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Aspen: Sneak Peek

October 17, 2019

Colorado recently received its first snowfall of the season, and the gorgeous snow-capped peaks have us dreaming of steep and deep descents, après ski, and alpine dining. Here’s your insider access to elevated play.


1. The Little Nell is Turning 30.

The Little Nell first opened its doors on Thanksgiving Day of 1989 and has since been a hub for a see-and-be-seen crowd. The ski season-long Pearl Anniversary celebration begins on Thanksgiving and continues through April 2020 with plenty of parties. One of our favorites will be the “Party Like It’s 1989” 80s-themed party. Held Saturday, Dec. 14, the après-ski soirée kicks off at Chair 9 with a DJ, cocoa cocktails, an outdoor screening of iconic ski films, ‘80s cover band, and a costume contest. Reboot the next morning with the DirtyThirty Body Treatment—a pumpkin scrub and facial with June Jacobs skincare (offered all ski season).


2. The W Aspen Makes its Winter Debut.

W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen opened in August. Nestled at the base of Aspen Mountain, expect 88 guestrooms, 11 W-branded fractional residences, a huge rooftop bar and pool with 360-degree mountain views, and 39 Degrees, an chic underground cocktail bar.

W Aspen and The Sky Residences Aspen Blog
Image source: The Little Nell

3. Inspired Culture: Bauhaus 100

As a part of Bauhaus 100: Aspen celebration, Aspen Historical Society presents “Bayer and Bauhaus: How Design Shaped Aspen.” The exhibit, showcased inside the Wheeler Stallard Museum until March 2020, delves into the profound influence of Herbert Bayer’s work on Aspen.


4. Sip and Savor: What’s New

Every ski season Aspen’s dining scene ushers in newcomers. Don’t miss Mini Jimmy’s, the world’s smallest speakeasy, located inside town’s well-known Jimmy’s restaurant and bar. Also new: Almresi Aspen, a European-alpine style restaurant; Italian costal cuisine by Duemani; The Ranch Room, debuting on Aspen’s famed “restaurant row”; and Bear Den Aspen, a new bakery-café. Additionally, the former Cooking School of Aspen will turn into Joonas, a wine and tapas bar.


5. X Marks the Spot.

For the 19th consecutive year, Aspen will host the X Games Aspen (Jan. 23- 26, 2020) at Buttermilk. The event stages more than 200 of the world’s best athletes in skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling, with elite athletes competing for the most coveted medals in action sports.

Snowmass Base Village Aspen Blog
Image by Daniel Bayer

6. Say, Snowmass.  

Located at the base of Snowmass Ski Area, the Snowmass Base Village (SBV) is a $600 million mountain-resort development, and the new One Snowmass includes new ski season openings. The Collective, a new community center, opens in December. The space includes Mix6 restaurant by Chef Martin Oswald and a new community lounge featuring entertainment, presenters, and live music from Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Belly Up, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, the Thunder River Theatre Company, and Aspen Film. Additionally, JÜS Snowmass debuts its second location (the first in downtown Aspen), with hand-crafted cold-pressed juice blends, smoothies, and dairy-free drinks. A new yoga studio, King Yoga, will open in partnership with local yogi Aaron King. On mountain, Sam’s, a new Italian restaurant, will open at 10,620 feet atop Sam’s Knob on Snowmass.

7. Powder Pass.   

The Ikon Pass connects skiers and riders to some of the most iconic mountains across the globe. Aspen Snowmass is now a part of the pass, and new this year, the IKON pass adds Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Colo. and Zermatt, Switzerland to its list of ski resorts. As for The Mountain Collective™, with the addition of A-Basin, 2019-20 passholders will receive two days at each of the collective destinations, including Aspen Snowmass. Extra Mountain Collective benefits include lodging deals and a one-year Protect Our Winters membership.


8. New Year’s Eve at The Little Nell.

For the aforementioned Pearl Anniversary celebration, The Little Nell’s 30th anniversary New Year’s Eve Dom Pérignon Party will be one for the books. Ring in 2020 with bottomless Dom Pérignon, top-shelf cocktails, savory bites, and the Pearl Ice Bar. Dance to live jazz in the Hennessy Lounge, DJ Cyn in the Belvedere Lounge, and dueling DJs in the Dom Pérignon Lounge.


*Header image by Tamara Susa

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