The ski town of Aspen, Colorado may be small, but our apres-ski scene is BIG and is as much a part of mountain-town culture as skiing itself. Whether your ideal apres ski is a champagne-fueled dance party or a local hangout with a cold beer, you will find it here in Aspen.
ASPEN APRES-SKI PARTIES
For those looking to celebrate their day on the mountain there are several places to choose from. The hottest apres ski scene in town is at the new W Aspen hotel. Located only one block from the Silver Queen Gondola, both the Living Room and rooftop bar, the WET Deck, have DJs spinning tunes, a long list of specialty cocktails, and fire pits to keep warm while enjoying one of the best mountain views in town.
Located at the base of Aspen Mountain is The Snow Lodge. This new addition to the Aspen apres-ski scene is a pop-up location from the popular Montauk restaurant Surf Lodge. With a retro ski decor, The Snow Lodge offers a cozy indoor restaurant as well as an outdoor patio with live music and a bar. A great place to dance and celebrate after a great day of skiing.
The Little Nell is also home to apres-ski parties. Ajax Tavern also at the base of Aspen Mountain is the perfect place to bask in the sun while enjoying an apres-ski drink of your choice. During the spring ski season, you'll find Clicquot in the Snow, complete with a DJ and plenty of champagne, set up at Ajax Tavern each weekend.
Inside the hotel is the infamous Chair 9, one of the hottest apres ski scenes in the county. The bar opens just as the lifts are closing, and you can expect loud music, dancing, and plenty of libations.
FAMILY FRIENDLY APRES SKI IN ASPEN
After a long day of skiing, the Limelight Lounge at the Limelight Hotel Aspen is always a good option, especially for those with kids. The laidback atmosphere, cozy fireplace, and well-priced, daily happy hour menu are all draws to this top spot.
LOCALS' FAVORITES FOR ASPEN APRES SKI
Sometimes all you're looking for is the locals' hang out where you can find friendly bartenders and a relaxed atmosphere. There are plenty of those in Aspen. The town's first watering hole, The Red Onion, is still going strong and continues to be the go-to for many local ski bums as well as visitors looking to get a taste of the "original" Aspen. If you're with a group of friends, don't miss out on the chance to experience a shot ski.
The Aspen-based microbrewery Aspen Brewing Company's Aspen Tap serves up local craft brews with a view of Aspen Mountain from the patio. Located on a corner, it's a prime spot to people-watch or partake in a "Brewski" - a beer tasting flight served in a ski.