While You Were Sleeping

What happens when the lifts close each day on Aspen Mountain? What happens when the lifts close each day on Aspen Mountain?

In this issue:

Arts & Culture

Book Club

Catching up With Aspen Native and Author Maria Semple

Her new comedy novel 'Today Will Be Different' pays homage to the bygone era of Aspen.

11/30/2016 By Andrew Travers

On Stage

Aspen Music Festival and School Goes Classic Rock

Its edgier Salon initiative continues to cultivate the next generation of concertgoers.

11/30/2016 By Cindy Hirschfeld

Mountains of Art

Aspen Art Museum and Aspen Skiing Company Mark 10th Anniversary of Art in Unexpected Places

The collaboration between two unlikely partners has aesthetically enhanced Aspen's ski experience.

11/30/2016 By Andrew Travers

Eat & Drink

Eat Here Now

Two New Restaurants and a Menu Revamp to Try this Winter

Pan-Asian in Snowmass, seasonal bites in Basalt, and Indian cuisine in Aspen add to the dining mix.

12/21/2016 By Laurel Miller

Duck and Roll

The Little Nell Goes "à La Cart" With New Tableside Presentations

Culinary showmanship reigns at Element 47 this winter.

11/29/2016 By Amanda Rae

Haute Eats

The Latest Dish on the Cannabis Cuisine Scene

As marijuana finds its way onto chef’s plates, the munchies take on a whole different meaning.

11/29/2016 By Alison Margo

Ski In Ski Out

Inside Gwyn's High Alpine Mid-Life Makeover

Snowmass’s iconic on-mountain dining spot gets a much-needed remodel from Z-Group Architects.

11/23/2016 By Cindy Hirschfeld

Health & Wellness

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.

11/30/2016 By Katie Shapiro

Tap It Back

5 Reasons to Clip in with SoulCycle Before (or After) You Hit the Gondola

This just in: SoulCycle's pop-up studio is spinning back into the Boogie's building this holiday season.

11/27/2016 By Etta Meyer With Katie Shapiro

Home & Real Estate

Mountain Homestyle

Slideshow: A Grand Wine Country-Style Home on McLain Flats

Owners Susan and Lloyd Miller collaborated with Eigelberger Architecture and Design Work to build an estate at one with its surroundings.

11/27/2016 By Sarah Chase Shaw

Design Story

The Pitkin County Library Checks in to the 21st Century With a Modern Refresh

Take a tour of the $14.3 million, 18-month renovation project, which was completed this summer.

11/27/2016 By Amanda Rae

News & Profiles

Dear Readers

Editor's Note: Holiday Issue 2016

Editor-in-Chief Cindy Hirschfeld is more than ready to drop in to a new ski season.

11/27/2016 By Cindy Hirschfeld

Call & Response

A Q&A with Polar Conservationist Denise Landau

Ski pro in winter, world-renowned environmentalist and expedition leader in summer, this Aspenite knows how to play it cool.

11/27/2016 By Brook Sutton


Sojourner Salutes 2016

An annual Holiday Issue tradition since the beginning, Aspen Sojourner honors individuals whose noteworthy contributions make Aspen, and the Roaring Fork Valley, a better community.

11/27/2016 By Amanda Rae, Katie Shapiro, and Sarah Chase Shaw


Aspen Youth Center Celebrates 25 Years of Providing for Local Kids

Support this home away from home for local kids at Family Feud on Friday, February 3.

11/27/2016 By Alison Margo


The Aspen Power 50

Who really runs this town? Our list of top decision-makers who wield the most influence over local living.

11/27/2016 By Catherine Lutz and Carolyn Sackariason

Power Play

Aspen Junior Hockey's Girls Program is on Fire on the Ice

And its teams are among the best in Colorado.

11/27/2016 By Sarah Chase Shaw

Text Me

Goodbye Emoji, Hello Kwippit?

The recently launched mobile app is backed by Aspenite Rob Horning.

11/27/2016 By Katie Shapiro

Perfect Party

Community Table: Holiday Issue 2016

The mixed bag of the community table was once an Aspen hallmark. Here’s our fantasy guest list to restart the trend.

11/23/2016 By Cindy Hirschfeld


Aspen Valley Hospital by the Numbers Then and Now

As AVH celebrates its 125th anniversary, we take a look back at some of the differences between 1891 and 2016.

11/23/2016 By Cindy Hirschfeld and Jordana Rothberg

Party Pictures

People & Places

Maison Ullens Shopping Soirée

Charles and Angela Cunniffe hosted an exclusive in-home shopping party featuring its latest line with proceeds benefiting the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

02/15/2017 Photography by Nancy M. Mayer

People & Places

AMFS Encore Reception for Renée Fleming

The Aspen Music Festival and School and Aspen Sojourner co-hosted a cocktail party after the renowned soprano'’s performance at the Benedict Music Tent.

11/27/2016 Photography by Nancy M. Mayer

People & Places

Cos Bar 40th Anniversary Party

The luxury cosmetics retailer, which debuted in Aspen in 1976, marked a major milestone this summer with a grand 40th anniversary celebration.

11/27/2016 Photography by Nancy M. Mayer

People & Places

Balentine Collection International's Ana Maria Delgado Reception

The evening welcomed the designer for her debut of Anamar handwoven silks in the showroom.

11/27/2016 Photography by Nancy M. Mayer

People & Places

Wilderness Workshop’s Wildfest

With Aspen Sojourner as a proud sponsor, the inaugural fundraiser attracted scores of environmental supporters to the late Hunter S. Thompson’s Owl Farm in Woody Creek for live music, food, art, and a walk through the labyrinth.

11/27/2016 Photography by Nancy M. Mayer

People & Places

6th Annual World Vision Aspen Invitational Bike Ride Fundraiser

World Vision launched a weekend of special events around the summer cycling event, which raised funds for the Zambia Bikes and Loan Project, at the Limelight Hotel.

11/27/2016 Photography by Nancy M. Mayer

People & Places

Bash for the Buddies 2016

The Buddy Program’s 17th annual benefit gala brought beach vibes to host Lenny “Boogie” Weinglass’s Merry-Go-Ranch.

11/27/2016 Photography by Nancy M. Mayer

People & Places

Aspen Junior Hockey’s Stirling Cup All-Star Weekend

Festivities included a game between Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars alums and a reception at the home of Robert and Lexie Potamkin.

11/27/2016 Photography by Nancy M. Mayer

People & Places

'Harry and Snowman' Benefit Screening

Aspen native Karin Reid Offield invited a special audience to a reception and advance screening of her award-winning documentary at the Wheeler Opera House.

11/27/2016 Photography by Nancy M. Mayer

People & Places

A Dog Day Afternoon 2016

Both pups and people celebrated on a hot summer day with fun and games in support of Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter.

11/27/2016 Photography by Nancy M. Mayer

People & Places

Tour de Rump 2016

For almost three decades, the annual adventure has pitted teams of local cyclists against each other in a zany scavenger hunt and trivia contest.

11/27/2016 Photography by Nancy M. Mayer

People & Places

ACES Evening on the Lake 2016

An annual benefit for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies,’ the enchanting Evening on the Lake included a farm-to table dinner, a talk by conservation scientist M. Sanjayan, and moonlit boat rides.

11/27/2016 Photography by Nancy M. Mayer

People & Places

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s 'Dancing with the Aspen Stars' 2016

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s annual summer gala, this year at the St. Regis Aspen Resport, featured local celebrities, good-natured competition, Vegas showgirls, and a rousing dance party.

11/27/2016 Photography by Nancy M. Mayer

Style & Shopping


Holiday Fashion 2016: Behind the Scenes

Heavy Pour Productions captured the magic on set at Redstone Ranch in Woody Creek, Colorado for SagaCity Media's mountain magazines: Aspen Sojourner, Park City, and Vail Beaver Creek.


The Great Outdoors

Gear Closet: SAXX Skivvies

Whether you’re skiing the bumps or hiking up Buttermilk, you need all the support you can get.

11/29/2016 By Todd Hartley


6 New Downtown Boutiques to Shop This Winter

Trendy sneaks, a Swedish import, locally designed jewelry, luxury knits, and more renew Aspen’s retail scene.

11/29/2016 By Katie Shapiro

Alpine Chic

Holiday Issue Fashion Feature: Head for the Highlands

Mad plaids, chunky knits, and outsize tweed lend a wee bit of Scottish style to winter's looks.

11/28/2016 Photography by Kevin Focht Styled by Shelly Safir Marolt

Objects of Desire

Aspen Sojourner’s Holiday Gift Guide 2016

This year, we shopped for all things local, because saying "happy holidays" sounds better from Aspen.

11/27/2016 Styled by Cindy Hirschfeld and Katie Shapiro

Water Bottle Watch

Gear Closet: Always Live (and Drink) Extraordinarily with ALEX Bottle

How husband-and-wife team Gretchen Bleiler and Chris Hotell are spreading sustainability through their new company.

11/23/2016 By Katie Shapiro

Travel & Outdoors

While You Were Sleeping

Slideshow: Waking the Silver Queen With Aspen Skiing Company

Our time-stamped photo diary of a night's worth of intensive prep work to open Aspen Mountain.

11/30/2016 By Tim Cooney

The Great Outdoors

Gear Closet: 2016-17 Ski Season Edition

Hit the slopes ready for action with a fresh crop of snow-ready tools.

11/29/2016 By Cindy Hirschfeld

Sojourner Afield

Sunlight Mountain Resort Celebrates Golden Anniversary Season

In the shadow of its higher-profile neighbors, Glenwood Springs' mighty mountain has offered skiing for the 99 percent for the past 50 years.

11/27/2016 By Tess Weaver Strokes

While You Were Sleeping

Slideshow: Waking the Silver Queen With Aspen Skiing Company

Our overnight photo diary of the intensive prep work to open Aspen Mountain.

11/27/2016 By Tim Cooney

Snow Heroes

Meet the Nation's Top Adaptive Skiers Who Also Call Aspen Home

Thanks to a unique AVSC program, more than half of the US Paralympics national ski and snowboard team members are based locally.

11/27/2016 By Brook Sutton