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40 Favorite Things About Aspen

1 Waking up on a powder day and embracing the 4-inch rule
2 Sun on the peaks at first light
3 The old-fashioned Fourth of July parade
4 Sunday concerts at the Aspen Music Festival, where sitting on the lawn is still free
5 Networking the crowd over lunch at Peach’s
6 The special way the air smells after a rain shower
7 Walking off the plane at Sardy Field (and knowing you’re home)
8 Discovering a new band at Belly Up and leaving with your ears still ringing
9 Summiting the Ute Trail before the town wakes up
10 Pre-ski yoga at the Sundeck
11 The Christmas tree lighting at the Sardy House
12 Hiking around Maroon Lake (and watching for moose)
13 Catching the first gondi up Aspen Mountain for First Tracks
14 Getting the last run on Aspen Mountain (or Snowmass, Aspen Highlands or Buttermilk) at the end of the day
15 Hearing Klaus yodel his way down Buttermilk
16 Watching World Cup races at Lift 1A
17 Mingling with celebrity chefs at the Food & Wine Classic
18 Picking up The New York Times on Sunday at Carl’s (and reading it over brunch at Prospect in the Jerome)
19 The first springtime bike ride up Independence Pass
20 The smell of fresh wax on new (or old) skis
21 Après-ski people-watching at The Little Nell
22 Snowshoeing up Buttermilk, then taking the lift down
23 Offseason
24 Biking down the Rio Grande Trail for burgers and fresh margaritas at the Woody Creek Tavern
25 Free admission to the Aspen Art Museum
26 Purchasing fresh produce at the Aspen Saturday Market
27 Shopping the Midnight Madness sale at Gorsuch
28 Sipping a Colorado microbrew at the J-Bar
29 Our volunteer Aspen Fire Department and the noon whistle
30 Feeding your brain at the Aspen Ideas Festival
31 Concerts at Town Park in Snowmass during Jazz Aspen/Snowmass Labor Day Festival
32 Taking a dogsled ride through Snowmass backcountry and stopping at Krabloonik for lunch
33 Summertime rainbows
34 Casting a fly in Gold Medal waters
35 Walking a dog from the Aspen Animal Shelter
36 “Waiting 15 minutes” for the weather to change
37 FBO
38 Mountain Rescue Aspen (because they’re there if you need them)
39 “Painted Lady” Victorians in the historic West End
40 The seasons, especially: winter, spring, summer, fall