Mountain Mayhem: Breakfast Club

May Selby
Mountain Mayhem
The a.m. crew on Aspen Mountain. Meredith Lawrence photo.
Emery Holton and Charlie Lucarelli – regulars for breakfast at Bonnie’s.
Sam pours himself a hot cup of coffee after skinning to the top and back down to Bonnie’s.
Friends Meredith Lawrence and Danielle Herzenberg.
Friends Peter Hoffman and Elliot Wilkinson-Ray swear by their Ripton & Co performance denim for skinning and skiing.
Alec Remus behind the line at Bonnie’s making thefamous oatmeal pancakes. Photo by Jose Paz
Ross Hastings and Claire Ritchie get in line for breakfast at Bonnie’s.
When he’s not working as an IT specialist, Bryan Larsen is all about breakfast at Bonnie’s.
Mikey Wechsler (with his ski gang’s personal jug of maple syrup) and friend Heather Doan.
Ned Sullivan is always all smiles at the register.

Since last Saturday, Jan. 16, marked the last day of indoor dining due to Pitkin County moving to level red restrictions on the COVID dial on Jan. 17, it served as extra motivation to skin up Aspen Mountain in the morning to enjoy breakfast at Bonnie’s Restaurant inside. The energy at the base of the mountain was infectious as dozens of locals began scaling the slopes – some headed to the top and then down to Bonnie’s, others skiing to the FIS lift for a shortcut to the restaurant and most bee-lining straight to Bonnie’s.

Considering social life is limited to few occasions and interactions these days, it paid to be a part of the so-called “a.m. crew,” waking up early and kicking off the day in an active way. Friends Peter Hoffman and Elliot Wilkinson-Ray wore their ski apparel of choice for the skin – performance denim by Ripton & Co in the form of jorts and overalls.

Upon arrival at the restaurant, the scent of oatmeal pancakes, bacon and eggs on the grill wafted through the air along with maple syrup and freshly brewed coffee. My friend and I took seats by the window in the back room, socially distanced, but surrounded by cheerful friends and friends of friends for an impromptu breakfast club.

Indoor dining is now closed until further notice by Pitkin County, though outdoor seating is still allowed. Bonnie’s will keep its deck open and igloos available for single household dining. So we’ll be back for an outdoor breakfast club next.