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 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 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 12, 2021 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday from Aspen Snowmass! We are certainly excited about this long, holiday weekend here in mountains. With almost two feet of fresh snow last week, and more on the way this weekend, the skiing and riding couldn’t be better right now. Aspen Mountain is now 100% open after last week’s storm. Snowmass, Buttermilk, and Aspen Highlands are about 95% open. This weekend’s storm is expecting up to 14 inches of fresh snow over the three day weekend, which will make for epic shredding conditions across all four mountains! This Saturday, February 13th also marks the point in the season where lifts stay spinning later in the afternoon. Lifts spinning until 4pm daily will include Silver Queen Gondola, FIS Chair, and Ajax Express at Aspen Mountain, Exhibition and Cloud 9 at Highlands, Summit Express at Buttermilk, and Village Express, Elk Camp Gondola, and the new and improved Big Burn Chair at Snowmass. We are certainly ready for longer ski days!
If you find yourself on any of our four mountains this weekend, be sure to of course wear your mask, stay socially distanced, and keep your ears perked up for Bud Light’s Music on the Mountain! This concert series is continuing the local favorite tradition of Hi-Fi Concerts, but in a safe manner. Local and regional artists will be featured every weekend through March at various locations on and at the base of each mountain. For the most up-to-date artist announcements, concert locations, and set times, follow @aspensnowmass on social media.
Are you looking for last minute Valentine’s Day plans this weekend with that special someone? Yes, Valentine’s Day is this weekend too! Sunday to be exact. If you’re hoping to support a fantastic cause, be heart healthy, and get outside, you are a great candidate for Ski for the Pass race on Sunday, February 14th. This is a 7K classic race on Independence Pass beginning at 10am, starting at the Winter Closure Gate on Highway 82 and finishing at the Lincoln Creek Road turnoff. There are new rules for this year’s race, which include no spectators, 30 second interval starts for proper social distancing, and a cap on the number of racers. Registration is still open and can be found at utemountaineer.com, along with more information. This is a family favorite, and friendly, event that benefits the Independence Pass Foundation. I hope to see you up there! I’ll be racing with my daughter this year.
If you’re hoping to have a more low-key plan with your Valentine, or want to avoid the hustle and bustle, as well as pressure of Sunday plans, treat your Valentine to Dinner and a Movie at Ajax Tavern! Continuing the popular Dinner and a Movie Under the Stars from this past socially-distanced summer, Dinner and a Movie at Ajax Tavern’s outdoor heated tent. Dinner starts at 6:30pm and features the fabulous regular menu at Ajax Tavern and Moet Chandon packages. Showtime is at 7:30pm. This week’s movie is the Chris Farley classic Tommy Boy. For more information, reservations, and upcoming movie showings, visit thelittlenell.com
Pitkin County is expected to move up to the State’s new dial, and into yellow restrictions, on Saturday, February 13th. This would mean restaurants can operate at 50% capacity for indoor dining, and move the last call for alcohol from 10pm to 11pm. Other businesses such as retail, offices, gyms, and personal services can also move to 50% capacity. Aspen Snowmass is (more) open! Have a fun and safe holiday weekend! Think snow!
Posted on January 29, 2021 by Chris Klug
Happy X Games weekend from Aspen Snowmass! We received some much-needed snow across all four mountains over the last week, and we are ready for the action! Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, this year’s X Games will be different than years past. This year’s events will focus entirely on the athletes and the competition at Buttermilk. Fans have the opportunity to enjoy this year’s event completely virtual. Read on to review the history and evolution of X Games, highlights from past events, and why X Games have become a favorite event for locals, spectators, and competitors.
ESPN’s Winter X Games first debuted at Buttermilk Mountain in the Winter of 2002, and has been a January staple in Aspen Snowmass ever since. This year marks the 20th anniversary of X Games in Aspen. When X Games first came to town, there were around 40,000 spectators over the entire weekend. Local schools took the long weekend off, and students took field trips with their class to the competition venue at the base of Buttermilk Mountain. While the local kids aren’t getting time off from school or busing to Buttermilk this year, X Games has evolved and the show will go on, just from the comfort of our homes, like many events this year. The Games normally command tens of thousands of fans daily, but not this year. Recent evolution in X Games programming include X Fest, a village of sponsors and vendors at the base of the Super Pipe, where we have hosted our Chris Klug Foundation booth in past years together with our volunteers. The biggest attraction, besides the competition, are the concerts at the base of Buttermilk. Past performances include The Chainsmokers, Rapper Lil Wayne, and DJ Calvin Harris. I joke that X games used to an action sports fest with a little music. The past years it became a weekend long concert with some action sports.
With what’s happening in our world today, there will be no concerts or X Fest village this year. X Games 2021 is going back to the original attraction, and will entirely focus on the competition and the athletes. Shawn White, The Flying Tomato, is making his return to X Games this weekend along with Chloe Kim? Shaun White dazzled in X Games Snowboard Superpipe contests in years past by revolutionizing freestyle snowboarding, and wowing crowds in the process. Only 500 executives, producers, and event staff are allowed on the grounds, including about 100 athletes. With Canadian snowboarder Mark Morrison, the most decorated X Games athlete, out due to Covid-19, all eyes are on Aspen local freeskier Alex Ferreira who is going for his third consecutive X Games Gold Medal. Ferreira is not the only local skier to compete. Basalt native Torin Yater-Wallace first took the X Games stage in 2011 and has won four medals since. Good luck Torin and Alex. We will be cheering you both on this weekend!
Looking back on how the Winter X Games has evolved in Aspen Snowmass, it’s easy to be amazed at the weekend-long event jam-packed with winter fun. X Games is celebrating 20 years in Aspen, and will definitely be a memorable anniversary. Here are a few reminders and tips to enjoy X Games safely this year.
- The event is entirely closed to the public. Buttermilk Mountain will still operate during normal hours for skiers and riders during the day, and only the Terrain Park will be closed. Aspen Snowmass’s College Pass is not a ticket option this year.
- This year’s events include skiing and snowboarding Superpipe, Big Air, and Slopestyle. All programming will be on ESPN and its sister networks. There will be 17 hours of X Games programing on each day throughout the weekend.
- There will be no live concerts or X Fest village for Winter X Games 2021. Instead, fans are invited to attend Virtual X Fest. This is an immersive, interactive experience online. Basically, it’s like a video game of the traditional X Fest, where one normally visits with sponsors and vendors to interact and even receive great swag. Did we mention Virtual X Fest is free?
Have a fun and safe X Games weekend! Remember, the best place to watch the competition and get in on the action is at home. No masks, no social distancing, and no cold feet from the comfort of your couch!
Posted on January 22, 2021 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday from Aspen Snowmass! I hope you are doing well and staying healthy and safe. January is quieter than normal in Aspen Snowmass without our Brazilian and Australian friends, but there is still lots of excitement brewing in Snowmass, specifically at Base Village. Snowmass Base Village was completed a few years ago, and has been a vibrant area in the village ever since. I was sitting in the hot tub at the Snowmass Mountain Club at The Limelight Hotel last weekend with my kids looking out at ice skaters circling the rink and families huddled around the fire pits having fun and enjoying treats from the Creperie, Sundays, drinks from Mix Six. It was a fun scene. Even in a pandemic, it’s a great place to hang out and enjoy family time after a great day on the hill. Read on to find out why this is such a special place, and only getting even better!
Snowmass Base Village offers fun activities for kids and adults alike. Snowmass Ski Area is renowned for its world-class terrain for all skiing and boarding ability levels and great on-mountain facilities. The ice rink providing après ski fun in the heart of Base Village in winter, turns into a turf field for soccer and games in summer. Year-round appeal includes wonderful restaurants, the Limelight Hotel, and The Collective - which offers family-friendly programming, Mix6 Bar and Restaurant, and even a kids’ game lounge. This is the place to be, summer and winter!
All of the action in the new Base Village is complimented by some beautiful new contemporary residences at Lumin, Limelight Residences and One Snowmass East and West. Most of this new inventory is sold out. As of today, there are only a few developer units left at One Snowmass East and a few resales at One Snowmass West and Lumin. Two new residential projects in Base Village will break ground this spring. These incredible and totally unique new projects are The Havens at Fanny Hill, and Electric Pass Lodge.
Havens at Fanny Hill include ten single-family homes conveniently located directly on Fanny Hill across from the Village Mall and in front of Woodrun Place, just below Woodrun V. Location is everything with Havens. This is fall-out-of-bed ski access; it doesn’t get better! Because of this unique and special location, these will be the only ten single-family homes ever available in the new Base Village collection designed by Lake Flato Architects out of Texas. Havens is a fully managed property, with three and four-bedroom layouts. This project will be completed in 2023. However, it is not too early to own your Haven! Registration is open and three units are already pending sale, 3-bedroom unit #4, and 4-bedrooms #7 and #8. These are listed between $5 - $8 million. Please call or email me today if you would like to learn more about this exciting project in Snowmass Village.
Electric Pass Lodge is comprised of 52 two and three-bedroom residences located just to the east of One Snowmass East and Limelight Snowmass, across from the new Snowmass Clinic, where my good buddy Dr. Jon works. These will be brand new ski-in, ski-out residences that will offer the first large saltwater pool in Base Village, which will make the Haden and Capital Peak owners very happy! Beyond these amenities, Electric Pass Lodge will be 100% electric and 100% sustainable. Not only is this project unique in its sustainability, but so is the sales process. Much like the Tesla model, at noon on Tuesday, January 26th, interested parties can sign up for priority reservations with a fully refundable $1,000 deposit for their own Electric Pass Lodge unit, which is also slated for completion in 2023. Please call or email me today for more information on this next generation project and sales process. The deposit is refundable and it saves your priority spot in line, so if you’re considering it, let’s get you registered, so you have an early pick for the best location in the new building. Remember there are only 52 units in total at Electric Pass Lodge and they will be more affordable than One Snowmass, Lumin or Limelight with pricing starting at $1,400,000. Viceroy Tower 2 will be a hotel and not a condominium project. With the other high-end buildings effectively sold out, it’s a good bet that Building 12 will also be more expensive. With Haven’s starting at $5 million, Electric Pass fits a niche for a great eco-friendly complex with a more competitive entry pricing strategy and excellent amenities right in the middle of Base Village.
With record-low condo and single-family inventory in Snowmass Village, especially for new contemporary product, these two new condominium projects are exciting opportunities to be a part of the energy and fun of the new Base Village. Construction is set to start in Spring 2021. If you’re interested in learning more about Havens, Electric Pass Lodge, or any Snowmass Village condo or single-family opportunities, please contact me today. We are here full-time, ready to help you! Have a fun and safe weekend! Do your snow dance! Hopefully winter is returning this weekend! X Games Aspen is coming to Aspen next weekend! We will share some tips next week on how to take part in the action even though spectators will not be welcomed this year in person to Buttermilk!
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.