I can't think of a better pairing than an evening dinner hike to a cabin under a full moon shining brightly above the Maroon Bells and Aspen. This is made possible from Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen. They host one of the best full moon dinners during the winter months for people willing to embrace the elements of hiking or skinning uphill to the Cliffhouse.
'Assent' is the term for going up hill and has become a popular new sport in the mountain communities. Buttermilk Mountain has caught onto the popularity of assenting uphill and has paired the activity with entertainment, dinner and an incredible cabin/mountain vibe.
Every full moon from December to March, join other locals and visitors to skin or hike up the Tiehack lift to a dinner at the Cliffhouse. The terrain is up green and blue runs with about 1,600 feet of elevation gain. Upon arriving to the top of Tiehack lift is the reward of an incredible view of the Maroon Bells and Aspen/Highlands. An outdoor campfire, free hot chocolate and a gong bell to ring the feat of climbing the mountain. Head inside for an incredible dinner in the Cliffhouse restaurant that offers a cozy mountain feel. There is nothing pretentious; just down-home comfort with mason jar lanterns, log tables, full service bar and dinner. A ramen noodle bar with tons of your favorite vegetables and your choice of chicken, beef or tofu. A prime rib dinner is the second option. After the big skin or hike, a hot ramen or prime rib dinner sure does hit the spot.
There are also some great giveaways from Dyafit and Goslings. If you are new to the sport or don’t want to go alone, meet at the bottom of Tiehack lift ready to go at 4:45 pm for a clinic and skin with Dyanfit athlete, TJ David. For those competitive folks, turn on your Strava for the Uphill Challenge presented by Goslings and Dynafit. See how your time compares to fellow uphillers for a chance to win prizes from Dynafit & Goslings! Prizes will be awarded for the best time and a randomly drawn prize for competing.
I just participated for the first Full Moon dinner event and did not enter as a competitor, but rather as an enjoyer of the uphill hike and most beautiful views of the Maroon Bells. It was a blissful experience that I’ve put on my calendar to participate in every month. Next dates are: January 10th, February 9th and March 9th. I promise this is an event not to miss if you happen to time it when on your magical Aspen vacation.