Mountain Mayhem: Après Options
The tradition of après-ski comes from the practice of ending a day on the slopes with hot drinks – think spiked cider or mulled wine – and warming up with friends. Over the years, it’s evolved into a more raucous scene with DJs and dance parties from the Alps to the Andes to Aspen. This season, après-ski takes on a more mellow form here locally at historically energetic settings with intimate seating areas and music played at lower volumes, creating more of a conversational atmosphere.
A popular après-ski destination has been Dante at The Snow Lodge with its spacious outdoor deck and cozy dining room. Pro tip: try the espresso martini made with Mr Black liqueur, fresh parlour espresso and Reyka Icelandic vodka.
Recent activations at Dante have included two President’s Day weekend happenings. Snow Lodge founder and creative director Jayma Cardoso teamed up with caterer, culinary influencer and designer, Stephanie Nass, known as Chefanie, hosted a ladies happy hour at Dante at The Snow Lodge on Thursday, Feb. 11. Presented by Whispering Angel and Bev, guests enjoyed an al fresco après-ski experience at three tables designed by Nass with a wintry theme styled with ivory candles, antlers, place settings and greenery. Several days later, on Saturday, Feb. 13, an intimate dinner at Dante at The Snow Lodge honored hatmaker Nick Fouquet and his new boutique in Aspen. Presented by Christofle of Paris, Donavega Mezcal and Rock Angel, guests enjoyed a cocktail reception followed by a seated dinner with a welcome toast by the artist.
Another option this month for après-ski is “après hair” at Suite Reyad. This NYC salon is in residence at The St Regis Aspen, offering color, styling and conditioning in a chic suite overlooking Wagner Park.
“Click out of your boots and climb into one of our robes,” says Jax Williard Fritas who owns the salon with her husband, Reyad Fritas. “We will take care of the rest and turn it into the ‘mane’ event’ of your day.” Learn more via http://www.suitereyad.com/pop-up-aspen.