Posted on April 30, 2021 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday from Aspen Snowmass! Pitkin County officially went to Blue Level on the Covid Dial, allowing less restrictions for restaurant and retail capacities, and permitting bars to operate for the first time in over a year. After a busy winter season, Blue is a very welcome color. Locals are enjoying a great start to off season in the Blue Level. Even though the chairlifts aren’t spinning, there is still plenty of opportunity to ride bikes, spring ski and snowboard, and even road trip. A favorite location for all of the above is Independence Pass, affectionately known as “The Pass” around town. Check out the top three things you need to know about The Pass this spring season!
- Thursday, May 27th is the date Independence Pass opens to motor vehicles for the summer. The gates formally open at high noon. Expect an onslaught of eager road trippers, sightseers, and hikers ready to take in the beautiful alpine setting. There will be plenty of time over the summer to take advantage of the hiking and views, but limited time to take those coveted spring slushy turns.
- Skiing and Snowboarding is still a viable option in May and June, and hopefully early July! Independence Pass offers a plethora of skinning options at the top of The Pass. Snow can last through early July because of the high elevation, 12,095 feet to be exact. Ski and snowboard enthusiasts love to shred Fourth of July bowl near the top in the early morning of Independence Day. How fitting does that sound! If you’ve swapped your winter gear for summer gear, not to worry.
- Ride for the Pass is the Independence Pass Foundation’s spring benefit, and will be held on Saturday, May 22nd at 10am. Klug Properties is a proud sponsor of this year’s event. Now that Pitkin County is in the Blue Level, 250 bikers can participate. Do not wait to register! Registration will close on May 15th at 5pm sharp. For more information on this event, head over to independencepass.org/ride-for-the-pass. Now is the time to get your pace and practice, since the pass is closed to motor vehicles. Stay safe, wear a helmet, and be cautious of hazards on the road.
Once the pass opens to motor vehicles over Memorial Day weekend, check back for Klug Properties blogpost for everything you need to know for a summer day on Independence Pass. Have a great weekend ahead! See you on May 22nd to Ride for the Pass.
Posted on April 23, 2021 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday from Aspen Snowmass! The winter season is officially coming to an end. Snowmass Mountain will close out their extended season this Sunday, April 25th. Check out the top three things you need to know about closing weekend at “The Mass”!
- Open Terrain: There will be tons of terrain available to shred this weekend— over 74% of acreage is still open at Snowmass! Two Creeks, Assay Hill, and Campground have already closed for the season. After a fresh five inches last night, the conditions on Sam’s Knob, Big Burn, The Cirque, Alpine Springs and High Alpine, as well as Elk Camp will be phenomenal for the end of April. In addition to abundance of open trails, the Coney Glade Terrain Park will be open and the Alpine Coaster will operate.
- On Mountain Dining: There will be on mountain dining available this weekend, with awesome deck space to soak up the spring sunshine. Elk Camp Restaurant and Ullrhof are the only on mountain restaurants open this weekend. High Alpine, Up 4 Pizza, Two Creeks Cafe, Sam’s, and Lynn Britt Cabin have closed for the season. The burgers and milkshakes at Ullrhof, plus the rotisserie chicken at Elk Camp are not to be missed. Get your fix this weekend! As for après, the local and visitor year-round favorite is the Limelight Lounge in Base Village. Enjoy drink specials and the famous wood fired pizza!
- Parking: As of this week, all of the numbered parking lots at the Snowmass Village Mall are now free! These lots will remain free until the start of next ski season. Remember, Lot 6 is 90 minute parking! Two Creeks parking lot is now closed, since there is no lift or shuttle service. Base Village garage parking is free for the first hour, then $5 for every additional hour. Most Village Shuttle winter routes will operate at their normal schedule. Check out the full schedule at snowmasstransit.com
Dress up in your fanciest Canadian tuxedo, Hawaiian shirt and shorts, or festive wig! Don’t forget to wear your face covering, to social distance, and to have fun. Here’s to an amazing winter season at Aspen Snowmass!
Posted on April 16, 2021 by Chris Klug
Happy Ajax Closing Weekend! What a wonderful spring weekend to close out an amazing winter season. There’s even a fresh few inches on the ground! Despite the ongoing pandemic, more safety guidelines, and ever changing public health orders; Aspen Snowmass kept all four mountains open during the regularly scheduled season. While we will certainly miss powder days, Bonnie’s pancakes and strudel, Sundeck lunches, and Bell Mountain chairlift rides; we are looking forward to summer gondola rides, hiking all of our favorite runs, Bluegrass Sundays at the Sundeck, and backside sunsets this summer. For now, read on to find out how to send this ski season out in style!
This Sunday, April 18th is Aspen Mountain’s last day of the regular season. Despite restrictions and social distance requirements, there will still be a celebration! The Sundeck is offering food and drink specials all weekend long, plus live music on the deck. Now is your chance to soak in the views and enjoy that double cheeseburger, since Aspen Mountain will be closed until mid-summer due to construction. As for the closing parties in town, Ajax Tavern and Dante’s at the base will surely host celebrations for the mountain and their closing days. The Wet Deck at the W Hotel is hosting a closing day party with drink specials and a DJ. It should be the outside après party of the season! Dress up in your best spring skiing outfit, don’t forget your mask, and have a fun day on the mountain.
The lifts on three of the four Aspen Snowmass mountains have stopped spinning, however, skinning is still permitted! Uphilling is permitted on Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, and Buttermilk through this weekend. Aspen Highlands will remain closed to uphillers through this weekend because of the US Ski Team Nationals. Aspen Highlands will open to uphillers on Monday, April 19th. Aspen Mountain will close to uphillers the same day for construction. For the most up to date information on uphill policy, head over to aspensnowmass.com
Snowmass’s regular season was extended by one week, and will close on Sunday, April 25th. Stay tuned for our next blogpost on Snowmass’s closing weekend happenings. Have a great Aspen Mountain closing weekend!
Posted on April 2, 2021 by Chris Klug
Happy Closing Day weekend from Aspen Snowmass! We have received even more new snow this week, creating an awesome atmosphere for Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands closing days. While there will be no official closing day party for the second year in a row due to the ongoing pandemic, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Closing and Easter weekend. Read on to find out the best ways to safely celebrate another great season at Buttermilk, and Aspen Highlands, plus all of the best Easter brunch options in Aspen Snowmass!
Aspen Highlands is famously known for The Highlands Bowl, Cloud 9 Alpine Bistro, and of course the legendary Closing Day party. Après Ski enthusiasts and Aspen Highlands regulars alike are asked to enjoy the skiing and riding, dress up, stay socially distanced on the mountain; and go home when the mountain closes to celebrate the end of the season. There will be no formal or special parties on Aspen Highlands this weekend. Buttermilk will host the crowd favorite Bacon Appreciation Day in honor of the season closing. Skiers and riders can enjoy bacon waffles, bacon donuts, and various bacon samplers in on mountain restaurants and around the mountain. The bacon delights will be offered starting at 9am, and will last until they run out!
If you’re up for a challenge on Buttermilk’s closing day, sign up for the Bacon Appreciation Day Uphill event, appropriately named “Fueled by Bacon Sizzle Up”. The race starts at 8am at the base of Buttermilk and ends at the Cliffhouse. To register for the race, please visit aspensnowmass.com. Race day registration is also available beginning at 7:30am. There will be prizes and a raffle for participants, as well as plenty of bacon before and after the race. Extra prizes will be given to participants with the Best Costume, fastest racer, and Center Cut- the person in the middle of the pack. This is definitely the tastiest uphill race of the year!
Sunday is Easter, and brunch is a must. There are some delicious options in and around Aspen, offering awesome takeout and dine-in flexibility. Some of our personal favorites include Element 47 at The Little Nell, which offers Nourish by Nell takeout; and Mawa’s Kitchen in the Aspen Airport Business Center, offering delicious takeout personal, family, and catering style. If you’re looking for more casual options with plenty of outdoor seating, be sure to check out Home Team BBQ at Buttermilk, Poppycock’s in Downtown Aspen, or Big Hoss Grill on the Snowmass Village Mall. For menus, more dining options, and seasonal closure information, head over to eataspen.com
Have a fun and safe closing and Easter weekend! Remember that sunset skiing on Aspen Mountain has been canceled to avoid large crowd gatherings. Pitkin County is still operating at the Orange Level on the Covid-19 Dial. This means restaurants can operate at 25% capacity, unless they are 5-Star rated. Enjoy the sunshine!
Posted on March 26, 2021 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday from Aspen Snowmass! Spring hasn’t quite yet sprung around here yet. With almost two feet of fresh snow in the six days, and even more in the weekend’s forecast. The end of ski season is shaping up quite nicely here! Sunset Skiing and Riding on Aspen Mountain is happening tonight, March 26th and next Friday, April 2nd. Silver Queen Gondola and Ajax Express will run until 6pm, with food and drink specials at the Sundeck. There will also be outdoor live music! There are more exciting events to come before ski season ends. Read on to find out more!
Immediately following the season closing of Aspen Highlands, the 2021 US Alpine Championships will begin. This event is hosted by Aspen Snowmass, in collaboration with Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club (AVSC), and will run for two weeks from Monday, April 5th through Friday, April 16th. It has been an exciting spring in Aspen Snowmass hosting events on the national and world stage. Between FIS Freeski and Snowboard World Championships, the US Grand Prix Olympic Qualifier, and the US Alpine Championships; Aspen Snowmass is on the map for elite ski and snowboard contest. This competition will include men’s and women’s downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom, and alpine combined, as well as national junior competitions. Finals will be held during the weekdays, with training over the weekend. There are rumors swirling around that Alpine Racing superstar Mikaela Shiffrin will compete! In order to keep race techs, competitors, and coaches safe, the event is taking place after Aspen Highlands closes to the public to promote social distancing, and no spectators— similar to the FIS Freeski and Snowboard World Championships and US Grand Prix at Buttermilk earlier this month. For more information and racing schedules, please visit usskiandsnowboard.org.
Concurrently happening over at Snowmass Mountain, the 2021 NASTAR National Championships will run from Monday, April 5th through Saturday, April 10th. NASTAR stands for National Standard Race. Racers of all abilities and ages can sign up to compete in the world’s largest recreational ski and snowboard racing program. NASTAR Nationals returns to where it began on Snowmass. The first NASTAR National Championship was held at the Spider Sabich race arena in the Spring of 1998. This is also the first National Championship after a year hiatus due the Covid-19 Pandemic. Each day of Nationals, there will be racing clinics taught by Snowmass instructors. Races start each day at 9:45am on the Blue Grouse trail. There are four divisions: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. In the midst of all the professional ski and snowboard events this spring, NASTAR Nationals provide an exciting opportunity to get involved in some of the competitive action! To sign up for NASTAR racing, ticket options, and more information, head over to aspensnowmass.com/events/nastar-nationals.
Have a great weekend! Enjoy the fresh snow and amazing conditions. Happy Trails! Be sure to stay healthy and safe out there.
Posted on March 19, 2021 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday from Aspen Snowmass! After a long awaited storm this past weekend, the conditions at Aspen Snowmass are phenomenal across all four mountains. With a fresh 19 inches over two days, and more to come in next week’s forecast, the spring season is shaping up very nicely. It is so nice that Aspen Skiing Company announced earlier this week that Snowmass Mountain will extend its season by one week and closing day will be held on Sunday, April 25th. Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk will host their last day of the season on Sunday, April 4th. Aspen Mountain’s season will end on Sunday, April 18th, as scheduled. With all of the extra sunshine later in the day, select lifts at all four mountains are spinning until four in the afternoon, everyday. Sunset Skiing and Riding is a much anticipated spring event in Aspen Snowmass. This past week, Buttermilk ran their lifts until 6pm on Monday and Aspen Highlands’ lifts spun until 6pm on Wednesday, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. If you missed out on this fun event, not to worry. Aspen Mountain will host Sunset Skiing and Riding on Friday, March 26th and Friday, April 2nd. The Silver Queen Gondola will run until 6pm. The Sundeck will host live music and offer drink and food specials during Sunset Skiing, as well. Snowmass Mountain is slated to host Sunset Skiing and Riding during its extended season; dates to be determined and announced in the near future. For more information, head over to aspensnowmass.com/events
If you missed last week’s FIS Freeski and Snowboard World Championships at Buttermilk Mountain, you’re in for a treat. Land Rover US Grand Prix, an Olympic qualifier event, starts this week and continues through the weekend. The venue at Buttermilk Mountain hasn’t changed much, nor has the competition. The only difference between the FIS Championships and Grand Prix? There will no Big Air contests in the Grand Prix this weekend. Finals for Freeski and Snowboard Halfpipe and Slopestyle are Saturday, March 20th and Sunday, March 21st. Just like Winter X-Games, and FIS World Championships, spectators are not allowed at the event. The best view of this weekend’s contests will be from YouTube, or from the Summit Express Chair as you ski and/or ride Buttermilk.
The 21st Annual Bud Light Spring Jam returns to Aspen Snowmass. Events include downtown concerts, on-mountain music, and a week of friendly competitions. One of our favorite events is back for the fifth year in row, Helly Hansen’s Four Mountain Mission. Teams compete in a four mountain scavenger hunt over a 10-day period following clues on a mobile phone app. For more information, head over to aspensnowmass.com
Have a great weekend! Enjoy the amazing snow conditions and spring weather! Happy Trails!
Posted on March 12, 2021 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday from Aspen Snowmass! We are expecting the storm of the season this weekend, with feet predicted in the forecast. It should be an epic storm with even better skiing and riding across all four mountains. Besides skiing in the fresh snow, there are plenty of events going on in and around Aspen. Read on for this week’s special events!
The snow is expected to start tomorrow afternoon, Saturday March 13th. The weather should be perfect for an Aspen favorite event, America’s Uphill. This annual race attracts competitors of all types, including snowshoers, telemark skiers, runners, and cross-country skiers. The race starts at 7am, right at the base of the Silver Queen Gondola, ending at the top of Aspen Mountain by noon. This year, racers are asked to mask up and maintain social distancing. Day-of registration at the race start gate is available.
The FIS Ski and Snowboard World Championships are well underway, starting earlier this week. The finals are this weekend over at Buttermilk. Skiers and riders can watch the events from the Summit Express Chairlift. There are no spectators allowed due to the pandemic, but viewers can tune in on the FIS YouTube channel for all final events. This will be the first time since the 1950 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships at Aspen Mountain that Aspen Snowmass will host an FIS World Championship. FIS Skiers and Snowboarders will stay in town for the Land Rover U.S. Grand Prix World Cup slopestyle and halfpipe competitions are to be held March 18th-21st at Buttermilk. This 4-day long event is the first freeski and snowboard Olympic tryout events for Beijing 2022, which was rescheduled from February due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Be sure to keep your eyes out for local freeskier Alex Ferreira!
This weekend is shaping up to be one of the best of the season! Get out and enjoy it! Remember, there will be Bud Light Music on the Mountain on all four mountains, and the spring sale at Four Mountain Sports is underway through next Friday, March 19th. Have a great weekend, and think snow!
Posted on March 5, 2021 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday from Aspen Snowmass! It’s a new month, and we received some fresh snow yesterday. This weekend is expected to be perfectly bluebird, with highs in the 50s! Bring on the sun! We are so excited for March; spring skiing is back and there are plenty of cool and interesting events throughout the month. Read on for some of the exciting events happening in the beginning of March 2021!
Tomorrow, Saturday March 6th, is the local and elite athlete favorite: Audi Power of Four and Power of Two. This endurance race captures the most unique and amazing four mountains that surround us everyday. Power of Four begins at 6am in Snowmass Base Village. Power of Two begins at 8am in Aspen Highlands Base Village (base of Thunder Bowl). Both races finish at the Base of Aspen Mountain. This year, the race will complete at the bottom of Lift 1A, also known as Shadow Mountain Lift. The new race finish is to prevent base crowding and promote social distancing, due to the ongoing pandemic. If you’re out early on Saturday morning, skiing Aspen Mountain or Highlands, you will be sure to see competitors racing! For more information on the course and race, head over to aspensnowmass.com
The first weekend of March is certainly a racing weekend! Sunday, March 7th is The Owl Creek Chase. This is one of Colorado’s best cross-country ski races, and has been since 1985. This race is challenging, yet fun! Starting at 9am in Snowmass and ending around noon on the Aspen Golf Course, this 21K race follows the scenic Owl Creek trail. This year’s event does not allow for spectators on the race course. However, if you’re driving from Aspen to Snowmass Village (or vice versa) on Sunday morning, you’ll be able to safely cheer on racers from your car, socially distanced of course. Sunday should be a beautiful sunny day for racers!
For the first time since the 1950 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships at Aspen Mountain, Aspen Snowmass will host the 2021 FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championships at Buttermilk Mountain. Events will include Ski and Snowboard Halfpipe, Big Air, and Slopestyle. Qualifications begin on Wednesday, March 10th, with finals scheduled through the weekend and ending on Tuesday, March 16th. Similar to Winter XGames in January, there will be no spectators at the event whatsoever. However, if you’re skiing Buttermilk during the day, you will have the best moving view of the competition from the Summit Express chairlift. There will also be no crowding around the event. The best views and commentary will be on the FIS Championship YouTube channel.
March and April are chock full of exciting events, races, and competitions. Be sure to check out Klug Properties’ blog for weekly highlights of all that’s happening in and around Aspen and Snowmass. Have a great weekend! Think (some) snow!
Posted on February 26, 2021 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday from Aspen Snowmass! This past week has felt like springtime here in the mountains. With temperatures in the upper 30s and all day sunshine, we’ve had amazing bluebird days for skiing and riding. Basalt and Willits, also known as the Mid Valley, is just 25 minutes away from Aspen Snowmass, and offers a full day of family friendly fun, shopping, and great dining options!
To start your day in the Mid Valley, check out Wienerstube in the heart of Willits. Formerly an Aspen fixture for Austrian German cuisine, this local favorite is serving up longtime local favorites in a new location. Relive great memories with even better cuisine and nostalgic atmosphere. If you’re more of a grab-and-go breakfast person, Craft Coffeehouse in Downtown Basalt is where you need to be. Enjoy local craft coffee, tea, and small bites! Do not miss out on their pastries. The cozy space is a perfect place to sit down and enjoy your morning cup of coffee, and visit with friends. Check out their instagram (@craftbasalt) for special community events.
Now that you’re fueled up for the day, it’s time for activities. Enjoy hiking and outdoor time at Crown Mountain Park, adjacent to Willits. There are trails, fields, and fun playgrounds— perfect for the entire family! Hiking in the Mid Valley offers great views and a change of pace. One of our favorites is Arbaney Kittle Trail. This trail starts in Holland Hills, and offers incredible views of Mount Sopris at the top. While a great option for sunsets, this trail is mostly shaded and makes it a great option during a summer or even winter day!
Breakfast? Check. Morning exercise? Check. Lunch? Check out Capitol Creek Brewery or Heather’s. Capitol Creek Brewery, right next to Wienerstube, offers lunch and beer menus to please everyone! The beer selection is always changing, and made by a master brewer. If you’re hoping for a sweet treat with lunch, you need to go to Heather’s Savory Tapas and Pies in Downtown Basalt. Known for years for their savory and sweet pies, this is a staple not to be missed. Two must-haves include the famous chicken pot pie and the pistachio cake. Heather’s offers live music in the evenings. For more information on musical acts, go to @heathersbasalt on Instagram.
Spend the afternoon shopping! There are plenty of options for home and fashion throughout Willits and Downtown Basalt. Some of our Willits favorites are Susie’s Consignment, Kitchen Collage, Holly Ann Boutique, and Bristlecone Sports. These stores are all within walking distance for easy shopping convenience! If you’re looking for treasures, Heirlooms on Midland Avenue in Downtown Basalt is your go-to shop.
At the end of the day, who isn’t ready for a nice meal? One of our all time favorite dinner spots in Basalt is Free Range Kitchen and Wine Bar. This Basalt hot spot offers farm-to-table dining, amazing cocktails, a great wine list, and weekly live music! Free Range also offers weekly dinner specials, like Taco Tuesday and Wednesday Fried Chicken. New this winter, you can dine outside in your own private igloo! For information and menus, head over to freerangebasalt.com
Have a great weekend ahead! Stay safe and have fun!
Posted on February 19, 2021 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday from Aspen Snowmass! In the last 10 days, snow just doesn’t seem to ever stop coming down, and more is in the forecast this weekend! The conditions across all four mountains are spectacular, and the lifts are spinning later into the afternoon. Spring feels like its just around the corner! Pitkin County, and the entire State of Colorado, is officially in the yellow zone of the Covid-19 Dial. This allows indoor dining at 50% capacity, as well as retail, offices, and personal services. Some consider outdoor dining a safer option, and there are plenty of options in Aspen and Snowmass Village for fantastic dining experience outdoors. Read on for some of our favorites!
Outdoor dining is a must in the summer in Aspen, but essentially disappears come ski season. During these unprecedented times, local restaurants have become creative in constructing fashionable are safe outdoor dining areas. Be sure to check out French Alpine Bistro, on Hopkins Avenue. Their fondue and crepes are to-die-for, and the outdoor dining feels like a true extension of the cozy and romantic restaurant. The Prospect at the famous Hotel Jerome offers an incredible winter dining experience with decked out bubbles, dressed to classic Aspen perfection. The Prospect updates their menu seasonally, and its always delectable. Bubbles are popping up all over town, and on the mountain! If you want to enjoy Bonnie’s deck in the cold and snow, or even on a sunny day, there are bubbles to enjoy the famous oatmeal pancakes in your own dining pod. Don’t forget the apple strudel!
If you’re looking for a more casual dining experience, family-friendly atmosphere, and awesome views, Snowmass Village has great outdoor dining options for you and the whole family! Venga Venga on the Snowmass Mall is a village staple. Enjoy Mexican food, adult beverages, and a huge outdoor patio with headlamps, festive lighting, and fire pits. During the day, watch skiers and riders descend Fanny Hill. By night, enjoy snow cats groom the hill. Another great spot for heated outdoor dining is Base Camp Bar and Grill, right at the base of Snowmass Mountain. This ideally located restaurant is in the heart of Snowmass Base Village, and is the place to be for regular après, special concerts, and daily Snowmass S’Mores!
Outdoor dining will become better and better as the spring ski days start to heat up, and the sun shines longer. When dining in public, be sure to wear your mask when not seated, stay socially distanced, and be prepared to take temperature checks at the restaurants. Let us know which outdoor dining has the best experience. Have a great weekend ahead! Keep snow dancing!