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Frias Properties photographer Kevin Burton continues his blog series "Behind the Lens," detailing recently photographed units managed by Frias Properties of Aspen. In this installment, Kevin focuses on Shadow Mountain Unit 1, one of the few true ski-in, ski-out properties offered by Frias.
Luxury, Accessibility and Comfort at Shadow Mountain Unit 1
Last week, I had the opportunity to shoot a new set of photos for Shadow Mountain Unit 1 in the Galena Street Neighborhood. To say this unit is in a "neighborhood" may be somewhat of a misnomer, since the Shadow Mountain complex itself actually rests on the east slope of Shadow Mountain, the western-most ski boundary of Aspen Mountain. Located high on a ridge at the top of Aspen Street, the Shadow Mountain complex sits directly across the street from Aspen's historic Lift 1A, which offers ski access to the Silver Queen Gondola and all of Aspen Mountain. By taking Lift 1A at any time, a skier has immediate access to all of Aspen Mountain's trails.
Shadow Mountain Unit 1 is a luxury unit located on the first level of the complex, directly off of the on-site parking area. No need for stairs to get to this unit. The easy accessibility makes loading and unloading simple, whether using Frias' free airport transfer service or driving your own vehicle. As a guest with Frias, you'll receive on-site parking for free.
Inside, this unit oozes luxury. From the amazing two-story stone gas fireplace in the living room, to the updated kitchen and bathrooms, this unit offers luxury to even the most discerning guest. All bedrooms feature steam showers with high-end tile work and finishes, and there's even a jetted tub in the upstairs third guest bedroom.
The floor plan of Shadow Mountain Unit 1 is highlighted by a large main-level living area, with a walk-through dining and kitchen area which leads directly to the living area with vaulted ceilings. There's a formal dining area and a breakfast bar, which offers a number of serving options. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances and a gas range an island with a pop-up ventilation system. Immediately off of the dining area/kitchen is a nice deck with a grill and patio seating. At this unit, you can sit on your deck and watch all the action on Lift 1A. First chair, anyone?
The living area and loft may be the coolest feature of this unit. Aside from the two-story gas fireplace, there's also a large flat screen TV with HD cable service and a surround sound system built into the walls. So, after a long day on the slopes, you can relax by the fire in the living area and sample some of Aspen's great entertainment on PlumTV, Aspen's local TV station.
Off of the main living area is a mud room and a spiral staircase that leads upstairs to the loft. The loft offers two queen beds, a full bathroom with steam shower and jetted tub, and a flat screen HDTV. There's even a balcony that overlooks the main living area.
The master bedroom and two additional guest bedrooms are located on the bottom floor, each with its own private bathroom with steam shower. Each room offers a different decor and bathroom style, making each unique in its own high-quality, ornate style.
The Shadow Mountain complex also features a heated outdoor pool that is kept at hot tub temperatures during the winter, offering the ability to go slope-side to poolside in a matter of seconds. Truly an amazing highlight at this unique unit.
I'd recommend this unit to any die-hard skier/snowboarder who wants to maximize their time on the mountain. Lift 1A is an easy-in, easy-out gateway to all of Aspen Mountain -- with considerably less ski traffic than the Silver Queen Gondola. Easy loading and unloading means more time on the hill, right?
This unit would also be great for a couple's ski group, a family vacation, or even those with children. Don't forget, all Frias Properties of Aspen guests also receive complimentary health passes.
As a bonus, you'll also receive free on-demand in-town transportation to and from any location in town.