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Photograph: Aspen Snowmass

Story by Laurel Miller

On-mountain eateries aren’t generally known for their stellar food, prices or sourcing. Lucky us, then, because for over 10 years, Aspen Skiing Company (Skico) has worked to develop relationships with local and regional growers and Colorado food and drink producers. It’s an ethos largely started by former Little Nell chef Ryan Hardy, now co-owner/executive chef of Manhattan’s Charlie Bird. It’s gained traction under his former chef de cuisine, Andrew Helsley (current executive chef of Skico’s Mountain Division) and Skico culinary director Jim Butchart (he’s also the general manager at Lynn Britt Cabin at Snowmass).

Lynn Britt Cabin, set up for a Snowcat Dinner. Photograph: Aspen Snowmass

Butchart and Helsley make a progressive, powerful team when it comes to sourcing from the Western Slope foodshed. They rely upon Farm Runners, a Paonia-based distributor that direct sources from family farms to obtain seasonal produce, cheese and meat from Avalanche Cheese Company, Crystal River Meats, Rock Bottom Ranch, Raincrow Farm, Thistle Whistle Farm, Delicious Orchards, as well as bread and pastry from Louis’ Swiss Bakery, honey from Colby Farms and hybrid striped bass that’s sustainably farmed in Alamosa. Even this time of yearRead More

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Photograph: Marble Distilling Company


Photograph: Marble Distilling Company

Story by Laurel Miller

The term “staycation” has been in the American lexicon for more than a few years now, but how many of us actually take a holiday in our home town or environs? Despite nearly a decade of researching stories in Carbondale (even before I moved to the Roaring Fork Valley), I’d never spent the night there. Granted, until recently Carbondale didn’t have much in the way of appealing lodging options, but since downtown’s Marble Distilling Co. &  Inn opened last May, things have changed. With a tasting room/luxe lodging on Main Street, there’s no longer an excuse not to take 24 (hours) to eat and drink a wee bit excessively. ‘Tis the season, after all.

Photograph: Avalanche Ranch

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a true getaway, check out Redstone’s Avalanche Ranch. The 36-acre historic property, owned by the Ogilby-Jacober families (they also own Carbondale’s Fatbelly Burgers, which uses the Jacober family’s Crystal River Meats’ grassfed beef and lamb), is located atop a natural hot spring. Overnight guests have full use of the three tiered pools, but day-use passes are also available (note the pools are closed Wednesdays for cleaning).

Recently, I opted … Read More

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