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Architecture, world-class restaurants, Kevin Costner—yes, Aspen is truly filled with an embarrassment of cultural riches. That culture is also manifest in the skiing. At Aspen Mountain, traverse into a forest and there’s a good chance you’ll ski up to one of the dozens of shrines paying homage to everything from Marilyn Monroe and Jimi Hendrix to 9/11. Most are collections of photos and memorabilia nailed onto conifers. And many appeal to baby-boomer sensibilities, such as the ones devoted to Jerry Garcia and the sport of golf. They are pervasive enough to spawn David Wood’s new self-published book, Sanctuaries in the Snow, a short guide to Aspen’s monuments. If you ski Aspen, it’s a must-own for the onyx coffee table in your mansion. [$20; aspensnowmassshrines.com]