Sure, where you ski is important, but where you après may even say more about you. Highlands and microbrews? Ajax and Sancerre? The options and combinations are endless. But it isn’t only about where you ski and what you drink, it’s also about what you wear. If you’re going to head to a see-and-be-seen spot post-skiing, make sure your style reflects that. If you’re all about a chill locals’ scene, that’s a look, too. Here, the best places to après ski in and around Aspen this winter and the look that pairs best with the location.
The family friendly Limelight welcomes as many locals as it does hotel guests to its spacious lobby where you will find live music five nights a week with acts ranging from folk to rock to jazz. While adults kick back and put their legs up after a day on the mountain, the Limelight is an ideal spot for kids to run around and expend energy if ski school didn’t do the trick. Catch a prime seat on the couch by the fire, and make sure to order the hotel’s no-fuss-but-delicious wood-fired pizza, the perfect carb load after a big powder day. Boasting one of the longest happy hours in Aspen, the hotel features food and booze specials from 3 to 7 p.m. every day of the week.
The recently opened W promises to be a hub for après in an effort to continue the legacy left behind
by the Sky Hotel it replaced. While details of their après plan were still hush-hush at press time, we imagine the rooftop bar—aka The Wet Deck—will
be the spot for a raucous (if not cold, given that there is no roof) good time. There is a heated pool, a hot
tub and a view of Aspen Mountain, as well as a menu of regional craft beers, wine and hot drinks to keep you warm if the temperature is not. Given that Sky Hotel’s 39 Degrees was one of the most popular post-skiing spots among locals, the W has a lot to live up to. This winter will prove if the Aspen newbie is up to the task.