Over the past few years Snowmass Village has seen a transformation with over $600 million invested in new hotels, residences, restaurants, community areas and retail shops. It still is a quieter escape from Aspen, but there is much more to do and see. Today more than ever, it offers some great dining options if you are staying in Base Village, near the Snowmass Mall or just there skiing for the day or taking advantage of one of its fun summer activities or events. Here are my top recommendations:
Snowmass Kitchen: Located at the new Westin Hotel at 100 Elbert Lane in the Snowmass Mall, this was a great choice for dinner with a friend. The former, dated Silvertree Hotel has been totally transformed into a new, sleek contemporary slope-side hotel. I highly recommend the restaurant. I thought the seared Sukna Bay salmon was a super dish and my friends loved the free range chicken. Don’t miss the lobby bar, The Vue Lounge, for a nightcap where they feature music on certain nights. There is also a Starbucks coffee shop in the lobby.
I also like the design and feel of The Bar at Wildwood which is a casual beer hall featuring Colorado’s New Belgium Brewery. The Wildwood, which appeals to a younger and much hipper crowd (with colorful rooms), is across the street from the new Westin/Wildwood Resort Complex.
Two new Snowmass spots I tried on a recent trip were TORO Kitchen & Lounge at the Viceroy Snowmass and State 38. TORO, replaced Eight K, is a sleek restaurant that features contemporary Latin American cuisine. I enjoyed my meal with a local friend. The Viceroy also has a sleek new coffee bar, Café V off of the lobby. They also recently opened the Nest Bar & Grill, a slope-side, al fresco bar open for Après Ski for food and drinks.
Sage at The Snowmass Club is now Three Peaks. It is located at 0239 Snowmass Club Circle. After the recent takeover, the restaurant has improved considerably with good food and service in a comfortable, warm setting. It was recently renamd. The outdoor seating in the summer has spectacular views. It is now open only to Club Members and guests. For dining the club, their Black Saddle Bar & Grille at the golf clubhouse is also very good and open to the public. It features live music and specials different nights of the week.
Krabloonik: At 4250 Divide Road, Krabloonik has been there for over 40 years. The cozy log cabin, is a perfect spot for lunch. You can take a guided dog sled ride or just visit the dogs after you eat. I prefer lunch over dinner as you can see the views and the atmosphere in the restaurant is the best. But the dinners by candlelight can be very romantic. It is now under new ownership with a great amount of attention paid to health of the sled dogs. Also with a new chef, the gamecentric menu includes the popular wild mushroom soup, the elk tenderloin, pan-roasted rabbit loin, duck and pheasant, smoked rainbow trout filet and the cedar-plank-roasted salmon. You can order a la carte or pair the lunch or dinner with an hourlong dog sled ride.
Venga Venga: This Mexican Cantina and Tequila Bar, is a great spot for lunch while skiing. The taco combination was really excellent. Taco Tuesday in the summer is a fun evening with great tacos and live music on the patio. I went back and loved the grilled mahi mahi tacos for dinner.
In the Snowmass Mall, below Venga Venga, is the Snowmass Lanes & Lounge. It is a fun, trendy hangout featuring locally brewed beers, burgers and wood-fired oven pizzas.
Just heard about the New Belgium Ranger Station featuring New Belgium brews and casual food. Can’t wait to try it on my next trip. 100 Elbert Lane, Retail Unit M-115.
The Edge at the Timberline Hotel was my latest find. It features Alpine cuisine from Germany, Switzerland and France. So you get a menu featuring fondue, schnitzels, fish and meat entrees. I really loved the venison dish with a lingenberry sauce, red cabbage and spatzle.
Il Poggio is a great spot casual Italian dining. They have a great menu of salads, pastas and main courses. I loved the roasted beet salad, the spinach salad with pears and the ravioli with a sweet potato and goat cheese filling tossed in brown butter and sage. Many of my local friends love it as well. 57 Elbert Ln.
Near Il Poggio is the newly opened Slow Groovin’ BBQ at 67 Elbert Lane. I have been to their great location in Marble, CO, but they opened this as their winter destination. This is a new hot spot with a casual decor and bar. They feature barbecue ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken plus smoked items like sausage, salmon and turkey. You can get a number of soups, salads, sandwiches, platters and combination platters. I loved the brisket with corn bread, slaw and baked beans. To top it off the smokey Old Fashioned was the perfect cocktail!
Snowmass has recently opened it expanded Base Village. This includes new Limelight Hotel and several other dining spots. The Limelight Hotel Snowmass opened in December, 2018. It has a five-story climbing wall 90 rooms and a 7,500 lobby and lounge area. There is live music during peak season. Here you will find the Limelight Lounge a casual bar and dining area serving breakfast and dinner. They feature wood-fired pizzas and other great menu items from small to large plates. I loved the kale salad and mussels in a white wine broth.
Also in the expanded base village is The Crêpe Shack by Mawa McQueen. I love her Aspen and Willits restaurants. This is her first foray into Snowmass with coffee and crepes. Across the skating rink is the CODough Bar will features croughnuts, doughnuts, fritters, cinnamon rolls, gluten free treats and breakfast burritos, as well as a tap bar featuring wine and beer.
Recently opened nearby in The Collective Snowmass is mix6. One of my favorite places for many years in Aspen is the Pyramid Bistro at the Explore Booksellers. Its chef, Martin Oswald, known for his nutritarian menu there has opened his new restaurant in the expanded Base Village in Snowmass. It features fresh, healthy and fast food where you choose your own meal from a variety of vegetables, bases and proteins. I went for lunch and thought it was really excellent with all of its healthy options! You can also have a cocktail at moxiBar next to the restaurant.
Good for coffee in the Snowmass Mall is Fuel Cafe. They also feature breakfast items like bagels plus sandwiches, salads, burritos, wraps and smoothies.
My latest find is Little Mammoth Steak House located in the Snowmass Mall in the 315 Gateway Bldg. It has a warm, cozy atmosphere and has a large cocktail, wine and food menu. They feature a large number of steak choices but also has chicken, pork, lamb and fish entrees. I enjoyed my experience with a local friend. It was perfect on a snowy January evening!
Owned by the same group as Saké and State 38, Basecamp Bar & Grill is Slice of Italy. This is a fun, casual Italian restaurant featuring classic Italian entrees and pizzas. They have a large menu of food, wine and cocktails. I enjoyed my first dinner where I had the basil pesto pasta dish and a very tasty tiramisu.
I had not tried Basecamp Bar & Grill until my latest trip. It is a casual gastropub in the center of Base Village. “The restaurant spans two floors, with three fully stocked bars, an expansive downstairs patio complete with a 24ft fire pit, and a second story terrace that boasts the best views of Snowmass Mountain.” I went with a friend and enjoyed the service and food. Though the grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup was tempting, I chose the Reuben with sweet potato fries. It was one of the best that I have had anywhere!
I have been attending classes at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass for 20 years. I have always enjoyed the Anderson Ranch Café for my daily lunch and an occasional dinner. In 2020 they hired David Wang at the new director of culinary arts and operations. I was recently back twice and really thought the new menu was excellent. He has a globally inspired menu that features the influences of regional American, barbeque, East Asian, Southeast Asian, Latin and Mediterranean cuisine and using locally sourced ingredients. They are also offering a new coffee and espresso bar. Check out their website for special events, themed happy hours and culinary-focused special events. You can always walk through the campus, attend a lecture, visit their gallery and store and see what the students are working on in the various studios before or after a a meal. 5263 Owl Creek Rd.