Apres Guide to Aspen
Where the locals hang after hitting the slopes
In Aspen, après ski isn’t just something you do after a rigorous day on the slopes – it’s a lifestyle, and something that locals take very seriously. And because the après scene here is widely regarded among the country’s best, here are two iconic spots you can’t miss.
Built in 1892 when Aspen was still a bustling mining town, The Red Onion remains one of the area’s most beloved watering holes. Given the building’s old age, the interiors had to be remodeled, but the joint maintains much of its original charm and nostalgia. Make sure to try you hand at the shot ski – it’s a vintage ski with shot glasses attached to it – and fuel up one of the belly-busting sandwiches, like the popular pulled pork and cheddar and Colorado buffalo burger.
Don’t be fooled by Cloud 9’s sweet-looking, innocent exterior. (It’s reminiscent of a Swiss chalet.) Because once you’re inside, the name of the game is fun. Champagne corks start popping early on, around 1:00pm, and the raucous parties – guests are known to even dance on the tables – go on until the last sweep of the mountain. If you’ve indulged a bit too much, no worries. Ski patrol will help with a ride down.