Virtuoso Life - September/October 2017 - 222
Out & About
Make cat tracks to Aspen for a backcountry powder adventure.
Clockwise from left:
Loading up for another
run, a dream descent,
and the lunch hut.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
OMETIMES THE STARS ALIGN ON
ski trips: fresh powder, bluebird
skies, and balmy spring temps.
When that happens in Aspen, you
can count on the whole town turning out for
the gondola's first cars. Unless you have a
friend with a helicopter or an indefatigable
pair of legs for Highland Bowl, finding untracked terrain quickly becomes as tricky as
scoring a patio seat come 4 pm. Of course,
Aspen is known for its ways to live large.
"Let's go mess up some snow," James
"Bob" Perlmutter says to ten of us climbing
out of a snowcat on the back side of Aspen
Mountain. For more than 30 years, the affable co-manager of the ski resort's Powder
Tours program has guided snowboarders
and skiers on daylong adventures. For
roughly three days after each snowstorm -
a time period based on Bob's insistence that
if they're taking your money, the skiing better be good - his parties rumble up Richmond Ridge above Silver Queen Gondola
to a playground spanning 1,200 acres of
meadows, glades, gullies, and mini-bowls.
It's a hot ticket after the inches pile up,
but twice a week The Little Nell hotel has
exclusive rights to one of the three cats and
upgrades the program with chef-prepared
snacks, sommelier-picked wines for lunch,
and a masseuse. Two hotel employees accompany groups to help look after guests,
although, honestly, I'm not too certain
about that last bit: As The Nell's GM and
BY JUSTIN PAUL