January 2008

It is truly an Epic Year for Colorado Skiers!

It is truly an Epic Year for Colorado Skiers!

...and again, more is on the way
I hesitate to mention the outrageous snow conditions again so soon, but this much powder deserves the attention. In ski towns, people don't throw around the word "epic" very often; However, the 2007-2008 ski season is truly the exception. Some locals are claiming that we have had more epic powder days this year than in the last 20, and forecasters are calling for 3-7 inches a day for the next 7 days.

I encourage you to visit the Aspen area to experience one of the main reasons we live here, the amazing powder.

If you would like to schedule an appointment to view real estate offerings in the area or inquire about the current state of our local market, please contact me.

Ski Aspen Snowmass

Posted by gary on January 30, 2008 in
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Living the dream

Living the dream
...the Aspen way is so contagious
The other day my assistant, Rebecca was watching the football playoffs with her husband after an exciting day of skiing the Bingo Glades on Aspen Mountain. A group from Australia sat down and began to converse with them. They have been making the long trip from Brisbane to Aspen for 11 years. When asked why, they responded with an energetic "because we love it here!" And it's not just "Aspen" that they love, it is the lifestyle and spirit of the locals that draw people to our community.

Our town is culturally diverse, it prompts the adventurous spirit, and is filled with amazing opportunity for those who seek it.

Purchasing a home in the Aspen area is truly investing in your family's future. As you dream about what we are doing in Aspen today, know that it is filled with adventure and excitement. Our morning commute isn't slowed by car traffic, but herds of elk crossing the road. Our evenings aren't spent on the couch, but hiking up the slopes with friends and skiing down under a full moon. We are living the dream, and so can you.

For a chance to experience where we live and what we do, contact me to view some of the amazing real estate options available in the Aspen/Snowmass area.

Aspen Chamber Resort Association
Local events, weather, and more....
Posted by gary on January 23, 2008 in
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X-Games 2008

X-Games 2008

Local Athletes Prepare to Shine
X-Games is back again! It is the time of year when our streets flood with energy from the young spectators here to experience the incredible sights of the mega pipe, the skier cross and the many events that surround Winter X. This year again, there are several locals gearing up to compete for hopeful metals. Among them, Gretchen Bleiler, an Olympic silver medalist and Peter Olenik who both vie for the top spot on the podium.

The temperatures will be low, but there is no doubt that the energy of the hometown crowd will warm things up.

As you stand in the crowd cheering for your favorite athlete or sit at home and watch them on your TV, take a look around the area to see the fine real estate offerings that surround Buttermilk and it's neighboring mountains.

For more information on the Aspen/Snowmass Area, or to set up an appointment to view some of the fine properties that neighbor the slopes, please contact me.

Winter X-Games 2008

Ski Aspen Snowmass
News, Weather, and Events for the areas

Posted by gary on January 20, 2008 in
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An Amazing Year for Snow

An Amazing Year for Snow
...with more on the way!
December and January are going down in history in the Roaring Fork Valley. Only 2 weeks into January, Aspen and it's 4 ski mountains have recieved near record snowfall, and January is historically one of the driest months of the year.

The snow is driving tourism and bringing powder hounds to the ski slopes. The buzz from locals is reaching the masses. The consistent message from those who have lived here to experience several seasons is that this is the best snow we have seen in at least 10 years!

So as you consider your visit to Aspen, whether for business, leisure, or to look at our fine real estate offerings, make sure you tune your board and prepare for the snow conditions of a lifetime!

For more information on area real estate please contact me.
Posted by gary on January 14, 2008 in
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Aspen Winterskol is here again!

Aspen Winterskol is here again!
Winterskol Information and schedule of events
Excerpt from: The Aspen Times
ASPEN — Exactly what would you call an event that is broad enough to encompass something called Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams and a screening of “Singin’ in the Rain” (with an introduction by an octogenarian musical historian), a canine fashion show and something called the Men’s Health Village?

In Aspen, we call it Wintersköl. The individual events may have been updated over the years: the Grateful Dead were still 15 years from beginning their long, strange trip in 1952, when the first Wintersköl was held; this year, 13 years after the demise of the Dead, there is a Grateful Dead tribute band among the attractions. Still, the baseline idea remains the same: Aspenites entertaining themselves in the post-holiday, mid-January quiet time.

Following is a selection of Wintersköl events, from the time-honored to the groundbreaking.

Thursday, Jan. 10
• Winterskülpt, begins 8 a.m., Aspen downtown malls: The Anderson Ranch Arts Center annual snow-sculpture competition features enormous blocks of snow, six teams of artists, various chiseling devices, and the best venue imaginable for displaying public art. Judging takes place Saturday morning.

• Aspen Chamber Resort Association Opening Luncheon, noon, Crystal Palace: This long-standing tradition may carry on, but not at the Crystal Palace. The building housing Aspen’s venerable dinner theater has been sold, thus marking the true end of an era. Get your laughs in now.

• Art After Hours, 5-7 p.m., Aspen Art Museum: Featuring a conversation between Art Museum director Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson and Dominic Molon, who contributed to the catalogue for the museum’s current exhibit, Karen Kilimnik.

• The Laugh Your Aspen Off All-stars, 8 p.m., Wheeler Opera House: Chuckle your butt loose to the observations of local comedians. It’s free.

Friday, Jan. 11
• Men’s Health Village, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Free, open to everyone (presumably, non-men), and packed with health-related information, services and products.

• Rail Jam, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Snowmass Village: A new event, featuring competitive rail-riding and music spun by DJ Mechanik.

• Shakedown Street, 3 p.m., Aspen Highlands Village: This Colorado band has had its own long, strange trip, covering the Dead for over 20 years.

• Soupsköl, 5:30-7:30 p.m., downtown Aspen: Free soup! The best addition to Wintersköl since the invention of the chairlift.

• Fireworks, 7 p.m., Snowmass Mountain

• Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, 8 p.m., Wheeler: Despite the name, this upstate New York quartet plays a rootsy brand of folk-rock.

Saturday, Jan. 12
• Canine Fashion Show, noon, corner of Cooper Avenue and Galena Street: Dogs in clothes. Hilarity ensues.

• Wintersköl Parade, 2 p.m., downtown Aspen: The tradition is old; the parade route, for some reason, is new.

• Aspen Skating Club exhibition, 3:30 p.m., Aspen Ice Garden: The local skate-kids lace ‘em up.

• Fireworks, 7 p.m., over Aspen Mountain: Has it really been a full week and a half since we last had fireworks over Aspen Mountain? How did we survive?

• Torchlight Descent, 8:15 p.m., Little Nell: A lovely site that hasn’t gotten old.

• Robert Earl Keen, 9 p.m., Wheeler: Perhaps the oddest Wintersköl tradition. This Texas singer-songwriter puts a little twang into Wintersköl for the third straight year.

Sunday, Jan. 13
• Hike for Hope Uphill Race, 7:30 a.m., Buttermilk: Yes, there’s a pancake breakfast awaiting at the top, and yes, you need to remember to bring cash — the entry fee for the race doesn’t include the flapjacks.

• “Singin’ in the Rain,” 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., Wheeler: Aspen musical film historian Bob Klineman introduces the 1952 Gene Kelly classic, and follows it with a Q&A session.

To get the latest Aspen real estate news contact me.
Posted by gary on January 09, 2008 in
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2007 A Very Strong Year for Aspen and Pitkin County Real Estate

2007 A Very Strong Year for Aspen and Pitkin County Real Estate
Tough Year Across U.S. Light Influence on Aspen Real Estate Market
Aspen Land & Title reports through November of 2007 that Pitkin County there were $2.3 billion in real estate sales recorded year to date. Pitkin County includes Aspen, Snowmass, Woody Creek and parts of Basalt. 2006 was a record year with just over $2.4 billion. While the numbers from December 2007 are not yet in, this past year has proven to be exceptional for the Aspen real estate market. These reports reconfirm that Aspen real estate is and will continue to be an excellent investment.

To get the latest Aspen real estate news contact me.
Posted by gary on January 03, 2008 in
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