Monthly Archives: July 2015

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Eat Well: A Highly Selective and Subjective Guide to Local Dining

Summer is in full swing, and you can’t imagine a better way to cap off the day than a relaxing meal with friends or family at a great restaurant. But here in Aspen/Snowmass, it’s game on when making dinner plans. Every season, not only do new restaurants open and others close, but seasonal menus change, chefs change kitchens, and hot new chefs and sommeliers roll into town to make their mark on the local dining scene.

With a mountain of choices to make — there are over 100 place to eat in Aspen alone — it helps to have a little inside knowledge. So here, in partial Zagat style, are some of our team’s favorite places to dine, both new and notable and tried and true, plus tidbits of dining news. Continue reading

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Best of Ideas Fest, Part 2

The fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in February 2012 sparked a national debate about race and justice. But it wasn’t until the summer of 2014 (shortly after the conclusion of the tenth annual Aspen Ideas Festival) and beyond that the subject really came to the forefront, when, in a series of incidents that sparked protests around the country, unarmed black men and boys were killed by police: Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray. Then, a week before Aspen Ideas Festival 2015 opened, nine black men and women were shot to death in a church in Charleston.

Across the US, rarely has the conversation about race and bias been so prescient, and at Aspen Ideas, rarely has the search for answers been as emotional, as deep, and as urgent. Continue reading

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Best Ideas of the Day: Spotlight on Health

At the closing session of Spotlight Health, the health-focused segment of Aspen Ideas Festival, the Aspen Institute’s Kitty Boone made an announcement that an anonymous donor had stepped up the day before, pledging money to all finalists of the Aspen Ideas Award contest. The contest, in its inaugural year, invited all Aspen Ideas Festival speakers and scholars to to submit for consideration a project that addresses a challenge to the well-being of the planet and of society. It culminated with the five finalists in each of the Festival’s three sessions (Spotlight Health, Fest 1, and Fest 2) pitching their projects in front of a live audience, with a jury determining the $25,000 prize winner. The anonymous donor, feeling that all the finalists represented worthy projects, pledged $5,000 to each finalist in the three contests to help realize their ideas.

That’s just one example of how Ideas Fest, which just wrapped up its eleventh year, is seeking to turn ideas into action. Yet the heart of the ten-day confab is still its popular, mind-stimulating series of panels, lectures, and other gatherings meant to spark deep thinking about various issues, generate conversations, and cultivate ideas.

For those who didn’t make it to the Festival this year, or perhaps attended too much or too little, we’ve curated some of the best ideas Continue reading

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What’s Up on the Mountain?

Ski resorts are investing more and more in on-mountain activities during the summer months, and Aspen/Snowmass is no different. Especially at Snowmass, where the Aspen Skiing Co. is in the midst of a multi-year effort to create a trails network and activities hub at Elk Camp Meadows. This summer, there’s plenty to report about new experiences on both Aspen and Snowmass mountains (including what’s in the works for next winter). So, make it a point to ride the gondolas this summer and check it out. Continue reading

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