The 153-room Wildwood Snowmass resort is a newly renovated ski lodge located within Snowmass Village, located nine miles from Aspen, Colorado. Originally built in 1969, it was transformed in 2012 into a hip and stylish mid-range group hotel with designs by renowned fashion designer Steven Alan and the Reunion design firm. Artistic accents include a snow leopard rug painted on the floor, green and blue climbing rope and a modernist totem pole.
“At Wildwood we’ve reclaimed the classic lines of its 1960s architecture and injected it with the vibrant colors and vitality of current art and culture,” says Carlton DeWoody of Reunion. “Our mission was to create a space that’s comfortable and warm, while at the same time radical and relevant.”
The guestrooms were decorated with vintage lithographs of nature scenes that were splashed with paint, creating reflections and light with text placed within the photograph. All rooms have views of the Rocky Mountains and ski slopes. Reunion used the old design to its advantage but added contemporary sensibilities for modern groups.
“This hotel connects with the year-round vibe in Snowmass,” says DeWoody. ”The Wildwood is a ski lodge with urban sensibilities. It’s the ultimate party hotel.”
For prefunction cocktails, groups head to the Living Room before dinner. Relax on the interchanging modular furniture and enjoy hors d’oeuvres. Across the space is The Bar at Wildwood serving ten beers on tap by Colorado’s new Belgium Brewery. The space includes a stylish mix of vintage and contemporary furnishings along with comfortable cuisine. The restaurant serves seasonal gourmet soups, salads, specialty pizzas and Belgian beer battered fish n’ chips. Be sure to try the Mountain Town cocktail, a delicious beverage infused with apples, cinnamon and Jim Beam Black Label, bitters and sweet vermouth.
The Ranger Station is a slope-side bar and eatery serving homemade bison chili, grilled cheese paninis and s’more waffles with whipped cream.
“We’re located 10 steps from the ski racks, you can basically ski into the bar,” says Patrick Wasserman, owner of the Ranger Station. The bar has an outdoor patio, fire pit and stage. “This is the place where groups love to hang out, eat, have fun and drink great beer.”