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Roaring Fork Valley - Aspen • Snowmass • Basalt • Carbondale • Glenwood Springs

The Golden Key Concierge Guide has been helping visitors to Aspen, Snowmass Village and the Roaring Fork Valley plan their vacation since 1991. Find recommendations for lodging, dining, shopping and activities neatly organized and easy to find here. Let the Golden Key be your guide!



With over 5,300 acres, a variety of terrain and four unique mountains – Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk – there's something for everyone at Aspen/Snowmass, and not just on the slopes. If there's a winter playground with a bigger selection of off-snow activities and entertainment, we haven't heard of it. Headliner concerts and events, award-winning family activities and programs, endless shopping and over 100 bars and gourmet restaurants will keep you occupied 'til the wee hours. If you could, you would stay all winter long. (970) 923-1227, www.aspensnowmass.com.

Western Adventures


Western Adventures offers snowmobile tours from Lenado, north of Aspen and Snowmass, to Kobey Park, one of Colorado's most scenic areas. Kobey Park has panoramic views of all four ski areas, the Maroon Bells, Pyramid, Capital, Daly and Sopris Peaks. Tours travel on miles of groomed trails with open parks available for some free ride time with a more customized feel. Daily "go on your own" rentals are also available. Tours have U.S.F.S. approval. Phone (970) 923-3337.

Glenwood Hot Springs


The world’s largest hot springs pool celebrates its 125th birthday this summer! Whether you play for a day or stay for awhile, there’s a wide array of amenities to enjoy. Lodging includes unlimited pool access, complimentary full breakfast and discounts to the Athletic Club and our award-winning Spa of the Rockies. Family fun includes two water slides, 18 holes of mini-golf and a kiddie pool. Their Sport Shop offers the largest selection of swimwear on the Western Slope, while The Grill dishes up poolside favorites from ice cream and burgers to healthy salads. Visit www.hotspringspool.com for special packages. Call (800) 537-7946 (SWIM).

Air Denver Charters


Celebrating 33 years of operation with a perfect safety record! Are you tired of long security lines, airline delays and/or cancellations? Or are you a fractional owner? If so, contact Air Denver for your charter needs. Call for great Aspen "one-way" rates to or from anywhere in North America. With over 18,000 aircraft to choose from, Air Denver can easily accommodate your needs. As a "Charter Referral Service", they make chartering affordable and EASY. There are no memberships, deposits, monthly dues or aircraft acquisition fees, just excellent service at the lowest price available. Office hours are 7am-5:30pm, Mountain Time, Monday-Friday. They are available 24/7/365 for your immediate needs at (800) 333-4057 or (303) 333-3332. www.airdenver.com, email: sales@airdenver.com

Aspen Music Festival and School


The Aspen Music Festival and School's 2014 Winter Music Series returns to Harris Concert Hall, nicknamed the 'Carnegie of the Rockies.' This year's series consists of three amazing solo performances. 2005 Van Cliburn silver medalist Joyce Yang, piano, launches the series on February 13 and is followed by dazzling, 'high-octane' performer Jennifer Koh, violin, on February 20, and Grammy-nominated artist Robert McDuffie, violin, on March 15. To purchase the entire series or individual tickets call (970) 925-9042 or visit www.aspenmusicfestival.com. In addition, the Aspen Music Festival and School presents airings from the Met: Live in HD series at the Wheeler Opera House including Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, January 30; Shostakovich's The Nose, February 6; Puccini's Tosca, February 27; Verdi's Falstaff, March 20; and Dvořák's Rusalka, March 27. To purchase tickets, contact the Wheeler Box Office in person, call (970) 920-5770 or visit www.aspenshowtix.com. Mark your calendar! Summer Festival 2014, June 26 – August 17.

Aspen Art Museum


The Aspen Art Museum is a non-collecting institution presenting the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art. Exhibitions: 2013 Roaring Fork Open (October 4 – 27), Holt Quentel (November 15, 2013 – January 19, 2014), Trapping Lions in the Scottish Highlands (November 15, 2013 – February 2, 2014), Amy Sillman: one lump or two (February 14 – May 18, 2014). Special Event: AAM Freestyle Winter Benefit (après-ski party/fashion show), Saturday, December 28, 4:30 – 7:30pm. Museum Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm, Thursday, 10am – 7pm, Sunday, noon – 6pm. Thursdays 5 – 7pm. Admission to the AAM is free courtesy of Amy and John Phelan. 590 North Mill Street, (970) 925-8050, www.aspenartmuseum.org.


Aspen Center for Environmental Studies


Explore and learn about the Aspen area on guided snowshoe adventures with Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES)! Join an ACES Naturalist for daily snowshoe hikes on Aspen and Snowmass Mountains, and at the Ashcroft Ski Touring Center. Ski a run with a Naturalist on a free downhill tour offered daily from the Wapiti Wildlife Center at Snowmass. Or, hire an ACES naturalist for private, custom snowshoe hikes! Also at ACES, experience the world travel slide show series, Potbelly Perspectives, on Wednesday evenings, and the ecology-based lecture series, Naturalist Nights on Thursday evenings. For bird watching and more visit Hallam Lake, a 25-acre nature preserve in the heart of Aspen, or Rock Bottom Ranch, an educational ranch between Basalt and Carbondale. Call (970) 925-5756 or go to www.aspennature.org.


Aspen | Vail Shuttle & Snow Limousine


Aspen | Vail Shuttle & Snow Limo offer stylish vehicles and knowledgeable drivers to make your transportation experience relaxed and fun. With decades of Rocky Mountain driving experience, well-maintained vehicles, and unsurpassed knowledge of the area, their team is dedicated to helping you create memorable Colorado experiences. Whether you are looking for private services, shared shuttles, family excursions, or group and wedding services, you can count on their transportation services. Be sure to check out their assortment of adventures and tours. Call (970) 544-6475, (877) 634-SNOW or visit www.snowlimoaspen.com.

Ashcroft Ski Area & Pine Creek Cookhouse


Ski Ashcroft...ski to lunch...ski to dinner... join the sleigh ride adventure with giant horses. This premiere cross-country ski area is located in a pristine Aspen valley. The resort is surrounded by the spectacular peaks of the Elk Mountains. Miles of groomed trails offer ski terrain for all levels and there are dedicated trails for snowshoes. Rentals, lessons and guided tours are available. Pine Creek Cookhouse, the culinary center of the resort, is renowned for mountain gourmet lunches and dinners in the ambiance of the beautiful log lodge. At night, the legendary Aspen adventure is a guided cross-country ski or snowshoe tour by miner's lamp or sleigh ride to the Pine Creek Cookhouse. Lunch starts at noon... Dinner tours begin at 6:30pm. Star Peak Cabin, a luxury 5 bedroom log lodge, is available for the ultimate overnight adventure. For reservations and information (970) 925-1044. www.pinecreekcookhouse.com.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center


Nestled in the heart of Snowmass Village, Anderson Ranch is a magical place in the winter. Throughout the fall and winter, the Ranch is open to the public for ongoing gallery exhibits, guest lectures and other events. Join them for these exciting events: December 17 – Holiday Open House (studio tours/shopping, kids' activities, gallery exhibits and a holiday dinner); December 17 – March 30 – Children's Art Program at Snowmass Base Village. January 9 – 11 – Wintersculpt; Most Tuesdays late October through late March – Art Après (tour studios, visit the gallery and shop in their ArtWorks gift store while enjoying winter beverages); Self-guided Ranch Tours – M – F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; ArtWorks Gift Shop is open M – F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  For information, events, workshop calendars and more, visit www.andersonranch.org or call (970) 923-3181. M – F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Nora Abrams and Oliver Herring Visit Anderson Ranch

9D807BE1-46B6-4F21-A5F2-343EABDFCAEEAnderson Ranch Arts Center's popular Visiting Artists and Critics program brings two renowned art professionals to the Ranch this spring: Nora Abrams and Oliver Herring


Glenwood Caverns Hosts Easter Egg Hunt Sun., April 20

2tram webThere will be 3,000 eggs hidden around the Adventure Park, including six golden eggs, each with two Annual Thrill Passes tucked inside.




Theatre Aspen Summer Camps for Juniors & Teens

This yeaarticle 2r Theatre Aspen School offers a variety of 5-day camps for ages 5-7 (and one for ages 4-5), each with a different focus on three different areas of theatre. Singing, dancing, puppetry, masks, costumes, and of course, acting are on the menu of choices! 


Anderson Ranch Arts Center Staff Gallery Exhibit

Intertwining two art forms for one compelling show, Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the Aspen Writers' Foundation have teamed up for a unique exhibit at Anderson Ranch's Patton-Malot Gallery. The opening reception is March 11 from 5-7pm.


Creative Writing Workshops for Kids

611Registration is now open! Now in its 24th year, our Scribes & Scribblers creative writing workshops are designed to help kids discover that stories are everywhere. Join Aspen Writers' Foundation this summer for fun, creative writing classes.


Glenwood Caverns Extends Hours for Spring Break

2tram webConveniently located in Glenwood Springs within an hour of seven top Colorado ski resorts, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park offers spring breakers an affordable day of family fun. The mountain-top park is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.


Tyler Beard to Exhibit at Anderson Ranch Arts Center

22E0B6E6-0F44-4DB2-BB8E-E5C198E36A48Artist Tyler Beard's upcoming exhibition, Abstraction & a Few Whispers will be on view at Anderson Ranch Arts Center's Patton-Mallott Gallery, February 3-28, with a closing reception with the artist on Thursday, February 28 from 5 – 7 p.m.


New Ride at Glenwood Caverns

2tram webGlenwood Caverns Adventure Park will hold a Naming Contest for its Newest Ride. The new ride will swing around and around over Glenwood Canyon and will open this spring.


Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Extends Hours for the Holidays

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Dec. 20 to Jan. 6, except for Christmas Day. Guests can enjoy the Iron Mountain Tramway, Cave Tours, Alpine Coaster, 4D Motion Theater, Laser Tag, General Store and Lookout Grille.


Holiday Events in Aspen & Snowmass

Christmas treeChristmas and New Year Events in Aspen and Snowmass Village are filled with holiday cheer. View our blog for the best of the best.


New Year's Eve Celebrations in Aspen Snowmass

new-year-fireworksRing in the New Year in style! From fabulous gourmet feasts at local restaurants to rockin' live music and dancing into the wee hours.


News from Town of Snowmass Village

TOSV-daily-dose-of-snowmass-thumbBlogs, events, news from the Town of Snowmass Village this season.


"The Exceptional Gift" Exhibition opening

Ann-korologos-gallery-logo-thumbArtists exhibition at Ann Korologos Gallery, Basalt. Reception on December 7, 2013, 5 to 7 pm


High Speed Squad - Inspirato Magazine's coverage on Telluride Helitrax

telluride-helitrax-logoInspirato Magazine took a wide coverage on Telluride Helitrax a specialized organization in  heli-skiing in the Sanjuan Mountains.


December Newsletter from Woody Creek Community Center

woody-creek-community-center-logo-thumbUpcoming news and events for the month of December 2013, from Woody Creek Community Center.


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