Après-ski facilities in Aspen
Considering a skiing trip to Aspen? We don't blame you. With over 4,500 acres of ski slopes, and plenty of shops, bars and restaurants offering up top food and drink, Aspen is a great skiing resort for serious skiers and family groups alike. Read on to find out more.
The Aspen resort
Aspen is a former mining town and many of its original features have been preserved and restored and now serve as the bars, restaurants, shops and hotels. Its reputation as being for the rich and famous is far from the truth – sure there are plenty of exclusive hotels and restaurants, but there are cheaper options too. Aspen has more than 4,500 acres of slopes over four mountains offering a variety of skiing for all levels. Ajax Mountain provides some of the toughest skiing in the area, while Buttermilk is ideal for beginners. Snowboarders are provided for, with Snowmass having three man-made half-pipes and five terrain parks and hosts frequent competitions.
Après-ski in Aspen
As a resort attracting plenty of non-skiers, the town remains lively throughout the day. Aspen suffers from a disadvantage though – no late afternoon après-ski is allowed actually on the slopes. But once off the slopes, the partying begins! The bar of the Little Nell is a good starting point.
Later in the evening, there are a huge amount of bars and clubs to choose from; ranging from the exclusive, such as the Four Two Six and Belly-Up, to unpretentious, such as Shooters Saloon, the Red Onion and the Woody Creek Tavern. If looking for something a little on the quiet side head to Snowmass.
The cuisine is varied, as is the price. Top restaurants include the Ajax Tavern, Conundrum and Takah Sushi. If you are on a budget, great spots serving reasonable food are; Mezzaluna, the Red Onion and the Steak Pit.
Other activities in Aspen
Designer boutiques, art galleries, a climbing wall, indoor tennis, swimming, ice skating, helicopter rides, hang gliding, dog sledding, snowmobiling and hot air ballooning.
The skiing season in Aspen
Lasts from late November to early April skiing.