Mr. Luxury Ski
The ultimate après isn't always found at the bar—sometimes, Mr. Luxury Ski starts at the spa. One of our fave's is the sybaritic Spa at Viceroy Snowmass, one of the ultimate ski-in, ski-out indulgences on the slopes.
Since opening in 2009 the the hotel has been a shining beacon of luxury just outside of Aspen's hustle and bustle, see and be seen scene. A distinctly private yet expansive mountain retreat, everything you could possibly need is at your fingertips. We slid in to its sweet spa and discovered a whole new way to après.
Chef-Led Shrine Tour followed by Apres-Ski Cooking and Cocktail Lesson
What better way to follow a guided day of shredding perfectly groomed slopes above 8,000 feet than with a après-ski feast? Executive Chef (and expert snowboarder) Will Nolan leads guests on a tour of Snowmass Resort's famous ski shrines (hidden plaques and memorials devoted to local legends). Afterward, guests return to the property for an après-ski cooking and cocktail lesson in either the kitchen of Ricard's or Eight K. Chef Nolan is widely known in the Roaring Fork Valley for infusing Southern flavors into his dishes where "Modern American" has become de rigeur ($730 full day, $550 3-hour, add $100 for culinary après reception).
As if ski in/ski out weren't convenient enough, the Viceroy Snowmass is the first in the States to offer ski-in/ski-out spa treatments designed specifically to quickly invigorate in 30 minutes or less and so that you can get back out on the slopes or to your dinner reservation.
Among our fave treatments are the Kick off your Boots, which starts by submerging your tired dogs in a warm bath infused with Sweet Birch sea salt. Add a Lemongrass Mimosa scrub to smooth skin and increase circulation and then throw in a hot stone massage with deeply moisturizing Mighty Mint Rescue Cream and, voila, you're ready to rip up the mountain for the rest of your trip ($95). If you're extremities are frozen, book the Warm Up Your Hands and Toes for a deep hydrating therapy with warm Concreta and nourishing coconut oil ($95).
Best of all, ski-in, ski-out spa goers have exclusive access to Executive Chef Will Nolan's Mediterranean-focused lunch menu, including:
● Hummus. Bagel chips. Marinated olives
● Spicy olives. Ciabatta. Olive oil
● Roasted vegetable antipasto. Baby eggplant. Artichokes. Cipollinis. Dill yogurt
● White anchovies. Crispy bread. Chives
● Crispy artichokes. Lemon. Romesco
This article originally appeared in Town & Country.