Your checklist: backcountry runs, perfecting your snow golf game and testing out your ice sculpture jacuzzi (patent pending).
Oh, and waffles. With foie gras. Preferably next to a roaring fire pit.
Which bring us to Element 47, a Colorado-centric commissary brimming with refined breakfast-y things and lots of bourbon, opening today at the Little Nell.
Consider this the latest in gondola-to-table dining. You’ll slalom into the hotel, drop your skis with the ski concierge, then walk down a set of stairs to the courtyard, where you’ll find this beauty. Come around sunset when the fire pit in the outdoor living room is going strong and your date is in the mood for something locally sourced and gin-filled. All the cocktails and beers hail from Centennial State distilleries, like the Alpenglow made with gin, tarragon and kumquat purée (any decent night in Aspen starts with kumquats).
In fact, everything here has some local connection, like the mushrooms in your Wild Mushroom Tortellini with Wagyu Bresaola and Pears, and the name, which harks back to Aspen’s mining history. Feel free to drop this intel as you wait for your customary evening mug of Little Nell hot chocolate.
They say it’s made with unicorn tears.