Posted on April 5, 2019 by Chris Klug
Get ready for an epic couple of weeks ahead here in beautiful Aspen! It really feels like springtime today! Tonight, head to the base of Buttermilk for the first ever Après Music Festival! This three-day festival starts with a performance by Umphrey’s McGee tonight, followed by back to back performances by The String Cheese Incident on Saturday and Sunday.The Après Music Festival marks the start of a series of fantastic closing day parties on all four of our local resort mountains. Before the concert on Sunday, participate in Buttermilk’s closing day party, or as locals like to call it, Bacon appreciation day. Starting at 9 am head to Buttermilk for all things bacon, including bacon and waffles from the Cliffhouse Restaurant, bacon doughnuts from ColoraDough, and various bacon samplers scattered around the mountain from 11 am until it’s all gone. From 1 - 5 pm there will be live music, kids games, face painting, and a bacon and beer happy hour at Bumps Restaurant from 2-4!
Personally, my favorite closing day experience is found on Highlands starting on April 14th. I like to start by picking out the most ridiculous costume I can get my hands on. Last year I wore one of those inflatable T-Rex suits, and while dressing up isn’t required, I strongly recommend it. Start your day by hiking the bowl for a free ski patrol BBQ at the top. From there head on down to Cloud Nine for a drink and to watch, or even participate in, a champagne war! Finally, join the rest of the closing day partiers for a beer and a slice of Pizza at the Ale House, the natural conduit for all skiers and borders coming off the mountain. This is great place to mingle with other locals or out of towners to say goodbye until next year.
The next weekend after Highlands Closing Party we also have Snowmass Mountain’s Surf and Snow Beach Party to celebrate the closing of Snowmass Mountain on the 20th, followed by the 80’s Prom Party on Aspen Mountain for their closing on April 21st. What a month to be in Aspen! Happy Friday! Have fun at The Apres at Buttermilk this weekend!
Posted on March 15, 2019 by Chris Klug
Even though it may not look like it, spring is here. It feels like today is the first day of springtime! In the days ahead we will have more back-to-back sunny days than we have had all winter, allowing some of the feet of snow we’ve received the past weeks to start the melting process. While the skiing and snowboarding has been fantastic, I am excited for some Colorado blue bird sunny days ahead. I have a feeling this spring will be similar to that of 2016, when the snow stuck around so long that Aspen Mountain was reopened in June. Aspen Skiing Company announced today that Aspen Highlands will remain open for two bonus weekends April 19-21 and April 26-28. All this snow means a huge spring runoff and hopefully decreased wildfire danger this summer. The fly fishing and boating are going to be great this summer. Get ready for better rafting conditions, cooler mornings, and sitting around campfires again this spring and summer. For most people in Aspen, spring is our secret season. Off season will set in once the lifts close in late April. Springtime and off-season provides front row parking and dining at restaurants that have been crowded all winter, and skiing bluebird days in one layer. With Easter Weekend late this year the lift access spring skiing season is extended until April 21 and possibly beyond with the huge winter we’ve had. Aspen Snowmass received over eight feet of new snow in March alone. The down valley mountain biking trails will dry out again soon and be ready for some fun riding. Get ready for lower hotel rates, closing day parties, and spring skiing and boarding. The calm before the preverbal summer storm of activity is approaching. Enjoy it!
Posted on April 17, 2015 by Mary Kate
Happy Friday! Winter has returned to Aspen with over a foot of new snow today. We’re happy to have the moisture. The ski and snowboard season comes to an end on Sunday with Aspen Mountain’s closing. One more closing party to go – don’t miss it! The Aspen Real Estate Market is in full swing with many properties going under contract and closing before the busy summer season. The Gant has seen a lot of activity in April. There are currently four Gant condos under contract that are expected to close this off-season. I’ve got two under contract myself, both closing the next month. Four Gant condos have closed in the last year with an average sold price of $1,196,250, $1,158 average sold price per sq. ft. My listing, Gant Unit J-201, went under contract on Monday. This is a south-facing two bedroom, two bath corner condominium in one of the most desirable buildings at The Gant. A private southwest-facing balcony overlooks the courtyard pool and hot tubs. This is a great corner unit at The Gant. I’m proud that it is under contract!
Have a great powder day tomorrow on Ajax and a fun weekend.
Posted on April 9, 2011 by Mary Kate
Tomorrow is closing day on Aspen Mountain. Where did the winter go? The off-season approaches in Aspen/Snowmass. Highlands will however stay open another two weeks until Easter Weekend making for some fun spring riding and great access to the backcountry. Don't miss closing day at Aspen Highlands April 24!
The Upper Roaring Fork Valley will become very quiet the next two months after the lifts close. There will be less visitors in town and less showing activity. It's an opportunity for many locals that have worked hard all winter to catch their breath and escape to the desert. Many sellers that did not sell during the busy winter season are faced with less showing traffic until activity picks back up with Food & Wine Weekend June 17-19, 2011. <!--more-->Summer really kicks off with 4th of July and continues through until Aspen Rugger Fest September 15-18, 2011. I think the off-season is a valuable opportunity for buyers. This is still very much a buyers market with some great options and Aspen prices on average thirty-five percent off of the peak of 2007. Sellers that want to sell must price their homes for todays market conditions, make sure they are presentable, and marketed aggressively. I listed an Aspen Square Condominium last month. It was the best unit at the best price. It went under contract in eighteen days. The competition is tough. There are almost five hundred listings in Aspen today with an absorption rate of about thirty-two months, down from about thirty-nine months a year ago and an average of four hundred nine days on market in Aspen. Transactions are up and business continues to improve. I believe we're headed in the right direction, but it is still going to take some time.
Following my last real estate report almost all of the properties I highlighted have sold, so pay attention! Here are a few of my favorites. I toured a new listing at 115 Park Avenue in Aspen. Offered for $3,950,000 it's a newly constructed home with views of Aspen Mountain and Smuggler, walking distance to downtown Aspen with four bedrooms 5.5 baths and 3,263 square feet.
Another property that I like is 500 West Smuggler Street in Aspen priced at $2,590,000. Remodeled in 2006 in a prime location in Aspen's West End is this five bedroom, three bath, 3,012 square foot duplex home. It's a funky 1970's ski chalet that just came back on the market. Nineteen homes have sold in Aspen's West End the past year at an average sold price per square foot of about $1,150, making this one of the markets brightest spots
Another property I feel is interesting is 800 Gibson Avenue in Aspen. Previously listed for $5,595,000 it is now listed for $2,995,000. Designed by Zone 4 Architects and built by Jack Wilke this is a contemporary four bedroom four bath, 3,414 square foot home. That is $875 per square foot!
One more that I think is worth consideration is 1180 Black Birch Drive listed at $3,995,000. It's a five bedroom, five and a half bath, 4,382 square foot mountain home close to the Roaring Fork River and the Rio Grand Trail.
I know where the best places are on and off the mountain and where the best real estate deals are in town. Whatever your price range I can help you find the right home in Aspen and Snowmass. I'm here all off-season anxiously awaiting the arrival of my daughter and focusing my energies on my real estate business. Please call or email with any Roaring Fork real estate questions. I look forward to helping you. Thanks for keeping me in mind. Happy springtime!