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Planning the Perfect Colorado Escape

There’s more than just skiing to keep you busy in these Rocky Mountain towns

9:00 a.m.
Wake up at the Dancing Bear Residence Club

Located just blocks from Ajax Mountain in the heart of downtown, Timbers Resorts’ Dancing Bear is the year-round destination of choice for in-the-know travelers. A fractional ownership starting at $735,000, gets you the use of one of the property’s nine three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom residences for six weeks. While you’re there, take advantage of the screening room, wine cellar, game room and rooftop lounge outfitted with hot tubs. There is a concierge service if you want to go out and a delicious brasserie on the ground floor for eating in. Amenities like heated bathroom floors, daily maid service, a breakfast buffet and a popular happy hour add to the luxe offerings. “With its excellent location, this truly intimate mountain retreat is a private escape that feels very exclusive and relaxed at the same time,” Timbers Resorts’ Amy Anderson says. 411 South Monarch Street, dancingbearaspen.com

10:30 a.m.
Take a hike down valley

Boulder-based Newton Running footwear company launched its first trail running shoe, built for variable surfaces and challenging weather conditions. Take advantage of a thaw and head to Carbondale to test run the cult-favorite brand’s brightly colored footwear. BoCo AT shoes, $129, NEWTON RUNNING, newtonrunning.com

1:00 p.m.
Lunch at the Aspen Mountain Club

Accessible by gondola on the top of Ajax Mountain, the members-only Aspen Mountain Club is the place to see and be seen. The homey David Easton–designed clubhouse, which boasts members like Jack Nicholson, Kevin Costner and Domenico De Sole, offers panoramic views and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace for warming up. 970-920-6333

3:00 p.m.
Explore the retail options

Aspen plays host to major retail brands from Ralph Lauren to Brunello Cucinelli. If Alaïa and Stella McCartney are what you crave, check out Nuages and Distractions. For casual sportswear, Gorsuch and Pitkin County Dry Goods are local favorites. Hostess presents or last-minute holiday shopping mean a trip to Fendi’s South Mill Street boutique. Leather and fox-fur key fob, $600, FENDI, 970-920-3100

5:00 p.m.
Apres-ski at Ajax Tavern

Whether you ski, snowboard or shop, you can be sure everyone will want to meet up for drinks. The must-have spirit is Reserve Vodka, an offering from local craft distillery Woody Creek, which is made from Polish Stobrawa potatoes. Vodka, $130, WOODY CREEK, woodycreekdistillers.com

8:00 p.m.
Dinner at David Burke Kitchen

Chef David Burke’s signature flair comes to town at David Burke Kitchen. Try the chef’s trademark dishes, like pretzel-crusted crab cakes and duck and foie gras in a jar. 515 Hopkins Avenue, davidburke.com

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