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FREESKIER’s Elevated Après Tour picked up steam this month as it rolled through the likes of Breckenridge, CO; Copper, CO; Crested Butte, CO; and Telluride, CO—the first of fifteen total stops on a nationwide tour that visits the best-ever après-ski venues. It’s safe to say that following yesterday’s blow-out party at Aspen’s own 39 Degrees Lounge, inside of the luxurious, chic Sky Hotel, the Elevated Après Tour has shifted into its proverbial 6th gear; FREESKIER just knocked the thick, wool ski socks off of this world-renowned, party-loving mountain town and there’s no slowing down, now.

Rolling up to Aspen's luxurious, chic Sky Hotel—home to 39 Degrees Lounge—in FREESKIER's equally luxurious, chic Land Rover Discovery Sport.

The funky, fresh, Sky Hotel lobby early yesterday morning. The calm before the storm...

Passing through the doorway to après heaven...

The weather report on the morning of Saturday, December 17, 2016, showed 19” of new snow on Aspen Mountain, with snow continuing to fall steadily through the morning and a 100% chance of heavy après-ski celebration beginning in the mid-afternoon. It was the biggest, deepest powder day of Aspen’s 2016-17 ski season, thus far. It also proved to be some of the most memorable storm skiing in recent history: Appropriately, Aspen Skiing Company said via social media: “We will be talking about this day for a really long time.” Local skier, Whit Boucher, noted, “That was some of the best powder I’ve ever skied on Aspen Mountain.” Fielding Miller, another local, called it “One of the best days of [his] life.” The skiing was so good that the skiers’ collective mood was perfectly ripe for festing. Of course, there’s hardly a better venue to fulfill those celebratory desires than 39 Degrees, just a snowball’s throw from the Silver Queen gondola station, at the base of Aspen Mountain. The fact that the Elevated Après Tour had invaded the famed party spot was purely icing on yesterday’s powdery cake.


A look at Aspen Mountain's gondola, captured by local photographer, Matt Power. Photo courtesy of Aspen Skiing Co.

Somewhere under there is FREESKIER's Range Rover Evoque, by Land Rover...

The promise of music, free drinks and ski gear giveaways drew a massive crowd to the trendy lounge. The energy levels were high from the get-go as partygoers recounted the day’s incredible skiing experiences. Champagne was popped and shots were knocked back in a toast to Ullr’s blessing of deep snow. The positive vibes only increased as FREESKIER’s squadron took to the microphones to give away brand-new skis, outerwear, goggles, helmets, backpacks, coolers and copious amounts of swag. Looking around the room, there were massive smiles plastered on every face.

Happy campers.

Tequila train, coming through.

DJ Echo Dafunk inspiring good times.

39 Degrees Lounge is no stranger to wild après parties. In fact, après-partying at this place is a daily occurrence, with skiers enjoying either the beautiful interior or the adjacent pool deck, complete with Aspen’s most talked-about, most-trafficked hot tub. Evidence of just how “elevated” yesterday’s après experience was came in the form of partygoers’ quotes; one said frankly, “This is the best party here [at 39 Degrees] in a decade.” Really, when you have folks jumping fully-clothed into the pool (cell phones and all) in order to win ski gear, how can you go wrong?


It's raining free ski gear...

Free Big Agnes puffy jacket—Check! Free Mountainsmith x FREESKIER cooler—Check!

More free ski gear than one can carry? Check!

Sopping wet after jumping in the pool to win gear? Yeah, that happened.

The stoke is real.

Free, brand-new Salomon QST 118 skis? Got that, too.

A who’s who of notable locals joined in on the fun, from local professional skiers (including X Games medalist, Alex Ferreira, and star of Teton Gravity Research films, Colter Hinchliffe) to ski industry powerhouses, to the town’s most iconic ski bum and rollerblading aficionado, “Benny the Blade.”

Local pro skier Charlie Lasser (L), X Games medalist in halfpipe, Alex Ferreira (second from left), and friends.

Brian Schroy of BDot Media Group (L), former pro skier and Aspen Skiing Co. employee, Michael Olenick (second from left), former FREESKIER staffer, Nicole Birkhold (third from left), and friend.

Clockwise from top left: Pro skier and star of Teton Gravity Research films, Colter Hinchliffe; ski bum Mikey Wechsler (33 days on-hill so far this season); local skier Jenny Harris; local photographer Matt Power; local skier Katrina Devore; FREESKIER's Sarah Sherman.

In the mix: Local skier Baker Boyd along with local skiers and well-known public relations gurus, Fielding Miller and Sam Coffey.

Center: Oakley's Greg Strokes. Right: Alex Fry Hunt of DPS Skis.

FREESKIER's Damian Quigley with local friends.

Thumbs up for the Elevated Après Tour.

A perfect ski day calls for bubbly.

Happy in their new FREESKIER t-shirts...

Carrying the day’s big excitement well into the night, the Elevated Après Tour helped to extend and enhance a truly remarkable skiing day. And that, folks, is what it’s all about.

Looking ahead, FREESKIER will be boosting the après-ski spirit in Steamboat Springs, CO and Winter Park, CO before swinging north to Sun Valley, ID, Jackson Hole, WY and Big Sky, MT before rocketing east to visit a handful of New England’s storied watering holes.



Ski, Eat, Sleep and Discover in Aspen:


TJ David photographed by Tomas Zuccareno. Photo courtesy of Aspen Skiing Co.

Ski

Best groomer run: Spar Gulch on Aspen Mountain. “Spar to the bar” will make you want to move here. Best lift to lap on a pow day: 1A at Ajax or Deep Temerity on Aspen Highlands. Best glades: S1 on Aspen Mountain. Best place to scare yourself: Aspen Mountain’s Traynor Ridge. See our custom trail map with more info on where to ski, here: http://freeskier.com/resort-gu...


Downtown Aspen and Aspen Mountain (center-left). Photo courtesy of Aspen Skiing Co.

Eat

Best dinner spot in town: Maru has a great local vibe and it’s cheap(ish). It’s a farm-to-table type of place. Grey Lady also has some damn good East Coast-style seafood. Kenichi serves up the most affordable sushi in town. Matsuhisa is another must-visit sushi spot, but, expect to pay handsomely for your fine dining experience. Also, check out Hops Culture, a popular destination for craft beer, wine and “elevated comfort food.” For more, see our full run-down, here: http://freeskier.com/resort-gu...

Sleep

Best place to stay for fancy digs: The Little Nell is widely regarded as top dog. The St. Regis is also quite swanky. Best place to stay for affordable digs: St. Moritz—it’s the closest thing to a hostel, but it’s not even close. Of course, the Sky Hotel is always a FREESKIER favorite. See more lodging options and read all about 'em, here: http://freeskier.com/resort-gu...

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