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Past the Peak? Thoughts on the Local Market

With myriad factors in play, it’s challenging to neatly summarize the trajectory of our distinctive real estate market for any short period of time. That’s why, after a near-record year in 2015 with over $2 billion in real estate sales in Pitkin County, we are cautious about how we discuss the comparative slowdown of overall activity in the first half of 2016, a narrative which periodically grabs the local headlines and one that is endlessly interesting to Aspenites. Continue reading

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Summer Is Still Hot … For Culture

There’s only a few weeks left in Aspen’s summer cultural season, and while some of the big-name events have passed, plenty of hot shows remain on the local events calendar. We chatted with Andrew Travers, arts editor of The Aspen Times, about his picks for the most anticipated events left in the summer season. These performances have a high probability of selling out, so the time to buy tickets is now! Continue reading

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More Ideas to Feast Upon: Aspen Ideas Festival

This year’s Aspen Ideas Festival featured around 400 speakers — experts, scholars, and pundits — leading discussions, engaging in dialogues, answering questions, and generally provoking thought on a wide variety of topics. It was the first time a sitting vice president spoke at the event (Vice President Joe Biden’s conversation with Walter Isaacson can be watched here), and other big speaker names included Secretary of State John Kerry, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. While it’s impossible to summarize an event of that magnitude — themes of conversation over the seven days spanned the spectrum from global insecurity to sex in America, from the mysteries of the universe to the university at a crossroads — we attempt to offer a glimpse into the ideas and issues discussed over the seven days of the Aspen Institute‘s flagship event Continue reading

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Ideas to Feast Upon: Spotlight Health

Every year after the Aspen Ideas Festival, we look back on ten days’ worth of stimulating talks and dialogues, mind-expanding discussions, big ideas, small ideas, prescient ideas, and everything in between. Combing through our notes, we bring you the highlights of the Aspen Institute‘s flagship event, in the form of quotes and explanatory nuggets. In this post, we focus on Spotlight Health, the three-day exploration of ideas related to health and well-being that kicks off this annual feast of the mind. Look for a selection of ideas on broader topics in the next edition of The Aspen Skinny. Continue reading

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Dancing Bear Mountainside Building Opens

With amenities that include a rejuvenation spa, underground parking, and an owner ski locker room, the new Mountainside building of the Dancing Bear Aspen private residence club opened its doors to residents in early June.

The first private residence club to open in Aspen since the recession, this second phase of the phenomenally successful Dancing Bear features ten 3-bedroom residences Continue reading

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Look Hooo’s in Town

It’s caused the biggest buzz of the spring off-season — a family of great horned owls has taken up residence high up in a stately evergreen just off the walking path by the temporary library/former art museum in Aspen. Local social media feeds have blown up with photos of these impressive birds, and there’s a constant stream of visitors to the site, including parents introducing their children to the natural wonders unfolding before their eyes and others making repeat visits to check on the family’s progress. Continue reading

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For the Love of the Word

For many of us, there’s nothing better than a good book to escape reality or just indulge the imagination once in a while. But some people — like local writer Mitzi Rapkin — want to delve even deeper: get at the root of the story, hear about the author’s inspirations, discuss the finer points of the craft of writing.

That’s what Rapkin does in her weekly 30-minute podcast, First Draft: A Dialog on Writing, where she interviews authors of fiction and nonfiction and occasionally poets, screenplay writers, and songwriters. And as it turns out, plenty of people around the world have the same curiosity she does. Continue reading

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What Being No. 1 Means

Yet another survey has ranked Aspen as one of the best school districts in the state and country. But what do these rankings mean to the school? Read on to find out more about the latest report, and our discussion with Aspen School District Superintendent John Maloy. Continue reading

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TIDBITS: Live and Learn

It’s the thick of the winter season, although it feels a lot like spring break lately. As always this time of year, there’s quite a bit going on in Aspen/Snowmass, and we can’t help but notice some particularly cool events. Here, in no particular order, are a few uniquely Aspen opportunities to check out in the near future. Continue reading

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