There's no better time to visit the Rocky Mountains than the present. ⛷
Where to Ski-In/Ski-Out: Pine Creek Cookhouse
Park your skis outside of this remote log cabin in the middle of the mountains when you need a break, a good libation and an unforgettable meal. They even do sleigh rides pulled by huge Percheron horses.
11399 Castle Creek Rd, Aspen, CO 81611; http://pinecreekcookhouse.com/
Where to Fuel Up Before the Slopes: Aspen Overeasy
The best breakfast in Aspen, that's prepared in 100% sustainably. You can't go wrong with their egg dishes and there are a ton of fun options for kids as well.
304 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO 81611; http://www.aspenovereasy.com/
Where to Get Your Culture on During an Off Day: The Aspen Art Museum
If you're sore or just need a rest period to regroup, head to the art museum to take in some major paintings, cool sculptures, and incredible photographs by contemporary masterminds. Their exhibits are some of the best in the world.
637 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611; https://www.aspenartmuseum.org/
Where to Shop for the Coolest Gear: Miller Sports
Rentals, designer duds, one-of-a-kind equipment meant for diehard skiers and snowboarders — you name it, you can find it here.
408 S Hunter St, Aspen, CO 81611; https://millersportsaspen.com/
Where to Après Ski: Cloud Nine Bistro
Corks start popping around 1pm at this legendary drinking hole that's all the way up where most of the patrons can be found outside soaking up sun puddles, rather than inside. This is definitely where you go to party after you just can't ski anymore. Or, if you're heading down Little Nell, you can also pop into Ajax Tavern for truffle fries with a locally brewed draft beer.
76 Boomerang Rd, Top of the Cloud Nine Lift, Aspen, CO 81611; https://www.aspensnowmass.com/cloud-nine-alpine-bistro
The Little Nell, 685 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611; https://www.thelittlenell.com/dining/ajax-tavern
Where to Be Bougie: Hotel Jerome
Aspen is known just as much for its luxury resorts and high-end boutique hotels as it is for its breathtaking views and scenic runs, with Hotel Jerome being one of the best on the list. Whether you're meeting friends in the see and be seen lobby rooms or at J Bar, you can't leave without checking it out. They also have a great junior "Je-Roamers" program, which offers children 8-14 kid-friendly activities like skiing and snowboarding, hiking and snowshoeing.
330 E Main St, Aspen, CO 81611; https://hoteljerome.aubergeresorts.com/
Where to Lodge: Dancing Bear
If you're traveling with a large group or a family and want more room for all your ski stuff than a regular-sized room can handle, Dancing Bear offers the best value for rentals and private residence clubs.
411 S Monarch St, Aspen, CO 81611; https://www.dancingbearaspen.com/
Where to do Date Night: The Monarch
When you want to warm up inside with bae, make a reservation at The Monarch. Craft cocktails, an extensive wine list, the best steak and seafood options around and a cozy romantic atmosphere await you.
411 S Monarch St, Aspen, CO 81611; http://www.monarchaspen.com/
Where to Spa Post Ski: The St. Regis Aspen Resort
Tight limbs are always in need of some pampering and the St. Regis does spa like none other. Book a "Rocky Mountain Ritual" (a full-body experience involving exfoliation, soothing aromatherapy, a warm hydrating cream, foot and scalp treatment and 30-minute massage), then enjoy complimentary access to the oxygen lounge, steam caves, cold plunges and hot tubs. This is the most relaxing way to end your vacay.
315 E Dean St, Aspen, CO 81611; http://www.stregisaspen.com/