As many of our ONE Sotheby’s Florida friends and family head to Aspen Snowmass for winter break, we present a special edition of the Scoop inspired by a beloved holiday tune. Our “Twelve Days of Aspen Snowmass” guide features nearly everything you need regarding news for the ski/snowboard season. Aspen Skiing Company’s four mountains—Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands—are just the start to exploring these vibrant ski resort towns. More luxury hotels have joined the pool that already includes the St. Regis Aspen, W Aspen, the Little Nell, Viceroy Snowmass, Hotel Jerome, Limelight Hotel Aspen and Limelight Hotel Snowmass. New dining comes every year, with Sant Ambroeus on deck. As we await the arrival of Hermès, season brings several other permanent stores and pop ups. Along with outstanding institutions like Aspen Art Museum and Anderson Ranch Arts Center, the culture scene grows with our picks to prove it. Nonstop flights also increased; fly from Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco. With so much accessible terrain and activity, it’s no wonder that visitors often decide to invest in Aspen Snowmass residential real estate. Whether a visitor or local, please take the Aspen Pledge to preserve this unique, natural and cultural treasure for future generations. Happy holidays!
1. Viewline Resort Snowmass
Following a $40-million makeover and luxury rebranding of a previous hotel, Viewline Resort Snowmass, Autograph Collection is part of the Snowmass Village’s rampant renaissance. The ski-in/ski-out, 254-room property features Ayurvedic-angled Lupine Spa, a heated pool and onsite ski concierge. Dining options range from Lobby Bar’s lively après ski to the slopeside Stark’s Alpine Grill & Deck.
2. Aspen Meadows Resort
Escape the in-town hustle and bustle at the all-suite Aspen Meadows Resort nestled among the Aspen Institute’s tranquil 40 acres. Grab a pair of complimentary snow shoes to tour its beautiful natural setting and sculpture collection, and reserve a heated igloo for a romantic repast. Newly refurbished accommodations, including designer furniture, honor its signature Bauhaus heritage.
3. Buttermilk Base
Known for its family-friendly blue and green groomers, Buttermilk soon unveils its base’s $23-million, sustainable upgrade. Improvements to the all-inclusive ski destination from lift tickets to rentals extend to new restaurants renamed Buttermilk Mountain Lodge and the Backyard heated terrace and bar. Though slopes and guest services are operational during construction, best to make arrangements ahead.
4. Sotheby’s Aspen
To celebrate its winter foray here, Sotheby’s Aspen aptly exhibits “Snowfall: Surface and Seeing” through February 5. The group show focuses on the color white’s limitless shades and applications with works by Mark Bradford, Louise Bourgeois, Dan Flavin, Mark Grotjahn and others. Pick up new exclusive pieces from Parisian jewelry line Sabba, too.
5. Art in Unexpected Places
It’s always fun to see which artist is selected for the annual Art in Unexpected Places. For the 18th season, Rashid Johnson’s mosaics, collages and photography adorn Aspen Cards, lift tickets, season passes and limited-edition skis through the AspenX series. The Aspen Art Museum Artcrush honoree has works at PAMM, Rubell Museum and de la Cruz Collection.
6. Winter Wonderland
Plan your ski vacation to hit one of these exciting winter events. The 72nd annual Wintersköl involves snow sculptures to fireworks (January 12-15). Aspen Gay Ski Week returns for its 46th year (January 15-22). Behold winter sports’ top athletes during X-Games Aspen (January 27-29) and FIS Alpine Ski World Cup-men’s downhill and Super G (March 3-5).
7. Parc Aspen
A couple who are champions of locally owned restaurants took over L’Hostaria’s former space for farm-to-table concept Parc Aspen. They tapped Snow Lodge and Casa D’Angelo alum Mark Connell as executive chef for three dining experiences—a casual bar menu (kale croquettes, burgers), contemporary fine dining (striped bass crudo, ricotta/short rib anolini) and a 12-seat private room.
8. Guest in Residence
Model Gigi Hadid’s direct-to-consumer cashmere collection Guest in Residence pops up in Aspen through February 28. The concept, which she dubs a Feel Shop, stocks men’s and women’s sweaters, jackets, bottoms and accessories like socks and beanies. The longtime Aspen regular’s new Ski Lodge knits pay homage to the defunct Boogie’s Diner of her childhood time here.
Mawa McQueen, the 2022 James Beard semifinalist behind Mawa’s Kitchen and the Crêpe Shack, expands her local restaurant empire. For Mawita in Snowmass Base Village, she travels to Spain and Latin America with traditional tapas, tacos (jerk chicken, carnitas), quesadillas stuffed with savory delicacies and several types of guacamole. Pick up her new cookbook, too.
10. Premier Performances
Singer-songwriter Jack White co-headlines Palm Tree Music Festival’s inaugural winter edition (Rio Grande Park, February 24-25). Ring in the New Year with Lowdown Brass Band at TACAW or Phoenix at Belly Up. New York Philharmonic String Quartet plays TACAW (January 26), while Wheeler Opera House presents Sandra Bernhard (January 19) and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (January 29).
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11. Slope Style
Fusalp, a 70-year-old French luxury skiwear brand, opened a store to shop its Pucci collaboration and more. Balmain’s virtual experience + pop up rolls into town at One Hour Ahead’s space with Resort 2023 and Après Ski collections. Totême takes over Max’s residency venue, while Hotel Jerome hosts Max Mara and its Max the Teddy ice sculpture.
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12. Yarrow Spa
Speaking of Hotel Jerome, the boutique property revamped its Yarrow spa for a wellness retreat that highlights botanicals native to the Rocky Mountains. Come early to partake in the complimentary Grounding Botanical Foot Soak before customizing your treatment’s herbal blend at the Element Bar. Enjoy Moving Mountains Tea tisanes and Resync collagen peptides as well.