By Christine Benedetti

What happens after you finish your day of skiing is just as important as starting it. In Aspen Snowmass, “to après” is a verb and locals and visitors have perfected the art of it. Whether it’s lingering a little longer at mid-mountain establishments like the Lynn Britt Cabin or ditching the boots for sneakers at the Sky Hotel, here’s your guide to mastering the after-ski.

It's All Downhill

You can après before you even finish riding. Really.

Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro on Aspen Highlands gets all the glory when it comes to spirited mid-mountain affairs, and has become notorious for its raclette-and-champagne dance parties. But, on Snowmass the Lynn Britt Cabin is stepping up its game. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting at 2 p.m. guests can enjoy $6 cocktails and $5 food specials while sunbathing in Adirondack chairs listening to beats played by local DJs.

Lynn Britt Apres
Lynn Britt Apres

Not Just For Kids

Buttermilk Mountain may be where beginners earn their chops, but it has some adult fun, too.

The Inn at Aspen recently renovated its property at the base of this hill, and the lounge is now part swank, part traditional ski lodge. After a day learning to make turns, stop by the bar, McKenney’s, to sample sounds from local musicians, enjoy drink specials and try the wood-fired pizza.

All About Aspen

Skiers and snowboarders on Aspen Mountain can literally ride into a party. Steps from the Silver Queen Gondola sits Ajax Tavern, a sun-drenched patio perfectly designed for sipping rose, pilsners and noshing on small plates. On the weekends, DJs turn the subdued atmosphere into a sometimes riotous affair.

And next door, the popular Sky Hotel celebrates its last season before being completely razed for renovation which begins this spring. Expect the outside pool area to be a constant party as locals and visitors getting ready to say goodbye to an era.

Ajax Tavern Apres Ski
Ajax Tavern Apres Ski

3 Tips to Après Like a Local

1. Ski boots are notoriously uncomfortable

Stash a pair of shoes (or flip flops!) at the base of the mountain so you can slide them on for after-skiing beers. Your feet will thank you once you start to boogie.

2. Goggles are great for the slopes, not so great so sipping suds

Throw a pair of sunglasses in your coat pocket so you’re prepared for the 300-plus days of sunshine Colorado gets each year.

3. Let RFTA be your Designated Driver

If you tend to over-imbibe during a good après session, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) offers free bus service between each of the four mountains so you can get home safely.

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