High fashion and even higher excitement in awesome Aspen

at other resorts. Well, the aftermath had anyway.’Oh no sir, don’t do that,’ said the ski patroller cum paramedic who had attended the incident. She seemed almost disappointed not to be taking me down in a blood wagon. ‘We have to call a bio clean up unit.’

‘A what?’ I asked.

But she was already on the radio, making arrangements. ‘Yessir, just below Pylon Eight.moncler jacket sale Nope, a one man unit should do the job. Awesome.’

The promised bio clean up unit a ski patroller with a big black bin bag duly arrived and shovelled up the offending snow.

But then, this is Aspen, where guests expect a certain standard of service. Meanwhile the paramedic wanted to make sure I was fully compos mentis.

‘Do you know the name of the president sir?”No sir, but close. And the day of the week? Do you remember what happened immediately prior to the fall? You do? Awesome. Ok, sir, you ski on down. And you have a good day now!’

Apart from a broken and gashed nose, a torn shoulder muscle, a

smashed camera and a ski jacket that looked tailor made for a Hammer

House of Horror film, the day was shaping up pretty well.

And Aspen had once again shown how it always does things with a

certain unique style. It has never failed me yet. On my first trip

years ago it was Gay Week I think Aspen pioneered the concept in ski

resorts and others have since followed suit.

This time it was Fashion Week. And that makes sense. When you have a ski resort that is reputedly home to more high end designers than Paris as well as celebs such as Michelle Pfeiffer, Kurt Russell and Jack Nicholson (not to mention former Saudi Arabia ambassador Prince Bandar, who is apparently not short of a bob or two) having a Fashion Week in the middle of the ski season is perhaps a good idea.

‘Aspen style has always been a celebration of fashion and function,’ says organiser Lisa Johnson, by way of explanation. ‘It can look great, but it must be functional on the mountain as well.’ I hadn’t realised that Chanel, Dior and Fendi were big in ski gear but apparently they are. Put it this way I didn’t see much of North Face, Descente or Degre 7 on the catwalk.

It’s all about winter chic and having sufficient well heeled punters with the cash to fuel it. And it was the first fashion show of its kind, entirely dedicated to showcasing ski and snowboard collections on the runway.