Do we have an Aspen convert? |

Do we have an Aspen convert?

It was an activities-filled weekend, and what better time to show a friend around Aspen?

I’ve gotten to know a woman living in Denver whose parents have a place in the same building as mine do in Vail. How we didn’t meet before I can’t figure out, but judging on how well we get along now, I’d say it’s pretty likely we kicked it in the pool once upon a time.

The weekend started out with a pairing dinner courtesy of Blue Nectar Tequila, an event associated with the Apres Ski Cocktail Classic. We showed some self-restraint — although not too much — and called the night early so we could get up and hike the bowl in the morning.

My friend was a trooper and drove in from Vail first thing in the morning, getting there right on time to load up with some other friends into my Jeep and snag free parking at Highlands. It was the perfect bowl day: great conditions, blue skies, no wind and warm but not stifling temps.

Given that it was her first time, we arrived to the summit a few minutes after everybody else, but that was with some gear adjustments along the way, too. We took our pictures and toasted our accomplishment while also watching some locals launch parachutes off the back side.

While some portions of the run down were clearly sun-beaten, it was still well worth the climb after all the recent snowfall. We then got to celebrate it all at a birthday party at Buckhorn Cabin, and so my Vail friend got to cross two Aspen mountains off her list in one day.

The rest of the weekend was more Cocktail Classic, culminating in a pub crawl to 10 Aspen bars Sunday — you can pretty much guess how that went. But celebrating nearly 6 feet of snow while also basking in the sunshine added up to probably the most fun weekend I’ve had all ski season. And guess who wants to move to Aspen now?

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