Monthly Archives: August 2014

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Dancing Bear Owners Developing Aspen and Snowmass Projects

Both the Dancing Bear Aspen and Snowmass Base Village are a step closer to completion thanks to recently announced plans by the Sunrise Company.

Sunrise, which bought the Dancing Bear Aspen along with investment partner Oaktree Capital Management in 2012, is set to begin construction on the resort’s second and final phase, the Mountainside building. The companies have also signed a letter of intent to buy and develop a lot in Base Village, where they want to build up to 44 residences. Continue reading

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This site map shows where the Aspen Skiing Company's proposed buildings would have been in relation to the rest of Base Village.

Snowmass Limelight Is Back

A proposal for a Limelight hotel in Snowmass has been revived, after the Aspen Skiing Company signed a contract last week with Related Colorado to buy a parcel in Base Village to develop. But the proposal — nearly identical to the first iteration that began town review last fall and was scuttled in March due to uncertainty surrounding Base Village completion — is caught up in a debate about Related’s vesting rights and the broader question of whether the company will do right by the community with its plans to finish Base Village.

We spoke to Aspen Skiing Company’s Mike Kaplan and Don Schuster to find out more about the Snowmass Limelight, why the company decided to resurrect it, and why they feel it’s good for Snowmass. Continue reading

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2014 Symposium in ‘Little Bites’

On August 14, BJ Adams and Company held our sixth annual Aspen/Snowmass State of the Real Estate and Tourism Economy Symposium, the upper Roaring Fork Valley’s only event devoted to in-depth exploration of real estate and tourism trends. For those who were unable to attend, or who would like a summary of what was discussed, this post is for you. Continue reading

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The Great Bike Race Debate

Just after Aspen’s summer cultural season came to a close with the Aspen Music Festival and School’s final Aspen Festival Orchestra performance on Sunday, the adrenaline and excitement of elite athleticism took over town when the fourth edition of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge kicked off on Main Street on Monday afternoon.

For spectators lining the 22-mile circuit between Aspen and Snowmass, the blur of brightly colored Spandex-clad cyclists whizzing past was undeniably exciting. While thousands of people were lined four or five deep behind the barricades along Main Street, many others staked out prime viewing spots along the route, then took advantage of the 40-minute gaps between the three laps to change positions for a fresh view. Continue reading

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Bike City USA

As if this town weren’t bike crazy enough, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge descends upon Aspen/Snowmass for two days of racing, parties, festivals and more on Monday and Tuesday, August 18 and 19. But there’s plenty more going on in the local bike scene these days, so if you’re more experiential than spectator, read on. (And enjoy the race, too; scroll down for information and tips on how to watch this awesome event.) Continue reading

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Commercial, Luxury Trends to Be Explored at Symposium

There’s a lot of fascinating stuff going on these days with the commercial and high-end segments of the local real estate market, says longtime local appraiser Randy Gold of Aspen Appraisal Group. Randy, who is as enthusiastic as he is well versed on these topics, has the added challenge of summarizing them in the 20-30 minutes he has allotted to him at the 2014 Aspen/Snowmass State of the Real Estate and Tourism Economy Symposium, on August 14.

It’s something he plans to do with lots of “cool graphics,” focusing a little bit on history but more on “what we think is happening now and moving forward,” says Randy, who gave The Aspen Skinny a preview tease of his Symposium presentation. Continue reading

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The new Aspen Art Museum is one of the buildings that's sparked much debate about height and mass in downtown Aspen.

On View: New Aspen Art Museum Is Here

Following weeks and even months of heavy media attention from all over the art world, the new Aspen Art Museum officially opens its doors to the public on August 9 with a 24-hour opening celebration. More on the festivities below, as well as the new museum’s first set of exhibits. But first, a look at the bigger picture. Given all the recent local attention to the museum of late (for those who haven’t followed the news, debates over the building size, the tortoise exhibit, and everything in between have dominated the papers lately), we wanted to take a step back and look at the vision of the museum and the intent of the new building. To that end, we asked museum CEO and Director Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson a few questions. Continue reading

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Auberge Resorts Founder Previews Symposium Address

In anticipation of the 2014 Aspen/Snowmass State of the Real Estate and Tourism Economy Symposium on August 14, we chatted with keynote speaker Mark Harmon, founder and managing partner of Auberge Resorts, to learn a little bit more about what he’s going to discuss and share some of his insights on the hot topic of the guest experience. Continue reading

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