Monthly Archives: March 2015

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On Lift 1A and the World Cup Controversy

Fresh from the alpine skiing World Cup Finals in Meribel, France, Aspen Skiing Co. officials have plenty to chew on in terms of what it takes to put on such a major event.

When Aspen was awarded the World Cup Finals for March 2017 — an event that encompasses nine races in five days and crowns the overall season champions — it was a bit of a surprise. Previously, only Vail had succeeded in a bid to bring the event to North American snow. But, with some questions about the adequacy of Aspen’s venue and infrastructure, Skico is under pressure to commit to improvements in the Lift 1A/Shadow Mountain area by the time the FIS (International Ski Federation) meets to finalize its calendar in early June. Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Land-Use Changes

Aspen’s land-use process with regard to variances is changing, although exactly how remains unknown until the May 5 municipal election.

Aspen City Council recently passed a change in its land-use code limiting variances. But the code change could be superseded if Aspen voters say yes this spring to Referendum 1, which would change the city charter to trigger a public vote in certain cases where developers ask for variances. Here’s how each potential scenario would work: Continue reading

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Talking Dirt on Aspen TV

A couple of our brokers have been talking dirty lately.

Michelle Sullivan and Gus Kadota are the hosts of — and brains behind — Talking Dirt, a half-hour TV show airing on local network Aspen 82. In each episode, Michelle and Gus offer a selection of the latest real estate statistics from the Aspen Report — our regular analysis of the market, highlight a few properties (by neighborhood or by theme, such as screaming deals or ski-in, ski-out), and interview someone about trends or issues in the local real estate or development scene. A new feature of Talking Dirt, which began airing in December 2014, is “Around the Block,” in which our hosts give a visual and descriptive tour of a neighborhood in Aspen, Snowmass or Basalt. Continue reading

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Five Simple Things You Can Do to Live Greener in Aspen/Snowmass

With climate change and other threats to the natural environment becoming more and more a part of the collective consciousness, living greener is something that’s on everybody’s mind these days (or should be). This has gone way beyond recycling — technology, innovation, and human creativity are making it easier and easier to take simple, inexpensive steps to reduce our environmental footprint.

Fortunately, environmental consciousness is particularly high in Aspen/Snowmass, where there are many programs, rebates, and other incentives to greener living. We took a look at all the options, and spoke to local experts, to pick out the top five steps you can take to help ensure that Aspen’s most precious asset, the environment, stays healthy. Continue reading

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