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Independence Pass to Open May 22, 2014

Independence Pass

The opening of Independence Pass is predicted to be on schedule for 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 22, 2014.  The opening date is strategically set to allow Memorial Day travelers quicker access into Aspen, Colorado from the eastern side of the continental divide.  Independence Pass reaches an elevation of 12,095 feet and is the highest paved throughway in the state of Colorado.  A scenic overlook at the top of the pass offers visitors a few of the majestic Sawatch mountain rage.  Several of Colorado’s 14ers are visible from this vista, including Mt. Elbert (Colorado’s tallest peak – 14,440′) and La Plata (14,336′).


40 Summer Activities in Aspen, Colorado

1.  Raft!  Half day to full day trips and mild to wild.  Raft on the Roaring Fork, the Colorado or Arkansas.  Class 3 – 5.

2.  Bike.  Enjoy an easy downhill cruise along the road, mountain bike on paved and unpaved terrains, or learn the basics of mountain biking on a singletrack adventure.  Rent your own bike or take a guided trip or lesson.

3.  Hike.  Guided hikes are available for nature tours to power hikes and all day adventures!  Or ask for a few suggestions for our favorite in-town hikes!

4.  Jeep.  Scenic town rides or backcountry jeeping tours with Blazing Adventures.

5.  Fish.  Learn the sport of Flyfishing and experience the art of casting for trout on the gold medal Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers.  Fish on the river or in a private pond.

6.  Shoot.  Take a lesson in clay target shooting.  This can even be combined with a half day of fly-fishing.

7.  Float high above the Aspen Mountain peaks in a hot air balloon.  Leave early in the morning and be back in time to enjoy the rest of the day.

8.  Learn.  Attend a lecture presented by the Aspen Institute or Aspen Center for Physics.  World renowned speakers and leaders are always on the docket.

9.  Spa.  Spend a relaxing day at the Aspen Club & Spa.  Get pampered with a massage, facial, manicure or a revitalizing package.

10.  Stroll.  Take a guided walking tour with Aspen Walking Tours or Aspen Historical Society and learn about Aspen’s past or if you don’t want to walk you can ride the History Coach (electric vehicle) for the tour, weather permitting.

11.  Glide.  Seek the thrill of tandem paragliding as you step into the sky and soar high over Aspen Mountain!

12.  Scare.  Take the Dark Side Tour with Aspen Walking Tours.  Uncover Aspen’s tarnished past of ghosts, murder and mayhem with true stories of Aspen’s darker history from 1879 to the present.

13.  Befriend.  Visit the Aspen Animal Shelter and take a local shelter dog for a walk or hike.  Who knows – maybe you’ll have to take one home!

14.  Eat.  Have a gourmet lunch or dinner at the historic Pinecreek Cookhouse.  If you want to earn your lunch, rent a road bike at a shop in town and cycle the 13 miles uphill to the cookhouse.

15.  ARC.  Fun for the whole family, the Aspen Recreation Center has a water slide, lazy river, pool, hot tub, steam room, indoor ice rink, a climbing wall and cardio & weight room.

16.  Stretch.  Enjoy an early morning yoga session at the Sundeck on Aspen Mountain. 

17.  Soak.  Venture to Glenwood Springs and visit the Glenwood Hot Springs – the world’s largest hot springs pool. 

18.  Art.  Visit the Aspen Art Museum or one of the many art galleries throughout Aspen. 

19.  Restore.  Visit the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) for environmental classes and programs about the local ecosystem.

20.  Mine.  Take a tour of the Smuggler Mine – where back in the day they discovered the largest silver nugget ever mined!  

21.  Eat.  Do as the locals do and grab a bite to eat at one of the many bar menus in town.  Many of Aspen’s restaurants will offer a special bar menu with similar entrees as their regular dinner menu in a slightly smaller portion for a reduced price.

22.  Lunch.  Here at The Gant our favorite lunch spot is Big Wrap.  We order a Big Wrap delivery at least five times a week!  Grab a wrap or salad at this popular spot and enjoy a low key but delicious lunch!

23.  Drink.  Head to Justice Snows and order a specialty cocktail from their list of 100s of different drinks! 

24.  Shop.  There are so many different shops in town.  From ski shops to high end boutiques, there’s something for everyone.  You can even find treasures at a bargain at the Aspen Thrift Store or the consignments stores. 

25.  Wander.  Take a little stroll through Aspen’s historic West End and check out the beautiful Victorians.

26.  Listen.  Enjoy one of the many concerts and recitals of the Aspen Music Festival.  On Sunday, pack a picnic and sit out on the lawn outside the Music Tent.   A local’s favorite activity, sitting on the lawn is a fun (and free) way to spend Sunday afternoon.

27.  Market.  Saturdays through the summer visit the local farmer’s market.  Pick up local peaches and tomatoes or maybe a steak to grill from Crystal River Meats.  Grill your dinner on The Gant’s barbeques.

28.  Rodeo!  Wednesdays in Snowmass. Grounds and barbeque start at 5pm, rodeo starts at 7pm.

29.  Music.  Thursday night concerts in Snowmass are a fun and free way to spend the evening.  Located on Fanny Hill on Snowmass Mountain.

30.  Plays.  Theatre Aspen, located in a newly landscaped area on the Rio Grande Trail, offers a variety of plays throughout the summer. 

31.  Tennis.  Reserve a court at The Gant, or book a private tennis lesson to improve your game.

32.  Golf.  A Frank Hummel design, the Aspen Golf Club provides a challenging 18-hole course set in the heart of the Rockies and Roaring Fork Valley.

33.  Gallop.  Trail rides to overnight pack trips, there’s horseback riding for everyone.  Pony rides for kids are also available.

34.  Frisbee.  Try out the Frisbee golf course on top of Aspen Mountain.

35.  Gondola.  Ride the gondola throughout the summer to the top of Aspen Mountain.  From Sunday Bluegrass concerts to activities for the kids, there’s something happening all summer.  The views alone are worth the ride!  In Snowmass throughout the summer, ride the Gondola with your bike and ride down the mountain, or for evening events check out Valhalla Nights for dinner, dancing and festivities!

36.  Hang out.  Throughout the summer just hang out in town and listen to burgeoning music students from the Aspen Music Festival and School practicing and performing throughout town.  Grab a scoop of Paradise Ice cream as you hop from corner to corner.

37.  Get Pampered.  Relax with an in-room therapeutic massage by professionally trained massage therapists.

38.  Sunset Dinners.  Take a late afternoon jeep ride to a secluded log cabin for a Colorado-style dinner.

39.  Skate.  Get out your skate board and head to the Rio Grande skate park.  Helmets required!

Camp.  Aspen has several different kids’ camp options – including chaperoned overnight trips.  (While the kids are away, ask the concierge to make the adults a romantic dinner reservation!).



40 Winter Activities in Aspen, Colorado

1. Ski! Aspen/Snowmass boasts four mountains all under one lift ticket – Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk. How many can you ski in one day?

2. Scare. Take the Dark Side Tour with Aspen Walking Tours. Uncover Aspen’s tarnished past of ghosts, murder and mayhem with true stories of Aspen’s darker history from 1879 to the present.

3. Snowmobile in the beautiful backcountry with either T Lazy 7 or Western Adventures. 2-4 hour rides are available, some include lunch.

4. Fish. Learn the sport of fly-fishing and experience the art of casting for trout on the gold medal Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers.

5. Float high above the Aspen peaks in a hot air balloon. Leave early in the morning and be back in time to ski a full day.

6. Mine. Take a tour of the Smuggler Mine – where back in the day they discovered the largest silver nugget ever mined!

7. Climb. Minutes from downtown Aspen is an ideal area for the first time ice climber. Aspen Expeditions introduces you to ice climbing techniques, and the associated gear required to climb a frozen waterfall.

8. Shrines. Aspen Mountain has several shrines that have been hidden in the trees. Go on a shrine hunt and see which ones you can find. Jimmy Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis are just a few!

9. Befriend. Visit the Aspen Animal Shelter and take a local shelter dog for a walk or hike. Who knows – maybe you’ll have to take one home!

10. Get Pampered. Relax with an in-room therapeutic massage by professionally trained massage therapists.

11. Learn. Take a guided walking tour with Aspen Walking Tours or Aspen Historical Society and learn about Aspen’s past or if you don’t want to walk you can ride the History Coach (electric vehicle) for the tour, weather permitting.

12. Glide. Seek the thrill of tandem paragliding as you step into the sky and soar high over Aspen Mountain or meet them at Sam’s Knob on Snowmass Mountain and soar with your skis on!

13. Snowshoe. Snowshoe tours on Aspen Mountain with ACES (Aspen Center for Environmental Studies) or Sundog Athletics.

14. Eat. Have a gourmet lunch or dinner at the historic Pinecreek Cookhouse. Lunch seatings are 12 and 1:30, dinner seating is at 6:30pm. Cross country ski or take a horse drawn sleigh ride to the restaurant. Advance reservations required.

15. Sleigh. Enjoy a private sleigh ride through Aspen forest and meadow along the Roaring Fork River with Aspen Carriage Company.

16. Sled. Enjoy world class dining and an unforgettable dog sled adventure with Krabloonik. They offer morning, afternoon and twilight dog sled rides that include a gourmet lunch or dinner.

17. ARC. Fun for the whole family, the Aspen Recreation Center has a water slide, lazy river, pool, hot tub, steam room, indoor ice rink, a climbing wall and cardio & weight room.

18. Stretch. Enjoy an early morning yoga session at the Sundeck on Aspen Mountain.

19. Soak. Venture to Glenwood Springs and visit the Glenwood Hot Springs – the world’s largest hot springs pool.

20. Art. Visit the Aspen Art Museum or one of the many art galleries throughout Aspen.

21. Cross Country Ski. Try out cross country skiing at the Nordic track at the Aspen Golf Course or the North Star Nature Preserve.

22. Restore. Visit the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) for environmental classes and programs about the local ecosystem.

23. Dine. Plan a lunch at Cloud 9 Bistro on Aspen Highlands. A quaint mountain restaurant, Cloud 9 serves amazing Austrian fare. A mountain dining experience like none other! Be ready for a party if there is a rowdy afternoon crowd. Dancing required!

24. Skate. Ice-skating is available at the ARC and at the Silver Circle Ice Rink (outdoor).

25. Powder Tour. The best off piste experience in Aspen/Snowmass! Sign up for a powder tour and be taken by snowcat to the backside of Aspen Mountain for a day of powder skiing.

26. Eat. Do as the locals do and grab a bite to eat at one of the many bar menus in town. Many of Aspen’s restaurants will offer a special bar menu with similar entrees as their regular dinner menu in a slightly smaller portion for a reduced price.

27. Lunch. Here at The Gant our favorite lunch spot is Big Wrap. We order a Big Wrap delivery at least five times a week! Grab a wrap or salad at this popular spot and enjoy a low key but delicious lunch!

28. Drink. Head to Justice Snows and order a specialty cocktail from their list of 100s of different drinks!

29. Shop. There are so many different shops in town. From ski shops to high end boutiques, there’s something for everyone. You can even find treasures at a bargain at the Aspen Thrift Store or the consignments stores.

30. Wander. Take a little stroll through Aspen’s historic West End and check out the beautiful Victorians.

31. Hike. Smuggler Mountain! Grab your yak tracks or just sturdy hiking shoes and see the town of Aspen from the observation deck about a mile and a half up. If you are up for an exciting ride, pick up a Swiss-bob style sled from several different shops in town and sled down. It’s a wild ride!

32. Movie Night. Isis Theater, located right in downtown. The best thing about the Isis is that you can enjoy an adult beverage while watching the newest release! Also check Belly Up’s schedule – often times on Monday nights they have movie screenings of past favorites.

33. Swim. Gant pools are heated and open all year.

34. Spa. Spend a relaxing day at the Aspen Club & Spa. Get pampered with a massage, facial, manicure or a revitalizing package.

35. Dance. Belly Up has over 300 live concerts a year and the intimate venue showcases a wide range of music genres, so during your stay you’re bound to find something you’ll enjoy.

36. Skol. Come in January over the annual Winterskol festival, Aspen’s “toast to winter” dating back to 1951. Enjoy festivities like fireworks over Aspen Mountain, the ice sculpting contest on the Cooper & Hyman Avenue malls, and Soupskol, the annual soup contest featuring local chefs and restaurants.

37. Après. After a day of skiing, head to one of the many bars and restaurants in Aspen/Snowmass for après ski. Even if you haven’t skied, you can still après! Most places have drink and snack specials.

38. Bike. If you can’t get enough biking in the summer, try mountain biking on the snow in winter! Rent a Surley fat tire bike from one of the local shops in town.

39. Snowcat. For a dinner experience you are sure to never forget, plan a snowcat dinner tour in Snowmass at either the Lynn Britt or Burlingame cabins, or on Aspen Highlands at Cloud 9.

40. Gondola. Celebrate Ullr Nights on Snowmass Mountain via the Elk Camp Gondola or Party Under the Stars atop Aspen Mountain. On select evenings throughout the winter ride the gondola after dark for dinner, dancing and fun festivities.


Winter Wedding at The Gant

Congratulations to Reagan and Justin on their stunning Colorado winter wedding!  With five beautifully landscaped acres of land and Aspen Mountain as the backdrop, The Gant Aspen is a perfect location for a wedding anytime of year.

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Photo Credit:  Reagan Hobbs


Aspen’s Finest – The Gant Men

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!

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Aspen/Snowmass – Our Story Video Series

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!

Episode 1 – Aspen Mountain Snowcats

Episode 2 – Coal Mine

Episode 3 – Tuning Turns

Episode 4 – Champagne Bar

Episode 5 – Ullr Nights

Episode 6 – Burnt Mountain


Interesting things to do – Smuggler Mine Tours!

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!


Aspen Music Festival

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 Centerguest 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 MuseumJazz 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!


4th of July in Aspen, Colorado

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!


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