Context is a funny thing. Sure, Aspen and Snowmass both opened five days earlier than scheduled (after a preview weekend on Ajax in mid-November), and sure, the coverage is pretty darn good for this early in the season. But from the enthusiasm of local skiers, you’d think it was mid-February storm riding out there. Everything is relative, right? And as the excitement of a new ski season wanes, it will be replaced by new terrain openings, holiday and events, and plenty more to look forward to, until things wind down again in April. Continue reading
After being approved by Aspen City Council in June, Mark Hunt’s Base 2 Lodge, the target of a citizen-led petition effort, was shot down by voters in the November election by a 2-1 margin. But Aspen’s most prominent developer du jour has a lot more going on than the now dead-in-the-water Main Street hotel.
And Hunt is not the only one. In fact, there’s so much in the downtown Aspen development pipeline that it’s hard to keep tabs on it all. So here, all in one post, you’ll find updates on ten of Hunt’s Aspen buildings (including links to articles for more in-depth information). And in an upcoming issue of The Aspen Skinny, we’ll give you the latest on everything else. Continue reading
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Snowmaking has started on Aspen Mountain even as locals have gotten their first ski turns on Independence Pass and elsewhere, and local weather forecasts have turned from sunny and dry to a tumultuous mix of rain, snow, and downright cold. So as winter quickly approaches, we wanted to pay homage to an incredible fall season.
From the first turning leaves to swaths of warm color covering every hillside to the pure white caps of mountain peaks emerging over the rusty brown landscape, it’s been a constantly evolving feast for the eyes this autumn. And with Indian summer temperatures and brilliant blue skies presiding well into late October, it makes the term “off-season” laughable to those who took every opportunity to enjoy our very great outdoors.
Here, in photos, is the story of the fall of 2015. Thanks to the diligent team at Aspen/Snowmass and their Twitter and Instagram feeds — plus a couple of our own team members — for recording these magic moments. (Photo on home page by Zach Berman.) Continue reading