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 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 February 4, 2022 by Chris Klug
With the craziness that comes with January in Aspen (new year celebrations, gay ski week, X Games, etc.) February can feel a bit slower until Presidents Day weekend hits. That doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ways to stay involved in community happenings. After all, this is Aspen Snowmass, we always have something to do! Keep reading for a few ideas on how to stay busy over the next two weeks.
Try your hand at an Olympic sport! Curling comes to Snowmass with the new Game of Stones curling series at the Base Village Ice Rink. Fridays and Thursdays through the next two months, teams of two will compete in a head-to-head elimination competition. The first team that reaches 10 points wins. This will take place from 3 pm - 5 pm, registration will occur at the ice-skating rink prior to the event. This could be great for both large groups or a fun family night in Base Village!
Also in Snowmass, connecting Base Village to the Snowmass Mall is Snowmass Luminescence. When the lifts close, things really brighten up. Snowmass Luminescence, an interactive art and light display, will immerse you and your family in a dazzling world of light and art. Skip the Skittles Gondola ride between the Snowmass Mall and Base Village and, instead, stroll through The Tunnel, an interactive series of LED illuminated walkways and arches that will ignite your senses. In addition, you can experience large-scale interactive LED installations by acclaimed artists, Wave by Squidsoup and Electric Dandelion by Liquid PLX.
Missed the high-flying action during X Games and wish you got to go? You won’t want to miss the Aspen Snowmass Open – Revolution Tour. The Rev Tour at the Aspen Snowmass Open is set to kick things off with halfpipe, slopestyle, and big air competitions February 12-17. Competitions will take place on the X Games Aspen courses, providing a taste of what it takes to compete at the pinnacle of freeski and snowboard competition. The Rev Tour is focused on athletes 13-19 years of age and awards top athletes an invite to compete in the U.S. Grand Prix, Junior Worlds, and participate in Project Gold camps.
Lastly, take a look at the Belly Up Schedule as the next two weeks are packed with incredible performers! Presidents Day weekend itself is loaded with massive names in the EDM (electric dance music) world, such as Alesso, Chris Lake and Tiesto, who has been one of the biggest DJ’s worldwide for the last 20 years. It is truly special that our small-town venue regularly brings us artists of this caliber. We hope you and your friends and family have a great few weeks ahead! As always, feel free to reach out anytime with general or real-estate inspired questions. We are here to help!
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.
Posted on January 13, 2022 by Chris Klug
Aspen’s annual “toast to winter,” dates to a quiet January in 1951 when locals decided to celebrate Aspen’s unique alpine lifestyle with an eclectic weekend of festivities. The four-day celebration features on-mountain activities, snow sculptures, a torchlight descent down Aspen Mountain, fireworks and more. One could spend the next four days attending events from 8:00 am to 12:00 am, but we would like to highlight a few of our favorites for you!
Apple Strudel Downhill – Highlands – Friday, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
This race, where everybody wins, started in 1988 when Gretl Uhl began making apple strudel at the Merry Go Round Restaurant. It became a fun race held during Winterskol on the Apple Strudel Run at Aspen Highlands. Follow the signs from top of Exhibition Lift, past the Merry Go Round Restaurant to top of Apple Strudel Run to enter race. No pre-registration necessary! Join the race on Friday, January 14th from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm, run the course, then join the other racers at the finish line for strudel and hot chocolate.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center Kidsculpt – Aspen – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Looking to entertain the kids instead? Kidsculpt is a lively snow sculpting competition as part of Wintersköl festival. With a little teamwork and a few good pairs of mittens, kids work together to transform their four square foot snow cubes into freestanding creations. Snow sculptures available for viewing throughout the weekend.
Location: Mill Street Mall adjacent to Wagner Park. In Aspen
Anderson Ranch Arts Center, 970.923.3181 or andersonranch.org
Snowmass Luminescence – Snowmass – Daily After Dusk
When the lifts close at Snowmass, things really light up. Snowmass Luminescence, an interactive art and light display presented by Snowmass Tourism and Aspen Snowmass, immerses guests and community members in a dazzling world of light and art. Skip the Skittles Gondola ride between the Snowmass Mall and Base Village and instead, stroll through The Tunnel, an interactive series of LED illuminated walkways and arches that will ignite the senses.
JAS Café, Diego Figueiredo with special guest Adrian Cunningham – Aspen – Friday/Saturday, 7:00 pm and 9:15 pm
Grammy Nominated Diego Figueiredo (pronounced fig-a-ray-doe) is considered one of the most talented guitar players in the world today. He is the winner of several important competitions including the Montreux Jazz Competition and the VISA Prize. Diego has released over twenty albums to date, three DVD’s, and several instructional books. His music is a fusion between Jazz, Bossa Nova and Classical. Diego’s unique interpretations, along with his phenomenal technique and emotion, has created an explosion of adoring fans and concert goers. Diego has performed in over forty countries around the world.
Torchlight Descent & Wintersköl Fireworks – Aspen – Saturday, 8:00 pm
This iconic event is the pièce de résitance of Wintersköl! Seeing a line of torchlight skiers descending the face of Ajax is a magical experience only to be made even more memorable by the fireworks to follow. If there is one event to see this weekend, this is it!
Wintersköl Snow Sculptures – Aspen – All Day, Every Day
Finally, stop by the fountain at the end of Hyman Street Mall all weekend to see incredible, live artwork. The Aspen Chamber Resort Association presents snow sculptures created by local artist Thomas Barlow. Two 8’ x 8’ snow blocks will be carved into works of art beginning on Thursday, January 13th. The 2022 installations are inspired by the “Wintersköl 2022 – Positive Altitude”. We hope you enjoy this historic weekend in Aspen/Snowmass. See you out there!
Posted on February 6, 2019 by Chris Klug
Aspen has and will continue to get completely blasted with snow until early tomorrow morning. Snow accumulation is projected to be anywhere from 12 to 18 inches in Aspen with as much as 2 feet on the tops of each of our 4 mountains. Snowmass mountain has received almost 27 inches within the last three days, with 10 of those inches happening in just the last 24 hours. With a base of 45 inches and 333 out of 336 of the runs between Aspen and Snowmass open, tomorrow is going to be an epic powder day. In addition to the awesome snow, there will also be guided tours at the Aspen Art Museum, Historic Pub crawls, Historic Hotel Jerome Tours, ACES: Naturalist Night, and a Performance by violinist Jennifer Koh at the music tent. Road conditions are hazardous, so please drive safely tonight and on your way to the slopes tomorrow morning!