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Mar08

Top après-ski scenes

We’re just a couple weeks out from official spring-skiing season, and now is the time to start planning which après-ski hotspots you are going to be visiting. Aspen Snowmass is consistently ranked as one of the top ski destinations for après-ski, but with so many options, choosing a party scene can be overwhelming. See our list of top locations to check out during spring-skiing this year!

Apres-ski festivities in Aspen Snowmass, ColoradoPhoto: Aspen Snowmass

ON-MOUNTAIN

Lynn Britt Cabin | Snowmass
This quaint and inviting cabin, located just below the Midway Loading Station, offers après-ski parties every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 2 p.m. Guests can enjoy cocktails from Woody Creek Distillers, après-food specials, giveaways, prizes, fire pit and outdoor lounge.

Lynn Britt Cabin located mid-mountain on Aspen SnowmassPhoto: Lynn Britt Cabin

Cloud Nine Bistro | Aspen Highlands
Channeling authentic European Alpine culture with stunning views of the Maroon Bells, Cloud Nine really kicks après-ski into high gear. On sunny days the south-facing patio hosts ski-boot dance parties as the champagne flows freely to create a jovial atmosphere.
Bonnie’s | Aspen Mountain
Located mid-mountain off Tourtelotte Park, Bonnie’s has been a popular lunch spot for years. On bluebird days the two-tiered deck is also a local favorite to hang out with a drink or end your day with après-ski relaxation before making your way down the mountain.
Sundeck | Aspen Mountain
Boasting breathtaking views with a top-of-the-world factor and cuisine to make even the harshest critics happy, the Sundeck is the perfect place to stop for a quick patio catnap after a day on the slopes.
Gwyn's | Snowmass
Consistently voted as North America's best on-mountain restaurant by Ski, Skiing and Powder Magazine, Gwyn's offers both fine mountain dining where skiers can trade their boots for slippers and quick après-ski bites and drinks on the sun deck!

Gwyn's on Snowmass Mountain in Aspen, ColoradoPhoto: Gwyn's

OFF-MOUNTAIN

39 Degrees | Downtown Aspen 
Another popular Aspen après-ski scene, 39 Degrees is located in the Sky Hotel at the base of Aspen Mountain. Festivities begin at 3 p.m. while the sun is still high, and people flock from all over to enjoy drink specials and the infamous pool parties.
Ajax Tavern | Downtown Aspen
Known as one of the most famous après-ski spots, Ajax Tavern is glamorous but easy. The sun-drenched, mountainside patio of The Little Nell is the perfect place to unwind with a drink—and truffle fries—after a long day on the slopes.

Ajax Tavern in the Little Nell in Aspen, ColoradoPhoto: Ajax Tavern

Venga Venga | Snowmass Mall
Situated on a raised-patio overlooking Fanny Hill, Venga Venga is a Mexican eatery that provides full-service meals or a more compressed après/patio menu. Skiers can enjoy table-side guacamole, amazing margaritas or a bucket of beer while lounging next to a fire pit.
Highlands Ale House | Aspen Highlands Village
If your idea of après-ski includes pizza, nachos, wings and a beer after a few laps on Highland Bowl, Highlands Ale House is the place for you. The Ale House boasts more than 16 Colorado brews on tap and more than 50 other beers, a big patio and a true locals'-atmosphere.
Ranger Station | Snowmass Mall
Located slopeside, the New Belgium Ranger Station features 12 craft beers on tap from the New Belgium Brewery, a full bar and an outdoor patio, complete with a stage and fire pit. Happy hour is from 3-6 p.m. daily, with live music on select afternoons.

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