For those of us at J.McLaughlin who love ski, snow, and the apres-ski life, Aspen, nestled in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, is the ultimate winter wonderland for a weekend getaway. For fellow lovers of winter sport, the charming mountain town is a snowglobe dream, home to endless terrain with unrivaled skiing and snowboarding, boasting elegant accommodations, five star restaurants, and fashion-forward boutiques, including our new store at 402 South Hunter Road, across from the Silver Queen Gondola.

Here's a roundup of our favorite spots to stay, eat, ski, and things to do during your visit to one of our very favorite escapes.


Where to Stay in Aspen

Although it is likely you’ll want to spend most of your time outdoors, Aspen is home to a number of gorgeous hotels, where you’ll be able to relax in style in between time on the slopes. You really can't go wrong with any of its resorts, but we've chosen a few to keep in mind when planning your next stay.

Lavish and Luxurious: The Little Nell

For iconic Aspen and understated luxury, The Little Nell is our top choice. Recently renovated in crisp-yet-cozy style by noted designer Holly Hunt, The Nell as it’s affectionately known, is the only ski-in/ski-out resort in town. Stay here for for impeccable dining, including Ajax Tavern and Element 47, and unique offerings like Snowcat stargazing.

Rustic Meets Modern Luxury: Hotel Jerome


If you’re looking for a rustic Aspen experience…we recommend Hotel Jerome . While the stylish inn boasts a centuries-old history, it’s the modern amenities and location, at the base of Ajax Mountain, make it the perfect home base. Even if you elect to stay elsewhere, be sure to grab a craft cocktail at the historic J Bar, which once counted famed writer Hunter S. Thompson as a regular.

[Lobby at Hotel Jerome]

For the Traveling Family: Viceroy Snowmass  

If you’re traveling with the little ones in tow… Viceroy Snowmass offers all you need for a family-friendly vacation. Beyond its location, nestled at the base of beginner friendly Snowmass mountain, just outside of Aspen, Viceroy offers complimentary ski valet, suite options with multiple bedrooms and full kitchens, and a full-time daycare service, perfect for a little grown-up time at the poolside NEST Public House, known for its craft beer and laid-back vibes.

[Viceroy Snowmass]

Where to Eat/Drink in Aspen

Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro

Much of Aspen’s appeal during ski season is the promise of the subsequent après-ski scene, and Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro is après-ski at its absolute best.

Located at the top of the Highlands, with views of the Maroon Bells, it’s the place to be around 2pm, where you’re sure to see people dancing on tables in ski-boots while enjoying the drink of choice…champagne. Enjoy classic fondue and apple strudel in this iconic European-style cabin, and don’t be surprised if you see a few A-list celebs while you’re there.

Little Annie's

Of course, the glitz and glamour of Aspen can get overwhelming. That’s why Little Annie’s is a breath of fresh air, with classic, casual fare. Our choice every time? The burger and beer on tap.

Ajax Tavern: An Aspen Classic

Pop into Aspen classic Ajax Tavern for an apres-ski bite. You can’t go wrong warming up with the classic tomato soup, but we’d recommend splitting the oysters and truffle fries, too.

J-Bar

Stop by J-Bar for a spiked hot chocolate or opt for a creative cocktail. Its cozy and dimly-lit interior makes it the perfect spot for unwinding after a long day on the slopes.

Piñons

For a sophisticated night out, Piñons is an outstanding choice for a special occasion. Make a reservation at this downtown spot and enjoy the impressive wine list, wonderful service, and outstanding traditional Mountain fare.


Where to Ski in Aspen

Aspen has four mountains , making it a great destination for skiers of all ages and levels. Here's some more information to help you decide which one (or ones) you'll enjoy on a fresh powder day.

Buttermilk Mountain


Buttermilk is the least steep of the pack, typically a favorite of beginners. It’s also home to the X Games every year.

Aspen (Ajax) Mountain

Aspen Mountain, also known as Ajax, is the town’s original resort mountain. This local favorite is the closest to the village, with its lower runs leading right out of the doors of The Little Nell.

Aspen Highlands

If you’re an experienced skier, Highlands is the place you want to be on a powder day, as it’s known for having some of Aspen’s most challenging terrain and is home to the legendary Highlands Bowl .

Snowmass

Snowmass is the largest of Aspen’s four mountains, with the most diverse mix of terrain and a fun tubing hill, perfect for families with skiers of all levels of experience.

Weekend Activities in Aspen

While the town is known for its landscape and idyllic skiing conditions, it also boasts a sophisticated art scene and plenty of activities for those who prefer the Great Indoors.

Aspen Art Museum



The Aspen Art Museum is located in the center of the town and houses some of the best contemporary art exhibits in the world. On our must-see list? Robert Montgomery’s “The City in Their Echo” installation , which will be on display until May of this year.

Wheeler Opera House



The Wheeler Opera House has been an Aspen legend since 1889. Today, it hosts concerts, film and comedy festivals, and even magic shows.

O2 Yoga Studio & Spa



After a couple days on the slopes, there is no better way to reboot and renew than at O2 Yoga Studio & Spa. Whether it’s a O2 Flow class upstairs, or a facial and massage downstairs, treat yourself to a self-care session at this serene oasis.

What to Wear In Aspen

Our new arrivals feature a plethora of packable pieces perfect for your next Ski trip. Even better, our Aspen store sells an exclusive collection, curated with aprés-ski and the town in mind. It isn't available online, so you'll have to stop by while you're in town to see for yourself!


Here’s what we recommend packing for a long weekend in Aspen...



Drinks at J-Bar

If you’re planning on unwinding after a long day on the slopes at Hotel Jerome’s J-Bar, look no further than our cozy cashmere Healy Sweater . Its length makes it perfect to pair with leggings or denim, and it’s warm enough to wear on its own, but also looks great under one of our cashmere outerwear pieces.

Date Night at Piñon’s

One of our perennial winter favorite looks is a winter white ensemble. Turn heads in snow-decked Aspen in our Arlette Turtleneck and Carter Wide Leg pants for an ensemble that’s sure to turn heads in snow-decked Aspen.


Looking for a dressier, sleek and sophisticated date night look? Our Dove Wrap Dress is a fun and flattering silhouette for a night on the town.

Aprés-Ski at Cloud Nine Bistro

Look chic at the top of the mountain as you’re sipping champagne in our new Jackson Jacket , a lightweight puffer that adds another layer of warmth under your larger ski jacket. Opt for the obvious choice, our Aspen Puffer Jacket , in a new royal blue color. Another layering piece, the zip up Billie Jacket , is athleisure at its finest. Wear either of these styles over the whisper weight cashmere Becky Turtleneck , this season's layering essential, available in navy, light pink, and off white. Of course, no apres-ski look would be complete without our Rhonda Leggings .

To really show your aprés spirit and love for the town, sport our Aspen Cashmere Locale Sweater, exclusively sold at our Aspen store.

Other Packable Winter Style Staples

Poet Sweater

Seaspray Sweater

Shauna Sweater

Mirian Cashmere Sweater Jacket

Mindra Cashmere Cardigan in Herringbone

Berkshire Coat in Medallion

Lexi Jeans