Shredding the POW POW in Aspen

As most of you know from my  IG (@foxdenblog), Mr. Fox and I recently went to Aspen, CO on vacation.  My husband has been skiing there for nearly 20 years.  I have been once before a couple of years ago. We both love it. The skiing is great with 4 mountains of varying levels within 20 mins of each other to choose from. The public transportation around to the slopes is efficient and easy. The mood of the town is very laid-back and relaxed, but at the same time Aspen offers top of the line shopping, accommodations, and food. It's really everything you could want.  There is also a direct flight from Atlanta, which makes it a no brainer choice for me. I hate wasting time in airports when I could be at my destination. Plus, winter weather can wreak havoc on your flights.  It's better if you don't have to worry about connections. 

Our weather was perfection. Mid 30's with lots of sunshine. It was actually colder in Alabama during our tip than in Colorado. I didn't hate missing that! Cold is great if there is snow! 

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We stayed at a hotel called Limelight. I would highly recommend it! The location is centrally located to shops, dining, and Aspen mountain. The staff was eager to help us, they would take us in the hotel car anywhere (including different slopes to ski), and they will hold your ski equipment.  They basically shuttled us anywhere we wanted to go! Limelight has a great bar scene for Apres Ski or to grab a late afternoon pizza. {Or in Mr. Fox's case, grab a drink while you wait on your wife.} Our room was spacious and had a fireplace. This was the view from our balcony.  not bad at all.   

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I give the Limelight a 10/10 for accommodations. 

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We went snowmobiling on our first day.  I am obsessed.  Our hotel arranged for us to go at the T-Lazy-7 Ranch.  This was my favorite part of our trip. We were able to see the Maroon Bells and ride through the White River National Forest plus other stunning views that you can only see from their ranch. If you're going to Aspen,  I could not recommend this more!

The Maroon Bells

The Maroon Bells

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Of course I wanted to drive AND have my OWN snowmobile.  

Our guide happened to be from Montgomery. Small world. 

Our guide happened to be from Montgomery. Small world. 

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The only thing slowing me down on our tour was the chick who had a fresh pair of boobs. Come on! Of course the bouncing hurts! meh. thankfully, she turned around and went back to the ranch. That may be her there in the background. ha. 

ZOOM ZOOM!

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Our first lunch stop is always Ajax. Great spot at the base of Aspen (or Ajax) mountain.  The truffle fries are a must. You can sit and watch all the skiers/ snowboarders come down the mountain and marvel at how they all manage to stop before colliding with concrete and diners. If you've been, you know how small the landing area is. gives me anxiety. 

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Then it was off to the slopes! 

We skied Aspen the first day and I had a few spills. One near death experience. I have only skied twice in my adult life- this trip being my second. Although I love Mr.F for believing in my athletic ability to shred pow with the most elite, I could've done without my life flashing before my eyes with in my first 20 minutes.  It was all caught on the GoPro. The video is just so laced with profanity that I'm not sure it should be viewed by the public. :)  But, I figured it out, stayed as far away from that scary cliff as I could, and I had a BLAST! 

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I would arrange photo-ops whenever I needed a break.   For sure, it was the longest Mr.Fox has ever spent trying to ski down a mountain.  

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The second day we skied Aspen Highlands, which is about a 5min car ride from Limelight.  I like Aspen Highlands bc the slopes are much wider and I get crowd anxiety. I like a lot of room to correct myself when I start skiing too fast.

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But, the best part about Aspen Highlands is Cloud Nine Bistro at the top.  That place is awesome. The views are incredible and the food is fantastic.

{insider tip: the 2:00 seating is when things get wild.}

 

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At the base of Aspen Highlands there is a Ritz with and incredible slope side heated pool. 

Then there is Snowmass and Buttermilk. We didn't go there this trip.

 

The food in Aspen is mouth-watering delicious. 

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The first picture is of a friend chicken sandwich from The White House, which was so great that we went to eat there twice. It was phenomenal. Thank my lucky starts I don't have that as an option to eat everyday. Hello. calories.  Ajax and Cloud Nine are places you must try.  

The most adventurous meal came from Nobu or Matsuhisa.  I will pretty much try anything.  We ordered Uni (Sea Urchin) along with some other fabulous sushi. The texture of the Uni was bizarre, but the flavor was sort of sweet. 

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Then we ordered the most epic of all snow cones. 

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This mountain of heaven was fluffy shaved iced over a scoop of vanilla ice cream and fresh fruit topped with mango and strawberry purree. And if that's not tasty enough, it's drizzled with condensed milk! holy yum. I'm gonna need bigger sweaters.  They used a shaved ice machine that made the ice so incredibly fine and fluffy. This is what they use in their kitchen. Get you one. :) Let me know when you do. I'm coming over. 

 

If you are looking for something a little different than the spots I mentioned, I did see an ad for this in Aspen's dining guide magazine. 

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The world's changing, I tell ya. People are eating cactus. 

There are a lot of trendy bars and night-scene hot spots, but I don't really care about going to nightclubs these days. Plus, my whole body hurt.

 

For the fashionistas and snow bunnies, here are some of the things I wore.

My coat was by far one of my best purchases for the trip. Down coats can be bulky, this one provides all the warmth, but without the massive Michelin man look. The belt helps keep the shape flattering. I also love the color and that oversized shawl hood.  I made the mistake last time we went skiing of wearing a bazillion layers to go out at night. It was fine when we were walking, then I would be sweating bullets the second we entered a building. This year I wore normal winter clothes under my down jacket and I was perfect inside and out. 

Add Down Coat - Similar here 

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I love this color block fur infinity scarf by Jocelyn.(worn above) A perfect trio of neutrals. 

My tall wedge boots were fine walking the streets at night. I just made sure to take a pair with a rubber sole. 

I also wore these Sorel boots and I love them! Sorel nails it with their winter footwear.  These are super warm and water proof. They run slightly small. I usually wear a 6.5 and the 7 was perfect. 

Sorel Tofina Organza Boot 

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Sorel has so many great styles right now. I love these for a slip-on option. 

Glacy Slip On

My grandmother's fur from Henig Furs was perfect.  

I hate telling you bad news, but this awesome leopard scarf is no longer on Zara's website. Possibly still in stores?? fingers crossed. Things are always selling out before I have time to blog about them. Bummer.  It's too good not to share.

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My black ski jacket is one I purchased a couple of years ago from The North Face. This year I purchased these soft shell white pants and loved them! The short inseam fit me (5'2) perfectly. I highly recommend them.  They have a flattering, not so bulky fit that is hard to come by in ski pants.  Bonus, they're only $160. 

 

This Smart Wool long underwear pants and top were perfect. Light-weight and warm. 

That about wraps it up!

Are you headed for snow bunny adventures this winter? Where is your favorite place to ski?

 

Xo, e