Posted by rebecca on December 01, 2009

Aspen's only five star, five diamond hotel, the Little Nell is reopening after a 3+ month remodel.  86 of 92 hotel rooms were completely redone.  Upgrades include new carpeting, stonework, furniture, fireplaces, lighting fixtures, doors, showers, tubs, toilets, refrigerators artwork and other features that make up the luxurious Little Nell hotel rooms. 

Workers are still tackling some last minute touches, but for the most part, the hotel is ready for the twenty guests scheduled to arrive today. 

Posted by gary on November 30, 2009

1520 Tiehack, Aspen

West Buttermilk


$879 per square foot

9,385 square feet

6 bedrooms/6 baths

2020 Lazy O Road, Old Snowmass

Lazy O Ranch


$473 per square feet

5,812 square feet

4 bedrooms/4 baths

Fasching Haus #7, Aspen


$1,202 per square foot

1,268 square feet

3 bedrooms/2 baths

Posted by rebecca on November 30, 2009

A statewide ban on texting while driving in Colorado takes effect tomorrow, December 1, 2009.  Motorists will no longer be able to update Facebook, Twitter, send an email or text while driving after midnight tonight.  First time offenders face a fine of $50, while repeat offenders can be slapped with a $100 fine. 

The new law also bans drivers under the age of 18 from talking on their cell phones while driving. 

According to AAA, Colorado is among 18 states to ban texting while driving.

Posted by rebecca on November 30, 2009

Skiers have fewer dining options at Snowmass Base Village at the start of this season due to the closure of both Junk and Liquid Sky.  Developer Scott DeGraff has defaulted on his leases with Related Westpac, the company that owns the Base village.  They are currently taking legal steps to evict DeGraff from the buildings and collect on bad debt.

 The Sweet Life will be open next door to the dark building, and will offer all three meals on both their first and second floor dining areas. 

Posted by rebecca on November 30, 2009

Despite opting out of the 2010 property tax windfall, the Aspen Fire Protection District will finish their new fire station in the core of downtown Aspen on time and on budget, and they will move forward in purchasing a $1.1 million aerial ladder truck, which will arrive at the station in the spring of 2011. 

The citizen board of directors, which is made up of five members determined the district had the means to take care of its needs without dipping into the windfall and decided to reduce its mill levy by 0.139 mills for the next year. 

Posted by rebecca on November 30, 2009

After a heavy turn out for opening day on Aspen and Snowmass Ski areas, the Worldcup Downhill and Slalom races took over Aspen's downtown core.  Most of the hotels were overflowing with racers, their supporters and fans. 

The races on Saturday and Sunday brought huge numbers and full grand stands.  Despite a heavy entourage of local support, the Vail, Colorado native, Lindsey Vonn failed to qualify for a second run on Sunday's slalom race noting the "ice rink" like conditions as a reason for four racers in a row failed to finish the course.

Posted by rebecca on November 20, 2009

ASPEN — One of Colorado's most well-known photographers, John Fielder, visited the Roaring Fork Valley last night to talk about his latest book of images and his goal of helping to preserve Colorado's ranching heritage.

Posted by rebecca on November 19, 2009

The Town of Snowmass Village has granted a temporary certificate of occupancy to the Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass Village allowing them the opportunity to open to guests the week of Thanksgiving, which is also the scheduled opening of the Snowmass Ski Area. 


Posted by rebecca on November 17, 2009

The city of Aspen has strict codes regulating signs and displays used anywhere in the city limits.  Examples include prohibiting the use of neon signs and signs that move or transform in any way, among others. 

The new holiday window display at Louis Vuitton was called into question last week, but city officials ruled that it falls within the guidelines.   The display is bright and draws attention from several blocks away.

Photo by Janet Urquhart/The Aspen Times

Posted by gary on November 16, 2009

These retailers have moved to a new location or ceased operation in downtown Aspen:

Water Works


Colorado Baggage Company

D-19 Restaurant (Opening as Ellina in the former Dish Restaurant space on the Hyman Mall)

Popcorn Wagon


Crystal Palace

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

Stefan Kaelin


Ritz Carlton Sales Office


Aspen Bookstore

Dancing Bear Sales Office