Relax, it's Aspen

5 Ways to Spend a Perfectly Lazy Day

Even though competition is king here, sometimes it's OK to do less during the holiday season.

By Katie Shapiro November 30, 2016 Published in the Holiday 2016 issue of Aspen Sojourner

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We all know that person who can’t stop talking about how fast he can straightline down Spar Gulch or who spends endless hours training to shave off two minutes from her Power of Four race time. That mindset is the reason so many professional athletes, adventure seekers, and fitness-obsessed folk call Aspen home or like to visit. So, yes, competition can be king here—whether it’s counting days on the mountain or the minutes of crow pose. But sometimes it’s perfectly OK to give in to a day of doing little to nothing. For when you get antsy watching the snow fall in your favorite set of PJs, here are five other low-key ways to spend a perfectly lazy day. 

1. Do This: Indulge in a rejuvenating treatment at Remède Spa
Instead Of: Waking up at the crack of dawn to skin to the top of Aspen Mountain

Head straight for the spa at the St. Regis Aspen for an all-day session to recharge in the oxygen lounge, soak in the cavernous waterfall-lined hot tub, sweat it out in the steam room, and relax with a customized treatment. New this season are three options just for the guys: a customized men’s facial (from $210), the Manly-Cure ($75), and a pedicure that’s accompanied with a glass of craft beer ($110). 315 E. Dean St., 970-920-3300,

2. Do This: Hit the Bowlounge in El Jebel
Instead Of: Trying to see how many laps you can squeeze into one day skiing Highland Bowl
After a change in ownership and a total makeover, the former El JeBowl boasts a new name and a Big Lebowski theme, with 16 modernized lanes and an expanded bar area with bites, 20 beers on tap, and a craft cocktail menu (White Russian included, natch). It’s definitely worth the trip to the mid-valley. 280 Favre Lane, El Jebel, 970-963-1978,

3. Do This: Warm up with Old Man Winter at the Hotel Jerome
Instead Of: Sweating with 20 other yogis during a hot yoga session
Duck into the Jerome’s intimate Living Room lounge, snag a spot on the couch closest to the fireplace before the après-ski rush, and sip on the new Old Man Winter cider cocktail ($16)—spiced rum and “secret spiced” cider topped with a sugared butter ball and a cinnamon stick. 330 E. Main St., 970-920-1000,

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4. Do This: Find your inner om at Aspen Shakti
Instead Of: Heading to the gym après ski (because a day of bashing the moguls on the Back of Bell wasn't enough of a workout)
An off-season move has brought this locals-favorite studio into an even more stunning space. Find your true north with a Dreamweaver Meditation or hypnotherapy class ($10). Or opt for a one-on-one session in your home or hotel room after a quick consult to help match you with the right instructor (price available upon request). 535 E. Hyman Ave., 970-925-1655,

5. Do This: Take over The Little Nell's wine cellar
Instead Of: Table hopping, Veuve Clicquot in hand, on the Ajax Tavern patio
What was once a coveted invite-only experience is now open to any well-heeled diner through the Chef’s Dining Society, as the Nell’s infamous “Red Light Lounge” (a.k.a. part of the 20,000-bottle wine cellar) can be booked on select Saturdays as a private venue for four to six diners to experience an epic five-course meal, with a sommelier and chef as your hosts ($1,000 per person). And, thanks to an exec for Beats by Dr. Dre who was down there last winter, the cellar has a brand-new pumpin’ sound system. 675 E. Durant Ave., 970-920-4600,

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