The recognition of Aspen Snowmass as a world-class ski resort is earned in many ways, not the least of which is its vibrant après ski scene. While it may look a little different this season with safety protocols, the recipe for extending your day on the mountain is still the same—sun, lively music, shareable scrumptious food and refreshing libations. By combining vigilance and ingenuity, Aspen Snowmass has adapted to create “The new way to Après” with safe spaces, après on-the-go packages and longer happy hours so you can celebrate your ski day safely with your group.

New Après Tips

New Après Tips

Use the Aspen Snowmass App as Your Concierge

Aspen Snowmass App – The New Après Scene
Aspen Snowmass App – The New Après Scene

Skip the line and order from your mobile device with the Aspen Snowmass App. Choose your mountain and your restaurant for contactless pickup. Although online ordering does not guarantee you a seat, there are tables and picnic tables located around the resort or you can take the order with you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home base.

Time Your Après by Restaurant Location

Base Village Firepits Apres
Base Village Firepits Apres

Once the lifts are closed the ski patrol “sweeps” the slopes to make sure that everyone is safely off the mountain, so après ski hours at on-mountain restaurants are determined by where they are located. For example, on Snowmass you can always start on the sunny patio of High Alpine then ski down to the Base Village to gather around the firepits at the Limelight.

New Après at Aspen Mountain

New Après at Aspen Mountain

Ajax Tavern

Ajax Tavern – The New Après Scene
Ajax Tavern – The New Après Scene

Ajax Tavern at The Little Nell with its sun-drenched slopeside patio is Aspen’s premier spot to see and be seen. The après scene is lively as skiers descend Aspen Mountain for their last run of the day. While there is a festively decorated tent over the patio now, it will be taken down in on March 20 for prime ski-in/ski-out seating to see and be seen. You can’t go wrong with the house special truffle fries. Another après highlight is a pairing of pristine seafood bar selections — fresh oysters, shrimp and crab — with a diverse selection of fine wines, signature martinis and microbrews.

The Wine Bar at the Little Nell

Wine Bar, The Little Nell – The New Après Scene
Wine Bar, The Little Nell – The New Après Scene

The former Chair 9 après-ski bar has been transformed into a vibrant wine bar this season — The Wine Bar at The Little Nell. Expect intimate seating areas for parties up to eight, an extensive wine bar with 35 wines by the glass, a charcuterie carving station, cheese boards, light bites and a full bar menu. The upbeat ambiance is lounge-style with a DJ spinning Hotel Costes-style downtempo tracks. Capacity is limited, so you must make reservations for two-hour windows starting at 3pm and a minimum spend of $600 is required.

The Lounge at the Limelight Hotel Aspen

Limelight Aspen Pizza Apres
Limelight Aspen Pizza Apres

The happiest of hours are 3 to 5pm at the Limelight Lounge in Aspen, a favorite among guests and locals alike with its relaxed atmosphere.

Although the Limelight Lounge is known for its wood-fired pizzas and creative, locally sourced entrées, the new double cheeseburger is getting some buzz. Order online for takeout.

New Après at Snowmass

New Après at Snowmass

High Alpine

High Alpine Snowmass – The New Après Scene
High Alpine Snowmass – The New Après Scene

The après vibe is strong at High Alpine with its sunny patio, lively music, outdoor bar, and firepits surrounded by Adirondack chairs. High Alpine’s on-mountain location adjacent to the top of the Alpine Springs lift makes it a great spot for an earlier après. Further elevate your spirits with a Fancy Ryan, a tribute to a long-time local and popular champagne-based cocktail topped by vodka and finished with blood orange soda.You will want to start heading down the mountain by 3:45pm (remember the ski patrol sweep).

Lynn Britt Cabin

Lynn Britt Cabin – The New Après Scene
Lynn Britt Cabin – The New Après Scene

Make your way to the Lynn Britt Cabin for an iconic slopeside experience. This quaint, romantic cabin is protected from the wind and offers incredible sun even later in the afternoon for an extended après scene. With its Western ambiance, a touch of elegance and Old World Chalet shared plates you can take in the spectacular setting with an Aperol Spritz in the dining room or outside on the patio.

Not to miss: The bubbly, cheesy potato and caramelized onion fondue-like “Tartiflette” will warm you from the inside out after a long day on the slopes.

The Lounge at the Limelight Hotel Snowmass

Limelight Lounge Snowmass – The New Après Scene
Limelight Lounge Snowmass – The New Après Scene

Call it an end to the day at the Limelight Lounge in Base Village and après around the patio’s firepits, with s’mores kits for the kids. Want to get cozy for dinner? Heated igloos are available for members of the same party. Order online for takeout.

New this season: The Owl Creek Day Chalet is a private ski-in/ski-out space at the base of the mountain with a private patio and fire pit — perfect for a family or group to boot up for the day, take ski breaks and relax after a day on the slopes. It offers three catered meals including après fare.

...Also New This Season

Village Tasting Room
Village Tasting Room

Also, new for this season, The Village Tasting Room is a “must try” with its extensive wine selection managed by a Master Sommelier. Located in the plaza adjacent the Village Express, the patio is a great spot to watch all the action. Indoor seating is limited based on restrictions. Pair your wine with a cheese board or charcuterie platter complete with saucisson sec, chorizo and speck. Cork your bottle and take it with you and buy an extra bottle for later. You can also order platters to go.
At Aspen Snowmass “the new way to après” offers something for everyone.

About the Author

Susan Linden IAS
Susan Linden, writer

SUSAN LINDEN

Susan Linden has been wordsmithing as an advertising copywriter, feature writer, and storyteller since her college days. She left the whirlwind corporate world to live in the mountains and spends as much time as she can hiking, biking, and skiing in them. Working, playing, and raising a family in the Roaring Fork Valley for the last 29 years gives Susan a unique insider’s perspective to share.

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