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Aspen & Snowmass Closing Day 2014

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Aspen Snowmass Closing Day 2014It is a beautiful spring season here in the Rockies! With plenty of sunshine and warmer temperatures, the spring skiing and riding season is in full swing. With frequent spring snowstorms, skiing and riding conditions could not be better. With a week (and a couple of weekends) remaining in the ski season, the warming temperatures and sunshine have everyone looking ahead to the closing day celebrations in Aspen and Snowmass.

Closing day on each of the local ski mountains is not so much about skiing and riding, but more about celebrating the close of another great season on the mountain. For this reason, many shed their GORE-TEX and down for more festive apparel. The parade of costumes on the mountain is something that cannot be missed. In the past several years, vintage eighties ski apparel has made a comeback, as evidenced by the ever-popular neon onesie ski suits. Also, there are often a handful of skiers and riders donning a variety of animal costumes, or decked out in campy, glamorous outfits comprised of glittery spandex and fur ski coats and hats. Whether participating in the costume parade, or enjoying the hilarity of it all, this part of closing day is fun for everyone.

During closing day this year on Snowmass Mountain, check out the Schneetag event on Spider Sabich at the top of the Burlingame lift. The competition involves teams of four, a 75′ x 20′ pond, and a homemade watercraft designed to glide over the pond’s surface. Each of the teams designs their craft and costumes on a theme, whether that be a rock band, silver miners, a video game, or the like. Some crafts are well-built, and travel part way across the pond before coming to a slow halt, and ultimately sinking. Then, there are those other crafts that completely fall apart on the descent to the pond, and never even hit the water. Though, watching as some crafts succeed and others fail is all part of the Schneetag fun.

Make sure to swing by the Schneetag antics any time between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm on Snowmass Mountain closing day on Sunday, April 20.

Closing day for the other three mountains is as follows:
Buttermilk Mountain, closed on Sunday, April 6
Aspen Highlands Mountain closing day on Sunday, April 13
Aspen Mountain closing day on Sunday, April 20 (open for two bonus weekends on April 26 – 27 and May 3 – 4)

The team at Alpine Property Management is looking forward to closing out the season in style on all the local ski mountains, and we hope to see you on the slopes this spring.

If you are making a trip to the Rockies this season for some spring skiing, find out more about Snowmass vacation home rentals available through Alpine Property. We offer homes located right on the slopes of Snowmass Mountain that offer excellent ski in, ski out access.

Contact us today by phone at 1-800-543-0839, or send us an email.

October Events in Aspen & Snowmass at ACES and the Aspen Art Museum

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

fall squashWith yellow aspen trees brightening up the mountainsides, October is the perfect time to be in Aspen and Snowmass to view the fall colors, go on a hike, and attend local events. Though October’s calendar is much quieter than that of the summer’s, there are a couple of local events scheduled in October that cannot be missed. This month’s Aspen and Snowmass events include the ACES Annual Harvest Party and the Aspen Art Museum’s Roaring Fork Open 2013.

Celebrate a bountiful harvest and meet the local community at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies’ Annual Harvest Party at Rock Bottom Ranch. The Harvest Party will be held on Saturday, October 19 from noon – 5:00 pm at Rock Bottom Ranch, which is located along the Rio Grande Trail, just past the Willits neighborhood in Basalt and El Jebel.

Harvest party-goers can enjoy a delicious lunch from Smoke Modern BBQ, a popular restaurant located in Willits. After enjoying a tasty meal with friends and family, dance to the lively tunes of the Out of Bounds String Band, take a ranch tour, play ranch games, bid in the silent auction, carve a pumpkin, and press apples for apple cider.

Harvest Party tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under if purchased in advance. Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $20 for adults and $10 for kids 10 and under. Children 2 and under have free admission. Also, the Harvest Party is a car free event. ACES recommends walking or biking to the ranch via the Rio Grande Trail. There will also be shuttles running every 15 minutes from the Basalt and El Jebel park and rides.

The Aspen Art Museum’s current exhibition is the Roaring Fork Open 2013, which showcases artwork from  125 artists who live in the Roaring Fork Valley. The exhibition features all types of art media from paintings and photography to sculpture and digital media. As such, the Roaring Fork Open 2013 displays the breadth and diversity of artwork being created by local artists. Explore the Roaring Fork Valley art scene at the Aspen Art Museum. The Roaring Fork Open 2013 runs through October 27.

There is more to Aspen and Snowmass in the fall than taking in the beautiful fall foliage while enjoying a hike. Though fall hiking in Aspen is an incredibly fun outdoor activity, there are still local events planned for the month of October that are well worth attending.

For more information about October events and activities in Aspen and Snowmass or about our specialty, Snowmass vacation rentals, contact Alpine Property Management by calling 1-800-543-0839. Browse Alpine Property’s collection of luxury Snowmass home rentals, including Faraway Ranch and the Elk Ridge Retreat.

Holiday Events in Snowmass

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Happy Holidays 2012The holiday season in Snowmass is made special by Christmas carolers singing songs of joy in the Snowmass Base Village, fun holiday kids’ activities, visits by Santa Claus, and general merriment on the mountain. Spend the days skiing with the family on Snowmass Mountain, and in the afternoons, head over to the Snowmass Mall for a holiday après ski gathering in one of the many great Snowmass restaurants.

The Snowmass Mall and the Snowmass Base Village are completely transformed for the holiday season. Santa’s Village moves south from the North Pole to Snowmass with festive decorations and Christmas music from December 21 – 24 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Snowmass Mall and Snowmass Base Village. Children can sit with Santa to share their hopes for a special Christmas present while having their photo taken for free. During the Christmas week, there will be free kids’ holiday activities at the Snowmass Base Village. Throughout the month of December, children who have not yet shared their Christmas wishes with Santa can write and send a letter to Santa Claus, and then drop the envelope off in a special North Pole mailbox in the Snowmass Mall. Also throughout the holiday week, listen to the What the Dickens Carolers perform some classic Christmas holiday standards.

The Torchlight Parade and fireworks show on Snowmass Mountain are scheduled for December 27 at 5:00 pm, with the fireworks show at 6:30 pm. The Torchlight Parade takes place on Fanny Hill, with Santa Claus on skis leading the pack down to the Snowmass Base Village. Adults and children 8 years and older are welcome to participate in the Torchlight Parade as torchbearers. To participate in the Torchlight Parade, visit the Snowmass Base Village Guest Services Information Desk or call them at 970.923.0560.

For more information about the holidays in Snowmass, contact Alpine Property Management. Our real estate brokers live, work, and play right here in the Roaring Fork Valley, so they know all about the best ski runs, après ski joints, restaurants, and Aspen and Snowmass events. Also, they can assist with planning ski holidays in Snowmass from lift tickets to ski equipment rentals to their specialty, Snowmass luxury home rentals.