Hitting the slopes of Aspen for an afternoon ski session is all in a day’s work for
, Editor-in-Chief of
magazine. Here, she shares her pro tips and reveals the latest sports trend on the
My motivation mantra...
Get it done. Do your best. Get it done.
To me, embracing ambition means...
Remembering that no good work was ever made without encountering challenges,
deadlines and a bit of fear.
My favorite part about living in the mountains...
Sunrise and sunset. I’m always chasing the light up or down the mountain at
one point of the day. During ski season, when the days are shorter, the terrace at
The Little Nell’s
gets the longest late
afternoon light before sunset (and un-coincidentally hosts the
best après ski)...
In 1989 as a Powder Panda in ski school at Buttermilk.
I challenge myself on the mountain by...
Last winter I starting skinning, which is when you apply synthetic “skins” to
the bottom of your skis. The skins, plus a special type of boot and binding, allow you to
glide/climb uphill. It’s not a new sport (the original skins were animal hides) but is recently all
the rage in Aspen — all four mountains allow it right on the resort terrain. It’s a great workout
with a built-in reward: When you reach the top, you pull the skins off and ski down!
The first time you strap on skis or a snowboard, my advice would be...
Keep your hands in front of you and point your skis downhill.
Aspen is surrounded by forest and wilderness. I suggest hiring a naturalist to take you snowshoeing
in the back country for a few hours — you never know what wild game you might spot. Or if you need
an “indoors” day, check out the Aspen Art Museum
puts on world-class shows with international
contemporary artists. Admission is free and the rooftop SO Café
has excellent views.
I define wellness as...
At the risk of sounding old-fashioned, when I think of wellness I think of
the notion of “living right.” Sleep when it’s dark, work when it’s light. Eat three meals a day of
real food. Don’t smoke. Take alcohol and sweets sparingly. Go outside, exercise. That was the
example I was raised with and it’s my understanding that those rhythms of daily life were encouraged
to keep us healthy, sane and resilient to life’s inevitable stressors. The more knowledge I gain
about some element of contemporary wellness — the more I lean on those patterns of behavior.
When I was younger I put an undue emphasis on attempting to stay fit and trim
without thinking about the big picture. Wellness is big picture. For me, it’s not a diet to lose
weight; it’s about deep nutrition and supporting your body’s inherent functions. Contemporary
wellness is a re-jiggering of thinking about food, sleep and stress away from “what can I put up
with” toward “how do I maximize what I’m working with.”