Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) is one of the most iconic summer events in the entire Roaring Fork Valley and is known as the last full-blown summer music event before the colder temps start setting in. It’s brought some of the world’s biggest artist to our small mountain community such as: The Allman Brothers. B.B. King, The Black-Eyed Peas, The Doobie Brothers, Journey, Sheryl Crow, and many more. This year, the big names include Leon Bridges, Chris Stapleton, Zach Bryan and Stevie Nicks! If you plan on attending, there are some rules and best practices to be aware of to have the best JAS weekend possible that we would like to share with you.

The first thing you’ll want to do is download the JAS App prior to attending. This will give you the most up-to-date information about set times as well as event maps, vendor info, contests and more! The app will be your best friend and help you to navigate as efficiently as possible while not missing out on any exciting events. Secondly, know about parking and how it works. On-site parking is only available to Donor (VIP) ticket holders. Anyone with a GA ticket will park for free at the Brush Creek Intercept Lot and take a free shuttle service to the venue. It’s a quick 5-minute ride and they have plenty of busses operating, so you won’t be waiting for long!

With the exception of the JAS Deck and Donor tickets, the experience is a lawn-seating/general-admission venue with a first-come first-serve system. Concertgoers are permitted to bring blankets up to 40” x 60” maximum (no tarps) and ground level chairs no more than 6” above the ground. If getting a prime spot is important to you, be sure to show up early and claim a section with great views of the stage, as they tend to go quickly. Directly in front of the stage is standing-room-only section where blankets and chairs are prohibited. This is a great place to experience the concerts if you don’t have a seating area picked out early on.

Possibly the most important part about the festival is staying hydrated! JAS now has reusable water stations placed throughout the venue that allow attendees to have access to free, cold water at all times as long as you bring a reusable bottle or purchase one of the JAS reusable bottles. Plastic bottles will be available for purchase, but JAS encourages using the water stations to cut back on waste. Kids under the age of 3 are permitted for free and children 4-12 get discounted tickets. Lastly, just be prepared! The experience is at high altitude and temperatures can fluctuate rapidly so bring extra sunscreen and layers to stay comfortable. The music typically happens rain or shine, so you’ll want to be ready for anything.

VIP tickets are sold out, but GA tickets are still available. Check the link below for more information about tickets and pricing. We hope to see you out there! Should be some great performances.

https://jazzaspensnowmass.org/

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A Quiet Mid-Summer Aspen Weekend

Posted on July 15, 2022 by Chris Klug

So far this summer, it has felt like every weekend has been filled with a large, extravagant event. From Food & Wine, Fourth of July, Aspen Ideas and more, it’s been hard to find time to breathe during it all. With a relatively quiet weekend on the horizon, we want to share some events that don’t garner attention from the whole town of Aspen and are repeatable throughout the rest of summer on slower weekends.

Fridays:

Historic Downtown Walking Tour (10:30 am, Wheeler Opera House)

A guided walking tour of historical buildings in downtown Aspen, with interesting stories around every corner. This tour begins in front of the Wheeler Opera House and ends at the historic Hotel Jerome. This tour lasts 1.5 hours, register here.

Garden Tours at The Little Nell (4:00 pm, The Little Nell) 

Join a weekly garden tour from 4 – 4:30 pm led by The Little Nell’s head gardener Arabella of Busy Beavers Gardening. Recognized for being both beautiful and sustainable, The Nell Gardens include Aspen’s only living wall, an herb garden, a cutting garden and more. Learn about high altitude gardening plus pick up tips for maintaining your own garden at home. This complimentary tour is open to all; no need to register.

Aspen Chamber Symphony (5:30 pm, Benedict Music Tent)

Discover an exciting new artist in a piano tour de force and hear an enigmatic symphonic swan song in this concert conducted by AMFS Music Director Robert Spano. Click here for more information.

Saturdays:

Community Bike Ride Series (9:00 am, AspenX Store)

ASPENX and Ventum are pleased to announce a community bike ride series this summer. Join every Saturday at 9:00 AM at the ASPENX store in gondola plaza. A ride leader will then take you on a ride of your choice, spirited or no drop, with a different route each day. This event is free to all who join. Ride duration is about 2 hours total. Routes will be posted each week on Instagram @ASPENX.

Saturday Classical Music atop Aspen Mountain (1:00 pm, Sundeck)

Relax at 11,000 feet in a glorious meadow overlooking Mount Hayden and take in the beauty as students of the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival & School perform a repertoire of their own choosing. Bring a picnic (or build one at the Sundeck) and a lawn chair and enjoy. Located just a short walk out Richmond Ridge from the top of the gondola. 

Sundays:

Live Bluegrass Music (12:00 pm, Sundeck)

Sunday's this summer season locals and tourists alike get down to some of Colorado's best bluegrass bands on the top of Aspen Mountain. With the Elk Mountain Range as a backdrop, great drinks and great food from the Sundeck and lots of activities for the kids, this is a perfect way to relax, unwind and spend an afternoon with friends and family.

Sunday Sunset Dance Party at AAM (5:00 pm, Aspen Art Museum)

Join the Aspen Art Museum Sundays from 5–9 PM for their new weekly Sunday Sunset Dance Party on the Aspen Art Museum’s rooftop! They will be featuring cocktails from The Slippery Slope, snacks from the Rooftop Café, and music by Golden, the resident DJ for the summer. Expect parties weekly, so mark your calendars!

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Staying Busy During The 4th of July in Aspen

Posted on July 1, 2022 by Chris Klug

The 4th of July is one of the biggest and busiest days of the year in Aspen! The Old-Fashioned Parade has been a staple of the Aspen community for decades and locals take pride in how it has stayed relatively the same over the years. It’s quite the spectacle to see the old-school hot rods get dusted off for their big day. The combination of old cars, horses and floats we see year after year epitomizes a lot of what Aspen holds dear and what makes this town so special. As must-see as the parade is, it isn’t the only way to enjoy the 4th in town. Keep reading for info on fun events around town including the all-new Community Village.

Community Village: 10am – 2pm

-Downtown Core

This year, Aspen will be hosting a Community Village along various downtown streets and Wagner Park from 10am – 2pm. This celebration is free to the public and fetures a parked car show, live music and dance, plus community organizations that help Aspen maintain its magic.

Boogies Buddy Race: 8am

-Wagner Park

Boogie’s Buddy Race is one of the most widely anticipated activities of the Fourth of July week in Aspen. The event includes a 5-mile, 5K, and a 1-mile Family and Canine run/walk. Start your Fourth of July off right with this family-friendly event that supports the Buddy Program’s four youth mentoring programs! Join at the link below.
buddyprogram.org/events/annual-buddy-5-mile-race/

AVSC 4th of July BBQ: 12pm – 3pm

-Koch Park

Join the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club for a day of games, activities, burgers from Ajax Tavern, beer, wine and margaritas, live music and more. Immediately following the 4th of July parade, people will gather in Koch Park for a fun afternoon celebrating our country and community!
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Aspen Music Festival and School 4th of July Concert: 4pm

-Benedict Music Tent

The annual free 4th of July celebration brings the AMFS band to the tent stage with stirring patriotic favorites. A beloved tradition.
aspenmusicfestival.com

Laser Light Show: 9:15pm

-Wagner Park

Last but certainly not least, Aspen’s Independence Day tops off the night with a spectacular Laser Light Display in Wagner Park. As much as we may miss the actual fireworks, it is extremely important to respect the local laws and protect our environment. It’s been a hot summer already and conditions are dry. The laser show will still be a sight to behold! Have a safe and fun holiday weekend! We hope to see you in town.

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 Hiking

This is one of the most well known trails near Aspen, and for good reason. At 3 miles roundtrip and with an elevation gain of 800 feet, this trail is a good hike for beginners and experts alike. Take in breathtaking views of Aspen from the Smuggler Mountain Overlook. 

Sunnyside Trail is a moderate hike with rewarding views of Aspen, the surrounding ski areas, and the many peaks of the Roaring Fork Valley. At 4.8 miles roundtrip and 1,700 feet of elevation gain, this hike requires some planning and commitment, but is extremely rewarding. 

 

 Smuggler Mountain

 Photo: Smuggler Trail

 

Biking

If you’re ready to break out your road bike and take down some miles, then the Rio Grande Trail is just the trail to be on. Stretching 42 miles of paved path from Aspen to Glenwood Springs, this trail is not only a great ride, but a great way to see every part of the valley.  

The Snowmass Bike Park was designed with every level of biker in mind. With over 3,000 vertical feet of designated downhill trails, this park is a mountain bikers’ dream. The Roaring Fork Valley was recently named an IMBA Gold-Level Ride Center, one of only seven in the world. 

 

 Snowmass Bike Park

  Photo: Snowmass Bike Park

 

Fishing

With Gold Medal Waters designation, easy access, stunning views and a wide variety of fish, the Frying Pan River is one of the premier fishing locations in the country. Located east of Aspen in the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness, it is easy to get to and its convenient location makes it easy to check out other nearby rivers and lakes. 

Less than 2 miles from the town of Aspen, Maroon Creek is a great option for a short excursion or an all day affair. With a good variety of fish and stunning scenery, this spot is hard to beat.


Don’t forget to get your Colorado Fishing License before casting any lines in Colorado water. 

 

fishing

 Photo: Fishing on the Frying Pan River 

 

Rafting/Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP)

For an adventurous, rapid-filled day or a lazy float down the river, The Roaring Fork River has it all. Hop on your SUP or strap into your raft, this river will not disappoint. A great way to take in the Roaring Fork Valley while adding some adventure to your day. 

Just 14 miles from Basalt, this expansive reservoir offers plenty of water sport activities. From speed boats and jet skis, to SUPs and canoes, this reservoir is a great day activity for everyone. 

 

 rafting

 Photo: Kayaking on the Roaring Fork River

 

Camping

Located just a short drive from Aspen, this campsite offers great scenery, sounds of the nearby Maroon Creek and great privacy. Hop on the nearby trails for a day of hiking or horseback riding or fish the Maroon Creek. 

In the heart of the Rocky Mountains, White River National Forest offers endless serenity and adventure. With eight wilderness areas and 10 peaks surpassing 14,000 feet in elevation, the lush forest is filled with scenic, winding rivers and beautiful wildlife. 

 

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Five Ways to Food & Wine Without a Pass by Katie Shapiro

Posted on June 11, 2019 by Chris Klug

The annual FOOD & WINE Classic (June 14-16) is undoubtedly Aspen’s tastiest… and toughest ticket of the summer. Now in its 37th year, more than 5,000 foodies will descend upon the downtown core to indulge in the three-day culinary celebration. The Grand Tasting Pavilion is the epicenter of the festival, with endless food and wine tastings, while lively cooking demonstrations, interactive seminars and panel discussions are held at additional venues. Snowmass Village plays host to a tour stop from Cochon555, an ongoing series of authentic, hyper-local food events in 15 cities across the country focused on raising awareness for heritage breed pigs. It is unaffiliated with the Classic, but is always a cornerstone of the weekend. The Food & Wine Classic pass has a $1,700 price tag and access is exclusive. But, if you’re a local sans pass or decide on a last-minute weekend getaway, you can still be a part of the action with open-to-the-public events added into the mix of other unofficial festivities. Here are five ways to Food & Wine without a pass:

Heitz Cellar Legacy Dinner

Friday, June 14, 7 p.m., Element 47 at The Little Nell

This evening brings a trio of wine industry titans together for a meal not-to-be-missed. It  includes the return of former Little Nell Wine Director Carlton McCoy, in his new role as the CEO of Heitz Cellar, joined by the estate’s winemaker, Brittany Sherwood. Together, they will guide guests on a journey through the decades of the classic wines of Heitz Legacy Collection and share details about the history of The Heitz Cellar, which was founded in 1961 by Joe Heitz whose objective was to make California’s most elegant, well balanced and pure Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines. The evening will be anchored by a seasonal tasting menu from Element 47’s executive chef Matt Zubrod. $1,200, thelittlenell.com

Rustic Grind  

Thursday, June 13, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Snowmass Base Village

The annual Snowmass Free Concert Series has again teamed up with Cochon555 for an ultimate al fresco evening on Fanny Hill to kick-off Food and Wine Classic festivities. Pairing musical guests SEE-I Reggae Funkmasters with culinary experiences curated by the dynamic team behind Heritage Fire. Nationally-acclaimed chefs along with local all-stars, Kyle Wilkins of Home Team BBQ and Michael Coco of Snowmass Tourism, will be loading up wood-fired grills with heritage breed sausages paired with artisanal wines and hand-crafted cocktails from El Tesoro Tequila and Courvoisier. $40 wristband (all-inclusive), free (music only), cochon555.com

Food & Wine Classic 5K Charity Race

Friday, June 14, 7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m., Rio Grande Park

Earn those extra calories for later during this early morning jaunt through downtown Aspen with your favorite foodies. Proceeds from registration benefit both the Jacques Pépin Foundation and Wholesome Wave, the national non-profit dedicated to supporting small and midsize farms, and making fresh, healthy, locally grown produce available to underserved communities. This year’s fun run is hosted by chefs Richard Blais, Stephanie Izard, and Michel Nischan. $35 (advance), $45 (on site), foodandwine.com

 

Heritage Fire

Saturday, June 15, 4:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Snowmass Base Village

This epic live-fire feast showcases local pitmasters Andrew Helsley (Aspen Skiing Company), Jim Butchart (Aspen Skiing Company), Eddy Chimal (Venga Venga), Alberto Figueroa (Viceroy Snowmass), Kyle Wilkins (Home Team BBQ), Jason DeBacker (The Edge Restaurant) and Dan Foster (Westin Snowmass) along with more than 50 notable others chefs and butchers who go nose to tail on 3,500 pounds of heritage breed meats en plein-air with plenty of wine and cocktails to wash it all down. $150 (general admission), $200 (VIP), cochon555.com

Farewell Feast: Best New Restaurants

Sunday, June 16, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Hotel Jerome

Each year, Food & Wine editors embark on an epic year-long road trip, traveling the country in search of America’s most exciting, important and delicious new restaurants. The July 2019 issue of Food & Wine officially reveals the exceptional list, but this culmination of the festival will welcome the winning chefs themselves to offer up a once-in-a-lifetime walk-around tasting for guests—all at the historic Hotel Jerome. $150, foodandwine.com

For the complete schedule, visit: classic.foodandwine.com and cochon555.com and follow all of the action on social media @foodandwine / #fwclassic and @cochon555 / #heritagefire. For lucky pass-holders, don’t forget to download the official Food & Wine Classic app to help you navigate the tents.

Blog Credit to Katie Shapiro, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's Elevated Living Blog

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