Aspen and Snowmass are known primarily as ski towns, and rightfully so, but they are just as much hospitality destinations. Revered by foodies and ski freaks alike, this Valley offers dining options that rival any city in the world.
Meals are the punctuation marks of the day, adding drama and emphasis to your already memorable Aspen Snowmass story. Whether it's a brief break in the action to refuel with a snack, a longer pause for an Alpine-inspired slopeside meal, or an indulgent dinner in town after a long day of skiing, here at Aspen Snowmass you’ll always find the perfect option to mark the occasion.
Classic Dining Experiences
Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro
Pine Creek Cookhouse
Woody Creek Tavern
Enjoy panoramic views of the Elk Mountains and the Highland Bowl from the Sundeck atop Aspen Mountain. One of the country’s first LEED-certified buildings, the Sundeck offers lunch, a full bar and a cozy fireplace to warm your boots between runs.
The Alpin Room on Snowmass serves Alsatian-inspired comfort foods in a modern, light-filled space. You’ll find warming dishes like French Onion Soup and Potato and Onion Fondue along with an amazing Carrot Cake—which was a staple of the space’s previous eatery, Gwyn’s.
A day at Aspen Highlands would be incomplete without a visit to Alehouse, where you can enjoy delicious wings and drinks with the locals after a day hiking the Bowl. The bar features 16 beers on tap, 60 bottles and cans, 75 whiskies, excellent wine, and more, while the classic bar food is made in-house, from scratch.
Buttermilk Mountain Lodge
Made-to-order pastas and salads, fresh grill selections, house-made soups and the only on-mountain bakery in town will refuel even the hungriest skiers and riders at the newly renovated Buttermilk Mountain Lodge. Inside and out, Buttermilk’s Super-pipe — the central focus of the Winter X Games — is in prime view. And, nothing beats enjoying après specials at the Backyard patio and bar after the mountain closes.
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From powder pancakes to last call, peruse all of our on-mountain restaurants for your day-planning needs.
Home to a rocking après scene and the original truffle fries, which are too good not to share at the table, Ajax Tavern is your first stop after a ski day on Aspen—especially as it sits directly at the base of the mountain. Order the Ajax double cheeseburger, an elevated ode to the Double Double Animal Style from In and Out that features local wagyu beef. To warm your bones on a chilly daytry the tomato soup, which comes with a melty grilled cheese on the side.
Clark’s is home to the best seafood you’ll find at altitude, from raw oysters to Crab Cakes and Crispy Red Snapper. Open for Lunch and dinner in the historic Little Annie’s building, Clark’s is an awesome after-ski option with great deals to be had on cocktails, burgers and oysters from 3pm to 5pm.
Chef Richard Sandoval’s Venga Venga is the spot for handcrafted margaritas and authentic Mexican directly off of the slopes on Snowmass. Grab a seat on the heated patio for tableside guacamole and watch the crowds ski by on Fanny Hill.
Dining on a Budget
You don’t have to break the bank for a great meal in Aspen. The options below are both budget and belly friendly. Keep an eye out for complimentary coffee at many of the base areas in the morning, and don’t be afraid to pack a snack to enjoy on the lift or with a hot cocoa in the lodge. There are also typically food and drink deals to be found on restaurant’s bar-only menus, as well as during après (happy hour, to flatlanders) which generally runs from 3pm to 5pm.
A favorite among locals, Big Wrap offers wraps, salads, and smoothies at affordable prices. The wraps–try the Breakfast Burrito or the Pesto Wrapture (a traditional burrito dressed up with cilantro poblano pesto)—are portable and perfect to throw in a backpack to enjoy later on the gondola.
With locations in both Aspen and Snowmass, the menu at Jus features creative sandwiches, smoothies, and its fresh-squeezed namesake juices. Pack one of their protein balls in a pocket for a little pick-me-up on the lift.
Home Team BBQ
Enjoy an authentic taste of the south at the base of Buttermilk. Home Team will satisfy your craving for any regional variety of barbecue by offering numerous sauces to accompany their smoked meats. The dry-rubbed wings are great to share, and don’t leave without trying the Game Changer, a tropical-inspired frozen cocktail that lives up to its name. Rum floater optional.
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An Afternoon at Alpin Room
Explore the Alps-inspired cuisine that can be found mid-mountain on Snowmass at the Alpin Room, an exquisite experience for locals and guests alike.