Aspen
Overview

In Aspen, champagne powder blankets the slopes, while champagne spray gilds the après-ski revelers. It's no wonder the world's rich and famous (think Forbes list power couples like Bey and J and the Beckhams) flock to this winter wonderland where anything goes.  Aspen’s infamous incidents include a red bikini-clad Mariah Carey walking her dog in the midnight snow to Jeremy Piven earning a ban from all Nobu restaurants - for life. Blame it on the al-al-al-al-al-altitude…plus the alcohol.

Up here, it’s always best to always dress the part, as you never know if your lift-mate is a ski bum or a billionaire. For a lesson in how to keep up with the fashionable Goldies and Geffens of Glitter Gulch, just remember it’s about ski clothes, not ski costumes. If you’re going for that patterned Pucci puffer, don’t do as former somebody Paris Hilton does and color coordinate the entire rest of your outfit to match it. Instead, let one statement accessory do the talking and tone down the rest. Try, perhaps, a brightly colored pom-pommed beanie paired with a classic Fair Isle sweater, distressed denim, and sturdy Sorrel boots – perfect for an afternoon of shopping on the town’s heated (yes, heated!) sidewalks.

The no fail formula for Aspen evenings is fur, fur and more fur. Suit up in sumptuous Brunello Cucinelli cashmere and suede Ralph Lauren trousers, and top it off with an ankle-length shearling or mink. Complete this luxe look with a fox trapper and you guessed it, fur boots. Now you’re ready to post up at local favorite Caribou Club…if you can get on the members only list, that is. On the sporty side, Aspen mountain, or Ajax as its known to the locals, is not for the faint of heart. The payoff for stylishly surviving this black diamond is to see and be seen skiing straight in to the Little Nell’s base boite, Ajax Tavern, in your flashiest Prada goggles, your downiest Moncler jacket and your most bum-enhancing ski pants. The same look goes for mid-run table dancing at Cloud Nine in Aspen Highlands, though be warned, you may end up in your long underwear – or less - by the end of lunch.

Whether you’re arriving in a commercial commuter (tough break) or a Gulfstream (lucky you!) take our tips to the trails and the streets for flawless style that’s as fresh as the fallen snow.

Stay

Where to stay

Indulge

Indulge

DINING

Reservations downstairs are still notoriously hard to get at Matsuhisa, Nobu’s tiny Aspen jewel box of modern Japanese. For a bit of high altitude dolce vita, membership based Casa Tua offers the same exclusivity and superior Italian dining as its Miami counterpart. The Wild Fig explores Mediterranean flavors within a pleasantly quaint dining room, and is open all year round. Ajax Tavern is more than just après ski - fresh oysters from the raw bar and truffled fries keep the ski bunnies at bay daily. Locals love the lounge menu at French bistro Cache Cache, and luckily the 100+ page wine menu is available at either the bar or in the dining room. If it too packed, pop next door to Campo de Fiori for another atmospheric bar scene and a delicious dinner.

NIGHTLIFE

As you can imagine, it’s not hard to find a drink in a town where Hunter S. Thompson ran for sherriff. 39 Degrees at the Sky Hotel has the most lively après ski scene, hot tub and leopard print robes included. After chichi-ing it up at Caribou Club, take a nightcap at Belly Up, where you’ll catch the best live acts from DJs to folk singers to electronica bands. If you’re still up for a good time after all that, check out the Eric’s Bar complex, for cigars, billiards and bad behavior. You’re still up? A dance-off at subterranean spot Escobar Aspen is for you. Just don’t blame us when you miss your morning…and afternoon…runs.

Explore

Explore

Ski, duh. Buttermilk is best for beginners, while Ajax is ideal for the advanced – and the best-dressed. If you’re a seasoned skier, head over to Aspen Highlands for a few runs and a debauched lunch time pit stop at Cloud Nine. The scene can really get going during the Winter X Games. Don’t be surprised if you end up having to Snowcat back down the mountain, subsequent to a few rounds (or bottles). For early risers, a hike to Maroon Bells is worth the view. Afterwards, treat yourself with a trip to Aspen Brewing Co.’s balcony to sample some signature flavors. The newly re-opened Aspen Art Museum, designed by starchitect Shigeru Ban, is 33,000 square feet of rainy day culture. Mountain biking is the top activity in the off-season, a time that also hosts the Aspen FilmFest, Food & Wine Classic and Jazz Aspen Snowmass. If you hit Aspen in Mid-December and are in need of a break from the slopes, the spa, or maybe even shopping (said no one ever), head to the VIP Pavillion at The St. Regis to catch an ever-so-sexy game of The World Snow Polo Cup

SHOP

Where to Shop

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Gorsuch is the ultimate local one stop shop. From European runway selections of Bottega Veneta to custom ErtlRenz ski boots, the Rockies’ rich and fabulous can’t get enough of this one time mom-and-pop. While the covetable likes of Dior and Gucci line South Galena Street, just off-piste is Pitkin County Dry Goods, catering to a contemporary clientele with looks from Helmut Lang and Alice + Olivia. At Distractions, expect emerging designers mixed in with tried-and-true designers: an ecclectic eye-wantering mix from VMT, Sacai and Jonathan Simkhai to Mugler and Balenciaga. Another hot local spot that will drain your bank, Nuages, has coveted coats from Mr & Mrs Italy, some playful accessories from Anya Hindmarch and Maison Michel, as well as premier collections from Marni and Alaia.  O2 Aspen is an upscale yoga/pilates studio, spa and boutique (all-in-one) that carrys luxury athleisure brands like PRISMSPORT and Monrow mixed with contemporary brands like Elizabeth and James and Veda.  

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