Our Splurge: 651 Conundrum Creek Road, Aspen, Colorado, listed by Krista Klees of Palladium Properties for $8,900,000.

Is there anything more magical than spending the holidays in Aspen? Second home owners in Colorado know all too well the joys of waking up to freshly fallen snow, the exhilarating feeling of hitting the slopes, then heading home for a well-deserved meal or dip in the hot tub beneath the stars. We’ve covered Aspen extensively in the past and can’t stop now.

Today we showcase two exquisite Aspen retreats in our latest Splurge vs. Steal, each with unbelievable locations and fabulous interiors, but with price points that are miles apart. Let’s see which one suits you best.

School just started, but it’s already time to start thinking about what we are going to do this winter. We love to offer you many options here on SecondShelters.com.

One of those surely has to be Snowmass Village, Colorado. The renowned but homey winter playground and vibrant mountain community is just 8 miles from downtown Aspen. Proving more of a family-oriented vacation,  Snowmass Ski Area consistently ranks as one of the best ski and snowboard hills in the world. In addition to unmatched natural beauty and more than 300 sunny days a year, Snowmass Ski Area offers guests 3,332 acres of multi-level terrain and boasts the second largest vertical drop in the United States. A full 95% of the lodging is ski-in/ski-out, with 37 wonderful restaurants, numerous shops and boutiques, a bounty of activities, and a friendly, small town feel. The area is bursting with activity year ’round.

And now, lots of new stuff coming up: the new Limelight Hotel and Residences, a new Plaza, Ice Rink, and several new eateries are set to open. The transformation that has occurred over the past year in Snowmass Base Village is pretty dramatic. From an unfinished concrete foundation to a completed Base Village at the foot of Snowmass Ski Area, the development has taken shape since construction was re-started in June 2017.

This project, a partnership of Colorado-based East West Partners, Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) and KSL Capital, is a $600 million, 10-year venture that represents the largest ski resort development project currently underway in North America. To celebrate, Snowmass Base Village will host a community-wide grand opening on Sat., Dec. 15, 2018.

“Every iconic destination needs a central place that connects people with fun activities and amenities to foster memorable moments,” says Harry Frampton, East West Partners founder and chairman. “Base Village is destined to be that place for Snowmass.


Splurge: 102 Wood Duck Lane Aspen, CO is currently listed for $39,500,000 by Maureen Stapleton of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty.

We love brining you the hottest properties on the resort market and this week we are pinning two extraordinary Mountain Moderns against each other from one of the most sought-after ski destinations in the world – Aspen, Colorado. Both afford expansive open floor plans and exquisite modern detail, but with price points that are vastly different. This Splurge vs. Steal is one for the books.


Photo: Shane Aspen Real Estate

Photo: Shane Aspen Real Estate

Ah, Aspen, a SecondShelters.com paradise of stunning ski homes owned by some of the world’s wealthiest and most glamorous travelers who desire the pleasure of a winter retreat in the snow.

This dramatic vacation home was previously owned by newscaster Paula Zahn and real estate magnate Richard Cohen who sold in 2007 for $14.5 million as part of their divorce but bought the property for just $3.8 million in 2000. The transaction was one of the 10 biggest deals in Aspen in 2007.


Aspenby Dallas Addison

It’s that time of year, temperatures are falling in Dallas, snow is falling in the mountains of Colorado. Halloween is behind us and our thoughts turn to a ski getaway. Whether you prefer two boards, one (or for that matter, hot chocolate and hot toddies in the lodge), Aspen is one of those special spots that simply delivers the goods for North Texans. Known as a bellwether in the second home industry, it’s a well-known playground for the rich and famous. Aspen even has it’s own private jet company, Sentient Jet, now the official Private Jet Provider of Aspen/Snowmass, with cardholder benefits. If holiday bustle is your gig, book during Christmas and New Year’s, hope for great early season snow and enjoy the spectacle. At other times, the crowds are more manageable and the skiing and boarding are almost always outstanding.

Aspen is actually four mountains—Aspen Mountain (also called Ajax), Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk and collectively, they provide something for everyone.

While Aspen is known for its steeps,  caviar and champagne lifestyle — seriously, there is even an on-mountain Veuve Clicquot pop-up bar!—- it also has some serious environmental chops as well. Think Austin in the mountains and you won’t be too far off.

Don’t roll your eyes, I know what you are thinking. Aspen IS glam and glitz, but manages to maintain a strong commitment to the environment without compromising the experience. To put it another way, the analogy is more hybrid autos: Aspen is like Porsche’s new 918, rip-snorting, hybrid supercar, NOT a Prius.

So, how and why does Aspen stay so green?

Aspen 2While Aspen’s conservation efforts certainly have a benevolent side, they are also acutely self-interested. Let’s face it, if temperatures keep rising, mountain resorts as we know them will likely be radically changed for the worse, with many being forced to close. That will have a huge impact on the industry and also on second or vacation homes. Aspen realizes that its own sustainability starts with “how do we sustain our business”? On top of that, according to Auden Schendler, the Vice President of Sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company, many of their projects, especially those related to efficiency, generate substantial financial returns. Finally, Auden points out that if businesses aren’t taking action to address sustainability issues, they’re behind, because their competitors are. So, this is not touchy-feely environmentalism, but an approach that is firmly grounded in good business principals.

Maybe we could call this “selfish sustainability,” a twenty-tens version of the 80’s creed “greed is good.” Selfish sustainability is my own term and certainly is not tied to Aspen in any way. But, if it makes economic sense today, helps protect and enhance a business long-term and helps protect all of us from unwanted harm, that sure seems like a win-win-win that makes sense wherever a business is located.

If you want to know the specifics about Aspen’s efforts, check out www.aspensnowmass.com/en/we-are-different. However, I’d strongly recommend a personal “inspection.” The lifts at Snowmass and Ajax start spinning November 28th!

Hope to see you at the Veuve Clicquot pop-up bar!

Next up . . . Conservation Ranches.

Dallas Addison is a Dallas-based lawyer who has helped many clients throughout the country buy, sell, develop and manage all types of  real estate over the years, with a  particular focus on recreational and hospitality-based real estate,  such as golf courses, resorts, ranches, second homes, etc. He is also a founding principal of Preservation Land Company. He is a regulator contributor to SecondShelters.com.









201 Silver Load Drive Aspen Colorado

You know what’s exhausting? Shuffling to a million different homes throughout the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to visit with relatives both close and distant. It gets tiring and old, and the environment rarely changes.

This year, though, my family is considering running off to Colorado to take advantage of a friend’s vacation rental that fell victim to an unexpected cancellation. It’s a lovely cabin near great skiing, so of course we’re at least considering it.

It made me wonder who else forgoes the holiday shuffle for a more serene and relaxing Christmas vacation. Where do you go?