Denver weather: Storm warning through Saturday for high country

Careful out there! Forecasters are calling for a chilly Thursday in Denver as a storm predicted to drop as much as 3 feet of snow in parts of the high country settles into Colorado.

The National Weather Service in Boulder has extended a winter storm warning from Thursday through Saturday morning for Jackson, Larimer, Grand, Boulder, Gilpin, Clear Creek, Summit, Park and Douglas counties. Over that span, the weather service says high-altitude areas could see 1 to 2 feet of snow, with locally higher amounts up to 3 feet.

Read the whole story here, and be safe. If you need car service or a limo from the Denver airport so you don’t have to deal with driving, give Aspen 5 Star Limo a call!

Colorado Travel Video Guide

Great video from Esposa Travel giving you a true virtual tour of Colorado!

Colorado is situated in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, a land of remote valleys and high mountains.Denver is the state capital and is located on a sunny high plateau sixteen hundred metres above sea level where the local inhabitants enjoy more sunshine throughout the year than in California’s San Diego or even Honolulu.

The shining red rocks on the outskirts of Colorado Springs are a striking spectacle within the Garden Of The Gods. The huge red sandstone rock formations rise to a height of up to a hundred and fifty metres. The natural monuments are a reminder of the geological past of this extraordinary region situated at the foot of the Rocky Mountains Directly next to the caves at the foot of Pike’s Peak are the caves in which the Anasazi Indians once lived, the famous Cliff Dwellings where one can gain a fascinating insight into the culture of the native inhabitants of North America, how they lived, their culture and beliefs.

Sprague Lake is one of the region’s many glacial lakes and is ideal for walkers as well as anglers and boat enthusiasts, and several ranches offer accommodation. Ghost towns, gold mines, ancient cultures and mountain paradises, Native Indians, explorers, fur traders and gold prospectors, all the ingredients of the colourful history of America’s wild West. Colorado is indeed a place of spectacular nature and breathtaking adventure!

Limo tours of some of Colorado’s best Beer, Wine and Distillery

aspen-beer-wine-toursAre you looking for a new idea for a get-together with friends, a bachelor or bachelorette party, or unique business outing? Why not hire Aspen 5 Star Limo to take you on your own personalized limo tour of some of Colorado’s remarkable collection of distilleries, breweries and wineries?

Colorado.com has a fantastic article detailing a few of the most locally focused experiences. “Why you should go: free tastings, an understanding of the creative science behind these beverages and the opportunity to rub elbows with friendly and knowledgeable craftspeople.”

No matter what your preferred style of beverage, Colorado offers 45 distilleries, more than 200 breweries and 108 wineries – which means we can create a customized tour based on what you and your group want! While you’re at it, let us make your day even more special with elegant transportation to your favorite Aspen restaurant or to a play or show.

Whatever special event you want to create, Aspen 5 Star Limo can help you do it. From airport transportation, to special events like a Limo Wine or Brewery Tour, we get you to your destination safely and in style!

4 work events that call for luxury transportation services

luxury transportation for Colorado businesses

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I know, not everyone needs a limo service for business meetings and events. However, there are some times where it pays to make a big impression – and luxury transportation is a great way to do that. Whether you’re meeting with a new client or attending a conference or industry event, choosing a limo service to ensure punctionality and professionalism will leave a lasting impression.

Here are 4 different work events where you can really benefit by choosing a luxury transportation service:

1. Business travel – this is a pretty obvious one, but I have to mention it! Travel is stressful enough. Avoid that stress for yourself (or your employees) by ensuring someone else handles getting you to and from the airport, so you can focus on the important stuff – your work.

2. Attending corporate events – juggling one travel schedule can be difficult enough, but if you have multiple employees attending an event, it gets especially difficult! Let a transportation specialist (that’s me!) help you juggle – everything from multiple flight schedules to after-hours networking events.

3. Meeting with clients – show clients that you value their time and their business by using a luxury limo service. Whether you’re meeting them for lunch, or sending a car to pick them up from the airport, a quality client experience is a very valuable thing.

4. Rewarding employees – sometimes they just need to let loose! Show your employees that they are valuable to your organization by rewarding them with dinner or a night out on the town, complete with limo service!

What other times do you select luxury transportation over driving yourself? I’d love to hear!

Driving under any influence – always a big No No!

Image courtesy of sscreations / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of sscreations / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Whatever your personal feelings on the legalization of marijuana, it’s here in Colorado. I read an article today that talked about how Colorado is launching a new “Drive High, Get A DUI” campaign. This is to help remind drivers that even though marijuana is now legal, it still needs to be treated like alcohol and not used before driving.

In the article on KKTV’s website, they said

The effort from the Colorado Department of Transportation comes as Colorado struggles to keep accurate statewide records on marijuana-impaired drivers. State police chiefs told lawmakers this week that they need more money to train officers in recognizing stoned drivers.

In Washington state, officials this week reported that more drivers tested positive for marijuana in Washington last year, but officials there say there’s been no obvious, corresponding jump in car accidents. 

While I find it interesting that Washington officials haven’t found any obvious corresponding jump in car accidents after marijuana was legalized, I know that the legalization means that there are probably many more people on the roads now that could be considered Driving Under the Influence. And since my job keeps my on the road and responsible for the safety of my customers, I want to remind everyone out there – it might be legal, but it can still ruin your life or the life of others. Just like alcohol, use in moderation, and always stay off the road.

There’s my public safety tip for the day!

Going extreme in Colorado

I love living in Colorado. It’s a wild, beautiful place, that’s still plenty close enough to enjoy big city events. One thing I think is neat is the transition from snow-sports, which is something many people think of first when they think of Colorado, to some of the warmer-weather extreme sports that are popular in the spring and summer. If extreme sports are your thing, I found a great article on Colorado.com that will let you know about a bunch of great events you can come out and participate in!

From their blog:

image via Colorado.com

image via Colorado.com

Colorado practically begs you to get outside and take advantage of all it has to offer. It’s also a great place for serious athletes to challenge themselves to ascend ever-greater heights — literally.

Each year, athletes show off their prowess in a series of mettle-testing, muscle-busting bike races, mud runs and other extreme Colorado competitions. If you want to suit up and jump in or watch from the sidelines, here are a few of the gnarliest extreme races across the state.

If you just want to work on your personal best, try out the Ride the Rockies event happening in June this year. This non-competitive bike ride leads 2,000 cyclists in a cross-state tour of the Rocky Mountains that highlights Colorado’s rugged scenery

If you’re REALLY looking for a challenge, the Hardrock 100 Endurance Run, Triple Bypass, and the Tough Mudder events might be more your speed.

Prefer to be a spectator? I don’t blame you!  🙂  Come out to see the GoPro Mountain Games or the 3rd Annual USA Pro Challenge.

And no matter where you’re heading to in Colorado this season, why not go there in comfort? Aspen 5 Star Limo can bring you to any of these events (not to mention a ton of other cool places) in luxury. Treat yourself before you kill yourself out there!

Enjoy St. Patty’s Day in Denver in a luxury Limousine

St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year – the perfect excuse for a weekend full of Irish-themed revelry in the Mile High City. Celebrate the luck of Irish this St. Patrick’s Day with parades, live Irish music — and of course, green beer!

With parades, pub crawls, concerts, dancing, the Runnin’ of the Green and lots more special events, your problem won’t be finding excitement – it will be deciding what to do!

With our chauffeured limousine service, you won’t miss a thing. You’ll be able to attend all of the day’s events, catch a parade or two, and celebrate into the night! Don’t worry about fighting traffic, getting lost, searching for parking, or those high-priced parking fees. Aspen 5 Star Limo makes traveling longer distances a breeze! Relax in the back with your friends—or cuddle with your date—and enjoy the ride.

Aspen Highlands has announced bonus weekend, April 27-28

Heads up to all my skier friends! You can say thanks to the consistent snowfall we’ve seen so far this spring. Will you be going?

Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., April 15, 2013 – Aspen Skiing Company announced today that Aspen Highlands will reopen for the weekend of April 27-28 in appreciation of skiers and riders for a great season. While Snowmass, Aspen Mountain and Buttermilk are closed for the season, Aspen Highlands will remain open today through April 21 as scheduled and then reopen April 27-28. Consistent snowfall over the last week has made for great conditions and enjoyable spring skiing and riding on the mountain.

“We are skiers and snowboarders and it is snowing like crazy, so of course we will reopen,” said David Perry, Senior Vice President, Aspen Skiing Company. “This is a big thank you to everyone. Let’s finish the season with smiles on our faces.”

The mountain will be open to the 12,392-foot summit of Highland Bowl. The Exhibition lift will run daily from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Loge, Cloud Nine and Deep Temerity lifts will run until 3:30 p.m., providing access to the entire mountain. The Merry-Go-Round restaurant, Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro and Four-Mountain Sports will be open for business.
Source: http://www.pitchengine.com/aspensnowmass/aspen-highlands-to-open-for-a-bonus-weekend-april-2728

If you’re making the trip, why not make it one to remember? Luxury transportation to and from the event creates memories that last long beyond those final notes. We’d love to speak with you on how to make your trip to Aspen Highlands a special one.

A Chauffeur-driven Luxury SUV Makes Business Travel Easy

aspen-limo-serviceAspen 5 Star Limo make scheduling luxury transportation for corporate clients as easy as possible. With a single phone call, you can take care of all your business travel needs from airport transportation, drop-off at a hotel or convention center, scheduled business meetings, and more. We take care of all the planning, billing, and required paperwork for logging business expenses so you don’t have to. You won’t have to worry about hauling your trade show materials, running late for meetings, or searching for parking. Our driver will escort you to each of your destinations and drop you off at the front door. Our luxury limo service guarantees a smooth, uncomplicated business trip.

Renting a car at the airport or piling into a crowded airport shuttle takes time, and is very stressul. Instead, you can enjoy a pleasant, quiet ride without any interruptions. A luxury SUV is the ideal place to conduct business and make phone calls—or relax and enjoy some complimentary refreshments as you take in the view. Aspen 5 Star Limo serves the entire state of Colorado. In need of transportation to or from an airport outside of the Aspen area? We will get you to your destination safely and in style! We closely monitor flight information, so our reliable drivers will be waiting for you at your gate regardless of any variations in flight plans or unforeseen flight delays. They escort you to the car as well as load and unload all of your luggage.

Aspen, Denver and Vail area businesses can make a good impression on incoming VIPs by scheduling a luxury sedan to whisk them from place to place. Our chauffeur-driven luxury sedan service gives you the opportunity to impress out-of-town guests by providing them with elegant, well-coordinated transportation. Clients and other professionals will appreciate the ease and comfort of traveling in one of our specialty vehicles. We deliver a high quality chauffeur-driven transportation service that allows you to focus on building positive business relationships instead of traffic and parking.

What do you look for in a limousine service?

Last year at the Regional Limousine Association convention, there was a panel discussion about what clients expect from their limousine service. After some discussion and soliciting ideas from the audience, this expert panel cited three main things that clients look for in a limo service:

Transparency
Transparency in terms of limo rental prices and comfortable occupant capacity was one of the clients’ most important expectations, according to the panel. Many attendees mentioned receiving prices that were quoted on the phone and on limo companies’ websites that didn’t look much like the actual price paid for the limo rental at the end of the event.

Professionalism
Other attendees mentioned chauffeurs that talked and texted on their cell phones while driving guests, failed to treat their guests with courtesy and other examples of unprofessionalism. Secret shoppers hired by the limo rental industry even saw chauffeurs smoking outside their limos parked in front of churches while their wedding guests were inside – this is obviously unacceptable behavior. Panelists stressed the importance of chauffeurs being professional at all times during the limo rentals whether their guests were around or not.

Customer Service
Other attendees mentioned poor telephone etiquette, leaving clients on hold for long periods of time and staff members that were unable to answer simple questions as examples of poor customer service that alienated clients.

We have been providing Aspen limousine service for a long time now and have seen and heard of each of the incidents described above. Our difference? We strive for excellence. We take pride in what we do. Safety and comfort are our two priorities. Our drivers will go above and beyond to make sure that all of our guests expectations are met. We know our clients are looking for reliable safe and comfortable transportation, and our knowledgable drivers are the best at what we do. We’re on time, safe and professional.