The ski resorts are closed, town is quiet and we are slowly transitioning into summer in the Rocky Mountains. Below are some of Bill's favorite things to do in May.
- Early backcountry forays
- Playing tennis outdoors for the first time in months
- Hitting balls on the driving range at the municipal golf course
- Hiking the ski mountains long after they are closed
- Catching up on all of my reading
Photo credit: Aspen Public Radio
Aspen Public Radio (APR) hosted a town-hall-style discussion on development at Belly Up on March 25th that was moderated by Carolyn Sackariason and included heavy-hitters like Ann Mullins, Marcella Larsen, Michael Behrendt, and Michael Kinsely. One of our politically active partners, Bill Stirling, was also on the panel, in opposition to the proposed Referendum 1. According to APR, “The referendum would, if passed in the spring election, require a public vote for development proposals bigger or taller than what Aspen’s land-use code allows. The vote would also be triggered for exceptions to the affordable housing or parking requirements.”
Jay Wright, a broker associate at Stirling Peak Properties, is helping shape the next generation of Aspenites as a Big Buddy. The Buddy Program, which celebrated its 42nd anniversary this year, is a nonprofit mentoring organization serving youth from Aspen to Carbondale through one-on-one mentoring programs. Jay is part of the school-based mentoring program where he spends time with his buddy Aidan on a weekly basis as part of the school day.
How long have you been part of the buddy program?
I’ve been a big buddy for two years now.
Is there a screening or interview process to become a Buddy?
Spring is officially here and it sure feels like it in Aspen, Colorado. The sun is shining, snow is melting and there are even trees and flowers starting to come alive. With a change in seasons comes a great time for spring home maintenance. Home exteriors can take a beating in our Rocky Mountain winters, so there is surely some work to be done. Below are just a few of the items we recommend doing for spring and summer home maintenance.
Spring is officially here in Aspen, Colorado. The ski season is wrapping up and we are starting to dream of summer, but every season in Aspen is stunning. Below are a couple of Layne's favorite things to do in April.
- Sneaking in the last Highland’s Bowl lap for the season followed by the ‘always epic’ dance party on closing day
- Starting backcountry adventures at dawn
- Skinning up Tiehack to watch the sunset over Mount Sopris
- Beginning the spring transition with a down valley bike ride
Stirling Peak Properties, especially Dale Potvin, has been a longtime supporter of this local nonprofit. This season 629 athletes represented AVSC at local, regional, national and international events in the disciplines of Nordic, alpine, and freestyle skiing as well as snowboarding. As the season wraps up, they have numerous athletes competing in Junior Nationals in California and Park City, Utah. Katy Harris also just claimed 4th at the under 18 national competition in Copper Mountain which also qualified her for U.S. Nationals. The season's successes will be celebrated at their annual awards event at the Belly Up on April 14th from 5-8 pm.
Two of our team members, Jay Wright and Kellen Porter, are giving back to the community (and having fun!) by volunteering their time and expertise to benefit local nonprofit - Aspen Young Professionals Association (AYPA). AYPA is dedicated to cultivating a young, vibrant professional community in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley by providing opportunities in business development, networking, and community awareness and involvement.
Marshall Direct Fund is near and dear to the hearts of Stirling Peak Properties. Our partner, Dawentte Smith, has been intimately involved with the organization for a number of years. This year they are hosting a special reception that will take place at the home of well-known and respected Aspen residents, Terri and Tony Caine on July 1st 5-7:30 pm. The event will have delicious food from European Caterers, innovative cocktails from Woody Creek Distillery, a high end silent auction, and distinguished guest speaker Dalia Mogahed (author of Who Speaks for Islam, TED talk, and Aspen Ideas Festival presenter). Every year the lively reception is attended by 150+ philanthropists and humanitarians. Tickets are $275 per person, and a large number of the attendees sponsor at level ranging from $1,000 - $10,000.
March has arrived with over three feet of snow and now some gorgeous sunny weather. Below are a few of Kellen Porter's favorite ways to spend time in the spring.
Below are Bill Stirling's favorite local activities for the final days of February.