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Snow, snow, snow, snow, snowwwww!!  I wanna wash my hands, my face, my hair in snooooww.  Okay, so maybe you’ve never seen White Christmas, where that little diddy hails from, BUT you can still be pleased with snow fall in your favorite ski town: Aspen.

We are pleased to announce more early snowfall on our locals mountains with a solid foot-plus base, and growing.  Temperatures here have been cold enough for the snow guns to be blowing as well.  So, things are looking good for Opening Day November 22nd.  Need any more convincing to book this year’s ski trip?

And now a word on non-stop flights:  With non-stop flights from 7 major cities, getting to Aspen has never been easier. Beginning December 13th, American Airlines will offer non-stops to our mountain town from LA and Dallas, followed by United on December 19th offering non-stops from Chicago, San Francisco, LA, Houston and United continues it’s year-round, daily non-stop service into Aspen from Denver. No other airport offers the proximity to the slopes that Aspen Pitkin County does – be slope side within an hour of landing! Book your flight now.

See you soon!

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Fall PartyHere’s the skinny.  Aspen‘s Wheeler Opera House and Radio Boardshop are hosting a party and fashion show happening tomorrow night, Monday, November 12th. This fun fall party includes art, drinks, music and apparently a pretty sweet photobooth with fun props.  What else were you going to do on a Monday?

The only deal is that you have to “like” the Wheeler Opera House, which you do anyway, so that’s easy.  After RSVPing on their page the first 200 guests are invited to kick their week off on the right foot.  You must RSVP here and “like” the Wheeler Opera House Facebook page as the party is limited to first 200 guests. Doors at 8, fashion show at 9.  And the RSVP list is at 157 last we checked, so get moving!

Get excited to see what Radio is stocking the shelves with this Winter! They are showcasing Streetwear, Outerwear, Footwear, and Accessories.

Check out some favorite local artist’s and what they’ve been working on.  Also, the Wheeler will have fun minute to win-it games and free Aspen Brewing Company beer until the keg is gone!

Without further delay, we’ll see you there!

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ThanksgivingThe countdown for ski season in Aspen is on!  Two weeks from today folks in Aspen will be enjoying Opening Day on Aspen Mountain and Snowmass right along with a Thanksgiving feast!

Worried you haven’t done enough ski conditioning?  Fear not.  It’s Day 1 for most so many a skier’s legs have the potential to be a little rusty and tired.  You might even be able to get away a with  couple hours of skiing before heading to your turkey-binge induced coma!

Leave the cooking at home because you’re on vacay. Want to know where to eat a scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner while you’re here in Aspen?  Here are a few restaurants from which to choose:

Jimmy’s will be serving from 3-10pm with all of the Thanksgiving favorites like stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry relish.  They even offer delivery (free in Aspen) AND pick up!  Order before November 21.  $30/person 970-925-6020 for reservations.

BB’s Kitchen serves up pumpkin risotto among other seasonal delights, with Aspen Mountain views. $35/person Open 12-8pm 970-429-8284 for reservations.Gobble gobble

Ajax Tavern, set idyllically at the base of Ajax, will serve a 3 course pre-set menu. Serving from 5pm-9pm, $45/person.

Local’s favorite Little Annie’s Eating House serves up traditional Turkey Day, as long as supplies last. Under $20/person.

Gobble, gobble.  Book your trip here.

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Aspen shreds!What will all of the election brouhaha going on, I’m sure many of you have heard the words Red State and Blue State flying about.  BUT, with the help of Aspenites at 7,908 ft. and ski film demi-god, Warren Miller, we’re here to help you think of something else: FLOW STATE!

Each year ski town enthusiasts look forward to a good-old fashioned ski flick to get pumped for the upcoming season.   Warren Miller Entertainment is always on the top of the list of must-see ski/snowboard movies.  This year’s session guides you to the top of the world’s most striking peaks in Japan, Norway, Austria and beyondIn fact, the folks over at WME like to say that this year’s 63rd annual ski and snowboard film “will take you into the zone…the moment…the groove…the center…the Flow State.” 

Psyched yet?  Tickets are on sale NOW and there are two shows tonight @6pm and 9pm.  Head over to the Wheeler Opera House and buckle your seat belts because this is sure to be a hell of a ride!

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7908 Aspen Songwriter’s Festival will be back by popular demand this March 20 – 24, 2013.  With its return brings the Festival’s Songwriting Competition. Aspen Songwriters Festival 2013 Songwriting Competition is currently accepting submissions from artists of all genres at SonicBids.com.

Each song subm7908 Aspen Songwriters Festivalitted must be original work written and performed by the contestant and may not infringe on any copyright. Songs may have multiple co-writers, but only one writer may submit per application. The submitted recording should be a fair representation of how the writer would perform the song live with minimum accompaniment (guitar or piano only). Each song submitted must have both instrumentation and lyrics.  Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges including Aspen local, John Oates and celebrity judges to be announced. Songs will be judged based on originality, melody, composition and lyrics. The quality of production will not be taken into consideration.

What a fantastic opportunity to reach for the stars and do something you’ve always dreamed of!  And if songwriting isn’t your thing, fear not.  You can just mark your calendar for this great spring time event and be one of many enthusiastic audience members!  Start submitting now through Jan 10, 2013.  The first song is $20, second song is $15, third and any additional songs are $10 each.

The Winners of the competition will receive some amazing prizes.  Check out the lineup below:

Grand Prize Winner Receives:

  • Performance at the Aspen Songwriters Festival
  • VIP Festival Experience including Backstage All Access Passes and Aftershow Parties
  • A Mentoring Session with Songwriters Hall of Fame Member John Oates
  • Trip to the 2013 Aspens Songwriters Festival including airfare for two, hotel, and expense stipend
  • A Martin Guitar

2nd Prize Winner Receives:

  • A Martin Guitar Gear pack
  • One dozen sets of Martin Guitar Strings
  • Certificate of recognition

3rd Prize Winner Receives:

  • A Martin Guitar Gear pack
  • Six sets of Martin Guitar Strings
  • Certificate of recognition

 

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With old man Winter showing signs of his arrival and the fall harvest upon us, its time to stock up at Aspen’s final Saturday Farmer’s Market, this Saturday October 13th.

Farmer's Market

It’s hard to believe that Aspen‘s favorite Saturday Market is coming to a close.  But it’s a long time since it’s opening day in June, so the farmer’s and artisans will be making their final appearance.  Look for in season goodies like: apples, carrots, chard, kale, leeks, lettuce, pears, potatoes, pumpkin, spinach and winter squash.  As always, there will be music on hand and plenty of socializing too.  Hours are from 8:30am to 3pm, so make a date and gobble up the fresh produce because Winter is on its way!

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John Denver WeekAspen welcomes all John Denver fans this week for the 15th Annual John Denver Week. John Denver was an Aspenite once upon a time and has many beloved fans who descend upon our happy mountain town to pay tribute to him every October.

The musical accolade kicks off tonight, October 11, 2012, at 7:30pm at The Wheeler Opera House with John Denver: Stories and Songs. Tonight is being described as an intimate evening of John’s music and personal stories as told by members of his bands and close associates, featuring Mack Bailey, Kenn Roberts, Denny Brooks, Bill Danoff, Alan Deremo, Richie Garcia, Jim Horn, Pete Huttlinger, Gary Mule Deer, Chris Nole, Jim Salestrom, Mollie Weaver, Steve Weisberg.  According to those in the know, this is as close to knowing John personally that one will ever get, and a great way to lead into the 15th annual John Denver Tribute Weekend.  Tickets are just $35.

Friday and Saturday nights continue the musical tribute to the life and legacy of John Denver featuring former members of John’s bands and special guests with a connection to John. Showtime is 7:30 both nights.  VIP Tickets include a private after concert gathering at the Limelight Hotel with the band with food and wine included. Click here for tickets.

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