Get Your Ski On: A Guide to Our Resort Mountains

Whether you are a seasoned vet or a first-time warrior, the Roaring Fork Valley has a mountain (or several) suited for your skiing or snowboarding skills. The Aspen Snowmass area features four famed peaks: Aspen Mountain (Ajax, as locals call it), Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk Mountain, and Snowmass Mountain. Offering multiple locations on each mountain for dining and celebrating, a diverse range of ski runs from green to double black, and outfitters with all of the gear you need within close proximity, these mountains are the core of the Roaring Fork Valley’s winter culture. 


As the town’s smallest (but mightiest) mountain, Aspen Mountain’s 675 acres boast 3,267 feet of elevation and incredibly high-quality terrain. This internationally renowned peak features double black diamond runs, moguls and seriously steep cliffs. More challenging than any of its neighboring mountains, the spirit of Ajax (as locals call it) is an unbridled need for speed. Naturally, it is best suited for the intermediate to expert skier. Bell Mountain, recognized by a nearly defunct double chairlift running up its spine, anchors Aspen Mountain. On the western side, the Dumps, a series of cascading runs named after the mine tailings that initially occupied this space, funnel into Spar Gulch. On Bell’s eastern face, Gentleman’s Ridge terrain narrows into Copper. All roads lead to the mountain’s base, apart from the far west side of the mountain, Lift 1, which serves the area’s first ski run, Ruthie’s, and is home to the World Cup course. Hero’s, a new addition on the east side of the mountain, adds 153 acres of terrain and plans to open for the 2023-2024 ski season. Rest your legs and recharge with a basic pizza lunch or an extravagant vegan power bowl at the Sundeck, or the famous apple strudel or white bean chili at midmountain Bonnie’s, then walk into town to finish the day with après—helmet hair and ski boots encouraged.


Base elevation: 7,945 feet

Summit elevation: 11,212 feet 

Vertical rise: 3,267 feet 

Terrain: 675 acres 

Number of trails: 76 

Total miles of trails: 64 

Longest run: 3 miles

Level of difficulty: Intermediate to expert 

Lifts: 8

On-mountain restaurants: Sundeck, Bonnie’s 


The view of Tibetan prayer flags atop the 12,392-foot Highland Bowl is a true feat to be celebrated. After a nearly hour-long hike conquering around 717 vertical feet, Aspen’s powder day patrons plunge through some of the steepest in-bounds skiing in North America. Considered a die-hard skiers’ (or boarders’) staple, the bowl offers a defining Highlands experience, on pretty much any day of the season. Though there’s quite a bit of chatter about the bowl, Aspen Highlands is a multi-faceted mountain with a ski run for everyone. A long ridge climbs up to Loge and Highland peaks, with runs falling off like a draped towel on both sides. Aspen glades? You better believe it. Roller-coaster-like groomers? Absolutely. Heart-thumping bumps? Naturally. Easy-breezy runs for kids? Those too. Not to mention the Highlands closing party, celebrated the last day of the season, which has evolved into an international sensation. The skiing is top-notch, complemented by a choice of food and dining options, such as Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, Highlands Alehouse and midmountain Merry-Go-Round. After a day at this hill, what’s not to celebrate? 


Base elevation: 8,040 feet 

Summit elevation: 11,675 feet 

Top of Highland Bowl: 12,392 feet 

Vertical rise: 3,635 feet 

Terrain: 1,040 acres 

Number of trails: 144 

Total miles of trails: 84 

Longest run: 3.5 miles 

Level of difficulty: Easy to expert 


On-mountain restaurants: Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, Merry-GoRound, Highlands Alehouse 


Providing a brief synopsis of a resort with as wide a range of activities as Snowmass Mountain (from magic carpet rides to cliff-level drop-offs) is no small task. But then again, Snowmass is no small mountain. Spanning a massive 3,342 acres, Snowmass Mountain is the largest mountain in the Aspen Snowmass area, contributing more than 50% of the area’s skier visits. For those seasoned skiers in the audience, we know what you’re thinking—more visitors means longer lines and more wait time between runs. While it is a popular spot, Snowmass’s wide acclaim luckily doesn’t correlate with longer lines. Skiers and snowboarders branch from 20 different chairlifts, exploring the expansive options on the slopes. Snowmass is nothing if not diverse, boasting long intermediate runs of Elk Camp and Campground for those bluebird sunny days, stomach dropping verticals of Hanging Valley Headwall, and family friendly cruisers on Assay Hill. If people aren’t skiing Snowmass, they’re clinging on for dear life on the alpine coaster, located in the Lost Forest adventure center. If the day feels more easy living than exciting adventure, explore the dining in any of the resort’s restaurants, which reject the classic assumption of bland ski resort meals by sourcing local and packing flavor. The new-and-improved Base Village offers all things active, from ice skating to yoga. With enough to do in Snowmass besides hitting the slopes, you don’t even need your ski boots! 


Base elevation: 8,104 feet 

Summit elevation: 12,510 feet 

Vertical rise: 4,406 feet 

Terrain: 3,332 acres 

Number of trails: 96 

Total miles of trails: 150

Longest run: 5.3 miles 

Level of difficulty: Easy to expert 

Parks and pipes: 3 terrain parks 

Lifts: 20 

On-mountain restaurants: Elk Camp, Sam’s, Up 4 Pizza, Two Creeks Cafe, Lynn Britt Cabin, Gwyn’s High Alpine, Ullrhof 


Buttermilk Mountain is both everything you assume and everything you don’t. In one form, it’s a beginner mountain for frightened powder pandas and unsure skiers, stumbling their way down the bunny hill. In another form, it’s a terrain park full of adventure, with young athletes flying through the air in the ESPN Winter X Games each January. In yet another form, it’s a favorite site for uphillers; Tiehack and Buttermilk traffic hundreds of athletes during peak season. While its reputation may feel more novice than virtuoso, don’t skip the opportunities at Buttermilk Mountain. Those thrill-seekers who overlook it with assumptions of green runs and boredom will be delighted by the Tiehack region, where 1,683 vertical feet get the heart pumping and adrenaline rushing. Plus, Buttermilk has a sweet side: Once you’ve earned your turns, The Cliffhouse’s Friday breakfasts and daily Mongolian barbecues are well worth the effort.


Base elevation: 7,870 feet 

Summit elevation: 9,900 feet 

Vertical rise: 2,030 feet 

Terrain: 470 acres 

Number of trails: 44 

Total miles of trails: 21

Longest run: 3 miles 

Level of difficulty: Easy to expert 

Parks and pipes: 2 terrain parks 


On-mountain restaurants: Bumps, Cliffhouse

Sunlight Mountain, Glenwood Springs 

If the icy temperatures of the upper valley aren’t your cup of tea, head down to Sunlight Mountain Resort in Glenwood Springs for a slightly warmer take on a ski vacation at a lower elevation. With on-mountain restaurant pricing at the Grizz Grill and Todd’s Tavern that is just as reasonable as the lift tickets, a trip to this resort provides all the adrenaline of an iconic winter break at a lower price point than its neighboring mountains. Explore 680 acres of ski runs around the resort. Beginners can relish the views from greens and blues while the seasoned skiers head to the double black diamonds and test out their tricks at the terrain park. Three chairlifts connect at the top of the mountain for a joint last run of the day. 

Base elevation: 7,885 feet 

Summit elevation: 9,895 feet 

Vertical rise:  2,010 feet 

Terrain: 680 acres 

Number of trails: 67 

Total miles of trails: 16 miles

Longest run: 2.5 miles

Level of difficulty: Easy to expert

Parks and pipes: 1 terrain park

Lifts: 3

On-mountain restaurants: Grizz Grill, Todd’s Tavern

Fall and Winter Events in The Roaring Fork Valley   

As we watch the leaves turn from green to gold, the ripe fruit of summer’s bounty fall to the ground, and witness the first snowfalls, we welcome autumn in the Roaring Fork Valley. Arguably the area’s most stunning season, fall is also the most short-lived. As temperatures begin to decline, restaurants and businesses finally experience a break in the surge of visitors and locals in town. The hiking trails, mountain biking paths, rivers, and wildlife reassume their peaceful status. Below, find the best ways to experience fall in the valley with an action-packed week of activities to enjoy! We have curated the most iconic events in the Roaring Fork Valley, including the areas of arts, culture, food and music. No matter which day or night of the week it is, you can find an amazing experience to enjoy with friends, family, and even pets!

Start your week off with a bang at Belly Up Aspen. As one of Aspen’s most beloved nightlife locations which hosts various talent sets and live musical performances each year, it has become the tried and true location for a great night. With a general admission ticket price around $55 for concerts, Belly Up is an affordable, entertaining opportunity to enjoy with friends, families and others! The roster includes the likes of Yacht Rock Revue, Charles Wesley Godwin and Three Dog Night to finish out the 2023 year.

Zach Bryan performs at Belly Up in February of 2023 (Belly Up Aspen). 

If your night calls for relaxation and dining with family and friends, head to Ajax Tavern. On their dining patio with stunning mountain views, Ajax Tavern offers new options this season on their menu like a Colorado lamb sandwich on a rye roll, house made charcuterie, chicken liver mousse and duck rillettes with Ajax Tavern’s traditional country pâté. Enjoy five rotating dinner specials nightly (The Little Nell). This winter season from Thursday to Sundays, weather permitting, the patio at Ajax Tavern will also feature a “Clicquot in the Snow” accented outdoor patio including a bar cabin, lounge chairs, umbrellas, and more, along with a DJ and drink specials.

The ski season will be here before we know it! Enjoy dinner at Ajax Tavern for epic views.

Support your hometown and local musicians by stopping by Music on the Mall every Friday this fall and winter from November 24, 2023 – April 12, 2024. This free event features live performances from local Roaring Fork Valley musicians on the Tower stage in the Snowmass Mall. Enjoy hot chocolate, cocktails, and live music during après ski hours! (Snowmass Chamber).

Skiers and snowboarders flock to Snowmass Mall to enjoy local musicians and hot beverages.

Enjoy the First Friday of November with a celebration in downtown Carbondale with great eats, music, and more. Later that month, if you’re in the mood to be your fittest self this fall (before enjoying a large Thanksgiving dinner), explore the town of Carbondale during this year’s annual Turkey Trot race! It welcomes participants of all ages, beginning at the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center and meandering through the town. Last year’s participants had a blast, with the speedy children leading the pack! (Carbondale Chamber).

Race in the Turkey Trot in Carbondale this fall on November 23, 2023.

At the end of the season, the town of Basalt will host multiple events to get into the holiday spirit with Light Up Willits and Merry on Midland. Both events include horse drawn carriages, caroling, s’more roasting, a tree lighting, and of course – Santa and Mrs. Claus. The evenings are family-friendly and a wonderful opportunity to get out, enjoy the community and do a little holiday shopping. Find additional detail on the Holiday celebrations page. (Basalt Chamber). In addition and in collaboration with the Aspen Jewish Congregation, Basalt annually hosts a menorah lighting ceremony on the first day of Hanukkah at Triangle Park in Willits Town Center. 

The town of Basalt looks forward to a fall and winter season full of holiday spirit.

No matter which events are up your alley, the Roaring Fork Valley is prepared for a busy fall and winter season and filled to the brim with options for lively season! For a full calendar of more events and activities to enjoy throughout the season, visit the chamber websites for

Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs

Upgrade Your Ski-Cation with these Luxury Aspen Snowmass Vacation Rentals

Ski season is just around the corner. We love autumn in all its glory, but it’s never too early to plan your winter vacation! We’ve rounded up some of our best rentals for the winter season so you’re in prime position to enjoy the mountains. Whether your itinerary is packed with ski boots and snowy peaks or relaxing by the fire in a fur coat, we’re here to help you enjoy your next mountain getaway. See why our short-term renters become lifelong clients with these top picks for your winter 2023 excursion– while they’re still available!

Whether the Aspen groves shimmer with a summertime green, autumnal shades of yellow and orange, or boast a fresh dusting of ski-ready powder, the Roaring Fork Valley is a highly coveted vacation spot. Often frequented by second homeowners and tourists, this valley’s busy nature requires proactive planning to guarantee a seamless trip, from start to finish. That’s where we come in! Below, find a selection of rental options for your 2023 ski trip, offering the level of elegance, convenience, and privacy only Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty can provide, as the consistently #1-ranked vacation rental agency in the valley. 

550 S. Spring Street #392, Aspen – The McLendon Team

This rare Sky Residence at the W Hotel has been beautifully remodeled, making it one-of-its-kind. The W is located steps from the gondola and walking distance to every shop and restaurant in town. Be welcomed home to a spacious three-bedroom condo with high end furnishings and Aspen Mountain views, and enjoy the Sky Residence’s private roof deck with hot tub, or wander to the hotel’s rooftop pool and bar. On-site amenities include: concierge service, in-room dining, daily housekeeping, a restaurant, fitness center and Aspen Airport transfers.

508 E Cooper Ave, Aspen – Jamay Shook

Located one block from the Aspen Gondola, this newly remodeled luxury penthouse sits in the heart of downtown Aspen with amenities and convenience unlike anywhere else within the core. Entering into the home, you are greeted with custom European hardwood flooring by Arrigoni Woods. Each of the 5 baths contain meticulous floor to ceiling tile and slab work, Shinnoki collection vanities and millwork by Vonmod, and Tara collection Dornbracht finishes. All bedrooms contain automated Lutron blackout shades for privacy, heated floors and individually zoned Air Conditioning. The home is controlled by Crestron Automation, Sonos Sound, and Ring video doorbell system. The 2nd level contains two sprawling bedrooms, a convenient laundry room with your own dry-cleaning appliance, and a cozy media room populated with colorful modern interiors selected by the Owners and Karen White Interior Design.

198 Bridge Lane, Snowmass Village – The Team 

This unique location rests on the slope of Guggenheim Hill with gorgeous east to west views of Snowmass Village. It is secluded and nestled among the Aspen groves, providing a private retreat experience. Refreshing mountain contemporary design mixes with classic ski chalet style to form a rare combination of elegance and history. Adjacent to the home, enjoy direct ski in/out access to Guggenheim Private Ski Trail, or for those who prefer a gentler way down, take a leisurely walk down Bridge Lane to Adams Avenue.

381 Ridge Road Unit A5, Snowmass Village – The Burggraf Group

Ski access for all! This beautiful Deerbrook townhome offers a seamless vacation experience. With ski-in/out access and a short stroll into restaurants and shops in Base Village, this property lives with ease. There are four spacious bedroom suites for comfort and privacy. The master suite, living area, and lower guest suite offer stunning views of the Snowmass Ski Area. Additionally, there is a slopeside outdoor spa for a relaxing soak after a full day of skiing.

938 S Mill Street, Aspen – Andrew Myatt

Experience peak living at Aspen’s Top of Mill home, offering seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms with rare ski-in access from Aspen Mountain. With grand architecture and luxurious mountain-chic décor, this home is perfect for a large family or group stay. It features an ideal layout with expansive gathering spaces, five bedrooms in the main house, and a detached two-bedroom apartment that is perfect for guests. The Top of Mill home is centered around a magnificent Great Room, featuring a towering stone fireplace, dramatic log beams, oversized sofas, and stunning views from two opposing walls of windows. 

The gourmet kitchen is fully stocked and beautifully designed with high end appliances and stone countertops. The master bedroom features another impressive fireplace with a sitting area, a dramatic four-poster bed, and luxurious en-suite bathroom. Downstairs, the family room has a wet bar and is adjacent to the lower-level bedrooms, making it a great space for watching sports or hanging out with the kids. The separate apartment has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a kitchenette. The home features two beautiful outdoor spaces: a front deck overlooking town with views of Red Mountain and the back patio that offers ski-in access from Aspen Mountain, a hot tub, and luxurious lounge furniture. The two-car garage simplifies parking. However, most guests rarely touch their car once they arrive. The home is within walking distance of everything Aspen offers, and a free shuttle – the Downtowner – services this neighborhood. For discerning travelers looking for a remarkable Aspen vacation home with easy skiing access, Top of Mill checks all the boxes and then some. 

18 Edgewood Lane, Snowmass Village – The McLendon Team 

18 Edgewood Lane is a classic spot for the whole family with prime ski access on Snowmass ski area—just steps from Adam’s Avenue. Five generous bedrooms and a separate guest apartment make this a convenient yet private, spacious six bedroom retreat. Vaulted ceilings in the living room frame views of the valley below and with dining for ten, an outdoor grill and hot tub, this home lives and entertains well. An exercise room, elevator and two-car garage add to the convenience of this year-round mountain house. 

712 S Galena Street, Aspen – The Team

This townhome is the perfect place to call home during your next vacation. Just one block from Aspen Mountain and minutes to Aspen’s first class shopping and dining, it offers four bedrooms, all with private bathrooms. This home is stocked with a gourmet kitchen, media room, wet bar, and a rooftop deck with a hot tub. These deluxe amenities coupled with an ideal location make this rental an excellent place to relax and enjoy your next Aspen vacation!

237 Gilbert Street, Aspen – The McLendon Team

For the powder day lover, 237 Gilbert Street is a skier’s paradise in the heart of Aspen. This nearly 5,000 square foot ski-in duplex is located one block from the St. Regis Hotel and just steps from Lift 1A. The five-story private home is serviced by an elevator. Each bedroom suite features a Samsung LED flat screen and sitting area, and two have their own private decks. Watch the sunset from Shadow to Red Mountain from the top floor living room terrace. Utilize the home office with high speed WiFi, or stroll to all of Aspen’s conveniences and cultural attractions.

140 Forest Lane, Snowmass Village – The Team

This welcoming home in the exclusive Wood Run subdivision offers a private setting with excellent ski-in/ski-out access to Alpine Springs ski lift and Funnel ski run. After a day on the slopes, enjoy time with family or friends in the game room— complete with a wet bar, pool table, and pinball machine; or kick back in front of the flat screen TV next to a roaring fire in the den. During the warmer months, fire up the barbecue and grill in the beautiful weather. After a long day of skiing, soak in the outdoor hot tub. With six bedrooms, there’s room for a party of 16 (including your pets!). 

Offering rentals as brief as a few nights and as long as a few months, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty have every one of your needs covered for this year’s skiing excursion. No matter what kind of rental you’re looking for– a remote lodge for the whole family or a condo in the core–when you rent with us, you have access to a plethora of options. We have more exclusive luxury vacation rentals in Aspen and Snowmass Village than any other agency in the Roaring Fork Valley. Efficient access to the mountains and to Aspen’s core grants access to limitless opportunity–whether you choose to explore the double black diamond runs or explore the menu at Ajax Tavern, you can do it with ease. Explore our entire vacation rentals portfolio at this link and book today! 

Burn Carbs, Not Carbon: Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty is a Local Sponsor of the WE-Cycle Program

We want to see you participating! Take a picture and tag us on social media (@aspensnowmassSIR) with the hashtag #BigBlueGoesGreen! 

Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains, residents of the Roaring Fork Valley are particularly in tune with the drastic effects carbon-fueled transportation has on the earth. As a physically active region of the country, the Roaring Fork Valley prides itself its easy accessibility to biking paths, hiking trails, ski runs and bodies of water for swimming, rafting and paddleboarding. The ideal climate during all seasons makes walking and biking to work the standard. For these reasons, most commuters either opt for public transportation or their personal bikes to travel into town each day. But how can we make environmentally-conscious transportation even easier on our residents? Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty’s sponsorship of the WE-Cycle Ride Share Program is here to save the day. 

An Aspen community member taking full advantage of the ride share program near the Wheeler Opera House.

Ernie Fyrwald, a part-owner of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Real Estate and longtime Aspen community member, described WE-Cycle as the perfect transportation solution for a location like the Roaring Fork Valley. The concept of bike sharing in a smaller location came about after witnessing how effective it was in several larger cities and towns. “Aspen has a vehicle congestion and parking problem, so bikes are a logical solution,” Ernie said.

WE-Cycle director Mirte Mallory agreed, mentioning how ride share programs “thrive in communities with commercial, activity, and residential centers that are connected with relatively flat and safe bike routes. Aspen’s significant and well-defined bike lanes and routes indicate that bikes are welcome and encouraged. These clear definitions and delineations build confidence in riding.” Road safety and general sanitation are key principles to Mirte and her team. WE-Cycle places a massive emphasis on rider safety. “Our riders’ health and safety are WE-Cycle’s top priority. We are taking extra precautions and steps to keep the bikes and high touch surfaces clean as well as following best practices with our staff procedures. Please join us in following public health guidelines.” 

The global shift in lifestyle over the last few years “forced all of us to change our behaviors and adapt in new and unexpected ways. We’re discovering new ways to enjoy the outdoors and often spending more time outdoors,” Mirte continued. “Bikeshare is a great way to alternate how you get around town and is a healthy mode of travel.”

WE-Cycle’s dedicated staff installing equipment and assuring all procedures follow community guidelines and ensure rider safety. 

Ernie identified another positive byproduct of WE-Cycle’s existence: “For commuting to work, joy riding or hopping from place to place, this is a great solution. Imagine 50% fewer cars in town, and 50% of transportation occurring on bikes! Fantastic!” Locals are notoriously disturbed by personal vehicle use in the small towns of the Roaring Fork Valley, where resources are in close, walkable proximity. The use of this ride share program offers free, convenient access to those who do not truly need to be operating a vehicle. 

Mirte concurred, mentioning the included convenience of operating on your own schedule, “From a local and commuter perspective, WE-Cycle provides a fast, efficient, and often the most direct route from where one is to where one wants to be. It complements the bus routes and can be used on one’s own time, one’s own schedule, and one’s own route.”

Given the frequent tourism in the Roaring Fork Valley, Mirte believes the ride share program will be wildly successful among this crowd. “From a visitor’s perspective, we often hear that people have seen a ride sharing program in their city or in cities they have visited and have been intrigued to use it but hesitant given the traffic. Aspen offers a calmer environment to try riding a bike for travel rather than recreational purposes.”

WE-Cycle bikes are free, accessible and ideal for locals and visitors alike. 

While traffic and the lack of parking are certainly an annoyance that will be solved, the true mission of WE-Cycle is to alleviate the environmental impact of carbon-fueled transportation. “Wasteful, short trips in and out of town, fumes, and pollution are reasons this program is so vital to the Roaring Fork community,” Ernie said. “Once people start using bikes, they get hooked, and it becomes a mainstay for short distance transportation.” Mirte insightfully offered that “often, people discover a freedom and independence in getting around town by bike and using bikeshare in Aspen becomes a catalyst for using similar resources or even riding a bike more frequently, when they return home.” This reduces the environmental impact of carbon-fueled transportation in the cities where WE-Cycle is provided, as well as in the hometowns of visitors. 

Raising awareness about unsustainable resources and their impact on the environment is another important role WE-Cycle plays in the community. Sponsoring broker Lex Tarumianz spoke highly of the civic duties of the program: “WE-Cycle continues to educate locals and visitors about carbon emissions, responsible mobility, and changing behaviors to improve our environment and slow down the effects of global warming.”

WE-Cycle offers traditional, pedal-powered bikes, as well as a new addition of electric powered E-bikes. Whether you’re seeking a good old-fashioned, calorie-burning ride or some technologically-engineered assistance in the altitude, WE-Cycle has you covered. Ernie had some insights regarding the new addition of E-bikes: “biking in the Roaring Fork Valley is seeing a huge increase recently in part due to E-bikes.” Residents and visitors are more apt to use a WE-Cycle bike now since they have options in their form of transportation. “Locals love WE-Cycle for convenience, no parking fees and tremendous cost savings.”

A Roaring Fork Valley resident takes an E-bike for a joy ride; a less physically-taxing, equally enjoyable option to pedal-powered bikes. 

For those concerned about the competition WE-Cycle could provide to the local small businesses which offer bike rentals and cycling paraphernalia, Mirte assures that “WE-Cycle is designed to complement not compete with the bike rental shops. The pricing structure is designed to incentivize short in and around trips and to discourage longer recreational type rides. WE-cycle promotes the local bike shops on system maps and encourages anyone interested in extended rides to rent a bike!” 

A commuter utilizes WE-Cycle for a short ride into town, perfectly executing the mission of a ride share program.

As there are seemingly endless reasons to use this ride sharing system, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty is incredibly proud to be a local sponsor. With the fate of our precious valley in mind, we hope everyone sees and capitalizes upon the benefit of environmental protection, cost savings, convenience and the pure joy of riding a bike! WE-Cycle bikes are available in multiple locations around Aspen and Basalt through the fall and now year-round Carbondale! Do your mental health, your physical fitness, and your planet earth a favor — burn carbs, not carbon! 

When riding your WE-Cycle bike, document your trip on social media and tag us @aspensnowmassSIR with the hashtag #BigBlueGoesGreen! 

Building Lasting Communities in the Roaring Fork Valley: Our Collaboration with Habitat for Humanity

Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty employees enjoy great conversation while assembling the roof structure of a Wapiti Commons home.

Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty has an expert reputation in facilitating the process of buying, selling, and renting homes, and with the recent involvement in Habitat for Humanity, the team boasted their skills in the construction of homes, too! The project, in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley, consisted of developing the affordable housing community Wapiti Commons in Rifle, Colorado. This community is made up of 20 for-sale homes that will enable working families to live close to where they work and to provide stable homes for older adults.

The typical floor plan of a Wapiti Commons home includes three floors of living space and a garage, pictured above.

Prior to beginning a “build day” with Roaring Fork Habitat for Humanity, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty employees set out to understand the specific mission of the endeavor. After all, Habitat for Humanity’s commitment to developing a thriving residential community in South Rifle includes much more than meets than eye. In addition to the emotional and empathetic element of providing a better situation and quality of life for those less fortunate, HFH prioritizes minimizing infrastructure costs through efficient site planning, keeping monthly bills low for residents by affordable HOA dues and maximizing energy efficiency. This team keeps accessibility, adaptability, and longevity at top of mind when designing. Ultimately, offering affordable long-term homeownership for Rifle older-adults and working families through deed-restriction (and prioritizing those who live and work locally) is the goal.

The Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty and Roaring Fork Habitat for Humanity teams coming together to bring housing to those in need!

Located in South Rifle, this housing community falls in a convenient and efficient location for its residents. Wapiti Commons lies within an Enterprise Zone: a program dedicated to the encouragement of housing development in economically challenged areas of Colorado. Wapiti Commons has been awarded Enterprise Zone status as an economic driver for workforce recruitment and retention in the region. Located in close enough proximity to walk to amenities like Walmart, Alpine Bank, Starbucks, and several restaurants, this location is truly ideal.

Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty’s Direct of Sales, Jennifer Irwin, commented on the company’s ultimate mission, stating “it’s important we work to continue building and growing [our community]. One of the core values of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty is to show up prominently and support our community through philanthropic work, and we do it – in a BIG way. We have nearly a hundred local nonprofits that we support each and every year.” Our service-hearted team actively contributes to giving back, representing the community-oriented stance of the company. 

The Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty team poses for a photo before a beautiful day of giving back to the community.

Roaring Fork Sotheby’s International Realty broker Amy Dunlap smiles from the top floor of the home she generously helps construct.

Fine Fare: A Dining Guide for the Roaring Fork Valley


Parc Aspen (620 E Hyman Ave., Aspen, CO,

Founders and Aspen locals Maryanne and Harley Sefton set out to create a perfect dining experience. With local employees and locally-sourced ingredients from Two Roots Farm, Parc Aspen is fully focused on creating a seamless Aspen experience. “Executive Chef Mark Connell and Wine & Beverage Director Greg Van Wagner offer three levels of dining and extensive wine list that covers the world over.” (

Unravel Coffee (315 E Hyman Ave., Aspen, CO,

A branch of the new hotel called Gravity Haus, Unravel Coffee presents a fresh take on fair trade. Their main mission is to encourage sustainable resourcing and consumption, capitalizing on “the uplifting buzz that comes with embracing a new collaborative coffee experience — one that embodies agriculture, technology, sustainable regiments and the human experience” ( With delicious food options like a turkey avocado sandwich with lemon-dressed arugula and a charcuterie board, be sure to grab a snack with your coffee! 

Phatt Pho n Sushi (300 Puppy Smith St. #201, Aspen, CO,

Sushi lovers, indulge! Aspen’s newest Japanese joint located near Clark’s Market on Puppy Smith Street features each of the delicacies you love, without the astronomical pricing you don’t. With a mission to be the most reasonably-priced fare of its kind in town, Phatt Pho n Sushi caters to those who like to enjoy food in the restaurant, as well as those who prefer to feast at home. With options like a lemongrass bahn mi sandwich, a spicy ahi tuna roll, vietnamese coffee and options for vegan eaters, this spot appeals to all and is a sure-fire local favorite.

Madame Ushi (415 E Hyman Ave., Aspen, CO,

One of the more experience-driven, extravagant restaurants in the Aspen community, Madame Ushi offers a full nightlife itinerary–and is not for the faint of heart. Start your evening with craft cocktails and crispy hash browns topped with yuzu crème fraiche and osetra caviar (pictured below), and finish with bottle service and dancing at Gala, the new nightclub located directly across from the restaurant. Whenever you choose to take full advantage of Aspen’s most high-profile spots, your wish is Madame Ushi’s command. 

Saint Ambroeus(520 E Hyman Ave., Aspen, CO,

A popular Milan-based ‘pasticceria and confetteria,’ Sant Ambroeus offers pastries, light bites and a fully stocked coffee menu. Their locations stem from New York City to Palm Beach to Italy, and the cult following they’ve developed over the years trails them to each location. Aspen is the newest location on the list, so be sure to stop by before the line curls around the block. 

Snowmass Village

Mawita (49 Wood Rd, Snowmass Village, CO,

You may have heard of Mawa’s Kitchen, located in the Aspen Airport Business Center. Owner and chef Mawa McQueen is a James Beard semifinalist nominee 2022 and the 2020 & 2022 Colorado Governor’s Minority business winner of the year, and this winter, she adds Mawita to her portfolio. With Latin inspiration to the menu and the ambience, the goal of this new South American restaurant is to provide a high level of service (and fun!) in an inviting atmosphere. As an added bonus, enjoy the beautiful view of Snowmass Village while you snack. 


Free Range (22864 Two Rivers Rd, Basalt, CO,

Though this restaurant is no newcomer to the area, Free Range has relocated! Now planting roots on the opposite side of Highway 82, don’t mistake this joint for a barbecue-exclusive menu. With options like a colorful caesar salad, a hummus board, and smoked pork belly bao buns, this vast portfolio of food appeals to every eater.


Hominy Southern Kitchen (60 El Jebel Rd #108, Carbondale, CO,

A new staple in the Carbondale community, Hominy Southern Kitchen’s chef and owner Jacob Burkhardt’s main focus is sourcing ingredients locally. This improves both the quality and overall flavor profile of each of the dishes he crafts. “The menu focuses on quality and seasonality of ingredients and is backed by the many great relationships with local farmers and growers that have been established” ( As we all know, the Roaring Fork Valley loves to support small businesses that keep their resources local, so be sure to stop by and try one of their delicious options.