I was getting on the chair single, when an older man skied up to ride the chair with me. As always a conversation ensued. I can tell immediately if I should whip out my video camera and interview the person for their interesting and/or inspiring story, but opt first to get to know one another, create a comfort level, and in the last 10 mins … Continue reading pro ski bum
Will Nolan, Executive Chef at Viceroy Snowmass tells us of his love for Heritage Fire in Snowmass (2018) Continue reading Will Nolan Executive Chef Viceroy Snowmass at Heritage Fire
“All traffic is shut down at the El Jebel light due to a structure fire,” I read in the text, but I didn’t think twice about it, I was heading down to a thank you barbecue for the Lake Christine Firefighters at Jill Soffer’s house, and nothing was going to deter me. Thus far, I have been covering the fire from afar and I needed … Continue reading Firefighter Stories of The Lake Christine Fire
Waking up to Highland’s Peak, bathed in the deepest soothing pastel pinks and reds, I rose out of bed and packed up my road bike. I was heading down to Basalt to get the air conditioning fixed in my Hÿûndaī. My plan was to stay down there all day; coffee at Confluence; road bike ride up the Frying Pan River with a good friend; stop … Continue reading Singing a Huge Hallelujah in Basalt
Cruising Around Aspen Below Photo Credit: Gus Goldman [su_carousel source=”media: 44234,44233,44232,44231,44230,44229,44228,44227″ limit=”50″ height=”380″ items=”1″]Bikes lined up outside of the Aspen Brewing Company on Hopkins Ave. People stuffed six packs of Brew Co.’s delicious blondes and IPA’s into baskets on the front of their bikes. String Cheese Incident, Grateful Dead, and Justin Bieber permeated from different speakers rigged any way they could be to people’s bikes. … Continue reading Cruising Around Aspen
The Forgotten Season To live in a mountain town is to be bound to the change of the seasons. November snows invigorate the powder hounds as the sound of clicking ski boots return, and May thaws once again fills the rivers with rushing water and the trees with bright, green leaves. Each season complements one another in the duality of Aspen’s Ying and Yang. The … Continue reading The Forgotten Season
Wait…What Day is It???? TGIF Well we may be expecting a little rain through Sunday but since when does that ever stop us? According to Weather.Com the future looks pretty bright with sun and temps in the 50’s for most of the week (of course…we all know that can change in a second). So wrap up in layers, grab your friends, grab your kids and get … Continue reading Wait…What Day is It????
Carbondale, Aspen’s Real World Relative The choice to live in a place as unrepentantly gorgeous as the Roaring Fork Valley likely seems to be a rather straightforward one for anyone who has been lucky enough to visit. Gorgeous, slanting mountains set an epic scene for skiers, mountain bikers, fishers, drinkers, all like minded in their desire to spend more time outside than in. Yet, what … Continue reading Carbondale, Aspen’s Real World Relative
[su_heading]How to Make Money While Retaining Freedom[/su_heading] An interview with local Aspenite, Dr. Ryan Moriarty, PhD, CEO and Founder of LOLSpots, an audience development network and quality traffic source for pop culture, humor, and entertainment sites, brought insight to my burning question of how to make money while retaining freedom. And now, with AspenRealLife blowing up “for reals” because I am sticking to my dream of working on … Continue reading How to Make Money While Retaining Freedom
How often do we find that connection with another person that happens out of nowhere and lasts forever? This happened to me on the corner of 61st and Madison while in New York City. Continue reading Finding Talent on the Streets of New York City
[su_heading]Living Life to the Fullest[/su_heading] As many of you know, these past nine months have been devoted to being true to myself and my dreams of sharing the local’s perspective on living in Aspen. In order to do this, I have tried my best to stay committed and live each moment as honestly and completely as possible. Over the weekend I attended a memorial service for Ryan Jennings in Carbondale, … Continue reading Living Life to the Fullest
[su_heading] Living and Breathing Freestyle Skiing [/su_heading] With the Winter X-Games rapidly approaching, January 28-31, 2016, we are going to be introducing to you our local badasses of whom we respect and admire, beginning with our beloved local teenagers who have been living and breathing freestyle skiing all of their short 16+ years. Meet Joey Lang, Cassidy Jarrell and Keenan McIntyre, three boys who by … Continue reading Living and Breathing Freestyle Skiing
I have been asked many questions about Aspen; “What should I wear there?”, “How will we eat if it is so expensive?”, “Why would I want to visit Aspen?” and my answers to all of these questions are, “Just come as you are and you will see that Aspen is a ski town first and foremost where the fashion is predominantly jeans and workout clothes. Sure an occasional diamond ring can be a bit distracting, and stunning BTW, and the fur comes out in the wintertime, mostly when it’s freezing but is that any reason to not visit? I should say not!” Continue reading Come Visit Aspen, We Don’t Bite!
This post is one example of what I mean on my business card when I say “twisted travel”. I never know who I am going to meet when I walk out my front door and so I am always prepared with video camera in my pocket.
And this is what happened to me the other day when I unexpectedly met a new kind of celebrity, The Aspen Snowmass kind and I can assure you that I will be back to visit them again! Continue reading The Ken Cole Show: Local Celebrities
This past weekend was another example of living in a little mountain town where extreme things happen. It all started on Thursday when I took the boys out of school to see the competitions at the X Games. Being that it was during the day, when most kids were still in school, it all went so smoothly. We had no problem parking at the Intercept … Continue reading Hosting the Winter X Games in Aspen
[su_heading size=”18″]Meeting The Cool People Who Work in Aspen[/su_heading] The clouds were hanging low promising snow and I was alone…for once. Now that Hootie-Hoo is in Pre-Devo with the Aspen Valley Ski Club, I have the entire weekend to ski on whatever runs I choose. Now don’t get me wrong, I love skiing with my boys but only when they are not hustling me to … Continue reading Meeting The Cool People Who Work in Aspen
Last week I was interviewed by Charla Belinski of MomsTV. The interview revolved around the title, “Aspen: Real Life?” The other guests that joined in on the panel discussion included Janine Cuthbertson, Founder and Director of Moms for Moms Communities, and Kara Williams of The Vacation Gals and we had a whole lot of fun talking about how real it truly is raising a family in a famous ski resort town.
Watch the interview and find out if we are living in the real world…or not!? Continue reading An Interview on Life in Paradise
Having read about The Kenyon Martin Foundation, I was determined to interview Denver Nuggets Power Forward, Kenyon Martin, so that the boys could be inspired by his initiative to give other children a chance Continue reading An Interview With Kenyon Martin
Jake Sakson, another incredible telemark skier in our valley, was with Nick DeVore when Nick was swept into an avalanche in the back country. Jake describes his passion for skiing and his philosophy behind getting after it. Continue reading Saving a Friend from Avalanche Rubble
Aspen’s native, Nick DeVore is passionate about the mountains and his telemark skis, and it is portrayed in every velvety smooth tele turn he takes.
But pushing it in the wilderness can sometimes put him in precarious positions. Nick talks to Aspen Real Life about his love for the mountains and his tele skis, his interlude with an avalanche, his survival and his respect for nature. Continue reading Getting Buried in an Avalanche
Local celebrities, they’re a dime a dozen in this town but what about the natural born kind?
If you are looking for some comic relief, here is the ongoing sequel to the Ken/Cole show. Enjoy! Continue reading The Return of the Ken Cole Show
I did it. I made it through the hour long interview about “Cool Bloggers” on The Jerry Bovino Show, without getting sick or passing out. I must be maturing as Aspen Real Life grows up. Continue reading The Jerry Bovino Show
“I’ve found that by clearing out old or negative thoughts, feelings, beliefs and programs, you automatically line up energetically with your desires and they come to you much more quickly – and in even bigger ways that you originally desired. This is the power of actively working with the Law of Attraction! ~ Expressed by Local Spiritual Healer, Michelle Manning Kogler
As I move onto the subject of healers within our valley, I thought I might start by introducing you to a man who lives a life of poetry and flyfishing, Cameron Scott.
It’s not often that one finds a person so connected to nature and spirituality and so I felt the need to follow Cameron around for a year and get to know him better. Continue reading Poetry and Fly Fishing on the Frying Pan River
My title is “blogger” but I consider myself a writer and feeling the need to connect with other writers, I contacted Mike Rogge, Associate Editor of Powder Magazine for an interview.
Mike gives a witty account of what it is like to work for one of the world’s most popular skier magazines. Continue reading Interview with the Editor of Powder Magazine
Beginning last week, the town of Aspen exploded with energy. Continue reading Living to Ski in Aspen
Delving into the Roaring Fork Valley to find the colorful locals who live here, I found Anton Uhl, a true Renaissance man with a cooking show. When I left his house I drove home with a big smile on my face, thankful to have found yet another incredible person living life to its fullest. Continue reading Cooking with Anton
Meet Sheri Gaynor, an incredible woman with a studio in Carbondale that is all about giving and healing through expressive art. Continue reading Creative Spark Studios: Sheri Gaynor
My little white boy brings it down with his rap song Continue reading Getting Sazzy over a Brick of Shizzle