In Aspen, Colorado, the holidays are simply magical. The snow-kissed mountain beauty is the perfect backdrop for this special time of year with family and friends. And with ample activities and events – everyone will find something they love. See below for some of our favorite holiday activities that will help you enjoy the season fully.
Aspen is widely known for its physical recreation, visual arts and delectable culinary scene. In smaller circles it is also acclaimed as a political and intellectual community that values ideas and innovation, as well as history. Below are just a few venues to stimulate your mind and spirit!
Aspen is a quintessential resort town that offers world-renowned skiing, but that is just the beginning. Read on for just a few of our favorite winter activities in Aspen.
Opening November 27:
- Aspen – Open since 1947
- Snomass - 3,332 acres of terrain, 94 trails, 21 chairlifts
Opening December 13:
Stirling Peak Properties and Stirling Management put on a fiesta to remember on tee five at the 19th Annual Realtor Classic benefiting the ABOR Bill Heldman/Stark King Memorial Scholarship Foundation at the Snowmass Club last week.
Since 1985, they have given out more than $547,000 in college scholarships to hundreds of seniors from Aspen to Carbondale. This year they will award $35,000 to graduating seniors at Aspen High School, Basalt High School, and Roaring Fork High School with donations from the real estate community, affiliate sponsors, local businesses, and numerous volunteers.
One of our talented partners, Bill Stirling, sang in the Aspen Choral Society’s spring concert last weekend. This season’s program featured Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” with special guest soloist, Cantor Rollin Simmons, and Rene Clausen’s “Crying for a Dream”, a contemporary piece based on Native American texts. Backed by a 23 piece orchestra, this was truly a performance to remember!
Since 1979, Bill has been part of this 100 strong choir that combines the Aspen Community Chorus, The Glenwood Community Chorus, The Aspen Woman’s Chorus, and the Glenwood Woman’s Chorus.
Dawnette Smith, broker/partner at Stirling Peak Properties, is a long-time board member and supporter of local non-profit Marshall Direct Fund (MDF) – whose mission is education and women’s economic empowerment through primary and vocational training in Pakistan and beyond.
“I came for the winter, but stayed for the summer” is a famous line of Aspenites that speaks to the spectacular, opposing season to their world-renowned winters. Summers in this beloved mining town are as stunning as the days are long and the sky is blue. Below is a two-day itinerary that takes full advantage of the luxury, beauty and sophistication of Aspen in the summertime.
Dale Potvin, aka “Head Spider” founded Team Spider in 1998. Team Spider is dedicated to providing a unique and special skiing experience each year to a select group of skiers while raising money to support the scholarship programs at the Aspen Valley Ski/Snowboard Club. Sound like a win-win? It has been for the past 14 years - continually bringing financial support to AVSC and camaraderie to its members.
So what exactly is Team Spider?
All of the partners at Stirling Peak Properties are advocates and supporters of various non-profits and social organizations in Aspen and beyond. Dawnette Smith is intimately involved with the Marshall Direct Fund, a local organization whose mission is “to improve relations between the West and the Muslim world by working together to alleviate poverty and illiteracy via sustainable educational and economic development in Southwest Asia”. She participated in their inaugural fundraising event in Washington, DC last month. In an intimate dinner setting, Ambassador Haqqani shared his candid perspective on his experience and belief in the importance of education in Pakistan. The event was attended by many notable individuals and covered by a handful of media representatives to promote awareness about the value of education and vocational training for underserved populations in an area critical to international security.
In conjunction with the USA Pro Challenge bike race that went through Aspen last week, the USA Cycling Development Foundation teamed up with an Aspen/Snowmass Local Organizing Committee to put on an exciting event that gave amateur racers and teams a chance to sprint and win on the last few blocks of the race course during the first stage of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge. This head-to-head sprint competition was a fundraiser for The USA Cycling Development Foundation - a non-profit that was created with the primary purpose of raising money to drive American athlete development programs in cycling. Of the major industrialized countries, only the United States does not maintain a socialized sport development system which means they rely on private funding for thier success.