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Breckenridge Colorado Ski Resort to Be Expanded

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It has recently been announced that the Breckenridge Ski Area will be adding 550 additional acres on Peak 6 to ease overcrowding and offer more action-packed ski fun to its customer base. The effort will include the addition of two new lifts, a new restroom facility, and ski patrol/warming hut. All expansion efforts are expected drive more business to Breckenridge and better accommodate its regulars.

According to Rob Katz, Chairman and CEO of Vail Resorts, “The new terrain provides access to intermediate runs and high alpine bowl skiing and will be a tremendous addition to Breckenridge.”

The project will likely begin this fall and will commence in two years for the opening of the 2014-2015 ski season. For Aspen vacationers, this will provide additional opportunities for skiing adventures in the winter and hiking opportunities in the summer. Only 40 minutes from Aspen, the Breckenridge resort has grown in popularity over the years and is expected to inspire more visitors in the coming years.

The process for adding the additional acreage took a total of seven years due to the possible impacts it may make on surrounding natural life. Intensive measures were taken to best preserve the area and reduce environmental damage.

It is expected that the Breckenridge expansion will be welcome by Aspen locals and Aspen rental visitors. The 2012-2013 Breckenridge ski season will continue as normal and welcomes Aspen luxury rental vacationers for unlimited ski adventures.

Ski enthusiasts are also welcoming the Aspen Snowmass ski season in the coming months and have been reserving their Aspen VRBO rentals in advance. With more competitive ski resort pricing as result of the newly announced Epic Ski Pass, attendance is expected to increase throughout the region.

For more information on Aspen vacation rentals and information on ski resorts in the area, simply Google “Aspen Vacation rentals” and “Aspen ski resorts.”  Stay tuned for more breaking  news from the greater Aspen area!

Aspen Offers New and Exciting Multi-Mountain Ski Pass

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Ski-lovers around the globe have been celebrating after The Aspen Skiing Company, Jackson Hole, Squaw Valley, and Alta have announced a new season partnership pass for the four resorts in 2013. Soon skiers will be able to enjoy eight mountains within four resorts including Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Snowmass, Alta (within Utah), Jackson Hole (in Wyoming), Squaw Valley (near Tahoe), and Alpine Meadows (near Tahoe).

For only $349, Skiers can enjoy two days per resort (not per mountain) and enjoy eight full days of skiing. Once the two-day pass per resort has been used, extra days within those resorts are available at 50 percent off for the rest of the ski season.

The goal of such a pass is to inspire skiers to visit more resorts and save money in the process. The deal comes at a time in which ski pass prices have skyrocketed, thus limiting many skiers from visiting their favorite resorts for extended periods of time. Visitors staying within Aspen rentals will now be given an amazing opportunity to enjoy several days of skiing for far less cash out of pocket.

Aspen, Colorado has been known to be quite a pricy locale, yet many travelers are discovering that Aspen home rentals can save them a significant amount of money. With additional savings as result of the new multi-resort pass, a greater number of Aspen visitors are expected.

In response to the announcement, an Aspen ski fan commented positively on the program by stating that she likes “paying ahead of time…I want to ski anytime without dishing out money each time.” Many others responded in similar fashion, sharing that now they will have more incentive to visit the places that they love.

It is expected that Aspen VRBO and other Aspen rental sites will see an increase in traffic in the coming months as more skiers plan to make use of their all-new passes!

Biking the Rio Grande Recreation Trail in Aspen Colorado

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Are you looking for the ultimate adventure in Aspen, Colorado? Thanks to the Rails-to-Trails project, you can now leave your Aspen rental in the morning and ride from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. The 39.5 mile trail utilizes the old railroad corridor and follows the picaresque Fork River.

There is a bit of everything for bikers of all levels. Along the way, there are amazing views of Mount Sopris, horse pastures, the sprawling Aspen Glen golf course, the roaring river, the old Satank bridge, and more.

For those looking to eat along the way, downtown Carbondale provides a nice mix of sidewalk cafes and restaurants. There are also a handful of beautiful art galleries and boutiques to browse through.

Another great stop is the Rock Bottom Ranch. There you can enjoy a 115-acre wildlife preserve that contains the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. As part of the preserve are wetlands, ponds, the Cottonwood Bottomlands, and numerous nature trails.

Bring Your Own Bikes or Rent?

Both options are viable as you stay in an Aspen luxury rental. If traveling with a bike is a no-go, Canyon Bikes and other leading bike rental companies in the area will provide either hourly or day rates on a great selection of bikes. You can contact Canyon Bikes at 800-439-3043 with your questions.

If you are still searching for a place to stay, an aspen vacation rental is an excellent choice. Rather than stay in the confines of a hotel, you can enjoy the privacy of a condo or aspen home rental. You will also have much more room to store your bikes. A great resource for finding information on an Aspen rental is that of Aspen VRBO. There you will find many great properties from which to choose.

On the biking front, there are many other options as well. Whatever you do, make your trip to Aspen as unforgettable as possible. It is truly an amazing area within the United States to visit!

Secrets for Planning the Best Aspen Vacation Ever

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If you are considering a vacation to Aspen, you may be wondering how exactly you can gain the most out of your adventure. The following are secrets for having a most amazing time:

  • Vacation rentals versus hotels – A growing number of travelers are realizing that Aspen rentals are a much better way to spend a week or more in Aspen, Colorado. Rather than staying in a stifling hotel, a luxury vacation rental allows for families and/or groups of friends to enjoy their privacy, while having the power of cooking their own meals and enjoy the comfort of a peaceful backyard. There are numerous types of vacation rentals out there and VRBO Aspen can help you find your dream property.
  • Out on the town – The beauty of Aspen is that there are a number of amazing (even award-winning) restaurants and bars to frequent. In order to assure that you can enjoy the restaurant of your choice, it is recommended that you get a reservation before reaching Aspen. On a busy week or weekend, the town fills up quickly! The same goes for the theatre and concerts. Make sure you book early to get seats.
  • In the great outdoors – There are tons of amazing activities to partake of throughout the year. The secret to finding the best adventures for you, your friends, and family is to research online as early as possible. Identify the activities you would like to participate in and book early. If you are staying at an Aspen vacation rental or hotel, you can ask the booking representative if they have any special relationships with various vendors. They may be able to score you sizable discounts.
  • Spas and hot springs – Don’t forget that one of the amazing things about Aspen is that there are several award-winning spas from which to choose. Also, you can gain peace of mind at one of many yummy hot springs. A quick Google search can help you discover the perfect spa for you.

Another secret is that the sky is the limit in Aspen, Colorado. With a bit of creativity, you can have the vacation of a lifetime. Do a little online research, ask your Aspen rental or hotel booking rep for advice, and you are on your way!!

Four Reason To Choose Aspen As Your Vacation Destination

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In today’s world, an increasing number of travelers around the world are seeking out alternative forms of lodging to traditional hotel chains. One such alternative form is that of the Aspen vacation rental. Basically, it consists of renting a vacation property in the form of a condo or home and can range from a small studio to that of a sprawling mansion.

Just to give you an idea as to why travelers are reaching out to the owners Aspen rentals through services like VRBO Aspen, we hope the following gives you an excellent idea:

  • The power of the kitchen As we are all aware, paying for food while vacationing can be an expensive proposition. Most vacation rentals come equipped with a kitchen in which you can cook your own meals and refrigerate market bought food. This is a major selling point, as it can reduce food costs by hundreds of dollars.
  • More cost-effective for groups When you travel with a group of people and add up hotel expenses, they can be amazingly costly. On the other hand, when you rent a vacation rental that houses four plus adults, everyone splits the cost and saves tremendously.
  • Entertaining flexibility A vacation rental is the perfect spot for entertaining your friends. Some Aspen luxury rentals come equipped with beautiful backyards (some with pools!). You can do anything from play backyard sports to throw an unforgettable barbecue to enjoy a wine-filled evening in the fresh Aspen air.
  • Great storage An Aspen rental also allows for you to store your sporting equipment such as your kayaks, canoes, motorcycles, skis, mountain bikes, and more. This assures its safety and makes for easy access.

No matter which way to stack it, an Aspen vacation will provide you an amazing experience. We highly recommend that you consider an Aspen rental if you are seeking true flexibility, comfort, security, and cost-effectiveness.

There are several great resources over the Web that you can use to research. Aspen VRBO will provide you a great start!

Kick Off Summer At Outside in Aspen™ Elite Pro-Athletes & Symposium

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Summer is almost upon us and now it is time get outside and play in Aspen, Colorado! Outside in Aspen is holding the ultimate adventure weekend from June 8-10, 2012.  No matter the skill level, outdoor enthusiasts are invited to hone their skills or learn a new sport that they have always wanted to try.

Jump in with Elite Pro-Athlete-Led Adventures & Clinics, Triathlon, and Adventure Dog Workshops slated to be a part of the Outside in Aspenevent.

Aspen summer triatholon

Arrive Friday, June 8 to Aspen with your family and friends to check in to your Aspen Luxury Home Rental, where you will have a full-kitchen for use to prepare any meal of your liking and stock up on any beverage of your choice.  After settling in to your Aspen rental, head over to the Ute Mountaineer around 6-7 p.m. for a slideshow presentation by Lucas Gilman.  Then walk over to the Sky Hotel for the opening welcome reception and “Outside in Aspen” kick-off party.

Wakeup the morning of June 9 and check out the Adventure Base Camp located in downtown Aspen. This is where participants meet their guides and exhibitors keep the excitement going all day with music, demonstrations, food, family activities, a beer garden, and gear displays.

Also, Saturday, June 9, if you are ready to get your swim, bike and run on, or just want to cheer the on the athletes, head over to the Outside in Aspen Triathlon/Dualathlon/Aquabike Dualathlon Competition.

When you are spent from all of the day’s activities, you can head back with your family and friends to your Aspen vacation rental to relax or continue the fun with the rental’s fully stocked entertainment center (Television, Stereo and DVD player). If you are just too exhausted from you full day of activities, you can always crash in the privacy and comfort of your Aspen rental bedroom.

No matter what type of fun you are looking to take in, you are sure to try new things, meet new friends and have a great time in Aspen!

 

 

Triathlon-Duathlon-Aquabike Coming to Aspen June 9th

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Have you ever wanted to compete in a triathlon or watch an event? Come play outside in beautiful Aspen, CO! Check out the Outside in Aspen Triathlon/Duathlon/Aquabike competition starting at 7:00 a.m. on June 9, 2012.

Aspen Colorado triatholon

If you are a beginner, the triathlon, which is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event, is the perfect race for you to get your feet wet while still competing on a challenging course.

If a competition involving water isn’t what floats your boat, try the dry Duathlon, which consists of a 2-mile run, a 17-mile bike ride and ending with a 4-mile finishing run.

Not into running? Then the Aquabike Duathlon is just the right fit for you! Get started in the water with an 800-yard swim and then jump on the saddle for a 17-mile bike ride while taking in the beautiful scenery of Aspen.

Being that the competition is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event, all participants must be members or purchase a single day event permit.  The cost to participate in the competition ranges from $50 – $90 depending on the event and membership status.

Are you planning on competing with a group of friends? Staying at an Aspen Vacation Rental may be the perfect option for you, your teammates and friends to stay.  Aspen rentals usually provide you with a full-kitchen so you may prepare the meals you need before heading out to compete. They also have a living room, fireplace, entertainment system (TV, Stereo and DVD player), full bathrooms and one or more bedrooms. This allows for everyone to bring the fun inside to one place after your outdoor adventures.

As far as value is concerned, Aspen luxury home rentals  are a great option for large groups, especially when you consider the need for multiple rooms and cost of food.

No matter what you decide to do, or where you decide to stay in Aspen, you are definitely in for a great time! For more information about the Outside in Aspen Triathlon please visit: Outside in Apen Triathlon/Duathlon.

Good luck…be sure to enjoy all that Aspen has to offer!

Aspen Colorado Ski Forecast Predictions for 2011-2012

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Aspen Vacation RentalsIt has recently been reported that the National Weather Service is looking into the role that La Niña will play in the Aspen ski season. Thus far, skiers and snowboarders are curious as to their fate as they plan to soon trek to their Aspen home rental.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac La Niña won’t play a role, on the other hand 2011-2012 may be one of the mildest and driest winters on the books for Colorado in recent history. The famed book places Colorado in the south of the intermountain region and further predicts that “winter temperatures will be above normal, especially in the south, with the coldest periods in early and late December and mid- and late February.  Precipitation and snowfall will be above normal in the north and below normal in the south. The snowiest periods will occur in early November, mid-December, mid-January and early and late March.”

Much like last year that saw those who enjoyed Aspen vacation rentals experience a chilly April and May, the almanac expects for the two months to be cooler and snowier than average. Additionally, if you’re planning a ski trip to Aspen, Colorado, you may want to consider the weeks of or after January 13 and March 22, as the almanac predicts heavy snow fall during those periods.

Aspen RentalsJust how valid are the Old Farmer’s Almanac’s predictions? Last year it predicted mild and dry conditions for Colorado last winter, and Aspen visitors experienced mixed results. There ended up being plentiful amounts of snow above 8,000 feet for the majority of the winter, and to skiers’ and snowboarders’ delight the snow continued to fall into April and May. Hooray for spring skiing!

While the almanac predicts a quite dry year in Aspen, the National Weather Service is hedging against it and predicts there to be plenty of snowfall in the fall and throughout the winter. Time will definitely tell.

Just a word of advice…last year was an amazing ski season, so you don’t want to hold off on making a decision on booking Aspen rentals because of conflicting weather reports. Good luck on your ski adventures!!