Cloud Nine is the definition of après-ski. Nestled at the top of Highlands Mountain this small unassuming restaurant turns into a wild daytime party. They only have a noon seating and a 2 pm reservation. I ordered soup and an assortment of fondue with proper swiss cheese like roulette. The 2 pm is the reservation you strive for, which makes reservations even more difficult. You must make them 90 days in advance. But if you succeed at the 2 pm lunch seating you will witness the music starting to blast, ski boot-wearing diners begin to dance on their chairs, and everyone starts spraying hundreds of bottles of champagne at each other.
Architect Andre Ulrych not only joined the party but supplied a most unusual inspiration for those dabbling in mind expansion through hallucinogenics. He built them a house. Ulrych had never built a house before, and decided that the best way to tap into a rich, creative vein within and construct the house that represented his most inner-self was to build it while tripping on mushrooms, and occasionally LSD. 6 years and countless caps and stems later, he finished what is known as the Magic Mushroom House.
Aspen is one of the most well known Colorado ski and snowboard destinations in the world for these among many other reasons, including its long and storied ski history. With four separate ski and snowboard areas, there is an amazing selection of terrain, for movie stars and powder hounds alike. In total, Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Buttermilk, and Aspen Highlands make up over 5,500 acres of skiable terrain. Amongst all of this terrain is some of the best skiing and snowboarding in Colorado.