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When your office is about a block from the Silver Queen Gondola and Aspen Mountain, it is probably safe to say that there may be some skiers in the workplace. A aEU| Because, when you work at Frias Properties of Aspen, Aspen Mountain is your backyard aEU" and your playground. It wasn't easy but we got some locals to give you some insider tips about Aspen skiing.

At the Frias main office at 730 E. Durant Ave., many of the staff enjoy ski outings during their lunch breaks. Stop by around lunchtime, and youaEU(tm)ll see shirts, ties and slacks transform into skis, poles and goggles. In 2011-12, several Frias employees logged more than 50 days on the hill, while at least one aEU" vacation specialist Andrew Myatt aEU" earned his third straight 100-day pin. This year, heaEU(tm)s going for number four. But, when you work in Aspen and have aEUoeThe Power of FouraEU (the Aspen Snowmass slogan representing the four local ski resorts), you donaEU(tm)t necessarily limit yourself to one mountain. aEU| Frias employee enjoy the spoils of four amazing resorts aEU" Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass. Each unique in its own right, these mountains offer a plethora of powder possibilities. So, what do you need to know when planning your Aspen skiing day? This week, our blog team rounded up six of our best employee skiers aEU" Tim Clark (managing partner), Dennis Jung (broker), Sam Green (broker), Will Burggraf (broker), Jenny Jacque (vacation specialist), and Andrew Myatt (vacation specialist). A We asked them for their insider tips on all things ski-related. aEU| Here are their answers:

Q: What is your favorite ski mountain?A Tim: aEUoeSnowmass.aEU Dennis: aEUoeAspen Mountain.aEU Sam: aEUoeAspen Mountain for half days; Snowmass for full days.aEU Will: aEUoeAspen Mountain.A You get the most vertical in the shortest amount of time and can change up you run every single run even if you take the same lift.A Or you can do a long top to bottom and take the gondola.aEU Jenny: aEUoeAspen Highlands.aEU Andrew: aEUoeAjax [Aspen Mountain, as the locals call it].aEU

Q: What is your favorite ski run? Tim: aEUoeCirque to Hanging Valley Headwall.aEU Dennis: aEUoeSilver Queen/Elevator Shaft.aEU Sam: aEUoeAMF in Snowmass, S1 in Aspen, and then there is always Highlands Bowl.aEU Will: aEUoeBack of Bell to the shoulder on a big powder day.aEU Andrew: aEUoeToo many to list aEU|A and I donaEU(tm)t want to give away my secret powder spots.aEU

Q: Where is your favorite spot to grab a bite while skiing?A Tim: aEUoeThe new Elk Camp Restaurant.aEU Dennis: aEUoeBonnieaEU(tm)s.aEU Sam: aEUoeThe Sundeck on the top of Aspen Mountain is hard to beat.A [The] food is good, quick and reasonable.A For a great day: hike the Highlands Bowl and then enjoy a well-deserved lunch at Cloud 9 Bistro. You can make a reservation on the chairlift.aEU Will: aEUoeAs they said in aEU~Wall StreetaEU(tm) aEU" aEU~Lunch is for wimps.aEU(tm)A Save your appetite for beers and wings after.A Plenty of great spots aEU| take your pick.aEU Andrew: aEUoeI like to get Big Wrap and enjoy it on the gondola.aEU

Q: How do you handle the lift lines? Any secrets?A Tim: aEUoeTypically there are none, or just hire a pro with Dennis: aEUoeUse Lift 1A.aEU Sam: aEUoeI go through the instructoraEU(tm)s line.A You can, too, if you hire me or another ski pro.aEU Will: aEUoeWhat lift lines?aEU Jenny: aEUoeBring a friend along and chat it up.A If it is a really nice day and we want to get a bunch of runs in, we will go up in the single line.A [It] saves a lot of waiting time.aEU Andrew: aEUoeThey never seem to be that bad, especially if you use the singles line.A Only about twice a year do I have to take the hike over to Lift 1A during super-busy times.aEU A

Q: WhataEU(tm)s your secret powder spot?A Tim: aEUoePossible to Strawberry Patch at Snowmass or Tower 17 on Bell Mountain.aEU Dennis: aEUoeItaEU(tm)s a secret aEU|aEU Sam: aEUoeFor that you definitely have to hire me for the day as a ski pro.aEU Will: aEUoeSecret aEU| Why even ask?aEU Andrew: aEUoeIt is a secret for a reason.aEU

Q: WhataEU(tm)s your favorite on-mountain amenity?A Tim: aEUoeIce rink at Elk Camp.aEU Dennis: aEUoeThe gondola.aEU Sam: aEUoeCider rules at the morning ambassador stations.A Keeps you hydrated!aEU Andrew: aEUoeThe gondola.aEU

Q: My best aEUoelocals tipaEU is aEU|A Tim: aEUoeHike the Bowl then lunch at Cloud 9.aEU Dennis: aEUoeSki Lift 1A.aEU Sam: aEUoeBest tip is: Become a local.A Renting for the season just once in your life or investing in property here you will quickly experience a life that is superior to any vacation.aEU Andrew: aEUoeKeep your tips up and stay on Buttermilk if you are a beginner.aEU

Q: HereaEU(tm)s a little-known fact about Aspen skiing aEU| Tim: aEUoeaEU(tm)The Power of FouraEU(tm) offers over 5,700 skiable acres, highest elevation of 12,500 feet and longest run of 5.3 miles.aEU Dennis: aEUoeThe shorter you are, the deeper the powder.aEU Sam: aEUoeSnowmass is three times larger than Aspen Mountain, Highlands and Buttermilk combined.aEU Andrew: aEUoeIt is not for gapers, you really need to know how to ski.aEU

Q: Dude, I totally saw ____________ while I was skiing!A Tim: aEUoeLindsey VonnaEU Dennis: aEUoethe lightaEU Andrew: aEUoeSeal and Christie Brinkley.aEU

Q: Anything we forgot?A Tim: aEUoeGive Will Burggraf ample room on the hill!aEU Andrew: aEUoeWith the other three mountains here [in addition to Aspen Mountain], Aspen/Snowmass is hands down the best resort to ski in Colorado.A Four completely different mountains on one lift ticket!aEU