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.
It has been over 50 years since our partner, Bill Stirling, took a Peace Corps assignment in rural Kenya. Just outside the village of Sotik, he spent two years working with the million acre scheme, funded by the World Bank, and his job was to resettle landless Kenyan farmers on the old European large scale farms. He was part of the Kenya Peace Corps effort, and lived and worked with the Kipsigis tribe and herdspeople, in Western Kenya, just north of the Masai Mara plains. The volunteers learned Kiswahil, a lengue franc spoken from the eastern Congo to Zanzibar, which he spoke daily for the two year period, and amazingly, his ability to converse in Swahili returned, which was like an entrée or passport into a myriad of situations, that otherwise, would have been out of bounds. Five decades later, he returned.
Each month in 2015, we will be showcasing a team member's favorite things to do in our prized resort town. Below are Dale Potvin's top picks for the beautiful month of January in Aspen, Colorado!
- Skiing, skiing and more skiing – including hiking Highland’s Bowl and lunch laps on AJAX
- Après ski with friends and family at my go-to spot – Mezzaluna
- Enjoying the festivities of Winterskol – fireworks, Soupskol and more
- Playing pond hockey with family and friends after a day on the hill
Aspen is bustling with activity all winter long. Each month plays host to numerous events that will entertain and inspire you. Below are just a few of our personal favorites.
Winterskol dates back to January 1951 when local Aspenites decided to celebrate Aspen's unique Nordic lifestyle with an eclectic weekend of festivities. Today the four-day event showcases Soupsköl, a dog fashion show, fat bike races, Hike for Hope Uphill, ice sculptures, a torch light decent and fireworks. More information.
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.