Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy heads to Aspen this week to compete in the X Games, where he hopes to repeat (or better) his 2016 performances that nabbed him silver medals in the slopestyle and superpipe events.
What makes being a master of the mountain here so sweet for Gus is that this is his home turf, too: The 25 year-old out athlete spent plenty of time in the tony resort town, having grown up in nearby Telluride (“I love coming to Aspen because it’s like a glamorous version of a trip home.”)
Below, Gus let us in on some of his favorite places to hang when he’s not competing. And be sure to tune into “Snow Days,” all this week on Logo.
“This is the hotel that I stay at during the X Games. It’s got a pretty lobby and underground parking—it’s really hard to find parking in Aspen! It’s got a really nice pool in the back with multiple hot tubs around it.” [ed. note: It’s also a host hotel for Aspen Gay Ski Week, and the website has an LGBTQ tab.]
Hyman Avenue Shopping
“There’s a really good modern art museum in Aspen. It’s also on Hyman Avenue. They often have these really funky installations [ed. note: including “Julian Schnabel Plate Paintings 1978–86” on view through February 19, and “Jack Pierson: 5 Shows from the ’90s,” starting February 10]. There are a lot of galleries in Aspen, too. It’s fun to walk around and poke your head in.”
Then you can take a ride up the gondola—with or without your skis (just for the view). And the gondolas in Aspen are fancy. You can plug your phone in and play music that makes the ride up to the top more fun. My boyfriend and I did that last year—just rode the gondola—on a day I wasn’t competing. There’s a little lodge at the top where you can grab a coffee.”
“I’ve been going since I was a kid, after hockey games and soccer games. They have amazing barbecue and huge servings. I get a full rack of ribs when I’m there that comes with Texas toast, baked beans and a veggie like collard greens or corn. It’s definitely a sloppy-sauce kind of place. It always looks like a murder took place at my table by the time I’m done.”
“It’s not necessarily specific to just Aspen… but if you feel like taking out a second mortgage on your home for sushi, Matsuhisa [located in a 120-year old Victorian house] is pretty good.”