Their parents came to Aspen on vacation or to spend a season ski bumming after college, but like so many others over the last few decades, instead of leaving, they put down roots in the community with jobs, homes, and families. And as the town continues its evolution from seasonal tourism economy to a year-round, globally connected community, more Roaring Fork Valley natives in their 20s and 30s seem to be coming back home to do the same.
They’ve been drawn back for largely the same reason their parents came in the first place: the outdoor-oriented lifestyle. But strong family and community ties have helped ease the return. Along with a generally upbeat view of their hometown and an unshakeable optimism that they’ll be able to make a difference in the world, these 10 young professionals are undeterred by the perceived impediments of staying in Aspen: limited or high-priced housing, especially for growing families; lack of professional jobs and attendant growth opportunities; and the vicissitudes of a transient resort lifestyle.
These kids are back in town, and they're making their mark.