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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 a| Because, when you work at Frias Properties of Aspen, Aspen Mountain is your backyard a and your playground. It wasn't easy but we got some locals to give you some insider tips about Aspen skiing.

Aspen native and Frias Properties managing partner Tim Clark has been skiing the four local resorts since he was a child.

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 youall 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 a vacation specialist Andrew Myatt a earned his third straight 100-day pin. This year, heas going for number four.

But, when you work in Aspen and have aThe Power of Foura (the Aspen Snowmass slogan representing the four local ski resorts), you donat necessarily limit yourself to one mountain. a| Frias employee enjoy the spoils of four amazing resorts a 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 a 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. a| Here are their answers:

Q: What is your favorite ski mountain?A

Tim: aSnowmass.a

Dennis: aAspen Mountain.a

Sam: aAspen Mountain for half days; Snowmass for full days.a

Will: aAspen 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.a

Jenny: aAspen Highlands.a

Andrew: aAjax [Aspen Mountain, as the locals call it].a

Q: What is your favorite ski run?

Tim: aCirque to Hanging Valley Headwall.a

Dennis: aSilver Queen/Elevator Shaft.a

Sam: aAMF in Snowmass, S1 in Aspen, and then there is always Highlands Bowl.a

Will: aBack of Bell to the shoulder on a big powder day.a

Andrew: aToo many to list a|A and I donat want to give away my secret powder spots.a

Q: Where is your favorite spot to grab a bite while skiing?A

Tim: aThe new Elk Camp Restaurant.a

Dennis: aBonnieas.a

Sam: aThe 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.a

Will: aAs they said in aWall Streeta a aLunch is for wimps.aA Save your appetite for beers and wings after.A Plenty of great spots a| take your pick.a

Andrew: aI like to get Big Wrap and enjoy it on the gondola.a

Q: How do you handle the lift lines? Any secrets?A

Tim: aTypically there are none, or just hire a pro with

Dennis: aUse Lift 1A.a

Sam: aI go through the instructoras line.A You can, too, if you hire me or another ski pro.a

Will: aWhat lift lines?a

Jenny: aBring 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.a

Andrew: aThey 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.a


Frias Properties broker Will Burggraf (left) and vacation specialist Andrew Myatt gear up for a lunchtime ski run on Aspen Mountain.

Q: Whatas your secret powder spot?A

Tim: aPossible to Strawberry Patch at Snowmass or Tower 17 on Bell Mountain.a

Dennis: aItas a secret a|a

Sam: aFor that you definitely have to hire me for the day as a ski pro.a

Will: aSecret a| Why even ask?a

Andrew: aIt is a secret for a reason.a

Q: Whatas your favorite on-mountain amenity?A

Tim: aIce rink at Elk Camp.a

Dennis: aThe gondola.a

Sam: aCider rules at the morning ambassador stations.A Keeps you hydrated!a

Andrew: aThe gondola.a

Q: My best alocals tipa is a|A

Tim: aHike the Bowl then lunch at Cloud 9.a

Dennis: aSki Lift 1A.a

Sam: aBest 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.a

Andrew: aKeep your tips up and stay on Buttermilk if you are a beginner.a

Q: Hereas a little-known fact about Aspen skiing a|

Tim: aaThe Power of Foura offers over 5,700 skiable acres, highest elevation of 12,500 feet and longest run of 5.3 miles.a

Dennis: aThe shorter you are, the deeper the powder.a

Sam: aSnowmass is three times larger than Aspen Mountain, Highlands and Buttermilk combined.a

Andrew: aIt is not for gapers, you really need to know how to ski.a

Q: Dude, I totally saw ____________ while I was skiing!A

Tim: aLindsey Vonna

Dennis: athe lighta

Andrew: aSeal and Christie Brinkley.a

Q: Anything we forgot?A

Tim: aGive Will Burggraf ample room on the hill!a

Andrew: aWith 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!a