Showing skill on the mountain and feeling that surge of adrenaline as you make your way to the bottom is the main appeal for skiers and snowboarders. For those that are less athletic or perhaps need a little liquid courage to return after a vigorous day, it’s all about the apres. Here are our top picks for a strong drink, delicious snack, and bustling scene after you’ve proven yourself on the slopes.
Park City: For a truly remarkable experience, we recommend High West Distillery & Saloon in Park City. The only bar (that we know of) that has ski-in access. Hit the Quittin’ Time lift and arrive in time for a whiskey flight and plate of hearty mountain-inspired cuisine. The menus change seasonally and include local ingredients like Utah-caught trout. The cocktails are out-of-this-world with fresh juices and spirits created onsite. While the unique appeal of ski-in access originally lured us, we’ll keep returning for the great food and drinks.
Expert Tip: Take the distillery tour and buy a bottle so you can take home a taste of this mountain magic.
Aspen: A ski town with a world renowned apres ski scene, Aspen offers many excellent options. Our favorites include J Bar which is known for its more informal and local vibe (also frequented by celebrities that don’t seek out the limelight) and interesting cocktail menu. Also on our list is Ajax at the Little Nell. Located at the base of Aspen Mountain with stellar views, this spot hosts the creme de la creme of the Aspen scene. Whether you order oysters from the raw bar with a glass (or 2) of bubbles or a burger and a pint, this is a classic choice for Aspen apres.
Telluride: On-mountain dining doesn’t usually have a great reputation… Bon Vivant bucks the trend with French inspired cuisine that is executed skilfully. Taking a cue from European ski culture, this mountaintop eatery serves warm and filling dishes like Sausage Cassoulet, Croque Madames, and freshly made crepes. Choose from the extensive wine list, including the Telluride Red blended by the resort’s sommelier, or the beer selection rife with European varieties. Did we mention that Bon Vivant is located 11,000 feet above sea level and features spectacular views? Even if you only stop for chocolat chaud and a crepe, the view makes it more than worth your while.
Where will you be imbibing after a day on the slopes?