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How to gear up for a winter in Aspen

With the first official day of autumn upon us, it’s clearly time to start thinking about winter. When the snow starts to fall, people from far and wide travel to Aspen, Colorado for a winter getaway. For those of you who regularly hit the slopes, packing for your ski trip is a breeze- you may even have a bag already packed and ready to go. But for ski trip virgins, preparing for such a trip seems like a daunting task, which is exactly why we’ve compiled a list of helpful clothing tips that will make your life easier while keeping you warm on the slopes. We know what you may be thinking, but preparing for a ski trip doesn’t have to break the bank. We’ll tell you what is best to borrow and where it might be best to invest:

  1. Helmet: Safety is always first, and it’s no different while flying down mountains covered in snow. We suggest not buying a helmet if you’re not planning on becoming a frequent skier. New ones typically go for about $100, but high end helmets can leave you missing over $200. If you can borrow one that fits your head and is comfortable from a friend or family member, then great, but the most popular option is to rend from the resort or lodge for about $5 a day.
  2. Goggles: Have you heard of snow blindness? If not, it’s okay. Snow blindness occurs at high altitudes when UV rays are more intense and can reflect off of the white snow and straight into your eyes. This is why goggles are so important. Sunglasses can work to an extent, but goggles are more secure and offer more protection. If you can’t borrow a pair from someone, we suggest buying a pair for about $20 or $30.

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  3. Layers: When out in the snow, layers are key. Typically you want to have about three to four layers.
    1. Starting with the first layer, underwear, we suggest buying a ski specific pair from a sporting goods store since underwear may not be something you want to borrow.
    2. The base layer is extremely important. A clothing item made of wool works best- you might even already own something that would work.
    3. The mid layer comes next. We recommend a fleece jacket that zips so it can be easily removed if it gets too hot.
    4. The jacket is one of the most important components of your outfit, next to the pants. A waterproof jacket is a necessity, but make sure it is not too snug in order to allow room for your other layers. Borrowing or renting a jacket is ideal, since they can get rather expensive.

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  4. Pants: Your pants will be coming in contact with the most snow, so a good pair is pertinent. Borrowing, renting, or finding a second hand store that has them for cheap is the best way to make sure you don’t break the bank. Brand new pants can cost a pretty penny. Make sure to wear pants that are made from a waterproof material.
  5. Gloves: Don’t underestimate the power of gloves. You want to avoid frostbite at all costs, especially on areas of your body that are prone to frostbite like your hands and fingers. Insulated gloves made of leather are a popular choice, but they can get pretty expensive so we recommend finding a less expensive pair for about $25.

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    Flickr: Emi Yañez
  6. Socks: Like gloves, socks can be easily overlooked- but take care not too. Ski specific socks work best, but make sure that you find some that fit well because no one wants to be constantly pulling up their socks. Be sure not to buy wool socks, they’ll get wet and stay wet.
  7. Boots: The wrong pair of boots can make or break your skiing experience, so we suggest renting a pair from the resort or lodge. The professionals there will be able to best help you find the appropriate boots.

Hitting the slopes is an amazing experience, and we want you to call My Aspen Rental home when you visit Aspen, Colorado.

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Top 10 Places to See Fall Foliage

We’re counting down the days until the official start of Autumn- 8 days to be exact! Fall is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful times of year. The colors are changing, the air is crisp, and apples are finally in season- and you don’t have to go far to see spectacular fall colors up close and personal. Here are the 10 best places to see fall foliage in the United States:

  1. The Catskills, New York. Located in southeastern New York, the area consists of six major river systems and 35 mountain peaks, all taller than 3,500 feet. The Catskills are home to the town of Woodstock, which hosted the iconic Woodstock music festival in 1969. With densely forested hills, fall colors are vibrant and abundant. The foliage is at its peak coloring from late September to mid October.
  2. Aspen, Colorado. Named after a tree known for its rich fall coloring, Aspen, Colorado is the premier destination for those wanting to get a good look at some beautiful fall sights. From mid September through the first week of October, the foliage is stunning all around the Maroon bells area. The deep gold and red hues of the Aspen trees contrast perfectly with the evergreens and breathtaking mountain peaks. After spending the day in the crisp Autumn air, My Aspen Rental wants to keep you warm and comfortable at night.

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  3. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon. Located in the Cascade Mountains, the Columbia River Gorge is home to a variety of different trees. The maples, cottonwoods, and Oregon ash trees all turn vivid reds and oranges. Take in the sights on a scenic drive, while hiking or biking on the trails, or while rafting down the river. The best time to view the fall foliage and the 208 ft. Wah Gwin Gwin waterfall is between mid September and mid October.
  4. Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina and Tennessee. As one of the most visited national parks in the United States, Great Smoky Mountains is host to over 100 different native trees, including scarlet oaks, hickories, and sweetgums. The trees turn an array of golds, scarlets, purples, and oranges from early October to early November.

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  5. The Berkshires, Massachusetts. The Berkshires are a highland geological region that is a part of a mountain range in Massachusetts. It features narrow, winding roads that offer up close and personal views of changing leaves. When taking a break from the magnificent colors, The Berkshires have a plethora of art galleries and antique shops. The best time for fall foliage is between late September and mid/late October.
  6. Green Mountain Byway, Vermont. Color-changing trees line this eleven mile route that cuts across the state of Vermont. The beautiful drive connects Waterbury- which is the home of Ben & Jerry’s- to the famous ski resort Stowe. Rich golds and crimsons can be seen throughout the entire eleven miles, stunning drivers and passengers alike. The leaves begin to change the second week of September, but peaks during the first week of October.
  7. Upper Peninsula, Michigan. With over four million acres, the Michigan state forest system is home to more than twenty forested state parks on the Upper Peninsula. Located between three Great Lakes, the azure water is a picture-perfect contrast to the warm-toned and vibrant leaves.
  8. Glacier National Park, Montana. If you like to be alone with the great outdoors, then Glacier National Park in the fall is the place for you. By the end of September all of the park’s concessions have closed and most of the guests have left. This leaves just you and the abundance of larch trees, whose needles turn a bright gold. Set against the peaks of the Continental Divide, the colors are picturesque.

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  9. Lake of The Ozarks, Missouri. While the Lake of The Ozarks is a popular summer getaway, the surrounding forest turns into beautiful shades of scarlet, gold, crimson, and orange in the fall. Popular ways of viewing the fall foliage include hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. If you want to spend a little bit more money, you can take in the sights on a yacht or while sipping wine at one of the nearby wineries.
  10. Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, New Mexico. While most people would not think of New Mexico when thinking of fall colors, the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway is an 83 mile loop that is riddled with Aspen trees. When their leaves change in late September or early October, the Byway sees an array of vibrant reds and oranges. The loop circles Wheeler Peak, the highest peak in New Mexico.
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It’s Not Too Late for More Summer Fun

We love Aspen in the fall, and are very excited for the approaching season, but it is not too late to squeeze in another quick last-minute summer vacation. While the start of September usually connotes changing colors, crisp weather, and chunky sweaters, summer doesn’t officially end until Wednesday, September 21st, 2016. So make the best of it and visit Aspen for 75 degree weather and a final summer vacation!

While the summer activites on Aspen mountain have come to a close in preparation for the winter season, there is still a multitude of other summer activities still being offered:

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Mountain Biking at Snowmass Flickr: Aspen Snowmass
  1. Biking: One of the most popular summer activities for outdoorsmen and thrill seekers alike, ground and mountain biking tours are offered through October. If you’re looking for a more independent experience, there are trails throughout the Maroon Bells area that are available exclusively to bikers.
  2. Hot Air Balloon Rides: Enjoy the beautiful morning air while looking at breathtaking views. Hot Air Balloons take flight at sunrise and provide you with an opportunity to see Aspen and the surrounding mountains like you’ve never experienced them before. If the unbelieveable vantage point isn’t enough to sell you, then stay for the delicious provided brunch and souvenir.

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  3. Whitewater Rafting: If you’re looking to cool off, get wet on a whitewater rafting trip. With beginner, intermediate, and advanced trips, whitewater rafting is great for families, friends, or individuals. The trips can span from 4 hours to full day excursions and are offered through October.
  4. Sunset Dinner Tours: Looking for scenic views and a delicious meal? The Sunset Dinner Tour has both! Take a four-wheel drive tour to a secluded and beautiful location, followed by a traditional country meal served by a cozy campfire. You can’t go wrong with an evening under the stars.
  5. Fly Fishing: Unwind on the lake or in the rivers while fishing for trout. With expert guides helping you along the way, you’ll learn a multitude of angling tips and tricks. There a half and full day trips available with lunch provided.

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    FryingPan River Flickr: Curt Smith

The fun never ends in Aspen, but the seasons do! If you’re looking for a final summer trip, stay with My Aspen Rental for a great time.

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Get down with the JAS Labor Day Experience

The long weekend is fast approaching, and Aspen knows how to celebrate the end of a fantastic summer. Spend Labor Day weekend listening to great music, eating great food, and hanging out with great people at the JAS Labor Day Experience. The Jazz Aspen Snowmass aims to preserve jazz and other related genres through musical and educational experiences. You can experience one of their world class festivals this Labor Day weekend, September 2nd through September 4th at Snowmass Town Park. Deemed the hottest 72 hours of summer, JAS Labor Day Experience features popular headliners, delicious food, and more!

On Friday, September 2nd, 2016, singer-songwriter Andy Grammer will perform. First made famous by his early hit “Keep Your Head Up,” Grammer shot to stardom with the release of “Honey, I’m Good.”  Following Andy Grammer’s performance is the ever popular Train. Train, a roots rock band, has won multiple Grammys and enjoys international and long-standing success.

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Andy Grammar performing Flickr: Justin Higuchi

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016, sees electronic recording artist and DJ collective Thievery Corporation opening for The Killers. The Killers have been popular since their formation in 2001. They are responsible for hits such as “Mr. Brightside,” “Somebody Told Me,” and “Human.” The Killers have been nominated for 7 Grammys, and have won an MTV Europe Music Award and a BRIT award.

Closing the festival, on Sunday, September 4th, 2016, is Duran Duran at 5pm. Duran Duran is an 80s New Wave band that has won multiple Grammys and has been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Following them is one of the most famous Jazz artists of all time, Stevie Wonder. Wonder, who first got his start in music as a child prodigy, has the most Grammys ever awarded to a male solo artist, with 25 awards. With singles such as “Superstition,” and “Sir Duke”, Wonder is sure to put on a legendary show.

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Stevie Wonder, photo courtesy of “The Source”

But that’s not all JAS has in store. For the first time ever, there will be two JAS After Dark Silent Disco Parties featuring dueling DJs after the concert ends. In addition to these Discos, there will be a “Broncos Experience at JAS” that features a collaboration with team executives and notable alumni.

Come celebrate Labor Day with good music, while enjoying your stay at My Aspen Rental.

The Top 20 Best Ski Towns In The U.S.

  1. Lake Tahoe, California : This beautiful freshwater lake is located on the California/Nevada border, right in the heart of the Sierra Nevadas. The mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe are home to over 7 ski resorts and many more smaller ski areas. During peak season, people from all over the country flock to Lake Tahoe in search of fresh powder.
  2. Aspen, Colorado: The city of Aspen is constantly bustling with residents and tourists taking advantage of the many music, food, and art festivals that are regularly hosted in Aspen. While this quaint town is home to many high-end boutiques and delicious restaurants, Aspen is most widely known for the picturesque slopes that can be found on Aspen Mountain or Bell Mountain. Aspen offers skiing from Winter to Spring, drawing countless people to this beautiful location. Spend a week in Aspen on the slopes and on the town, while calling My Aspen Rental home.

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  3. Vail, Colorado: Vail, a swiss-style village, was originally built to accompany the Vail Ski Resort-which is one of the largest in the U.S. This charming town offers a museum, gardens, quaint shopping, and more.
  4. Park City, Utah: Park City is a hub for tourists looking for a great skiing experience. The two major ski resorts that call Park City home were the locations for snowboarding events during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Along with being a good location for winter sports, Park City is the main location for the annual summer Sundance Film Festival.
  5. Jackson, Wyoming: Jackson is a scenic town that is located near multiple national parks, the National Elk Refuge, and three ski resorts. Jackson gets considerably more snow than the rest of Wyoming, making it a destination for skiers from all around the state as well as the country.
  6. Killington, Vermont: Killington is home to the largest ski area in the Eastern United States, Killington Ski Resort. Nicknames the “Beast of the East”, Killington Ski Resort sits atop the second highest peak in Vermont.
  7. Sun Valley, Idaho: Sun Valley, a resort city, sits in central Idaho. Sun Valley is served by Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain, both of which offer an abundance of different skiing and snowboarding trails that have varying difficulty. Along with snow sports, visitors can enjoy activities such as ice skating, hiking, golfing, tennis, and cycling.

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    Flickr: Chloé François, Sun Valley Idaho
  8. Steamboat Springs, Colorado: Steamboat Springs, more commonly known as Steamboat, is a destination for winter sports. Steamboat Ski Resort and the smaller Howelsen Ski Area are located on Mount Werner and Howelsen Hill, respectively. An abundance of additional outdoor activities such as rafting, cycling, fishing, tubing, and kayaking.
  9. Mammoth Lakes, California: Mammoth Lakes is a small town located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range that serves the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. This resort, most often referred to as simply Mammoth, is located on the north side of the mountain. Mammoth attracts extreme skiers because of its eight terrain parks and the rare 22ft Super-Duper Half Pipe. With one of the longest ski seasons in the country, Mammoth is open from November to June.
  10. Breckenridge, Colorado: The historic town of Breckenridge was established during the Gold Rush. It is located just below the Breckenridge Ski Resort. This alpine resort is one of the most popular in the Western Hemisphere and spans across the five peaks.
  11. Big Bear Lake, California: As one of the few ski destinations in Southern California, Big Bear Lake is home to two ski resorts: Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. These sister resorts offer a wide range of trails with varying degrees of difficulty. When the weather is less than favorable, Snow Summit has an extensive, multi-million dollar snowmaking system that provides skiable artificial snow.

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    Flickr: Ian D. Keating, Bear Mountain Resort
  12. Lake Placid, New York: Lake Placid, a village in the Adirondack Mountains, is best known for being the host of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. The ski areas of Lake Placid are primarily located on Whiteface Mountain. As the fifth tallest peak in the United States, Whiteface Mountain has an area dedicated to beginners, but also double-black diamond runs.
  13. Salt Lake City, Utah: As the capital of Utah, Salt Lake City has 8 ski resorts with 50 miles of the city. Many of these resorts are located in the Wasatch Mountains that lie just east of Salt Lake City. In 2002, the city hosted the Winter Olympics.
  14. Ruidoso, New Mexico: While most would not think of New Mexico when thinking of snow, the resort town of Ruidoso is growing in popularity when it comes it winter sports. Located in the Sierra Blanca Mountain Range, this village hosts the Ski Apache Resort. As the only ski resort in New Mexico that has its own gondola lift, Ski Apache has one of the most difficult beginner runs in the world.
  15. Keystone, Colorado: Keystone is a small town that is the home of the Keystone Resort. This resort offers ski areas on three different mountains that are connected by lifts and gondolas. Keystone is the largest operation in Colorado to offer night skiing on up to 15 different trails.
  16. Snowshoe, West Virginia: Snowshoe is a small village that is centered around the Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, and located on the summit of the mountain. The resort has 244 acres of skiable terrain and is located on Cheat Mountain in the Allegheny Mountains. More recently, Snowshoe Mountain has become a popular destination for summer sports as well as winter sports.

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    Flickr: Gayle, Snowshoe, West Virginia
  17. Stratton, Vermont: This extremely small town is home to the Stratton Mountain Resort. Located on Stratton Mountain, this resort has 97 trails and 670 acres of skiable terrain. According to Ski Magazine, Stratton Mountain Resort is in the top 10 for snow, lifts, terrain parks, lodging, grooming, and nightlife.
  18. Avon, Colorado: The town of Avon lies just two miles north of Beaver Creek Resort. Beaver Creek Resort is comprised of three different villages and rises to a height of 11,440 ft. Along with being a destination for many avid skiers, Beaver Creek Resort is a regular host of World Cup events in early December.
  19. Winter Park, Colorado: Winter Park Resort calls Winter Park, Colorado home. The alpine resort is located in the Rocky Mountains and spans three different peaks. Winter Park Resort holds one of the world’s first and largest disabled skiing programs.
  20. Windham, New York: Formed from the iconic town of Woodstock, Windham is a small town in upstate New York. It is home to the Windham Mountain Ski Resort, which is located in the Catskill Mountains. With 54 trails and 285 skiable acres, the majority of the snow was generated through the snow-making process that creates artificial snow via water and pressurized air.
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The Ultimate Travel Destination: Aspen, Colorado

Everyone wants to experience the perfect vacation and return home looking back on a delightful time, but have you ever planned what you thought would be a wonderful vacation, only to be disappointed and extremely disillusioned? Did you return home thinking–all that planning and expense and we actually didn’t have fun? Did you come to finally realize that while you were excitedly looking forward to a great getaway–all of that time you were building up for a letdown?

If so, you should make your next trip to Aspen, Colorado, for the ultimate in a wonderful travelling experience. You can make sure that your precious time off from work is filled with happy, delightful, relaxing and enjoyable quality experiences.

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In Aspen you will have access to no less than seven luxury hotels, where you can experience superb service, exquisite cuisine, the ultimate in restaurants, bars, spas, saunas, chauffuers, babysitting and valet services, all in an ambience of sophistication and elegance.

Aspen, Colorado also offers the opportunity for great outdoor adventures. A winter vacation offers skiing, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, or ice skating. A summer vacation experience can include golf, hot-air ballooning, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, tennis, and an array of concerts and festivals. My Aspen Rental is just a quick walk away from the ski lift and the heart of Aspen.

If nightlife is the vacation highlight you’re seeking, unique dance clubs are plentiful with music running the gamut from pop to hip-hop. You’ll have access to tasty drinks and incredible d.j’s, great food–everything from vodka to grilled cheese sandwiches served in the early morning hours–and even strip poles, if that’s your thing!

If you want to shop till you drop while on vacation, Aspen has at least 300 shops you can explore, and for a real mountain top experience, you can actually, believe it or not, get a libations map, and visit one or all of nine distilleries and breweries.

You may have been under the impression, like many people, that all there is to do in Aspen is ski, but now you realize there are various and sundry opportunities to enjoy many other activities. These include, but are not limited to, paragliding, rodeos, wine festivals, and music festivals. In addition to adventure sports and the like, there’s plenty available in the arena of arts and culture. For example, if you want a lasting memory to take home, you can shop at the Aspen Art Museum, viewing their “Premier Contemporary Art Collection.” They feature guided tours and free admission. There’s also Theatre Aspen, and the Aspen Sante Fe Ballet.

You can visit the Aspen Saturday Farmer’s Market, numerous outdoor dining facilities, and the list goes on. When you plan your next vacation, why not decide to see for yourself? An average of 50,000–plus visitors per year have already discovered the delights of travelling to Aspen, Colorado for their annual vacation.

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For a real vacation where you’ll return with cherished memories, looking back on a wonderful experience, you should plan on your next vacation to travel to Aspen, Colorado. Reserve your stay at My Aspen Rental now.

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Aspen’s Warmer Weather Vacation Adventures

Aspen vacation rentals are a great choice year round. Renowned for it’s incomparable skiing, Aspen is also very well known for the endless adventures available right at your fingertips. Keep reading below to find out what will turn your next Aspen vacation to a “vacation of a lifetime.”  Continue reading Aspen’s Warmer Weather Vacation Adventures