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An Aspen version of Monopoly gives back to community

Courtesy of Katherine Chapin

There is a world where an Aspen ski pass only costs $200. It exists inside Aspen Monopoly, a new version of the iconic board game that’s only being sold locally--for now.


In Aspen Monopoly, players can purchase sites like the Aspen Music Festival and School, The Little Nell, and Aspen mountains, which replace the railroads from the game’s original vision.

The silver playing pieces include a gondola, an aspen leaf, a bear, a hiking boot and a skier.


Philanthropists Dane and Katherine Chapin are part-time residents of Aspen. They own the company USAopoly and the rights to the game from Hasbro. As a result, they’ve created a number of versions of Monopoly over the years with themes based on pop culture references.


Katherine Chapin said partial revenues from purchases will go to the Aspen Community Foundation.


“Aspen has been really wonderful to us. It has been very welcoming, we feel very much as if it's our second home, and we wanted to give back to the community."


The Aspen Community Foundation will distribute the game’s revenue to a group of local recipients.