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5 Best Spots For Après Ski in Aspen, CO

From Champagne Showers To Craft Beer Sessions: The Season’s Best Après Ski Parties Happen Here

Diane Wuthrich
DianeGuest Experience
5 Best Spots For Après Ski in Aspen, CO

Après ski is such an important part of ski culture! So much so that some even skip the skiing altogether and go straight to après ski, which is French for ‘after ski’.

Whether you’re hitting the slopes or not, a trip to Aspen simply wouldn’t be complete without experiencing at least one après ski session. It encompasses the social, entertainment, and oftentimes musical aspects of ski culture all in one glamorous setting. 

Check out the 5 best destinations for après ski near Wander Aspen Summit below:

Ajax Tavern, The Little Nell

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  • Distance from Wander Aspen Summit: 2.3 miles

  • Location: 685 E. Durant Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

  • Hours: Lunch service, 11:30AM to 4PM daily
    Dinner: Sundays - Thursdays, 4PM to 9PM
    Fridays - Saturdays, 4PM to 10PM 

  • Phone: (970) 920-6334

  • Website: Ajax Tavern

Ajax Tavern at The Little Nell is usually the first place that people think of when talking about après ski in Aspen. That’s how iconic this establishment has become through the years. 

After all, it’s got all the perfect elements for an unforgettable experience: an idyllic location at the base of Aspen Mountain, luxurious interiors, an incredibly scenic patio, amazing food and drinks, and of course, beautiful people. The vibrant atmosphere begins to pick up around lunch service, and the party continues well into the night at The Wine Bar at The Little Nell. Don’t miss out on their wildly famous wagyu double cheeseburger and truffle fries - best paired with a glass of champagne!

Tip: Make a reservation at The Ajax Tavern ahead of time to ensure you have a table.

Cloud 9 Alpine Bistro

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  • Distance from Wander Aspen Summit: 5 miles

  • Location: Cloud Nine Lift, Aspen Highlands, 76 Boomerang Road, Aspen, CO 81611

  • Hours: 11AM onwards daily

  • Phone: (970) 544 3063

For the ultimate European-style ski-in experience, it just doesn’t get better than the Cloud 9 Alpine Bistro. This legendary tavern, situated 11,000 feet above sea level, has been hosting lively parties since the 1970s - and getting doused in their signature champagne shower could easily be the peak après ski highlight of any Aspen trip.

If casual dining is more your jam, come for lunch service. Cloud 9 invites you to indulge in the finest Swiss-inspired European cuisine, with a tempting menu of mouthwatering raclette, caviar, steak tartare, and an impressive wine list to name a few. 

Table reservations are highly coveted, so we recommend booking in advance.

The Snow Lodge at St. Regis

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  • Distance from Wander Aspen Summit: 2.1 miles

  • Location: 315 E Dean Street, Aspen, CO 81611 (at The St. Regis Aspen Resort)

  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday at 11 AM–3 PM & 5 PM–2 AM; Monday- Thursday 5PM-11PM; Tuesday - CLOSED

  • Phone: (970) 429 9581

  • Website: The Snow Lodge

A newcomer in Aspen’s après scene, The Snow Lodge at St. Regis opened just in 2022. This delightful addition has quickly become a favorite during party season thanks to the ultra-chic interiors, stylish clientele, luxurious food, and unique art from galleries all around Aspen.

The Snow Lodge houses two spaces, each special in their own right. Start your evening off with a delicious dinner at the Italian restaurant, where the seasonal menu has been carefully created by Chef Mark Connell. Afterward, get ready for a night of serious dancing at The Jade Room, where there’s always a lineup of amazing DJ’s. 

Highlands Ale House

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  • Distance from Wander Aspen Summit: 2.6 miles

  • Location: 133 Prospector Road,  # 4109A, Aspen, CO 81611

  • Hours: 11AM-8PM daily

  • Phone: (970) 920-3474

  • Website: Highlands Ale House

If some laid-back beers paired with delectable bar food in a casual setting is more your après  vibe, head over to the Highlands Ale House. Situated at the base of the Aspen Highlands Mountain, this cozy venue has played host to fun parties as well as casual beers for skiers since 1958. It’s a favorite of the locals too: the relaxed, friendly atmosphere makes it easy to mingle with an eclectic crowd of both people and dogs. 

This ski-in, ski-out joint offers 16 beers on tap and dozens of whiskeys to choose from. Pair it with their mouthwatering hand-tossed pizzas, burgers, nachos, and mozz sticks. 

Let the post skiing adventure begin! To come to Aspen is to come skiing and you just have to try Après ski. Want to learn more or just need more suggestions? Our 24/7 Wander Concierge is on deck to help you out at anytime. Just send them a message directly through the Wander app or via text at 737-377-3205.

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