Cradled in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley, about a four hour drive west of Denver, Aspen is perhaps just as well known for its world class skiing as it is for its stereotypes. While popular culture would have you believe that Aspen is simply a heaven for the world’s fur-clad 1% and the setting for wintertime celebrity paparazzi shots, that’s far from the truth.
Yes, it’s beyond easy to live the good life in Aspen, and yes Aspen is home to amazing hotels, dining and nightlife that alone can make a trip here worthwhile. But at its core, Aspen is all about the outdoors and bringing people together (regardless of their socioeconomic status) around a common love — nature. No matter the season, Aspen and the surrounding area is jam packed with enough outdoor adventures to keep even the most experienced adrenaline junkie coming back for more. Yet every year, from early December to early April, it’s Aspen’s winter ski season that ultimately steals the show.
With four unique mountains, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk, all located within close proximity and connected by a free public shuttle, the skiing and snowboarding here is seemingly endless.
So to see for myself what Aspen was really like, and to spend as much time as I could skiing and snowboarding over the course of a long weekend, I hopped on a direct flight from Los Angeles to Aspen (Aspen Airport is only minutes from the slopes). But before taking off, I had to gear up with the right clothing to stay comfortable and warm — and if said clothing also made me one of Aspen’s best dressed guys, then so be it.
Luckily I partnered up with the good people over at Eddie Bauer and Travel + Leisure who provided me with the best of the best from Eddie Bauer’s lineup of winter gear — including their Neoteric Shell Jacket, Radiator Fleece Hybrid 1/4 Zip Pullover, Claim Touchscreen Gloves, Convector Jacket and Snowqualmie Pass Boots.
The temperature and conditions varied drastically during my stay, from a warm and sunny Saturday spent at Aspen Mountain (known to locals as Ajax), to a cold Sunday full of continuously falling fresh powder spent at Aspen Highlands. On both days I felt perfectly outfitted and 100% ready to take on the slopes.
Here’s a little more about my experience with the items featured above. And to help you determine what size might fit you best, I’ve listed the size I’m wearing in the photos (for reference, I’m 6ft tall with a 31″ waist).
Neoteric Shell Jacket - This is the perfect skiing and snowboarding shell. It’s lightweight yet warm and super durable yet breathable. It also has an array of handy exterior and interior pockets (including an interior mesh goggle pocket with built in lens wipe), an extra large hood that fits over a helmet and a removable powder skirt. Size pictured: small
Radiator Fleece Hybrid 1/4 Zip Pullover - This fleece is incredible and I’m amped to have it in my arsenal of cold weather gear. I wore this fleece throughout my entire trip — from relaxing indoors (without a shirt underneath — it’s warm and soft on the skin), to on the mountain as a midlayer, to walking around town with a flannel button up underneath. Size pictured: small
Claim Touchscreen Gloves – Surprisingly soft, warm and comfortable to wear thanks to the microfleece lining. Forefinger and thumb touchpoints allow you to control your phone without having to take your gloves off — a really convenient feature. All around amazing gloves. Size pictured: large
Convector Jacket – Insulated nylon makes it warm and lightweight. StormRepel® DWR finish makes it extra water resistant. You can easily throw this stylish jacket on over a button up and be ready to go out to a nice dinner. Size pictured: medium
Snowqualmie Pass Boots - Built for taking on serious snow and cold, these ultra waterproof boots are all you need — whether walking around Aspen after/during a snowstorm or trekking through a snowy backcountry.
Thanks to my buddy Scott for taking all these photos!