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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Follow Shaun White in Aspen


3. What to Do

Tackle tricks on the super-pipe at Buttermilk, home to the ESPN Winter X Games.  

Attempt snowboarding tricks on the same terrain as greats like Shaun White at Buttermilk, host of the ESPN Winter X Games through 2012. The centerpiece is the 22-foot super-pipe, where experienced boarders flip and spin to the cheers of spectators. Cruise over more than 40 jumps and 25 rails on the mountain’s X Games slope-style course, or learn how to conquer the pipe with a one-day snowboarding class ($180).

Quit the slopes around 2 p.m. and trade tales over raclette—a Swiss fondue—near the fireplace at Cloud Nine, an intimate and often boozy mid-mountain European chalet on Aspen Highlands. The spot overlooks Aspen from 10,740 feet, offering views of pine-dotted mountains for 40 miles from the outdoor deck. Cook oozy cheeses, fried potatoes, and cured meats ($31 per person) on a mini-grill at your table, paired with steaming cups of mulled wine. Afterward, ride back down the mountain with an escort from the ski patrol.

Uncover a trove of designer castoffs in Aspen’s string of secondhand stores. Try on pristine fur coats ($2,500) and never-worn Anne Fontaine blouses ($54) at Uptown Exchange (517 E. Hopkins Ave.; 970-925-9818), or scope out finery from the likes of Dries Van Noten and Fendi at Susie’s Limited (623 E. Hopkins Ave.; 970-920-2376)—recent finds include a DVN skirt for $68 and $150 Fendi mules. There’s even a market for gently used skis and snowboards at Replay Sports (465 N. Mill St.; 970-925-2483), where you’ll find deals like hardly worn helmets for half-price.

Published on Feb 25, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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