Posted on August 18, 2022 by Chris Klug
It is no secret that Aspen has some incredible culinary experiences that complement the attractions that made this town famous such as skiing, hiking, fishing, biking, etc. At this point, the food scene is as much a part of the list of attractions as anything else. With so many options to choose from, it can be overwhelming trying to fit the best meals in during a short trip. Please enjoy the list below of some the best dishes in town according to our team of three long-time locals!
White House Tavern – Crispy Chicken Sandwich
Don’t just take it from our mouths – anyone who has spent a decent amount of time in town will recommend the crispy chicken sandwich from White House Tavern as a must-have! It is seriously impressive how many of these the kitchen cranks out on any given day. When seated, take a look around. It is almost a guarantee that each table will have at least one of these in front of them. Every ingredient could stand on its own from the house-made torta to the spicy slaw to the aioli. Each bite is better than the last.
The Monarch – Table Side Caesar
If presentation, along with taste, is important to your dining experience then look no further than the table side caesar salad at The Monarch. You could write a book on the atmosphere alone, but we’re talking dishes here. With fresh ground anchovies, freshly picked romaine and a sharp but smooth parmesan, this salad is one of the best in town.
BOSQ – 7-Course Meal
The special thing about BOSQ, aside from the exquisite dishes, is that it’s one of the last chef-owned restaurants in Aspen. Chef Barcley Dodge and his wife, Molly, have owned BOSQ since 2016 and welcome their guests as if BOSQ is an extension of their home. They include local ingredients from farms and foraging and the menu is constantly changing to reflect the best this valley has to offer. My last meal there included mushrooms hand-picked from up Independence Pass. How cool! We won’t recommend just one dish here as they are all delicious. Go for the 7-course meal and let them curate the experience for you. The drink pairings are also worth exploring.
Ellina – Halibut & Wine List
Ellina is a contemporary Italian-American restaurant with meals for everyone and an award winning wine cellar. I recently had the Alaskan Halibut and it was one of the most flavorful yet subtly complex pieces of whitefish I’ve ever tasted. To us, Ellina is a must while in Aspen. Ask to sit in the lower level. The atmosphere is intoxicating. We would also recommend letting the expertly trained staff pair your food and wine. What an experience!
J-Bar or Ajax Tavern – Burger
No Aspen foodie list would be complete without mentioning the best burgers in town at the Hotel Jerome’s J-Bar or The Little Nell’s Ajax Tavern. It’s hard to say which one is better. We go back and forth. You’ll just have to decide for yourself. What we can say, however, is don’t miss out on the truffle fries if you go to Ajax Tavern. They pair perfectly with the burger. Also, try sitting at the bar at J-Bar and ask to see “the drawer” and the history behind it. It’s a fun little piece of Aspen’s culture.
We could go on listing 100 more meals to try, but these are some of our favorites. For more recommendations, feel free to give us a shout. Happy to talk food, wine or real estate anytime! Enjoy the rest of August and we hope to see you out and about enjoying some of the best culinary experiences in the world.
Posted on July 15, 2022 by Chris Klug
So far this summer, it has felt like every weekend has been filled with a large, extravagant event. From Food & Wine, Fourth of July, Aspen Ideas and more, it’s been hard to find time to breathe during it all. With a relatively quiet weekend on the horizon, we want to share some events that don’t garner attention from the whole town of Aspen and are repeatable throughout the rest of summer on slower weekends.
Historic Downtown Walking Tour (10:30 am, Wheeler Opera House)
A guided walking tour of historical buildings in downtown Aspen, with interesting stories around every corner. This tour begins in front of the Wheeler Opera House and ends at the historic Hotel Jerome. This tour lasts 1.5 hours, register here.
Garden Tours at The Little Nell (4:00 pm, The Little Nell)
Join a weekly garden tour from 4 – 4:30 pm led by The Little Nell’s head gardener Arabella of Busy Beavers Gardening. Recognized for being both beautiful and sustainable, The Nell Gardens include Aspen’s only living wall, an herb garden, a cutting garden and more. Learn about high altitude gardening plus pick up tips for maintaining your own garden at home. This complimentary tour is open to all; no need to register.
Aspen Chamber Symphony (5:30 pm, Benedict Music Tent)
Discover an exciting new artist in a piano tour de force and hear an enigmatic symphonic swan song in this concert conducted by AMFS Music Director Robert Spano. Click here for more information.
Community Bike Ride Series (9:00 am, AspenX Store)
ASPENX and Ventum are pleased to announce a community bike ride series this summer. Join every Saturday at 9:00 AM at the ASPENX store in gondola plaza. A ride leader will then take you on a ride of your choice, spirited or no drop, with a different route each day. This event is free to all who join. Ride duration is about 2 hours total. Routes will be posted each week on Instagram @ASPENX.
Saturday Classical Music atop Aspen Mountain (1:00 pm, Sundeck)
Relax at 11,000 feet in a glorious meadow overlooking Mount Hayden and take in the beauty as students of the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival & School perform a repertoire of their own choosing. Bring a picnic (or build one at the Sundeck) and a lawn chair and enjoy. Located just a short walk out Richmond Ridge from the top of the gondola.
Live Bluegrass Music (12:00 pm, Sundeck)
Sunday's this summer season locals and tourists alike get down to some of Colorado's best bluegrass bands on the top of Aspen Mountain. With the Elk Mountain Range as a backdrop, great drinks and great food from the Sundeck and lots of activities for the kids, this is a perfect way to relax, unwind and spend an afternoon with friends and family.
Sunday Sunset Dance Party at AAM (5:00 pm, Aspen Art Museum)
Join the Aspen Art Museum Sundays from 5–9 PM for their new weekly Sunday Sunset Dance Party on the Aspen Art Museum’s rooftop! They will be featuring cocktails from The Slippery Slope, snacks from the Rooftop Café, and music by Golden, the resident DJ for the summer. Expect parties weekly, so mark your calendars!
Posted on July 1, 2022 by Chris Klug
The 4th of July is one of the biggest and busiest days of the year in Aspen! The Old-Fashioned Parade has been a staple of the Aspen community for decades and locals take pride in how it has stayed relatively the same over the years. It’s quite the spectacle to see the old-school hot rods get dusted off for their big day. The combination of old cars, horses and floats we see year after year epitomizes a lot of what Aspen holds dear and what makes this town so special. As must-see as the parade is, it isn’t the only way to enjoy the 4th in town. Keep reading for info on fun events around town including the all-new Community Village.
Community Village: 10am – 2pm
This year, Aspen will be hosting a Community Village along various downtown streets and Wagner Park from 10am – 2pm. This celebration is free to the public and fetures a parked car show, live music and dance, plus community organizations that help Aspen maintain its magic.
Boogies Buddy Race: 8am
Boogie’s Buddy Race is one of the most widely anticipated activities of the Fourth of July week in Aspen. The event includes a 5-mile, 5K, and a 1-mile Family and Canine run/walk. Start your Fourth of July off right with this family-friendly event that supports the Buddy Program’s four youth mentoring programs! Join at the link below.
AVSC 4th of July BBQ: 12pm – 3pm
Join the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club for a day of games, activities, burgers from Ajax Tavern, beer, wine and margaritas, live music and more. Immediately following the 4th of July parade, people will gather in Koch Park for a fun afternoon celebrating our country and community!
Aspen Music Festival and School 4th of July Concert: 4pm
-Benedict Music Tent
The annual free 4th of July celebration brings the AMFS band to the tent stage with stirring patriotic favorites. A beloved tradition.
Laser Light Show: 9:15pm
Last but certainly not least, Aspen’s Independence Day tops off the night with a spectacular Laser Light Display in Wagner Park. As much as we may miss the actual fireworks, it is extremely important to respect the local laws and protect our environment. It’s been a hot summer already and conditions are dry. The laser show will still be a sight to behold! Have a safe and fun holiday weekend! We hope to see you in town.
Posted on May 20, 2022 by Chris Klug
We are just two days away from the 28th annual Ride for the Pass taking place at 10:00 am this Sunday, May 22nd. We are extremely proud to sponsor this event and support the work done by the Independence Pass Foundation. For decades, the foundation has been doing the important work of restoring and protecting the ecological, historical and aesthetic integrity of the Independence Pass corridor. Without foundations like these and without the support they receive from our community, so much of what we enjoy in this valley would not exist. We would like to give a big thanks to the foundation and everyone who has signed up to ride on Sunday. Keep reading for more information about the event.
If you haven’t already signed up, you still have time! However, there will be no day-of sign ins. So, be sure to sing up now and secure your spot. Registration costs $25 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. For timed riders, the race starts at 10:00 am and for recreational/e-bikers it starts at 10:10 am. There is parking available at the large pullout across from Difficult Campground, along highway 82 pullouts and very limited parking at the winter closure gate, which is where the race starts. There will be two finish lines: The first at Weller Lake turnout, just over two miles from the starting line for families and recreational riders, and the second at the traditional Independence ghost town site ten miles from the start (climbing 2,300 feet and topping out at 10,800’ in elevation). Winning times are usually around 40 minutes with most riders finishing under two hours. There will also be trucks taking your warm clothes to the appropriate finish lines. Just bring a bag labeled with your name and have it loaded by 9:45 am.
After the race, there will be a barbecue and raffle at the start gate. Enjoy some well-earned burgers, brats and beers and mingle with fellow racers in support of the Independence Pass Foundation. There will be no awards ceremony since riders will be finishing at different times, but preliminary results will be available just a few hours after the event with official results emailed to riders in 24 hours. This is going to be a great day for a great cause. We have always enjoyed participating in the race and look forward to seeing you out there!
Posted on May 13, 2022 by Chris Klug
Summer is right around the corner! This means there will be events almost every week in Aspen Snowmass ranging from concerts, speakers, races and plenty more. While there won’t be a shortage of things to do, you’ll want to plan ahead for some of the big events that have been staples in our small mountain town for years. If you want to experience an Aspen summer in full form, don’t miss out on the following events.
Aspen Food & Wine Classic – June 17-19 – Tickets Here
The Aspen Food & Wine Classic is the ultimate foodie and oenophile event. For just three days out of the year, the top names in food and beverage gather for this incredible festival. Attendees get to meet celebrity chefs, taste incredible dishes and frequent a mix of more than 80 classes and talks. Currently only wait-list tickets are available, but they typically add more tickets as we get closer to June.
Aspen Ideas Festival – June 25-July 1 – How To Attend
For over 60 years, the Aspen Institute has been the nation's premier gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times. With topics ranging from sustainability, health, energy, mindfulness, politics and much more, anyone can find speakers and events that interest them. It’s special that we get such a diverse group of intellectuals in our small mountain town. We are very excited to attend!
Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) – September 2-4 – Tickets Here
If you haven’t heard about JAS and you live in the valley, get your head out of the sand! Every summer this is the biggest music event from Aspen to Rifle. Located in Snowmass, JAS has brought names such as B.B. King, The Black Crowes, Steve Miller Band, Hozier, Mumford & Sons, and many more! This year you can see Stevie Nicks, Chris Stapleton, Leon Bridges, Little Big Town, Zach Bryan and Black Pumas among others. This is a family friendly event with delicious food, drinks merchandise from local vendors.
Aspen Music Festival – June 30-August 23 – Tickets Here
Founded in 1949, the Aspen Music Festival and School is regarded as one of the top classical music festivals in the United States, noted both for its concert programming and its musical training of mostly young-adult music students. The typical eight-week summer season includes more than 400 classical music events—including concerts by five orchestras, solo and chamber music performances, fully staged opera productions, master classes, lectures, and children’s programming—and brings in 100,000 audience members. You’ll also find music students scattered throughout town as they showcase their talent.
Bonus: Free to Attend: Snowmass Concert Series & Aspen’s Saturday Farmers Market
Starting June 16, Snowmass will be kicking off the much-anticipated FREE summer concert series with band Hot Buttered Rum. These free afternoon concerts are beloved by locals and always deliver. Just be sure to bring an umbrella because it almost always drizzles on Thursdays in the summer. Don’t ask us why! Lastly, the Saturday Farmers Market starts on June 11 and features the best in local food, clothing and wares. Start your Saturday off with a hike up Ute or Smuggler then walk into town to enjoy the market. At least that’s how we prefer to do our Saturday mornings! Happy springtime and we hope to see you soon.
Posted on May 6, 2022 by Chris Klug
The spring off-season is always a welcomed time of year after a busy winter. It is a time to reflect on the last 6 months and plan for the next 6 while enjoying some much-needed R&R. However, despite the many restaurant and store closures, there are still plenty of ways to stay busy and entertained this May. See below for a few of our recommendations.
May 7th: Thrift Shop Prom at TACAW - $30/Person
“It’s prom season for everybody! Who are you going to ask to go with you? Who will be the prom queen or king? Get together with your community as we celebrate the prom season to benefit our friends at KDNK. We will offer music from all eras, taking you back in time and even pretending like this is our first prom. DJ The Guest will be spinning the tunes. Don’t have a get up for the prom? No problem, you can stop by select thrift shops in the Roaring Fork Valley and they will have special racks set up with thrift shop attire. We can’t wait to see your outfits! Let’s transform Willits into a prom haven!” -The Arts Campus at Willits
May 8th: Aspen Art Museum Mother’s Day Brunch - $85/Adult, $30/Child under 12
“Treat someone special to a Mother’s Day Brunch at the Aspen Art Museum! Join us at the Rooftop Café from 11 AM–2 PM for a delightful brunch service with an incredible view of Aspen Mountain. Chef Amy has prepared a carefully curated menu that includes a buffet of homemade Belgian waffles, vanilla bean muffins, quiche, and other mouthwatering options, together with bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys. Tables are limited, so be sure to book today!” -Aspen Art Museum
May 21st: 28th Annual Ride for the Pass - $25/Adult, $10/Child under 12
“The Ride has two finish lines: The first at Weller Lake turnout, just over two miles from the starting line for families and recreational riders, and the second at the Independence ghost town ten miles from the start. All riders doing the ten-mile Independence route are timed and included in the competitive category for their respective age groups; all Weller riders are untimed. In addition, E-bikes—category 1, pedal assist ONLY—are welcome to ride. They will be in their own, untimed category, starting 15 minutes after the timed riders, and will NOT be eligible for prizes associated with placing. Winning times to Independence are usually around 40 minutes, with most riders finishing in less than two hours.” -Independence Pass Foundation
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR WITH QUESTIONS —
PLEASE CONTACT RIDE COORDINATOR, DINA BELMONTE, AT 970-379-1222, OR DINAB@SOPRIS.NET
May 28th and 29th: Gary Clark Junior at Belly Up – Starting at $115/Person
Clark is one of today’s best traditional R&B artists and this concert will be one to remember. See a snippet of Clark’s bio below.
“Clark achieved global impact following his first Grammy Award in 2014 winning Best Traditional R&B Performance for the track “Please Come Home” from his Warner Records debut album Blak And Blu, and seemingly never left the road. Throughout 2019 Clark ascended to greater heights with the release of This Land – his third full-length studio album which bowed at #6 on the Billboard Top 200, marking his third consecutive Top 10 debut. The album and single of the same name attracted acclaim from the likes of The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and more.” -Belly Up, Aspen
Our team at Klug Properties hopes this off-season treats you well whether you decide to stay busy or enjoy a slower pace of life for a month or two. As always, please reach out with any questions big or small. We hope to see you on the trails soon!
Posted on April 8, 2022 by Chris Klug
Closing day weekends are always a bittersweet transition from winter to spring as we look back and celebrate a ski season well-spent. With four mountains all throwing their own farewell parties there is no shortage of festivities to enjoy. The lifts might be stopping, but the ski and après cultures stay alive and well throughout April. Use this post as a guide to pick which closing day festivities you and your family/friends should attend. Maybe it’s all four!
Buttermilk Closing Day – April 3, 2022
If a family friendly day full of enough bacon to hold you over until next ski season sounds like your speed, you won’t want to miss Buttermilk’s closing day. Buttermilk likes to celebrate Bacon Appreciation Day by having savory, salty and sweet snacks all over the mountain from the Cliffhouse down to Bumps, almost all of them including bacon! They also host an uphill race starting at 8am if you feel like you need to earn not just your turns but also your bacon. Buttermilk is always the first mountain to close.
Highlands Closing Day – April 10, 2022
Undoubtedly the most popular of the closing day ceremonies. Highlands closing day is a must-go for those wishing to send winter off like a true Aspen local. Start the day by hiking the bowl one last time to be met by ski patrollers barbecuing at the top. After enjoying a hotdog and a bowl lap, head over to Cloud Nine where you can say goodbye to the hottest après scene in Colorado until next season. On your way down from Cloud Nine, stop by ‘Picnic Point’ just below the Cloud Nine lift where plenty of skiers/riders enjoy camaraderie and the views towards Pyramid Peak and Maroon Bells. Finally, and most notably, make your way to the Alehouse at the base to dance the winter away at one of the most iconic annual parties in Aspen. This portion of Highlands closing day is recommended for those 21 and up as the scene always gets rowdy with a live DJ and drinks all around. Be sure to where a costume! This year is 80’s themed and awards will be given to those sporting the best get-ups.
Snowmass Closing Day – April 17, 2022
Originally, Snowmass and Aspen Mountain were both set to close on April 17th, but with the late snowfall in March, Aspen Mountain will be staying open a week later than planned meaning you can attend both Snowmass and Ajax closing parties. What a treat! Snowmass will be hosting events all weekend from Elk Camp down to Base Village. You’ll be able to enjoy snow volleyball, DJ’s all over the mountain and a swimwear themed top-to-bottom run to close out the day on the 17th. The whole family can enjoy closing weekend at Snowmass!
Ajax Closing Day – April 24, 2022
As previously mentioned, and thanks to the extra snowfall this spring, Aspen Mountain will be closing on the 24th, one week later than planned. Hooray for an extra week of skiing! If you want to close out your season in the most ‘Aspen’ way possible, you must attend the Ajax closing party at the birthplace of Aspen skiing. Don’t miss the hilarious and sometimes dangerous “Bump Off” as locals gather at Ridge of Bell at 1 pm for an all-out race down the mogul field under the gondola. You can either join in on the race yourself or watch from Gent’s Ridge as skiers/riders hurl themselves down the bumps. Some make it, some yard sale trying – either way it is a spectacle to behold! DJ’s will be present at the Sundeck and at both Chica’s and Ajax Tavern at the base. Don’t throw away your costumes from Highlands, as there will be a contest at the Sundeck as well.
If you manage to make it to all four closing parties, good for you! A small percentage of locals have the stamina to do so. However you choose to celebrate the mountains closing, we hope you have a blast and stay safe doing so. Here’s to a great summer ahead!
Posted on March 4, 2022 by Chris Klug
It is no secret that January and February are the most sought-after months for ski vacationers looking to experience heavy snowfall after the holiday season ends. March can sometimes be slept on, but we are here to tell you why March is just as viable a month, if not better depending on what you’re looking for, to make some unforgettable days on the slopes!
Historically, Aspen experiences the most snowfall from late December through late February, but March isn’t too far behind with an average of 29 inches in Aspen according to US Climate Data. What March has that the other months don’t, however, is spring powder. It’s hard to beat floating on a fresh coat of powder knowing you won’t be freezing your toes off as you head back up on the chairlift. The sunny days of March also allow for better visibility when skiing steep and deep powder, as opposed to some of the more overcast days in the preceding months.
If deep snow and sun-drenched days aren’t enough to get you excited for March skiing, maybe extended lift operating times will be. Longer days and an extra hour of sunshine during daylight savings means more time to shred! Lifts have already extended run times until 4:00pm or 4:15pm, giving everyone plenty of time to enjoy those long spring powder days.
March in Aspen also marks the official start to après season, which continues until the mountains close for good. If you need recommendations on where to après, check out our recent blog post on the après scene in Aspen Snowmass. Not included in that post is the new instillation at the top of Ajax called Snow Beach from Aspen X and Gray Malin. Check out our Tik Tok video from opening weekend in February for what to expect at the beach!
As the cherry on top, spring is one of the best times to get deals and discounts on all things ski/snowboard in Aspen Snowmass. Not only will you find deals on gear and passes, but many lodging options come down in price this time of year, making March an incredible opportunity to experience everything our little ski town and four mountains have to offer. We hope to see you on the slopes soon and, as always, reach out for any real estate or tourism questions big or small. We are happy to help make your time in the valley as special as possible.
Posted on January 28, 2022 by Chris Klug
If skiing is the first thing Aspen is known for, the second would certainly be the après ski and culinary scene. For some, après is of the utmost importance and a ski day is incomplete without it. It isn’t uncommon for locals and tourists alike to take a lap or two just to say they skied to have an excuse to take part. No judgement from us, though! With the array of options available in Aspen Snowmass, après is a must. Especially on a blue bird day. Keep reading for some of our top picks for enjoying a beverage and/or meal after a day on the slopes.
For The Energy
For those with energy left over from the slopes, a few places come to mind if you are looking to dance, mingle and be merry. Chica Aspen, just steps from the legendary Silver Queen Gondola, is always a high-energy, indoor/outdoor venue to carry over the good vibes from the mountain. On sunny days, they have a DJ stationed by the outside bar, where dancing might as well be a requirement for entry. We recommend their Hotty Toddy on colder days and a crisp Colorado Native beer on warmer days. Chica also has an incredible food menu featuring Peruvian inspired cuisine from celebrity chef Lorena Garcia, and although it is relatively new, Chica is already making a name for itself as an Aspen staple.
The Highlands Alehouse is another great spot for those looking to keep the energy high. With a wide assortment of beers, delicious food (you have to try the fried Oreos) and typically a younger crowd, the Alehouse is a well-trafficked après destination. If you are on Highlands and want an even higher-energy experience, try Cloud 9 on the mountain. What starts as a gourmet meal for the early Noon seating, soon turns into a proper Euro style champagne spraying, table dancing après party around 3 pm. Cloud 9 is one of the most iconic restaurants in Aspen and worth a reservation if you haven’t been.
For The Atmosphere
If sophisticated and chic speak more to your ideal après experience, you will want to frequent The Wine Bar at Little Nell, French Alpine Bistro and J-Bar at Hotel Jerome. New this season, The Wine Bar features an intimate seating area with an extensive list of wines to satisfy even the pickiest oenophile. French Alpine Bistro offers a refined après experience, serving up delicacies in a chalet setting. Enjoy hand-made cocktails, raclette and fondue for a European take on your typical après scene. Lastly, the J-Bar at Hotel Jerome is an iconic bar to enjoy vintage cocktails in a western setting. The history runs deep in this hotel as cowboys, miners, and Hunter S. Thompson used to regularly gather for drinks.
For The Food
While the places mentioned above all have incredible food, there are two après go-to’s that simply can’t be beat in the culinary field. If you ask a group of locals what the best après meal in town is, the majority will respond with the burger and truffle fries at Ajax Tavern. You simply will not find a more satisfying burger to replenish those calories burned on the slopes. The prime, sun-drenched location at the base of Ajax is the cherry on top!
If you are skiing Snowmass, you’ll want to try Aurum at Base Village. Every item on the menu is worth trying and the best part is they have some of the best happy hour prices in the Aspen Snowmass area! Sam’s Restaurant is some of the best Italian in the Roaring Fork Valley, but plan ahead as it is popular. The deck in springtime is a great outdoor venue as well.
Après is a massive part of the Aspen Snowmass ski culture! We hope this post helps you navigate it in a way that makes the most sense for you and your family/friends to have the greatest time on and off the mountain. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out for more recommendations or any real estate questions. This market is crazy right now, we can help you understand it! Happy après skiing!
Posted on January 21, 2022 by Chris Klug
X Games Aspen 2022 is officially underway and we couldn’t be more excited for this action packed weekend! Having so many people in town means there will be a lot to do, but it isn’t easy navigating this weekend without a little help. Continue reading for information on Covid safety, event scheduling, advice for attending the X Games, and some happenings in town.
X Games Aspen 2022 will welcome spectators back to competition viewing and X Fest areas with proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, and masks must be worn in all indoor X Games event areas except when eating or drinking. Fans 11 years old and under may attend without vaccination if accompanied by a vaccinated adult and must wear a form-fitting facemask at all times except when eating and drinking. For additional information, please visit the X Games COVID Policies Page. Buttermilk Mountain will be open to the public operating under Aspen Skiing Company guidelines and will not require proof of vaccination for skiing and snowboarding.
Please visit the X Games Schedule Page for a full breakdown of events and results once the events happen.
Attending the X Games, especially at night, is not for the faint of heart. If you think you are wearing enough layers, bring one more! You’ll want to dress warmer than if you were hitting the slopes yourself, as a lot of time spent at the events will be standing still in snow. Insulation on the upper body is a must! Think anything puffy. Thick wool socks, snow boots, and gloves will be your best friends. If you don’t have any of those, check out Ute Mountaineer in downtown for a great selection. They also carry hand and foot warmers, which are always helpful. You may want to bring a camelback with water if you plan on getting to the front row for the big events and don’t want to leave your spot for hydration. Overall, be sure to dress as warm as you can and be mindful of the attendees around you. Everyone is there to have a good time and witness some of the best athletes in the world compete. Let’s create an environment that will have visitors feeling warm and welcomed!
First off, no trip to Aspen is complete without some time on the slopes. Spend the first half of the day eating up some of the immense snowfall we experienced in late-December, early-February before attending the games or spending time in town. Want to ski Aspen Snowmass like a local? Try “The Dumps” on Ajax for steep trees and glades. The Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands offers some of the best inbounds, big-mountain terrain in North America. The bootpack up Highland Bowl is worth the effort! Find the “G Zones” off the summit or cut the hike short and drop in at “Fun Deck.” And if you venture past the roundabout and head to Snowmass look for “Sheer Bliss,” “Long Shot,” and “Sneaky’s” for long runs without crowds.
Want to experience what outdoor activities Aspen has to offer other than skiing/riding? Try ice climbing with Aspen Expeditions. Snowmobiling with T-Lazy 7 Ranch or Blazing Adventures. Or snow/fat bike rentals with Ute City Cycles. There is no shortage of ways to get engaged with the beautiful landscape around us. We highly recommend these excursions as you will get to see a side of this unique ski town that not many people get to witness.
When it comes to eating out and nightlife this weekend, it will be a challenge to find restaurants and clubs as open as they usually are. Reservations are almost a must if you want to experience Aspen in full form during X Games. However, there are still some restaurants and bars/clubs that you’ll be able to attend. As for quick eats in town that never require reservations, try: Silverpeak Grill (hamburgers, soups, salads), Big Wrap (burritos), CP Burger (gourmet burgers and ice skating), Grateful Deli (subs, paninis, salads), Highlands Taqueria (Mexican), and New York Pizza (by-the-slice pizza, subs, salads). For less exclusive bars/clubs in town where reservations aren’t essential, try: Eric’s Bar (billiards and cigar bar), Aspen Tap (local brewery with TVs), Escobar and/or 7908 (both dance clubs right across the street from one another), and Silver City Mountain Saloon (old-west themed bar with live music).
However you decide to do it, we hope you enjoy one of the biggest weekends of the year in Aspen! As always, reach out to us with any questions, real estate or non-real estate related. We are always happy to help improve your Aspen Snowmass experience.