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Winter Wonderland Part 3: To Ski, or Apres Ski?

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This week we are finishing off our “Winter Wonderland” series with a visit to two of the Auberge Resorts Collection Colorado resorts - the infamous and historic Hotel Jerome in downtown Aspen and the cozy yet contemporary Madeline Hotel and Residences in the ski village near Telluride.

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Real-Time Retreats - Winter Wonderland Part 3: To Ski, or Apres Ski? Aspen and Telluride, CO

Our friend and partner Gale McClurkan, Global Sales Director of Auberge Resorts Collection, and Catherine Stewart, Senior Sales Director of their Colorado properties, will hand us our skis and whisk us away by gondola to these snow-rific locations.

Enjoy these videos to get you in a festive, adventurous, wintry mood!
Summer and Winter in Telluride
XGames Aspen 2020 - and enjoy the thrill of the downhill!

The question we want to pose this week is: “To Ski, Or Apres Ski???” Garner your ski garb, lovelies, or deck yourself out in your loungiest ‘lodge look’ or get ready to go bar hopping so you can hang with the locals. There are plenty of after-hours options in both of these mountain towns!

This week we celebrate all of the activities that these two swanky Colorado resorts offer, both on and off the slopes! What does a trip to Colorado look like to you? Show us at your “snow bunny” best! And extra credit to the person who can quote their favorite Shakespeare sonnet!

Get in the mood with us for our Rocky Mountain journey, and you could win a 3-night/4-day stay at your choice of the two resorts, including breakfast for two daily! How do you like that to kick 2021 off in high spirits?

As an added bonus, Kelly McAlister with Maui Jim will also be awarding a gift (new goggles, anyone?) to a planner who goes all-in for this journey with us this week.

Auberge will graciously be providing gifts for the first five planners to log into the call at 3:55 pm - so even if you come in your Zoom-wear, there are ways for us to let us know that we see you and we appreciate you!

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Gale McClurkan - Global Sales Director - Auberge Resorts Collection

Gale McClurkan

Global Sales Director, Auberge Resorts Collection

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Gale McClurkan started in hotel sales in 1998. After numerous roles with Ritz-Carlton, she jumped at the chance to join Auberge Resorts Collection as Global Sales Director, representing the entire brand portfolio.

Gale is a native Texan and lives in Coppell, Texas, with her husband, Steve, daughter, Olivia, and son Blake. She is addicted to any sport her kids participate in, as well as a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas A&M Aggies.

Catherine Stewart, Senior Area Sales Manager - Hotel Jerome, Madeline Hotel & Residences

Catherine Stewart

Senior Area Sales Manager Hotel Jerome, Madeline Hotel & Residences

330 East Main Street
Aspen, CO 81611
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What I love about working for Auberge Resorts Collection is that they encourage everyone to be their authentic selves. It creates such a collaborative, positive workplace- and I enjoy going to work each day.

I am a mom to two daughters, Ellie (18) and Clarke (16). After 13 years of being a professional soccer mom- I am being forced into retirement with Ellie graduating high school this spring! When I am not cheering on the sidelines- you can find me reading, gardening, and dreaming of my next trip!

Hotel Jerome, Aspen Colorado

Hotel Jerome

The 130-year-old Hotel Jerome is perfectly positioned in the heart of downtown Aspen, Colorado, within walking distance of Ajax Mountain. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is a brick structure built in the 1880s, often described as Aspen’s “crown jewel.”

The Jerome offers an elegant yet relaxed ambience, impeccable service, unsurpassed accommodations and exquisite dining. Each of the 99 richly appointed guestrooms and spacious suites provide a haven of comfort and sophistication. The celebrated J-bar and sophisticated Living Room are favorites of locals and guests alike. The hotel embodies the philosophy of Aspen – a balance of mind, body, and spirit, while living your best life!


Aspen’s iconic landmark since 1889, it’s more than just a place to stay. Hotel Jerome is a place to immerse yourself in Aspen’s colorful past! During the height of Colorado’s silver boom, the Hotel Jerome evolved from the vision of Jerome B. Wheeler, who built the hotel in 1889 to emulate the great European hotels of the time. Built in the heart of downtown, it was designed to be a paragon of hospitality for its day

Aspen Colorado


During the 1950’s, the hotel became a popular watering hole for writers, avant-garde artists and screen stars, including Gary Cooper, Lana Turner, Hedy LaMarr and John “Duke” Wayne. With the emergence of the Aspen Institute, it was not unusual to find intellectuals, artists and notable industrialists gathered around the swimming pool listening to informal lectures by some of the leading thinkers and innovators of the era- and this is still going on to this day! (visit the Aspen Ideas Festival)

Hotel Jerome lobby


If you’re an early riser who ends your ski runs by brunch, opt for this cold brew concoction that shakes dark spiced rum and sweet butterscotch schnapps to create a boozy iced caramel latte. It will keep you buzzed for round two on the slopes.


  • 1 ½ oz. spiced rum
  • 1 ½ oz. butterscotch schnapps
  • 4 oz. Daily Rise Cold Brew
  • half and half (optional)
  • granulated sugar (optional)


Fill a pint glass with ice and add spiced rum, butterscotch schnapps, and cold brew coffee. Stir together and add cream or sugar, if desired.

The Lodge at Blue Sky sweet dreams
Madeline Hotel & Residences, Telluride Colorado

Madeline Hotel & Residences

Avid adventurers and ardent fans of the great outdoors call Telluride their spiritual home, nestled at the end of a lush box canyon, where red rocks rise from the canyon floor, and the snowy peaks of the San Juan Mountains loom majestically ahead. You’ll feel right at home with the relaxed mountain lifestyle—and cocooned by the warmth of the Madeline Hotel family.


Guests and residence owners can take in sweeping views and legendary sunsets while they sip on handcrafted cocktails and join in poolside après events.

Madeline Hotel & Residences pool


Access to the Auberge Ski Valet is the above and beyond service that the brand is known for. Just let them know when you’re ready to hit the slopes, and they’ll lay your skis out the backdoor (tips pointed downhill, of course) for a true ski-out experience.

There’s something for everyone, from the meandering green and blue runs of Sunshine (Lift 10), Ute Park (Lift 11) and Prospect Bowl (Lift 12) for beginners to the Plunge (Lift 9), a jaw-dropping black diamond that descends 3,140 vertical feet from the top of the mountain down to Telluride, for your expert skiers!

Telluride, CO


Since we can’t ski at home (of course, unless you have a very hilly backyard!) we thought these apres ski ideas might be a little more feasible:

10 Books to Read by the Fire

And, 10 books that were actually burned in fires...

Songs about skiing/snowboarding

Fun facts about Telluride. (BTW, some speculate that the name “Telluride” actually derived from the phrase “To Hell You Ride,“ which described the treacherous journey to get to the remote mountain town back in the day.

To ski or not to ski. That is not a question.

Some virtual backgrounds for you to use on our Zoom call, provided by Auberge Resorts Collection!

Kelly McAlister, Maui Jim Corporate Gifts

Kelly McAlister, Maui Jim

Kelly McAlister of Maui Jim will be with us on the calls each week as judge and jury to see which planner really goes all-in with the theme. So engage, be creative, and have fun... and you may be the winner!

She’ll be doing some gifting that will surely lift your shelter-in-place spirits!

Maui Jim

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