8 Winter Wonders Popping Up In Aspen This Season

Michael McCarthy | December 16, 2020 |

From slopeside Champagne to a new retreat on Buttermilk Mountain, Aspen’s big chill delivers days and nights to remember.

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The Little Nell’s Clicquot Cats on Aspen Mountain

INDULGE

The Little Nell takes guests higher this winter with Clicquot Cats on Aspen Mountain. The luxe slopeside experience includes the property’s impeccable service, Veuve Clicquot’s La Grande Dame Champagne and a snowcat ride for up to 12 guests to an exclusive seating area overlooking the town. Along with the bubbly, enjoy caviar, blinis, plush blankets and chairs—alongside a fire pit—while taking in a fireworks show. 675 E. Durant Ave., 855.920.4600

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SHOP

The first Giorgio Armani pop-up in Aspen arrives this month and stays through spring. The two-level, winter-themed space features women’s and men’s ready-to-wear looks, eveningwear and the Neve collection. Armani fans also will find a seasonal collection of La Prima bags, jewelry, Armani/‌Casa accessories, jewelry and technical EA7 skiwear. 521 E. Hyman Ave.

LISTEN

Here House founders Candice Olson and Michaela Carpenter, local musician Chris Harrison and hospitality pro Jeremy Parker recently launched the intimate music club Firefly. In addition to seeing some of the valley’s best musical acts performing classic jazz to Americana, expect signature cocktails and a tasting menu from executive chef Jeremy Caplan, who recently returned to Aspen from Chicago. Like everything else about this brilliant concept, the man has solid timing. 614 E. Cooper Ave.

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REST

Andean weaving and ethnographic textiles still inspire Peruvian Connection founder Annie Hurlbut. The brand recently launched a new 15-piece bedding collection—designed in-house—featuring new and archival prints. Winter naps are going to look so pretty this year. 205 S. Mill St., Ste. 201

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Dusted signet ring in 22K/18K gold, oxidized silver and diamonds

SHINE

Aspenites will have yet another venue to shop for baubles when Kate Maller Jewelry opens this winter. Fans of Maller’s wares can find her line in the boutique, as well as work from Jamie Joseph, Page Sargisson, Judi Powers, Ruth Tomlinson, April Higashi, Communion by Joy and Rachel Atherley. Bonus: Shoppers also can discover ceramics, accessories, leather goods and home decor. 525 E. Cooper Ave., Ste. 102

SKI

There’s no better social distancing move than skiing or snowboarding on the side of a mountain. New this year from Aspen Snowmass and only for valley residents: the Valley Weekday Pass, which gives pass holders a full season of access to the four mountains of Aspen Snowmass, Monday through Friday, with a handful of blacked-out days during the holidays.

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Renowned chef Cody Candelario leads the culinary experiences at the new Camp Kasbah.

STAY

Camp Kasbah, a 14,000-square-foot estate on 15 acres on Buttermilk Mountain, debuts this winter. Welcoming groups of up to 14, the space includes seven bedrooms, 10 baths and two fully stocked bars. The brainchild of Mauri Waneka and Tess Ferguson, founders of Native Design & Development, the playful resort features a traditional Moroccan courtyard, a Charles Cunniffe-designed treehouse, a 3,250-square-foot glass solarium with orange trees, daybeds and an 18-foot-tall bougainvillea, and a safari-inspired après tent with a fire pit and bar. Culinary experiences, led by executive chef Cody Candelario, include everything from tasting menus to tagine nights. $15,000 per night, 350 Eagle Park Drive

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The Alassio wrap from Alicia Adams Alpaca, new in Aspen

WEAR

In 2006, Alicia Adams moved with her family to the wilds of upstate New York with a notion in mind: breeding and raising Suri alpacas. Adams turned her fledgling business into one of the leading Suri breeding programs in America and launched her eponymous brand a decade ago. She’s turned the sustainable fibers into throws (Blake Lively and the Obamas are fans) and fashion accessories. Her new Aspen boutique delivers the snuggle effect this winter. 601 E. Hyman



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