Posts Tagged ‘Aspen Mountain’

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 received a healthy eight inches of snow this week and now everyone in town is even more giddy with excitement for the 2012/2013 Ski Season!!!  I guess we should mention our incredible ski deals every week.

November 22nd is Opening Day for Aspen Mountain and Snowmass, so in just one month we’ll all be smiling ear-to-ear from our first run of the season.  Thanksgiving weekend plans might just need to be altered.  How about skiing, THEN feasting on turkey???

Opening Day just so happens to be followed up by the world’s fastest women skiers taking Aspen Mountain by storm.  The Nature Valley Aspen Winternational FIS Audi FIS Ski World Cup will be held in Aspen on November 24 and 25. The base of Lift 1A on Aspen Mountain will be home to scores of spectators ringing cowbells for their favorite speedy ladies racing through to the finish line.  Live television coverage by NBC and Versus will capture the excitement that embodies World Cup racing. The weekend also includes the first Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series of the season. Both events are FREE and open to the public!

Still want to do the same old boring Thanksgiving?  Book your trip now!Aspen Skiing

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Summit For Life

Aspen‘s got snow falling in town right now, and not just falling, DUMPING!  What better way to get the base going for another great winter season.  With that inspiring news, get ready for another inspiring event: Summit For Life.

The 7th Annual Summit For Life, a charity race for organ and tissue donation, is having it’s FREE Kickoff Party this Thursday night, October 25th at 39 Degrees Lounge at the Sky Hotel.  Take a friend and enjoy drink specials and complimentary appetizers from 5:30 – 8pm.  You can register for the race or just sign up to volunteer for the weekend of events December 7-8.

It’s more than just the event it’s a weekend celebration of donor awareness activities in Aspen, Colorado centered around a nighttime uphill race benefitting the Chris Klug Foundation.  Last year’s race sold out, so get to 39 Degrees early to sign up and stay for the fun!

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by Curtis Wackerle, for the Aspen Daily News (12/29/11)

The Aspen Historical Society is expanding opportunities to learn about area history while skiing local mountains.

For three seasons, the society has offered ski history tours on Aspen Mountain, but this year, the tours are being offered at Snowmass and Aspen Highlands as well.

Aspen Highlands tours are every Monday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., starting at the guest services hut near the Merry-Go-Round restaurant; Snowmass tours are on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., meeting at the top of Sam’s Knob; Aspen Mountain tours are every Friday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. meeting at the guest services hut at the top of the mountain.

Check out the Aspen Historical Society's ski tours on Ajax, Highlands and Snowmass.

Mike Monroney, history coach at the society, has been leading the Aspen Mountain tours since their inception. More so than any of the other mountains, “the mining history is right underneath your feet while you are skiing,” Monroney said of Ajax. The tour focuses on the early development of skiing in Aspen, as well as some of the visible evidence throughout the mountain of the mining days. For example, the tour makes a stop at the Tourtelotte Park run, where there was once a small mining town.

The Aspen Highlands tours goes through that mountain’s history as the one-time “black sheep” of ski hills, which remained independent of the Aspen Skiing Co. until the 1990s. Whip Jones, the mountain’s founder, made a unique mark on the sport, hiring Stein Ericksen to run the ski school in the late 1950s and embracing freestyle skiing early on. Highlands tours are lead by Jane Click.

Snowmass tours take participants up the Big Burn lift to overlook the whole valley. The area’s ranching history, Native American past and the recent ice age discoveries are the focus of the Snowmass tours, led by Alexander Hunter. The tours will work their way down the Sneaky’s side of the Big Burn.

Each tour lasts about an hour, Monroney said, although the length can be tailored to whatever the group wants.

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