January 08, 2007 12:00 PM

ASPEN: A HOT SPOT TO CHILL

Winter has barely begun, and you already can’t carve a turn without running into a celeb in Aspen. Robert De Niro, Jerry Seinfeld and Jennifer Lopez have been spotted lately in the Colorado ski town, joining homeowners such as Jack Nicholson. One reason: “We’ve had the best early snow here since before Thanksgiving,” says Aspen magazine editor Janet O’Grady. Once they slip off their skis, stars snap up steak frites at the slopeside Ajax Tavern, hit the Belly Up club for performances from Seal and Jimmy Buffett or unwind at the Hotel Jerome’s laid-back J Bar. Says an Aspen local: “Celebs like the freedom.”

MARIAH CAREY
A bubbly Carey (on Dec. 20) partied in Aspen and planned to host a Dec. 26 bash at the Hotel Jerome.

NICOLLETTE SHERIDAN & MICHAEL BOLTON

While strolling through Aspen Dec. 21, the engaged couple made a furry friend.

SEAL & HEIDI KLUM
When he wasn’t snowboarding (on Dec. 19), Seal stayed close to wife Heidi Klum and month-old son Johan (inset, on Dec. 20).

ANTONIO BANDERAS & MELANIE GRIFFITH

Banderas and Griffith (inset) went skiing on Ajax Mountain Dec. 22.

JACK NICHOLSON

The longtime Aspenite (on Dec. 24) has a second home in the area to get better TV reception for L.A. Lakers games, says a real estate broker.

CHRIS O’DONNELL

O’Donnell made the rounds Dec. 22 with sons Chris Jr., 6 (left), and Charles, 3.

BEACH BODIES

Some celebs just said no to snow, heading for Hawaii and the Caribbean to escape Jack Frost

PARIS HILTON
In Maui Dec. 19, Hilton lay low while watching on-again guy Stavros Niarchos go kiteboarding.

SIMON COWELL
American Idol’s right-hand man auditioned a WaveRunner in Barbados Dec. 24.

TARA REID

The actress spread holiday cheer in St. Bart’s Dec. 24.

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