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Fresh powder and fresh happenings at this seasons must-visit ski spot
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If you've started a 2016 ski-trip list, Aspen should be at the very top. The turn of the calendar has ushered in a wave of new downtown boutiques, top tables, pro ski events, and tabletop dancing at Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro at Highlands Mountain, where epic powder days are capped with champagne-fueled dance-offs.
Work hard, play hard is the mantra of most ambitious Aspen locals and visitors. Whether in search of a quick morning fix-me-up after a rowdy night of last calls, an oxygen boost to combat Aspen’s pesky altitude, or sports recovery after tackling Aspen Mountain’s Ridge of Bell run, the new Rescue Lounge Aspen has your back. Helmed by a team of medical professionals, this elevated remedy room serves up oxygen therapy, IV hydration therapy (hangovers, be damned) and booster shots, as well as a doctor and traveling team of nurses. With this high-dose delivery system of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and anti-oxidants injected directly into the bloodstream, you’ll be back at 39 Degrees in time for après ski.
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Nello Alpine, opened by restaurateur Nello Balan, has staked its claim just steps from the Silver Queen Gondola at the base of Ajax Mountain. Expect Italian cuisine in the mountain-chic dining room, while the bar and outdoor terrace serves fare from iconic global mountain ranges—Los Andes, the Alps, Mt. Fuji, and the Colorado Rockies. Lasso another top table at David Burke's Aspen Kitchen, which opened New Year’s week to local applause. With Executive Chef Matt O’Neill at the helm (formerly of Ajax Tavern), Burke’s Aspen outpost is touted for a seasonally inspired menu, in-house, dry-aged steaks controlled in a room lined with Himalayan salt, and a rooftop terrace with 180-degree vistas. Downstairs, sip alpine-inspired nightcaps at the Rec Room Aspen, a retro nightclub inspired by a ‘70s basement party; neon Pac-Man games et al. Launched by club trailblazers Amy Sacco, John Meadow, and Bobby Rossi of Rec Room Miami, the Aspen outpost pays homage to town’s nefarious nightlife, including a Steve Martin-themed vignette (Martin was a regularly staged Aspen musician in the ‘70s), and a dizzying rotation of visiting celebrity DJs who spin tunes from a collection of 5,000 vintage vinyl records.
Stay and Play
Little Nell’s new adventure ski camp, Click-In With Chris Davenport (March 6-9, 2016), warrants serious bragging rights. The winter counterpart to the successful Clip-In With Christian Vande Velde—a summer cycling camp for road warriors—by day guests take private powder-cat tours on the backside of Ajax Mountain, chase ungroomed corduroy, and learn tips and tricks by Davenport. Additional star power includes Vande Velde and George Hincapie as co-hosts—intermediate skiers with a contagious passion for play. Come night, wine and dine with The Little Nell’s master sommeliers, who will uncork the town’s rarest vintages in the hotel’s treasured wine cellar.
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