Pop-up Champagne Bar is back on Aspen Mountain

A traveling champagne bar, which debuted last spring on the ski slopes, provided a unique experience and caused no problems, Aspen Skiing Co. officials reported.

“I’m happy to report we had no problems whatsoever,” said David Bellack, Skico senior vice president and general counsel. “It was popular with the guests. The people who visited it seemed to enjoy it a great deal.”

In February, when the pop-up champagne “oasis” first came before commissioners, there were concerns about promoting on-slope drinking, and Commissioner George Newman wound up voting against the proposal.

On Tuesday, no vote was necessary, and commissioners raised no concerns with the plan.

“It wasn’t a big party,” John Speers, general manager of The Little Nell, said of last season’s experience. “It was never a big drinking crowd that was going to make a day of it.”

The Nell, the luxury hotel at the base of Aspen Mountain, also operates the Sundeck restaurant at the summit and oversees the champagne bar, a portable affair set up at sunny spots on the mountain where patrons could enjoy great vistas. Skico plans to set up the bar again for spring skiing, starting on Presidents Day weekend, but it did uncork the bar for opening day this winter, given the unseasonably high temperatures.

“It doesn’t work too well when we have temperatures of minus 2,” Bellack said.

The bar operated on weekends last season, selling small, snow-chilled flutes of Veuve Clicquot for $15 each. The amenity was unique among ski areas and gave Aspen some additional media attention as a result, Speers said.

“We’re always trying to figure out how to position ourselves to get more PR,” he said. “It’s about having a cool new thing for our guests that they don’t see somewhere else.”

Source:Aspen Times

Find “The Oasis” a pop-up Champagne bar on Aspen Mountain

The Little Nell, a ski-in, ski-out five-star, five diamond hotel at the base of Aspen Mountain, has launched “The Oasis” on Aspen Mountain complete with a Veuve Clicquot Pop-up Champagne bar this winter season.

As part of Veuve Clicquot’s annual celebration of winter “Clicquot in the Snow”, The Oasis guests receive après ski flutes of Champagne and spectacular views of Aspen Mountain. The bar features umbrellas, lounge chairs, solar-powered sound system, flags and other features that will make The Oasis stand out in the snow. But there is one thing – the guests have to find the secret location!

“Guests will receive clues to find the secret location of the mobile champagne bar on Aspen Mountain,” explained Little Nell Food and Beverage Director Sabato Sagaria. “Those that find the mobile shrine will be rewarded with magnificent views of the town of Aspen and the surrounding area, made even more beautiful with a glass of snow-chilled Champagne.”

Liz Palmer