A three-part series to top winter escapes. First stop: Aspen, CO
Winter blues? Not a chance. With this series of must-get-here destinations, consider your next few months full of ski and sand potential. First, we visit Aspen. Blessed with abundant early snow, Highland Bowl (a local’s fave) is just begging for powder turns, while town is in full winter swing. Here’s our local inside track.
STAY: The Little Nell. Your uber-luxe Aspen basecamp to kickstart 2019 in style, The Little Nell has both prime location and non-stop people watching. Expect a mix of CEOs, celebs, entrepreneurs, ski bunnies, and locals at its storied living room—a top haunt in town during the holidays. What’s more, reach room’s posh decor by Champalimaud Design celebrates Aspen’s unique history and elevates alpine style. If you can’t get to Aspen but want to heli-ski in 2019, the Nell is taking its adventures on the road in with the newly announced Nell Escapades program. The first trip planned is a Canadian Heli-Skiing Adventure (January 19–26, 2019). In partnership with Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH), the heli-skiing experience in the Cariboo Range features haute hospitality at the Valemount Lodge.
EAT: EMP Winter House. The buzziest newcomer to Aspen’s restaurant scene, Eleven Madison Park (named the best restaurant in the world in 2017) just opened its anticipated Aspen pop-up to rave local reviews. Located at the St. Regis Aspen and opened in collaboration with American Express and the Chefs Club, the restaurant’s cuisine is as notable as the design. Helmed by chef and co-owner Daniel Humm and restaurant partner William Guidara, the menu features alpine-inspired dishes like schnitzel, veal, cream sauces, spaetzli and consommés. The biggest draw, however, may be its outdoor yurts—cozy, romantic, and oh-so Aspen.
SPORT: Aspen of course worships skiing above all else. What’s new on the mountains? Plenty. Aspen Snowmass features four ski resorts within 20 minutes, which means less crowds than other Colorado resorts and plenty of terrain for all level skiers. Snowmass is in the midst of a major renaissance, with a newly developed base village, new restaurants and the design-forward Limelight Hotel Snowmass. Additionally, the new Snowmass Mountain Club offers exclusive access on-and-off Snowmass mountain, with 228 private memberships. Located in the new aforementioned Limelight Snowmass, guests are pampered via a ski valet, family locker rooms, and an après-ski in the club lounge.
APRÉS: We could write a whole blog devoted solely to town’s après ski scene. But here’s the nutshell: If wanting a see-and-be-seen crowd, Ajax Tavern, located at the base of Aspen Mountain, will be in high gear this month. After a few hot toddies, head to the dance floor (often helmed by local DJ Dylan) at Chair 9 (inside the Little Nell) for bubbles and people watching. If you’re after a cozy-chic vibe and Belle Gloss Pinot Noir by the glass, The Hotel Jerome Living Room is a must. If wanting a glimpse of the young, pro-athlete ski scene, Shlomo’s and the Red Onion are always hopping. And after earning your turns on Highland Bowl, visitors can’t get enough of Cloud Nine restaurant, where Vueve Clicquot is nearly mandatory, as is table-top dancing.
BLACK BOOK: The Next by Aspen Art Museum. Co-chaired by Constanza Garza, entrepreneur, jewelry designer, and cofounder of the Mexico City–based tattoo studio, Sigue.Sigue.Sputnik (Estudio SSS), and Alexander Mason Hankin, an art enthusiast, philanthropist, and real estate developer who hails from Philadelphia, this new après-style winter fundraising gala debuts Friday, Dec. 28. Combining a traditional après-ski celebration, silent auction, and live music, more than 250 guests will be treated to fine food, premium wines, and high-end auction packages. Expected attendees include jet-setting art collectors, such as Eleanore and Domenico De Sole, Sara Paschall Dodd, Marcy and Leo Edelstein, Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson, Idit and Moti Ferder, Christy Ferer, Holly Hunt, and Susan and Larry Marx.
Written by Erin Lentz
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