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Guide to the Après Ski Cocktail Classic

The annual Après Ski Cocktail Classic returns to Aspen with a four-day celebration of the union between après ski and the craft of cocktail March 3-6, 2016.  Festival-goers can anticipate a long weekend full of craft spirits, mountain-top parties, fireside chats, cocktail-paired dinner series and beautiful scenery.

If you haven’t purchased your pass already, head to the official Après Ski Cocktail Classic website to snap a VIP or local pass!

What To Know:

Hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate! Water is the number one way to help your body adjust to our high and dry air. Did you know that altitude accelerates dehydration? You need to drink twice the amount of water here as you would at home. 

Monitor your alcohol intake. Alcohol actually slows down the body’s adjustment to elevation. Monitor your alcohol consumption over your first few days. You will feel its affects faster than usual, so be aware and make sure to drink water as well. 

Give you body time to adjust. Although you might think you’re ready to take on that hike you’ve been looking forward to all year, it’s important to avoid strenuous exercise during the first day of your trip. Don’t forget, there is plenty to see and do at lower altitudes including downtown Aspen.ApresSkiCocktailClassic_0.jpg

For more tips on adjusting to the altitude for your next trip in Aspen click here.

What To Do:

Take advantage of the festival freebies! Kick off the celebrations on Thursday from 2-5 p.m. at the Welcome to Après Party held at Chair 9 inside The Little Nell. The complimentary event presented by Stoli and Ancho Reyes & Monkey Shoulder includes cocktails and the raising of the après flag. Each day begins with a pop up bar at the base of Ajax from 9-11 a.m. serving up a complimentary warm and spirited beverage. Looking for an afternoon refreshment? Head to the rejuvenation station at Base Camp in Snowmass Thursday, Friday or Saturday afternoon from 12- 5 p.m. for a free massage from the Aspen Club and Spa or a Solerono Blood Orange Liquor to warm you up!

Enjoy your surroundings. Plan some time to enjoy the four world-class mountains Aspen has to offer in the winter. Not a skier? Not a problem! From snowshoeing to gallery hopping to fly-fishing, there are plenty of activities to enjoy off the slopes in Aspen.

Classes and Seminars to Attend:

Thursday: The state of Colorado boasts more than 50 craft distillers making vodka, gin, whiskey, run…you name it, they’ve got it. Enjoy A Celebration of Colorado Craft at the Hotel Jerome with panelists Jess Graber & Rob Dietrich (Stranahan’s), Sean Kenyon & David Matthews (Woody Creek Distillers), Matt Shrifin (Breckenridge Distillery), Steph David & Erin Noorlun (Spring44), and Connie Baker (Marble Distillery) to taste and talk about the start of craft distilling in Colorado.

Friday: The Grand Tasting Village kicks off on Friday with a three-hour treasure trove of over 100 premium spirits and cocktails, along with daily micro seminars. Nationally renowned mixologist Jonathon Pogash presents at 2:45 p.m. followed by a micro seminar on the history of Zacapa Rum at 3:30 p.m. and an exclusive first taste seminar at 4:10 p.m. featuring Pasote Tequila.

Saturday: It’s a wine vs. cocktails multi course dinner showdown! Held at element 47, James Beard award-winning mixologists take on the sommeliers of the iconic The Little Nell for a five course dinner, paired with both a cocktail and a glass of wine.

Sunday: Enjoy bar hopping at 13+ Aspen bars and pubs during the Great Après Ski Pub Crawl. Venues attending this year include Chair 9, 39 Degrees at Sky Hotel, Nello Alpine, Chef’s Club, The St. Regis Hotel, Jimmy’s Bodega, Justice Snow’s, Jimmy’s Restaurant, The Living Room at Hotel Jerome, J Bar at Hotel Jerome, Hops Culture, Aspen Kitchen and Casa Tua. Cheers!

For the full 2016 Après Ski Cocktail Classic schedule click here.