Your Aspen Snowmass vacation is filled with a plethora of pressing decisions: Which of the four mountains should I ski? What color lens should I put in my google? How am I supposed to carry all this stuff? Are these pants too tight? All of this before you even set a ski on the snow, let alone before you have started to think about food.

In an effort to relieve a bit of the pressure — at least around mealtime — I’ve put together this handy mountain-by-mountain snacking guide. Regardless of where you are skiing (or what pants you are wearing) you deserve to eat well. You can't go wrong with a selection from this list of must eats!

Ajax Tavern

Aspen Mountain

The legendary Ajax Truffle Fries are the perfect addition to any ski day on Aspen Mountain. Developed nearly twenty years ago at Ajax Tavern, these often imitated frites are so popular they require a spud specialist to prepare each batch to order. This signature cone of pure pleasure consists of crispy hand cut Idaho potatoes tossed with non-synthetic white truffle essence, Grana Padano and parsley. They don’t require an additional condiment but if you are so inclined, request a side of Dijon mustard to add an additional note to the mix. The serving can be intimidating at first but with a little hard work and determination you can certainly polish them off. The fries at the bottom of the cone are the best part!

Bonnie's

Aspen Mountain

Bonnie’s on Aspen mountain is world-renowned for their oatmeal pancakes. Breakfast, however, is not served all day. So, if you’re not a morning person, or are busy shredding pow you might miss them. The solution is easy as pie. In fact, the solution is pie—and cakes and strudel. Made fresh daily and with no time restrictions, Bonnie’s sizable baked goods can be a meal unto themselves. In a nod to childhood fantasies, they are also strategically placed first as you enter the line so you choose your pie before you select your entrée. For those having doubts about indulging, a nearby sign offers friendly assurance, “Desserts first, life is uncertain.”

Cliffhouse

Buttermilk

The Cliffhouse Restaurant on Buttermilk harbors a delicious secret. In addition to spectacular views of Pyramid Peak and the Maroon Creek Valley, this eatery is home to an excellent Mongolian grill. Grab a golf pencil and a menu pad to create your perfect combination from array of vegetables, proteins and sauces then watch as the chefs cook it all to sizzling perfection. It’s a fun, filling and unexpected experience at the summit of a ski mountain.

Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro

Aspen Highlands

Ski into Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro on Aspen Highlands for a European-style dining experience in the heart of the Rockies. Channeling the vibes of traditional, wine-soaked warming huts prevalent in the Alps, Cloud Nine’s classic mountain fare is ideal to share for the table. The fondue is served with traditional accompaniments and will quickly turn lunch into a contact sport as everyone jockeys for the next dip. Reservations are required, and coveted, be sure to book a table at the noon seating in advance to ensure that you get to enjoy fondue, raclette and a rollicking atmosphere.

Elk Camp

Snowmass

Salad bars are like snowstorms, the bigger, the better! The enormous spread at Elk Camp on Snowmass does not disappoint. Surrounded by market style stations offering everything from rotisserie chicken to soups, sandwiches and pizza, the salad selection highlights a cornucopia of local organic vegetables and house made dressings. This is your opportunity to get creative so try a little bit of everything, just be careful not to go overboard!

Lynn Britt Cabin

Snowmass

The rustic log exterior of the Lynn Britt Cabin adds a frontier feel to this upscale mid-mountain restaurant on Snowmass. The covered wagon parked next to the fire pit out front adds to the authentic ambiance as well. The menu features sophisticated preparations of Colorado staples like elk, lamb and trout in an elegant atmosphere. On the lighter side is the Charcuterie Plate, which is sharable with friends and pairable with a glass of wine from the extensive list.

Ullrhof

Snowmass

Your new favorite burger joint doesn’t have a drive through but it is ski in, ski out, which is way cooler. Located at the base of the Big Burn lift on Snowmass, Ullrhoff is named for a Norse god but offers all-American fare like hand cut fries, hot dogs and milkshakes shakes. The standout though, is the double cheeseburger featuring grass-fed beef, American cheese and special sauce is not to be missed.

Up 4 Pizza

Snowmass

I’m not sure who thought that installing pizza ovens in an old ski patrol hut at 11,385’ was a good idea—or how they even managed to accomplish such an elevated feat of engineering—but I’m sure glad they did. UP 4 Pizza is North America’s highest pizza parlor, serving up love by the slice and nature’s best handwarmers—warm chocolate chip cookies.

About the Author

Oliver Sharpe, contributor to AspenSnowmass.com
Oliver Sharpe, contributor to AspenSnowmass.com

OLIVER SHARPE

Oliver Sharpe is a content creator across multiple mediums primarily focused on snacks, travel and leisure pursuits. He is an Emmy-winning television producer and the host of "Après," on Aspen 82. Loves pancakes, hates clowns and only lives to get radical.

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