Covid Sucks, Let's Ski

A Winter Like No Other A Winter Like No Other

In this issue:

Arts & Culture

Season’s Greetings

What’s Going On in Aspen and Snowmass This Winter

A dizzying number of new stores and art galleries, plus events both live and virtual, brighten the local scene.

12/23/2020 By Meredith C. Carroll

Word Up

Three New Books to Put on Your Nightstand

Aspen chefs share their recipes, plus a local bioblitz and the awesome power of deep snow.

12/23/2020 By Cindy Hirschfeld

Person of Interest

Valley Native Designs Commercial Movie Posters While Creating Fine Art Collages

From aspiring rock star to established artist, via Basalt and Hollywood, Jeff Stevens embodies the creative spirit.

12/23/2020 By M. John Fayhee

New Views

An Alfresco Gallery for Our Times

A large exhibit at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and a new Aspen installation bring contemporary sculpture outdoors.

12/23/2020 By Cindy Hirschfeld


It’s a Different Era at the Aspen Art Museum

With a new director and must-see exhibits, the Aspen Art Museum honors its past with an eye toward the future.

12/23/2020 By Dipika Rai

Best of Aspen

Happy Place

25 Ways to Give Back to Aspen

Whether you’re a longtime local or an inspired visitor, it’s easy to make a positive impact on the place you love.

12/30/2020 By Catherine Lutz Illustrations by Katie Leimbach

Eat & Drink

Safety Glasses

Where to Après-Ski in Aspen and Snowmass

It may look a little different, but a good day on the slopes still merits celebrating.

12/23/2020 By Laurel Miller

Charting a New Course

How Five Local Restaurants Hope to Succeed This Winter

Despite social distancing, capacity limits, and outside seating, these Aspen and Snowmass businesses warmly welcome diners.

12/23/2020 By Amanda M. Faison

Health & Wellness

High and Dry

5 Essential Winter Skin Savers

Combat the effects of altitude and aridity with these Colorado-made potions.

12/23/2020 By Cindy Hirschfeld

Home & Real Estate

Enlightened Design

This Aspen Townhome Feels as Good as It Looks

With inspiration from Buddhist tradition, Alpine mountain lodges, and Lenny Kravitz, this made-over ski retreat is a welcoming refuge.

12/23/2020 Photography by David O. Marlow By Sarah Chase Shaw

Full House

Aspen’s Real-Estate Market Soared Sky-High in 2020

Here are the stats that prove it.

12/23/2020 By Catherine Lutz

News & Profiles

Community Table

From Retired Hotel Jerome GM Tony DiLucia to Newspaper Editor Megan Tackett, Our Fantasy Guest List

Here’s whom we’d invite if we could entertain this season’s most interesting visitors, locals, and newsmakers.

12/23/2020 By Cindy Hirschfeld Illustrations by David Wilson

Dear Readers

Covid’s Unanticipated Benefit: Inspiring Thoughtfulness

Much as we miss large gatherings, the pandemic has made us refocus how we spend time and energy and renewed the desire to give back.

12/23/2020 By Cindy Hirschfeld

Call & Response

A Q&A with Voces Unidas de las Montañas Executive Director Alex Sánchez

The Latino leader wants to raise the voices—and political power—of a vital yet overlooked community in the Roaring Fork Valley.

12/23/2020 By as told to Ali Margo Photography by Ross Kribbs

Style & Shopping

Objects of Desire

25 Accessories for the Aspen Look

Boho meets luxe in this sumptuous selection of bags, baubles, and more.

12/23/2020 Styled by Britta Briscoe Photography by Karl Wolfgang

Travel & Outdoors

Inside Line

Ski and Ride Aspen, Snowmass, and More Like a Local

How to navigate five mountains, plus use your Ikon Pass on a Utah road trip.


Friends with Benefits

Visit Five Utah Ski Areas with One Ikon Pass

Where to ski, sleep, and eat at Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, Brighton, and Deer Valley.

12/23/2020 By Cindy Hirschfeld

Crowd Pleaser

Snowmass Ski Area Has It All

The valley’s biggest mountain is a diverse playground for all abilities.

12/23/2020 By Todd Hartley

The Standard Bearer

Making the Most of Aspen Mountain Takes Some Know-How

Savvy trail finding delivers big results at the town’s original ski area.

12/23/2020 By Catherine Lutz

Milk It

Buttermilk Belies Its Beginner Rep and X Games Alter Ego with Wide-Ranging Terrain

Discover kids’ tree trails, terrain parks for all skill levels, and lots of powder.

12/23/2020 By Abby Eagye

Earn Your Turns

Tackle Aspen Highlands’ Flagship Terrain

Hiking to the top of Highland Bowl is just the half of it—here’s what to consider when skiing down.

12/23/2020 By Tim Mutrie

Hidden Valley

Discover Sunlight Mountain Resort

This fifth ski area near Aspen merits a visit for family-friendly pricing, new expert terrain, and old-school charm.

12/23/2020 By Cindy Hirschfeld

Inside Line

This Winter’s Ground Rules for Skiing in and Around Aspen

Everything you need to know for a successful pandemic-adjusted sojourn on the slopes


No Lift Ticket, No Problem

8 Off-Slope Ways to Play in the Snow

With Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice karting, dogsledding, and more, the Roaring Fork Valley offers a wealth of wintry outdoor adventures.

12/23/2020 By Cindy Hirschfeld