In Brief: Frias Properties expands services; more Aspen Ideas speakers; new exhibit at Powers

Frias Properties takes on Snowmass Village properties

Frias Properties will expand its Aspen operations to Snowmass Village beginning Thursday, assuming HOA management of the Chamonix, Enclave, Homestead, and Owl Creek Homes properties.

“These four properties are among the most desirable with the highest-rated locations in Snowmass Village. They will be the anchors of our strategic expansion into the area’s largest resort,” said Tim Clark, managing partner at Frias Properties.
It will also manage a portfolio of short-term rentals within these properties, aiming to capitalize on increasing demand and popularity of Snowmass Village.

Chamonix and The Enclave provide a resort-within-resort experience, which differs from most of Frias’s centrally-located Aspen properties, he said.

“They provide slope-side access to Assay Hill and Fanny Hill with endless amenities like meeting rooms, on-site fitness facilities, and ski storage,” he said. “Owl Creek Homes provide a luxury experience with access to Two Creeks, giving us a range of options for Snowmass guests.”

Mike George, a former partner in the ownership of Snowmass Lodging Co., will be the general manager of the Snowmass operations, leading a team of 22 people. The Snowmass headquarters will be located at Chamonix and The Enclave HOA offices.

Oh yeah, more Aspen Ideas’ speakers

Speakers continue to be added to lineup for the 2023 Aspen Ideas Festival. The Aspen Institute’s signature summer festival returns to Colorado in partnership with NBCUniversal News Group, with more than 300 speakers and thousands of attendees set to participate.

The Aspen Ideas Festival runs from June 24-June 30, 2023; passes to attend are available now.

Among the speakers recently confirmed:

  • Muriel Bowser, Mayor, District of Columbia
  • Robert Doar, President, American Enterprise Institute
  • Mark Gordon, Governor of Wyoming
  • Sally Jewell, Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior
  • John Leguizamo, Actor, Comedian, Film Producer
  • Graham Macmillan, President, Visa Foundation
  • Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer; Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Chair in the American Presidency, Vanderbilt University
  • John Podesta, Senior Advisor, Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation, White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy
  • Maria Ressa, Founder and CEO, Rappler; Winner of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize
  • Curtis Sittenfeld, Author, Romantic Comedy
  • Elisa Villanueva Beard, CEO, Teach for America
  • Brandon Wales, Executive Director, U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Powers Art Center has a new exhibit

The Powers Art Center has opened its newest exhibit, “Seasons of Change,” a philosophical interpretation of Jasper Johns’ iconic series of works, “The Seasons.”

“Seasons of Change” is a deconstructed view of themes in the four works titled, “Summer,” “Fall,” “Winter,” and “Spring.” Works shown throughout this exhibit are fragments and symbols from this series. Curated by way of season, each flows from one to the next, depicting the fragility of the passage of time, Powers officials said.

All works on display are from the former collection of John and Kimiko Powers now stewarded by the Ryobi Foundation. The Powers Art Center is a museum and study center dedicated to the memory of John G. Powers who, along with his wife, Kimiko, was an avid collector of contemporary art. The lower gallery in the museum features the current show, “American Pop Art,” on display until Oct. 30.

Powers Art Center hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Last Saturday of every month, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free.

City offers free irrigation assessments

The city of Aspen is supporting the community’s efficient use of water by offering free irrigation assessments to Aspen water customers.

“Our community’s shared water supply is heavily used in the summer on outdoor irrigation, yet many properties may be overwatering or not optimizing their irrigation and sprinkler systems,” the city said in a statement.  

Certified water-efficient landscapers will perform an assessment of an entire irrigation system on site, including sprinkler heads to optimize settings, flag repair needs, and identify opportunities for efficiency improvements, city officials said.

To sign up for a free assessment online: Or Tim Karfs at 970-920-5072 or

The Little Nell announces 10th annual cycle camp

Cyclists of all abilities are invited to join The Little Nell for Clip-In, a cycling camp celebrating 10 years on Sunday, Aug. 13, to Thursday, Aug. 17. 

Christian Vande Velde, a former pro cyclist, current commentator for the Tour de France, and a Peloton instructor, is returning to host. Guiding the group alongside Velde will be two former pro cyclists, Tyler Farrar and Travis McCabe, with support from Diaa Nour and Barrett Brandon of Ventum, the official bike sponsor. 

The camp provides the opportunity to ride scenic routes with support from the pros and Little Nell staff. Participants will be outfitted with NS1 Ventum bikes by a bike fitter and mechanic aiming to ensure optimal performance and comfort. In addition, riders will be equipped with custom kits from Pedal Mafia for each of the three days, featuring a Little Nell kit, a Whispering Angel kit and an ASPENX kit; Sweet Protection is supplying a helmet and sunglasses to each participant and pro; Skratch Labs is providing the fuel and hydration supplements; and additional accessories and a gear bag will be provided by The Little Nell. Participating guests are asked to provide their own shoes and pedals.  


Aspen announces adjusted fall public transit schedule

As of Monday through Sunday, Nov. 19, Aspen will implement its adjusted Fall Schedule for public transit services. The revised timetable offers a tailored blend of reduced hours on key bus routes and bolstered late-night taxi services, aiming to meet the needs of the Aspen community effectively.

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