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winter 2013-2014 Gunilla R. Asher Publisher david laughren Advertising Director Jill Beathard Editor Account Managers William Gross Ashton Hewitt Tim Kurnos Louise Walker Max Vadnais Creative Team Ashely Detmering Carly Hoover Malisa Samsel Creative Team Supervisor Afton Groepper Distribution/Circulation manager Maria Wimmer Photography Stewart Oksenhorn Jill Beathard Jeremy Swanson Thinkstock Aspen Times archives

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on the cover Gretchen Bleiler smiles at an event in Vail in 2012. Bleiler, of Snowmass Village, won a silver medal in women’s snowboarding halfpipe in the 2006 Olympics. Photography by Dominique Taylor

The Aspen Times 314 E Hyman Ave., #101 Aspen, CO 81611 p. 970-925-3414 f. 970-925-6240 Copyright Š 2013 The Aspen Times All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without express written permission is strictly prohibited.

Dear Guest People in Aspen do great things. Gracing our cover is Gretchen Bleiler, a Snowmass native who won a silver medal in women’s snowboarding halfpipe in the 2006 Olympics. Bleiler is one of more than 20 Olympians that Aspen can claim, and in light of the Sochi games this winter, we decided to share some of that history with you. As impressive as their feats are, their accomplishments off the slope are equally commendable. Many, including Bleiler, have used their celebrity to advocate for causes that vary from environmental initiatives to getting young people active to promoting organ donation. Others get involved on the local level. That spirit of ambition and civic service is shared by a lot of people in Aspen, not only those who live here but those who consider it their home away from home. I hope that we have captured that in this magazine and armed you with the information you need to participate fully in the cultural and recreational activities that make the Aspen lifestyle. Enjoy your stay as you continue to change the world, in ways big and small. Jill Beathard Editor


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Table of Contents

Ski areas Page 8 Snowshoeing/cross country skiing Page 18 Snowcat tours Page 20 Hut trips Page 24 Snowmobiling Page 26 Backcountry safety Page 28 Kids 30 Page 34

indulge Spas Page 33

features The big premiere The Wheeler Opera House is unveiling renovations to its balcony that will make tooshes and long legs much happier. Page 39 A tradition of excellence A walk through the stories of Aspenites who paved the way to the Olympics for generations of American winter sports athletes to come. Page 45

everywhere Calendar of events Page 55 Dining Guide Page 65 Locals’ Choice Page 89


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Ski Resorts

The first lift began running on Aspen Mountain in 1947. Skiing on these slopes, you get a sense of the mountain’s place in American skiing history. The classic skiing experience, Aspen Mountain has a mix of intermediate and difficult runs and is covered with shrines to various locals and celebrities. The après scene starts at the Sundeck at the summit and continues in downtown.

Winter Season dates: November 23, 2013 - April 20, 2014 Base elevation: 7,945 ft./2,422 meters Summit elevation: 11,212 ft./ 3,418 meters Vertical rise: 3,267 ft./996 meters Terrain: 675 acres/273 hectares Number of trails: 76 Miles/km of trails: 64 miles/ 103 kilometers Longest run: 3 miles/ 4.83 kilometers Types of trails: easiest: 0%, more difficult: 48%, most difficult: 26%, expert: 26% Lifts: Eight Lift hours: All lifts open at 9 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m. except FIS lift which closes at 3:45 p.m. On-Mountain Restaurants: Sundeck, Bonnie’s, Ajax Tavern, Element 47 at The Little Nell

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Ski Resorts


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BASE ELECATION: 7,870 feet/ 2,399 meters

Airport, it’s literally a hop, skip and a jump from the runway to the base area. Speaking of jumping, every year the Winter X Games take over Buttermilk in late January and bring the world’s top winter sports athletes to compete. This year, the X Games will take place from Jan. 23-26, 2014.

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SUMMIT ELEVATION: 9,900 feet/ 3,018 meters Terrain: 470 acres/190 hectares Number of trails: 44 Miles/km of trails: 21 miles/ 34 kilometers Longest run: 3 miles/ 4.83 kilometers Types of trails: easiest: 35%, more difficult: 39%, most difficult: 26%, expert: 0% PARKS AND PIPES: Buttermilk Park, including 22-foot superpipe and X Games slopestyle course; Panda Pipe and Ski & Snowboard Schools Park for beginners. Lifts: Eight Lift hours: All lifts open at 9 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m. On-Mountain Restaurants: Bumps and Cliffhouse

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Ski Resorts

With the most expert terrain of Aspen’s four ski areas and the ultimate inbounds backcountry experience in the Highland Bowl, Aspen Highlands has been the locals’ favorite for decades. If that’s not your speed, don’t shy away: the mountain also has a variety of intermediate and beginner runs and groomers.


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Season dates: December 14, 2013 - April13, 2014 Base elevation: 8,040 feet/ 2,451 meters Summit elevation: 11,675 feet/ 3,559 meters (top of Highland Bowl 12,392 feet) Vertical rise: 3,635 feet/ 1,108 meters Terrain: 1,040 acres/421 hectares Number of trails: 122 Miles/km of trails: 84 miles/ 135 kilometers Longest run: 3.5 miles/ 5.6 kilometers Types of trails: easiest: 18%, more difficult: 30%, most difficult: 16%, expert: 36% Lifts: Five Lift hours: All lifts open at 9 a.m. Exhibition lift closes at 4 p.m.; all other lifts close at 3:30 p.m. On-Mountain Restaurants: Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro and Merry-Go-Round

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Snowmass is one of the largest ski areas in the country. It offers a little bit of everything, from mellow beginner sections — used by highly effective ski and snowboard instructors — to bumps, steeps and trees higher up. The Aspen Skiing Co. just opened some new terrain on the east side of the mountain last year, as well as a new restaurant at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola.

Winter Season dates: November 23, 2013 - April 20, 2014 Base elevation: 8,104 ft./2,473 meters Summit elevation: 12,510 ft./3,813 meters Vertical rise: 4,406 ft./1,343 meters Terrain: 3,332 acres/1,448 hectares Number of trails: 94 Miles/km of trails: 150 miles/241 kilometers Longest run: 5.3 miles/8.5 kilometers Types of trails: easiest: 6%, more difficult: 47%, most difficult: 17%, expert: 30% Parks and pipes: 3 terrain parks (Snowmass Park, Makaha and Lowdown), 1 22-foot superpipe and 1 beginner pipe Lifts: 21 Total: 19 primary: 1 eight-passenger gondola, 1 high-speed six-passenger lift, 1 six-passenger pulse gondola, 7 high-speed quads, 2 quads, 4 ski/snowboard school lifts (including surface lifts); 2 secondary: 2 platter pulls Lift hours: The Sky Cab opens at 8 am; Cirque lift opens at 10 am; Village Express and Sam’s Knob lifts open at 8:30 a.m.; all other lifts open at 9 am. Most lifts close at 3:30 p.m., weather permitting. On-Mountain Restaurants: Elk Camp, Sneaky’s Tavern, Sam’s Smokehouse, Up 4 Pizza, Two Creeks Cafe, Lynn Britt Cabin, Burlingame Cabin (snowcat dinner rides), Ullrhof and Gwyn’s High Alpine.

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Cross country and Snowshoe Trails in Aspen /Snowmass The alpine offerings of Aspen/Snowmass are so plentiful that sometimes visitors forget to explore the miles and miles of groomed nordic trails that we like to refer to as our “fifth mountain. What makes our nordic skiing special is that you can access the groomed trails just about from anywhere and access is free. Well, free from having to buy a trail pass, as most nordic areas around the world require. Many of these trails are equally suitable for snowshoeing. The following pages list our top 10 favorite trails in the area for crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing, as well as suggestions for backcountry trips.

1 Owl Creek

Owl Creek is a 9-mile intermediate crosscountry, snowshoeing trail, with most of the trail being good for beginning with occasional hills that add some difficulty. This scenic trail connects Aspen and Snowmass Village, hugging the south side


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of the Roaring Fork and Owl Creek valleys. Most skiers use this trail as a casual tour with a lunch break and light touring gear. The easiest and most popular stretch of trail runs from the West Buttermilk Road to the Snowmass Cross-Country Center. How to get there: Snowmass Village — Snowmass Village Trail or Snowmass Cross-Country Center. Follow signs. West Buttermilk Road — Drive through the main Buttermilk parking lot from Highway 82 to West Buttermilk Road at the far right corner of the lot. The Owl Creek Trail crosses 1.4 miles up the road, by a small parking area on the right. Tiehack — Experienced skiers can ski from the base of Tiehack up along the right side of the alpine trail to the Oregon Trail toward and across Main Buttermilk. Aspen Golf Course — Access Tiehack though the James E. Moore Trail and new Tiehack Nordic Bridge.

2 The Terminator

The Terminator is an advanced 3-mile loop that winds around the Two Creeks development. It is an exciting trail for advanced cross-country skiers. The loop also can be used to access the Owl Creek Trail, which is an intermediate trail.. How to get there: Snowmass Village — Snowmass Village Trail or Snowmass CrossCountry Center. Follow signs.

3 James E. Moore Trail

The James E. Moore Trail is a 2-mile beginner trail. It’s a short loop and connecting trail to the high school, Iselin and Owl Creek trails. The loop is a favorite because of its winding hills. The trail and loop wind through open sage areas that are home to deer, fox and other wildlife. How to get there: Take the roundabout pedestrian underpass. Or, from the parking lot at the Aspen Golf Course, cross under Highway 82 on foot and go 200 feet to the left (east). Free bus service is available.

4 Aspen Golf Course and Cross Country Center The Aspen Cross-Country Center is at the Aspen Golf Course, 1 mile west of Aspen off Highway 82. This made the list because it offers ski lessons, tours, a retail shop, rentals, a lounge, lockers, snacks and videos. It also offers beginner trails, free bus service and easy access to other trails. How to get there: Free bus service is available.

5 Bernese Boulevard

Bernese Boulevard is a great trail for dog owners and their furry friends because it is located on the Aspen Golf Course and is a scenic route around the perimeter. It’s a 2-mile route. How to get there: Free bus service.

6 North Star Nature Preserve Loop If you’re looking for a light, easy trail that’s a little over a mile, try the North Star Nature Preserve Loop. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are one of the few uses permitted on this flat, open meadow property close to the Roaring Fork River. How to get there: Go 1.5 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82 and look for the small parking area on the right.

7 Rio Grande Trail

The Rio Grande Trail is a popular walking, skiing and snowshoeing trail that leads you up to 20 miles one way from Aspen to Basalt. The trail is mostly flat that meanders through the quiet woods and open sage areas. Because this trail is easy, marked and not groomed, it offers the opportunity to have an adventure in a more primitive setting. How to get there: The eastern end starts behind the Aspen Post Office. Free bus service is available.

8 Benedict Trail

The Benedict Trail is an intermediate trail 1.5 miles from Ute Avenue to North Star Nature Preserve. This section of trail serves as a connection from the east end of

Aspen to the preserve. It is narrow, winding and mostly in the trees. However, a small portion of this trail is subject to avalanche danger. How to get there: Follow Ute Avenue to the Ute Trail parking lot, then up a public access 100 yards to where the trail crosses. Free bus service also is available.

9 Maroon Creek Trails

The Maroon Creek Trails are accessed from the Tiehack Nordic Bridge or from the Buttermilk base area. Adventurers also can reach these trails from the Aspen Golf Course via Maroon Creek Trail. The scenic section of track can sometimes be short of snow and has steep turns and terrain. It is for advanced skiers only. How to get there: Pick up the tracks beyond the Panda Peak lift at the Buttermilk base area.

10 Village Way

Village Way is an access route between Snowmass Village and the Snowmass Club Golf Course tracks. The trail is fairly steep, making the route somewhat challenging in either direction. This is an intermediate trail, and dogs are allowed, so it’s a nice trail for pet owners. How to get there: From Snowmass Village, reach the bottom of the Assay Hill Lift.

Explore the outdoors with ACES Tours Naturalists from the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies will be leading daily snowshoe and ski tours, offering knowledge on topics such as mountain ecology, wildlife and avalanches. Call 970-925-5756. Aspen Mountain and Snowmass snowshoe tours: • 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., meet at top of respective gondola • $63 for adults, $56 for youth and seniors, $43 for children • Purchase tickets at any lift ticket office Ashcroft snowshoe tours: • 10:30 a.m., meet at Ashcroft Ski Touring Center • $110; reservations required • Includes tour of ghost town of Ashcroft, lunch at Pine Creek Cookhouse, snowshoe rental and trail pass

Nordic tips Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Trail system offers 60 kilometers of free groomed cross-country trails in the area. Find maps at the Aspen or Snowmass nordic center, located on their respective town golf courses.

Snowmass Cross-Country Center offers lessons and ski and snowshoe rentals and is open daily. Call 970-923-5700.

The Aspen Cross-Country Center offers nice, flat trails for novices and also offers rentals and lessons. Call 970-925-2145.

Ashcroft Ski Touring is located about 11 miles south of Aspen via Castle Creek Road. A true escape, the private enterprise charges a trail fee of $25 per day for adults; $15 for half a day. Kids under 12 and seniors over 67 pay $15. Call 970-925-1044. BACKCOUNTRY TOUR If you’re considering heading into the backcountry, think about hiring an experienced guide. Aspen Expeditions has years of experience under its belt. Call 970-925-7625; Or Aspen Alpine Guides: Call 970-9256618;

Snowmass Ski Tour: • 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily, meet at Wapiti Wildlife Center at top of Elk Camp lift • Free • Only when Elk Camp lift is running Nighttime tours On Friday nights only, ACES offers nighttime snowshoe tours in conjunction with Aspen Skiing Co.’s Ullr Nights (see page 10). Tours leave from the top of the Elk Camp Gondola at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Call ahead for pricing.

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snowcat Tours

Untracked stashes Imagine untracked stashes of snow on the backside of Aspen Mountain. Fresh track guaranteed. No lift lines, no crowds, just the exhilaration of skiing some of the finest powder snow in a spectacular setting. It’s just two guides and a driver who lead a 12-person snowcat group, selecting terrain according to daily snow conditions and the group’s experience. Snowboards also are welcome. This is what can be found through Powder Tours, a guided snowcat tour to some of the best skiing in the country. The tours meet at 8:15 a.m. in the lower level of the Silver Queen Gondola Building at the base of Aspen Mountain. After a short ride to the summit, groups are given an orientation with guides before heading out for backcountry skiing and riding. A hearty lunch is served in a cozy woodstove-heated cabin set in the heart of the picturesque Elk Mountains. Tips: There is space on the snowcat for extra items, such as cameras, hats, gloves and goggles. Tours are dependent on snow and weather conditions. Make sure and call ahead to book a tour. Info: 970-920-0720

Snowcat dinners Looking for something different to do for dinner? Ride up the mountain on a snowcat and enjoy fine dining in one of Aspen/Snowmass’s on-mountain restaurants.

The Lynn Britt Cabin Snowcat Dinner offers guests a ride to this rustic yet elegant cabin for a four-course meal of western mountain cuisine and live entertainment. Rides are available Tuesday and Thursday nights and pick up in Base Village outside Sneaky’s Tavern. Cost is $99 for adults, $57 for children ages 3-11 and free for children 2 and under. Burlingame Cabin is an authentic western cabin, offering views of Mount Daly. Dinners are served family-style with live entertainment. Rides are available Tuesday evenings and meet at the slopeside end of the Snowmass Village Mall. Cost is $77 for adults and $29 for children ages 3-11. CLOUD NINE ALPINE BISTRO offers snowcat dinners on Thursday evenings. Rides leave the base of Aspen Highlands at 6 p.m. Reservations are required for all events above. Call 970-923-8715.


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hut trips

Head for the backcountry on a hut trip If you’re looking for a great backcountry tour with friends and family and you’re looking for a place to stay overnight, take a backcountry guided hut trip tour with the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association.


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This will be an experience unlike any other, and the association will outfit you and prepare you for an adventure with no experience necessary because the guides are certified by the American Mountain Guides Association and trained to take you to the huts that are located in the White River National Forest. Take in spectacular views of the surrounding Aspen area and experience an aspect of Aspen not seen by many. The 10th Mountain manages a system of 29 backcountry huts in the Rocky Mountains, connected by 350 miles of suggested routes. These include a variety of huts, ranging from cabins within a few miles of a trailhead to backcountry shelters that are many miles from any other signs of civilization. The association offers opportunities for backcountry skiing and snowshoeing during the winter and mountain biking and hiking during the summer all while staying in safe, comfortable shelter (the huts).


Aspen area trailheads | Hunter Creek Trailhead | Elevation: 8,380 feet 10th Mountain Map: Smuggler Mountain USGS Map: Aspen To reach the Hunter Creek Trailhead, start in the town of Aspen. Follow Main Street in Aspen to Mill Street (the stoplight near the center of town, next to the Hotel Jerome). Turn north on Mill Street and drive a short distance down a hill, then across a bridge over the Roaring Fork River, about .25 miles. Bear left after the bridge and follow Red Mountain Road 1.2 miles to its second switchback. Just before the switchback, turn right and downhill on Hunter Creek Road. Drive .5 miles on Hunter Creek Road, then take a hard left on an unpaved driveway that leads up past a water tank 300 feet to a parking area. The actual trailhead is farther up the mountain but this is the parking lot.

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How to get there: The simplest method is to walk back down the driveway to Hunter Creek Road, turn left through two stone gate posts marked “Private,� and follow the paved Hunter Creek Road .25mile around a hairpin switchback to the well-signed Hunter Creek Trailhead on the right side of the road.

| Upper Hunter Creek Trailhead | Elevation: 8,400 feet 10th Mountain Map: Smuggler Mountain USGS Map: Aspen For the Upper Hunter Creek parking area, follow Hunter Creek Road up Red Mountain and go northeast through the stone pillars continuing up Red Mountain Road for 0.6 mile to a threeway intersection. Take a very hard turn and continue 0.1 mile through two sharp switchbacks. This is private property. Please respect the homeowners. Do not enter private, marked driveways or cross the bridge.

| Lenado Trailhead | Elevation: 8,640 feet 10th Mountain Map: Smuggler Mountain USGS Map: Aspen Lenado Trailhead is at an intersection 8 miles west of Aspen. It is located .8 mile west of the turn-off to Snowmass Village/ Snowmass ski area. Travel north on Smith Way for .5 mile, cross the Roaring Fork River and continue to a three-way intersection. Turn left (north) at Upper River Road (County Road 17) and travel north for 1.5 miles to the sharp turn right (east) onto the Woody Creek Road, County Road 18. Go 8.4 miles through Lenado to the marked 10th Mountain winter hut parking area on the right. A sign and a chain with a lock marks the parking area. The combination for the lock on the chain is the same as the hut combination.

| Off the beaten path | The Grand Traverse, a 40-mile backcountry ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen, will take place for the 17th year on March 28. Local, national and international athletes race in teams of two and ski the route overnight in this extreme endurance competition. For more information, visit

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A Big Deal on Snow Snowmobiling tours take guests to some of the most scenic views in the world. Some of the most accessible snowmobile terrain in western Colorado is right in Aspen and Snowmass’s backyards. Aspen’s big open meadows and technical big-mountain riding will delight beginner and advanced riders alike.

Snowmobile Tours T-Lazy-7 Snowmobiles offers snowmobile tours to the world-famous Maroon Bells.

Three tours are offered and average between two and four hours. The Maroon Bells tour will take you to Maroon Lake on a two-hour ride, with hot refreshments served at the base of one of the most photographed locations in the world. Tours begin at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. T-Lazy-7 Snowmobiles also offers the Klondike Lunch Tour, a three-hour ride that takes you through the Maroon Creek Valley with views of 14,000-foot peaks all around. Travel to the Klondike cabin, where a gourmet lunch of hamburgers from ranch-raised, grass-fed beef will be served. Tours begin at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. info: 970-925-4614

Western Adventures offers snowmobile tours from Lenado, north of Aspen, to Kobey Park, one of Colorado’s most scenic areas. Kobey Park has panoramic views of all four ski areas, the Maroon Bells, Pyramid, Capital, Daly and Sopris peaks. Tours travel on miles of groomed trails with open parks available for some free ride time. Daily rentals are also available. info: 970-923-3337


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Backcountry safety You’ve seen the movies — the pros out there skiing down impossible chutes well into the backcountry. Helicopters give them a ride, and it all seems so effortless as they fall gracefully down their lines. Yet, venturing into the backcountry does not have to be that adventurous. A snowshoe hike out Richmond Ridge could be as calm and serene as a morning cup of coffee. What might surprise you, however, is that the dangers are close to being the same. There are some basic lessons one should know before going into the backcountry. Here are a few tips to think about, whether this is your first time out of bounds, or your 100th.



avalanches have killed more people in Colorado than any other natural hazard

• Communicate When going into the backcountry, always alert someone to your plans. Include a time when you will check-in with them. • Never go alone Oftentimes, a partner will be your best chance at a rescue should an avalanche slide, or an injury would prevent you from rescuing yourself.

• Bring supplies Actually, bring enough for a day, even if you just plan on being gone an hour. An extra layer, food, water are the basics. A shovel, probe and beacon are also recommended. If you plan on skiing, then don’t leave any of these pieces at home. • Check with experts Talk to a ski patroller when you’re in bounds. While their jobs are to create safety inbounds, they are very familiar with snow conditions and will alert you if it is too dangerous. Also, check in with the Colorado 28

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About the Colorado avalanche information center The purpose of the CAIC is to minimize the economic and human impact of snow avalanches on recreation, tourism, commerce, industry and the citizens of Colorado. Since 1950 avalanches have killed more people in Colorado than any other natural hazard, and in the United States, Colorado accounts for one-third of all avalanche deaths. With a staff of 15 avalanche professionals, they achieve their purpose through a dual mission of forecasting and public education.

Colorado Avalanche Information Center 325 Broadway St. WS#1 Boulder, CO 80305 303.499.9650 | 303.499.9618 (fax) Avalanche Information Center at https://avalanche.state. for updated conditions and alerts. • Always be on guard Perhaps the best advice is to never assume you are safe in an area that is uncontrolled. Prepare for the worst, and then go have a lot of fun.

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Fishing During the quieter winter months, several rivers offer high-quality fishing entirely unique to this region. In fact, when the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Commission declared the 13 miles of the Roaring Fork River between Basalt and Carbondale as “Gold Medal Water,” that created the longest continuous section of Gold Medal Water in the state at 42 miles. The Roaring Fork and Colorado River systems offer everything from small water to big water, but we recommend checking with local guides first to enhance your fishing.

Fly Shops Crystal Fly Shop, in the Carbondale City Market Plaza, offers regular guide trips and a number of options for gear. info: 970-963-5741; Roaring Fork Anglers, with shops in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, offers everything from guided trips to a wide range of equipment. info: 800-781-8120;

Aspen Outfitting Company holds exclusive leases on the area’s largest selection of private water. Guides will share their intimate knowledge of these streams to provide a memorable fly-fishing experience. info: 970-925-3406; Taylor Creek Fly Shop, located less than 30 minutes from Aspen on the banks of the Fryingpan River in Basalt, is western Colorado’s oldest and most prestigious flyfishing specialty store, worldwide sport fishing travel and guide service. info: 970-927-4374;

Fun for kids

Aspen has a lot to offer kids and families, beyond just skiing. Here are some ideas of things to do with your kids: Ice Skating

The Aspen Ice Garden or the Lewis Ice Arena in Aspen are open for public skating. Call ahead at 970-920-5141 to check the schedule. If you’re in Snowmass Village, the outdoor rink at Town Park is now offering rentals through the Recreation Center. Call 970-922-2240 for the schedule there.


The most popular hill is the Whoa, Nelly! behind the Aspen Recreation Center. The Meadows area on Snowmass will also be open for sledding on Friday nights this season.


You can still play at the park in the winter. Wagner Park, Yellow Brick, Triangle Park and Herron Park in Aspen all have playgrounds. Do that and a cup of hot chocolate somewhere and you’ve killed a whole afternoon!


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to a day at the spa by Abby Margulis Special to Winter In Aspen

Tis the season for hitting the slopes day after day and running from dinner to concert to party. Take a few hours or a whole day off to get some R&R at one of these full-service day spas in Aspen and Snowmass. Remède Spa Remède Spa lets its guests escape underground into luxury and relaxation with high-end amenities. In this 15,000 square-foot spa, guests receive customized treatments, a hydrotherapy pool with three waterfalls and access to the fitness center. Remède is ranked the second best hotel spa in the continental U.S. and has recently been selected as one of the top spas for ski and snow in the 2013 SpaFinder Wellness Reader’s Choice awards.

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Customized 60-minute massage: $175 Rocky Mountain Ritual, 1 hour 45 minutes: $280 Nourishment facial: Price determined by time 970-920-3300 Open seven days a week Inside the St. Regis, 315 East Dean St. Aspen, CO Salon Tullio Salon Tullio is a full-service beauty salon and day spa giving its clients the real Aspen experience. Known for its wide range of hair services including haircuts, styling and professional coloring, this salon also offers a selection of spa treatments and full-body waxing. Tullio is a popular choice among locals, vacationers and celebrities for its consistency and quality work.


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Spa Aspen at the Aspen Club After a morning on the mountain or a visit to the gym, take an hour or the rest of the day to kick up your feet at SpaAspen. It provides relaxation and rejuvenation with a wide variety of treatments ideal for an active mountain town. An all-day pass to the Aspen Club’s facilities comes with a spa service of $75 or more, including access to the fitness center, group classes, lap-pool, and Jacuzzi and steam room.

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Salon Terra This Aveda concept salon in Basalt offers hair services, full-body waxing, facials, manicures and pedicures, and a full makeup bar. Book any service and receive the complete Aveda experience from getting treated with only Aveda products to enjoying a complimentary Aveda tea. The salon also touches up your makeup for free after a service. This reasonably priced salon is perfect for a regular appointment or special event.

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In 1984,

the addition of projection equipment in the Wheeler Opera House was a major point of contention. Because of the size of the equipment, the booth encasing it required about a third of the space on the balcony. It was the 1880s clashing with the 1980s. And it resulted in what Gram Slaton, director of the theater, calls “the biggest, ugliest booth possible.” “They managed — as far as I’m concerned — to totally compromise the look of a beautiful, historic theater,” he said. A renovation this fall sought to correct that blunder. By swapping old projection equipment for a digital system, the kidney-shaped booth from the ’80s has been replaced with something a third of the size, allowing for more leg room on the balcony. It also added three rows of premium seating. Slaton said that where the kidney booth stands is “where everyone has always wanted to sit, but the pain of sitting there has kept people from making that their first choice.”

performed in the venue. He said the experience begins when you buy the ticket. From vendor to usher to performance, visitors take in the entire experience. He regarded this most recent remodel as the final stage in renovation for the theater, which was built in 1889 and has been owned by the city since 1918. He said he understands that some people wanted the Wheeler to be left alone, but “this is Aspen, and we need to change.” “It’s a difficult task for the Wheeler board. We look at it as a productive theater, but some see it as a museum piece,” he said. Some visitors, he said, look forward to visiting a “funky theater,” but the board recognizes that it must take advantage of technological offerings of the 21st century. “The Wheeler will be successful,” he said, adding that it will employ 21stcentury technology but will maintain the building’s 19th-century character. “We haven’t changed or desecrated it in anyway. We are proud of it.”

Brian O’Neil, a board member at the Wheeler Opera House, has sat and


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Construction continues in the heart of the Wheeler Opera House on Nov. 11. The 19th-century theater was closed all fall for renovations that added leg room and seating in the balcony.

The Wheeler’s reopening will kick off with a Dec. 21 performance by Burt Bacharach. Some other events to mark on your calendar:

Dec. 23 through Jan. 2

Feb. 1

Aspen Film’s Academy Screenings

Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys

Dec. 25

Feb. 14

The Crystal Palace Revue (two performances)

Judy Collins

Dec. 31

Jerry Jeff Walker

New Year’s Eve with the Delta Saints

Feb. 15

March 11


Ladysmith Black Mambazo

ABOVE: South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo returns to the Wheeler Opera House on March 11. FAR LEFT: Dr. Ralph Stanley, along with the Clinch Mountain Boys, performs at the Wheeler on Feb. 1.

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chose it after RETIREMENT, the Aspen community has long been intertwined with the winter Olympics.

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Aspen is fortunate enough to have claimed more than 20 Winter Olympians, and several more who may compete in Sochi in 2014 (qualifications had not occurred as of press time). The athletes listed here represent a small percentage of that group, but we wanted to pay tribute to their place in history and the doors they opened for future Olympians.


It started with Dick Durrance, who competed in the fourth-ever Winter Olympics in 1936. Although not from Aspen, Durrance would eventually move here with his family, becoming general manager of the Aspen Skiing Corp. and organizing the 1950 F.I.S. World Championships, largely considered to have put Aspen on the map as an international ski destination. At the top of the field in U.S. ski racing for much of his career, Durrance’s image eventually adorned the national champion medals awarded by the United States Skiing Association.Durrance was a standout at the 1936 games, placing 10th, and was one of the first American men to successfully compete with the Europeans.

TOP: Aspen Historical Society, Patrick Henry Collection. The 1950 U.S. Ski Team in Aspen for the F.I.S. World Championships. The skiers pictured were also part of the 1948 Olympic team. Pictured: Steve Knowlton (left), Brooks Dodge, Dean Perkins, Jack Reddish, Leon Goodman, Gale Spence, Dick Moritz, Jim Griffith, Dave Lawrence, Pete Seibert, Toni Matt, George Macomber, Barney McLean (team coach), Bud Little (team manager), and Corty Hill (team doctor). // MIDDLE: Aspen Historical Society, Knowlton Collection. The 1948 Olympic team members Gordy Wren (left), Steve Knowlton and Gene Gillis train in Aspen before the games. // BELOW: Aspen Historical Society. Ross Davis (left), Dick Durrance, Steve Knowlton, Gordon Wren, Jean Litchfield, and Mary Isabelle Thurneyssen wait in line during the grand opening of Lift One on Aspen Mountain in January 1947.


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LEFT: Aspen Historical Society. Max Marolt at the Rocky Mountain Division Junior Championships in 1952. // MIDDLE: Aspen Historical Society. Andy Mill shakes hands with Bill Marolt after winning the Garmisch Cup in 1969. // BOTTOM: Aspen Historical Society, Durrance Family. The USA-FIS 1962 team, including Bill Marolt on the left.

The Marolts Aspen first sent a native son to the Olympics in 1960. A thirdgeneration Aspenite, Max Marolt and his two brothers, Bill and Bud, were at Aspen Mountain the first day the lifts opened to the public. After placing third at the National Junior Meet in Stowe, Vt., in 1951 and racing for Denver University, Max earned a spot on the U.S. Ski Team in 1954. He went on to race in the F.I.S. Championships four years later, garnering an invitation then to the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley, Calif. Marolt placed 15th overall in downhill and giant slalom. He never left skiing behind, becoming a sales representative for such companies as Volkl and Nordica, according to a 1991 article in Aspen Magazine. In fact, Max Marolt would die doing what he loved: He suffered a fatal heart attack while skiing in Argentina in 2003. “Max Marolt loved to ski,” wrote his son, Roger, after his death in 2003. “It didn’t matter if the snow was drifted into slabs, rock hard ice, or rotten slush. To Max, the conditions were always super.” Max paved the way for other young Aspenites to reach for Olympic gold, including his younger brother, Bill. Bill Marolt raced in the 1964 games and coached the U.S. ski team in the early 1980s. Since 1996, he has been the president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. He recently announced his decision to step down after the Sochi games. He won’t be far away though: Bill Marolt will continue to serve on the U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors and as vice president of the International Ski Federation.

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CLOCKWISE: Aspen Historical Society, Cassatt Collection. Andy Mill after being named to the U.S. Olympic ski team in 1976. // Aspen Historical Society. Mill steps off the plane in Aspen after being named to the U.S. Olympic ski team in 1976. // AP file. New Castle native Alice McKennis speeds down the course during the women’s downhill competition at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.


One of Aspen’s most promising talents emerged on the national stage in the 1970s. Andy Mill, born in Denver and raised in Aspen, was America’s top-ranked downhill racer for most of his career. However, his career was plagued by injuries. A crash on his first training run at the 1976 Olympics left him with a bruise so painful he could barely walk, according to an article by Christin Cooper in Skiing Heritage in March 2008. “As it was, Mill finished sixth, one of the best U.S. men’s results in Olympic downhill history,” Cooper, an Olympic medalist, wrote. “But the feat was nothing but vintage Mill. … If Innsbruck’s ride was borderline outrageous, it perfectly captured Mill’s exuberant risk-vs.-reward approach to living.”


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Aspen Times file. John Callahan teaches younger skiers technique during a practice session in 2004 outside the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard clubhouse.

Callahan John Callahan sort of fell into nordic skiing. An alpine racer at Aspen High School, he started cross country skiing in college to help rack up team points. “We would go do the giant slalom or the slalom race, and then go to a rental shop and rent some skis and go to the cross country race,” Callahan said. “After four years of school doing cross country I never trained for it … but I got better and better at it.” Callahan realized he had a talent for nordic skiing. After college, he raced for the U.S. Ski Team from 1990 to 1994, going to the Olympics in Albertville, France, in 1992. Those were the last games held in the same year as the summer games; Callahan was aiming to compete in the 1994 games but got sick right before the trials. He retired from competition after that, but Callahan applied his experience — and the lessons learned about staying healthy — to coaching young nordic skiers in Park City, Utah. Callahan also worked as a computer programmer there during his racing career and after. He always knew he wanted to come back to Aspen, though. After growing the Park City team to the point where he couldn’t continue doing it part-time, the nordic director position opened up at the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club.

A knack for giving back Andrea Mead Lawrence

Became first American to win two gold medals in an Olympics, in 1948

Joined Aspen planning board after moving here in the 1960s

Founded the Andrea Lawrence Institute for Mountains and Rivers

Chris Klug

Founded Chris Klug Foundation in 2003 to promote awareness of organ donation and healthy lifestyles for transplant recipients

Gretchen Bleiler

Sits on board of directors, Protect Our Winters, an organization rallying winter sports enthusiasts to fight climate change

Advocates a healthy, active lifestyle for young girls through various initiatives

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OPPOSITE PAGE (CLOCKWISE): Aspen Times file. Gretchen Bleiler parades through Aspen after winning a silver medal in halfpipe in 2006. // Andrew Burton/Courtesy photo. Chris Klug rides in the rain during the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. // Sports Illustrated/Courtesy photo. Bleiler, of Snowmass Village, poses on a February 2006 Sports Illustrated cover with other members of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Snowboarding Team.

Callahan moved his family to Aspen in 2004 and coached for AVSC for seven years, developing its nordic program into one of the best in the country. Although he has now taken another computer programming job, this time for the Aspen Skiing Co., he continues to work with AVSC alum Noah Hoffman, writing his training plan and staying in constant contact with him. “He’s had top 20 World Cup finishes when he has a good race. He’s getting to a point now where an average race will be a top 20 for him in the next year or two,” Callahan said. “And then another year or two after he could be on the podium if he continues on the path he’s going.” When Callahan competed, he was one of the best nordic skiers in the U.S. Callahan says these days, the level of competition requires even more from athletes. “When I did it, it was more of a truly amateur sport,” Callahan said. “It’s still an amateur sport, they don’t make much money, but … at the level he’s (Hoffman) skiing, there’s no way he could have a job like I did.”


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TOP: Vail Daily file. Chris Klug at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002. // BOTTOM LEFT: AP file. Klug turns around a gate during a World Cup snowboard parallel giant slalom qualification heat in Stoneham, Quebec. Klug went on to win a bronze in the event. // BOTTOM RIGHT: Courtesy Chris Klug. Roaring Fork Valley Olympians Chris Klug, left, Gretchen Bleiler, Alice McKennis, Simi Hamilton, Casey Puckett and Jeremy Abbott hang out at the opening ceremonies in Vancouver in 2010.

Klug A true all-around athlete, Chris Klug knew he wanted to be an Olympian, but he didn’t quite know what sport he would compete in. The Aspen native started skiing “as soon as I could walk” and got on a snowboard after the first time he saw one. “I always dreamed about being a part of … snowboarding’s first Winter Olympic Games, so when that became a reality in 1998, it was definitely the fulfillment of a dream and a goal,” Klug said. “On top of that, I didn’t just want to go to the Olympics, I wanted to bring home a shiny necklace.” Although he was the top American finisher in those games, he just missed his goal of winning a medal, coming in sixth place. That was discouraging because he didn’t know if he would get another opportunity to reach the podium, not only because of the rigorous qualifying process but because he had been diagnosed several years before with a genetic liver disease. Klug was on a waiting list for a liver transplant for six years. “I started to wonder if I was going to die on the waiting list,” Klug said. Klug would receive a life-saving liver transplant in July 2000. Klug was back on his snowboard seven weeks after surgery, and just a year and a half later, he won a bronze medal in the parallel giant slalom in the Salt Lake City Olympics. “It was a scary time being on the waiting list for six years,” Klug

said. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It shaped me into who I am. … It gives you a heck of a perspective. I don’t take a day for granted anymore, that’s for sure.” Klug, whose family lived in Oregon during his high school days and returned to Aspen in the early 1990s, said he wouldn’t have gotten through his ordeal without his friends and family in Aspen. He competed in the Olympics one more time in 2010. “(Aspenites) rally for their Olympians,” Klug said. “It’s a part of our culture and our heritage. … I mean, look at the incredible list of Olympians from this town, from Andy Mill to Andrea Mead Lawrence … to be a part of that is pretty special.” One of Klug’s favorite Olympic memories was the torch relay in Aspen before the Salt Lake City games in 2002. In conjunction with that, Klug’s father helped organize a luncheon for all the living Aspen Olympians.

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Today Today, winter sports athletes are continuing to represent Aspen in the Olympics. At press time, qualifiers for the 2014 games had not been announced yet. But some Aspen athletes seeking glory on the world stage included Gretchen Bleiler, who came home with a silver medal in 2006; Jeremy Abbott, a threetime U.S. champion in men’s figure skating who competed in the 2010 games in Vancouver; and X Games skiing star Torin Yater-Wallace, of Basalt. “Whatever sport you’re in, you recognize that this is the Super Bowl of winter sports, and the other thing you recognize is you’re not just there representing your sponsors and yourself, you’re representing your friends and your family and your country and your community,” Klug said. “You really feel that, especially when you walk in the opening ceremonies. You feel that this is a lot more than just your performance.”

TOP LEFT: AP file. Bleiler soars during the women’s snowboard halfpipe finals in the 2010 Olympics. // TOP RIGHT: Courtesy Leah Adams. Jeremy Abbott opens his long program at the U.S. Figure Skating National Championships in 2007 in Spokane, Wash. Abbott competed in the 2010 Olympic Games and at press time was seeking a place on the 2014 U.S. team. // MIDDLE: Summit Daily file. Casey Puckett, left, clears a jump near the finish line in the 2007 Winter X Games men’s skiercross competition. Puckett went to five Olympics, racing in alpine skiing in 1992, 1994, 1998 and 2002 and skicross in the 2010 games. // BOTTOM: AP file. Bleiler flies through the air on the way to winning the silver medal in the women’s snowboarding halfpipe competition in 2006. 52

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14 | Santa, Snowmastodon and

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16 | From Athens to Aspen: Perennial Themes that have Shaped Our World Participants will explore six paired themes that have shaped our world. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Aspen Meadows Resort. Info: 970-544-7929; 17 | Holiday Open House at Anderson Ranch Arts Center For a complete list of activities call 970-923-3181 or visit 19-22 | Theatre Aspen presents: “The

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19-20 | USPA World Snow Polo

Championship World-class polo players compete for the title at the 11th annual USPA World Snow Polo Championships. Celebrities and spectators gather under heated tents to enjoy the action. Wagner Park. Info: 970-710-1663;

21 | Wheeler Opera House presents: Burt Bacharach Celebrating the Wheeler’s grand reopening. 8p.m. Ticket prices: $75/$100/$125. Info: 970-920-5770; 23- 01/02 | Aspen Film Academy

Screenings at the Wheeler Opera House Every winter Aspen Film’s Academy Screeningss present a silver screen celebration of the year’s newest films. Info: 970-925-6882;

23-24 | Teddy Bear Story Hour Celebrate the holidays with classic tales from around the world, recommended for children ages 3 to 6. Event will take place at the Wheeler Stallard Museum starting at 10:30 a.m. Info:

24 | Holiday songs and carols Snowmass Base Village. Info: 25 | The Crystal Palace Revue at the Wheeler Opera House 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Ticket prices: $20/$25/$50. Info: 970-920-5770; 26 | ACES Après: Holiday Open House

Part of 12 days of Aspen. Free and open to the public, this Boxing Day open house will include guided snowshoe tours around the preserve, hot chocolate, mulled cider, wine, snacks and more. 3:30-6:30 p.m., Hallam Lake. Info: 970-925-5756;

28 | Aspen Art Museum: Freestyle Winter Benefit This no-holds-barred, fashion-forward event benefitting the AAM features champagne, caviar, amazing oneof-a-kind auction items and a fashion show — and it sells out every time. 4:30-7:30 p.m., St. Regis Resort. Info: 970-925-8050; 28 | Torchlight Parade and Fireworks

Torchlight parade at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks

at 6:30 p.m. Moms, dads and kids ages 8 and older are invited to be part of the trail of light on Snowmass ski area. Info: 970-923-0560;

28-30 | JAS Café at the Little Nell: Gypsy Allstars Info: 970-920-4996;

31 | Snowmass New Year’s Celebration Put on your party hat for New Year’s Eve parties at hot spots throughout Snowmass, including feasts at local restaurants and live music and dancing into the wee hours. Snowmass Base Village. Info:

30 | Ajax Cup Join the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club for the winter’s most exciting celebrity ski race on the Little Nell Run on Aspen Mountain. A day of racing is followed by “The Hottest Party of the Holiday Season” (Aspen Peak Magazine) at the St. Regis Resort. Info: 970-205-5107 31 | New Year’s Eve Party with the Delta Saints It’s Aspen’s newest tradition. For one ticket you not only see a brilliant boogie-provoking show, but also get your party favors, noisemakers, champagne toast and an open bar. Delta Saints is a Louisana boogie rock n’ roll group that has been selling out across the U.S. and Europe. 9 p.m., Wheeler Opera House. $65 all seats. Info: 970-920-5770;

JANUARY 06-02/27 | Nancy Lovendahl, “What is Here and What is There?” exhibit. Wyly Community Art Center, Basalt. Public reception 5-7 p.m., Jan. 23. Info: 07-03/25 | Highlands SkiMo Race Series This six-race uphill series is an opportunity to challenge yourself against local athletes, work on individual race technique, finetune your transitions and enjoy post-race beer with friends. 5:30 p.m. Info: 09 | Aspen History 101 at the Wheeler

Opera House The no-credit, fun college of the Rockies, also known as the Aspen State Teachers College, hosts a crash course in local lore, featuring actors, actresses,

History Tours

A s p e n R e c R e At i o n c e n t e R Features Include:

Tours by appointment only. Call 970-925-3721, ext. 104, or email

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On-mountain ski tours Mondays: Aspen Highlands, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesdays: Snowmass Mountain. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fridays: Aspen Mountain, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free with a lift ticket. Meet at the ambassador hut on top of Aspen Mountain, at the ambassador hut by Merry Go Round on Highlands, and by the ambassador hut on Sam’s Knob in Snowmass (subject to change; call for more information).

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History Coach A guided tour of historic downtown Aspen in an electric vehicle – complete with a visit to both the Wheeler/Stallard Museum and the Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum. $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, children 12 and under free (maximum five people). West End Walking Tour A beautiful stroll through Aspen’s Victorian West End with a focus on history and architecture; learn little-known facts about the homes themselves and the people who lived there. $15/adult, $12/senior, children 12 and under free. Hotel Jerome History Tour Aspen’s iconic Hotel Jerome has been at the center of Aspen life since the doors opened in 1889. Join us in the lobby of the Hotel Jerome to find out how and why. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays. $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, children 12 and under free.

Two Story Waterslide Lazy River 25 Yard Lap Pool Hot tub Sauna Steam Room NHL Sized Ice Rink Public Skating 32 Foot Climbing Tower Cardio & Weight Rooms Fitness Classes Shower & Towel Services Outdoor Skating Rink “Whoa Nelly” Sledding Hill Cross-Country Ski Trails

Don’t forget to visit the Red Brick Recreation Center located at 110 E. Hallam Street, Suite 135 for Aspen’s largest indoor climbing gym and a wide array of adult fitness classes.

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Explore One of the Largest Nordic Systems in the U.S. - Over 90 kilometers of groomed skiing available

See ACES tours on page 19.

- Groomed for both classic & skate skiing - Full service cross country ski centers in Aspen and Snowmass - Call the Nordic Hotline at 970-429-2039 or visit us online at for trail maps and grooming reports.

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aspen times file // Aspen Community School middleschoolers Harrison Patrick, Dermott McHugh and Annie Goth chip away at their sculpture of an old-fashioned car during Kidsculpt in 2013. Kidsculpt is an event during the annual Winterskol festival, which is Jan. 9-12.

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A busty group of cheerleaders — their tops read Twin Peak High School — perform on stage during last year’s Aspen Gay Ski Week costume contest at the base of Aspen Mountain. The 2014 Gay Ski Week is Jan. 13-19.

song, dance and even Klaus Obermeyer. All attendees receive a Student ID, good for discounts around town and on beer at the Mad Hatter’s Ball. Info: 970-920-5770;

09 | Aspen Historical Society presents: Mad Hatter’s Ball at the Wheeler Opera House After reviving the beloved Aspen/Snowmass pastime last year, it’s here to stay. Live music to kick off Winterskol, plus an award for “Best Hat” will be chosen by the Winterskol King and Queen. Winner receives two passes to Aspen Laff Fest. Presented by Aspen Historical Society, Aspen Chamber Resort Association and Wheeler Opera House. Info: 970-920-5770;

09-12 | Aspen Winterskol Aspen’s annual “toast to winter.” The four-day celebration features on-mountain activities, Soupskol, a canine fashion show, Winterfest, fireworks and more. Info: 09-11 | Wintersculpt Part of Winterskol, this is a 48-hour snow sculpture competition organized by the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Teams compete for cash prizes by carving a work of art from a block of snow. A competition for middle-school children is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 10. Aspen pedestrian malls. Info: 970-923-3181 10-11 | JAS Café Downstairs at the Little Nell: Wycliffee Gordon, Hello Pops! Info: 970-920-4996; 13-19 | Gay Ski Week Aspen Gay Ski Week is the premier gay and lesbian winter travel


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and vacation event in Colorado. This is a weeklong LGBTQ winter event held each year featuring skiing/boarding on one of the four mountains and daily après-ski parties, dinners, comedy, film, parties, snowshoeing and more. Info: www.

jim ryan/courtesy photo // X Games silver medalist Sarka Pancochova, winner Jamie Anderson and third-place finisher Spencer O’Brien celebrate on the podium at Buttermilk after last year’s slopestyle competitions. The Winter X Games are Jan. 23-26, 2014.

19 | Owl Creek

Chase Supertour Cross-Country Race The 21K-event loops around the Snowmass Club Golf Course before connecting to the Owl Creek Trail, where it crosses Buttermilk and the Tiehack Bridge, finishing at the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club. All-day event, starting at the Snowmass Cross Country Center. Info:

21 | Aspen Highlands SkiMO Race Series


23-26 | X Games Aspen The Winter X

Games return to Aspen/Snowmass for an unprecedented 12th year. Base of Buttermilk Mountain. Info:

24 | Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series – Savoy 5:30 p.m., Gondola Plaza, Aspen. Info: 25-26 | Collage & Mixed Media: acrylics

unleashed With Lisa Singer. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wyly Community Art Center, Basalt. Info:

30-31 | JAS Café Downstairs at the Little Nell: Kathryn Kosins Info: 970-920-4996;

FEBRUARY 01 | Wheeler Opera House presents: Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys Dr. Ralph is a great bluegrass player and celebrates his 87th year with a farewell tour. 8 p.m. $45 all seats. Info: 970-920-5770;

04 | Aspen Highlands SkiMo Race Series Info: 07-03/28 | Bud Light Big Air Fridays

Athletes showcase their newest and most progressive tricks on a Big Air jump at Snowmass at 2 p.m. every Friday. Info:

13 | Aspen Music Festival and School: Winter Music Series, Joyce Yang 6:30 p.m., Harris Concert Hall. $50. Box Office: 970-925-9042. Info: 14 | Wheeler Opera House presents: Judy

Collins 8 p.m. $45 all seats. Info: 970-920-5770;



14-15 | Aspen Santa Fe Ballet 7:30 p.m., Aspen District Theatre. Info: 970-925-7171; 14-17 | The Aspen Institute presents: 2014 Winter Socrates Seminars The institute invites you to spend an exciting weekend learning and participating in winter activities. Info: 970-544-7929; 15 | Wheeler Opera House presents: Jerry Jeff Walker Aspen’s newest part-time resident is full of sass and ready to rock. 8 p.m. $65 all seats. 970-920-5770; 18 | Aspen Highlands SkiMo Race Series Info: 20-23 | Aspen/Snowmass Freeskiing Open

This Gold-Level AFP event is one of the best open competitions in the nation. It attracts more than 200 athletes to compete on the famed X Games slopestyle and superpipe courses. Info:

20-22 | Aspen Laff Festival at the Wheeler

Opera House This will be a unique four-day comedy experience, where comics really get to do what comics do best: Everything funny. Come ski all day and laugh all night as we present the most brilliant new voices in comedy. Info: 970-920-5770;

20 | Aspen Music Festival and School: Winter Music Series, Jennifer Koh 6:30 p.m., Harris Concert Hall. $50. Box Office: 970-925-9042. Info:

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22-23 | Printmaking Basics: stencil monoprints With Jennifer Ghormley. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wyly Community Art Center, Basalt. Info: 22 | Challenge Aspen Chris Bove Memorial Uphill Challenge Aspen presents the Chris Bove Memorial Uphill race, held at Snowmass ski area for the first time ever. Registration and pricing at 970-923-0578 or


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MARCH 02 | Aspen Film Annual Oscar Party at

the Caribou Club This annual fundraising gala brings red carpet glamour straight from Los Angeles to Aspen’s famed Caribou Club. The evening includes red carpet arrivals, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, seated dinner, dancing and live broadcast of the 85th annual Academy Awards. Info: 970-925-6882;

03 | Power of Four Mountaineering

Race With approximately 12,000 feet of vertical gain over 25 miles across the four ski areas, including summiting the Highland Bowl. Info:

4 | Mardi Gras Celebration Snowmass

celebrates 32 years of Fat Tuesday revelry with the biggest Mardi Gras bash in the mountains. From free mask-making for kids at the Treehouse to a midafternoon madcap parade to a free concert, this authentic fete offers Cajun fun for every age. Info:

5-24 | Laurie McBride, “My Favorites” Wyly Community Art Center, Basalt. Public reception 5-7 p.m., March 14. Info:

07-08 | JAS Café Downstairs at the Little Nell: Cyrilla Aimee & Diego Figuelredo Info: 970-920-4996;

spirits, artisanal craft cocktails, world-class seminars by award-winning mixologist and world-class tipplers, snow parties, pop-up bars, demonstrations and more. Info:

08 | Theatre Aspen’s Annual Costume Gala Join Theatre Aspen for the nonprofit’s annual fundraiser featuring dinner, DJ, silent auctions, games and dancing and, of course, over-the-top costumes. 6:30-11 p.m., Hotel Jerome. Info: 970-925-9313, ext. 205;

14-23 | Bud Light Spring Jam The 14th

08 | Ski for the Cure A skiing race on

annual Bud Light Spring Jam, the premier spring festival in the Rocky Mountains, continues like never before with two weekends — March 14-16 and March 21-23 — of new-school competitions and concerts and parties in Aspen/Snowmass. Info:

Snowmass ski area to benefit the Aspen Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Info:

14 | Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series –

11 | Aspen Highlands SkiMo Race Series Info:

15 | Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series – Black Uhuru Snowmass Base Village. Info:

Band TBA Gondola Plaza, Aspen. Info:

11 | Wheeler Opera House presents: Ladysmith Black Mambazo This South African a capella group has won multiple awards, including three Grammies. 7:30 p.m. $35 all seats. Info: 970-920-5770; www.wheeler 13-16 | Après

Ski Cocktail Classic Join us for the second annual celebration of the Après-Ski Cocktail Classic in Aspen/ Snowmass. Grand tasting village, private reserve room with top-shelf premium

Wayne Coyne, of Flaming Lips, who play Dec. 30-31 at Belly Up.

a snowboard-only rail jam competition where competitors will go head to head in a 32-person bracket. The winner will take home $500 and a pair of Smith I/O goggles. Register in person at Radio Boardshop at 424 E. Cooper Avenue or call 970-9259373. Registration is free. 2-4:30 p.m. DJ and drinks at Buttermilk Rail Garden. Info:

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Skiers help one another light their road flares in preparation to ski in the 2012 Torchlight Parade on Snowmass. This season the annual parade and fireworks display is Dec. 28


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Dweezil Zappa, who does his show Zappa Plays Zappa: “Roxy & Elsewhere,” Feb. 13 at Belly Up. It is a tribute to the music of Dweezil’s father, Frank Zappa; he will be playing the entire Frank album “Roxy & Elsewhere,” which was released 40 years ago, in 1974.

Jan. 28..................Richard Blanco Feb. 08.................Dani Shapiro and Nick Flynn Feb. 25.................Carole DeSanti and Karen Joy Fowler March 19.............Tom Reiss March 31.............Maria Semple

Ullr Nights

Winter Words Season 17 Winter Words is a series of readings and talks featuring prominent contemporary writers. Acclaimed authors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and memoir read from their work and discuss topics that range from the creative process to the role of art in today’s world. All events begin at 6 p.m. at the Aspen Institute. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Registration opens Nov. 1; visit or call 970-920-5770.

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Ongoing Events

Art Clubs Art clubs for ages 6 to 12 and advanced for ages 8 and up. 3:30-5:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays, through winter and spring. Wyly Community Art Center, Basalt. Info:

Kids Sing-a-long and S’mores by the Fire Free. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, at the Wildwood fire pit. Info: Ullr Nights Aspen Skiing Co. opens up the Elk Camp Gondola every Friday night for sledding, snowbiking, s’mores and hot chocolate, ice skating and dining. Dec. 27 through March 28. Info: ACES: Potbelly Perspective Slide Show & Lecture Series This series features Aspen locals or visitors sharing exciting accounts of world travel and adventure shared through images and stories. 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays, from Jan. 8 through March 12. Free for members; $5 for non-members. Info: 970- 925-5756; ACES: Naturalist Nights Lecture Series ACES, Wilderness Workshop and the Roaring Fork Audubon invite you to a lecture series featuring wildlife experts and ecologist to explore and share topics of the natural world through slideshows and discussion. Hot drinks and cookies will warm up these winter evenings. 7:30 p.m., Thursdays, from Jan. 9 through March 13. Free. Info: 970-925-5756;

Maria Semple.

Storytelling at the Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center Some of the tallest tales in the West recounted by master storytellers. Free. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., every Wednesday throughout the season. Info:

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Kids Winter Art Classes Anderson Ranch Arts Center classes on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from Dec. 18 to March 28 in Snowmass Base Village. Session 1, for ages 4 to 5, is 1:30-3 p.m. Session 2, for ages 6 to 8, is 3:30-5 p.m. $40 per class; $100 for three consecutive classes. Info:

Aspen Historical Society: Time Travel Tuesdays “My life is your vacation” isn’t just a bumper sticker. This Time Travel Tuesday series explores the ways people have made careers out off tourist activities, and the history of each pursuit in the valley. Topics include ski instruction, fly fishing and Food and Wine. 5:30 p.m., every Tuesday from Jan. 21 to March 11. $8. Info: 970-925-3721; The Aspen Institute presents: Great Decision Series This is an eight-week series where participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2014 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. 7-9 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 28 through March 18 at the Aspen Meadows Resort. $195 includes all sessions and refreshments. Info: 970-544-7914;

15-16 | Terrain Park Boot Camp Beginner skiers and snowboarders can learn how to safely slide a rail, hit a box and throw a trick from coaches and fellow athletes. Anyone 13 or older can join in the fun. Free. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fanny Hill. Info: 15 | KickAspen Big Air Showcases ski and snowboard athletes competing under the lights at the base of Aspen Mountain. Prize giveaways, a beer garden and DJ Naka G will round out the action. Info: 16 | Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo 7:30 p.m., Aspen District Theatre. Info: 970-925-7171; 16 | Fallen Friends Memorial Event Fallen Friends Memorial Event brings together our mountain community to have fun in costume on a combination moguls/ freestyle/slalom course in honor of friends lost on the mountain. Info: 17 | St. Paddy’s Day Celebration The

biggest blarney bash in the mountains features Lucky Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt, green beer and Irish fare, food and drink specials and more. Snowmass Village. Info:

21-22 | CORE Party The best downtown

the fun. Free. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fanny Hill. Info:

23 | Battle in the Bowls Teams of two race across the many bowls of Aspen Highlands to seek out a surprise list of runs. Info: 24-28 | Week of Watercolor With Sarah Peterson 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Wyly Community Art Center, Basalt. Info: 25-30 | NASTAR National Championships

NASTAR will celebrate the sport of alpine racing and serve as a reunion for the top recreational racers in the country. Snowmass. Info:

29 | Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series –

Lucas Nelson & P.O.T.R. Snowmass Base Village. Info:

29-30 | Watercolor Weekend With

Sarah Peterson 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Wyly Community Art Center, Basalt. Info:

29 | Aspen Santa Fe Ballet-Encore! 7:30 p.m., Aspen District Theatre. Info: 970-925-7171; 29 | Elk Mountains Grand Traverse This is an extraordinary 40-mile backcountry ski race between the towns of Crested Butte and Aspen. Starting at midnight often in sub-zero temperatures, racers traverse Colorado’s spectacular Elk Mountains. Info:

block party of the year. The show is free and open to the public and takes place on the corner of Galena Street and Cooper Avenue. Info:


21-22 | JAS Café Downstairs at the

03-04 | JAS Café Downstairs at the

Little Nell: Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers Info: 970-920-4996;

Little Nell: Pedrito Martinez Info: 970-920-4996;

22-23 | Terrain Park Boot Camp Beginner skiers and snowboarders can learn how to safely slide a rail, hit a box and throw a trick from coaches and fellow athletes. Anyone 13 or older can join in

03-04 | Painting in Broad Strokes With Bayard Hollins 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wyly Community Art Center, Basalt. Info:


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15 | Aspen Music School & Festival: Winter Music Series, Robert McDuffle with Elizabeth Pridgen 6:30 p.m., Harris Concert Hall. $50. Call: 970-925-9042. Info:

07 | Buttermilk Rail Jams at Buttermilk Ski and snowboard on the mountain. Register in person at Radio Boardshop at 424 E. Cooper Ave. or call 970-925-9373. Registration is free. 2-4:30 p.m. DJ and drinks. Info: 970-925-9373; 07 | Closing Day at Buttermilk Info: 08-14 | Aspen Film Shortsfest 2014

Aspen Shortfest is one of the world’s premier international showcases for trendsetting art form: the short. This Oscarqualifying international competition offers a lively, provoking, and humorous selection of drama, comedy, animation and documentary — all at 40 minutes or less. Wheeler Opera House. Info: 970-925-6886;

13 | Closing Day at Aspen Highlands Info: 17-19 | Theatre Aspen School Spring Youth Production: “The Hobbit, a Musical” 7 p.m. nightly; 2 p.m. matinee on April 19. Wheeler Opera House. Info: 970-925-9313; 20 | Closing Day at Aspen Mountain and Snowmass Info: 20 | Schneetag Teams of four are invited to create a craft that will slide down a pond at Spider Sabich and attempt to soar over a 30’ x 20’ pond. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Info:

Aspen Valley Hospital and Mayo Clinic Working together. Working for you. Aspen Valley Hospital is one of a select number of hospitals in the country -- and the first in Colorado -to become a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. That means local physicians have Mayo Clinic expertise at their fingertips: eConsults, treatment recommendations, the latest research and access to some of the best medical knowledge in the world -- right here at home. Visit us online at or call 970.544.1296 to learn more.

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The SnowmaSS Village ice Rink: now open foR The winTeR SeaSon Located at Town Park Station on Brush Creek Road in the rodeo arena Open to residents and visitors of all ages and levels 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Now offeriNg skate reNtal aNd coNcessioNs! Ice Rink available for public and open skate, stick and puck, and rink rental. Visit or call 970.922.2240 for the latest schedules and programs (weather dependent). While you’re there, be sure to stop by the Snowmass Village Recreation Center, offering fitness, recreation, and aquatics programs all winter long.

More information: Visit 970.922.2240


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Whether you’re headed to the ski area or the skating rink, let the snoWmass Village shuttle giVe you a Free ride

The free and frequent Village Shuttle departs approximately every 20 minutes from 6:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. to almost any location in the Village

Consult the current route map for specific information on route and departure times or visit

Other Great ServiceS dial-a-ride 970.923.3030 In a location not serviced by the Village Shuttle? No problem. Call us from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. for a trip within Snowmass Village for only $1 per person. (For the most timely service, please call thirty minutes before desired time of departure)

Late NiGht Service 12:45-2am Trying to get home after the last Village Shuttle departs at 12:45 a.m.? A Late Night Taxi Service is available to take you home from the Village Mall until 2 a.m. Meet at the Village Shuttle Depot and catch a ride within Town limits for $1. Day Skier ParkiNG Skiing Snowmass for the day? Park for FREE in the Rodeo parking lot at the entrance to town. The Village Shuttle provides frequent and direct service to the Snowmass Mall and Snowmass ski area.

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70% of locals and visitors look at the Aspen Times Weekly to find out what is going on in the local entertainment/nightlife scene. Contact your local advertising representative today! 970-925-3414

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Cross Country Skiing


Snowshoes  Sleigh Rides with GIANT horses  Historic Ghost Town of Ashcroft Ski to Dinner with a miners light... an Aspen tradition Aspen Center for Environmental Studies-ACES naturalist snowshoe tour


PINE CREEK COOKHOUSE , Majestic Mountain Dining

Serving Lunch and Dinner at the base of spectacular mountains Rentals  Lessons  Tours  Luxury Cabin Rental 700 acres of outdoor fun... under permit from the USFS Reservations and Information (970) 925-1044 Located in the Ashcroft Valley, 12 miles from the roundabout up Castle Creek Road


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ashcroft Pine Creek Cookhouse Select menu items tikka masala panicotta Fried Rice Crouton and Cilantro Micro-Greens pine creek smoked trout melt Aged White Cheddar, Fresh Baked Cracked Wheat Bread, Kale Farro Salad and Horseradish Cream north american buffalo tenderloin Aged White Cheddar Grits, Blackened Green Beans and Smoked Cherry Sauce granny smith apple strudel Candied Pistachio Anglaise WILD-MUSHROOM SPINACH CREPES GOURMET SANDWICHES SIGNATURE CAESAR SALAD FAMOUS HOMEmADE SOUPS

Located at the end of

Castle Creek Road, at the base of majestic Elk Mountain, the Pine Creek Cookhouse is the premier Aspen dining experience, reached in the wintertime by cross country skis, snowshoes, or horse-drawn sleigh. The Pine Creek Cookhouse is a spectacular log lodge that delights diners with unique “mountain gourmet” fare. Star Peak Cabin is a private, luxury, five-bedroom cabin and is available for an adventurous backcountry experience. One of Aspen’s favorite experiences for locals and visitors alike, guests leave their cars at the historic ghost town of Ashcroft to cross-country ski, snowshoe, or ride the horse-drawn sleigh to the Cookhouse. The Ashcroft Ski Area has more than 35 kilometers of groomed cross-country and snow shoe trails.

LOcation Castle Creek Road Aspen, CO 970.925.1044 HOURS: Serving lunch daily noon to 2:00 p.m. and dinner nightly arrival time 6:30 p.m. to ski or sleigh to the Cookhouse

For lunch, the high peak vistas of the Elk Mountains are awe-inspiring. As the views take your breath away indulge yourself in our menu choosing from specialties such as wildmushroom spinach crepes, gourmet sandwiches, legendary house-smoked rainbow trout, our signature Caesar salad, and famous homemade soups. On Aspen starry winter nights you can take a guided ski or snowshoe adventure by miner’s light or a romantic sleigh ride to the Pine Creek Cookhouse. Awaiting you at the end of the trail is a glowing fire to warm your fingers and toes. Then treat yourself with a delectable selection of warm drinks, fine wines, and a four course meal featuring North American buffalo, elk, rainbow trout, Alaskan salmon, and vegetarian delights.

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bangkok happy bowl Lunch & Dinner Pad Thai Bowl Most popular thai noodle dish featuring stir-fried thin rice noodle with egg, bean sprouts, garlic, chive and crunchy peanuts Green Curry Bowl The Classic thai curry with select vegetables and thai basil, served over house rice


located next to Clark’s

Market, the Bangkok Happy Bowl has quickly become a huge favorite for locals and visitors alike. This authentic Thai bistro offers several original and award winning signature recipes by Chef Paula Rungsawang. For the past two decades, Rungsawang has earned international acclaim for her Thai recipes in Australia.  She came to the U.S. in the early 2000’s and with partner Kirk Coult have opened several successful restaurants in California and Colorado, including the Wild Bangkok Bar and Grill which won the “2012 Top of the Town” award for best Thai restaurant in Denver.  Coult and Rungsawang have been regular visitors to the Aspen community for years and saw a need for an unassuming, come as you are Thai bistro that could

Authentic, Fresh and Flavorful LOcation 300 Puppy Smith St Aspen, Co 970.925.2527 Hours: Mon-Thu, Sun 11am - 9:30pm Fri-Sat 11am - 10pm Dine-in,Carry out and FREE Delivery Full Catering for All Sized Parties


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offer a quaint setting for dine in and convenient access for take-out service. Their challenge was finding the ideal location.  However, as soon as they heard about the space next to Clark’s they jumped at the chance and opened in February 2012. The menu changes seasonally with winter dishes like Pumpkin Curry with Lamb; and of course, there’s the classic Pad Thai with your choice of beef, chicken, shrimp or tofu.  Each of Rungsawang’s recipe offers you a choice of mild, spicy or what the traditional Thai way (what Rungsawang fondly calls Paula hot).  The BHB offers a full bar. Dine in or Take Out. Parking is free.  Free delivery service is available anywhere in the Aspen core and in Snowmass Village for large orders. 

wild pumpkin soup Homemade thai style organic pumpkin soup Tom Yum shrimp Traditional thai spicy and sour soup with mushrooms and herbs with a dash of roasted chili

specialties Royal duck curry Tasty roasted duck curry ed with lychee, pineapple, tomato, bell pepper and basil coco salmon Grilled wild salmon fillet cooked in spicy red curry sauce with steamed baby spinach and thai basil

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WINTEr hourS MoNdAY - frIdAY 10AM - 4PM SATurdAY 11AM - 4PM BIG SALADS GREEK Romaine lettuce, tomato, cucumber, feta, kalamata olive, banana pepper and homemade garlic parmesan dressing


GARDEN Romaine lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion, croutons and choice of dressing ANTIPASTO SALAD Genoa salami, provolone, romaine, tomato, artichoke hearts, roasted red pepper, banana pepper, kalamata olive and homemade garlic parmesan dressing

(grilled on focaccia bread)

MEXACALI CHICKEN Grilled chicken breast, bacon, tomato, red onion, jalapeno, cheddar and mayonnaise

DARKSTAR Roast beef, provolone, red onion, Dijon mustard and horseradish mayonnaise

CASEY JONES Turkey, bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato and ranch dressing

SMOKESTACK Grilled chicken breast, hot wing sauce, bacon, jalapeno, lettuce and blue cheese dressing

233 EAS T MAI N · ASPE N, C OLORADO FREE DELI VER Y! · (970) 925-6647

CHEF Ham, turkey, swiss, cheddar, romaine lettuce, tomato, cucumber and choice of dressing CAESAR Romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, croutons and Caesar dressing

COBB Turkey, bacon, egg, avocado, romaine lettuce, tomato, red onion and blue cheese dressing

ADD: Grilled chicken breast, Tuna salad, Curry chicken salad, Avocado or Egg DRESSINGS: Ranch · Blue Cheese · Caesar · 1000 Island · Italian · Garlic Parmesan · Balsamic Vinaigrette · Oil & Vinegar

SCARLETFIRE Choice of ham or turkey, provolone, chipotle mayo, tomato, roasted red pepper and red onion STELLA BLEU Grilled chicken, ham, swiss, dijonaise, lettuce and tomato

MAGIC MUSHROOM Marinated portobello mushrooms, provolone, tomato, roasted red pepper and pesto CASSIDY Fresh mozzarella, tomato, kalamata olive and pesto

SPECIALTY SANDWICHES GARCIA Turkey, bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, banana pepper, sprouts, mayonnaise and choice of cheese on a sub roll

ALLIGATOR Grilled chicken breast, bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, BBQ sauce and mayonnaise on a sub roll

BERTHA Ham, salami, capicola, provolone, lettuce, tomato, banana pepper, red onion, mayonnaise and oil & vinegar on a sub roll

FRANKLIN’S TOWER Ham, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise double stacked on toasted white or wheat bread

SHAKEDOWN Turkey, provolone, roasted red pepper, red onion, pesto and mayonnaise on a sub roll

ALTHEA Turkey, swiss, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion and honey mustard on a sub roll

SLIPKNOT Pastrami, swiss, homemade coleslaw, tomato and Dijon mustard on a sub roll

MINGLEWOOD Curry chicken salad, lettuce, tomato, red onion, banana pepper, mayonnaise, oil & vinegar and choice of cheese on a sub roll

TERRAPIN Turkey, salami, swiss, artichoke hearts, lettuce, tomato, banana pepper, mayonnaise and Italian dressing on a sub roll

EDDY OUT Avocado, cucumber, lettuce, tomato, banana pepper, red onion, sprouts, mayonnaise, oil & vinegar, salt & pepper and choice of cheese on a sub roll

233 EAST MAIN · ASPEN · (970) 925-6647 CAll AhEAd for fASTEr SErvICE · frEE dElIvErY! Home of the Cosmic Charlie


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Dining in Aspen

hotel jerome Shared Warm raclette, roasted pear preserves, speck, garlic croustades Trio of fries, duck fat fried, three seasonings-three sauces

Appetizers BBQ shrimp, pencil cob cheese grits, smoked pork belly, green onion Ricotta stuffed meatball, mascarpone polenta, sunday gravy, parmesan

Entrees Braised colorado lamb shank, cranberry, chipotle, sweet potato mash, roasted roots, mint Horseradish crusted ruby red trout, roasted cauliflower, spinach, pears, hazelnuts, lemon-caper brown butter Bone-in pork loin, dried plums, gnocchi, long beans, green peppercorns

Hotel Jerome, a

landmark Aspen hotel is renowned for its relaxed elegance, gracious hospitality and authentic mountain spirit. Located in the heart of town, it features luxurious accommodations, a variety of dining options and the modern amenities of a world-class, luxury boutique hotel. In August of 2012, the hotel underwent a comprehensive remodel. The iconic Jerome emerged in Mid-December as refreshed and revitalized while retaining its historic integrity and identity as “Aspen’s gathering place.” New casual chic is embraced in this renewal of Classic American. Prospect, the hotel’s re-envisioned fine dining restaurant, is an elegant yet comfortable bistro. Prospect merges classic and contemporary design and offers

LOcation 330 East Main Street Aspen, CO 970.925.1245 HOURS: Breakfast 7-11:30am Lunch 11:30-2:30pm Dinner 6-9:30pm J-Bar 11:30-11pm PRICE RANGE: Breakfast $10-20 Lunch $10-20 Dinner $25-$40 hoteljerome.

distinctly American Cuisine. The new lobby Living Room is a settle–in kind of room. The cozy space invites guests and locals alike to meet, relax and linger over shared plates and handcrafted cocktails from a new fireside bar. The J-Bar, Aspen’s favorite watering hole since 1889, serves up Aspen’s best burger and cold beer in a casual, friendly atmosphere. If you haven’t been to the Jerome, you haven’t been to Aspen. a publication of the aspen times


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hickory house THIS IS OUR STORY and we’re stickin’ to it! Our restaurants are family-owned and operated. We are here every day, looking after our food, our staff and our guests, making sure everything is the way it should be. Since 1988, we have worked at crafting our Baby Back Ribs, Barbeque Sauces and other recipes. In that time, we’ve won dozens of national and international rib cook-off competition awards. Several years ago we introduced our fare to the Hickory House Restaurants in Aspen and Parker, where we have achieved success beyond our dreams. We serve the most affordable breakfast, lunch and dinner in town. Dine in, take out, we deliver and we cater. We also ship our award winning sauces all over the country. In addition to our award winning ribs, our menu offers chicken dinners, smokes meats, huge salads, sandwiches and out of this world side dishes.

location 730 W. Main Street Aspen 970.925.2313 Hours: Breakfast & Lunch 8am-2:30pm Dinner 7 days a week, 5-9pm Price Range: Lunch $0-$15 Dinner $10-$25 Find us on facebook @HickoryHouseAspen


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While we are well known nationally for our ribs and sauce, we serve up a mean, affordable breakfast as well. From giant pancakes, traditional egg dishes and biscuits and gravy to granola and fruit, we have something for everyone. We have a full bar with 10 seats and a tv and 3 more Hi-Def tv’s in the dining rooms for sports. Family-friendly, down-home great food! If you don’t believe us, just ask Madeline Albright or Oprah. Oprah raved about our ribs on her show . In combination, the offerings on our menus have proven to be the “Best in Colorado”. We hope you agree, and we thank you for your support.






…A Few Highlights OUR SPECIALTY

BABY BACK RIBS - ONE FULL RACK..................................$1999 BABY BACK RIBS - 1-1/2 RACKS.............................................$2599 BABY BACK RIBS - TWO FULL RACKS ..............................$3199 SERVED WITH CHOICE OF POTATO, bAKED bEANS, COLE SLAW & TOASTED GARLIC bREAD


GRILLED BBQ CHICKEN BREAST TWO BONELESS, SKINLESS BREASTS ............. $1599 BBQ CHICKEN (1/2 CHICKEN) .................................... $1399 HICKORY SMOKED PORK SHOULDER ........... $1399 HICKORY SMOKED BEEF BRISKET ....................... $1599






BABY BACK RIBS • FULL RACK .................................. $1800 SMOKED PORK, SMOKED BEEF & CHICKEN BREAST COMBO (boneless) ..................... $1599 SERVED WITH GARDEN or CAESAR SALAD


GIANT SMOKED PORK OR SMOKED BEEF SANDWICH ON TOASTED GARLIC BREAD OR ROLL PORK ........................................................................................................... $1199 BEEF ............................................................................................................$1399 WITH POTATO CHOICE & COLE SLAW


A • HALF RACK & 1/2 CHICKEN...................................$1899 (bONE-IN bREAST & LEG)



(3 BONELESS, DEEP FRIED FILLETS) ............ $1829



DEUX........................................................$400 Serves 2-3 Serves 3-4 MOMMA ..............................................$600 MOTHERLODE.............................$800 Serves 5 or more A LITTLE SPICY AND A LITTLE CRUNCHY!


GRILLED OR FRIED CHICKEN BREAST SALAD .............................................................................. $1229 GRILLED CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD ................... $1229



Visit us in Parker, CO too! Prices subject to changeawithout publication ofnotice. the aspen times


Dining in Aspen

jimmy’s restaurant For the past 16 years, Jimmy’s has

been Aspen’s neighborhood restaurant and bar, the kind of comfortable restaurant where you can dine again and again. Ask any local, and you will hear that Jimmy’s is an “Aspen Institution.” The menu has something for everyone, from the fresh-squeezed margaritas and the “locally-priced” bar menu to the highest quality steaks, crab cakes, seafood, pork and poultry. And you can always find comfort-food specialties like meatloaf and mac & cheese. “The menu is designed to feature the finest in American cuisine without being pretentious, served in an energetic atmosphere,” says proprietor (and local) Jimmy Yeager. To accomplish this goal, Jimmy’s uses the best possible local ingredients and is completely high fructose corn syrup free. If you share Jimmy’s passion for cocktails, choose from a creative list of classics and contemporaries made with freshly-squeezed juices. The spirits menu features the finest selection of tequila and mezcal in Aspen along with an extensive collection of local and specialty liquors. Winner of the nationally recognized Santé Magazine 2004 Spirits Hospitality

location 205 S. Mill St. Aspen (970) 925-6020 Hours: Bar open at 4:30 Dining Room Service at 5:30 Saturday Night Salsa at 11pm Price Range: $30-$40


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Restaurant of the Year award, Jimmy’s list was rated the best in the country. The energy at Jimmy’s is what really draws a crowd; the restaurant and bar are always lively with a mix of interesting people. In the summer, enjoy the second level covered patio for an unforgettable dining experience. It’s the only place in town to experience the steamy rhythms of salsa and tango every Saturday at 11pm, a long standing tradition that attracts professionals and amateurs alike.

FIRST Jimmy’s Famous

New England

Crab Cake

17 Jumbo Lump Blue Crab, Jicama & Cabbage Slaw






Melted Gruyere, Crouton

Poblano Pepper 14 Oaxacan String Cheese, Fresh Epazote, Salsa Roja BUFFALO Short Ribs

16 Braising Sauce, Cauliflower Au Gratin, Brussels Sprout

Ahi Tuna Tartare

14 Soy Yuzu Dressing, Sliced Avocado, Nori Rice Crackers Spiral Cucumber &Watermelon Salad

Lobster Mac & Cheese

Clam Chowder 10


Black Truffle, Sherry, Tarragon


Arugula & Baby Beet Salad

12 Apple, Celery, Whipped Goat Cheese, Vanilla Hazelnut Dressing

Classic Caesar

9 1/2

Romaine Lettuce Leaves, Garlic Crouton



9 Chopped Romaine, Bacon, Tomato, Chipotle Ranch Dressing


Chef’s Cut


MP Grilled Caesar Salad, New Potato Confit, Crispy Onions

34 White Bean Cassoulet, Roasted Root Vegetables, Gremolata

American Style Kobe Beef

Lamb Shank

Milagro Ranch

Duck Breast & Leg 32 Spiced Red Wine Sauce, Fig Polenta, Glazed Root Vegetables

Grass Fed Beef

34 Six oz. Cut, Salsa Verde, Raw Kale & Vegetable Salad



36 Red Curry, Sauteed Napa Cabbage, New Potato Confit

46 Red Wine Glaze, Roasted Celery Root, Potato Puree

Rocky Mountain Trout

Double Chop

Filet Mignon 35 Shell Steak 37

Cowboy Rib-Eye ON THE BONE 46

29 Hazelnut & Butter Sauce, Green Beans, Wild Rice

Jumbo Lump Blue

Crab Cakes

36 Remoulade, Jasmine Rice, Jicama & Cabbage Slaw * This is a sampling of our menu. Menu and pricing subject to change.

Dining in Aspen


Kenichi, Family Style. Creating an incredible, uniquely flavorful, meal with family and friends who have become your family, is the why Kenichi strives to be the best! 2013 is Kenichi’s 22nd winter in Aspen serving world class sushi and contemporary Asian cuisine. Master sushi chef Kiyomi Sano brings over 30 years of experience behind the sushi bar. Sit at the sushi bar and get to know this talented, approachable, and very entertaining sensei, then let him create a truly unique dining experience. Start with a few specialty sashimi dishes, the roasted almond tuna with spicy cumin miso sauce, the striped bass ceviche with pineapple vinaigrette, or ask about Kiyomi’s new spicy raspberry sauce creation. Complementing the full sushi bar and creating his own unique edible art is Executive Chef Edward Schmidt whose passion for great food and beautiful places has kept his culinary inspiration evolving for over a decade here in Colorado. Kitchen favorites include: gyu tenda filet mignon and tiger prawns with sweet shrimp mirin butter dashi potatos, aragawa style akaushi ribeye charcoal grilled Japanese mustard oak smoked welsh sea salt, Japanese eggplant dengaku, “off 78

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LOcation 533 E Hopkins Ave Aspen 970.920.2212 HOURS: Open 7 days a week 5pm to close Reservations Recommended

course” the dynamite shrimp or the black cod misozuke, char siu Colorado lamb. Chef Eddy’s nightly specials span the best of contemporary Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese flavors, view the full menu at Kenichi’s private tatami room seats 12 to 14. This room is a great place to host a special occasion, family gathering, or spice up a Friday night. Kenichi offers gluten free and vegan menus, as well as, off-site catering, add a sushi bar station to spice up any event. Kenichi is a small family restaurant. We invite you to be our guest at the restaurant and join our small, growing family. kanpai!

SELECT MENU ITEMS appetizers Black Cod Misozuke

Marinated in miso for 72 hrs & roasted


Char Siu Colorado Lamb

Yellowtail Serrano

100% pure akaushi cattle, descendants of Mt Aso revered Akaushi herds

Tuna, Salmon and Yellowtail tartare, spicy teriyaki sauce, fried wontons

Ishiyaki – hot rock

Stone seared at 1000 degrees Shitake, escolar, scallop, akaushi “Kobe Style” Beef. Chef’s selection

Yellowtail Collar

Broiled with soy mirin reduction

Akaushi “Kobe Style” beef tartar

Charred gari, baked wontons

Serrano pepper, basil vinaigrette

Kenichi Special

Snow crab, tuna, cucumber, avocado, inside out, topped with smelt eggs


Snow crab, cucumber, avocado, inside out, topped with tuna, yellowtail, salmon, shrimp


Broken arrow ranch wild boar pot stickers, pan seared with dried cherry Nimono

Shiitake Negimaki

Grilled beef, shiitake & scallion, roll sweet garlic-unagi reduction


Cajun seared Hawaiian ahi avocado, whole grain mustard

Akaushi beef carpaccio

Sambal pickled onion, brown butter, tentsuyu, oak smoked Welsh sea salt hoisin, brown sugar, sesame sauce


Nigiri, sashimi, sushi:Tartare Trio

roasted almond tuna with spicy cumin miso sauce


Avocado, green beans, honey garlic, soy reduction, crispy shallots

striped bass ceviche with pineapple vinaigrette.

Rack with Roasted Sweet Onion, Charred Orange and Asparagus.

Akaushi “Kobe Style” Beef

Kenichi Teriyakis

Served with stir-fried vegetables, crispy skin red bird chicken breast, Harris Ranch natural flat iron steak. Wild sockeye salmon

Asian BBQ Wild Salmon

Grilled king salmon with wok fried greens and Japanese mustard emulsion

Cowboy Steak

Grilled Bone-in Ribeye steak, Caramelized Shallot Teriyaki sauce, Dashi Potatoes

Sesame crusted yellowfin tuna

Buckwheat soba noodles, asian greens, ginger curry vinaigrette

Cedar grilled organic salmon

Honshimeji mushrooms, foie grasbutter, baby bok choy

Dining in Aspen

Little annie’s eating house THE FAVORITES Annies Hamburger 1/2 lb. of chopped sirloin charbroiled any way you like it, served on an onion roll. BBQ Pork Ribs By popular demand, our famous nighttime BBQ ribs served in the daylight, lunchtime portion Gyros Lamb and beef on fresh pita bread with tomatoes, onions and tszatziki sauce with a wedge of spinach pie. Reuben Wonderful, hot & gooey! Lean corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese grilled on dark rye bread with Thousand Island dressing. Veg-Head Lasagna Fresh pasta layered with spinach, zucchini, mushrooms, ricotta and provolone. Baked and served with plenty of marinara sauce. Comes with a tossed salad.


As one of Aspen’s longest operating and most popular restaurants, serving Aspen’s best burgers since 1972, the atmosphere is casual and homey with a flavor of the Old West. In the mood for comfort food? Little Annie’s serves some of the tastiest barbecued beef ribs this side of the Continental divide. Fresh blackened salmon, fresh grilled ahi fillets served with tropical salsas, pasta dishes, and a host of healthy salad choices are always available for lighter fare. All are served professionally and graciously by Little Annie’s highly knowledgeable and skilled wait staff. Daily entree specials both lunch and dinner, daily drink specials, and freshly made soups complement our regular delicious fare. Little Annie’s food is consistently delicious and hearty, the portions are generous, and the wine list includes a selection of

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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS LOcation 517 E. Hyman Ave. Aspen, Co 970.925.1098 Hours Lunch 11:30am to 5pm Dinner 5pm to 10pm Price Range $10-$20

popular and moderately priced offerings. No visit to Aspen is complete without stopping for lunch or dinner at Little Annie’s Eating House, where kids are always welcome and have their own menu. Please visit for complete menus, merchandise, gift cards, and directions. No reservations taken—just come as you are! Little Annie’s is one of Aspen’s favorite local watering holes. There are five TV’s in the bar for watching sports events.

Featuring all new weekly kids classes, single mingle night, date night, brunch around the world, and vegetarian and ethnic classes

enlarged tasting room seats up to 25

Aspen’s premier Cooking school returns to the AABC!

Classes taught by acclaimed local chefs and guest cook book authors

305 F Aspen Airport Business Center (AABC), Aspen Co 81611 | 970.544.4862 | www.mmCAteringAspen.Com

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Dining in Aspen

PoppyCocks cafe Eggs Benedict Poached eggs on English muffin with Canadian Bacon smothered with fresh homemade Hollandaise Sauce . Served with Country Potatoes, Fruit, or Tomato Old Fashioned Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes These cakes are moist inside like hot oatmeal and are a “have to try” item Huevos Rancheros Eggs, refried beans on a corn tortilla, smothered with homemade pork chili verde or vegetable salsa, served with country potatoes, green salad and sour cream. SMOOTHIES Strawberry, Banana & Blueberry Grilled Turkey Grilled turkey, Canadian bacon and jalapeno jelly, cheddar cheese Spinach Salad Spinach, gruyère cheese and pine nuts tossed with balsamic dressing, topped with avocado


Poppycocks has been serving up healthy, hearty breakfasts and lunches in Aspen for nearly 40 years. Just steps from the gondola, it’s the perfect spot to fuel up before a day on the slopes or to take a break for lunch. Start the day with Poppycocks’ famous oatmeal or corn griddle pancakes, so popular the restaurant started selling the mix. Or fill up with specialty crêpes or French toast grilled, not fried, to make it healthier. The Eggs Benedict’s hollandaise sauce is concocted daily from scratch, as is the addictive green chili that tops Poppycocks’ Huevos Rancheros. Fresh veggie salsa rounds out the Avocado eggs, poached and served with cheese on an English muffin. Or you can build your own omelet to have it just the way you like. On the lighter side, grab a fruit

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LOcation 665 E Cooper Ave In the Aspen Square Aspen 970.925.1245 HOURS: 7am - 2:30pm Mon - Sat 7am - 2pm Sun Breakfast is served all day Lunch begins at 11am PRICE RANGE: $10

smoothie fortified with protein powder or eggs. For lunch, grab a fresh salad or sandwich, hot or cold menu items are available to go. Or try a beef chili so superb that Texans come calling just to sample it.

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The Red Onion The Red Onion just got BETTER!

NEW ownership and a NEW Executive Chef we will provide an experience you are sure to enjoy. Our historic bar and restaurant was established in 1892 and has been a traditional gathering place for food and drink since Aspen’s mining days. Today we maintain the classic “Old Colorado” ambiance while serving excellent food and drink options for the entire family. Diners will find a delicious menu that is designed to offer something for everyone – Lunch and Dinner. Looking for bar food? The Classics awaits you at The Red Onion; Sliders, Salads, Fries and our famous “Onion” soup are served nightly. The historic bar offers many brews on tap, wines by the glass and is famous for a wide selection of hard to find Whiskeys. The Red Onion also boasts having the most square footage of televisions in Aspen. Be sure to check out the lively bar scene during game days and key televised events where you will find food & drink specials. Happy hour runs daily from 3pm 6pm. The hand made Red Onion Burger is the best in town. Lunch specialties also include a great selection of Salads and items like the Philly Cheese Steak and Tequila Lime chicken sandwich. Dinner entrees include favorite items created with the old Red Onion in mind: Roasted Organic Half Chicken, Grilled Ruby Red Trout and Brown Sugar & Lime Marinated Flatiron Steak. The Prime Rib special is served traditionally, but if you miss that, you can certainly catch the Shaved Prime Rib sandwiches after skiing. People continue to fill the Red Onion for great Food, Drink and entertainment. At night you will often find live music, Open Mic-Night or even Beer-Pong. One thing is for certain – you will always have a good time! This is one of the oldest staples Aspen has to offer and one not to miss. The Red Onion is back to the glory days of old. Come join us.

location 420 East Cooper Ave Aspen, Co 970.925.9955 Hours: Open at 11am Happy hour is daily from 3-6 and 10-midnight Price Range: Lunch $10-$20 Dinner $15-$25 Lunch and Big Plates are both available all day, every day


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Big Plates


Buffalo & Black Bean Chili

Flatiorn Steak

Red Onion Special Grind 1/2 Lb. CAB Burger

Sour Cream & Cheddar $5 cup / $7 bowl

Baked Onion Soup

Brioche Crouton & Swiss Cheese $7

Skirt Steak Salad

Mixed Lettuces, Marinated Skirt Steak, Chopped Tomatoes, Crispy Onions $16

Brown Sugar & Lime Marinated with ‘Red Onion’ House Made Steak Sauce $24.92

Wild Mushroom Ravioli spinach, roasted garlic & sage, parmesan cheese $17.50


Black Bean Burger

Tomatilla Sauce and Your Choice of Cheese Bacon, Sauteed Mushrooms, Grilled Onions ($1 each) $9.50

Philly Cheese Steak

Grilled Ruby Red Trout & Red Pepper Aioli

Shaved C.A.B. Ribeye, Swiss, Onions, Peppers, Shrooms $14.50

Panko Crusted Green TomatoesMixed Greens, Domestic FetaBalsamic Vinaigrette on the Side $10

Panko Crusted Pork Schnitzel

Warm Apple Bacon Dressing on a Kaiser Roll (or BBQ Style) $13.50

Sesame Chicken Salad

Green Chili Mac & cheese

Fried Green Tomatoes

Mixed Lettuces, Pulled ChickenBell Pepper, Carrots, Cilantro, WontonsTossed in Sesame Vinaigrette $13

wilted greens, cumin vinaigrette $18.92

with lemons and capers $18.92

add pulled pork for $5 $9.50

Pan-Seared Cajun Spiced Salmon with tomato basil caper relish $21.92

Pulled Pork & Cheddar

Smoked Turkey and Bacon

Sprouts, Cranberry Pepper Jelly, Multigrain Bread $11.50

Cajun Spiced Mahi Mahi Mango & Bell Pepper Salsa on a Kaiser Roll $13.92

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8K 130 Wood Road Snowmass Village 970-923-8008

Ashcroft Pinecreek Cook House 970-925-1044 www.pinecreekcook

Bangkok Happy Bowl 970-925-2527 300 Puppy Smith Street #204

Bia Hoi 855-303-4466 Snowmass Base Village 110 Carriage Way Suite #3101

Grateful Deli 970-925-6647 233 East Main Street

Hotel Jerome 970-920-1000 330 East Main Street www.hoteljerome. Hickory House 970-925-2313 730 West Main Street

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Jimmy’s Restaurant 970-925-6020 205 South Mill Street

Kenichi 970-920-2212 533 East Hopkins Avenue

Little Annie’s Eating House 970-925-1098 517 Hyman Avenue

M&M Catering & Cooking School 970-544-4862 305 F AABC Aspen, CO

Poppycocks 970-925-1245 665 East Cooper Avenue

Ricard Village 110 Carriage Way Suite #3106

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Locals' Choice

The Aspen Times Locals’ Choice 2012 contest wrapped up in May, with hundreds of locals weighing in online to vote on their favorites from the region. Here were the winners: Best People Attorney John LaSalle Tom Todd Bartender Scotty Gibson at L’Hostaria Ian at Escobar Fishing Guide Dale Ratliff Scotty Nichols Golf Professional Alden Richards David DiMartino Female Realtor BJ Adams Alexandra Erickson Male Realtor Galen Bright Doug Nehasil Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jason Martin Dr. Dennis Cirillo Ski Instructor Mark Rolfes Josh Mondry

Best Outside Bike Ride Rio Grande Trail Maroon Bells Hike Hunter Creek Trail Smuggler Mountain River Roaring Fork River Frying Pan River Ski Mountain Snowmass Ski Area Aspen Mountain

Ski Run Highlands Bowl (Aspen Highlands) Ruthie’s (Aspen Mountain)

Best Food Bar Finbarr’s Eric’s Breakfast Poppycock’s Tie: Main Street Café / Hickory House Burger CP Burger Ajax Tavern Coffee Peach’s Ink! Family Boogie’s Diner Little Annie’s Eating House Lunch Big Wrap Peach’s On-Mountain Restaurant Bonnie’s (Aspen Mountain) Gwyn ‘s High Alpine (Snowmass) Outdoor Dining Ajax Tavern Pacifica Pizza New York Pizza Taster’s Sandwich Shop The Grateful Deli Johnny McGuire’s

Sushi Matsuhisa Kenichi

Music Venue Belly Up Aspen Music Tent

Best Nightclub Belly Up Aspen Escobar

Elegant Dinner Three-way tie: Pinons The Little Nell Cache Cache

Secondhand Store Susie’s Aspen Thrift Shop

Place to Aprés Ski Ajax Tavern Sky Hotel 39 degrees

Ski Shop Pomeroy Sports D&E

Real Estate Company BJ Adams Mason & Morse

Best Luxuries

Rafting Company Blazing Adventures Aspen Whitewater

Best Inside Art Gallery Aspen Art Gallery Baldwin Gallery Bike Shop Ajax Bike & Sport Aspen Velo Florist Mountain Flowers Sashae Fly Shop Taylor Creek Tie: Frying Pan Anglers / Aspen Fly Fishing

Fitness Class Tie: Pure Barre / Aspen Club and Spa Hair Wash and Style – aka Blow Out Queen B Salon Tullio

Place to See a Celebrity The Little Nell The Silver Queen Gondola Place for Dessert Paradise Bakery Creperie du Village

Haircut Lather Tie: Queen B / Salon Tullio Manicure Kim’s Spa Remede Spa

Place to Get a Smoothie Big Wrap Peach’s

Jewelry Store Harmony Scott Meridian Jewelers

Massage Remede Spa The Aspen Club and Spa

Summer Event Food & Wine Jazz Aspen Snowmass Music Festival

Liquor Store The Grog Shop Of Grape & Grain

Place to Get Botox Dr. Ken Marks Dr. Jason Martin

Winter Event Winter X Games Winterskol

Men’s Clothing Pitkin County Dry Goods Ralph Lauren

BESt Miscellaneous

Hotel The Little Nell Hotel Jerome

Women’s Clothing Pitkin County Dry Goods Valley Girl Boutique

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