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What’s a wine cave really for?

February 20, 2020

It happened again last week. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders sneered, “We don’t go to wine caves or wherever to raise our money.” It was a thinly veiled swipe at an unnamed rival. Though everyone...


Gear Review: Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Pickup Truck

February 20, 2020

Move over, Tesla. Nikola Motor Company, based in Phoenix, this month announced a pickup truck with “fewer emissions, more power and longer range” thanks to hydrogen fuel-cell technology. The truck has impressive stats, including a...


How two Aspenites found their cure for pain

February 20, 2020

Pain. It is the loose thread that can be the snag in our bespoke Aspen lifestyle. Most of us feel a bit of the unraveling each day. I’m not talking about the deep pain from...


The Gear Junkie’s ‘Best in Show’ Winter Gear

February 13, 2020

From sleeping bags to backcountry skis, gear brands congregated to launch new products last week at the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show. I spent three days in Denver at the trade show to scout to-be-released products...


Food Matters: The yin and yang of the new Bokchoy

January 30, 2020

New year, new adventures in food. On Jan. 25, a friend and I seek tasty refuge from frigid temps at the tail end of après-ski. How better to celebrate Chinese New Year, we figure, than...


Asher on Aspen: Aspen’s Next Top Model

January 30, 2020

It’s quarter-past 9 p.m. and I have somehow forgotten to eat dinner. We just finished learning a dance routine set to a scandalous Janet Jackson number and the choreographer is encouraging us to get into...


How To Drink Wine? Pay attention

January 23, 2020

Maybe you find the wine world to be a bit pretentious. And maybe the idea of some guy who writes a wine column telling you “how to drink wine” ranks for you at the top...


Libations: Drinks with a one-two punch

January 23, 2020

To get it out of the way up front: If you’re in town for X Games and going the (ill-advised) energy drink and alcohol route, try Jagermeister and Monster instead of vodka and Red Bull....


Aspen History: Extreme before the X Games

January 23, 2020

“Brumder wins Interstellar Gelaendesprung,” announced the Aspen Illustrated News on February 18, 1965. “Willy Brumder was in perfect form Saturday as he orbited for the three longest jumps in the third annual Interstellar Gelaendesprung contest...


The evolution of food to fuel the W Aspen social scene

January 23, 2020

Go-go dancers clad in candy-colored onesies unzipped gyrate above partygoers in ski gear and swimsuits. A pair of Swedish DJs in metallic spandex orchestrate futuristic ambience from a silver nugget sound booth. A freewheeling parade...


Meet Your Liftie: Megan Takeda

January 23, 2020

Name: Megan Takeda Hometown: Castle Rock Lift location: Tiehack Do you ski or snowboard? I ski. I’ve been skiing since I was about 10. What brought you to Aspen? It’s my first season and I’m...



WineInk: The Pinot Posse Rides Again

January 16, 2020

It is certainly possible to appreciate a wine without knowing the story behind it. But understanding where a wine came from, how it was made and who the people are who made it can bring...






WineInk: Concerns for the Coming Decade

January 2, 2020

Hard to believe it, but from now on, for the next 10 years, wine vintages will all move from the teens to the twenties, as in the ’20 or ’21 vintage. Yes, we are entering...


Gear Review: Reebok Eco-Shoe

January 2, 2020

Reebok will launch its first plant-based sports shoe in late 2020. With components including algae, eucalyptus trees and castor beans, the materials in the Forever Floatride GROW read like ingredients in some kind of healthy...


Meet your Liftie: Brandi Lundquist

January 2, 2020

Name: Brandi Lundquist Hometown: I’m from Minnesota, but I moved here from New Orleans. I used to work in New Orleans, but it was just too hot and humid. Lift location: Usually Cloud 9 or...