Monthly Archives: March 2013

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This life is for the birds …

With just over two weeks left in Snowmass’ ski season, there couldn’t be a better time to join one of Dick Filby’s on-mountain bird talks on Sam’s Knob. It’s the only time of year that all three North American species of rosy finch may be found at the same time there, according to Filby, the professional birder who leads the free talks every Wednesday at 11 am. Continue reading

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Change to the core: What’s going up in Aspen

It’s going to be another busy summer — at least in terms of construction in downtown Aspen.

Just three months into 2013, more than $62 million worth of construction has been completed in the City of Aspen, nearly half of the total value of activity in both 2011 and 2012. But many of the more substantive downtown projects are either still in construction or will be underway soon, which will greatly add to that number.

It’s unclear at this point whether construction will surpass the value of $169 million set in 2008 (the highest in the last six years), but one thing’s for certain: this year and next will see the completion of a number of projects that are sure to transform the look and feel of Aspen’s commercial core.

Here’s a peek at some of the significant changes you can expect to see around downtown Aspen this spring and summer. Continue reading

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2013-03-18 Snow Forecast

The best sites for predicting powder

In ski towns like Aspen and Snowmass, many locals’ plans revolve around the weather—closing businesses and rescheduling meetings and other obligations if a good healthy snowstorm dumps several inches on the local slopes. But up until recently, there weren’t many resources for determining in advance how a weather pattern would play out. The Denver-based TV weather reports were hit or miss, and a change in barometric pressure could only tell so much.

In the past couple of years that has all changed. Continue reading

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Willits is valley’s new shopping hot spot

There’s a notable shift in the Aspen shopping scene … to Basalt.

As construction continues on Willits Town Center, and as Whole Foods has become firmly entrenched as its anchor tenant, this rapidly growing midvalley hub seems to be well on its way to becoming a shopping destination. Continue reading

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A talk with Aspen City Council candidates Dwayne Romero and Art Daily

Two prominent local real estate professionals have announced their candidacies for the two open seats on Aspen City Council in this May’s election. The Aspen Skinny caught up with Dwayne Romero, president of Snowmass-based Related Colorado, and Art Daily, a real estate attorney with Holland and Hart’s Aspen office, to find out more about their motivation to run, as well as their ideas, intentions, and goals should they win a seat on Aspen’s highest board. Continue reading

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Ski more, swing more this spring

Spring is definitely in the air this week, and daylight savings goes into effect on Sunday—can you believe it? This means one of two things: you’re either eager to get in all the skiing or snowboarding you can before the season comes to an end, or you’re looking forward to summer’s recreational pursuits—maybe even thinking how you can practice your golf swing before that first tee time.

Luckily, there’s opportunity on both fronts. Continue reading

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