Posted on November 15, 2018 by Katie Shapiro
From taking the title of “Best of the West" in Ski Magazine’s Resorts of the Year Awards to landing a spot on Travel + Leisure’s “Most Romantic Holiday Destinations for Couples,” Aspen Snowmass continues to rack up accolades every season. We might be a bit biased, but it’s true: there is no place more festive to spend the holidays in the entire world.
While Aspen Snowmass is known for its abundant five-star resort offerings, sometimes a ski vacation is only made better when you rent a dream home of your very own. Whether it’s having enough space for your extended family, wanting to cook up your favorite family recipes, avoiding the hustle and bustle of a busy hotel or staying in town for the full season, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty (ASSIR) has experienced Brokers specializing in Aspen & Snowmass, luxury rentals.
So, if you’re still looking for a picture-perfect, holiday escape there’s still time to make it a most memorable one in Aspen Snowmass. To help guide you, here are ASSIR’s top four tips to consider when starting your rental search:
1. How far in advance do you recommend booking a rental property for the holiday season?
We recommend booking for the holidays as far out as possible to ensure having your first choice available. We book the majority of our holiday rentals in September, October and November, but often our most sought-after properties can be booked as far as a year in advance. While most of our holiday inventory is booked, we have received a few new listings recently and have had a couple of cancellations, so always inquire no matter how last minute you are starting your search.
2. What is the price range for vacation rentals in Aspen Snowmass?
For the winter season, the most affordable property in our inventory is about $400 per night, but not in the preferred area of Aspen’s downtown core or Snowmass Village. Most of our rental properties with a prime location fall around $1,000 per night and our most exclusive property is $25,000 per night. We are always able to accommodate any budget.
3. How does ASSIR help clients navigate the property search?
Initially, we ask for preferred location, dates, the makeup of the group, budget and any other specifications the client might have, such as ski access. After we gather some options, we send the client rental brochures - ASSIR’s rental brochures are arguably the most thorough among the competition.
4. How does ASSIR help clients feel confident in a “sight unseen” booking?
Photos, a Google Map search and a conversation on the phone usually help clients feel confident in their decision. We often discuss location, walkability, specifics on ski access and various other property details. The last thing we want is for someone to be disappointed, so we do our best to convey all the information thoroughly and accurately.
ASSIR also goes above and beyond the service standard for rental agencies in the Roaring Fork Valley through an exclusive partnership with Covet Concierge, owned and operated by longtime local Karen Boyd. With more than a decade of experience as a concierge for five-star resorts and luxury rental companies, most recently at the Residences at the Little Nell, Boyd branched off on her own in 2017 and provides unparalleled five-star service 24/7 to all of ASSIR’s rental clients through her company.
Upon booking, Boyd works directly with clients to provide a custom itinerary along with the coordination of the following services:
- Ground transportation
- Welcome basket upon arrival stocked with wine, fresh fruit and gourmet snacks
- Grocery shopping and pre-stocking the kitchen
- Dining reservations
- Babysitting services
- Ski equipment rentals with in-home fittings
- Pre-purchase and print lift tickets
For an additional service fee, Boyd will also assist clients in pre-arranging holiday decor with Christmas tree delivery, hiring and planning special in-home events with a private chef, reserving additional adventure activities and running general errands — no request is too small. Although she’s anticipating juggling 30 rental clients in the months ahead, Boyd is a one-woman-show and remains on-call throughout your entire stay.
And since she’s always busy booking the best of Aspen Snowmass for her clients, we also asked Boyd to recommend a few of her favorite things:
Watching the New Year’s fireworks over Aspen Mountain
Taking a sleigh ride to dinner at Pine Creek Cookhouse
Breakfast at Gwyn's High Alpine on Snowmass Mountain
Aprés Ski Spot
Ajax Tavern in Aspen
Venga Venga in Snowmass Village
A massage at Remède Spa in the St. Regis followed by a glass of champagne in the oxygen lounge
The Spa at Viceroy in Snowmass
Hair & Makeup
Pitkin County Dry Goods
Sashae Floral Arts & Gifts
SO Café on the top floor of the Aspen Art Museum
Snowmobiling to the Maroon Bells with T-Lazy-7 Ranch
Click here to download the complete ASSIR Rental Brochure and click here to learn more about Covet Concierge.