Top 5 most read stories last week:


The first snowfall of the season on Mount Sopris.
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We’ve rounded up the five most-read stories on Aspentimes.com from the past week.

1.) The next RH Guesthouse is “discovered in Aspen”, says the company’s CEO

The CEO of luxury furnishings company RH told investors last week that Aspen’s wealth makes it the perfect test market for the company’s luxury hotel concept which debuted earlier this month. here in New York.

The Aspen location will be the company’s second boutique hotel to open under the RH Guesthouse flag. On a second-quarter conference call for the publicly traded company, HR president and CEO Gary Friedman said how telling the rates for the Aspen and New York locations would be.



Friedman said, “I know Aspen had 70 billionaires, and now it’s 100 billionaires. And, they like having their own house there, but those are the people who go to Aspen. I think that’s about as rich as a small town target market in the world. So we’re going to learn a lot in Aspen. But, to me, the good thing about New York is that if it works in New York, that means it will probably work in other cities. And, if it works in Aspen, it will work in other vacation destinations like (inaudible) or the Hamptons or Miami. And, then, New York will give us an idea of ​​where it might work, whether it’s Paris or London, places like that.

Rick Carroll



2.) Aspen Skiing Co. appoints chief operating officer to lead luxury brand

Aspen Skiing Co.’s luxury brand is now run under the leadership of Darcy Loeb, the company announced Monday.

She previously worked as an Amazon Music Merchandise Manager, overseeing merchandising, production and product. Prior to Amazon, she led footwear and apparel teams in Nike’s global merchandising and operations and built new businesses as a general manager and director within Target’s beauty and entertainment divisions.

Loeb’s background suits him well to oversee ASPENX as chief operating officer, Skico CEO and President Mike Kaplan said in a statement.

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3.) Aspen resident Barrack Jr. and his ex-assistant will go on trial this month for illegal lobbying

An Aspen resident who led fundraising efforts for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign will face trial in federal court in Brooklyn later this month over allegations he worked illegally on behalf of the Emirates United Arabs to put pressure on the American government.

The trial of Thomas Barrack Jr., 75, and his former aide Matthew Grimes, 29, a former Aspen resident, is scheduled to begin Sept. 19 with jury selection.

Barrack Jr. and Grimes have been free on $250 million and $5 million bonds, respectively, since their July 2021 arrests in California. They must also wear monitoring bracelets despite filing unsuccessful petitions asking for their removal.

Rick Carroll

4.) Colorado Highlands’ First Snowfall Whets Winter Appetite

Residents woke up to white stuff across the high country Thursday morning as a low-pressure system tracked moisture from Tropical Storm Kay.

It was the first snowfall of the season.

“It’s always exciting to see snow on the high peaks. It motivates people for the ski season,” Aspen Snowmass Vice President of Communications Jeff Hanle said Thursday, adding that while September snow is not uncommon, it rarely lasts.

Audrey Ryan and John LaConte

5.) The potential gray wolf release zone includes the Aspen area

Colorado Parks and Wildlife presented a new proposed map of potential wolf reintroduction areas on the West Slope, including Aspen and other mountain communities.

Eric Odell, species conservation program manager at Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said the map isn’t final and will likely change before the final draft presentation in December, but the strip of land between Glenwood Springs and Summit County and south of Montrose and Gunnison provide an area that would have minimal conflict as well as good habitat for gray wolves.

The map was based on some input from the Technical Working Group and others working on the reintroduction. Other constraints were 60-mile buffers from the borders of Wyoming, Utah, and New Mexico, as well as buffers protecting tribal lands.

Eliza Noe for The Aspen Times

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