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14 Ways to Get Top-Notch Pampering in Aspen

Private clubs, private jet service, platinum spa treatments, and more.

By Daliah Singer December 16, 2019 Published in the Holiday 2019–2020 issue of Aspen Sojourner

Aspen Mountain Club

Aspen Mountain Club

The Basics

Warm up and unwind mid-ski day at this luxe alpine lodge atop Aspen Mountain. Located in the same building as the Sundeck (and operated by The Little Nell), AMC has a private living and dining room, where lunch is served daily in winter. Membership also comes with premier ski passes, a private locker at the base of the mountain, and a parking spot in the Nell’s garage.

Did You Know?
Members enjoy reciprocal privileges at Vail’s Game Creek Club, Telluride Ski & Golf Club, and Eagle Ski Club in Switzerland.

Not a Member?
You’ll have to accompany one or attend a private event (like a wedding or a corporate dinner).

$250,000 initiation (includes a spouse), plus $7,400 annual dues

Snowmass Mountain Club

Snowmass Mountain Club

The Basics
Adjacent to the Limelight Snowmass in Base Village, SMC added a new level of luxe to Snowmass when it opened last winter. Members enjoy a light continental breakfast in the a.m., then walk out the back door to the Elk Camp Gondola (boots already warmed, of course). A light, private après awaits in the lounge once your legs tire, and members have access to the Limelight’s hot tubs. SMC’s staff acts as a concierge, setting up any mountain experiences (first tracks, anyone?) guests are interested in.

Did You Know?
The year-old club (limited to 228 families) also offers private underground parking for some membership levels, so you never have to troll for a spot and lug your gear, well, anywhere—store it all in a locker.

Not a Member?

You’ll need to be friends with one. Members receive 20 guest passes each year.

Entry-level silver membership requires a $55,000 deposit (90 percent refundable) and annual dues around $4,500 (parking not included). Membership covers spouses and any unmarried, dependent children under age 24.


Caribou Club

Caribou Club

The Basics
Caribou may be nearing 30, but Aspen’s first members-only  club certainly doesn’t look its age. It’s open nightly from 6:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. for dinner, drinks, and dancing.

Did You Know?
The staff takes an annual trip—domestic one year, international the next—to eat at some of the best restaurants around the globe and bring what they’ve learned back to Caribou’s menus.

Not a Member?
Enjoy dinner or the nightclub (a door fee applies) with a member friend. Or purchase a temporary membership ($500–$1,500, depending on the season) to gain access for two people for up to one week. Some of Aspen’s top hotels, such as the Jerome, also have a relationship with the Caribou and can send guests—one time only—for a fixed-price dinner. 

Individual membership (covers two people) is $3,000 the first year, $2,000 annually after that. Lifetime membership, also for two, is $25,000.

Casa Tua

The Club at Casa Tua 
The Basics

You could dine on Casa Tua’s exquisite Italian eats without ever realizing there’s a members-only club above you. The private, upstairs space’s modern mountain décor extends from the high-ceilinged dining room to the tree-shrouded terrace. Members enjoy access seven days a week, plus a lineup of special events, such as wine tastings, movie screenings, and holiday parties. 

Did You Know?
Casa Tua’s original location is in Miami, and you can gain access to both clubs with a joint membership (pricing upon request). Plus, rumor has it a Paris location will be opening soon.

Not a Member?
The only way to check out the club is to go with a member. 

Membership levels start at $2,500 annually.

A long ski day ends perfectly with a trip to the spa.

Pure Bliss

Any spa treatments deliver, but these five go above and beyond.

For skin that got a little too much Colorado sun

A Skin Transformation facial brightens your face and reduces wrinkles using a variety of techniques (red light therapy, microdermabrasion/dermaplaning, microneedling, and others).
Aspen Vida Medi Spa
$395 (75 minutes)

Get a Good Night of Shut-Eye

The Pro-Sleep scrub, a full sensory experience, incorporates sound, smell, and body rituals to bring on deep rest.
Auberge Spa at Hotel Jerome
$395 (110 minutes)

Massage On-Demand

Full Circle, a mobile massage therapy service, brings the relaxation to you—whether at your hotel or rental house.
Full Circle Aspen
$165 (60 minutes)

Soothe Overworked Muscles

A Yamuna Body Rolling session uses various balls to stretch and lengthen muscles and release tension.
Heaven on Earth 
$140 (60 minutes)

Spiritual Experience

The Ute Sun Dance Ritual, a purifying treatment inspired by a traditional midsummer ceremony, incorporates a hot salt soak, a healing hand and foot treatment, a detoxifying red-clay body wrap, a warm-oil scalp treatment, and a full-body, shea butter massage. 
Viceroy Snowmass
$350 (120 minutes)



Arrive in Style

Flying commercial or driving a standard rental? How passé. Take one of these deluxe modes of transport instead.

By Private Jet
Sentient Jet cardholders have access to private aircraft that carry 6 to 14 passengers, available with 24 hours or less notice (hourly flight rates from $5,519). Flying into Aspen comes with some complimentary perks, like private ski lessons, customized spa treatments, and dinner at top restaurants. (A special card is available for frequent Aspen flyers.)

Viceroy Snowmass offers a private-jet package (from $45,000) in honor of its 10th anniversary (aluminum is the traditional gift, after all). Fly round-trip with evoJets, and the Viceroy handles everything else, even assigning a personal concierge for your five-night minimum stay. 

By Helicopter
Avoid icy roads by chartering a helicopter from Denver International Airport (DIA) to Aspen through Geo Heli Denver. The flight takes about an hour, and the largest chopper can hold six people (including one or two pilots and dependent on the amount of luggage). Call two to three weeks in advance to ensure a spot. (Prices start at $2,800 per hour for a five-seater, and you’ll have to pay for the heli’s return flight to Denver.)

By Chauffeur
Leave the wayfinding to the pros at Aspen Limo Services, who travel between the valley and DIA. For $960 (gratuity included), you’ll be picked up in a Cadillac Escalade (or other large, winter-ready SUV) and shuttled to your accommodations. Large groups can even book a 12-person Mercedes-Benz sprinter van.


By (Fancy) Car
If you want to drive yourself around Aspen in style, call the folks at Go Rentals. The company has a fleet of Range Rovers, Mercedes-Benzes, and Audis, but the top-of-the-line option is the Bentley Bentayga SUV, a five-seater that retails for $250,000 but can be rented for $899 per day. Go Rentals will meet your private plane at the Aspen airport.

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