Monthly Archives: December 2014

Aspen Airport Winter Travel Tips

It’s peak season in Aspen/Snowmass, which also means peak travel time at our small airport. Local air travel guru Bill Tomcich, president of Stay Aspen Snowmass, estimates that with a record 33 inbound commercial flights scheduled daily, up to 2,300 people could be flying commercially into or out of Aspen/Pitkin County Airport on peak days around the holidays. Add to that private air traffic — which counts for upwards of 100 inbound flights per day during the holidays and has reached over 370 flights a day (inbound and outbound) in recent years — and it makes for very busy skies around Aspen. Continue reading

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Hot Tix: 7 Events You Don’t Want to Miss This Winter

Aspen/Snowmass may not have lift lines, but some of our world-class offerings in arts, entertainment, and culture do sometimes sell out. The Aspen Skinny sat down with Michael Miracle, editor of Aspen Sojourner, and asked him what the hot tickets are this winter. Below are the shows and performances for which you should buy tickets now, show up early, or simply don’t want to miss. Continue reading

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Happy Snowy Holidays

Aspen/Snowmass received the best holiday gift possible recently: snow, and plenty of it. Some four feet of snow have fallen in the past two weeks, with a powder day nearly every day this past week. And while the snowstorms have made it tough for some to get here, town feels quite full and vibrant and full of cheer.

So with the holiday season upon us and in full swing, we thought we’d share a dose of old-fashioned Christmas tradition. Whether they’ve been handed down for generations or are crafted by a particular family, holiday traditions are the nexus that bond loved ones during this hectic time of year. Here are some of our team’s favorites: Continue reading

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Buttermilk Gets State-of-the-Art Kids Center (and More Aspen/Snowmass News)

When Buttermilk opens this Saturday, December 13 (along with Aspen Highlands — more on that and other mountain news below), kids in ski school and their parents will no longer have to ascend rickety stairs into the modular unit that was for years the center of children’s activities at Aspen/Snowmass’ beginner mountain. Instead, The Hideout, a scaled-down version of the Snowmass Treehouse, debuts for the 2014/15 season, changing the way kids and families will experience Buttermilk. Continue reading

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The Magic of Skiing in Mind, Body, and Spirit

When is a ski lesson not just a ski lesson? When it’s the Magic of Skiing, a weeklong program that integrates on-the-hill techniques into a more comprehensive approach to self-awareness, mind-body integration, and centering that can not only transform your riding but also applies to all facets of life. Continue reading

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Lodging Incentives Back on the Table

Back on Aspen City Council’s agenda is a revamped package of incentives aimed at bolstering the city’s short-term bed base. Round 2 of the city’s lodging incentive program process began on December 1, with a public hearing that revealed a slimmed down, simplified proposal, based partially on months of public outreach after the threat of a referendum scuttled the first attempt. The council is set to vote on a resolution outlining the program on December 8, which will then trigger another round of meetings on the specific land-use code changes.

It’s become a complex and divisive issue (as many things in Aspen related to land use tend to be), so we’ve tried to simplify and clarify what’s happening — past, present, and future — as well as offer resources to learn more and get involved. Based loosely on the five W’s of telling a story, here goes: Continue reading

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