The official end of ski season in Aspen and Snowmass Village is April 21st, but before the residents in these two mountain towns have time to truly mourn the end of ski season, the official beginning of the cycling season is practically underfoot, allowing less than a month before the Annual Ride for the Pass race and the Aspen Cycling Festival on May 18th and 19th. In the span of just days, Aspenites and Snowmass Villagers will pack up their skis and ski gear to pull out their bikes and cycling gear and get it in order for a full season of riding and racing.
Members of the Aspen Cycling Club had even less time between the end of Ski Season and the commencement of Cycling Season. The Club’s website announced that the beginning of their Cycling Season is April 24th with their traditional Difficult Time Trial.
For the amateur cyclist, The Ride for the Pass is the traditionally accepted beginning of Cycling Season. It is also the moment cyclists look forward to all year, the day riders take over Independence Pass for a ten-mile race up Highway 82 after the snow has cleared and before the motorists are allowed back on it. This 2,500-foot climb will take riders up to the Ghost Town Independence for a tough but rewarding way to welcome spring and warm weather. A fundraiser for the Independence Pass Foundation, the race offers both a competitive heat and fun heat, followed by a terrific after-party. This year will mark the 19th year of the race and fundraiser. Funds from this race contribute to projects through the Foundation such as restoration, tree planting and removal of snow fences.
The Ride for the Pass is an excellent warm-up for the weekend’s Cycling Festival. Officially hosted by the Aspen Parks and Recreation and long on the Aspen Cycling Club’s calendar. Officially sanctioned six-years ago by USA Cycling, the Aspen Criterium, a key part of the Aspen Cycling Festival, is considered one of the most strategic races of the season. Rather than the traditional 4-corner race, the Criterium contains actually 10 corners in .8 miles. The official course has yet to be announced, but most expect it to follow last year’s course, beginning at Monarch Street and Hyman with a quick tour down Aspen Street, Garmisch Street and Cooper Avenue to end back at Hyman. Due to the slightly more complicated nature of this race riding packs tend to emerge.
Since the event has been officially sanctioned by USA Cycling, it has gained in popularity in the nation. In 2012 it was estimated the racers were split right down the middle with an equal number of local and out-of-town riders. In the early years of the race, ridership was almost 90% local, according to Nancy Lesley, director of special events for Aspen in an interview with the Aspen Times in May of 2012.
With no time to spare, pack up those skis, pull out your bike and start training. While you cruise through these gorgeous mountain towns, pause a moment to take in the landscape and admire the homes tucked in the valleys and at the feet of the four mountains of Aspen and Snowmass Village. When you realize the home of your dreams may be hiding in the Elk Mountains, click here to connect with Greg Rulon and his team for assistance in all of your real estate needs, including second home, primary residence or investment properties.
In Snowmass Village many within the community have felt in the last few years that the fate of the town depended, at least in part, upon the fate of The Westin Snowmass Resort and Wildwood Snowmass. So the saying, ”As The Westin goes, so goes Snowmass” was a chief concern.
The primary source of concern has centered on the fact that the Westin has been a key source of luxury lodging in the community, in addition to the finances left unanswered by the sale of the hotel and the resort’s recent renovations. While the Westin isn’t releasing final renovation expenses, they have poured at least $55 million dollars into the property within the last year.
However, just four months into 2013, and just 6 months since opening its doors for its Re-Grand Opening, with the Holiday and a decent Winter Season, the Westin can truly boast of a successful season.
This success within the tourist industry has translated to healthy tax revenues for the town. January saw a 9.1% improvement over last year’s number. February’s numbers are rumored to be ‘fabulous,’ although not officially released to the larger public.
Snowmass Village Tourism Director attributes this season’s success to a multi-year effort. The town has actively worked in the past few years to draw large ski events to the town through Skico, like this year’s latest edition of the NASTAR Championship, which is planning to return in 2014.
In addition to National events like the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, a week long event that brings with it around eleven hundred attendees, speakers and executives, which was in town in late March. The NDVWSC is the second largest event to come to Snowmass Village every year, and has in the past few years gotten National acclaim for the service it offers veterans and their families, particularly those with traumatic brain injuries, amputations and PTSD.
The first week of April has also brought another conference to the Westin and Snowmass Village. The 38th Mountain Travel Symposium returned to Snowmass Village to discuss what the industry expects to be, ‘The Next Big Thing.’
Bruce Rosard, executive director for Mountain Travel Symposium has been quoted in press releases saying, “Marketing travel has changed so radically in the past five years that keeping up and measuring results has become an enormous challenge.” The expectation within the travel industry is that, as consumers become more social media and mobile marketing savvy, that the travel industry will have to adapt to meet customers in this new realm of the market. A number of this seminar’s sessions were dedicated to the best ways to capitalize on this emerging method of reaching customers.
Both of these recent conferences have fully booked the conference centers at the Westin, and in the last weeks of the ski and snowboard season these visitors are very, very welcome in and around town.
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In the month of April the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is trapped between two worlds; the last throws of winter, complete with skiing and experiencing the wonders of spring snows, and the birth of spring, with tiny buds on trees, plans for gardens and spring bulbs popping up, out of the earth.
To say farewell, or at least ‘see you later’ to winter weather, ACES has planned the ACES Donor Circle Hut Trip to take place Sunday, April 7th through Monday, April 8th. This event will include a relaxed ski trip up to Lindley Hut from Ashcroft. Along with CEO Chris Lane and the Director of Naturalists Programs, Jim Kravitz, Christy Mahon, the ACES Department Director and a private chef, Jason Smith, this trip will be not only relaxing, but also educationally rich.
Later in the month ACES will begin a series of classes at the Rock Bottom Ranch facility to help residents interested in ranching learn about the process and to get started with their own ranch, large or small. The first class, on April 6th, Raising Rabbits, will take an in-depth look at wrangling rabbits. This animal has grown in popularity among ranchers in recent years due to their quiet, resourceful natures. An influx of interest in rabbit meat has also contributed to their popularity among ranchers.
On April 13th a class on Backyard Bees with Blane Colton, owner of the Epicurean Honey Company, will be offered. This class will cover the basics of bee ownership with information for the hobbyist and a comprehensive look at the commercial side of bee ranching.
Finally, on April 27th Jason Smith, the resident chef of Rock Bottom Ranch, and now Director, will host a class on backyard chicken ownership. From the basics of raising your own brood, to eggs and butchering, this class is a pre-requisite for any and all wanting to dabble in chicken ownership.
For families, a series will begin on April 1 and will continue into late May, called Little Ranchers. This series is particularly special as spring is the time when many ranch animals are born. Children and their parents are invited to learn about the life cycle of the ranch and surrounding nature through this remarkable series. In addition to time on the ranch with the animals, each class includes a story, craft and educational segment as well as songs, games and outdoor time.
This is also the time of year to consider taking part in the Aspen Community Garden. For a low basic fee you and your family can have a small plot of land in which to grow all of your favorite garden vegetables. Included in your 10 x 5ft-raised bed is a series of workshops, dates to be announced, on growing seasons, successful crops for the Aspen/Snowmass elevation, and gardening techniques. Also included with your bed is deer fencing around the garden, and sprinkle and drip irrigation from June to September.
This spring get outside and experience every part of the changing seasons in Aspen and Snowmass Village! Click here to see homes, properties and investments in Aspen and Snowmass Village where you and your family can plant a garden, own your chickens and appreciate the natural beauty of Aspen/Snowmass!
Last year when the sale and division of John Denver’s Windstar property was announced many in Snowmass Village questioned Denver’s lasting legacy in the area. Many felt that the 2012 John Denver week would be the last tribute and celebration of Denver.
John Denver, his enduring vision and his spirit have shown once again that he will not be easily forgotten, nor will he and his legacy quickly leave the Aspen/Snowmass Village area. The Snowmass Sun announced March 28th that this July the Deaf Camp Picnic will return to Snowmass Village after a fifteen-year hiatus.
Originally conceived by Twirp Anderson, a local, who encouraged John Denver to lead the event, the picnic and fundraiser for the Aspen Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, became a pinnacle event in the area. Denver went on to make this event more than simply raising money for a good cause, but a kind or renaissance of music, history and community in the Snowmass Village Area. Singers and musicians such as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jimmy Buffet and many others would flock to Snowmass Village every summer to collaborate, appreciate and perform.
This summer’s event will take place on the 19th and 20th of July with longtime performers the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band returning to headline. The John Denver Tribute Band will also perform. Rich Ganson will offer a special performance for children. All performances on the 19th will be free and open to the public, a ticketed event, with proceeds benefitting the Aspen Deaf Camp, will take place on the 20th with original music and tribute pieces for John Denver as well.
Planners anticipate Aspen Camp attendees to be present throughout the event. Their connection to Denver is longstanding and deep. The Executive Director of the Aspen Camp was quoted in the Snowmass Sun explaining, “John Denver’s music and the Deaf Camp Picnic is what kept the camp going for all those years.”
According to the Snowmass Sun, The Aspen Camp has served more than 15,000 people since 1967. This camp is designed to primarily assist those individuals within the community with hearing difficulties to experience the outdoors in a structured environment. The Camp also provides assistance, support and workshops for families of deaf and hard of hearing children. This camp is of particular significance not simply to the Pitkin County area, but to the entire nation as it is the only program for hearing challenged individuals on a year-round basis.
The memory of John Denver and his transformative presence, not simply on the music and culture of the area, but the longstanding environmental good and the good he offered to the citizens of Snowmass Village are more than a foundation, or a piece of property. It is embedded in the community and it carries on in the memories and hearts of citizens of the community and all Coloradans.
Of course, Denver said it best when he said, “I believe that we are here for each other, not against each other. Everything comes from an understanding that you are a gift in my life – whoever you are, whatever our differences.”
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Just a few times a year Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Village throws open all of its doors to the public to display and sell the work their residents have been working on over the past 10 weeks. One of these rare events will take place on April 9th from 5p.m. to 7p.m. Especially significant will be the exhibit Beautiful X by Sean Healy in collaboration with the Aspen Writer’s Foundation that will go on display at the same time.
These Open Houses are accompanied not only by beautiful art, but an entire evening of community events. From a children’s craft activity, this time focusing on Spring, paint and paste to open studios, exhibitions and a full dinner served in the Ranch Café. These much anticipated events are more than simply an opportunity to support local artists; they are also the perfect opportunity to shop for art for your new home in Snowmass Village or Aspen, CO.
Greg Rulon is currently listing a number of beautiful homes in the Snowmass Village area for which the art of Anderson Ranch would be the perfect home. Of particular interest in light of the art market in the Pitkin County area is 266 Sinclair Road Snowmass CO.
This four-bedroom, 3,566 square-foot home, set upon a half acre of wooded land, has Mother Nature’s art on display in the many beautiful windows and through the French doors of the home, as well as from the wraparound, walkout deck and hot tub. While nothing could compete with the view of Owl Creek and the surrounding woods, this home’s sense of majesty calls for art to match the architecture and design of the home.
Deep walnut wood-trim throughout the home frame the windows and cabinets of this home, contrasting with the beautiful wood floors of the home and light marble flooring of the kitchen. Completely remodeled in 2009, this home offers a contemporary kitchen with 2 ovens, granite counter tops, a beautiful backsplash and a glass cooktop. Off-setting the walnut cabinets, a lightly painted white island in the kitchen is home to the kitchen sink and a casual seating area. Of the four and one half bathrooms this opulent home boasts, the Master bath boasts of both his and her sinks, a steam room and a garden tub.
A large living area downstairs with a spacious laundry room invites families or guests to come, spread out and get comfortable. This living area opens out into the large, well-landscaped backyard. The study, or fifth bedroom functions nicely as an exercise room, home-office or guest bedroom. Beautiful attention to detail and carefully chosen colors throughout the home, welcome residents of any age to call this lovely house home.
The great room and formal dining room offer ample real estate to display a carefully selected works of art from the many talented and world-renowned artists whose work is on display this spring at the Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts.
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The old saying, ‘Speak less, say more,’ has never been truer. Particularly as seen by the incredibly powerful, funny and creative short films being produced today in Hollywood. Often overlooked by the larger, commercial film audiences, short films have more artistic freedom to cover subjects seen as too controversial, difficult or simple for the silver screen. This freedom allows short filmmakers the liberty to explore ideas, technique and artistic methods outside of the norm. As a result, short films are in many ways the cutting edge of Art within the film industry today.
This very Art makes its way to Aspen every April for the very special Aspen Shortsfest. This year the Shortsfest will celebrate it’s 22nd year on April 9th-14th at the Wheeler Opera House, along with a few viewings in the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale as well.
This 22nd year includes a few firsts worthy of note, the new Executive Director of Aspen Film, Kip Hubbard, producer of his own short several years ago, Angel Fire. Hubbard brings to the Shortsfest, experience, knowledge and enthusiasm for the festival. He has joined the Aspen Film team and Artistic Director Laura Thielen in witnessing the most international festival Aspen has hosted to date. Thielen, in a welcome letter to the Shortsfest audience, cited films from over 30 countries to be screened in this year’s festival.
Throughout this Oscar qualifying competition free special events will also be taking place. At noon Thursday, April 11th-13th a special, “Filmmaker Talk Back” session will allow audiences to watch a selection of short films and to hear their directors or producers discuss the film after the viewing
The Aspen Shortsfest features films as short as two minutes and as long as forty minutes. Within this range an even more impressively eclectic selection of films is being screened this year than ever before. From films as serious and thought provoking as, Open Heart, to the cleverly animated and fun film The Giant.
In addition to the screenings held each evening a Family Fun selection has been compiled for a matinee on Saturday, April 14th. General admission to the screenings is $15 with special discounts to REEL People, students, seniors and children. The Saturday screening is offered at a lower cost. For the hardcore film lover a festival pass allows full access to all screenings and events.
Thielen notes that short films offer experienced and famous directors the opportunity to experiment with new ideas and techniques. They also offer filmmakers new to the industry the opportunity break into the larger film world with their exposure at the Shortsfest. Regardless of background of filmmakers or their ambitions, the Shortsfest is the culmination of Art in the film industry and an Aspen event not to be missed!
In Art, as in life, sometimes less really is more. This year, at the Aspen Shortsfest get more!
So many incredible things happen in Aspen/Snowmass Village in late March that it is hard to know when one party, race or event has stopped and another has begun. In light of this, the last ten days of March are simply referred to as, “Spring Jam.”
The Free Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert featuring Brett Dennen with Mathew Moon kicked things off with style on March 22nd at Snowmass Base Village. Moon played first at 3:00p.m. With Dennen taking the stage at 5p.m. Dennen recently released his fourth record, Loverboy. In this album Dennen has found the direction he would like his music to take him. He has been quoted saying, “I want people to put on Loverboy and feel good. I want to make people dance!” And dance they did!
The Terrain Park Book Camp at Snowmass Mountain spent the last few days of March helping those wanting to polish up their tricks learning rails, jumping from boxes with the help of professional coaches and world class athletes before the big Buttermilk Rail Jam competition on the 31st. This competition, on Buttermilk Mountain included 32-person bracket for a grand prize of $500 and a pair of Smith I/O Goggles. For those spectating the event drink specials and the beer garden were offered along with a DJ, ensuring spectators were having as much fun as their competitors.
The Helly Hansen Battle in the Bowls also took place on the 30th. This competition is an epic battle that takes place every March supported by Chris Davenport on a course designed specially by him. Teams of two raced and skied the bowls of Aspen as fast as humanly possible. Skiers and snowboarders were able to compete in teams together this year adding an extra element of fun. This year the competition was divided into competitive teams and recreational teams. The courses for the differing divisions were slightly different, but the recreational teams still were asked to perform many of the same tasks of the competitive division, ensuring the race was a challenge for all involved. The After party was one for the record books with food, beer and awards at the Highlands Pizza Company.
The Bud Light Hi-FI CORE Party meanwhile was just a few blocks away rocking Downtown Aspen both March 29th and 30th. DJ NakaG took charge of the party both nights. On Friday night the MarchFourth Marching Band took funk and made it funky with their vaudeville and horn inspired music. In costume and face paint, as well as stilts it was an unforgettable evening. GroupLove offered an entirely different musical perspective on Saturday. Born on the beaches of Greece this band is dedicated to creating spiritually harmonious music.
The KickAspen Big Air demonstration and the Fallen Friends Memorial Event are just a few of the other activities taking place on the four mountains in around Aspen/Snowmass Village during Spring Jam. Get away, come to Snowmass Village and Aspen this spring and follow your own passions!
Nothing says home like the Holidays, and that doesn’t just refer to Christmas and Thanksgiving. In many Faiths and traditions Spring Holidays are as important as those holidays celebrated during the winter months.
As Easter and Passover approach in the height of the home-buying season, a new home is the perfect way to celebrate the new life and renewal symbolized by spring.
This spring welcome the new season, and all of its life bringing rituals, in a wide, spacious and Spanish influenced home just off of Maple Ridge Lane in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Built in 1987, 483 Maple Ridge Lane offers residents a timeless look and feel through its Spanish tile on the floor and placed throughout the kitchen. Exposed wooden beams throughout the home, as well as fine oak trim around the windows and doors harken back to the Spanish influence of this home. Arched entryways, windows and doors, as well as built-in Spanish armoires also pay tribute to Southern influence in this home.
A sunken living room, with a hard wood floor, located just off the dining room and kitchen adds a cozy, warm feel to the home. The huge stone fireplace in the center of the room provides heart and soul into the home.
An open floor plan allows the upstairs to be easily visible and connected to the living areas in the home, allowing guests throughout this spacious home to feel integrated and together, but not crowded. With 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms this home is large enough to accommodate guests and family, while still feeling intimate and warm.
In the winter hunker down before the fire with a warm drink and watch the snow fall through huge and almost panoramic windows. As the spring dawns or fall ebbs away in the Colorado Rockies, watch the landscape transform while taking a long soak in this home’s hot tub. An expansive deck and winding garden paths out onto the ¾ of acre of land, leading through flower beds bursting with summer life will allow the homeowner the perfect venue from which to observe and experience the wonders of summer in this air conditioned home.
Each season, and every holiday will be memorable and timeless in this home tucked quietly away from the street in a quaint and private cul-de-sac.
Begin a new holiday tradition this spring by carving your Easter ham, or celebrating your family’s Seder in the dining room of this home, or dye this season’s Easter eggs in the breakfast nook of this lovely home while listening to the returning birds sing, and watching the tulips bloom.
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In what has become one of the most anticipated events in the Aspen/Snowmass Village calendar of events, the 6th annual Schneetag racing event will take place on April 14th. This is not your typical winter resort-racing event. In fact, there is nothing typical about Schneetag at all.
In lieu of fancy skis or snowboards there are carefully (and not so carefully) crafted sleds. Some of theses sled resemble cartoon cars, popular culture cars or simply jokes. Others resemble the hope and the prayer with which they were crafted. Atop, and beside these winter crafts are their often, flailing drivers or passengers. These individuals generally resemble fruit, fowl or popular personas. While difficult to capture the exact degree of hilarity Schneetag brings to the mountains, it is perhaps the most unusual, and simultaneously fun event of the year.
This non-traditional winter celebration, originated with the German word for ‘snow day,’ Schneetag. In Aspen/Snowmass it has been generally celebrated during one of the last weekends of regular skiing on the four mountains in the area. This year’s ‘Snow Day’ will celebrate the closing day of Snowmass Mountain and Aspen Mountain. Buttermilk will close on the 7th, while Aspen Highlands will stay open all of the way into the final week of April. Schneetag is seen as the opportunity for those within the community to let loose and really enjoy the last strains of the Winter Season.
While Aspenites have adopted the word Schneetag, they have totally redefined its meaning. To go out into the snow and enjoy the winter weather, the actual definition of Schneetag, is not enough for today’s Aspenites. Rather, teams of locals, tourists and employees have taken this word and redefined it to mean; partner up in groups of four to create the most creative, innovative and over-the-top costumes, sled decorations and themes for their sled and compete in a jump over a 30×20 pond at the bottom of Spider Sabich.
Winning teams in the Schneetag competition are determined by how far their vehicle travels over the water, the style with which they travel and their costumes. However, as important as the costume, sled and jump is the skit performed at the top of the hill. All teams must write and perform a skit before setting off down the mountain to perform their athletic feats.
The winners of Schneetag this year will not only hold one of the most impressive, sought after and envied titles in town, but also ticket to the Summer X-Games in Los Angeles later in the year, tickets for Colorado Rockies games and the chance to hear the band Rock Jam live.
Free foot passes up to the Burlingame Lift will be offered to interested parties (even spectators), free of charge for the day of the event to ensure as many residents, visitors and winter enthusiasts get to experience Schneetag and the last best race of winter.
There will be fun from start to finish, the kind of reckless abandon that only Aspen/Snowmass Village can bring to fun. Schneetag begins with a funny name and ends with fun, pure and simple.
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After a somewhat slow start to this year’s Winter Season, with only basic amounts of snowfall, March has been more kind to Aspen and Snowmass Village than previous winter months this season. A strong sixty-inch base on all four mountains has developed, and good snowfall within the last week has allowed the entire resort to open at 100%. This is, clearly, great news for the resort, and even better news for the entire state of Colorado.
Snow levels for the state have hovered around 70% of their annual average since early January, and while recent snows should boost that number, it is still a lower number than snow executives, skiers and snowboarders, environmentalists and residents are comfortable seeing.
Low snow levels do more that simply limit winter sports activity; they have a long-term and definite result within the community. Fiscally, local companies, restaurants, retail shops and hotels lose money on slower seasons; snowmelt is the heart and soul of summer kayaking and fishing, not to mention a major water source for Colorado and the Southwest. However, low snowfall also indicates a deeper and more troubling trend – a trend toward climate change.
In 1996 an environmental management guide was created to enable businesses to monitor their environmental impact and to encourage them to improve the ‘greenness’ of their company through ISO 14001 certification. Companies earning IOS 14001 classifications must get a packet through local government and fulfill the following requirements as stated on their webpage: to implement, maintain and improve upon an environmental management system, to conform to a stated environmental policy, demonstrate this conformance, comply with environmental laws and regulations, seek certification through a third party environmental organization and enforce self-determination of conformance.
For the seventh year running Aspen/Snowmass Village is pleased to announce they have earned their ISO 14001 certification through a third party. Beyond fulfilling the governmental requirements for certification, Aspen/Snowmass Village has benefitted from the collaboration of The Environment Foundation and the Aspen Skiing Company Family Fund to protect the delicate relationship between Man and Nature in the Elk Mountains and surrounding areas.
The significance of this relationship is detailed through their mission statement on the Aspen/Snowmass Village webpage, “Why does this foundation exist? It’s simple. When we’re are not working, we’re outside, climbing a mountain, hiking a remote wilderness, kayaking a wild stretch of river, boarding an open bowl, or biking a winding single-track. We realize our natural environment is being impacted…we are working to protect habitat, ecosystems and biodiversity that we depend upon.”
The Foundation came together in 1998 and has worked to meet long-term and short-term goals within the community. Grants funded by the Foundation have affected the community in a number of ways, from educational projects and school gardens to major projects throughout both Aspen and Snowmass Village as well as on the four mountains within the community. Of particular interest in the 2012/2013 season, clean energy projects, sustainable and local food options as well as projects on the Colorado River have kept the Foundation and its members busy.
This year as St. Patrick’s Day approaches, celebrate by embracing winter and white snowy afternoons, look toward the bright green of spring and shamrocks for inspiration. Look at sustainability in a new light. This St. Patrick’s Day go green – truly green with Aspen and Snowmass Village.
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