It’s not everywhere that skiers can find virgin powder, untrammeled backcountry, 5300 acres of terrain and world-class art. Fresh-off-the-slope visitors to Colorado’s iconic ski mecca can also see some of the best contemporary international and US art at the Aspen Art Museum.
Art is nothing new for Aspen, The once old silver mining town that is now a packed playground for billionaires with their private jets and private art collections has had a sterling (pardon the pun) reputation for respect for the arts since the mid-1940s. It was then that Chicago business honcho, Walter Paepcke, arrived in the sleepy mountain town, set up the Aspen Skiing Company and then lured the likes of Walter Gropius (founder of the Bauhaus movement) to draw up a plan for a new Aspen. That was followed by invitations to Bauhaus architects Herbert Bayer and Eero Saarinen to design some of the town’s buildings and subsequently the Aspen Institute, Ideas Festival, and Aspen Music Festival.