Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Snowmass Fun

Just a short FREE bus from the Innsbruck is Snowmass village, where many great outdoor adventures await you. The Elk Camp Gondola is open this summer providing easy access to a variety of great on-mountain activities. From the mid way point of the Gondola, you would have access to miles of hiking and mountain biking, guided nature walks with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, disc golf, a climbing wall, and private fishing tours on a hidden lake. If you are interested in accessing the top of Elk camp, there is the option to continue to the top via the Elk Camp chairlift up to an elevation of 11,300 feet. The top of Elk Camp gives a uniquely beautiful view of the iconic Maroon Bells and Elk mountains. From the top of Elk Camp, visitors can either take the lift back down to the bottom or hike down on the newly cut Summit Trail. Snowmass is especially appealing to mountain bikers. Mountain bikers are permitted to bring their bikes on the Elk Camp Gondola this summer, which provides easy access to over 40 miles of mountain bike trails for all ability levels. There is everything from mellow jeep roads to technical single track, to advanced downhill sections complete with man made obstacles. There are some great restaurants in Snowmass after you’ve worked up an appetite with all that hiking and biking (try the Philly cheese steak at Zane’s Tavern).

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Two Local Favorites

This week I would like to highlight two weekly events that everyone looks forward to in Aspen. For starters, there is the Aspen Farmers Market, which takes place every Saturday from 9 AM until 3 PM. The market takes place on a portion of Hopkins Ave. between Galena and S. Hunter, then runs south down a portion of S. Hunter Street, where it then turns back West through a portion of Hyman Ave. between Galena and S. Hunter. The market features all sorts of fresh Colorado produce and meats, flowers, jewelry, artisan works, and much more. Strollers are treated to live music while they look around at all the wonderful goods. Fresh food is the perfect way to feed your active Aspen lifestyle! This great weekly event will be taking place every Saturday until October 16th (one day after my birthday…hint). Next up I would like to introduce you to Blue Grass Sundays atop Aspen Mountain. This event will take place every Sunday until September 5th from noon until 3 P.M. There is no cost for admission as this is an open air event taking place just outside the Sundeck Restaurant with sweeping views of the incredible Elk Mountains. There is a cost to ride the Gondola, though you can circumvent this expense if you are feeling ambitious by hiking to the top and riding the Gondola down for free. In addition to the free concert, there are other activities up top, such as disk golf, euro bungee, a rock wall, an obstacle course, a sand box, and a free guided nature walk compliments of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. The nature walk leaves every hour, on the hour, from 11 AM to 3 PM. Food and beverages can be purchased at the Sundeck or you can pack some of the fresh goods you bought the day before at the Farmers Market. See you there!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Snowmass FREE Concert Series

We are about to kick off a fun filled weekend here in Aspen. There is of course the fun associated with Independence Day…..the parade, fireworks, and classic American Barbeques. But tonight, July 1, is also the official start of the Snowmass FREE concert series. On every Thursday from today until August 19th, there will be free concerts in Snowmass compliments of the town of Snowmass Village and Jazz Aspen Snowmass. These concerts will take place at the end of the Snowmass Village mall on Snowmass mountain. The shows start at 6:15 and end at 8:30. As in years past there will be an eclectic variety of music, with genres ranging from Reggae to classical Jazz. Patrons are permitted to bring in a cooler with food, though alcoholic beverages must be purchased once inside the fenced-in venue area. For people who wish to bring pets, there is a designated pet area from which to enjoy the concert. Snowmass is just a FREE short bus ride from the Innsbruck. So why not come and enjoy FREE live music in a venue surrounded by natural beauty? For a complete schedule of concerts, go to: Call us toll free at 1-866-925-2980 or visit us at: