The restaurants across Aspen Snowmass’ four mountains are renowned for offering menus that are as distinct as the surrounding terrain. On-mountain dining will be noticeably different this season due to COVID protocols, but thanks to Culinary Director Jim Butchart, the alpine meals will be no less delicious.
In order to accommodate a reduction in indoor seating capacity, Butchart and his team have adapted their menus to focus on items that are individually wrapped and easily transported. “We’ve increased our grab-and-go options across the board,” Butchart explains, “including a larger variety of sandwiches and multiple sizes of salads in to-go containers that are easy to eat out of and have stable lids.” The goal is to offer meals that can be consumed outdoors, either on the decks of the restaurants, in the adjacent heated tents or, for the more adventurous, while airborne on the lift heading for another run.
The addition of mobile ordering on the latest Aspen Snowmass app allows you to place an order on one lift ride, pick up your food on the next run and then eat it on the way back up. It’s the perfect technology-enabled snack loop, but lunching on the lift does require dedication to master. It’s a delicate procedure, a seated dance of mask removal, pole and glove stowage, and snack retrieval—all while gravity and the elements attempt to foil your meal. With practice, you can safely and comfortably enjoy your delicious treats while ascending the hill, thus maximizing your vertical feet. Below are the best bites to consider on each mountain.