Aspen Historical Society recognizes the significance of memories and tradition. In the spirit of history, and the love of delicious cookies, they will host their annual cookies exchange and book-signing event. Over 25 authors will gather on the evening of December 10th to sign their work, and share their favorite cookies with locals. Everyone is invited to bring his or her favorite cookie to share, exchange and talk about in a true living history event. Come hungry, and ready to try new flavors and excited to share your own.
Olaf the Elf prepares the way for the man in red with a visit to Hallam Lake in early December. Olaf the Elf harkens back to ancient Norwegian lore, his appearance at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies on December 11th from 4:00-5:30p.m is a magical experience for children of all ages. This free event leads participants on hike by the lake, complete with bird feeding. Arts, crafts, hot chocolate, a history lesson on Olaf and a story about his legend follow back at the Center while everyone warms up. Simultaneously a bird house sale will take place at ACES allowing bird lovers to stock up for winter and to invest in homes for their small, feathered neighbors.
Over in Snowmass Village, carolers in costumes harkening back to Dickens’ The Christmas Carol can be heard and seen throughout town in the days leading up to Christmas. Their sweet music is the perfect accompaniment to the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. In Base Village on Christmas Eve the Snowmass Carolers can be found all day harmonizing as they wander about spreading Holiday Cheer.
Celebrate the most traditional Holiday traditions this December in the Winter Wonderland of Aspen and Snowmass Village. Click here to find the perfect cabin, home or property for you and your family to create your own Holiday memories and traditions.
There are some Holiday traditions that simply get better with time, the layering of memory atop memory until they run together into one seamless memory. The Nutcracker is just one such example around the Winter Holidays, creating an ambiance of magic, wonder and beauty for all ages. Generations of people await the annual performance of The Nutcracker each year, anxious to share it with loved ones, and to add a new layer of memories. While many communities offer an amateur version of the ballet, Aspen and Snowmass Village are fortunate to boast of one of the best professional presentations of this ballet year in and year out.
The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet prides itself on a beautiful blend of a traditional ballet and a new perspective on this traditional ballet every year. This year’s performance will be offered at the Aspen District Theatre on December 14th and 15th with both evening and matinee performances. Featured in this performance will be 60 dancers, all of exceptional skill, working together to create an unforgettable Holiday experience.
The Nutcracker serves as the debut of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet for the Winter Season in Aspen. This shared ballet has a Summer and Winter Season in both locations, translating to not only an action packed year for the dancers, but allows for incredible collaboration and inspiration. Any one who has experienced the extreme contrast between Aspen and Santa Fe in physical geography might wonder at the common ground between locations and the ability to collaborate. It is, however, this diversity that encourages the wide range of interpretations and artistic liberties.
More of this collaboration can be seen this Winter Season in performances in February and March when the Ballet brings a commissioned piece by choreographer, Nicolo Fonte for the second time to Aspen. Included in the newest work from Fonte will be a revisiting of his famous presentations of Beautiful Mistake and De la Cruz’s Fold by Fold.
A reinterpretation of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo will parody the more traditional ballet. This hilarious interpretation promises to take the audience on a journey through all the elements of excellent parody, while offering them incredible dancing and Art.
Finally in late March the Encore! presentation of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will bring back-to-back performances of the works that took the stage in February. This will provide a final opportunity for audiences in Aspen to see for the first time, or to return to see again their favorite performances of the season.
The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is everything a community could ask for from its artists. It provides the traditional ballets, which form the foundation of artistic appreciation and cultural relevance. The Ballet offers the more experimental and unconventional dances, which enhance and expand the community’s understanding of dance.
Join the Aspen community as the wonder of the Holiday Season is rang in by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker. As you and your family build upon the Holiday Tradition, create a new tradition centered around the Arts all season long!
It seems as though the fanfare from the USA Pro Challenge just died down, winners announced, prizes collected and banners removed, but The Aspen Times announced yesterday Aspen will host the 2014 race making it the host city for the third year in a row. This summer’s race was so successful with the first two stages being held in Aspen and Snowmass Village, that next year’s first two stages will look very similar to last year’s, with a high intensity circuit race to start off the multi-day challenge.
Pro Challenge CEO Shawn Hunter announced at the St. Regis and was quoted in the Times saying, “Colorado is a beautiful state to have a bike race, and Pitkin County is a beautiful place to host a start…We could not pick a better host, and that’s why we’re back. We pretty much decided on Day 2 (last summer) that we were coming back (next) year.”
While next year’s starting point may be similar to this year’s, the similarities between courses end there. This year, after much petitioning from some of the riders in the race, there will be at least one mountain top finish at Monarch Mountain. With its base at over ten thousand feet, the 2014 race will feature the first ever mountaintop finish. The extreme altitude will pose a new challenge to the Pro Challenge Race for athletes.
While the official route has yet to be announced as officials wrap up negotiations with potential route cities, a few details have leaked out. It is expected a race up the legendary Independence Pass will once again play a central role in the race as riders depart from Aspen and Snowmass Village. The individual time trial, which is widely acknowledged to be the hardest leg of the race into Vail, is also on the table for 2014 as well. Talk of a stop in Crested Butte, after a year off, is once again in the works. Colorado Springs and Boulder have sought for a place in the race as well.
Last year’s finish on the Front Range, with Stages in Fort Collins and Steamboat diversified the race, but this year the race will stay closer to the Rockies with stages in Breckenridge, and a possible finish in Golden, Denver or even Boulder.
The following the race has gathered over the past few years has earned the Pro Challenge Race the nickname, “American’s Race.” Many host cities have witnessed an influx of tourism after hosting the race and have seen tangible benefits from hosting the event. The television coverage of the race has added to the prestige of the race.
To host the race for three years running has been a huge honor for Aspen and Snowmass Village. One the town and its residence have clearly lived up to. While all of the bikes and cycling have been packed up for the winter, as great snow has fallen all week long, residents have one more thing to look forward to next summer.
The most recent storm to blow through Aspen and Snowmass Village dropped as much as ten inches of snow on the four mountains awaiting their grand opening on November 28th. If the snow this fall can be accepted as a predictor of the upcoming season, things are shaping up nicely. Likewise the musical acts chosen to accompany the snow, skiing and winter fun for the Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series are making interesting predictions of their own.
The Concert Series will debut on November 30th; just days into the new season, with a band from Colorado called Elephant Revival. A quick glimpse at their website indicates that while Elephant Revival puts on an incredibly entertaining show, complete with the five band members playing multiple instruments, unexpected percussion instruments and dancing, there is more to this band than simply music-making. Committed to a sustainable world, Elephant Revival reflects their deeper sentiments in the lyrics of their songs, their choice of venues and participation in sustainable work and festivals throughout Colorado and the country.
The choice of Elephant Revival reflects the diverse musical perspectives of Snowmass Village and Aspen by debuting the concert series with transcendental folk music, as well as the deeper commitment to creating a sustainable ski resort unlike any in the nation. A recent video clip on Aspen/Snowmass.com featured the work Aspen/Snowmass has done in creating a sustainable electrical source. By working with the local coal mine in the Rocky Mountains, Aspen/Snowmass is now powered by one of only two power plants in the country taking the waste product Methane, created during the mining process and converting to power for businesses and residents. According to the video, Methane has been shown to contribute ‘25 times more global warming impact than CO2.” While almost half of the energy in America comes from coal-powered plants, Aspen Snowmass is harnessing 24 million kilowatt hours per year, enough to power all four mountains with electricity without relying on coal powered electricity at all.
Unlike so many recreational resorts in the world, residents and visitors to Aspen and Snowmass Village experience tangibly on the mountain the delicate balance between Man and Nature. This intuitive understanding enables Aspen/Snowmass to focus a huge effort on ensuring this balance is maintained far into the future. Because this commitment to the wellbeing of the planet is such a central focus of the resort, it goes beyond energy production and is apparent in the intense recycling efforts, the smart buildings and into the details of managing Aspen/Snowmass.
Featuring artists with a similar commitment to the planet is just one more way Aspen/Snowmass illustrates its commitment to a better way of life. Throughout the winter season artists will come to Aspen/Snowmass Village with shows in January, February and several in March. Elephant Revival is an excellent predictor not just of the sound one may hear this season, but more importantly the message and its deeper meaning.
Come out to hear the lyrics and experience what promises to be a musical experience you won’t soon forget! Click here to see homes, condos and investments just walking distance from Hi-Fi stage today!
With less than 100 days before the Sochi Winter Olympics, the United States Olympic Ski and Snowboarding Team is finalizing its members. On December 12th-15th the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships in Breckenridge, CO will be the fifth determining competition used to nominate athletes for the USA Olympic Team. The final event will take place in Utah in mid-January.
The Sochi Olympics will feature Alpine Skiing, including Downhill, Super G, Giant Slalom, Slalom and Super Combined, Freestyle Skiing with Aerials, Moguls, Ski Cross, Ski Halfpipe and Ski Slopestyle and Snowboarding with Parallel Giant Slalom, Halfpipe, Snowboard Cross and Slopestyle. These categories do not include ski jumping, cross-country events or biathlon, which fall into the category of Nordic Events. This year’s Olympic events will be displayed on mountains throughout the world as athletes practice and prepare to take their turn in the Olympic arena.
Aspen and Snowmass Village have not missed the Winter Olympic Passion striking athletes throughout the world. While every year the Aspen/Snowmass calendar is full of international level competition like the X-Games, this year a little extra passion has encouraged, the season to open with a bit of healthy competition right off the bat. On Friday, November 29th in the midst of Opening weekend, an invite-only event will showcase top snowboarders and skiers in the Thanksjibbing Rail Jam.
An early afternoon practice and registration for invited athletes will take place on Snowmass Base Village. The actual Jam Session will begin at 2p.m. The Finals will be held immediately afterward. Awards will follow. Unlike many Snowboarding and ski events, the ThanksJibbing event will be accompanied with music, a bouncy house, turkey bowling as well as food and drink specials, ensuring it will be an action packed and fun event for spectators as well as competitors. The winner of this event will carry home more than just the title, but a cash purse as well.
The spirit of excitement surrounding Opening and the upcoming Olympics has a contagious aspect to it. Young athletes (and those young at heart) inspired by the talent and skills of the professional athletes wanting to improve their own skills, will find the perfect channel in a session of ski or snowboarding lessons on the mountain. Aspen/Snowmass boasts over 1,200 professionals ready to instruct and guide new skiers and snowboarders. From very beginner to more advanced skiers there is a class for every winter athlete. Group lessons allow families and friends to learn together. Individual, private lessons offer one-on-one instruction where the instructor can focus entirely on the athlete’s needs to advance in their sport of choice.
Thanksjibbing, with its tongue-in-cheek name and relaxed competition atmosphere, captures the mood of opening weekend at Aspen/Snowmass. Join the fun! Sign up for classes and catch the Thanksjibbing competition between classes. After a fun day on the mountain, click here to see homes, condos and investments in Aspen and Snowmass Village, where the ski/snowboarding fever and is right outside your front door every day of the week.