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How’s your Aspen?

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I’m not sure why I’m excited about the Winter X Games this weekend, but I am. Maybe it’s because my people are from the north and I have an affinity for all things winter, and because although I don’t ski, I love finding or inventing reasons to visit the mountains.

That said, I’m not actually going to the games. Although Aspen is absolutely gorgeous, it’s not my favorite place in the world. This is quite possibly the most ridiculous thing I’ll ever say here, but you can’t take a step in Aspen without bumping into a woman with blonde highlights, silly boots, and a Louis Vuitton handbag. (This is ridiculous for me to say because it’s like I’m complaining, but I’m a woman with blonde highlights, ridiculous boots, and a Louis Vuitton handbag, so I’m kind of making fun of myself while also experiencing a particular type of existential angst reserved for women with fancy handbags who still feel like they “keep it real” and aren’t like the people in Aspen who bump into you at the diner and don’t say “excuse me.”) In the winter, Aspen is crowded and everything is way too expensive. Aside from breakfast, I haven’t been impressed by Aspen food, which isn’t very vegetarian friendly.

So let’s talk about what’s good about Aspen, for those of you heading out there. The best place for aprés game drinks and lounging is 39 Degrees at the Sky Hotel. Hotel rooms here (if you’re lucky enough to get a room on such a hot weekend) come with awesome animal-print robes, and believe me, you’ll be loving life if you wear one of those out to the bar and the heated pool and hot tub just outside the doors. Now that I think about it, this hotel rocks in general, with its through-the-looking-glass decor and in-room humidifiers and iHomes. J-Bar at the Hotel Jerome is another good place to get a drink. Poppycocks is awesome for breakfast (although their website doesn’t seem to be working — hopefully they’re still open).

Although I won’t be there, it won’t be too bad to watch the games in HD from my comfortable couch in the nice warm house with plenty of beer in the fridge. I’ll update with my thoughts, which I’m sure will read like a “Winter X Games for dummies” because I don’t know anything about this stuff.

Written by Tracy

January 24th, 2008 at 9:09 pm