Escape to the St. Regis Aspen Resort for a Snow-Filled Holiday Season
There is an undeniable sense of serenity one feels when they are in the midst of nature’s awe-inspiring beauty. Aspen, Colorado in the winter is certainly no exception. A hushed stillness seems to wash over the town as fluffy snowflakes gently descend upon massive fir trees and the freshly-powdered ground creates a sea of sparkling white against a backdrop of the majestic Rocky Mountains.
As General Manager of the St. Regis Aspen Resort, Heather Steenge-Hart, always says, “Nothing compares to Aspen in the winter.”
One visit here will definitely have you coming back for more, especially if you’re staying at the cozy and inviting St. Regis Aspen Resort.
Warm Winter Welcoming
Nestled at the base of Colorado’s legendary Aspen Mountain, the resort offers top-notch luxury amenities with an added bonus of spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and town.
“We like to say that The St. Regis Aspen Resort is ‘Aspen’s Best Address,’” says Steenge-Hart. “The property is located feet from the gondola, steps from town and offers magnificent, sweeping views of Aspen Mountain.”
The resort recently underwent an interior and exterior remodel helmed by award-winning designer Lauren Rottet and now exudes warmth and comfort in all respects. Rottet’s design concept flawlessly integrates the building with its breathtaking surroundings, creating a contemporary yet cozy mountain retreat.
“We really thought hard about how John Jacob Astor, who started the St. Regis New York, would envision a manor in the mountains, and then we ensured that it spoke to its Aspen roots,” explains Steenge-Hart.
That sense of modern elegance combined with rustic charm that is found in the resort’s common areas is also very much present in its 179 luxury guest rooms and suites. All are adorned with well-appointed furnishings and many now include private fireplaces, creating an authentic winter experience.
Small Town Charm
If looking to venture outside the resort, downtown Aspen offers a quintessential mountain town experience. Its snow-dusted, tree-lined streets and colorful storefront windows create a scene straight out of a snow globe. A true diamond in the Rocky Mountain rough, this quaint district is home to a diverse assemblage of activities and entertainment, from high-end shopping and museums to eclectic galleries and boutiques to world-class dining and cultural festivals.
Although downtown holds its many charms, Aspen’s captivating mountains will quickly beckon you to their freshly powdered slopes. Luckily, the St. Regis Aspen Resort offers a host of winter activities that allow all to enjoy the region’s glorious snowfall, with world-class skiing being at the top of the list.
“Aspen offers guests the power of four—four mountains (Snowmass, Aspen, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk Mountain) of varying terrain and difficulty levels,” says Steenge-Hart. “You are able to ski all four mountains on one ski pass and can even tackle them in one day if you really set your heart on it.”
Whatever option you choose, you are sure to experience the exhilarating thrill of gliding down the crystalline mountainside as towering evergreens, snow-covered grounds and blue skies intertwine into one swirling mass. Other invigorating winter activities at the resort include snowmobiling, dog sledding and winter fly fishing. For future Olympic skiers, there is also a wonderful ski and snowboard school open to ages 7 to 17.
If looking to experience the best skiing Aspen has to offer, try the new High Society Ski Package. In true St. Regis luxury fashion, the resort partnered with local Aspen ski brand High Society Freeride Company to create a limited edition St. Regis Aspen ski. During the 2015/16-winter season, those booking the Presidential Suites can enjoy its sleek, speed-worthy design with an undeniably smooth ride down the mountain.
After a long day spent on the slopes, relax and unwind at the resort’s premier Remède Spa while experiencing some unique amenities like the confluence waterfall and oxygen lounge. Be sure to indulge in one of the exclusive spa experiences, such as the Rocky Mountain Ritual, which includes a full body treatment to exfoliate, smooth and restore the skin’s natural glow or the Oxygen Facial to hydrate and recharge.
If spending an evening at the spa isn’t your cup of tea, settle down at one of the resort’s premier restaurants. Tempt your taste buds with sumptuous handcrafted Italian cuisine at Trecento Quindici Decano, which offers classic pasta dishes like Bucatini Carbonara and hearty mains like Colorado Lamb Chops atop sizzling caponata and rich Barolo sauce. For a world-class dining experience make a reservation at the resort’s Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE, where a hand-picked group of the magazine’s “Best New Chefs” curate a one-of-a-kind, seasonally inspired dinner menu for guests to enjoy.
After dinner, stop by Shadow Mountain Lounge for a signature cocktail or head outside and roast s’mores around a roaring fire pit for a perfect finish to a wonderful winter day.
The memories made in Aspen will stay with you long after your trip is over. It’s more than a place; it’s a feeling and a life-changing experience.