5 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors Safely by Erik Weinbrecht

Posted on May 22, 2020 by Erik Weinbrecht

Spring is in full effect in the northern hemisphere and as restrictions on some outdoor spaces begin to lift, here are five ways you can enjoy some much-needed sunshine and fresh air while practicing safe social distancing guidelines.

Practice Cleanliness

First and foremost, take care of yourself and the members of your household. While some of the heavier restrictions are being lifted, it’s still important to make sure that you stay up to date with CDC guidelines and ensure that you’re washing your hands frequently and wearing a face covering when in public spaces – even while outside.

Just Get Outside

It’s no secret that sunshine offers many health benefits – the good news is that you don’t have to go far to get it. Carve out a part of each day to get outside, even if it’s an hour on your patio, yard or doorstep to get that all-important boost of vitamin D. Enjoying the sunshine doesn’t have to be complicated; if social distancing guidelines in your area permit, take a walk by yourself or with members of your household.

Camping in Your Backyard

You can take your family on a camping adventure in your own backyard. Set up a tent, have a bonfire, roast some marshmallows and tell campfire stories. Try leaving cellphones and other electronics in the house for a truly authentic camping experience.

Go for a Hike         

Some trails and parks are beginning to reopen their gates, which means you can lace up your hiking boots and get back into nature. The National Recreation and Park Association offers some guidance like warning other trail users of your presence, allowing proper space or stepping off trails as you pass others, and keeping the recommended distance at all times.

A Bicycle Built for You

Similar to hiking or going for a walk, you can get on your bike and go for a ride alone or with members of your household. It’s important to avoid congested routes so consider riding at off-peak hours, try new paths, and don’t be discouraged if you have to alter your route to find a less crowded path.


Tips for Working from Home

Posted on May 1, 2020 by Chris Klug

Happy Friday from Aspen Snowmass! Spring is here, and summer doesn’t feel too far behind. With record breaking temperatures in the low 70s and all day sunshine, the urge to get outside and enjoy the surrounding mountains is extra enticing! While working from home with the mountains, and kids, calling your name, it can be difficult to be productive. Read on for three musts for working from home! 

  1. Designated Space

It is important to have a designated space, whether it be a corner or a true home office, for work. It helps define a boundary in your home, and in your mind. www.SnowmassFamilyCompound.com has the ideal home office space, right off the kitchen with down valley views of Snowmass Village surrounding the office- talk about inspiration in a dedicated room!

  1. Routine

A routine is essential while working from home. Most of us are juggling multiple roles in one space: parent, employee, chef, maid, tutor- the list goes on and on. While we are all staying at home for an extended period of time, it can be easy (and even tempting) to jump from one role to another during the workday. Creating and keeping up with a routine can help productivity and balance, in all of the hats one may wear.

  1. Breaks

Breaks are just as important as a routine, and should be included as such. In a traditional office setting, you might take a coffee break, chat with a coworker at their desk, or talk a walk around. Breaks like these are just as important, if not more, at home. www.ThePinesSnowmass.com has the ultimate home office, private enough to get work finished, and close enough to the gourmet kitchen for snack breaks!

Have a great weekend!


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Springtime Hiking

Posted on April 28, 2020 by Chris Klug

Happy sunny Tuesday from Aspen Snowmass! It is a gorgeous spring day with warm temperatures. We are expected to reach some record breaking high temps this week, and we can’t wait for all of the outside adventures. With ski season officially behind us, it’s time to look forward to spring and summer outdoor activities. Spring hiking in Aspen and Snowmass can mean trail closures, and extra precautions in the muddy season. Read on for tips to safely enjoy the gorgeous surrounding trails!

Two of Aspen’s most popular hiking trails are Sunnyside, located in West Aspen, and the local favorite, Smuggler, are open year round and both can connect to the Hunter Creek Trail. Both offer incredible views of the surrounding Elk Mountain Range. Smuggler is a short, hour long hike, while Sunnyside is longer and can take about half a day. Both trails are dog friendly, however, new ordinances require dogs to be leashed at all times on the trails.

Snowmass Village is full of incredible hiking trails for hikers of all ages and all abilities. Three of Snowmass’s most popular trails are the Rim Trail, the Tom Blake Trail, and Government Trail. During the spring, a number of trails close in order to give surrounding wildlife the space they need during their most sensitive times. Both Tom Blake and Government trails are closed from late April to late June for this very reason. The North Rim Trail is closed as well, however, Rim Trail South, affectionately known as the Yin Yang trail is open year round. Be cautious of muddy spots and wet sections!

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Remember, social distancing is required on all trails. Face masks are also mandatory in the City of Aspen, and strongly encouraged in Pitkin County. Please stay safe and follow guidelines, so everyone can enjoy the great outdoors during these times. Happy Trails!


Skinning Aspen Snowmass

Posted on April 14, 2020 by Chris Klug

Happy Tuesday from Aspen Snowmass! With fresh snow overnight and spring weather today, it feels like the ideal bluebird ski day. Even though the lifts are closed, locals are still finding ways to enjoy the Power of Four Mountains. Some hike, most skin up the mountains. It’s a great form of exercise, an excuse to get outside, and a breath of fresh air, in every sense.

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Aspen Skiing Company has been continuing with some grooming practices for uphill skiers, and has ever decided to honor those in 100 day pin quests. The rules to receive a 100 day pin from the skiing company are still the same as any other season and finish . In order to collect, Aspen SkiCo requests that you call their main phone line to let them know you have achieved 100 days. There are “bonus points” if you can creatively prove your feat.

If you are planning on skinning, whether it’s to complete your 100 day season or just get outside and in the mountains, there are some precautions to take. Aspen Skiing Company requests that skinners and hikers maintain social distancing, which is 6 feet minimum, or rather the length of a pair of skis. It is also required to hike in a group of four or less, to follow current CDC guidelines.

All four mountains are being groomed almost daily by SkiCo. There is fresh powder almost weekly, and fresh corduroy almost daily. There is plenty of fabulous terrain across all four mountains. Aspen Skiing Company, Mountain Rescue Aspen, and Aspen Valley Hospital ask that uphillers stay out of the backcountry during this time. For more information and updates, please visit aspentimes.com or aspendailynews.com

Have fun out there and stay safe! 

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Quarantine Trends

Posted on April 7, 2020 by Chris Klug

Happy Tuesday from Aspen Snowmass! We are in another week of a shelter-in-place order in Pitkin County, as well as statewide in Colorado. While we are all staying at home, there are many trends and buzzwords emerging from these strange and uncertain times. We are all definitely familiar with quarantine, Dr. Fauci, even baby names based off of Coronavirus. The list goes on and on. Here are three trends that seem to have staying power.


You’ve probably seen Tik Tok videos on your Facebook and Instagram feeds, and are definitely asking yourself, “What is a Tik Tok?” This new social media phenomenon is a video-sharing app, think spin-off karaoke for the modern age. Its commonly used as an outlet to express oneself through singing, dancing, comedy, and lip-synching. This trending social media looks like it’s here to stay with celebrities, sports stars, and many others creating accounts.

Netflix, Hulu, and all streaming services have seem to become one of the more popular pastimes in the last few weeks. You have definitely heard of it, if not already seen “The Tiger King” on Netflix. This documentary series focuses on the big cat culture in the United States, with eccentric characters, and a murder plot twist. This limited series only has 7 episodes, with a new one to be released this week. It may not be a trend that has staying power, but expect to see a lot of tiger themed costumes this Halloween.

Zoom has taken over for the lack of social interaction in quarantine. Whether it's for work purposes or casual social purposes, Zoom allows you to connect with your people via video chat for free once you create an account. Zoom allows you to have up to 100 people in a meeting. During quarantine, Zoom work meetings, happy hours, and even birthday parties have become the norm. This video chat platform was created in 2011, but might have strong staying power once the world returns to normal.


Looking Forward to Summer

Posted on April 3, 2020 by Chris Klug

Happy April from Aspen Snowmass! While it feels like springtime in the mountains, we can’t help but look forward to summer. It may not seem like summer in Aspen and Snowmass will be the same without Food and Wine, Aspen Institute Ideas Fest, or an abbreviated Aspen Music Festival schedule. There are still plenty of events to look forward to a fun summer in Aspen Snowmass. Read on for the top three to keep you motivated!

 One of Aspen’s best and longest summer traditions is the Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade on Independence Day. Aspen celebrates Independence Day with a whimsical twist. Local residents and visitors come together to honor the nation’s birthday in true American style.  Festivities include a parade, concerts and family fun in Wagner Park. The parade is free to enter, but registration is required. Floats start to parade down Main Street promptly at 11am.

Another you can start training for now while you’re sheltering in place is the Audi Power of Four Trail Run. This year’s race is Saturday, August 1st. This race is a premier endurance race series utilizing the unique and amazing terrain of each of the four Aspen Snowmass mountains. The race starts at Aspen Mountain and ends at Snowmass. For more information and registration, visit www.aspensnowmass.com.

 Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival is the event which says goodbye to summer and welcomes gorgeous fall with awesome concerts over Labor Day weekend. This year, Stevie Nicks, Eric Church, Maren Morris, and Kings of Leon are headlining. More acts and official times will be announced later this summer. Tickets are still available. For more information and tickets, please visit www.jazzaspensnowmass.org.



Four Ways to See the World from Your Couch

Posted on March 31, 2020 by Chris Klug

It's a sunny springlike day in Aspen Snowmass today. It is an ideal day to take advantage of going outside, whether its hiking, biking, skinning, or just a simple walk in the neighborhood. Watching Netflix and Hulu can get a little repetitive while practicing social distancing. Read on for four exciting ways to see the world, from the comfort of your home!

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1. National Park Virtual Tours

Have you ever wanted to see the nation’s treasures? How about from the comfort of your couch? Get your fix of the great outdoors from the safe indoors, as the CDC recommends with these five national park virtual tours. Explore Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii, Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, and Dry Tortugas National Park down in Florida. Click here to begin your national tour!

2. International Museum Virtual Tours

With international, and even domestic air travel not possible right now, there is no better time than to do an international tour of the world’s most famous museums. If you’re ready for some culture and art in your quarantine, click here for twelve virtual museum tours. Go from Musée d’Orsay in Paris to Museu de Arte de São Paulo in Brazil to National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul instantly!

3. Virtual Tour of Aspen

Missing Aspen and all of its beauty? Are you craving a certain spot in town but can’t leave your house to look around? Lucky for you, Aspen Chamber has launched a 360 degree virtual tour of Aspen! You can use this tool to plan your trip from afar, or to venture back to your favorite spots, such as the John Denver Sanctuary, the Maroon Bells, and even the Grottos! Click here to start exploring now.

4. Klug Properties Virtual Home Tours

Have the urge to look at beautiful interior design, architecture, and coolest style? We are working remotely, but are here to help, and can accommodate showings and open houses virtually. Please visit our newly updated www.klugproperties.com/virtual-tours page for a virtual showing of our exclusive listings. 


4 Ways to Stay Healthy From Home

Posted on March 26, 2020 by Chris Klug

It is always top priority to take care of your mind and body, but especially now during these tough times. If you’re finding yourself a little restless while working from home, do not worry. Read on for four easy tips on how to take care of yourself.

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1. Yoga, Home Workouts

Whether or not you currently have a favorite exercise routine, you’re probably ready to try something different. New practices in a new environment can be intimidating, so now is the perfect time to try from the comfort of your home. Local favorites such as Pure Barre, O2 Aspen, and Aspen Shakti are hosting live classes on virtual platforms such as Zoom and Instagram Live. For more information on class types and schedule, head over to Instagram and check out @purebarreaspen, @o2aspen, and @aspenshakti, respectively.

2. Stay Clean

Anytime you return home, it is essential to wash your hands properly. It's also a good practice routinely clean surfaces that you touch regularly. If you’re affected by the buying frenzy of toilet paper and cleaning products, click here for homemade recipes to create your own detergent, dish soap, window cleaner, toilet cleaner, and multi-purpose disinfectant. Its easy and fun!

3. Stay in Touch

It’s easy to feel lonely during self-isolation and shelter-in-place orders. We are so fortunate to live in a time where staying virtually connected is so simple. Whether you prefer FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype, or the newly popular Zoom, staying connected to your loved ones is easier than ever to connect with one, or over 30 of your loved ones.

4. Plan Your Meals

Do you find yourself snacking more and more with less frequent but more fruitful grocery store runs? Are you out of quarantine snacks? Now is the ideal time to get into the long-standing practice of meal planning. With plenty of time to prep and cook meals, this is an easy hobby to pick up and a good practice to curb your quarantine snacking.

Categories: Healthy Living


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