Aspen – the small­town ski­ing mecca with a dose of celebrity flair.

GQ (Australia) - - INSIDE GQ -

A pleas­ant easy roller, set up for be­gin­ners and those want­ing to ease the legs in via soft blue runs, but it’s High­lands and Snow­mass that for­ever hold GQ’S heart. Big­ger than the other three ar­eas com­bined, this is a play­ground for board­ers and those who are ea­ger to progress along a se­ries of linked, sweep­ing black and blue runs and var­i­ous ter­rain parks. It pro­vides more fun in a few hours than a three-day stint in the so-called Aus­tralian Alps. While here, grab lunch at the slope-side Lynn Britt Cabin (think elk stroganoff or duck risotto, washed down by a su­perb wine list). Tighter than Snow­mass, it can be heavy, es­pe­cially in the no­to­ri­ous bowl and heart-pound­ing, dou­ble-black de­scents that in­volve nu­mer­ous craggy rocks and drop offs. Else­where, there’s much fun to be had, but be­ing of an in­ter­me­di­ate or ad­vanced level means fully em­brac­ing what’s on of­fer. And grab an af­ter­noon cham­pers at Cloud Nine, a wooden hut that, from about 2pm each day, turns into a (ar­guably gauche) dis­play of ex­cess as bot­tles of Veuve are sprayed across ta­ble-danc­ing rev­ellers – many top­less – while bar bills quickly mount to five fig­ures. Worth wit­ness­ing, if only once. Per­fect for when you can’t be both­ered trav­el­ling out of town. Just know the 60-yearold, bib-and-brace NYC set own the steep slopes. Blue runs are eas­ily as dif­fi­cult as lo­cal blacks. Book in for first tracks at least once – es­pe­cially on a blue bird day.

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