Skiing and snowboarding in Snowmass is iconic. The beautiful mountain views with the fresh powder make for an amazing trip. But when the lifts close down and the sun sets behind the mountains, the city really opens up. At this time of day, you need to enjoy après ski in beautiful Snowmass. Here is an explanation and recommendations of this skiing staple.
What Is Après Ski?
Après ski is a French term that translates literally to “after ski,” or simply activities that are done after you are finishing skiing. The phrase was made popular in the Alps during the rise of commercial skiing in the 1950s. Generally speaking, the phrase refers to the social activities and entertainment following the day’s skiing adventures. There is no official time for après ski, but generally starts around 4 p.m. after the last run of the day and continues well past dinner. Today, après ski provides an umbrella term for popular post-ski activities and can refer to anything from a champagne toast on the slopes to craft beers and fire pits outside the ski lodge. There are après ski in Snowmass option for just about every preference.
The Edge Restaurant & Bar
Our very own restaurant & bar, The Edge, features delightful après ski options for those looking to wind down after a day on the mountain. The après ski menu is available from 4pm to 5:30pm and offers tasty combos such as a burger, Polish or Italian sandwich, or schnitzel and draft beer and Bulleit, as well as specials on house red and white wines, specialty cocktails, draft beer, and domestic beer by the bottle. The Edge also offers après ski in Snowmass fun to go; you can grab one of our meat and cheese boards plus a bottle of wine.
Apres Ski Colorado Fun in Venga Venga
Snowmass is not as well-known as most for its après ski Colorado events, but don’t sleep on these amazing options. Venga is a slope-side cantina created by amazing Chef Richard Sandoval. Skiers can look forward to amazing drink specials like a bucket of local beer, sangria roja, and a trio of street-style tacos with tableside guacamole. These amazing treats are part of their après ski menu that runs daily from 3pm to 6pm. Their patio is also to die for as it overlooks the ski slopes and has several fire pits to keep you warm throughout the night.
Base Camp Bar and Grill
The Base Camp Bar and Grill is a Snowmass Village standby and is known for its “beachfront” views of the mountain. It also features an amazing eight items for $8 dollars après ski menu that features both specialty drinks and appetizers from 3pm to 6pm every day. Some of these classics include Frito pie, chicken tostadas, and pork belly tacos, all offered with signature beer pairing suggestions. The patio or the upstairs bar area are après ski favorites in the area, but this bar and grill also has a family-friendly area as well.