Almost all who ski or snowboard can agree on this: After a day on the slopes, there’s no feeling that compares to the reprieve of taking your ski boots off. That return to comfortability is best paired with a luxe après ski experience—one with a ski-in/ski-out location, chic setting, warm firepits to cuddle around, refreshing cocktails, tasty bites, and top-line service.
Select Aperitivo, an Italian spirit brand regarded as the chosen Aperitivo of Venetians, recognizes that. So much so that they launched a pop-up called Select Slopeside, which brings elevated après ski experiences to travelers in Aspen and the Catskills: live music, vintage décor, and Select Aperitivo cocktails are the scene.
But perhaps the brand’s most creative installation is the one at Viceroy Snowmass—a mountain-style chalet with ski-in/ski-out access to Snowmass Mountain—where a vintage ski wall plus charming red and white decor are inspired by Slim Aarons’ 1979 photograph of Princess Lucy Ruspoli.
Outside of nods to Slim Aarons, Select Slopeside pays further tribute to the brand’s vintage aesthetic: They collaborated with designer Tara Shakti to create vintage-inspired ski suits for the pop-up’s servers.
Afternoons are the best time for après ski. From 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, guests can shred down the mountain, unhook their boots, and turn into the Viceroy’s slope-adjacent, expansive patio, which encircles the hotel’s heated pool and extra-hot hot tubs. The cabanas with firepits are alluring, too.
Being that Select Aperitivo masters the “well-balanced spritz,” the pop-up offers variations of the libation, including their signature Select Spritz, which features Aperitivo, prosecco, soda water, and a tooth-picked olive.
Outside of the pop-up, those staying at Viceroy Snowmass can expect a bevy of splendors that come with their time at the hotel: a stunning spa designed by Jean-Michel Gathy, Richard Sandoval-helmed restaurant called TORO Kitchen & Lounge (the Ahi Tuna Taquitos are a must), and spacious, mountain-style rooms.