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The 30 Hottest Après-Ski Spots in North America

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There's only one way to finish a top ten ski day, and that's with a tasty snack and delicious beverage. Whether you like a cold brew, hand-crafted cocktail, or glass of Bordeaux, ski country is full of top notch places to imbibe. We've searched the ski towns of North America to come up with this definitive list of the best après-ski spots in North America.

Note: The bars and restaurants are listed east to west, not in any particular ranking. Don't see your regular hangout on the list? Send us an email or let us know in the comments. We'll keep this après party list going all season long.


-With writing from Katie Shapiro and Michael Schrantz

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The Rack

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The ‘Loaf locals and visitors alike head to this brewpub and BBQ barn just about a mile off-mountain. During après hours, PBR’s are $2.50 to wash down ribs, brisket, pulled pork and wings smothered in homemade sauces. The after aprés party brings live music to the stage and often goes all the way ‘til 3 a.m. Photo, The Rack

The Matterhorn

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A sushi bar and pizza parlor collide at “The Horn,” a longtime Stowe staple. Although its wild reputation has toned down a bit in recent years, it’s still a lively scene with pool tables, DJs and live music. Don’t miss the Martini Bar tucked behind the building that overlooks the river. Photo, The Matterhorn

Grizzly's

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Located at the Base Lodge, Grizzly’s outdoor patio is basically Stratton HQ. The taps are stocked with Vermont’s best microbrews, the menu filled with bar food favorites and the schedule packed with DJs and bands. For super cheap you can garnish your own Bloody Mary with over twenty toppings. Photo, Grizzly's Facebook Page

Wobbly Barn Steakhouse

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Originally built in 1963, this legendary steakhouse and bar in Killington was constructed from ten different New England barns. It has stayed a rockin’ thanks to a nightclub upstairs that’s either an epic dance party or live concert. After an après sesh here, you probably won’t be able to drive home, so take advantage of a free ride in the Wobbly Wagon. Photo, Wobbly Barn Facebook Page

General Stark's Pub

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Like its namesakes (both the Revolutionary War hero and the peak of its home), General Stark’s Pub & Grill is badass. No frills, just plenty of locally brewed beer and greasy grub. Locals proudly drink out of personally numbered steins from the “Mugg Club” at the bar, around the fire or outside on the deck. FYI, this party is strictly for skiers: Mad River Glen is one of the only resorts left that bans snowboarding. Photo, General Stark's Pub

Dillon Dam Brewery

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It’s one of the largest brewpubs in the country and centrally located to any one of Summit County’s resorts, making it an easy après ski stop before hopping back on I-70. But, handcrafted lagers and ales, solid food (try the burgers!), satellite sports coverage, pool tables and brewery tours make it hard to get back in the car. And unlike many après ski hand outs, it’s pretty DAM family friendly. Photo, Dillon DAM Brewery Facebook Page

Gold Pan Saloon

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“A Breckenridge Tradition Since 1879” keeps the ghosts of the historic mining town watering hole alive. Go for the Gold Nugget Margarita while recapping the day around the potbelly stove in honor of the miners who sat before you. Photo, Gold Pan Facebook Page

The Red Lion

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Open since 1963, Vail's Red Lion is one of the originals that helped give après its name. Just a few steps from Gondola One, try and snag an outdoor table in the sun or listen to live music with the rowdy crowd inside. Wherever you post up, this classic experience is a must. Photo, The Red Lion

Minturn Saloon

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Slip out from the backcountry gate at the top of the Lost Boy trail at Vail for your last turns of the day. A cruise down the infamous Minturn Mile will spit you out a short walk from one of our absolute favorites. Slinging drinks since 1901, the Minturn Saloon margarita is the ultimate reward and as authentic Old West as it gets. Photo, Minturn Saloon

Bachelors Lounge

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A dedicated cigar lounge just steps off the slopes of Beaver Creek might be an après first, but we are so on board. Unwind fireside (both indoors and outdoors) with a smoke while sipping a paired spirit selection curated by The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch’s sommelier or mixologist. It doesn’t open until 4:30, so hang at the outdoor fire pit and grab a beer at the slopeside Daniel's Bar & Grill first. Photo, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

Venga Venga Cantina & Tequila Bar

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Snowmass might not be known for its happening après scene, but Chef Richard Sandoval’s slopeside cantina stands out. Grab a bucket of beer or a sangria roja and a trio of street-style tacos by a patio fire pit and bask in the sun (and laid back vibe). Photo, Venga Venga

Ajax Tavern

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Few resort towns rival Aspen’s après scene, but since we had to narrow it down, we went with a spot that has it all: Ajax Tavern. Located right at the base of the Silver Queen Gondola, its outdoor patio has prime views of skiers making their way down the mountain along with a parade of jet-setters going in and out of The Little Nell. There’s usually a wait for a table to dine on stellar French-American bistro fare (best burger in town), but an additional outdoor bar, the occasional celebrity appearance and a DJ passes the time. Photo, Ajax Tavern

J-Bar at Hotel Jerome

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In addition to being one of our fave post-skiing spots, the J-Bar at the Hotel Jerome also boasts some serious history. Since 1889, the J-Bar has welcomed everyone from Gary Cooper, John Wayne, and Hunter S. Thompson to heroes from the acclaimed World War Two-unit the 10th Mountain Division. Expect vintage-inspired cocktails, light food options, and a thriving locals scene.
Plastic chairs and picnic tables mark the spot at this dive bar housed in a former ski patrol trailer. Ski right in for a pitcher of beer and a bowl of crawfish mac-and-cheese among a friendly crowd of locals rocking to reggae sounds. And don't be deterred by the low-key crowd, the food here rocks. Photo, T Bar

Avalanche Bar & Grill

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The Avalanche is a Crested Butte favorite and rowdy as hell, especially when sports are on. Arrive early and indulge in one of the best apres spots on the mountain. Major plus: it's just steps from the ski hill.

Montanya Distillers

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The tasting room to this craft distillery in Crested Butte serves up over 20 inventive rum cocktails made from area spring water paired with artisan appetizers. An impressive roster of live musicians is a bonus to what’s behind the antique bar housed in a former powerhouse building. Photo, Montanya Distillers Facebook Page

Allred's

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Perched at 10,551 feet, unbuckle after a cruise down Telluride's See Forever run or take a free ride on the Gondola to the San Sophia Station for an elevated après experience. There’s no better place to take in views of Telluride with a glass of wine from their award-winning list. We dream about their truffle fries topped with fresh shaved parmesan. Photo, Allred's Restaurant

Mangy Moose Restaurant and Saloon

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This Teton Village institution is world-famous for its untouched saloon atmosphere, spicy margaritas and long list of headliners who have graced the stage. Slightly divey, slightly debaucherous – almost everyone ends their day here, and the crowds show. Get here early if you want a seat. If only the moose hanging from the rafters could talk… Photo, Mangy Moose Facebook Page

Peruvian Lodge

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We love this no frills Alta lodge for serious skiers, which was once used as a nurse’s barracks during World War II. The bar here is lined with taxidermy and vintage ski memorabilia while free appetizers and popcorn await the après rush. After downing a shotski or few with friends, hit the deck for a dip in the heated pool or hot tub. Photo, Alta Peruvian Lodge Facebook Page

High West Distillery & Saloon

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Cocktail lovers reunite after a day on the slopes at the world’s only ski-in distillery. It’s also “Utah’s first distillery since the 1870’s,” making for a history lesson in libations just by stepping foot into the original Park City building. Any one of the Rye’s are a must try along with a bite from the award-winning pub fare menu. Photo, High West Distillery

St Regis Bar

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All aboard the leather-upholstered funicular to the tony St. Regis Bar in Deer Valley's most exclusive enclave. Cozy up by the fire pit on the expansive patio for a signature “7452” Bloody Mary (named for the elevation). It was in fact, a French bartender who invented the cocktail at the King Cole Bar in the New York City property in 1934. Stay for sunset to see the champagne sabering ceremony – another St. Regis tradition – with a complimentary glass of bubbly included. Photo, St. Regis, Deer Valley
Located on the “sunny side” of the mountain at the base of Sun Valley's Warm Springs, the patio here is a perfect late afternoon post. The vibe celebrates ski culture, proudly displaying Olympic memorabilia from the likes of Picabo Street. This locals favorite is also known for their annual Hahnenkamm party every January celebrating the “Super Bowl of ski racing.” Pack your dirndl and lederhosen. Photo, Apples Bar & Grill Facebook Page

The Mill Cafe

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Ski straight for this smokehouse at the base of Mammoth's Stump Alley for their famous pulled pork sandwich and a beer. “The Mill” has a fit pit and beach chair spotted patio where a lively crowd of locals kick up their boots anytime after lunch. Insider tip: park here to avoid the crowds at Main Lodge. Photo, Mammoth Mountain

Unbuckle Apres Ski at Tamarack

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It’s as close to a Las Vegas party scene as you’ll get mid-mountain. Tahoe's Tamarack Lodge transforms into a full-blown nightclub complete with go-go dancers, glow sticks, thumping techno and fist pumping tunes. Luckily, it’s only from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., because otherwise it would get even messier. When in Heavenly? Photo, Heavenly

Le Chamois & Loft Bar

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Slightly off the main drag, it’s still the hottest spot in Squaw Valley. Take your pick from “The Chammy’s” A-frame loft, front yard or roof for where to hang. For $100 you can score a “Buddy Pitcher Pass” for 10 pitchers of Budweiser. Photo, Le Chamois & Loft Bar

Hellroaring Saloon

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This classic Whitefish après bar is the place to be. With a prime location in a chalet that was once the Big Mountain's first base lodge, Hellroaring Saloon is known for nachos and good times (both coming in large helpings).

Shooting Star Saloon

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Located in Hunstville, Utah, a short drive from Snowbasin Resort and Powder Mountain, the Shooting Star Saloon first opened in 1879 and is the oldest continuously operating saloon in the state. Expect plenty of taxidermy (check out Buck, a 298-pound Saint Bernard), cheap beer (try the Dark Side of the Moon, a blend of Guinness and Blue Moon), and spot-on burgers.

Lardo Grill & Saloon

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Although its current iteration only dates back to 1973, Lardo's Saloon was a dance hall back in the days when the McCall region was undergoing a gold mining boom. Now, skiers from nearby Brundage Mountain Resort flock here for drink specials, wings, and all things fried. Oh- and don't forget about the taxidermy.

Garibaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill

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Whistler knows how to party and “The GLC” is the epicenter of it all, located at the base of the Village gondola. Geared toward a younger crowd, the techno (usually in the form of imported euro-DJs) starts early and ends late. The place is huge and so is the patio – a sunny mecca after skiing like hell in heaven. Photo, Garibaldi Lift Co. Facebook Page

The Sitzmark

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The Sitzmark's slopside location makes it a great spot to slide into after a perfect day of turns. There's plenty of beer on tap to keep you busy and the people watching is top notch.

The Rack

The ‘Loaf locals and visitors alike head to this brewpub and BBQ barn just about a mile off-mountain. During après hours, PBR’s are $2.50 to wash down ribs, brisket, pulled pork and wings smothered in homemade sauces. The after aprés party brings live music to the stage and often goes all the way ‘til 3 a.m. Photo, The Rack

The Matterhorn

A sushi bar and pizza parlor collide at “The Horn,” a longtime Stowe staple. Although its wild reputation has toned down a bit in recent years, it’s still a lively scene with pool tables, DJs and live music. Don’t miss the Martini Bar tucked behind the building that overlooks the river. Photo, The Matterhorn

Grizzly's

Located at the Base Lodge, Grizzly’s outdoor patio is basically Stratton HQ. The taps are stocked with Vermont’s best microbrews, the menu filled with bar food favorites and the schedule packed with DJs and bands. For super cheap you can garnish your own Bloody Mary with over twenty toppings. Photo, Grizzly's Facebook Page

Wobbly Barn Steakhouse

Originally built in 1963, this legendary steakhouse and bar in Killington was constructed from ten different New England barns. It has stayed a rockin’ thanks to a nightclub upstairs that’s either an epic dance party or live concert. After an après sesh here, you probably won’t be able to drive home, so take advantage of a free ride in the Wobbly Wagon. Photo, Wobbly Barn Facebook Page

General Stark's Pub

Like its namesakes (both the Revolutionary War hero and the peak of its home), General Stark’s Pub & Grill is badass. No frills, just plenty of locally brewed beer and greasy grub. Locals proudly drink out of personally numbered steins from the “Mugg Club” at the bar, around the fire or outside on the deck. FYI, this party is strictly for skiers: Mad River Glen is one of the only resorts left that bans snowboarding. Photo, General Stark's Pub

Dillon Dam Brewery

It’s one of the largest brewpubs in the country and centrally located to any one of Summit County’s resorts, making it an easy après ski stop before hopping back on I-70. But, handcrafted lagers and ales, solid food (try the burgers!), satellite sports coverage, pool tables and brewery tours make it hard to get back in the car. And unlike many après ski hand outs, it’s pretty DAM family friendly. Photo, Dillon DAM Brewery Facebook Page

Gold Pan Saloon

“A Breckenridge Tradition Since 1879” keeps the ghosts of the historic mining town watering hole alive. Go for the Gold Nugget Margarita while recapping the day around the potbelly stove in honor of the miners who sat before you. Photo, Gold Pan Facebook Page

The Red Lion

Open since 1963, Vail's Red Lion is one of the originals that helped give après its name. Just a few steps from Gondola One, try and snag an outdoor table in the sun or listen to live music with the rowdy crowd inside. Wherever you post up, this classic experience is a must. Photo, The Red Lion

Minturn Saloon

Slip out from the backcountry gate at the top of the Lost Boy trail at Vail for your last turns of the day. A cruise down the infamous Minturn Mile will spit you out a short walk from one of our absolute favorites. Slinging drinks since 1901, the Minturn Saloon margarita is the ultimate reward and as authentic Old West as it gets. Photo, Minturn Saloon