Monthly Archives: December 2013

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Get starstruck at the Dancing Bear

The end-of-year holidays bring to Aspen the usual celebrity sightings, but we’d like to shift attention to a different kind of stargazing.

In partnership with a local budding astronomer, the Dancing Bear Aspen is offering once-a-month stargazing evenings on its spectacular rooftop deck. The events, which are free and open to the public, are led by Ben Belinski, an Aspen High School student with a passion for astronomy. Using a telescope specially purchased for the series, guests can view and learn about constellations, galaxies, planets, moons, and astronomical events. Continue reading

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Speaking of Luxury, with Gary Feldman

The ultra-luxury end of the Aspen/Snowmass real estate market has grown significantly in the last 20 years or so, becoming a market within a market with its own unique trends and characteristics. Likewise, ultra-luxury buyers and sellers are in a class of their own.

Perhaps no one understands this end of the market (currently defined as $10 million and up) and its players better than Gary Feldman, a longtime Aspen luxury real estate broker who joined our team in mid-2013. With the year coming to an end, Gary reflects on where the ultra-luxury market stands, and the unique ways its buyers and sellers work. Continue reading

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In the Christmas spirit

Amid the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to forget to stop and have a peaceful moment, enjoy the simplicity of just being with family, or nurture the spirituality that the season calls for. There are dozens of churches in Aspen/Snowmass area serving every denomination, most with holiday services to match. Here are a few of our picks, for those of all faiths. Continue reading

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Bon appetit! What’s new in the dining scene this winter

A handful of new restaurants are opening in Aspen and Snowmass this winter, but many more have revamped menus, new chefs, or other important culinary changes. Here’s your guide to the current dining scene, just in time for holiday sampling. Continue reading

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The Power of Four is complete

Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk opened this past week, completing the Aspen Skiing Company’s “Power of Four.” And conditions could not have been better for an opening weekend, as photos (shown here and all over social media) will attest.

Apparently Aspen/Snowmass has the most terrain open in the country, with 4600 acres for skiing and riding across the four mountains, according to an Aspen Skiing Co. press release. Continue reading

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A buyer’s guide to The Viceroy

Since being re-released onto the market one year ago, more than 50 of The Viceroy Snowmass Residences have sold, leading the local market’s recovery. And while that’s not all that’s going on in Snowmass real estate these days (sales without The Viceroy are still up over 60 percent), there’s still quite a bit to talk about — and for good reason — in terms of Snowmass’ newest ski-in, ski-out condo-hotel, which has received industry accolades and quite a bit of press since it opened in 2009.

Our own Mark Lewis has been very involved in Viceroy sales since the beginning. So we asked him for the inside scoop on the property, why it’s been hot, and what to think about in the months ahead, especially if you’re thinking of buying. Continue reading

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Light up your holiday spirit in Snowmass

It’s only fitting that as a family community and resort, Snowmass Village should have its own holiday kick-off celebration. This year, it does.

The inaugural Snowmass Village Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place this Sunday evening, December 8, at the Snowmass Chapel, followed by the first-ever performance of Handel’s Messiah in Snowmass Village. Continue reading

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