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Power of Two: A decade of partnering with Aspen Skiing Company

Over the last decade or so, Rowland+Broughton has been honored with the opportunity to collaborate with the Aspen Skiing Company on more than 20 projects. On-mountain or off, each has helped to enrich the experiences of Aspen locals and visitors alike.


Most recently, our team completed a second renovation of Ajax Tavern at The Little Nell, a popular aprés-ski spot just steps from the Silver Queen Gondola. Enhancing the welcoming tavern feel and building on The Little Nell’s on-going commitment to sustainability, the renovation emphasized the use of sustainable materials, including leather, light oak, and blackened steel. Handcrafted details reflect the ethos of Colorado and enhance the overall effect of the new décor.


Vibrant Limelight Aspen is an example of how smart, thoughtful design can help create an environment so welcoming and comfortable that it’s not only become one of Aspen’s most popular hotels, but also a unique gathering place for the community at large. R+B’s interior renovation included a new relaxed design aesthetic featuring a lighter, nature-inspired color palette, as well as new furnishings, finishes and soft goods. Note: The success of Limelight Aspen led to R+B being selected to develop the interiors of the Limelight Ketchum in Ketchum, Idaho, which is also owned by Aspen Skiing Company.


Atop Aspen Highlands, Cloud Nine has long held a reputation for fine alpine dining and a celebratory atmosphere. R+B added just the right touch of interior refinement to its cozy, European style. Sensitive upgrades to the open kitchen and dining areas were done with respect to retaining the original character of the interior, which features knotted wood paneled walls, exposed beams and skiing memorabilia.


More R+B and Aspen Skiing Company Projects

The Little Nell guestrooms, suites, corridors, back-of-house, lobby

– Residences of Snowmass

– Sanctuary Residences

Element 47

– Aspen Mountain Club

– Sneaky’s Tavern

– Ullrhof

– Bumps – banquettes

– Chair 9

– The Aspen Shop

– D&E Four Mountain Sports – various locations

– Aspen+Snowmass Mountain ticket offices


“We value our relationship with the Aspen Skiing Company as we are aligned in our appreciation of the unique mountain environment, similar guiding principals, and the importance of designing and building with an eye toward excellence and sustainability. We look forward to continuing a partnership in architecture and design with our community partners.” Sarah Broughton, R+B Principal