Happy Fourth of July!

Posted on July 2, 2018 by Chris Klug

Wishing you a wonderful Independence Day Celebration! Be safe and have fun! Check out the full event schedule below! 

8 a.m. BOOGIES BUDDY RACE
Rio Grande Park
Free Vendor Village, race is $45/$50 to enter.
Boogies Buddy Race is one of the most widely anticipated activities of the Fourth of July week in Aspen. In its 32nd year, the event will take place on the morning of July 4th, with a 5-mile USA Track & Field certified competitive race and a 1-mile Family and Canine run/walk. Over 1,000 participants (50% local, 50% national), along with hundreds of observers and celebrants, kick off the Fourth of July in style at
this family-friendly event.
Online registration available here!
Buddy Program, www.buddyprogram.org, 970-920-2130
 
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. KID’S PARADE BICYCLE DECORATING
PAEPCKE PARK (South East Corner)
Kid’s bicycle decoration for the 4th of July Parade!  Helmets are REQURIED to ride in the parade! (this includes adults!)
FREE to participate!
 

10 a.m. - 
2 p.m.                        

18TH ANNUAL “AMERICA'S BIRTHDAY CARNIVAL" 
Paepcke Park
Early Learning Center’s kids’ carnival in Paepcke Park featuring carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, snow cones, music, silent auction, and BBQ lunch.
Early Learning Center, earlylearningaspen.com, 970-920-9201
 

11 a.m.

OLD FASHIONED 4TH OF JULY PARADE 
Parade Begins on Main Street
Aspen celebrates Independence Day with a whimsical twist. Local residents and visitors come together to honor the nation’s birthday in true American style. So grab the kids & come on down!
FREE to participate, mandatory registration. 
Parade Entry Forms – City of Aspen, www.aspen4th.com, 970-429-2093
 

12 - 3 p.m.

AVSC JULY 4TH COMMUNITY PICNIC
Koch Lumber Park (corner of Garmisch & Cooper Ave.)
$20 Adults; $10 for kids 12  & under
AVSC invites all Roaring Fork Valley residents and visitors to join us for an old-fashioned July 4th BBQ in the Park.  Please join us after the parade for a festive holiday in the park.   Rock out to live music, kids games, volley ball, dunk tank, an adult beverage garden, and delicious Crystal River Meats grass fed burgers.
Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, www.teamavsc.org, 970-205-5100
 

4 p.m.  

THE ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL & SCHOOL'S FREE FOURTH OF JULY CONCERT
Benedict Music Tent
The annual FREE Fourth of July event brings the AMFS band to the Tent stage with  stirring patriotic favorites in this beloved tradition.
Aspen Music Festival and School, www.aspenmusicfestival.com, 970-925-9042
 

6 p.m. RAGTIME (early performance) 
The Hurst Theatre in Rio Grande Park
Change and progress crescendo in 1900s New York as the voices of celebrities, anarchists, immigrants, the rich, and the poor intertwine in this epic musical. The promise of a brighter tomorrow unites an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring Harlem musician. Ages 10+.
Tickets required. 
Purchase tickets in person, by phone, or via our website
Theatre Aspen, www.theatreaspen.org, Box Office: 970-300-4474
 

5 - 9 p.m.

ASPEN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.  BLOCK PARTY & FUNDRAISER 
 In front of Aspen Volunteer Fire Station (Street Closure) 
 FREE to attend community concert and fundraiser for the Aspen Volunteer Fire Dept. & Mountain Rescue. Join the AVFD and Mountain Rescue for live music, food and beer garden after the parade.  
Free to attend, and all food & drink proceeds go to the AVFD and Mountain Rescue. 
 
9:15 p.m.

4TH OF JULY DRONE LIGHT SHOW
Wagner Park
Join ACRA in Wagner Park to watch the drones light up the sky choreographed to Patriotic music.
More Info contact Aspen Chamber Resort Association www.aspenchamber.org or 970-925-1940 
**PUBLIC NOTICE: NO PERSONAL DRONES ARE PERMITTED IN THE DOWNTOWN CORE AREA**
 

9:30 p.m. THIEVERY CORPORATION 
Belly Up Aspen
Returning for their annual 4th of July Shows! Five of their albums peaked within the top 3
on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart & five album reached top 10 on the Independent Albums chart! Festival plays include Coachella, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits & Bonnaroo. Check the Belly Up website for additional shows!
Tickets Required.
Belly Up Aspen, Box Office, www.bellyupaspen.com , 970.544.9800

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Wall Street Journal 2018 Thousand Rankings

Posted on June 29, 2018 by Chris Klug

I was proud to be recognized by Real Trends and The Wall Street Journal in the 2018 Thousand Rankings representing Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's alongside the best real estate brand and professionals with Sotheby's International Realty. 

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Below average snowpack has raised wildfire concerns and increased the associated risk this summer throughout Colorado and the West. Your home insurance policy does cover you for wildfire, but some carriers offer complimentary Wildfire Defense Services. Please take the time to review your policy and make sure that your home or condo policy offers the necessary coverage to rebuild your home if you have a total loss. Construction costs have increased substantially in the valley over the last several years. Check out some information Here on how to protect your home. For more information, you can contact Clifford Hansen, the Principle at Roaring Fork Insurance. 

Clifford C. Hansen | Principal

Roaring Fork Insurance

O: 970.429.5700 | F: 970.429.5701 | M: 970.683.1120

434 E Cooper Ave #203 | PO Box 4313 | Aspen, CO 81611-4313

clifford@roaringforkins.com | www.roaringforkins.com

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WE-cycle Rides into Its Most Successful Season Yet

Posted on June 27, 2018 by Chris Klug

Aspen was the first-ever resort community in the country to adopt an official bike sharing system in 2013. Fast forward five years later and it’s hard to imagine Aspen and Basalt without WE-cycle and its many docking stations around town. 

And Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty has been along for the ride since the very beginning, supporting WE-cycle as its first corporate sponsor in a partnership that’s now in its sixth season. This year marks another milestone for the non-profit organization: it’s the first bike sharing program in the world to be completely free for all users (for rides 30 minutes or less). 

Made possible from a $145,000 grant from the City of Aspen, $45,000 each from Eagle County and the Town of Basalt along with robust sponsor support, WE-cycle ridership has already soared since it’s reopening on May 1— ridership is up 197 percent in Aspen and 44 percent in Basalt during the same time period last year according to director and founder, Mirte Mallory. 

“Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty has been the most tremendous supporter from the very beginning. As our earliest adopters and believers, joining us as a system-wide sponsor has been transformative for what we’ve been able to accomplish at WE-cycle,” says Mallory.

Inspired by the benefits she saw bike sharing create for cities like Paris and Amsterdam, the Aspen native wanted the same solution available in her hometown. “Although we are a small community, we still face a lot of big-city challenges—traffic, air quality and especially parking,” she says. “Our hope is to continue to build on the bike culture that had already existed here and have both locals and visitors use WE-cycle as a viable transportation option.”

She credits Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty co-owner Ernie Fyrwald’s similar vision from having experienced bike share programs in cities he had visited over the years as the impetus for such a successful relationship. “He truly values the importance of supporting bike vitality and what it can do for a community’s livability,” says Mallory.

What started as a 12-station system in Aspen has since grown to more than 40 stations stocked with 190 bikes to work in conjunction with the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) bus system, plus the implementation of access in El Jebel, Willits and Basalt. Under Fyrwald’s leadership, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty has aligned with the program way beyond just putting branded panels on the back of WE-cycle’s bikes. For many brokers, using the system is essential in their daily commutes and also in showing clients prospective properties around Aspen and Basalt. 

"Doing most of my business in the downtown core and adjacent neighborhoods, WE-cycle has been a great way to get around. It's also a handy way to show clients a new neighborhood and how accessible it is,” says Lex Tarumianz. 

Chris Klug, a passionate pedaler both on and off the clock, explains, “I have toured downtown and the West End together with my clients on WE-cycle bikes … they absolutely love it. Not only does it help reduce cars on our roads and lessens the impact on our spectacular natural alpine environment, but it’s also a far more efficient way to get around town during the busy summer months when you’re in a hurry. Overall, it just further sets our community apart and makes Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley such a special place.”

For Craig Ward, WE-cycle has been on his “must-support” list since the inception of the program. "I am thrilled that it is now publicly supported, so the bikes are free throughout the community!” he says. 

Although she often tours clients around on WE-cycle bikes, supporting bike sharing for Tory Thomas isn’t just about “what it does for me and my business. What I love most about WE-cycle is what it does for our community and environment at large.” 

If you haven’t already, sign-up for your free WE-cycle season pass and download the mobile app here: we-cycle.org

Blog Credit to Katie Shapiro

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Lost Forest Adventure Camp in Snowmass Village

Posted on June 22, 2018 by Chris Klug

Today, June 22nd is the grand opening of Lost Forest adventure camp in Snowmass Village! This exciting new outdoor adventure park offers an alpine coaster, zip line, rope challenges, climbing wall, 15.1 miles of added bike trails, two disc golf courses and ponds to fish in. This is such a great new addition to the top of the Elk Camp Gondola for kids and adults alike. I can't wait to take my kids out for a day of these fantastic adventures!

Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Check out the activity highlights below! 

Breathtaker Coaster – Go as fast as you like down the track in a coaster car dropping over 400 vertical feet!

Canopy Run Zipline Tours – Soar high among the trees in this thrilling ride!

Treeline Trial Challenge Course – The ropes course offers 5 different paths and difficulty levels taking you 40 feet in the air.

Rugged Ascent Climbing Wall – Opening Mid-July – This wall offers dozens of routes of varying difficulty and auto belay.

Trout Hook Fishing – Try your hand at casting a fly rod!

Aerial Approach Disc Golf – This 18-hole course winds down the mountain from Elk Camp to Base Village.

Timber Territory Paintball – Full of various features and 300 paintballs

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I was proud to interview Klaus Obermeyer, who founded Sport Obermeyer in 1947 and opened its first Aspen factory warehouse in 1961 at the Aspen Business Luncheon. It was a wonderful conversation with a very iconic figure in Aspen's history! Check out the full article here.

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Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's Buyer Demographics

Posted on April 4, 2018 by Chris Klug

Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's has been compiling exclusive data on the buyers we represent. I am excited to share the report from our company's research. The report will show you what their primary use of the property will be and what state they come from. Click here to view the full report.Disclaimer: The data shown here is derived from the Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty Post-Closing Survey, an optional survey our brokers have been filling out upon closing since December 2016. The data shown here does not represent all closings in the MLS, only those within Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty and furthermore, not all closings within our company. The information provided by the brokers does not disclose any personal information about our clients; just the demographics the broker may be aware of.

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Happy Easter and Passover from Klug Properties!

Posted on March 29, 2018 by Chris Klug

Happy Friday from Aspen! It’s hard to believe March is almost over and the mountains will be closing soon. Highlands and Buttermilk are scheduled to close on April 8th while Aspen and Snowmass Mountain stay open for another week with an April 15th closing date. We received a few good spring snowfalls to get us to the end! The mountains have plenty of fun events to check out in the final weeks of the 2017/2018 season. Here are a few of my favorites for this weekend, March 30 - April 1. Today, check out Freestyle Friday ski competition at Highlands Mountain. On Saturday, Helly Hanson will host their Four Mountain Mission. Participants team up to navigate between designated checkpoints on Snowmass, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain. The checkpoints will be assigned a point value and prizes. Click here for more information. For a little less extreme Saturday adventure, check out the Aspen Ascent Experience uphill and festival at Buttermilk. On Sunday, the Aspen Chapel hosts a Sunrise Easter Service at the top of Aspen Mountain. This year will be the annual events 31st year. Happy Easter and Passover! I will be enjoying the famous Hotel Jerome Easter Sunday Brunch with my family Sunday. I hope to see you around Aspen this weekend! Happy springtime!

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Happy Spring from Aspen!

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Chris Klug

Happy Spring from Aspen! We are getting an awesome spring snow today! This weekend kicks off the 18th annual Bud Light Spring Jam. This premier spring festival features competitions, downtown concerts and parties in Aspen Snowmass. Check out the full Spring Jam Event Schedule here. My sister is getting married this weekend in Aspen. I’m so excited for her and can’t wait to celebrate with all of our friends and family. It’s been a busy first quarter for Klug Properties. Stay tuned for my 2018 first quarter market report in the weeks ahead. Have a great weekend!

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Weekend Happenings in Aspen, March 16-18

Posted on March 16, 2018 by Chris Klug

Happy Friday from Aspen! We got a little more spring snow last night with more in the forecast for Sunday. March is a great time of year in Aspen for many fun spring events. Kick of the weekend tonight with sunset skiing on Aspen Mountain followed by a party under the stars at the Sundeck. Click here for more details. If you want to continue your Friday night, G. Love and Special Sauce are playing at Belly up. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $65 for reserved seating. Doors open at 9:00 PM. For a more relaxing experience on Saturday morning, check out Morning Meditation at O2 Aspen at their new location at 408 S. Mill Street. On Saturday evening, Bumps restaurant at the base of Buttermilk Mountain hosts their annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner, which benefits the charity assistance fund for the needy in the Roaring Fork Valley. Enjoy traditional Irish cuisine and live Irish music by The Crowlin Feries. On Sunday check out Clicquot in the Snow on the patio at Ajax Tavern. This fun spring party offers the perfect place to apres-ski with locals and visitors alike.

Check out my exclusive listing below at 633 W. Francis Street in Aspen’s West End. Traditional meets contemporary in this home located on a 6,018 sq. ft. corner lot. Enjoy Aspen and Shadow Mountain views from the south facing walkout living room deck. Every room connects to the outdoors with almost 1,000 sq. ft. of decks and patios. An architectural glass elevator accesses all levels. The completely renovated main level master features an open layout with a TV lounge area warmed by a gas fireplace. Calcutta gold marble adorns the master bath with steam shower and dual vanities. It is just a few blocks to the Aspen Institute and the Benedict Music Tent. You can't beat the quality and location of this home! www.633WestFrancis.com

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