Last week’s announcement that Aspen Skiing Co. is partnering with private equity firm KSL to purchase Intrawest Resort Holdings and Mammoth Resorts made waves throughout the ski world. In fact, the company’s entree into the acquisition and consolidation game (the Aspen/KSL partnership will boast 16 ski areas among them when the deals are completed) is probably the biggest splash the North American resort industry will feel in many years.
Here’s what you need to know about the acquisitions, some thoughts from Aspen Skiing Co. COO David Perry, and what others are saying about it. Continue reading →
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 →
Aspen Mountain is open, the fastest ladies in the world are in town, and the event season kicks off with a special anniversary party at our favorite historic hotel. We love the excitement and anticipation winter brings — as if the snow-covered landscape allows you to see everything with fresh eyes — and we are thankful for being able to enjoy another season in this special place. Here’s more on what’s going on: Continue reading →
The snowflakes fell soft and thick the first day of October, some of them as big as golf balls. The first in-town snow of the year always generates enthusiasm and dismay in Aspen (depending on what your seasonal preference is) — but we’d like to think there’s more excitement than anything else, or else we wouldn’t be able to call ourselves a ski town. While still in full fall glory, Aspen/Snowmass saw a dusting of new snow earlier this week on Bell Mountain and a blanketing of the upper slopes of Snowmass. Last week’s Indian summer turned this week to prime pre-winter conditions: freezing overnight temperatures and a series of little storms that got colder and dealt more and more precipitation, first rain, then snow. Even as bouts of sunny, warm weather will almost certainly return throughout the fall, we are undoubtedly on the path to winter.
Here, then, are four reasons to get excited about winter, and what you need to know to prepare for the season — along with a few shots of this week’s weather. (You can also keep an eye on conditions via live Roundshot (360-degree) cameras atop all four ski mountains.) Continue reading →
Just when we thought we were moving toward summer, skiing and riding are back in the picture, with the opening of the road to Independence Pass and the reopening of Aspen Mountain for snow sliding, in addition to summer operations. In Aspen, lodging incentives are once again in the news and in Snowmass, Base Village is in the public eye. Read on … Continue reading →
The last of the spring breakers have left and Aspen/Snowmass is settling into wind-down mode. Or is it? Weather forecasters are predicting a fairly wet April, the snowpack is 127 percent of normal, and the ski areas are looking to close with some of the highest snow depths on record while Aspen Mountain is extending its season. Meanwhile, there’s still a handful of events coming up before things get really quiet around town. Here are a few quick picks for end-of-season fun. Continue reading →