It’s the time of year when Aspen shines and sparkles with a radiance that comes from twinkling lights, fresh white snow and a healthy dose of cheer. Aspenites have been reveling in the wonderful early season snowfall and prepping town for the busy, festive and fun 2013 holiday season. Aspen’s annual homage to the holidays, the 12 Days of Aspen, begins on Friday, December 20 for almost 2 weeks of creative activities to make this an incredibly special holiday in Aspen.
The skies have been busy the last couple of months in the Colorado high country, plunking an impressive early season base onto Aspen and Snowmass mountains (over 60 inches have landed thus far on Aspen mountain). As a result, locals enjoyed the fruits of Mother Nature 2 weeks early this year, when Aspen Mountain opened lifts for a sneak peak weekend of skiing on November 16 and 17 with 6 inches of fresh powder, 3 lifts and 21 trails. Aspen, as well as Snowmass, will reopen Saturday, November 23 for the 2013-2014 season.
Fall is a magical time of year in the mountains, and a perfect time to come to Aspen for a weekend or week-long escape. Aspen lodging deals
abound, the weather is beautiful and there is lots to do! Check out this fall bucket list of special fall activities in Aspen
1.Take a Custom Fall Hike
It’s an annual tradition. Aspen is THE place to be for Labor Day weekend year in and year out. The summer-long Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Music Festival comes to a climactic close with this 3-day soulful singing extravaganza in Snowmass, August 30-September 1, and it draws thousands of music lovers from all over the mountains and beyond.
This year, Aspen is again blessed with 2 stages of the now legendary USA Pro Cycling Challenge
. This 7 stage professional road cycling blast came to life in
2011, in an effort to bring the rich heritage of Colorado road cycling back to life as it was in the 1980’s when the Coors Classic brought the world’s best riders to these steep, glorious mountains.
Beginning this Friday, June 14, the town of Aspen will be brimming and brewing with excitement as the 31st edition of the FOOD & WINE Classic
begins its 3-day celebration of fine food and wine. This annual celebration brings the biggest and best names in the culinary world together with vintners and food editorial experts for the quintessential food and wine festival, June 14-16, 2013.
Spring in Aspen means snowmelt is in full swing, lending a lovely green awakening to our beautiful mountain landscape. Though the melting and run off is great for the flora and fauna, it can make for some muddy trail conditions during the months of May and June. With careful planning, there are plenty of options to get out and enjoy hiking and biking during this time while avoiding still-sticky trails. Sun-exposed trails and dry roads will allow you to enjoy the burn of a good climb on foot or a bike.
Most everything in the town of Aspen is slow and mellow in the off-season. The two months between closing weekend of the mountain and the kick off of summer’s festivals is a joy for locals and vacationers alike; it’s a treasured time to enjoy uncrowded restaurants and a leisurely vibe about town. Despite the mellow scene about town, the music is alive and kicking this off-season, with multiple shows from top talents coming to town.
Just a quick jaunt west of town, and a quick ride on the Four Mountain Connector Bus
are two of the four reasons Aspen is such a perfect destination for whatever level ski day you’re up for.