Last week we challenged non-skiers to just try turning down a ski weekend after seeing SKI Magazine’s list of the top 10 resorts for dining. It’s time for a chaser: SKI’s rundown of the best après-ski (or just après-dinner) scenes.
1. Aspen Mountain, Colorado
The classic Aspen scenario is filled with stylish skiing followed by stylish drinks. Slopeside and downtown options abound for après-ski, including The Bar at The Little Nell, Mezzaluna, the J-Bar inside Hotel Jerome, 39 Degrees in the Sky Hotel, The Cirque, The Cantina, and lots more.
Photo courtesy of Aspen/Snowmass
2. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Whistler has big steeps with a big après-ski scene to match. Ski right up to the Garibaldi Lift Co., located at the base of the Whistler Village Gondola, where ski films play in the background and an energetic crowd fills the bar. Merlins, Monk’s, and Dubh Linn Gate are also at the base of the mountains, while Dusty’s Bar & BBQ and Black’s Pub, a truly Canadian pub, are nearby in the Whistler villages.
Photo courtesy of Tourism British Columbia
3. Heavenly, California
After a day of shredding the slopes, Heavenly’s laidback slopeside pubs and grills and glitzy casino bars will make your sore muscles happy. Try FiRE + iCE, Mulligan’s Irish Pub, or Harvey’s Casino, which conveniently leads right into Heavenly’s Vegas-like nightlife.
Photo courtesy of Heavenly Ski Resort/Vail Resorts
4. Killington, Vermont
Killington has a thriving après-ski scene. For ski-to-the-door hotspots, check out the Mahogany Ridge bar at the K-1 Lodge, the Long Trail Pub at the Snowshed Lodge, and the Bear Mountain Lounge at the Bear Mountain Lodge (which serves up views of the Superpipe and the legendary Outer Limits bump run). Looking for a rowdy scene outside the resort on Killington Road? Head to the Wobbly Barn (below) or the Lookout Tavern.
Photo courtesy of Killington Resort
5. Tremblant, Quebec
Tremblant’s village is filled with après-ski choices, from lively Le Shack to the lounge at the Caribou. Grab a freshly brewed cold one at La Diable Microbrewery, and be sure to visit the Bar Café d'Époque with happy-hour specials and DJs.
Photo courtesy of Mont Tremblant Ski Resort
6. Vail, Colorado
Vail runs the gamut for après-ski scenes—you’ll find down-to-earth right down the street from in-crowd hangouts. For great people-watching at the base, head to Garfinkel’s. Check out The Red Lion, Sarah’s Lounge, and Bart & Yeti’s for traditional Vail après-ski. Other good choices include Pepi’s and the Tap Room.
Photo courtesy of Jack Affleck/Vail Resorts
7. Park City, Utah
The slopeside Legends Bar & Grill is classic Park City après-ski, located in the Legacy Lodge. In town, the young crowd heads to O’Shucks and Harry Os. Also check out the Wasatch Brew Pub for hand-crafted brews and ales like the Polygamy Porter (well, it is Utah, after all) and the 1st Amendment Lager.
Photo courtesy of Park City Mountain Resort
8. Breckenridge, Colorado
On-mountain après drinks can be found at the Silver Bullet Saloon and the Maggie. But for many, the best part about Breckenridge is the town itself. It’s filled with a great après scene, evidenced by the energetic crowds at the Breckenridge Brewery and the popular margaritas at Mi Casa. For a double dose of après-ski revelry, check out the diverse live music at Sherpa & Yeti’s.
Photo courtesy of Chris McLennan/Vail Resorts
9. Whiteface, New York
The base area at Whiteface is the main destination for après-ski action—kick back and relax at the Cloudspin Lounge, which has a deck and features live music throughout the season. To widen your options, visit Steinhoff’s and R.F. McDougall’s down the road, or visit nearby winter-sports haven Lake Placid and hotspot Burlington.
Photo courtesy of Whiteface Mountain
10. Stowe, Vermont
After your last run, go straight to the Fireside Tavern at the mountain for a mellow drink, then head on down to the boisterous Matterhorn Bar to get the night going. The Shed and the Rusty Nail are also great après-ski joints after a long day of carving turns.
Photo courtesy of Stowe Mountain Resort
Don’t miss one more installment of ski-vacation ideas for non-skiers; coming soon, SKI Magazine shares the top resorts for off-hill activities. The magazine’s list—and its gorgeous photos—will inspire even the most dedicated non-skier to give snow a chance.