My friend, Blake Appleby of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, in Aspen gave us the insider scoop of all things cool to do this winter in Aspen, Colorado. 

The winter season in Aspen is always first-rate. We think these options are the icing on the cake and make you look like the consummate insider.

1. Celebrate Snowmass' 50th Anniversary on December 15th Grab your favorite retro ski suit and enjoy a $6.50 lift ticket, fireworks, an on-mountain community picnic, face painting, balloons and the 50th Anniversary Golden Gala at the Viceroy Hotel. Advance purchase demand for the $6.50 ticket was so overwhelming, guests need to buy these tickets in-resort on December 15th or through participating tour operators. Good stuff.

2. Lunch at Cloud 9 bistro on Aspen Highlands Mountain. The best standing party in town and maybe the hardest to get access to. Well worth the effort. Be prepared to dance on tables and get doused with expensive champagne.

3. Speaking of champagne, make note of Bottomless Dom Perignon on New Year's Eve at The Little Nell Hotel. Say no more. (Unless you have a party of 12 and want a private snowcat view of the fireworks from the top of the Little Nell ski run.)

4. If it's a family affair, avoid the babysitter and take the kids to Ullr Nights at Snowmass Ski Area. The gondola ride drops you at the Ulrhoff restaurant for night tubing, ski-biking, bonfire, dinner, music, and best of all smores outside. Kids activities are plenty and you will not see them until closing time.

5. Not the sedentary party type? Rent a Fat Bike, ride and discover why they are now the hottest selling bike in town. Fat is the new skinny.

6. Snowcat tour and dinner at Lynn Britt Cabin at the Snowmass Ski Area Enjoy a twilight ride in a snowcat uphill to a rustic cabin hidden in an Aspen grove on Snowmass Mountain. Enjoy a great dinner, entertainment, adult beverages in a beautiful alpine setting. Unplug and unwind.

7. Nordic ski to lunch or dinner at the Pine Creek Cookhouse The adventurous will opt to try skinny skis to the cookhouse via a nordic trail in the Aspen trees. Enjoy an amazing dinner featuring wild game and local fish paired with the perfect bottle of wine. Good news: The ski back is downhill or there is an optional horse drawn sleigh if you are feeling wobbly.

8. How about a twisting and turning dog sled ride through the Aspen wilderness followed by a candlelight dinner? Krabloonik Restaurant in Snowmass offers an authentic dog sled ride with 8-10 Alaskan Husky dogs and an experienced musher followed by an amazing dinner. You will swear you are in the Yukon.

9. Need instant culture? The Aspen Art Museum holds their Winter Opening Reception December 14, 2017. The top floor café may be the best kept secret in town. Fantastic lattes, healthy cuisine and an amazing view.

10. Need a break from the ski resort vibe? Head to the mid valley and check out our version of LoDo. The Willits Town Center has become a happening place. Whole Foods, Fahrenheit Spa, HollyAnn boutique, and Capital Peak Brew Pub offer a full afternoon of recovery.

Thanks again to Blake Appleby of Douglas Elliman Real Estate!


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