Mountain Mayhem: To ski or apres-ski? |

Mountain Mayhem: To ski or apres-ski?

Gatsby's big birthday celebration on Feb. 12 started with skiing on Aspen Mountain at 9 am, next to Highlands to hike the bowl, lunch at Cloud Nine to apres at Chair 9 and on to Belly Up to see Chris Robinson.

Aspen’s après-ski circuit rivals that of any ski town around the world. You’ll find a DJ spinning at après hot spots on a daily basis. Hot tubbing with cocktails is another popular post-ski day alternative. Presentations and discussions dot the local calendar. For these reasons and more, it’s not surprising Aspen was designated No. 1 for après ski in North America by SKI Magazine.

For a more cultural way to spend après, Aspen Words is celebrating 20 years of its Winter Words series with authors taking the audience around from the banks of the Colorado River (thanks to photographer Pete McBride and writer Kevin Fedarko on Feb. 7) to New York City’s 1980s art scene, to 18th-century Ghana, and many unexpected places in between. Coming up next are Yaa Gyasi in conversation with Farah Griffin on Feb. 28, Adam Gopnik on March 21 and Stephanie Danler, Anna Noyes and Molly Prentiss closing out the program on April 4. Visit for more information.

For a slopeside après celebration, don’t miss the upcoming Après Ski Cocktail Classic from Thursday, March 9 to Sunday, March 12. The springtime festivities feature a Grand Tasting Village and Private Reserve Room of high marque spirits, artisanal craft cocktails, seminars by award-winning mixologists and brand ambassadors, snow parties, pop-up bars, demonstrations, fireside chats, spirit-paired dinners, special on-mountain events and The Great Après Ski Pub Crawl. For info, tickets and the full schedule, visit

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