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What’s New This New Year in Aspen/Snowmass

Keystone, CO - For many, the new year signifies change and progress. Holding on to the tried and true from previous years and improving on lessons learned over the past 365 days. So what’s new for Aspen/Snowmass this New Year? Well, to put it simply, A LOT! Aspen has dedicated $138 million dollars to improving the guests’ on mountain experience over the last seven years. During that period, Aspen has added nine new lifts, two state of the art gondolas, a 12-foot halfpipe, new dining and shopping experiences and the fantasy filled Tree House Kids’ Adventure Center. Here’s the scoop on a few upgrades for the 2010-2011 season at Aspen/Snowmass.

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Turkey Chili That’ll Keep You Going, On and Off the Aspen Slopes

Keystone, CO - Whether you’re on a ski vacation or you call these mountains your home, after a long day of skiing we all need a, “stick to your ribs” kind of meal that warms you up and reenergizes your body. Winter activities can be physically taxing. The average person burns around 400 calories per hour skiing, making it extremely important to eat well when you’re shredding the slopes. Here’s one of my favorite healthy, hardy winter recipes that is quick to prepare and sure to satisfy.

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How to Plan Your Aspen area Vacation on a Budget: Tips from a Vacation Coordinator.

Keystone,CO - I like to think of myself as a jack of all trade. I’ve danced down quite a few career and job paths for my young age. One of these paths, which I’m currently pursuing, is helping people plan their dream vacations to ski resorts. Saving people money without sacrificing a quality experience is the name of the game. Here are a few tricks of the trade I’ll share with you to save some green this season in Aspen/Snowmass.

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The Best Things in Life Are Free: Top 10 Free Aspen Must-Do’s

Aspen, CO Ski Vacations can an expensive investment. These top 10 freebies will help you enjoy your stay to the fullest without breaking the bank so take advantage!

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1. First Tracks – The early bird sure does catch the worm at Aspen and Snowmass Mountains. Be the first to dip into the morning’s powder with the First Tracks program. This freebie allows guests that have a lift ticket or pass to sign up the night before to hit the slopes before the lifts open to the public. (On Snowmass call, 970-923-0560, on Aspen Mountain call 925-1220 x3543 for reservations.)

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Time To Get Your Feet Wet: Aspen Area Resorts' Opening Dates

Keystone,CO Over the next month and a half, resorts all over Colorado will begin opening their doors to eager, snow hungry skiers and riders. Many resorts have been hit heavy with the past two day’s recent snowstorms making it even harder for us, powder hunters to sit still.

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Carnivale for a Cause: Cirque d’Aspen

By:Marissa D'Oraizo

Aspen,CO -- Whether you’re visiting for the Holidays or you live in Aspen year round, everyone can appreciate an outstanding artistic performance. What’s better? How about an outstanding artistic performance for a good cause? This holiday season, check out Cirque d’Aspen, running December 28th, 29th and 30th benefiting the Aspen Youth Center.

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