60 second skier’s guide to Aspen with local Michael Wechsler

Aspen

It can be tricky to find a true local from Aspen – but Michael ‘Mikey’ Wechsler is one. He’s lived in this Colorado heritage ski town for 38 years. You’ll find him working at The Red Onion (an Aspen bar institution that’s been operating since 1892) by night and on skis by day. 

Weschler is known for skiing the most days possible each winter, so you know you’re in good hands with his tips for Aspen. 

We gave him 14 questions in 60 seconds. This is what he answered.

Favourite ski/board run

The one I’m on at the time.

Where do you head on a powder day?

Bell Mountain (on Aspen Mountain) where there are lots of lines in the trees. 

Where’s your favourite après spot and why?

Ajax Tavern for its proximity.

Favourite on mountain dining

Bonnies! Get the oatmeal pancakes for brekkie or pizza for lunch.

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Bonnies, an on-mountain institution

Must do non ski/board snow activity

Snowmobile or fat bike to Maroon Bells.

Best hot chocolate

Little Nell

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The Little Nell’s hot chocolate – drooling.

Best coffee

Jour de Fete.

Best breakfast

Bonnies on mountain after the lifts open for oatmeal pancakes or Jour de Fete for anything.

Best day side trip

Avalanche Ranch hot springs

Best shopping

The whole town.

Where do you take visitors to impress them?

Highlands Bowl

Where would you go for date night?

Creperie de Village

Best activity for kids/families?

Tubing at Snowmass at night.

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Tubing in Aspen Snowmass

What item should visitors take back with them and why?

Their memories because pictures just won’t do them justice.

Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.

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