Aspen Snowmass isn’t just popular for its world-class ski runs. People come back again and again for its culture, arts, fine dining, and of course… après ski.
Après ski or “after skiing” in French, is a time-honored tradition of having a drink and partying after a day of skiing.
While après activities aren’t strictly limited to booze, it makes sense that most activities involve alcohol because it’s a great accompaniment to the cold.
Traditional après, however, needs to be as close to the slopes as possible. Preferably just a few steps after your last run. Walking on ski boots is hard enough, so it will also be easier if your preferred après spot is near your real estate in Aspen Colorado.
A Brief History of Après Ski
While the phrase is French, the ritual of partying after a day in the slopes can be traced to the mid-1800s in Norway.
Early Nordic skiers formed ski clubs where they made friends over aquavit and potato-based grub while spreading the word about the joys of a controlled descent down the slopes.
As more skiers traveled, they took the partying and the sport with them. Christoff Iselin founded the first Ski Club in Switzerland back in 1893.
Fred Iselin, Christoff’s son, brought his father’s teaching method and love of après to Aspen 20 years later.
As Aspen’s reputation for skiing grew, more ski lovers made it their home, attracting restaurateurs and hotels with them.
Après Ski Spots to Checkout in Aspen Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, and Nearby Locales
1. Aspen Tap
Address: 121 S Galena St, Aspen, CO 81611, United States
Opened around 2018, Aspen Tap is a relatively new place for craft beer and good food. Try the chicken tacos and the beer flight. A full lunch and dinner menu are available from 12 noon to 10 PM.
Some nights have live music, while others get a little rowdier when patrons are watching their team’s game on TV.
2. J-Bar at Hotel Jerome
Address: 330 East Main Street Aspen, Colorado 81611
J-Bar has been a popular après ski spot since 1880. They even served spiked milkshake, a drink called Aspen Crud, as a loophole around Prohibition rules.
If a spike isn’t your thing, J-Bar is also famous for its burger and regulars love their chicken soup. Today, this classic bar still has most of its original Victorian furnishings, including a stamped tin ceiling, hardwood floors, and a Chinoiserie Chippendale bar.
It’s sometimes hard to get a seat, but the staff will allow you to wait at Prospect Bar and call you once a table is available.
Oasis is the mobile champagne bar of the Little Nell, which moves around the slopes via snowcat at night. It’s said to be the only pop-up caviar and champagne bar in the world.
Would-be diners can find hints to the bar’s location at The Little Nell’s social media pages. Guests can enjoy a champagne flute and light snacks on lounge chairs while soaking in the majestic views of the mountains.
4. Ajax Tavern
Address: 685 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, United States
Ajax Tavern is located at the bottom of Ajax Mountain, just beside the Little Nell, and is one of the few places where you can literally slide or ski into for a drink.
Drinking starts as early as noon, usually with truffle fries and a glass of Veuve Clicquot. If you don’t fancy standing around after a day in ski boots, try Chair 9, Little Nell’s lounge with classic cocktails.
5. Venga Venga Cantina and Tequila Bar
Address: 105 Daly Ln, Snowmass Village, CO 81615
Located at the base of Snowmass, this cantina is the home of Tex-Mex cuisine in Aspen. Guests love their free-flowing tequila and live band. Revelers usually start their après ski here before moving on to other bars.
6. New Belgium Ranger Station
Address: 100 Elbert Ln #115, Snowmass Village, Aspen CO 81615
Want craft beer but don’t want to walk so far to get it? This craft beer place is easy to find on the slopes in Snowmass Village.
They also offer craft beer from Colorado craft pioneers and mixed drinks like the “Manmosa” – a Belgian white ale with orange or grapefruit juice.
Folks who want to warm up should try their heated cocktails, such as the Tea Toddy, a mix of chamomile tea, honey, lemon, and bourbon. Unlike the other places here though, New Belgium Ranger Station is only open from 3 PM to 6 PM.
7. Highlands Alehouse
Address: 133 Prospector Road, Aspen, CO 81611
If you’re looking for a place to chill outside the hubbub at Aspen Snowmass, this is a good choice.
Highlands Alehouse is an all-around après place with a little something for everyone. They have craft beers, farm to table ingredients, good wines, and about 75 whisky varieties. It’s ski-in/ski-out, a perfect place with a casual dress code, and good views.
8. Lynn Britt Cabin
Address: Lynn Britt Trail, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, United States
Lynn Britt Cabin is an elegant après place with a view. Their fire pit and outdoor lounge is a favorite spot for skiers because of its panoramic views of Aspen Snowmass Valley.
Try their Blackberry gin and tonic for a smooth and refreshing drink after skiing. Aside from the champagne and cocktails, Lynn Britt is also popular for their après ski parties, usually held Fridays through Sundays starting 2 pm.
Properties Near Ajax Mountain and Aspen Snowmass Village
1. 476 Wood Road, Unit 27 Snowmass Village, CO 81615
Aspen Snowmass condo with 2 beds, 1 bath, 1,201 sq ft
For sale at $1,560,000
This newly remodeled ski-in/ski-out condominium overlooks the slopes and Snowmass Base Village. The homes for sale in Snowmass, CO, specifically the ones in Chamonix are one of the most coveted real estate condos in the neighborhood.
The contemporary full renovation is light, bright, and sophisticated. The steel gas fireplace and reclaimed wood throughout add elegance and warmth while the large towering window in the solarium captures stunning views of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains. The kitchen is fully equipped with modern appliances and the Sonos Sound System is equipped throughout the condo.
Offered fully furnished and turn-key, this is a wonderful opportunity that will disappear quickly. Great rental income and investment opportunity!
2. 77 Wood Road, Unit 603 EAST Snowmass Village, CO 816151. 476 Wood Road, Unit 27 Snowmass Village, CO 81615
Aspen Snowmass Condo 3 beds, 3 baths, 1,941 square feet
For sale at $3.5 Million or about $1,803 per Sq.Ft.
One Snowmass is a ski-in, ski-out resort property just steps from Elk Camp Gondola, Base Village Plaza, The Collective, and transit center. One Snowmass homeowners enjoy access to the on-site fitness facility, sky terrace spa pool, and Inspirato member’s lounge.
Ownership gives residents front desk and concierge services, generously sized owner storage and ski lockers, 5-year Inspirato membership, parking while in residence, and excellent proximity to all the dining, events, and programming offered in Base Village.
Snowmass Condominium with 3 beds, 3 baths, 2,357 Sq.ft.
Real estate for sale at $4,445,000 or about 1,886 per sq ft
Highly sought after, and rarely available 3-bedroom, one-level Penthouse home in the new One Snowmass West building. Exceptionally high ceilings, huge windows, and down-valley views make this one of the jewels in Snowmass’ new Base Village.
Residence 601 features three large suites, each with their own bath. The master suite is situated on its own wing to the west. Top of the line finishes, custom-designed furniture, and Gaggenau appliances at the gourmet kitchen highlight that this is not your typical ski condominium.
Enjoy private ski storage, world-class exercise facility, Aaron King Yoga studio, access to the roof deck and hot tub, and underground parking for the buyers and their guests while in residence.
2 beds, 2 baths, 1,130 sq ft
$2,925,000 or $2,588 per sq ft
Beautifully remodeled Aspen Alps condo on the slopes of Aspen Mountain. Located in the sought after 100 building, this ”almost” ski-in/out home has new furnishings, accessories and has been freshly painted. Spacious floor plan includes 2 bed/2 bath with office, murphy bed for overflow guests and an open concept kitchen, living room and dining room, perfect for gatherings.
Tasteful high end finishes throughout; granite in kitchen and all bathrooms, stainless steel appliances, master bath with jacuzzi tub, guest bath with steam shower, beautiful wood dining table seats 10, plus additional seating at the kitchen bar. Private outdoor space includes a furnished patio with grill. Property amenities include; pool/hot tub, large gym, tennis courts, and storage area. Reserved parking for the owner.
9 Beds, 14 Baths, 13,914 sqft
Real estate for sale at $39,995,000
Located at the base of Aspen Mountain on a private cul-de-sac, this 13,914 sq. ft, ski-in ski-out property is truly one of Aspen’s most spectacular private residences. Presented for sale for the first time ever, this prime location estate in one of Aspen’s most exclusive enclaves is just seconds to town.
Many of our listings for homes for sale in Aspen Colorado are single-family property. But this is a rare duplex that offers 9 bedrooms and 10 baths, including five primary suites and self-contained guest quarters with a kitchen. The upper level boasts 30 ft ceilings with a beautiful gourmet kitchen, living and dining room with outdoor deck and panoramic views.
Downstairs is an entertainer’s dream: a professional bar, game room, and home theater. The secluded rooftop includes a hot tub and bar, surrounded by the tranquility of the mountain peaks right behind you.
4 Beds, 6 Baths, 6,578 sq ft
Real estate for sale at $26,000,000
Arguably the most coveted location in downtown Aspen, the exclusive Top of the Mill homes for sale in Aspen Colorado rarely becomes available.
Quality craftsmanship throughout with no detail overlooked on this 6,578 sq ft ski-in-ski-out home at the base of Aspen Mountain. An address here doesn’t just put you near the slopes, you’ll be near the top apres ski spots, too.
Features timber trusses, vaulted ceilings, enriching natural light, a gracious entry, luxurious millwork, and an open, inviting floor plan. Four generous ensuite bedrooms, a home theatre, elevator, outdoor patios, magnificent landscaping, a private hot tub, and a two-car garage. Offered furnished for the most discerning Aspen in-town buyer.
5 bed, 11 baths 19,202 sq ft or 2.91 acres of real estate
For sale $49,500,000 or about $2,578 per sq ft
The Peak House real estate has not been offered in over 20 years. This is one of the few remarkable real estate properties perched on the highest location on the top of Red Mountain.
David Easton designed interiors, world class mountain views, privacy and security behind a gated entry, an indoor and outdoor pool, several patios, and terraces to take in views from every angle are just a few of the luxurious amenities this home has to offer.
Properties like these are hard to come by near Aspen, even when you look at listings throughout Roaring Fork Valley for that matter.
3 bed, 2 baths, 1,023 sq ft
Listing price $1,230,000
Fifty-yard line views of Aspen Mountain and luxury comforts capture the essence of this three bedroom home in Aspen. Recently completed renovations and new construction by S&S Construction elevate the living experience. Enjoy the serenity of the lush grounds throughout the complex and watch the wildlife outside your window in the pond and stream.
After a fun day in the mountains, cool off in the swimming pool or get one more activity in on the tennis courts. This home gives you a place to embody the Aspen lifestyle and provides a place for you to refresh for your next adventure in Aspen Co.
2 bed, 2 bath, 926 sq ft home
$1,925,000 or $2,079 per sq ft
Where else can you find a 2 Bedroom on Aspen Mountain, with ski-in/out, amazing views, and fully remodeled under $2M? It was built in 1968 so it’s not new construction, but definitely a steal for the location and price.
This is the spot. Great in-town location, swimming pool, parking, and easy ski access to Ajax Mt. and surrounding neighborhoods. There is no better place to be summer, autumn, or winter seasons.
Go Beyond the Usual Après Ski Places
Yes, Aspen is a chic and fancy place surrounded by magnificent views. Perhaps that’s why almost every après place serves champagne.
There are lots of après ski places beyond the traditional favorites, just ask the locals or the friendly concierge/receptionist at your Aspen Snowmass accommodation.