Spring time in Aspen

Spring time in Aspen

Real Estate sales in Aspen are on the up and up! Recorded Pitkin County sales in April increased 12% from last year with a total dollar volume of $111,269,029. The first quarter of 2013 was down almost 22.5 percent from last year totaling $191.35 million.

A total of 72 properties sold in April in Pitkin County- Aspen area. The highest sale was a $9m dollar estate up Castle Creek Road.

April was the strongest sales month of the year so far. Sales totaled $79.87 million in January, $38.39 million in February and $73.08 million in March.

So far the year in Aspen real estate sales is mimicking last year with a slow start for the first quarter. By the end of 2012 December proved to be the strongest month in dollar volume since before the recession. This was due to the tax changes that were implemented this year.

Time is growing short to register for this year’s Ride for the Pass, the Independence Pass Foundation’s annual fundraiser, taking place May 18. After two years of weather-related cancellations, organizers are cautiously optimistic that this year’s event will be precipitation-free.

The 10-mile ride from the winter gate southeast of Aspen on Highway 82 to the Independence ghost town near the summit is a traditional kickoff to the spring biking season. The event features competitive and recreational divisions. Families, youths and unicyclists are encouraged to participate, enjoy the scenery and attend the after-party (featuring dozens of door prizes, including two new town bikes).

Independence Pass Opening Soon!

Colorado Department of Transportation plans to open the scenic byway-Independence Pass by May 23 at 2pm. Workers are still clearing away the massive amount of snow on the 12,095sf pass after the numerous spring snow storms.


Crews are hard at work clearing snow from Independence Pass, which has been blanketed with the white stuff after a bevy of spring storms.


Aspen Ride for the Pass will commence at 10am which is an hour later than previous years on May 18. Join the after party at the Sky Hotel after 1pm. Individual registration fees are 40 per person or $70 for families. Go to www.independencepass.org for a link to the registration site. That cost will go up $10 for in-person registration at the Limelight Hotel on May 16 and 17 or at the start line on ride day. The ride is part of the Aspen Cycling Festival- visit www.aspencyclingfestival.com for more information.

Join Roaring Fork Audubon and Roaring Fork Conservancy for a brisk morning of birding at the Maroon Creek Wetlands on Friday, May 31 from 7-8:30am. The Maroon Creek Wetlands are temporary home to dozens of migratory birds during the early summer. Come a check some birds off your life list and how this constructed wetland benefits wildlife and people. Bring your binoculars! This free event is sponsored by City of Aspen Parks & Open Space. www.roaringfork.org/events

The annual Aspen Food and Wine Event will be taking place the weekend of June 14-16. The event has already sold out. The Chefs Club by Food & Wine in Aspen just announced its new lineup of guest chefs — all of whom have won the magazine’s Best New Chef award, honoring the country’s most promising up-and-coming talents.  Signature dishes will be featured by Jason Franey (2011) of Canlis in Seattle, Viet Pham (2011) of Forage in Salt Lake City, Bryant Ng (2012) of The Spice Table in Los Angeles, and Missy Robbins (2012) of A Voce in New York City. Chefs Club by Food & Wine is located in The St. Regis Aspen Resort and features an open kitchen and interactive chef’s counter. For more information go www.aspenchamber.org