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5 Fun Tips for a Fantastic February Vacation in Aspen

February is a fantastic time for a vacation in Aspen and Snowmass. The skiing and snowboarding conditions are typically awesome, and the towns rock in full swing winter activity mode at this time of the season.

Happy Valentine's Day

Whether you visit the area with your family, your organization, your significant other, or even if you just come by yourself, you will discover something wonderful to do while you are here.

From unparalleled fine dining and haute shopping, to exhilarating outdoor activities and fantastic live entertainment, Aspen and Snowmass offer something exciting and fun for everyone.

If you are planning a February vacation in Aspen, here are 5 fun tips for having a truly memorable time while you are here:

1. Check Out What’s New This Season

Dining and shopping are major activities during any vacation, and when visiting Aspen and Snowmass this is no exception.

While the area boasts a large selection of restaurants and retail establishments from which to choose, first-time visitors and repeat guests want to know, “What’s new in town this year?”

Here is a little sampling of what’s new in the local dining and shopping scene this season:


Nello Alpine:
Opened this winter by renowned New York restaurateur, Nello Balan, Nello Alpine features tasteful, “Alpine” cuisine and a fun party atmosphere at the base of Aspen Mountain.

In addition to offering fare inspired by the various mountain ranges around the world, this fine dining establishment offers a fabulous outdoor patio, bar menu and après ski menu as well. And, it features menu items less pricey than those found in other Nello locations in order to be include everyone in the party.

Aspen Kitchen:
This fabulous restaurant is located in downtown Aspen, and is operated by the David Burke Group. It features a creative artisan menu, “…inspired by the local market, what is freshest in the region, prepared with creativity and refined technique…”

Downstairs from the restaurant, you will also find “Rec Room”, their newly opened nightclub and lounge. Rec Room, which has counterparts in New York and Miami Beach, features DJ, dancing, a limited bar menu and FUN!

Retail Shopping:

 Aspen Kristals Cosmetics:
Kristals Cosmetics sells high-end cosmetic products for radiant, younger and healthier skin. Their bioengineered skin care products are infused with gem stones and metals that are “…known to create protective fields around the body…”, and blends them with, “…powerful botanicals, naturally effective herbal essences and oils…” to rejuvenate, smooth and refresh the skin.

Kristals also carries an intriguing, related jewelry line.

Aether Apparel:
Aether Apparel sells ”…performance outerwear for a fashion-minded clientele…”

Although they initially focused on city oriented pieces to appeal to their original San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York clientele, Aether added an AETHERmtn line for their new Aspen store that features “…men’s and women’s outerwear, mountain gear, sweaters, knits, and accessories…”

 They complete their offerings with a variety of other items that reflect the “AETHER lifestyle”, such as “… an Icon electric bicycle, a two-wheel drive Ural motorcycle with a sidecar, Boosted Boards and Ruby motorcycle helmets…”

Take Advantage of New Features on the Hill:

 The Aspen Skiing Company continually strives to update and upgrade the skiing/snowboarding on-hill experience. Here’s what’s new this season:

On Aspen Mountain, the SkiCo made improvements to the Gondola Plaza infrastructure. These include a remodeled ticket office and day locker space.

At Snowmass, the New High Alpine Chairlift is now in place and in operation. The lift cuts the ride time in half, and its realignment, in conjunction with additional trail work and glading, is designed to greatly enhance the overall skiing and snowboarding experience in the High Alpine area.

Over at Aspen Highlands, the much anticipated Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro remodel is complete. This European-style bistro restaurant underwent a $1 million-plus renovation in preparation for the 2015-16 season in order to open up space for better restaurant flow and service.

Additionally, the Skiing Company also recently completed a three-year glading project on the mountain, including clearing out new lines in Lucky Find section of the popular Temerity area.

For more information about what’s new in the area this season, please visit the Chamber Resort website (http://www.aspenchamber.org/media/whats-new ), or contact them at 800.670.0792

2. Try Something Out of the Ordinary This Year

Even though many people come here for the exquisite dining and shopping, many visitors come here for the many exhilarating outdoor activities available in the area as well.

There are too many of these opportunities to list in one post, but here are a few of our suggestions for what to do outdoors in Aspen in February:

Relish the Great Outdoors in a New Way:

Cross-Country Skiing – Try out Aspen’s “5th Mountain:
If you still want to slide around on the snow, and you’re looking for alternatives to alpine winter recreation activities, cross-country skiing is an excellent choice. Catch some incredible views of the surrounding mountains while you take advantage of the over 60 miles of free cross-country skiing trails in the area maintained by the Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Council.

These trails offer a wide variety of terrain and difficulty, providing fun and exercise for all ages and abilities.

Take an exciting ride on a snowmobile:
Cruise through the snow even faster on a breathtaking snowmobile ride courtesy of the T-Lazy-7 Ranch.

The snowmobile guides of “Aspen’s Oldest Working Ranch” take you safely to such grand local attractions as the Maroon Bells, Independence Pass and various other scenic locations within the surrounding White River National Forest.

 Make Valentine’s Day Super Special:

 Want to do something really out of the ordinary (and, of course, romantic) this Valentine’s Day?

How about an exhilarating dog sled excursion through the beautiful Rocky Mountain peaks, followed by a sumptuous gourmet meal served in the private dining room at the world-class Krabloonik Restaurant?

Take advantage of their especially romantic twilight ride that takes guests through still trails to experience the wonder of the surrounding Alpenglow while the restaurant prepares exquisite wild game and fresh fish meals.

Add their award-winning wine list and the incredible mountain views, and you have the perfect recipe for a once-in-a-lifetime Valentine’s Day memory.

3. Don’t Miss Out on Some Special Live Entertainment

Aspen really comes alive at night. In addition to the famed dining and nightclub scene, the town offers much in the way of live entertainment (and it’s not only music). Here’s a suggestion for how to have a blast at night during your February vacation in Aspen and Snowmass:

Put the Aspen Laff Festival at the Wheeler Opera House on your itinerary.

 The historic Wheeler Opera House re-opened its doors this winter, after an extensive renovation of its first and second-floor lobbies. The iconic bearer of local history is ready, once again, to be a prime venue for music concerts and other live entertainment.

In 2011, the Aspen Laff Festival emerged to fill the comedic void left when the Comedy Arts Festival, and then the Aspen Rooftop Comedy festival decided not to return to town.

This event features well-seasoned, as well as up-and-coming acts, and as the Chamber puts it, “…Come ski all day and laugh all night as we present the most brilliant new voices in comedy in a variety of stand-up and improv events at the Wheeler!”

Previous featured Laff Festival comics include Tom Simmons, Darryl Lenox, Stewart Huff, Auggie Smith, Jackie Kashian, Roy Wood Jr, Caroline Rhea, Christopher Titus, Hippieman, Keith Alberstadt, Ben Bailey, Danny Bevins, Jimmy Pardo, Costaki Economopoulos, Christina Pazsitzsky, and the “legendary” David Brenner.

For this year’s lineup, please visit the Wheeler Opera House website here: http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com/events/aspen-laff-festival

4. Recover from all the Fun

With so much to see and do here, it is quite possible that you will want or need a little energy boost to keep you going at top pace. Or, perhaps you’re still not quite used to the altitude or you’ve been indulging a bit more than you are used to.

If that’s the case, or if you are just feeling a little lethargic (or you’ve managed to come down with the latest bug), we have just the suggestion for you – Rescue Lounge Aspen.

The Rescue Lounge offers intravenous (IV) hydration, oxygen and booster shots in the tranquility of their downtown Aspen location, or in the convenience of your hotel, condo or vacation rental home.

5. A Final Tip

 There’s so much going on in Aspen in February that we’ve just barely scratched the surface. To find out more, please contact one of our luxury guest services concierges a call at 970-618-8290, or email us at concierge@aspenluxuryvacationrentals.com