Author Archives: Catherine Lutz

Cheer on the Aspen Nine at the Winter Olympics

On January 31, Aspen’s gondola plaza filled with excited locals, not to line up for a powder day but for a celebratory event to send off six of our own to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Actually, a total of nine Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club (AVSC) alumni are competing in this year’s Games — compare that to three athletes from Montana and nine from the entire state of Utah. At the 2014 Games, four athletes with Aspen roots competed on Team USA. Impressive, indeed, and clearly a huge source of great local pride, judging by turnout at the Olympic send-off event. Continue reading

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Sales for New Base Village Residences Launch

Snowmass is abuzz this winter as the resort celebrates its 50th anniversary season and construction on the next phase of Base Village approaches the one-year mark this spring. Meanwhile, yet another milestone is being marked on January 16, the date that contracts officially can be accepted for just 14 of the 55 residences taking shape in the base — the project’s first new residential offerings in nearly a decade, due to be completed in fall 2018. Here are the details on the latest Base Village residential opportunities. Continue reading

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The Holiday Season’s Hottest Tickets and Coolest Activities

It’s no secret that the ski season has gotten off to a slow start. And while conditions are remarkably good on the hill given the scant bases, perhaps it’s a little easier this holiday season to turn one’s attention to off-hill events and activities. As usual, Aspen’s arts and entertainment options are deep and varied, and there’s still plenty to do outside, too. Here are some of our top picks.

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The Midvalley’s Moment: What’s in the Works

It wasn’t too long ago that Basalt was a sleepy midvalley service community surrounded by pastoral ranches and low-key neighborhoods. In recent years, the pace has picked up, both in lifestyle and opportunities for development. And now, with year-round attractions and upcoming real estate opportunities at nearly every level of entry, the midvalley is in the midst of a transformation, into a variety of livable neighborhoods with the vibrant hub of Basalt at its heart.

In recent posts, we explained heady plans for Snowmass and laid out the development landscape in Aspen. Now it’s the midvalley’s turn for a comprehensive roundup. Last but most certainly not least. Continue reading

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A Complete Overview of Aspen Development

It’s been a hot year for real estate sales and construction in the city of Aspen, while the pipeline for future development has slowed down noticeably. Through the third quarter, Aspen property sales are up nearly 60 percent and dollar volume is more than double what it was last year at the same time, returning the market to 2015 levels. And although the number of land-use cases has been steadily declining for the last three years, total building permit valuations through October are ten times what they were at the height of the recession in 2009, and it’s so far the second-busiest year for building permit in the last nine years.

Here’s your complete guide to what’s going up, what’s going on, and what it all means, in Aspen. Continue reading

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Market Continues to Strengthen

Taking a look at the stats below, the direction things are going is overwhelmingly positive. Sales in the upper valley have increased in the last 12 months by about 30%, erasing the 2016 tumble that some “experts” termed a “nosedive” and returning the market to strong 2015 levels. In addition, through that entire two-year fluctuation prices grew by a total of 8%. Continue reading

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Hot Tickets for Late Summer 2017

Summer’s been busy — so busy, that we never got around to telling you about the most anticipated events of the season. But now that the kids are back in school, and the packed calendar and frenzy of the high season has passed, we’d like to highlight some hot-ticket entertainment options before plunging into the depths of off-season. For those who are still in town or plan to come back for the year’s most glorious month, September, Aspen Times Arts Editor Andrew Travers fills us in on his top picks on the arts and culture scene — and there’s plenty to balance with this time of year’s phenomenal hiking, biking, leaf-peeping, and other late-season recreational pursuits. Here you go. Continue reading

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Construction Junction: What’s Going Up In Aspen

With construction season still in full throttle, some major changes are underway, including at two highly visible corners of downtown Aspen, while behind-the-scenes planning has intensified at the base of Lift 1A. Here’s the rundown on the most prominent redevelopment projects in Aspen. Continue reading

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The Best of Aspen Ideas

Big ideas, bold ideas, brave ideas — in the seven days of the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival, all types of ideas on all types of subject matter were discussed, debated, tossed around, and hopefully absorbed. This is a second in a two-part series looking back on the festival and plucking out its best parts. In the last post, we focused on Spotlight Health, three days’ worth of panels, discussions, lectures, and interactive sessions focused solely on health. Here, you’ll find notable nuggets and thought-provoking quotes drawn from the myriad themes of the broader Ideas Festival. Enjoy. Continue reading

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