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Aspen restaurants open for Turkey Day

Staff report

Thanksgiving in a ski town is celebrated a little bit differently. While Americans across the country are waking up early to get their birds in the oven, most Aspen locals and visitors are suiting up to go skiing and snowboarding.

Whether you get out for some Turkey Day uphilling, snow-shoeing, Nordic skiing or regular old downhill fun, there are plenty of ways to burn some calories today before indulging later.

Here's a list of restaurants with Thanksgiving specials, courtesy of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, in case you decide to stay on the mountain a bit longer and forego the cooking.

Acquolina Trattoria & Pizzeria

Open at 11:30 a.m. http://www.acquolina aspen.com

Ajax Tavern

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Casual dinner option from 6 to 9 p.m. with traditional Thanksgiving menu items available on an a la carte basis. Three-course prix fixe dinner menu of traditional holiday items also available. http://www.thelittlenell.com/dining

Casa Tua

Serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner — three courses — in addition to a bar menu, from 6 p.m. to close. Cost: $68 per person plus tax and gratuity. http://www.casatualife style.com

Chair 9

Serving up Thanksgiving specials, winter bar menu, $3 Colorado craft beers, $6 Patron cocktails and football in surround sound today through Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. http://www.thelittlenell.com

Element 47

Three-course traditional Thanksgiving menu with roasted organic turkey and all the gourmet trimmings. 3 to 9 p.m., $99 per guest with a $65 wine pairing option, $47 per child. http://www.thelittlenell.com/dining

Hickory House

Thanksgiving Day meal benefiting Asendigo Autism Services. Noon. Cost: $10 suggested donation. http://www.hickoryhouseribs.com

Jimmy's

Three-course dinner. Also offering pick-up. Open from 3 to 10 p.m. Cost: $48. http://www.jimmysaspen.com

Jimmy's Bodega

Traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Cost: $32. Pumpkin Pie dessert for $10. Also offering pick-up. Open from 3:30 to 10 p.m. http://www.jimmysbodega.com

Justice Snow's

Buffet dinner. Seatings at 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Cost: $55 per person, $35 for kids 10 and under. http://www.justicesnows.com.

Mawa's Kitchen

Thanksgiving catering and meals to go. $349 serves 4 to 6 guests. http://www.mawaskitchen.com

Prospect at Hotel Jerome

Thanksgiving Day buffet from 1 to 8 p.m. Cost: Adults for $105, children under 10 for $35. http://www.hoteljerome.aubergeresorts.com/dining

Trecento Quindici Decano

Thanksgiving Day buffet from 1 to 7 p.m. Reservations highly recommended. Cost: Adults for $85, children for $35. http://www.stregisaspen.com/dining

Willow Creek Bistro — The Ritz-Carlton Club

Thanksgiving dinner with buffets, carving station and more. Reservations recommended. Cost: $79 per person, children under 14 pay their age. 970-429-2322.