Breaking Trail

The Complete Guide to Aspen's Storied Ski History

For as long as folks have lived here, they have ascended the mountains and slid down, whether climbing on foot and skiing on barrel staves or riding the gondola and sporting the latest K2s.

02/01/2015 By Tim Cooney

No Place like Home

Three Bum Tour

When a dedicated Aspen skier recruits her father and son for a two-week sampling of North America’s most legendary ski areas, she makes a pleasant discovery: there’s no place like home.

02/01/2015 By Lara Whitley

Ski Country

Aspen Mountain: The Essential Guide

Now that the snow is falling again, brush up on the best way to ski our town’s first ski area:

11/01/2014 By Catherine Lutz

All Creatures

Fauna Finder

The Aspen area teems with critters of all types. Some are ever-present; others are seldom seen.

07/01/2014 By Tim Mutrie

Small Pleasures

Sweet Park, Small Package

Copeland Twining Pioneer Park proves small can indeed be beautiful.

07/01/2014 By Logan Garrison

Daily Essentials

What’s in Your Bag, Karen Schroyer?

Though Karen Schroyer’s job as a U.S. Forest Service district ranger requires ample administrative duties, it also brings a more agreeable sort of office time.

05/01/2014 By Michael Miracle

Plan your Outing

Take a Hike!

We would never encourage someone to hike while perusing an iPad. But spending some time on a tablet to select your hike beforehand?

05/01/2014 By Michael Miracle

Poetic Protection

Call of the Wild

The fifty-year-old Wilderness Act, which sanctified Aspen’s backyard, will be fêted this summer.

05/01/2014 By Tim Mutrie

Nature's Essentials

Little Rivers

The foot-wide ditches streaming water through Aspen’s West End, including the rivulets on the grounds of the Benedict Music Tent and Aspen Meadows, are among the wonderful aesthetic treats of summer.

05/01/2014 By Michael Miracle

Zen Style

Scenes from a Sunken Grass Garden in the West End

Bordered by water, the contemporary courtyard both echoes and contrasts its surroundings.

05/01/2014 By Amanda Rae

Learn the Skills

Backcountry Stars

High on the flanks of Mount Hayden, with moonlight washing wide-open snowfields and the endless dazzle of the cosmos spinning above, you can lose yourself in the vastness of everything that backcountry ski touring has to offer.

02/01/2014 By Jay Cowan

Crowd Pleaser

The Ultimate Guide to Skiing and Riding Snowmass (Plus, Where to Eat, Drink, and Play)

Why does the massive mountain attract more visitors than any other Aspen ski area? Because it offers something for everyone.

11/01/2013 By Todd Hartley and Cindy Hirschfeld

Gold Medal Citizens

Sojourner Salutes Aspen Olympians

Aspen has produced many Olympians. These three deserve recognition as much for their off-snow deeds as their on-snow talents.

11/01/2013 By Jay Cowan

Don't Stop

Rolling With It

When a law that no one was following disappears from the books, does it make a sound?

07/01/2013 By Michael Miracle

Hot Topic

A Big Fracking Deal

To frack or not to frack. The payoff? A possible hundred-year supply of domestic natural gas. Its real cost? No one knows, but it may be a lot higher than we think.

07/01/2013 By Jay Cowan

Happy Trails

25 Amazing Roaring Fork Valley Hikes

In terms of something-for-everyone appeal, no outdoor activity can match hiking and here, options range from lung-busting to low-key.

07/01/2013 By Catherine Lutz and Todd Hartley

Getting Around

Pedaling Progress

Aspen’s latest eco-friendly effort wheels into town this summer.

05/01/2013 By MIchael Miracle

Water Music

Water Logged

How a computer crash almost stopped the music for Aspen’s Dancing Fountain.

05/01/2013 By Amanda Rae

Time to Explore

Hunter Creek, Unhidden

Two of Aspen’s most popular trails—the Rio Grande and Hunter Creek Trails have linked up in a match made in hiking heaven.

05/01/2013 By Catherine Lutz

Safety Certified

A Little Extra Lift

The Story of the Last-Minute Lift Tower at Snowmass

02/01/2013 By Lane Wollerton