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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 14 2014

Aspen Winter Events 2014-15 You don’t Want to Miss!

Published by under Aspen Events

It’s going to be another great winter season in Aspen! With so many events going on during the season, it’s important to make your plans soon … and to book early. Many of these events sell out early. This week, our blog team came up with a list of Aspen Winter Events coming in 2014-15.  The list includes everything from professional skiing and snowboarding events to amazing benefit activities and even some down-right silliness. Let’s take a closer look at what’s happening in Aspen this winter. Continue Reading »

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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.


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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