Category Archives: Just SCENE

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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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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Aspen Ideas: The Best of Spotlight Health

Every year, we look back at the dizzying ten days of the Aspen Ideas Festival, and try to pick out its biggest ideas, most notable nuggets, and best thought-provoking quotes. The 2017 edition of this feast of knowledge and dialogue did not disappoint — hundreds of accomplished, creative-minded speakers brought their ideas forth in fields spanning the spectrum from the arts to the sciences, from the humanities to the highest technologies.

In this post, we focus on Spotlight Health, three days’ worth of panels, discussions, lectures, and interactive sessions focused solely on health — in its many iterations. Next time, we’ll bring you a selection of ideas on a broader array of topics. Enjoy. Continue reading

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World Cup Fever

World Cup Finals are in town, and it’s a very exciting time to be in Aspen!

Alpine ski racing’s most important event, the FIS World Cup Finals are the last set of races on the World Cup circuit for the season, crowning the champion in five disciplines plus the overall men’s and women’s champions. Only 25 racers in each discipline qualify for the finals, so you’re watching the best of the best competing over five days in downhill, super G, giant slalom, slalom, and the nation’s team event. Continue reading

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It’s Happening — New Development in Snowmass

The ink now dry on the deed, East West Partners and Aspen Skiing Company are well down the line with their plans for the completion of the next phase of Base Village in Snowmass. John Calhoun, director of sales and marketing for East West, met with our office recently and assured us that the day after the ski season ends on April 17, we’ll definitely see at least a “dude with a shovel” out on the gondola plaza, soon to be followed by a huge construction crew getting started on four different projects. By summer, big cranes will be visible from throughout the Village; and, by fall, we’ll see all the buildings going vertical. Certainly, by next ski season, our visitors will be well aware that this long-delayed development is back on track. Continue reading

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The Soul of Aspen

In a recent Aspen Times column, the Aspen Princess, Alison Margo, wrote about the spirit of Aspen, and how it’s still going strong. She found Aspen’s soul in Aspen Hall of Fame honorees, whom she interviews for videos commemorating their lives and contributions to the community. We were intrigued and wanted to know more: What exactly is it about these people who came to Aspen in the 1960s and ’70s, and still live here? How do they embody the spirit of Aspen, and how does that impact the community? Continue reading

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