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A Closer Look at the 2016 Real Estate Market

December 2016 capped a strong fourth quarter, one that nearly eclipsed the first three of the year. While it wasn’t enough to pull 2016 up to the levels of the prior two years, the final four months of 2016 nearly equaled the first eight, as election-year hesitation was replaced by some pent-up demand. Aspen’s considerable 12-month drop seemed to have as much to do with weak inventory as election-year jitters, so we’re pleased to see the increase in single-family home inventory — increasing demand should allow prices to stay strong. With adequate inventory and its comfortable price advantage over Aspen, Snowmass maintained its performance, actually growing dollar volume by 3%. Basalt also fared well, especially in average sales prices which, overall, grew by an impressive 13%. Continue reading

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Welcome, Winter!

This year, we luxuriated in an extended Indian summer and glorious, dry fall that had everyone hiking, biking, and otherwise enjoying Aspen’s warm-season offerings well into November. But luckily for us, visitors who’ve planned a ski vacation, and all those businesses that rely on winter, it started snowing. So what can you expect weather-wise and on the mountains, this month and into the holidays? Continue reading

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Thankful for Winter

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

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Images of a Fall

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

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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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TIDBITS: Ski Season, World Cup, & Hotel Jerome Anniversary Party

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

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The What and Why of a Very Busy Summer

By all accounts, it was a very busy summer in Aspen and Snowmass, perhaps busier than people remember seeing it in many years. But how busy was it, and why? And will it be a continuing trend? We dove into some of the occupancy and sales tax data and spoke with reservations guru Bill Tomcich, president of Stay Aspen Snowmass, to bring you the following highlights, plus a summary of how the summer ended up and how the winter ahead is looking. Continue reading

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A Story for the (Ice) Ages

It’s been four years since bulldozer operator Jesse Steele inadvertently scooped up a mammoth bone in a drained reservoir in Snowmass Village, leading to the discovery of one of the richest and most significant ice age sites in North America.

So what’s a community to do with this incredible find? Four years, two committees, two studies, one exhibit center, and hundreds of thousands of dollars later, the nonprofit organization that was created to take charge of Snowmass Discovery has a plan. A $10 million plan.

In the spirit of geologic time — and in case you haven’t been paying close attention to the sporadic news stories — here’s how the plan unfolded, and why the community should support it. Continue reading

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Winter is Coming: Why You Should Be Excited

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

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What Clark’s Market Has in Store for Snowmass

After an extensive renovation, Clark’s Market is opening in Snowmass this Saturday, July 19, at 7 am — with a festive block party to celebrate the same afternoon. Snowmass Village has been without a grocery store since Village Market closed its doors at the end of April, although Clark’s has been operating a convenience store in Base Village since then, which it plans to continue long term. And disappointment at the decision to replace the 35-year local grocer has given way to some excitement about the brand new and much larger Clark’s Market (over 14,000 sq ft after expanding into the Sundance space), with its array of new products and services.

We talked to Tom Clark, Jr., president of the company his father started in 1978, about what customers can expect from the new store. Continue reading

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