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W.I.N.T.E.R. Driving Tips

 

Winter snow storms bring smile-inducing powder days. They can also make driving a bit tricky. Our friends at Prestige Imports share their best W.I.N.T.E.R. driving tips to make sure you’re ready.

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Winter Tires Are Worth It

In Traction We Trust

Never Forget the Pressure

Tread Depth Matters

Extra Room and Don’t Tailgate

Remain a Smooth Operator

 

Click here for more details to make sure your car is winter road ready

Tips provided by Jason Noffsinger at Prestige Imports

 

Happy Valentine’s Day from Snowmass Tourism

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From left to right, back to front:

Back Row:
Jim O’Leary, National Sales Manager
Email: JOleary@SnowmassTourism.com
Fun Fact: Leads the office in water cooler replacement
Years at Snowmass Tourism: 10

Kiesha Techau, Group Sales Coordinator
Email: KTechau@SnowmassTourism.com
Fun Fact: First time using her passport was for a motorcycle trip through Ecuador
Years at Snowmass Tourism: 10

Alan Palmer, Group Sales Director
Email: APalmer@SnowmassTourism.com
Fun Fact: Has traveled to 49 states and 45 countries
Years at Snowmass Tourism: 0.25

Steve Miller, Senior Account Executive
Email: SMiller@SnowmassTourism.com
Fun Fact: Loves anything that involves speed/adrenaline
Years at Snowmass Tourism: 4

Middle Row:
Liz Winn, Marketing Coordinator

Email: EWinn@SnowmassTourism.com
Fun Fact: Very talented knitter
Years at Snowmass Tourism: 3

Owen Green, Marketing Coordinator
Email: OGreen@SnowmassTourism.com
Fun Fact: Has never left the country, but has plans to do so this spring
Years at Snowmass Tourism: 1

Sue Whittingham, Guest Services Supervisor
Email: SWhittingham@SnowmassTourism.com
Fun Fact: Three-time Alaska State Mogul Champion
Years at Snowmass Tourism: 10

Sara Stookey, PR Coordinator
Email: SStookey@SnowmassTourism.com
Fun Fact: Has never dyed her hair
Years at Snowmass Tourism: 0.25

Dave Elkan, Sales and Events Manager
Email: DElkan@SnowmassTourism.com
Fun Fact: While he has lived in Colorado for 20 years he is still a huge St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan
Years at Snowmass Tourism: 10

Front Row:
Virginia McNellis, Marketing Director

Email: VMcNellis@SnowmassTourism.com
Fun Fact: Started her marketing career at age 5 by starring in TV commercials including Coca-Cola and PlayDoh
Years at Snowmass Tourism: 1

Maria Sechrist, Online Marketing Manager
Email: MSechrist@SnowmassTourism.com
Fun Fact: Uses Excel without a mouse
Years at Snowmass Tourism: 2

Rose Abello, Tourism Director
Email: RAbello@SnowmassTourism.com
Fun Fact: Has visited all 50 states
Years at Snowmass Tourism: 2

Michelle Miller, Business Development Coordinator
Email: MMiller@SnowmassTourism.com
Fun Fact: Every summer she explores and camps in new areas of Colorado. She loves this state
Years at Snowmass Tourism: 4

Karla Baker, National Sales Manager
Email: KBaker@SnowmassTourism.com
Fun Fact: Titanium body parts work very well
Years at Snowmass Tourism: 10

Mar Naibi*, Social & Leisure Sales Manager
Email: MNaibi@SnowmassTourism.com
Fun Fact: Enjoys stand-up paddleboarding
Years at Snowmass Tourism: 3

*Not pictured

2017 Snowmass Summer Event Line Up

There is just something special about summer in Snowmass. If you’ve been here, you know we mean. Maybe it’s the feeling of being on the the very same hill you were skiing a few months ago, now is home to a myriad of concerts and events. Or maybe it’s the fact that, a few short months ago, Snowmass Village was blanketed in sparkling white, now in a vibrant green.

This summer we are excited to announce three new events to our lineup: The Haute Route (June 28), BLUEBIRD Art + Sound (June 30-July 2), and The Aspen Snowmass Vintage Car Race (September 14).  Along with these three new events, a few returning favorites have shifted schedules: The Snowmass Balloon Festival moves to the weekend of September 8-10, while the Ragnar Trail Snowmass joins the Snowmass Craft Beer Rendezvous on June 10.

 

Summer Event Highlights:

Ragnar Trail Snowmass – June 9-10: The Ragnar Trail Snowmass, is a team relay-style race occurring on a gritty trifecta of scenic running loops. Teams run relay style, rotating through all three loops in a test of endurance and perseverance.

beer fest 300x150Snowmass Craft Beer Rendezvous – June 10: Snowmass Craft Beer Rendezvous, presented by the Colorado Brewers Guild, is the ultimate hoppy kick-off to the summer season. Guests can sip and savor beer from over 30 craft brewers during the three hour grand tasting event, culminating with a concert on Fanny Hill.

Snowmass Summer Concert Series – June 10-September 9: Returning for its 26th summer season, the Snowmass Summer Concert Series draws guests to Fanny Hill for a relaxed atmosphere and spectacular mountain setting. Concerts take place on various days of the week throughout the summer season.

HeritageFire-1 300x150Heritage Fire – June 17: Complementing the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Heritage Fire returns, this time on Saturday, June 17, for a not-to-be-missed wood-fired, meat-laden feast.

AREDAY Summit, Expo & Electric Vehicle Show – June 19-24: Founded in 2004 as a one-day renewable energy expo, American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY) is now one of the most important renewable energy technology and policy summits in the United States.

The Haute Route – June 28: The Haute Route is cycling’s first global series of multi-day races designed for amateur athletes. Held in incredible mountain locations – including the Colorado Rockies, French Alps, Pyrenees and Italian Dolomites – these are some of the highest elevation, toughest amateur cycling events in the world.

BLUEBIRD Art + Sound – June 30-July 2: BLUEBIRD Art + Sound is a new, distinctive art and world-class music experience in Snowmass. The weekend commences on Friday with an art walk on the Snowmass Mall, an A-list interactive art exhibit in Base Village, and an unmatched musical performance on the Fanny Hill Stage. Saturday holds additional opportunities for enjoying music and art on both the Snowmass Mall and in Base Village, while another big name music performance and interactive art exhibit concludes the weekend on Sunday. Featured artists and headlining bands to be announced soon.

The Snowmass Community Picnic & Fireworks – July 4: Guests and visitors alike are invited to celebrate Fourth of July evening in Snowmass with lawn games, sweet treats, and fireworks over Fanny Hill at 9pm.

Aspen Deaf Camp Celebrates 50 Years – July 15: Deaf Camp Benefit, established in the 70s with the help of John Denver, Jimmy Buffet, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, supports the great things Aspen Camp does for deaf and hard of hearing kids.

Colorado Scottish Festival & Rocky Mountain Highland Games – August 4-6: This renowned festival, now in its 54th year, features bagpipes, highland dancers and athletes, clans, Celtic music, a free concert and more.

Zoppé Italian Family Circus – August 18-20: The Zoppé Italian Family Circus returns this summer to welcome guests into an intimate 500-seat tent for a one-ring circus that honors the best of the Old-World Italian tradition.

Snowmass Balloon Festival – September 8-10: The 42nd Annual Snowmass Balloon Festival shifts a week earlier on the calendar to capitalize on the beauty and natural surroundings of Snowmass in the fall.

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The Aspen Snowmass Vintage Car Race – September 14: For the first time in Colorado in 19 years, the sights and sounds of high-octane racing come alive on the streets of Snowmass Village. Kicking off the Motoring Classic Weekend, guests can watch as vintage Corvettes, BMWs, Porsches, Mustangs, and formula race cars from the 1960s and 1970s fly by during this exhilarating new event.

The Motoring Classic & Car Club Week – September 14-17: Vehicles of all shapes and sizes gather in Snowmass for an action packed week featuring all things auto. With the Aspen Snowmass Vintage Car Race kicking off the festivities, the week sees car shows, in addition to cars from car clubs include Porsche, Ferrari, Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing, BMW, Audi, Cobra, Viper, and more. Additionally the week features the Snowmass Wine Festival, hosted by Rotary Club of Snowmass Village, featuring a Friday evening wine-paired dinner and a Saturday grand tasting.

Full Summer 2017 Event Line Up:
June 9-10 Ragnar Trail
June 10 Snowmass Craft-Beer Rendezvous Presented by the Colorado Brewers Guild
June 10-Aug 17 Snowmass Summer Concert Series
Friday, June 30 (Paid Concert for BLUBIRD Art + Sound)
Sunday, July 2 (Paid Concert for BLUBIRD Art + Sound)
June 14-Aug 23 Snowmass Rodeo
June 17 Heritage Fire
June 19-24 ARE-DAY Expo and E-Car Show
June 24-25 Snowmass Demo Days
June 24 The Prestige Imports Snowmass Loop Mountain Bike Fondo
June 28 Haute Route
June 30-July 2 BLUEBIRD Art +Sound
July 4 Community Picnic & Fireworks
July 15 Deaf Camp Benefit
July 21-23 Snowmass Doubles Volleyball Tournament
July 26-30 Enduro World Series
Aug 4-6 Colorado Scottish Festival & Rocky Mountain Highland Games
Aug 5-6 VIDA MTB Series Clinic
Aug 18-20 The Zoppé Italian Family Circus
Aug 26 Ragnar Road Relay
Sept 1-3 JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience
Sept 8-10 42nd Annual Snowmass Balloon Festival
Sept 14 Aspen Snowmass Vintage Car Race
Sept 14-17 The Motoring Classic & Car Club Week
Sept 15-16 Snowmass Wine Festival
Sept 23 Golden Leaf Half Marathon
Sept 23-24 CU in Snowmass Collegiate Bike Races/Banzai Open Downhill

 

Play It Up Off The Slopes

 

Game on!

Sure you can earn bragging rights skiing or riding on Snowmass’ fabulous slopes. But there are many (many!) other ways to play your day away that are equally awesome. Skinny cross-country skis, or lightweight snowshoes, can transport you to a winter wonderland of silent meadows and snow-shrouded forests, via 60 miles of cross-country trails. Rather ride? You’ll howl with joy as a team of Krabloonik’s Alaskan huskies pull you (tightly tucked into a two-person dogsled) through pristine Snowmass backcountry, then back to the rustic restaurant for lunch or dinner.

 

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Want to get in touch with your inner athlete – indoors? Pump some iron, roll out a yoga mat, or test your mettle on the climbing wall, at the Snowmass Village Recreation Center. (There’s a sweet outdoor saline pool, as well. Bet you can’t resist.) Bowling at Slopeside Lanes is always a fun way to roll. And you can always burn off some calories power shopping at Snowmass’ locally owned galleries and boutiques.

Then again, you can simply bliss out at one of Snowmass’ dreamy spas, like the 7,000 square foot Spa at Viceroy Snowmass, which specializes in therapies inspired by the Ute Indians, the resort’s earliest ancestors. The Snowmass Club Fitness and Spa and The Spa at The Westin Snowmass Resort offer full menus of wellness-infused spa treatments and services as well. No matter how you play it, there’s no better place to spend a day than Snowmass.

More Ways to Play
» Get up, up and away with a hot air balloon ride over Snowmass valley
» Go snow tubing at the Meadows at Elk Camp on Snowmass mountain
» Cast a fly for trout on the nearby Roaring Fork or Frying Pan river
» Take a guided snowmobile tour to the breathtaking Maroon Bells
» Catch a shuttle to downtown Aspen, just 9 miles away, for high-style shopping, dining and gallery-hopping

 

 

A Procrastinator’s Guide to Getting in Ski Shape

 

Whether you work out regularly or not at all, your ski legs (as well as your skis) could probably use a tune up. Unsurprisingly, the stronger you are, the stronger you’ll ski.

Planning to hit the slopes soon? Not to worry! We’ve got you covered. We caught up with Snowmass Rec Center’s Ski Conditioning Coach, Ray Cook, to help prepare you for your next day on the slopes.

Ray has designed a very simple workout that focuses on building those core ski muscles: quads, hamstrings, glutes, abs, lower back and arms. Ideally, you’d do this 4 days/week for 3 weeks leading up to your ski trip, although true procrastinators may decide to start training in the airport security line.

Workout:
A) Circuit Routine – repeat 3 times

1) Body Squats – 20 reps
2) Forward lunges – 20 reps
3) Backward Lunges – 20 reps
4) Jump Lunge – 20 reps

B) Pushups until failure, 1 min rest, repeat
C) Ski Jumps, 2 min, 1 min rest, repeat
D) Planks (abs) until failure, rest 1 min, repeat.

Other ways to prepare:

Take advice from Ray’s wise words – “80% of your workout plan’s success is based upon your nutrition.” So eat right, stay consistent, and you will see results. Ray also points out that a little cardio never hurt anybody, in fact, cardio will actually help you adjust to the altitude once you arrive.

Why These Help:

Lunges, squats and hops are highly relevant for ski conditioning because these motions are essentially the same as the twisting and turning motions used while skiing down the mountain. Push-ups do wonders for your lower back, chest and arm strength, all of which are factors in proper ski form (and they look great in the hot tub!).

Should you want to tune up your technique too, or just have a guide to all the best powder stashes on the mountain, Aspen Snowmass has one of the finest ski school programs in the world.

Everyone wants to be the best skier on the trip, so put in some preparation and effort, and reap the rewards while flying down the slopes in Snowmass this winter.

 

New Year’s Eve Activities and Menus

 

To ring in the new year, watch the slopes come alive with light at the New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks*. A long-standing Snowmass tradition, this must-see event begins at 6pm with the Parade and 10pm for the fireworks. So dress warm, gather your loved ones and celebrate the new year in style!

*Skiers and snowboarders age 8 and up are welcome to join in the fun; click here for event details and how to sign up.

New Year’s Eve Menus

8K at the Viceroy: New Year’s Eve Menu

The Artisan at The Stonebridge Inn: New Year’s Eve Menu

Base Camp Bar & Grill: New Year’s Eve Menu, New Year’s Eve Party Invitation

The Edge at The Timberline: New Year’s Eve Menu

Lynn Britt Cabin: Menu + New Year’s Eve Specials

Ricard: New Year’s Eve Menu

Sake: Champagne Specials

Sage at The Snowmass Club: New Year’s Eve Menu

Slice: Champagne Specials

 

Two New Direct Flights

We are delighted to announce that the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport will host non-stop flights from 9 cities this winter, and the most daily flights in the history of the Aspen Snowmass Airport. This means that getting to Snowmass has never been easier!

For the first time, Delta Air Lines will offer daily service between Salt Lake City (SLC) and ASE, as well as direct service from Los Angeles (LAX). In addition, American Airlines will fly three times a day between Dallas (DFW) and Aspen, up from one daily flight, beginning November 18, and United Airlines will begin non-stop winter service from Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago (ORD), San Francisco (SFO) and Houston (IAH) on November 30. Both American and United flights are starting earlier than in previous years. New flights complement direct service already in place from Denver (DIA), Atlanta (ATL) and Minneapolis (MSP).

5 Iconic Snowmass Views

 

Zen Views
The views reveal themselves gradually as you ascend the switchbacking Rim Trail. Then, upon reaching the marble yin-yang platform at Spiral Point, the Elk Mountains spread themselves in front of you in all their glory. Nearly 360-degree views include Mount Daly with its distinct diagonal stripe, the pointed cap of 14,137-foot Capitol Peak, and a panorama of Snowmass Ski Area. Click here for more information about the Rim Trail.

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Heaven’s Bells
There’s nothing more iconic to Aspen Snowmass than the Maroon Bells — and a unique perspective on them can be found at the top of the Elk Camp chairlift. Presiding over the upper end of a glacier-carved valley like royalty, the twin 14,000-foot peaks top off a panoramic alpine view that also includes jagged summits, steep cirques and Snowmass’ rugged Hanging Valley.

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Mountain Magic
The lookout point just one mile into the flat, easy Ditch Trail offers major rewards for minor effort. Looking into the magical Snowmass Creek Valley you’ll see a mosaic of aspen and evergreen trees dominated by majestic Mount Daly. It’s like you’ve discovered a natural fairy tale kingdom that begs further exploration. Click here for more information about the Ditch Trail.

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The Ice Age
While it’s fun to point out landmarks from a mountaintop, the view from Snowmass’ Sam’s Knob includes perhaps the most interesting story of all. Ringed by aspen trees and perched on a ridgeline, the nearly perfectly round lake below you is Ziegler Reservoir. Ziegler is the repository for thousands of perfectly preserved fossils of Ice Age animals, including mastodons and ancient camels, accidentally discovered by a bulldozer operator in 2010. Click here to learn more.

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Bird’s Eye
Between Snowmass and Aspen, a ridge crisscrossed with trails rises from sage- and scrub oakcovered foothills, offering endless views in all directions. From the imposing peaks in the Elk Mountain Range, to the gentler terrain rolling down toward the lower elevations of Basalt and Carbondale, to the bucolic hayfields of the Owl Creek Valley and the flank of Aspen Mountain behind it, it’s a beautifully complete vista of the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.

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12 Shocking Tough Mudder Do’s and Don’ts Straight from the Finish Line Emcee

Hippopotamus. Great White Shark. Your Ex-wife…They all pack a punch, but none of em are looming at the end of every Tough Mudder course (except maybe your ex-wife?). One thing you will find is Electroshock Therapy.
As a finish line emcee I’ve seen a lot of people run through this bad boy. Some manage to do it with style and grace, but others, well…not so much. If you want to crush it like a boss, read these tips carefully.

Do This:

Do – Treat the wires like they stole your girl. Yell at them, and leave them in the dust. Seriously, get mad. Put on your game face and let out a scream. Sure, you’ll look crazy, but you’re already running through a field of white hot electricity with no shirt and a tutu on.
Do – Make friends with the wires. Unbridled rage not your thing? Try introducing yourself to Electroshock and asking it out to a nice steak dinner. Maybe it’ll take it easy on you. Or maybe it’ll be insulted you didn’t notice its new hot zones and get you even worse. Your call.

Do – Dream about the beer on the other side. Did you forget there is a beer on the other side? Yeah, I thought so. Just jog on through and grab a frosty cold one. Afterall, beer is always tastier when you earn it.

Do – Have a legionnaire show you how it’s done. If you’re running with one of our vaunted legionnaires or even if you aren’t, watch one of them run through and show you how a pro does the job.

Do – Have a sense of humor. The fact is, you’re going to get shocked. You’re going to look silly doing it, and you may even fall down in the mud. You know what else? It’s going to be hilarious. So get over yourself and laugh along with us, or at the next poor runner behind you.

Don’t Do This:

Don’t – Bob and weave. You are going to get shocked. The only way to make EST worse is to get cute with it and try to dance around the wires. EST ain’t cute, it’s whatever the opposite of cute is. So just plow through it and hope for the best.

Don’t – Start out like a boss unless you can finish like a boss. Some guys come through, put their arms out straight to the sides and walk slowly through to maximize shocks. Some of them actually pull it off. These people are insane, but at least they committed to their insanity. Other people start off like this, get one shock and then bolt. Don’t be those people. Be a boss, a true champion and commit.

Don’t – Link arms with your friends and run through. There is no way to guarantee hitting every single wire like making a big slow moving wall. Also…in no way does it help absorb the shock.

Or Do – Link arms with your friends and run through. Wait, what? You just said NOT to do this!? Here is the thing: yes, it’s going to suck, but the quickest way to solidify a relationship is to shock the hell out of it. So link arms with a friend or five and hit every single wire and become bonded for life.

Don’t believe me? Ask anyone that’s ever linked up and listen to their story, because trust me…it haunts them.

Don’t – Act too cool for the obstacle. You wear leather jackets, your hair is always perfectly messy and you always do the worm at parties. You. Are. Cool. But guess what. Electroshock don’t care about any of that. Respect the wires, or trust me, they will make you respect them.

Don’t – Forget about your entourage while you’re on the inside. They all came to watch you get through this course. They’re all here. Your wife or husband, your kids, your parents, even your weird uncle Dale came. Remember that when you get inside and do them proud. Or scream like a baby and trip over the hay bales. Either way, they’re getting their money’s worth.

Finally, the biggest DO of all. DO remember why you came to the course.

Was it to have fun? Was it to be part of something positive? Was it to overcome a fear? Whatever your reason, by the time you get this shocking obstacle you’ve conquered so many challenges you won’t want to leave without showing everyone, or maybe just yourself, that you can, and will, finish what you started.

Because, in my opinion, Electroshock Therapy is what Tough Mudder is ALL about. It’s the ultimate push-past-your-comfort-zone, dig deep obstacle.

Written by Jonathan Roy, Tough Mudder
Click here to learn more about Tough Mudder Colorado in Snowmass, September 10 – 11

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