While getting out on the mountain is certainly many folks’ main objective in Snowmass, a close second is the après scene, sunny patios and adult beverages. Here, we detail our favorite spots to soak up the spring sun in Snowmass.
Most runs lead to Base Camp Bar and Grill, a spacious, “beachfront” gastropub in Base Village with not one, but two levels of sun-soaked decks. Whether it’s enjoying an al fresco lunch around the 24-foot fire pit on the ground level or taking in the mountain views and toe-tapping tunes of an après band from the second-floor terrace, this hangout has the ski-day dining and drinking experience dialed.
New to Base Village this ski season, State 38’s menus and atmosphere reflect the inspiration for its name, the 38th state in the Union: Colorado. In fact, you couldn’t ask for a more Colorado lunch or après experience on this eatery’s ideally situated patio. So, order up a microbrew or craft cocktail with some local beef sliders and allow yourself to linger under Rocky Mountain bluebird skies and sunshine.
The fiesta begins on the sun-splashed deck of this slopeside cantina, which offers 120 tequilas and mezcals — plus a wide selection of beer, wine, and cocktails — to accompany its generous menu of authentic Mexican cuisine. With a happy “hour” that extends from 3-6 pm daily, you’ll be telling your friends, Venga! Venga! (Come! Come!).
When it’s time to fuel up during a spring ski day on Snowmass, schuss right up to the expansive deck (top of screen) at mid-mountain Gwyn’s High Alpine. No need to even get out of the sunshine — Gwyn’s fires up its outdoor grill when the weather gets warm, serving buffalo burgers, ahi tuna sandwiches and more. Grab a seat with views of the expert High Alpine terrain, and, if you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even witness a flyover by the restaurant’s co-owner in his 1947 Piper.
Reservations are recommended for a gourmet Colorado lunch of elk, lamb, or trout on the spectacularly situated deck of this on-mountain dining hot spot. And, there’s no need to RSVP for the Lynn Britt Cabin’s après parties (2 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays beginning February 16), when the alpine ambiance is imbued with DJ tunes, food and drink specials, and giveaways and prizes.
Located at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola, Elk Camp Restaurant’s generous sunny deck is the ideal midday meeting place. Whether you’re shredding the Hanging Valley Wall, doing laps on the Magic Carpet, or just coming up sans ski gear to join the family for an al fresco alpine lunch, there’s a seasonal, house-made selection for everyone at this market-style eatery.
Catherine Lutz is an Aspen Snowmass-based freelance writer and editor who contributes to local publications including Aspen Sojourner magazine and national magazines such as Powder and SKI.