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Liquid Sky and Junk

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In 1982, Russian film director Slava Tsukerman directed and released a colorful and erratic sci-fi film about space aliens migrating to New York City to prey on human endorphins. The film, titled Liquid Sky, became a midnight movie phenomenon, as well as a cult classic to many left-of-cool cinephiles. The film is the type of righteously weird B-flick saga that plays at 2 AM on the Sundance Channel, complete with glow-in-the-dark spaceships, sybaritic strung-out fashion models, and a scholarly German scientist trying his objective best to explain the far-out situation.
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How is this related to Aspen/Snowmass?

It may sound like a cognitive leap, but the answer is in name and endorphin-driven concept. Liquid Sky and Junk are a rowdy and psychedelic slope-side hideaway/eatery for the jet-set crowd. Located in the brand-new Snowmass Base Village, Liquid Sky and Junk are the cold weather brainchild of the Scott Degraff’s Fun Worldwide. Degraff’s nightclub expertise comes from the N9NE group, known for its sexy, showy, and seductive collection of Las Vegas nightclubs like Rain, The Playboy Club, Moon, and Ghostbar. Therefore, Liquid Sky has all the feel of Las Vegas on the snow: complete with glitzy lights, top-shelf DJs, outdoor fire pits, flat-screen TVs, warming lamps, bottle service, and thousand-dollar balcony views of the 14,000-foot Snowmass Mountain. There are hammock swings for lounging, two outdoor bars, four DJ booths, and a fire pits built into the tables for roasting s’mores to a perfect golden brown. Self-described as “Hard Liquor and Dangerous Grooves,” Liquid Sky is the newest après ski hangout for the hedge fund and trophy wife crowd seeking a little endorphin-fueled sophistication mixed in with their hedonism. If you’re not feeling dirty yet, there’s even outdoor showers on the property, just incase you need to wash off before that Pravda pomegranate martini.

While Liquid Sky packs fabulous views, eclectic furnishings, and nightlife heat, Junk reworks serious culinary attitude into commonly stigmatized junk food. Dishes like tuna burgers, sushi, po’boys, and club sandwiches offer redemptive glimpses of divinity into the sin of junk food. It is the perfect spot for a quick and delicious lunch before burning off the calories on the slopes. Prices may seem a bit steep, but this hot spot is all about style and the scene.

If you’re skiing or staying at Snowmass, you won’t be able to miss Liquid Sky and Junk: look for the flames from the gas-fueled fire pits and torches lit up like a ritualistic ceremony for cannibals in couture. The context of this contemporary lounge/eatery concept is part of a brand new, billion-dollar development effort underway in Snowmass Village. In a heavy snowstorm just before the busy Christmas 2008 holiday, The Aspen Ski Company opened Base Village, a brand new condo, shopping, and dining complex at the gondola and foot of the Snowmass ski area. Base Village is complete with a conference center, the Treehouse Kids adventure center, swanky new ski-in/ski-out residences, and a delightful mix of dining and nightlife options, all with a winter wonderland backdrop of the powdery white slopes of Snowmass.

Liquid Sky and Junk
73 Wood Rd.
Snowmass Village, CO 81615
970-922-5865
www.funworldwide.net