Rihanna in Aspen
Rihanna marks her birthday with a ski trip to Aspen. Instagram

She celebrated the big 2-5 hitting the clubs and spending time with former flame Chris Brown in Hawaii, but this year Rihanna opted for a grown-up skiing trip to Aspen to celebrate her 26th birthday.

The Diamonds singer hit the slopes with her closest friends for some snowy fun and it seems that popping bottles could not have been further from her mind.

In images shared on her Instagram page, the Bajan beaut - who is currently rocking a sophisted bob - can be seen having a blast with her besties during the celebrations.

Rihanna in Aspen
The Diamonds singer had a blast with her closest friends. Instagram

She continued to give fans a glimpse into her holiday photo album which including images of her falling over, sharing a toast with friends and playing in the snow.

And after an eventful year, RiRi has much to be thankful for.

Within the space of 12 months she has broken up with Brown for what is possibly the last time, become the first recipient of an Icon Award at the American Music Awards and she continues to be one of the most talked-about women on the planet.

Rihanna in Aspen
Rihanna hit the slopes for some birthday fun. Instagram

Her growing list of accomplishments also includes scoring a record-breaking seven UK No 1s over seven consecutive years, "marrying" Don Jazzy in a traditional Nigerian wedding and joining the battle against aids as Mac Cosmetics' new "Philanthropic Partner".

"I feel like an 'icon'... that's such a big title," she said earlier this year. "It's such a big thing to say or to even be said about myself. Now the pressure's on. I have to live up to that and I have to keep making my fans proud."