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The Cool Clubs

Partying Privately for Aspen Magazine

Aspen Mountain Club, Aspen Skiing Company’s private hilltop hideaway on Ajax, offers an elegant lunch alternative to the adjoining Sundeck. Both spaces boast commanding views of the Elk Mountains, but that is where the similarities stop. After ditching ski boots and fixing helmet hair in the well-appointed locker rooms, Mountain Club members don comfy slippers and are treated to an impressive lunch at antique Austrian tables—along with arguably the country’s most crab claws served at 11,212 feet. Also included are two lifetime SkiCo ski passes and a ski locker below the Silver Queen Gondola, making hitting the slopes—or just grabbing lunch—a breeze. Membership Requirements $220,000 initiation, $6,900 annually

The Caribou Club, brainchild of legendary Aspen impresario Harley Baldwin, has been the private pleasure den of choice for fine dining, dancing and late-night debauchery since 1989. “The ’Bou,” Aspen’s first members-only club, lies behind an unmarked door at the end of an “alley” and fully delivers on the Rocky Mountain millionaire aesthetic that is often associated with the town. The British racing-green walls in the Great Room set the tone for an exhilarating evening, while the attentive—and attractive—staff in the Caribou Bar and the DJ rocking the dance floor make every night feel like a special event. Membership Requirements $3,000 initiation, $2,000 annually, 411 E. Hopkins Ave.

The mountain outpost of a Miami mainstay The Club at Casa Tua serves up sumptuous Italian fare and stunning views from the private portion of the restaurant. A gourmand and a veritable gallerist, Casa Tua owner Miky Grendene ensures a rotating display of museum-quality work graces the walls while the seasonal menu always stays on point. Fashion shows, winemaker dinners and access to special events round out the perks of the membership. Buonissimo. Membership Requirements Price upon request, 403 S. Galena St.

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