When Christy Mahon moved to Aspen in her early 20s, the concept of using skins, summiting a 14,000-foot-peak or skiing in the backcountry were all foreign to her. But by 2015 at the age of 39, Mahon was the first woman and part of the first crew to climb and ski the 100 highest peaks in Colo…

The news hit me like a sack of ski boots. “Après is dead,” an unknown gravelly voice said, before an ominous silence overtook the line. It was still summer, but the words sucked the wind out of me like a midwinter knuckle landing. Could it be true? Was après in Aspen really a thing of the pa…

Aspen has served as a creative hub for artists ever since Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke envisioned a community built upon the idea of stimulating the mind, body and spirit. There is a special energy in the Roaring Fork Valley that has attracted and inspired countless artists of all types. Whe…

After the lifts stop turning, the waiting game begins. Sure, you store your skis and pull out your bikes and other gear to enjoy the mountain activities that come with summer, but it’s always with an eye toward the opening day of the next ski season. While you soak up the warm weather and wo…

Surrounded by four world-class ski areas with high-speed chairlifts whisking us to thousands of acres of terrain, most Aspenites get the majority of their winter fill by skiing, snowboarding and skinning within the boundaries of Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass. But beyond the…

In the rarified air of Aspen real estate, the West End is arguably the most desirable neighborhood, a place where home sales regularly break records and command the highest price per square foot. It’s also where a large percentage of Aspen’s 261 Victorian-era buildings still stand—albeit mod…

As the unofficial drink of Aspen, the espresso martini is a mainstay for catching a boost with your buzz after a long day on the slopes. Below are a few of our favorite takes on the wired cocktail.

The roundabout is much better experienced via the wooden footbridges spanning its perimeter, and parking in downtown Aspen is more pleasant when it’s free at a bike rack. That’s no secret and is part of what makes the warm-weather months in Aspen so great, when the preferable method of trans…

Sure, where you ski is important, but where you après may even say more about you. Highlands and microbrews? Ajax and Sancerre? The options and combinations are endless. But it isn’t only about where you ski and what you drink, it’s also about what you wear. If you’re going to head to a see-…

Morris Hogan is one of the rare breeds who was born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley and graduated from Aspen High School. Aside from studying at Colorado State University and sampling the pow in Telluride for a few seasons, Morris has always called Aspen home. If there is snow on the g…

Skippy Mesirow is a staple around town who serves as Aspen’s youngest city council member. Topping his agenda are rebuilding Aspen’s middle class through affordable housing, becoming the first city in the nation with 100-percent voter participation and renewing Aspen’s environmental leadersh…

Skye Weinglass is a local entrepreneur, artist and community builder. Her eponymous Skye Gallery features mixed-media art curated with local and international artists. The gallery also offers educational workshops, art classes, live music and cultural events. An artist and world traveler, Sk…

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