Aspen Chamber Resort Association

Elise Thatcher

The Roaring Fork Valley broke records for visitors last summer. So far Aspen and Snowmass Village are on track to be even busier, and more expensive, this summer. Resort tracker DestiMetrics says overnight bookings across the West are up about 8.5% compared to last year. Aspen and Snowmass Village are seeing about the same numbers.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

With summer season swinging into full gear, arts organizations in Aspen are hoping to attract more millennials. A new “Millennial Pass” includes discounts on tickets to the ballet and theater, events that typically appeal to an older audience. Getting young people interested isn’t just good for ticket sales, it’s an important step toward long-term viability. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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The Aspen Chamber Resort Association has detailed how it’s not spending tax dollars on a campaign against a city ballot question.  The Chamber is under fire for participating in a push to defeat Referendum 1. If passed, it would require a public vote for certain kinds of development. Critics say a publicly funded organization like the Chamber should not be using taxpayer dollars to defeat the referendum. 

Mountain Edition - April 9th, 2015

Apr 9, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

A federal mid valley investigation turns out to be a gang crackdown.

Glenwood Springs residents elect two new city council members.

Questions are raised about an Aspen City Council candidate running in the spring election.

He and other candidates tackle issues at the chamber of commerce forum.

Forest Service offices reopen in Glenwood Springs.

We hear what comes next for Explore Booksellers in well as for local alpine skier Wiley Maple.

Questions have been raised about the integrity of an Aspen City Council candidate. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the story.

An affidavit signed by Bert Myrin acknowledges he manipulated a message from a powerful local business group deliberately misrepresenting the organization’s position on a visitor’s center proposal in 2004.

Marci Krivonen

During this year’s Winterskol celebration in Aspen, two large snow sculptures towered above passersby on the Mill Street Mall. Artist Thomas Barlow created the works. The Basalt-based artist has created more than two dozen snow sculptures at festivals and events across the globe. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen caught up with him mid-sculpt on Friday afternoon.

Artist Thomas Barlow thoughtfully slices his chainsaw through a large block of snow. The snow sprays on Barlow’s black jacket and sunglasses.

Pitkin County Sheriff's Office

Even though snowfall is likely weeks away, law enforcement and businesses in Aspen are gearing up for winter and for tourists trying marijuana. A local marijuana safety group is drawing up a pamphlet it plans to place in hotel rooms throughout the resort. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen explains.

The Aspen Square Condominium Hotel is a short walk from the ski gondola and, from a retail marijuana store. Now that pot’s legal, General Manager Warren Klug says he’s concerned about people smoking in their rooms and staff taking home what guests leave behind.

Jeremy Swanson

Business leaders say Aspen is bouncing back from the recession and spirits are high, partly because of a snowy winter.

"We have had an incredible winter season, which is wonderful because I’ve been up here presenting before when things haven’t been so great," says Debbie Braun.

She's the Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA) President and she spoke at a breakfast for business and government leaders Tuesday. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, the resort’s total economic activity has almost reached pre-recession levels.

USA Pro Challenge

For two days this week, the upper Roaring Fork Valley played host to more than one hundred professional cyclists, their staffs and lots of fans. It was the third year the USA Pro Challenge brought this contingent through Aspen. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, the race’s economic impact is good and bad, depending on whom you talk to.

Photo by Marci Krivoen

Part 2 of a 3 part series.

It’s tough to open and run a business in Aspen these days. New business owners must navigate a web of regulations and fees. And, stores already in operation are battling a tough economy nationally, and within the resort itself. Retail sales are a good indicator of a resort’s economic health. And, while sales data show Aspen has largely recovered from the recession, the retail sector has seen no real sales growth for six years.  Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.