Posted on June 18, 2020 by Chris Klug
Happy Father’s Day Weekend from Aspen Snowmass! The official calendar start to summer is this weekend, and we couldn’t be more excited. This weekend also marks the opening of Snowmass Village for the summer season. The Elk Camp Gondola opens this Sunday, June 21st at 10am for summer service. Snowmass is known for its amazing winter resort and family-friendly atmosphere. During the summer, it is a mountain paradise, and still maintains the family-friendly atmosphere. Read on for all things summer in Snowmass!
Hiking is a favorite activity among locals and visitors alike. There are many trails in and around Snowmass Village, and quite a few are on Snowmass Mountain. Hike up the mountain, and take the Elk Camp Gondola down. Or take the Elk Camp Gondola up to explore even more trails. If you’re new to the area, book a local hiking expert for either a half or full day of exploring the Snowmass Rocky Mountains.
Biking has recently become one of the more popular summer activities. The Roaring Fork Valley is designated IMBA Gold Level Ride Center. There are only 7 of this kind in the world, and the only one in Colorado. Snowmass Bike Park is included in this, and offers something for every type of downhill mountain biker. There is over 3,000 vertical feet of trails. The Elk Camp chairlift is also open to hikers and bikers alike during the summer to easily access even more terrain to experience.
Instead of Farm-to-Table Tuesdays at Elk Camp Restaurant, Snowmass is offering Bonus Nights on Tuesday nights. This weekly will include a complimentary ride on the Elk Camp Gondola, Lost Forest activities (including the popular Breathtaker Alpine Coaster), Bike Night in the Snowmass Bike Park, as well as dining services and live music at Elk Camp Restaurant. There will only be seven Bonus Nights this summer, so plan accordingly for a memorable Tuesday night in the mountains.
For more details on any of these offerings, tickets, passes, and information on the COVID-19 policies, please go to aspensnowmass.com/our-mountains/snowmass/summer. Have a great weekend, and Happy Father’s Day!
Posted on May 29, 2020 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday from Aspen Snowmass! After a short work week, we are ready for another great weekend. We’ve had gorgeous late spring weather all week, and can’t wait to take advantage of it this weekend. Pitkin County has moved onto their next phase of reopening this week. Restaurants can now reopen dine-in service at 50% capacity. Lodging may also open at 50% capacity. After a day on the trails hiking and biking, an Aspen restaurant with a great patio is a must. Read on for some of our favorite patio dining spots in town!
The longtime local, and visitor, favorite is Red Onion. During the summer months, Red Onion’s patio is the place to be. Enjoy their American classic menu and great drinks on their patio, situated right in the middle of Cooper Avenue mall. This is the ideal hot spot to be on a late summer afternoon.
Another favorite is Mi Chola on the corner of Main Street and Mill Street. This local watering has been a Mexican spot for decades. The newest incarnation has a funky vibe, delicious Mexican food, and an awesome patio. Mi Chola is a great lunch spot for patio dining, people watching, delicious nachos, and of course, margaritas for the adults. Do not miss out on their Strawberry or Prickly Pear margaritas. It’s heavenly after a long hike in the mountains.
Aspen’s Restaurant Row, located on Hopkins Avenue, is always a popular spot no matter what season it is. In the summer, there is plenty of patio dining. One of our favorite spots is Meat and Cheese. This restaurant also has a farm shop, as well as a fabulous patio. Spots on the patio are coveted all summer long, however, Meat and Cheese does not accept reservations. Do not miss out on their delicious Rotisserie Chicken Board and craft cocktails.
For more information on these restaurants, and up-to-date information on all Aspen Restaurants, go to eataspen.com. Have a great weekend!
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.
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.
Posted on May 15, 2020 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday from Aspen Snowmass! With gorgeous weather in the forecast, we are ready for the weekend. Aspen Snowmass moved to a Safer-at-Home order this week. With restrictions being lifted and a reopening plan in place, there is a lot of excitement for the upcoming summer season. Large events may be cancelled, but summer is not. Read on for some exciting summer activities that are still happening in Aspen Snowmass.
Biking is a summer favorite in and around town. Whether you’re looking for an easy cruise or a challenging adventure in the surrounding mountains, there is plenty offered. Bike shops are considered an essential business. If you need to rent, get your season tune-up, or just ask a few questions, be sure to head into the shops. One summer biking activity that is family friendly is riding the Rio Grande Trail to the Woody Creek Tavern, which is open for take-out only. Biking this trail and taking food to go for a picnic will certainly be a summer must!
Hiking is another summer favorite because it is a great way to get outside, no matter how long you want to be outside. Hiking trails have been very popular lately with nice weather and plenty of time to kill. If you want to hike for a quick hour, or go for an overnight adventure, Aspen and Snowmass offer great trails. A summer favorite is hiking Aspen to Crested Butte, Colorado. While the current reopening plan might not allow for an overnight in Crested Butte, there are plenty of adventures in Aspen, such as the Four Pass Loop and Conundrum Hot Springs.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding or SUP boarding has recently become very popular in Aspen Snowmass. As soon as the weather is warm enough, locals and visitors alike head up Independence Pass to Stillwater to float the day away. You can bring your own, or rent SUP boards from local bike and raft shops in town. Another popular SUP destination is Ruedi Reservoir in Basalt, if you’re up for about an hour drive from downtown Aspen.
Summer in the Rockies is magical. This summer might even be more magical with an emphasis on being outside with close friends and family during these strange times. Have a great weekend!
Posted on May 5, 2020 by Chris Klug
Happy Tuesday from Aspen Snowmass! What a gorgeous spring day to celebrate. Whether you partake in the trendy Take Out Tuesday, the delicious Taco Tuesday, and annual favorite Cinco de Mayo! There are plenty of ways to partake in today’s triple threat holiday, while supporting local restaurants and giving yourself a break in the kitchen! Read on for tasty takeout options very close to home.
Aspen local favorite, Mi Chola, is open today from 12-8pm. This Mexican restaurant on Main Street is offering a take-out only option. There is also a walk up window to directly to their bar! Stop by for drinks to go, and delicious Mexican cuisine to go. Absolutely be sure to try their amazing enchiladas. Call ahead for your margaritas and tacos. For more information, go to www.eataspen.com
Snowmass Village’s only Pan-Latin restaurant, Toro located in the Viceroy, has delectable specials to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy tequila lime shrimp tacos, short rib tortellini, tomato basil soup, and/or a tuna melt! Patrons have the option to pick up or delivered. If you are in the Snowmass Village area, Toro will deliver. Visit www.eatsnowmass.com for more information and more daily specials!
If you’re further down the Roaring Fork Valley and hoping to stay closer to home, check out Free Range Kitchen and Wine Bar in Basalt. Their delicious regular menu is always available, but for this holiday, be sure to check out their Cinco de Mayo special! Taco Party for Two is offered for $35 and includes six tacos, fiesta salad, cilantro lime rice, and local black beans. There are four taco options, which offers something for everyone. For more information, and other specials, go to www.freerangebasalt.com
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Happy Taco Tuesday! Happy Takeout Tuesday! Enjoy this triple threat holiday.
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!
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!
Posted on April 21, 2020 by Emilee Kelloff
With more and more days spent at home, there is no better time to tackle that list of home improvement projects you’ve wanted to complete for years. But where should you start? How can you get everything done while under a stay at home order? We’ve put together a list of home improvement projects you can tackle without leaving your house.
4 Ways To Freshen Up Your Curb Appeal
1. Clean Up Any Landscaping or Lawns
The best way to start any improvements is to create a clean slate. Start by mowing any lawn areas you may have. Trim down any bushes or shrubs. Tackle those annoying weeds. We’ve created a Pinterest board to help get you started as well as rounded up some local stores that can help get your outdoor space ready for Spring.
2. Add Bright Flowers and Plants
Adding color with bright flowers and plants is one of the most obvious ways to elevate your curb appeal. Yet, finding the right flowers to plant, where to plant and how to take care of your garden can be hard to figure out. Especially when talking with a specialist is not possible. Many local nurseries and garden centers are offering over the phone consultations and even guided, personal tours of their centers to help people get started on their Spring gardening. We’ve rounded up what the experts are saying is the best to plant for Colorado gardens.
3. Paint Your Front Door a Bright Color
Another great way to draw eyes to the front of your house is to add some new paint. A fresh paint job adds some interest to the front of the house without having to spend too much money or take much time. Take a look at what design experts are saying about adding color to the front of your house.
4. DIY Outdoor Furniture and Decor
With a little extra time on your hands, the sun shining and the urge to try something new, you might feel inspired to revamp your outdoor space with some DIY projects. We felt the same way. Adding DIY projects to your outdoor areas is a great way to add some functionality and some personal touches. Check out our favorite DIY project inspirations as well some places that can help get you started!
4 Ways to Give the Inside of Your Home a Facelift
1. New Paint or Wallpaper
Much like your front door, the inside of your home might need a refresh. Adding new paint or some unexpected wallpaper might just do the trick. Accent walls and fun powder rooms are a great way to add some interest to your home without taking over the whole space. Take a look at our favorite places to get inspiration and the best colors!
2. New Hardware
Whether it’s a bathroom that feels tired or a kitchen that needs some extra shine, adding new hardware is an easy way to make these spaces feel like new. From trendy gold or brass hardware to sleek and classic silver, new hardware can go a long way in giving your home a facelift. These are our favorites places to find the perfect hardware for any space!
3. Rethink Furniture Arrangements
Adding new life to any space can be tricky, but rethinking how the space is laid out is an easy way to do just that without spending a dime! From small spaces to big, furniture layout is vital to insure your space functions properly. Take a look at how the experts are making the most of every space.
4. Channel Your Inner Organization Blogger
Spending more time inside your home can easily turn into noticing all the clutter and disorganized spaces you’ve overlooked for years. Tackling that kitchen junk drawer or your overstuffed closet can be a daunting task. That’s where we bring in the professionals. From utilizing bins and organizers to prioritizing only the things that serve you, organizing your home can be fun and easy! Take a look at what the experts suggest:
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.
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!
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.
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.