When in Aspen, it’s not only polo and, of course, skiing that makes our hearts thrilled–the exciting culinary experience is one of the things to look forward to as well. Après-ski offers a unique experience, with a view to behold and tasty specialties on the spread. Add to it the company you keep, and you have a perfect dining affair as you revel in the chill and beauty of this white wonderland.
For the upcoming winter season, a gathering at this part of Colorado is in order—if it allows. When spending your leisure time in the area, a go-to name is Aspen Snowmass, where the adventure-savvy is satisfied in both adrenaline-pumping activities and hearty dishes made with quality ingredients and cooked to perfection.
If you find yourself spending a vacation here, do not miss out on the excellent on-mountain dining experience and new offerings in their restaurants. Find your Italian favorites in Sam’s, have the best of both worlds in the reimagined High Alpine and Alpin Room restaurants, Western gourmet plates in Lynn Britt Cabin, and snowcat dinners in Cloud Nine.
Located at 10,620 ft. at the top of Sam’s Knob on Snowmass, this popular Italian restaurant features an open bar area, live-action kitchen, fireplace with relaxed seating, and a stylish deck. Begin your food journey at Sam’s with antipasti platters such as gorgonzola dolce and margherita arancini. Follow it with pasta and entrees such as rigatoni bolognese and grilled salmon with za’atar and lemon. Pasta and artisanal bread are made in-house, and a curated wine list and signature cocktails such as the negroni spritz keep diners happy and full in the stomach and taste.
High Alpine and Alpin Room
These two dining spots are an evolution to the legacy of Gwyn’s–a longtime Snowmass favorite. The reimagined High Alpine and Alpin Room restaurants bring the two-in-one concept up in the mountains: skiers have the option of eating at two distinctly different restaurants with expansive deck seating, a large wood-burning fireplace, a wrap-around bar, and multi-level seating walled by large windows. Separately, one may enjoy freshly prepared pizza, homemade soups and stews, fresh salads, grilled burgers, and more in High Alpine. Meanwhile, expect a more sophisticated dining experience at the sit-down Alpin Room. The menu comes with starters like the french onion soup or Tartiflette, entrée plates like chicken schnitzel with frise salad, duck confit with leek spätzle, and house-baked desserts like black forest tart or cinnamon carrot cake. Excellent drinks are in order, too!
Lynn Britt Cabin
Combining elegance, Western ambiance, and gourmet cuisine with an on-mountain restaurant’s beauty and seclusion, this quaint and romantic cabin is a spectacular setting for lunch or après ski. The rustic yet elegant interior makes for a perfect backdrop while sitting down to taste gourmet Colorado cuisine. They have lamb, trout, and bison available to serve, but one must not miss out on sampling the Elk Meat Ball Stroganoff to help warm you up on the coldest of days. Wash off a great meal with a glass of mine while you have the time of your life amidst the snowy highland.
Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro
This cozy, European-style cabin with a backdrop of the iconic Maroon Bells is a highlight of any Aspen Snowmass vacation. During lunch, help yourselves to fondue and raclette, as well as steak tartare, caviar, and delectable daily specials. Cloud Nine also offers a revamped snowcat dinner experience—it starts with a nice bottle of champagne, followed by a four or five-course meal and dessert, and cheese trolley in the end to cap off the meal before the awaited cat ride down.
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Mariel Abanes is the Managing Editor of POLO LADY Magazine.