Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) is footing 90 per cent of the bill to construct a power plant that will turn methane emissions into electricity from Elk Creek Coal Mine in Somerest, Colo. Once constructed, the plant will produce 25 million kW of electricity per year, about the same amount needed to power ASC’s four resorts.
Owned by famed Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa (who has restaurants everywhere from Las Vegas to Athens to Tokyo), Aspen's Matsuhisa serves up the town's best sushi to a packed and often celebrity-filled clientele. They serve exquisitely-crafted rolls and sashimi, as well as a masterful dinner menu including lobster with wasabi pepper and Chilean sea bass with black bean sauce. You may need to make a reservation a month in advance. www.matsuhisaaspen.com
This Latin American bistro serves up bold and flavorful fare. Longtime Aspen local/owner Michael Beary searches out authentic ingredients for dishes such as Iberico ham and chorizo salad, shrimp-tomatillo sopes and skirt steak with Oaxacan mozzarella and chile chilhaucle sauce.
Every Friday’s schedule should look as good as June 18th’s kick-off to the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colo. Here's just a sampling of what festival goers, wandering through tents in downtown Aspen, Maroon Bells in the background, can pencil in.
10 a.m.–10:45 a.m.: Two Decades of Dom Perignon
10:45 a.m.–11:30 a.m.: Grand Tasting
2 p.m.–2:45 p.m.: French Wine and Cheeses: Perfect Pairs
Resorts in Nevada, Colorado, Utah and California, amoung other places, have extended their seasons after a rash of spring storms blanketed their slopes in more snow than some have seen all season. Aspen Mountain, which was slated to close this Sunday, will open its lifts for the weekends of April 17–18 and April 24–25 after getting 16 inches of snow in the past 72 hours.