Meet the 2013-14 Gant Men! These gentleman are well known in Aspen and around the world for their excellent customer service and their superb winter driving skills in the infamous Gant Vans. The Gant Men contain a wealth of knowledge about the Aspen/Snowmass area so be sure to ask them for insider tips on favorite ski runs, powder stashes and the best après ski hot spots!
Our Story is a six episode video series by Aspen/Snowmass and Vital Films about the people, four mountains, and hard-to-duplicate spirit that makes life in the mountains special. Follow the links below to watch each episode!
Before there was skiing on Aspen Mountain here in our lovely Colorado mountain town, there was silver mining. In the late 1870s, prospectors began venturing into the Aspen area looking for silver. While there were many locations for mining around the Roaring Fork Valley, including the ghost town of Ashcroft, there is one mine that remains in operation even today. The Smuggler Mine, located right in Aspen, Colorado, is the oldest operating silver mine in Aspen mining district. It is also one of the few that started back in the early silver boom years of the town’s history.
Back in its heyday, the Smuggler Mine contributed to nearly one-fifth of the world’s total silver production. The largest silver nugget ever mined was found right here in the Smuggler Mine. Hardly able to be called a “nugget” this treasure weighed in at over 1900 pounds!
Today, one of the most popular activities is to hike or bike 1.4 miles up Smuggler Mountain Road to the viewing platform looking over Aspen. While so many people have walked past the mine, not many have been inside. If you’re looking for something a little bit different, take a tour of the Smuggler Mine. Learn all about Aspen’s unique mining history, including how there are tunnels reaching 1,000 feet below the mine entrance that weave throughout town. The Gant’s concierge can help with tour information. Contact us to find out more!
This summer, treat yourself to an enchanting musical escape with the Aspen Music Festival. The 2013 Aspen Music Festival’s program theme is Conscience and Beauty providing guests with a captivating musical experience that transcends expectations.
With performances from Aspen Opera Theater Center, guest artists, ensembles-in-residence and orchestral repertoires featuring works of Beethoven, Dvorak, Schubert and more, music enthusiasts can truly enjoy the magnificence of melodic expression.
For those who want to not only engage their ears but also their minds, the festival features lectures, enrichment opportunities and collaborations with other arts organizations such as Aspen Art Museum, Jazz Aspen Snowmass and more.
Gather friends and family to experience the eloquence of the Aspen Music Festival and enjoy luxury condominium accommodations with us at The Gant. Don’t forget to take advantage of our special summer rates!
It just doesn’t get much better than summer in Aspen, Colorado and if it’s one thing Aspen does well, it’s throwing a party!
We celebrate Aspen’s unique lifestyle with Winterskol in January and we roll out the red carpet during the Aspen Food & Wine Classic in June. With 4th of July next week, Aspen is getting ready to celebrate America’s birthday with a full day of festivities that brings locals and visitors together in honor of our nation’s birthday.
For me, the 4th starts out with running in the Boogie’s Diner Buddy 5-Mile Race. (There is also a family and canine 1 mile walk option if you need to acclimate to the high altitude!) After the run, I reward myself with breakfast at my favorite breakfast spot: Peaches Corner Cafe. If I’m lucky enough, I’ll get a spot on their patio so I can enjoy the Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade.
Fourth of July and barbequing go hand in hand, so it’s no surprise Aspen has a wealth of options. We have the Aspen Valley Ski Club 4th of July Picnic at Koch Park, The Aspen Fire Department BBQ at the Fire Station, and America’s Birthday Carnival in Paepcke Park. That’s three separate BBQ options all in Aspen, all within walking distance! (For those of you who haven’t been to Aspen, the whole town is just one mile wide.) And don’t forget, The Gant has barbeque grills for all guests to use if you just feel like lounging around the pool and cooking up some burgers and brats!
After all that eating (and possibly drinking) you may want to wind down by heading over to the Benedict Music Tent to catch the Aspen Music Festival and School’s free 4th of July Concert. And the celebration doesn’t end there – finish the night off by “Dancing in the Streets” with Denver band The Congress. This free community concert takes place right in downtown Aspen, Colorado. With majestic Aspen Mountain in the background, I can’t image a better place to dance in the streets and celebrate America’s birthday.
If you haven’t made your plans for the 4th of July, consider Aspen and The Gant. It will be a birthday celebration you won’t forget!