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Hangover Helper: The Best Ski Town Bloody Mary's

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It's a fact that the Bloody Mary—that glorious, hair-of-the-dog libation comprised of vodka and tomato juice- is a staple at ski resorts across the continent. Late nights and long slope seshes require an AM eye-opener, which is why Curbed Ski has sussed out the best, from Sun Valley to Breckenridge. Hang onto this list, especially if you're planning to attend the Après Ski Cocktail Classic in Snowmass, March 13-17 or hit any of the raging spring break parties this month. You'll thank us.

Note: The bars and restaurants are listed based on geography, not in any particular ranking. Upset your fav spot didn't make the list? Send us an email or let us know in the comments.


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1. Dusty's Bar and BBQ

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2040 London Lane, Whistler
BC, Canada
(604) 905-2171
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This Western-themed sister restaurant/bar to après ski hotspot Garibaldi Lift Co. is famed for its Mary’s, which for some reason Canadians persist in calling a Caesar (made with Clamato as a matter of course). Dusty’s uses a Smirnoff base, and expands upon that with house specials like the Horse Outta Hell (habanero wing hot sauce and Worcestershire, garnished with pepperoncini, spicy green bean, hot pepperoni stick, celery, and lime, rimmed with a 5-Pepper dry wing spice; BYO Alka-Seltzer), and the Smoke Pit Caesar (smoked Tabasco and Worcestershire, garnished with “two cubes of our beef brisket,” pepperoncini, celery, and lime, rimmed with steak spice).

2. The Summit Deck & Grille

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100 Northstar Drive, Tahoe National Forest
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 562-3471
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There are plenty of spots in Tahoe to suck down a Bloody Mary before a killer view but the people’s favorite is at this top-of-mountain bbq joint in North Shore. The Velvet Bacon Bloody Mary is more of a meal in a glass, a strong, savory libation made with “a touch” of Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co (Paso Robles, CA)., Ketel One, housemade spiced, candied bacon, pickled veggies, pepperoncini and olive juice, horseradish, and lots of spices including a dash of cinnamon. Hold onto your helmet.

3. River Run Day Lodge

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520 River Run Plaza
Ketchum, ID 83340
(208) 622-4111
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Tangy, spicy, soothing: the Bloody Mary's here have all the things you look for in a hangover salve, with the benefit of a five-star view of Bald Mountain and the Big Wood River. Apres ski is hopping at this gorgeous, river-rock and exposed log on-mountain establishment, but if you're in dire need of help, hit up the bar during breakfast, and park it in front of the floor-to-ceiling fireplace. Makes that bender worth it, doesn't it?

4. The St. Regis Deer Valley

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2300 Deer Valley Drive East
Park City, UT 84060
(435) 940-5700
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Fact: The Bloody Mary was invented at the King Cole Bar at St. Regis New York by a French bartender. The luxury hotel brand has gone on to develop a signature Bloody Mary for each of its properties, and not surprisingly, they’re amazing. The 7452 Mary from the stunning Deer Valley property (which necessitates an on-call funicular to get to the hotel proper) is a mix of the house Mary mix (no trade secrets, but it does contain a dash of cornichon brine) topped with a wasabi and celery “espuma” and dash of cayenne, in a glass rimmed with black salt (an homage to the mining history of the era; the cloud-like espuma represents snow). Whatever, it’s divine. At the St. Regis, Aspen, try the Downhill Snapper with Ketel One vodka, muddled dill, basil, and freshly cracked pepper, garnished with olives and a pickle.

5. Woody Creek Distillers

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60 Sunset Drive
Basalt, CO 81621
(970) 279-5110
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This award-winning distillery earns Curbed Ski’s top honors for best Bloody Mary. While the smooth, Roaring Fork Valley-grown potato vodka is key, it’s the balance of smoky/savory/sweet/spicy from the housemade celery bitters and Mary mix, and bacon salt rim that clear our head and warm our heart, every time.

6. Westside Cafe and Market

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2211 N Frontage Rd W
Vail, CO 81657
(970) 476-7890
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This unassuming greasy spoon serves up their wildly popular Mary’s in a goblet festooned with a vegetable skewer and draft beer side car, for just $9.95 a pop. Should you require further enticement, add bacon vodka and a slice of candied bacon to the whole shebang. Tip: down at least one before you go wait in the parking lot lift lines.

7. The Motherloaded Tavern

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103 S Main St.
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(970) 453-2572

Although the pickle or jalapeno-infused versions are popular, it’s the Motherlode mix (made by neighbor Motherlode Provisions- no connection) that makes this dive’s Mary’s king. DIY types should swing by the mom-and-pop Motherlode Provisions’ new retail shop for bbq, steak, hot sauces, and the Bloody Mary mix. The cult concoction is an appealingly rich blend gussied up with cayenne, black pepper, jalapeno, molasses, and carrot juice.

8. 6th Alley Bar & Grill

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28194 U.S. 6, White River National Forest
Keystone, CO 80435
(970) 468-0718
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The December remodel may be recent, but the word has long been out about the Dude Bacon Vodka Bloody Mary’s. Garnished with a strip of the crispy stuff, these puppies are chugged, in the words of one local, “all day long.” Need more help? Fridays mean $5.50 hot pepper-infused Hornitos Lime shots. Careful, don’t cross those tips.

1. Dusty's Bar and BBQ

2040 London Lane, Whistler, BC, Canada

This Western-themed sister restaurant/bar to après ski hotspot Garibaldi Lift Co. is famed for its Mary’s, which for some reason Canadians persist in calling a Caesar (made with Clamato as a matter of course). Dusty’s uses a Smirnoff base, and expands upon that with house specials like the Horse Outta Hell (habanero wing hot sauce and Worcestershire, garnished with pepperoncini, spicy green bean, hot pepperoni stick, celery, and lime, rimmed with a 5-Pepper dry wing spice; BYO Alka-Seltzer), and the Smoke Pit Caesar (smoked Tabasco and Worcestershire, garnished with “two cubes of our beef brisket,” pepperoncini, celery, and lime, rimmed with steak spice).

2040 London Lane, Whistler
BC, Canada

2. The Summit Deck & Grille

100 Northstar Drive, Tahoe National Forest, Truckee, CA 96161

There are plenty of spots in Tahoe to suck down a Bloody Mary before a killer view but the people’s favorite is at this top-of-mountain bbq joint in North Shore. The Velvet Bacon Bloody Mary is more of a meal in a glass, a strong, savory libation made with “a touch” of Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co (Paso Robles, CA)., Ketel One, housemade spiced, candied bacon, pickled veggies, pepperoncini and olive juice, horseradish, and lots of spices including a dash of cinnamon. Hold onto your helmet.

100 Northstar Drive, Tahoe National Forest
Truckee, CA 96161

3. River Run Day Lodge

520 River Run Plaza, Ketchum, ID 83340

Tangy, spicy, soothing: the Bloody Mary's here have all the things you look for in a hangover salve, with the benefit of a five-star view of Bald Mountain and the Big Wood River. Apres ski is hopping at this gorgeous, river-rock and exposed log on-mountain establishment, but if you're in dire need of help, hit up the bar during breakfast, and park it in front of the floor-to-ceiling fireplace. Makes that bender worth it, doesn't it?

520 River Run Plaza
Ketchum, ID 83340

4. The St. Regis Deer Valley

2300 Deer Valley Drive East, Park City, UT 84060

Fact: The Bloody Mary was invented at the King Cole Bar at St. Regis New York by a French bartender. The luxury hotel brand has gone on to develop a signature Bloody Mary for each of its properties, and not surprisingly, they’re amazing. The 7452 Mary from the stunning Deer Valley property (which necessitates an on-call funicular to get to the hotel proper) is a mix of the house Mary mix (no trade secrets, but it does contain a dash of cornichon brine) topped with a wasabi and celery “espuma” and dash of cayenne, in a glass rimmed with black salt (an homage to the mining history of the era; the cloud-like espuma represents snow). Whatever, it’s divine. At the St. Regis, Aspen, try the Downhill Snapper with Ketel One vodka, muddled dill, basil, and freshly cracked pepper, garnished with olives and a pickle.

2300 Deer Valley Drive East
Park City, UT 84060

5. Woody Creek Distillers

60 Sunset Drive, Basalt, CO 81621

This award-winning distillery earns Curbed Ski’s top honors for best Bloody Mary. While the smooth, Roaring Fork Valley-grown potato vodka is key, it’s the balance of smoky/savory/sweet/spicy from the housemade celery bitters and Mary mix, and bacon salt rim that clear our head and warm our heart, every time.

60 Sunset Drive
Basalt, CO 81621

6. Westside Cafe and Market

2211 N Frontage Rd W, Vail, CO 81657

This unassuming greasy spoon serves up their wildly popular Mary’s in a goblet festooned with a vegetable skewer and draft beer side car, for just $9.95 a pop. Should you require further enticement, add bacon vodka and a slice of candied bacon to the whole shebang. Tip: down at least one before you go wait in the parking lot lift lines.

2211 N Frontage Rd W
Vail, CO 81657

7. The Motherloaded Tavern

103 S Main St., Breckenridge, CO 80424

Although the pickle or jalapeno-infused versions are popular, it’s the Motherlode mix (made by neighbor Motherlode Provisions- no connection) that makes this dive’s Mary’s king. DIY types should swing by the mom-and-pop Motherlode Provisions’ new retail shop for bbq, steak, hot sauces, and the Bloody Mary mix. The cult concoction is an appealingly rich blend gussied up with cayenne, black pepper, jalapeno, molasses, and carrot juice.

103 S Main St.
Breckenridge, CO 80424

8. 6th Alley Bar & Grill

28194 U.S. 6, White River National Forest, Keystone, CO 80435

The December remodel may be recent, but the word has long been out about the Dude Bacon Vodka Bloody Mary’s. Garnished with a strip of the crispy stuff, these puppies are chugged, in the words of one local, “all day long.” Need more help? Fridays mean $5.50 hot pepper-infused Hornitos Lime shots. Careful, don’t cross those tips.

28194 U.S. 6, White River National Forest
Keystone, CO 80435