Aspen has long been known as a world famous ski resort with incredible shopping, dining and nightlife. But beyond the glitz and glam, Aspen has an authenticity and depth that is unrivaled by any place in the world. It’s the blend of small town living with big mountain recreation and world class culture that makes 81611 the most coveted zip code in the world.
Original Aspen settlers journeyed here by the thousands in search of riches by way of the numerous silver mines that still perforate our mountains today. Years after the Gold Standard was established and Aspen was scaled back to ghost town status, Walter Paepcke and Friedl Pfiefer worked to restore life, and build community, setting by establishing the Aspen Skiing Company and the Aspen Institute.
For today’s locals, Aspen offers much more than world-class skiing, there is an endless supply of outdoor activities and amazing cultural events that range from the Music Festival to the Food and Wine Classic. While it’s easy to imagine that everyone here lives with their head in the clouds, there is a strong sense of community that bonds everyone that calls Aspen home.
Snowmass is the area’s largest ski area and arguably one of the most beautiful locations in the valley. Snowmass Village is nestled at the base of the mountain, just seven miles from Aspen, and is known as the valley’s premier family resort destination. New development at Snowmass Base Village is bringing fresh energy, luxury lodging and fine dining to this softer-spoken sibling of Aspen.
In Snowmass, beautiful hillside homes and slope-side condominiums afford residents and visitors sprawling views of several snow-capped peaks and mountain valleys. Snowmass offers skiing and snowboarding for all ages and ability levels, as well as off-mountain activities for the whole family. In the summer, Snowmass is alive with weekly concerts, rodeos, and festivals, which complement the great mountain biking and world-famous golfing that can be found in the valley.
Incorporated in 1901, and originally named Frying Pan Junction, Basalt was once little more than a stop on the Colorado Midland Railroad. Located at the confluence of the Frying Pan and Roaring Fork Rivers, Basalt now offers a strong sense of community and family living with an easy-going pace of life.
Stocked full of hearty, long time valley locals, the community welcomes young families and professionals that share a common love for the town, the mountains and the rivers. The growth in the area in recent years has also brought a surge of sophistication to the town of Basalt, which now offers a restaurant scene and retail shops that attract patrons from all over the Roaring Fork Valley. In addition, Basalt’s outdoor recreation opportunities range from world class golfing, to sailing and boating on Ruedi Reservoir, to gold medal fly fishing in the waters of the Frying Pan River. Basalt is also the starting-off point for some of the valley’s best hiking and biking opportunities. It’s no surprise that Aspenites and valley visitors are flocking to Basalt.
The original settlers of Carbondale were attracted to this small mountain community for the temperate climate, mild winters, and close proximity to the Crystal River. These days, Carbondale is known as one of the nation’s best places to live, as ranked by Outside Magazine and National Geographic Adventure.
With sprawling ranch lands, lively waters and views of stunning Mount Sopris surrounding the town, residents today enjoy a friendly community filled with art galleries, casual eateries and an abundance of outdoor activities. With some of the area’s best hiking and biking trails as well as world class golf courses and Aspen’s four ski mountains just up the road, there’s plenty for everyone in Carbondale. The fastest growing community in the Roaring Fork Valley, Carbondale offers great opportunities for both a residence and an investment.