Aspen Nightlife The Ultimate Taxi
This isn't your ordinary taxi ride! The Ultimate Taxi
is actually entertainment that is not to be missed.
This is a thirty to forty minute musical ride around
Aspen - but it's not like any other ride you will take
in your lifetime.
The taxi you will be riding in is a 1978 Checker cab.
It has been greatly modified and boasts four red
lasers, a laser projector, black light effects, light
washers, light orbs, mini-strobes, color changing fiber
optics, a sound system, stage lights, a mirror ball, a
fog machine, a keyboard, digital drums, a digital
camera, a DV cam, a notebook computer, a printer,
and much, much more.
Your driver will be Jon Barnes, and he has been
driving tourists around Aspen since 1984. He throws
in a pair of 3-D glasses, so you can view Aspen as
you never have before. Featured online, in radio
interviews, magazines, and newspapers, the Ultimate
Taxi has become very popular. Many famous people
have taken this cab ride as well, including Clint
Eastwood and Jerry Seinfeld.
Get ready for a wild ride! Jon plays the keyboard
and the horn while driving! With your 3-D glasses
and the other toys that are included in the ride,
combined with the psychedelic lighting effects, this
is one ride that you will never forget! In fact, Jon
makes sure of it, because there will be pictures to
help you remember the event.
Make sure you buy some souvenirs before you leave.
The Ultimate Taxi gift store is located right outside
the doors, in the trunk. You will also have a web page
memory of your ride in the Ultimate Taxi hosted on
Jon's server for all time. Take your toys and 3-D
glasses home with you as well.
The Ultimate Taxi is not a 'normal' taxi ride. You
don't call Jon Barnes to take you where you want to
go. The Ultimate Taxi is more of a musical show
and adventure. It has been called the world's
smallest recording studio.
Make sure that you get your Ultimate Taxi ride while
you are in Aspen, and join the ranks of Ivana, Kevin
Costner, George Hamilton, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dudley
Moore, the Beatles, Clint Eastwood, Jerry Seinfeld,
and even Regis Philbin! Due to the popularity of the
Ultimate Taxi, it is probably best to call in advance
for a reservation. The Ultimate Taxi is in operation
from 7pm to 10pm most nights.
Aspen Nightlife Us Comedy Arts Festival
If you can visit Aspen in March, make sure that you
catch the US Comedy Arts Festival that is held in
various venues throughout Aspen. This is one of the
major events for comedians all over the country -
and it is some of the best entertainment you will
The US Comedy Arts Festival features every type of
comedy you can imagine, including Stand-up
comedy, film shorts, alternative comedy, and sketch
comedy. Tribute is given to some of the greatest
comedians from the past, such as Rodney
Dangerfield, Monty Python, and George Carlin. You
will also have the opportunity to enjoy many of
today's famous comedians, and hear some unknown
or up and coming comedians as well.
Make sure that you don't miss this festival - and
make sure that you make your plans and reservations
very early. The lodges and hotels will fill up fast for
this festival, and according to locals, this is the
hardest time of the year to find lodging in Aspen -
which is a good indication of how good the
Aspen Nightlife And The Altitude
There is more to do in Aspen than ski! The
Aspen nightlife is like nothing you will
experience elsewhere. The warmth and
camaraderie of all of the skiers, from all of the
different lodges is quite special, and remarkable.
You will have a good time in Aspen, no matter
what you choose to do, but there is one thing
that you should be very aware of before you
start your party - the altitude.
Aspen sits about 8000 feet above sea level.
Unless you live in a high altitude area, you will
need to adjust to this altitude. You may find
yourself feeling dizzy or light headed, and you
may even find it a bit difficult to breath. Altitude
Sickness is a serious problem, and if your
symptoms become extreme, you should seek
If you will be drinking, you need to know that the
altitude will have a large impact on the way your
body handles the alcohol. Many people who are
not used to such a high altitude find that they
become drunker on much less alcohol, in a very
short period of time. It is best that you avoid
drinking alcohol at all until you have adjusted
to the altitude.
It is also important to recognize the signs of
both Altitude sickness and Acute Mountain
Sickness (AMS). Altitude sickness can be
recognized by hyperventilation, shortness of
breath during exertion, increased urination,
changed breathing patterns at night, strange
dreams, and frequently waking from sleep
during the night. Acute Mountain Sickness, on
the other hand, is recognized by loss of appetite,
nausea, vomiting, fatigue or weakness,
dizziness, light-headedness, difficulty sleeping,
confusion, and a staggering gait.
As you can see, the symptoms of both Altitude
Sickness and Acute Mountain Sickness
somewhat resemble the symptoms of drinking
too much alcohol. The only way to rule out being
drunk is to not drink for at least 48 hours after
your arrival in the higher altitude. You should
also seek medical attention if your symptoms
last more than 48 hours, or if you show signs
of Acute Mountain Sickness. AMS can be
deadly if it is not treated.
Health care professionals suggest that you
avoid drinking alcohol because the effects are
magnified at a high altitude. Avoid strenuous
activity for the first couple of days after arriving
at the higher altitude. Drink extra fluid and visit
a doctor if you have symptoms of AMS
immediately for treatment.
Aspen Nightlife Winterskol
Since Aspen is a wintertime playground for so
many people, it is only fitting that everyone in
Aspen during the month of January participates
in Winterskol. This is literally a celebration of
winter, cold, and snow - which is a great deal
of what makes Aspen, well, Aspen! Winterskol
is the ultimate Aspen party.
Winterskol is held during the month of January
each year, and it is the wildest winter
celebration you will ever experience. The
highlight of Winterskol is the Canine Fashion
Show, where pets are dressed up in crazy
clothing, such as miniature bridal gowns.
Winterskol has been an Aspen tradition for
more than fifty years - and it will continue for
at least another fifty! The first Winterskol
celebration was held in 1951.
During Winterskol, more than 40 events are
scheduled in the downtown area, Aspen
Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk
Mountain, and Snowmass Mountain. The
entire area gets involved in the activities.
Winterskol is a celebration of Aspen's Nordic
ancestry, as well as a celebration of winter.
While most events are scheduled in advance,
Winterskol also brings several surprises as
well. You just never know what you will find at
the Winterskol celebration - until you are there.
Favorite traditional activities include the Canine
Fashion Show, Winter sculpt, the Buttermilk
Uphill Race, and Snowmass Splash. Don't
miss the torchlight descent and the fireworks
display over Aspen Mountain. Don't miss the
unique competitions happening all over town.
There is constant live entertainment all around
town as well. If you are planning a ski vacation,
and you want to have the time of your life -
your destination should be Aspen, and your
arrival date should coincide with the start of
Winterskol is an ongoing week long party with
something for everyone. Amusement,
entertainment, parties, and celebration are top
priorities during the week of Winterskol. You
have to experience Winterskol at least once in
your lifetime - and after you have been once,
you will be back. Winterskol is a celebration
that is comparable with Mardi Gras in New
Orleans - but a lot safer, and in many
opinions, more enjoyable.
As they do for Mardi Gras, people come from
all over the world for Winterskol. Event
packages are available, but all of the lodges,
hotels, motels, condos, cabins, and
campgrounds sell out early. Make sure that you
book lodging for Winterskol well in advance,
and take advantage of the packages that the
various lodges offer. Packages typically
include lodging, airfare, rental cars, and
other things that you may require as well.
Aspen Nightlife The Caribou Club
According to The New York Post, the Caribou
Club is the absolute best private club in
America. This is a member's only private club,
and the membership fee is quite high - but the
ambiance is top-notch!
The Caribou Club is located in Aspen,
Colorado on East Hopkins Avenue. The club
is open from 6:30pm until 2am every day, and
you can enjoy dinner and dancing, or lounge in
the Great Room before a roaring fireplace with
a fine cigar. The wine cellar houses over 5000
wines from around the world.
There is more to The Caribou Club than fine
dining and dancing, however. When you enter
the club, you are entering a world of elegance
that can only be experienced here. The walls
are covered with 19th century paintings. There
is a coat room, where your coat will be taken
from you, and you are made to feel like a very
welcome houseguest. You can then go to the
bar, the Great Room, or be seated for dinner
- the choice is yours.
The Caribou Club has only been open for about
ten years, but it has become an integral part of
Aspen nightlife for the rich and famous - and
even for those who are not famous, nor rich,
but who can afford to pay the membership
fees. When you enter the Great Room at The
Caribou Club, you will probably see faces that
you know - even if you don't know these
famous people on a personal level.
You don't even have to be in Aspen to enjoy the
cuisine offered by The Caribou Club. Your
event can be catered by the club, no matter
how large or small it is, or where it is located.
You can have your event catered anywhere
in the world! Private parties can also be held
at The Caribou Club.
Again, the cost is fairly high. Lifetime
membership for a couple is $10,000. Individual
membership for two people is $3000 for the
first year, and $1000 for each additional year,
paid annually. Family membership for up to five
people costs $4000 per year. A temporary
membership is available for one week. The cost
is $500 and covers one couple. However, during
Holidays and President's Weekend, the cost is
As you can see, The Caribou Club is quite
exclusive - but depending on the type of
nightlife you enjoy, the cost of membership is
well worth it - even if you only visit once a year.
Finding things to do in Aspen, Colorado during the
day isn't difficult - get out on the slopes and ski or
enjoy one of the other winter sports that you love.
At night, however, Aspen really comes to life with
Aspen nightlife! No matter how old or young you are,
there is something to do in Aspen twenty-four hours
a day, seven days a week.
Music and dancing are the biggest Aspen nightlife
attractions, but there is more to do than just that -
so if you aren't quite old enough to get into the
various bars and clubs in the area, don't think that
you will be bored at night - you won't be! Start by
finding out what activities are planned for the
evening at your lodge or hotel. Most lodges and
hotels have events planned throughout the season
- and this is a good place to start finding things to
do after the slopes have closed for the day.
Shopping in Aspen is another highlight. There are
many galleries and specialty shops that you won't
find in your own hometown. Take advantage of this.
Most shops are open after the slopes have closed
for the day, and many stay open late because they
understand that you want to spend your daylight
hours out on the slopes.
If you aren't old enough for the club scene, take
advantage of the teen nights that are offered by many
of the resorts. These are safe fun nights for teens,
which parents will approve of. Teens also enjoy the
offerings at many of the spas. Spas aren't just for
adults. Enjoy the skin treatments, massages,
saunas, and hot tubs. Some resorts also have game
rooms for the teens and younger kids.
If you are old enough for the bars and clubs - finding
something to do won't be hard at all. Again, find out
what is happening in the evening at your lodge or
hotel first. If you aren't interested, hit the streets.
Almost everything is within walking distance in Aspen,
and anything that is out of walking distance is
accessible by bus or taxi. If you will be drinking,
do not drive your car to the bar or club - find
The Aspen Recreation center has many planned
events throughout the season that are appropriate for
adults and kids. However, if you are planning to bring
the kids, but you want to enjoy some adult Aspen
nightlife as well, child care may be available through
your lodge or hotel.
Aspen Nightlife Theatre In The Park
Founded in 1983 by Kent Reed, Theatre in the Park
has become an Aspen tradition that adds to the
delight of Aspen nightlife. Theatre in the Park once
actually was theatre that was performed in a tent in
the park. Now, however, Theatre in the Park has
changed its name to Theatre Aspen, and a new
permanent structure is in development. This will
allow Theatre in the Park to hold year-round
performances, instead of summer-only performances.
Contemporary and classical plays are all presented
by the theatre. If you are in Aspen around Christmas
time, make sure that you see the theatre's
presentation of "Its A Wonderful Life." As a summer-
only venue, sixty shows are performed each year.
Once the company has its permanent structure, we
can expect many more each year.
The Theatre Aspen also has many training programs
for adults and children. Currently, performances are
held between June and August. The Theatre in the
Park is located in the Rio Grande Park. Heat is
provided on chilly nights, and there is an area to enjoy
cocktails during intermissions, as well as before and
Aspen Nightlife Art Galleries
Aspen is famous for more than skiing. There are
currently more than thirty art galleries in and around
the Aspen area, where art created by famous artists
around the world resides. Visiting the art galleries in
Aspen is a must, and no Aspen vacation will be
complete without this taste of culture.
Most of the art galleries are within walking distance
of each other, arranged in a three by four block area.
This area is located between Spring Street and
Monarch Street, and Hopkins Avenue and Durant
You will find everything from vintage poster art at the
Omnibus Gallery to Impressionism art at the Galerie
Du Bois. Visit the Highline Gallery for glass art and
the Pam Driscol Gallery for bronze sculpture art.
Contemporary collections can be found at the
While some galleries are open after hours, many
close around 5pm. It is important to find out the
operating hours of the galleries that you want to visit
ahead of time. Many shows and events are planned
at the galleries for the evening hours as well.
Aspen Nightlife The Wheeler Opera House
The Wheeler Opera House has been an
integral part of Aspen nightlife, history, and
culture since 1889 when Mr. J.B Wheeler and
the Conried Company presented The King's
Fool. While the building started out as an
Opera House, it was only used for town
meetings and such by 1893, when the silver
mines had played out.
The Wheeler Opera House remained open until
1912 when it was gutted by not one, but two
fires in one week! The Opera House did not
open again until June of 1946 when it was
leased by the Aspen Company. The total
restoration went on until 1960. Between the
years of 1912 and 1946 the Wheeler Opera
House remained empty, and it was used as
a playground by the local children.
During the 1960's and 1970's, The Wheeler
Opera House was mainly used as a movie
theater. However, in 1979, the city decided to
restore the Opera House to its original
grandeur, and this restoration was completed
in 1984. The cost was 4.5 million dollars.
Today, the Wheeler Opera House is on the
National Registrar of Historical Places.
Many events, such as lectures, concerts, plays,
films, and musicals are held at The Wheeler
Opera House today. You can see Broadway
shows, jazz concerts, country and rock
concerts, and even children's theater here.
Any type of cultural event you can imagine
is held here - and shows are scheduled
throughout the year. Locals consider the
Wheeler Opera House the 'crown jewel of Aspen.
' Nationwide, it is considered a world class theater
- and with the detailed woodwork it is certainly a
sight to behold!
The Opera House is still in its original location
on Hyman Avenue, in the heart of downtown
Aspen. You can call to find out what events are
planned, and to purchase tickets. Remember
that this is a popular place, and shows do sell
out quickly - so purchase your tickets as early
as possible. You should also be aware that
children under the age of three years old are
not permitted for live performances, unless the
performance is for children specifically.
Cameras and recording devices are not
permitted for performances.
The Wheeler Opera House can also be rented
for a variety of special occasions and events,
such as parties, receptions, weddings,
conferences, and seminars. Events such as
these are usually held on the second floor,
where guests will enjoy a breathtaking view of
Aspen Mountain, as well as the city.
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