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Frias Properties offers a wide range of Aspen lodging for you and your travel group to choose from; gorgeous ski-in and ski-out Aspen condo rentals, economical studio accommodations, and fully appointed private vacation homes. Frias has more Aspen vacation lodging choices than any other travel company in the Aspen, Colorado area. Guests enjoy complimentary health club privileges, courtesy transportation to and from the Aspen airport, concierge services and 24/7 management services.

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Oct 07 2014

Aspen Air Service Update Winter 2014-15

Published by under Aspen News

The Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (ASE) is gearing up for a huge winter 2014-15 season. It will be the only mountain resort airport to have daily nonstop flights from Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles prior to mid-December – and that’s not all.  Recently added flights are destined to ensure that Aspen has the same success this year, or better, than it did last winter. In 2013-14, the Aspen airport had more available commercial airline seats than the top five other competing resorts. Increased seats means more flexibility and fun in Aspen this winter.  This week, our blog crew takes flight with an Aspen air service roundup for 2014-15. Continue Reading »

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Oct 01 2014

Top 5 Favorite Aspen Restaurants (Why They Stand Out Above The Rest)

Published by under Aspen News

With more than 100 bars and restaurants in Aspen, Colorado, it’s a foodie’s paradise. Needless to say, there are a lot of options to dine out! Aspen offers some of the most cutting-edge restaurants, diners and eateries in North America, and is world-renowned for its dining atmosphere, wide array of cuisine choices, top chefs and amazing cultural events like the annual Food & Wine Classic. Continue Reading »

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Sep 23 2014

Aspen Fractional Ownership Units Also Rent Nightly

Published by under Fractional Ownership

Aspen, Colorado offers the finest and most diverse selection of vacation rental accommodations in the Rocky Mountains. In addition to everything else, we also represent luxury name brand fractional ownership resort units at the Hyatt Grand Aspen, St. Regis Residence Club, and the Ritz-Carlton Club at Aspen Highlands. Often times, guests overlook these luxury rentals options, but did you know that you can rent these units on a nightly basis? Renting a “fractional ownership unit” on a nightly basis can deliver you luxury vacation accommodations without a large time commitment, like a week or month. Continue Reading »

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Sep 17 2014

Local Beginner Snowboarding Tips

Published by under Outdoor Activities

Looking for snowboarding tips? Snowboarding can be intimidating for beginners. Sure, we’ve all seen what Shaun White can do on a board in the half-pipe at Buttermilk Mountain during the Winter X Games – but what can someone really expect their first time? If you’re thinking about flips and inverted rotations on the half-pipe: forget it. (Nobody expects you to do a “Bloody Dragon” your first time out.) But you can expect to know the basics, especially if you go to snowboarding school and pay attention. You’ll learn the basics, from frontside/backside maneuvers to possibly evens switch-backs and fakies.

Confused yet? Never fear: Just like everything else, all it takes is a little ambition, determination and practice. This week, our blog team takes a closer look at a few basic snowboarding tips from Jenny Jacque, the Frias Properties extranet specialist. Jenny assists in booking Aspen vacations and works with huge industry names like Expedia and VRBO on a daily basis. She also loves the outdoors and recently took on snowboarding. A former skier, Jenny’s always up for a new challenge. So we decided to sit down with Frias’ September 2014 Employee of the Month to discuss a few snowboarding basics.

With a few days of lessons and a little determination, you'll be riding in no time!

With a few days of lessons and a little determination, you’ll be riding in no time!

Q: What’s the first thing someone needs to know about snowboarding?

A: “Learn how to fall with grace.  You will spend the first few days falling A LOT.  It is key to learn how to fall so that you do not break your wrist.  This is a common snowboarding injury.”

Q: Is it hard to learn?

A: “It can be a little frustrating the first few days.  But then it just clicks and you’re flying down the mountain.  It takes about 2-3 days to get the hang of it.  Be sure to take a lesson as this will help you improve quicker.”

Q: Did you start with skiing or jump right into snowboarding?

A: “Started with skiing then a few years back. I took the local clinics to learn how to snowboard.”

Q: How is it different than skiing?

A: “The falls are not as forgiving.  If you catch an edge on your skis, you can correct most of the time. I haven’t found this so with snowboarding.  However, I’m still in the beginner stage.”

Q: Tell us about your first snowboarding experience. Where was it and how old were you?

A: “I was about 27 and I went with a friend.  I fell A LOT, A LOT, A LOT!  Next day I felt like I can ran over by a Mack truck.  The next weekend I started taking the lessons with a snowboarding pro and was feeling really confident about making it top to bottom by the end of day three.”

Q: Did it come naturally to you?

A: “I felt like it came pretty naturally.  It was a lot easier I think that I had the base knowledge of skiing and knowing my edges.  It is difficult at first, but once it clicks and you feel how to make the turns then it is AMAZING and so much fun!”

Q: What’s a good beginner’s tip?

A: “Look where you want to go.  Don’t look down at your feet.”

Jenny prefers Buttermilk as a beginner. More experienced riders can attempt Snowmass, Aspen Mountain or even Aspen Highlands and its renowned Highlands Bowl.

Jenny prefers Buttermilk as a beginner. More experienced riders can attempt Snowmass, Aspen Mountain or even Aspen Highlands and its renowned Highlands Bowl.

Q: Where’s the best place to snowboard? Which mountain?

A: “As I’m still learning, I tend to stick with Buttermilk.  However, I have gone over to Snowmass as well.” 

Q: Why Buttermilk over the others?

A: “I like the wider runs as I feel more comfortable.”

Q: What’s the coolest thing you’ve done on a snowboard?

A: “Not fall.  I went top to bottom without eating snow. It was amazing!”

Q: What’s the Number One Safety Rule when it comes to snowboarding?

A: “Pay attention to the people around you.”

Q: Why do I always see people doing crazy stuff on snowboards? Is that normal?

A: “I’ve heard that you excel faster on a snowboard, so you are able to do the tricks a lot easier on a snowboard than on skis.”

Q: What equipment do I need if I am a beginner?

A: “Wrist pads, butt pad.”

Jenny Jacque

Jenny Jacque

Q: Where’s a good place to rent equipment?

A: “Aspen Sports.”

Q: Describe snowboarding in one word.

A: “RADICAL!”

Thanks, Jenny! We can’t wait to see you out there on the slopes. Oh, and if you’re still wondering: A “Bloody Dragon” is a snowboarding move where the rider uses both hands to grab the tail of the board. (The rear hand grabs the board as it would do it during a normal tail-grab, but the front hand blindly reaches for the board behind the riders back.)

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Sep 10 2014

Three of the Best Luxury Home Rentals in Aspen

Published by under Lodging

So you’re looking for that luxury home rental in Aspen, Colorado, but you don’t know where to begin. Let’s face it: Aspen has some of the most unique and beautiful homes in the world, surrounded by flowing rivers, bountiful mountains and breathtaking views. With so many options to choose from, where do you start? Easy: This week our blog team takes a closer look at luxury home rentals in Aspen. Here, we present our Top 3 Luxury Homes list, where we highlight the best lodging that the town has to offer.

WEST END HOME – 330 W. Bleeker Ave.

    Located at 330 W. Bleeker, this luxury private home is perfect for groups or families.

Located at 330 W. Bleeker, this luxury private home is perfect for groups or families.

Located in the historic West End area of Aspen is this six bedroom luxury home spread out over four levels. This private home has a very open main living area with vaulted ceilings and a gas fireplace. The main level has hardwood floors and the kitchen has granite counter tops. The bedrooms include one king in the master; three queen bed rooms; and two sets of bunk beds in the 5th guest bedroom. This luxury home features five full bathrooms and one powder room, and has a numerous high-end finishes, including:

  • Elevator to all four levels
  • Breakfast island with bar seating
  • Formal dining area
  • Sitting area
  • Steam shower and Jacuzzi tub in the master bedroom
  • Flat screen TVs & Wi-Fi
  • One-car garage
  • Outdoor seating area
  • Complimentary on-call, in-town transportation
  • Complimentary passes to the Aspen Club & Spa

PARK AVENUE HOME – 101 Park Ave.

    The grand fireplace in the main living area gives this luxury home a true mountain feel.

The grand fireplace in the main living area gives this luxury home a true mountain feel.

Located in east Aspen near downtown, nature trails and the Roaring Fork River, this awe-inspiring six bedroom private home has a true mountain home feel – complete with views of Aspen Mountain. Rich pine wood floors, antique furniture and other high-end finishes make this home truly unique. With an open living area with vaulted ceilings, five bathrooms and a powder room, it’s quite simply a Rocky Mountain paradise. There’s a top floor deck and a private hot tub! It’s also located on the local bus line, which provides free transportation to all four local resorts – Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass. Other amenities include:

  • Media room with Surround Sound
  • Deck and grill on main level
  • Full wet bar
  • Private office
  • Several gas fireplaces
  • Tubs and steam showers in the master bedroom and 1st guest bedroom
  • 6th bedroom with efficiency kitchen
  • Grocery elevator
  • Garage
  • Flat screen TVs & Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary on-call, in-town transportation
  • Complimentary passes to the Aspen Club & Spa

SILVERLODE RESIDENCE – 201 Silverlode Dr.

    You can see Aspen Mountain from the hot tub at the Silverlode Residence.

You can see Aspen Mountain from the hot tub at the Silverlode Residence.

This five bedroom luxury home sits at the base of Smuggler Mountain and overlooks the town of Aspen. Spread out over three levels, this luxury home has big views and an open main floor with a deck and hot tub right outside. Enjoy the view from the hot tub and then warm up next to the gas fireplace in the main living area. The kitchen is an entertainer’s dream: It has a Wolf stove, two ovens and three sinks (all high-end stainless steel appliances). The kitchen is open and inviting, with plenty of room. Perfect for entertaining! It has five bathrooms and a powder room that is located on the main level. Other amenities include:

  • Entire home wired for sound
  • Media room with 36-inch flat screen TV with DVD player
  • Den with flat screen TV, ¾ bath with shower.
  • Master bathroom has a steam shower and Jacuzzi tub
  • Bathrooms have steam showers
  • Master bedroom walk-in closet
  • Flat screen TV
  • Complimentary on-call, in-town transportation
  • Complimentary passes to the Aspen Club & Spa

 

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