Snow. Fresh Powder. Cozy Socks. Couples Massages. S’mores By The Fireplace. Après Skiing. Red Wine. Welcome to my favorite ski resort in the United States – ASPEN. Skiing has been one of my favorite sports since I was a child and as the years have passed, it has turned into an elegant winter holiday. I started skiing when I was six years old in Bulgaria and participated in several competitions during the winter months until we moved to America. For me, going on a skip trip now is a lot different than when I was younger. It is a lot more relaxing, romantic, and easily my favorite winter holiday. I love packing all sorts of adorable hats, cashmere scarfs, fur vests, and looking like a cute snow-bunny! There is nothing better than enjoying a glass of wine with your boo while having the sun warm up your face after a lovely day on the slopes.
Where To Stay
The Little Nell is a magnificent hotel located right at the bottom of Ajax Mountain. The suite we stayed in was beautiful and I was glued to the fireplace every chance I got. I liked it so much that we are now in the process of installing a fireplace into our apartment in New York lol. The breakfast there is insane. I didn’t have room service once… and I love my room service. They had a great variety of fruit, fresh juices, yogurt parfaits, eggs any style, pancakes and the most delicious hash browns.
St. Regis is another gorgeous hotel located just a few blocks away from The Little Nell. Not only do they offer personal butler services, pick up and drop off services in town – their staff is outstanding and friendly. My favorite thing about this hotel is their delicious s’mores. I love getting cozy in the lounge after I hit the slopes to enjoy this sweet treat.
Buttermilk – this is a great mountain if you are a beginner.
Aspen Highlands – It is famous for the Highland Bowl, which provides what some consider some of the most intense skiing in the state. Cloud Nine is also located there.
Snowmass – you could spend a few days skiing there and never go down the same slopes twice, it’s enormous. The runs are wide open, the views are incredible and there is something for any skill level.
Aspen Mountain a.k.a. Ajax– located right above the Little Nell, Ajax is a great mountain that offers skiers a choice between blue and black diamonds. This is my favorite mountain due to its proximity to town.
Ajax Tavern – Ajax Tavern is the place to be for Après skiing, it is glamorous, yet easy-going. The sun-drenched patio is complete with a DJ, bottles of flowing champagne and a dancing, happy crowd. The indoor space is cozy for a cloudy day and the truffle fries are to die for.
Cloud Nine – lunch here feels similar to lunch in the French Alps as there is a selection of fondue, steak tartar, and caviar. On a sunny afternoon, the south deck regularly turns into a dance party and it’s for those who don’t mind getting splashed with a little champagne… this is a lively après ski scene!
J-Bar at the Jerome Hotel – J-Bar is a historic and elegant option for après ski. It feels like an old western saloon. If you’re feeling bold, check out nearby Conundrum Hot Springs, known for clothing-optional swimmers 😉
Shlomo’s – located at the bottom of the slopes, across from Ajax Tavern. They have great breakfasts and it is another fun spot for Après ski. The cuisine consists of comfort food and “Jewish-based” fare.
Where To Dine
Casa Tua – Casa Tua offers a top-notch dining experience. The ambiance at Casa Tua is both intimate and elegant and the food is divine. They have an incredible Northern Italian menu and a truly excellent wine list.
Ellina – this downtown eatery serves a delicious Italian-inspired menu with featuring mostly locally sourced ingredients. They also boast a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list.
Campo de Fiori – a rustic Italian eatery that not only serves delicious authentic food, but also claims a lively and upbeat scene.
Steakhouse 316 – hands down the best steakhouse in Aspen. If you are looking for a juicy steak or the finest cut of meat, a dinner at Steakhouse 316 is an absolute must.
Element 47 at The Little Nell – this is a more laid back option that also serves an incredible steak and an extensive selection of red wines.
Cache Cache – upscale French-American cuisine with an extensive wine list. The beet salad and escargot are delicious!
Plato’s Restaurant – Plato’s offers a delicious, seasonal, locally curated menu paired with outstanding views. This is a great option for vegetarians and locavores.
Kenichi – this is my go-to for sushi while in Aspen. They have an incredibly fresh sushi menu, deliciously naughty sake cocktails and offer intimate booths in case you and your boo want to dine in private.
Matsuhisa – The menu is similar to the famed restaurants in New York or Beverly Hills, but include a bit of a local –and more laid back- twist. Located in a mountain cottage, the ambiance is more understated than you would find in his other global locations.
Aspen Kitchen – Aspen Kitchen offers a contemporary American menu sourced from Colorado growers and producers. They offer one of the best farm-to-table menus in town.
Whitehouse Tavern — this is my favorite lunch spot in Aspen. They serve delicious premium sandwiches and salads in an intimate cottage setting.