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The Ultimate Après Ski: The Best Ski Town Distilleries

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Last week Curbed Ski highlighted the best ski town breweries and it was a hit. Continuing on the alcohol theme, this week we bring you an updated list (and map) of the top distilleries in mountain towns from across the country. Craft distilleries are as ubiquitous as breweries these days and frankly it fits the ski lifestyle. Feeling the burn from all those tree runs? Give your legs some R & R with a smooth sipping rum or a rye whiskey served neat.


-Laurel Miller contributed to the research and writing of this piece.

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1. Bendistillery

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19330 Pinehurst Road
Bend, OR 97701
(470) 631-7878
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Bend Distillery makes award-winning gin and four different types of vodka, but the best is Crater Lake Vodka. It's made with Cascade Mountain water and filtered 10 times through charcoal, crushed lava rock, and oak. This smooth vodka will melt away all your ski aches and pains. Photo from Bendistillery

2. High West Distillery

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703 Park Ave.
Park City, UT 84060
(435) 649-8300
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Rye rules at the nation's only ski-in distillery. Choose from a selection of five different styles, ranging from blends to a 21-year, oak barrel aged. Photo from Barrett Doran Photography on High West Distillery's Facebook Page

3. Roughstock Distillery

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81211 Gallatin Rd, Ste A
Bozeman, MT 59718
(406) 551-6409
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100% Montana-made rye whiskey, made with pure malt, spring wheat, sweet corn, or straight rye. A standout is the single-barrel-aged Black Label, a heady blend of dark berry fruit with notes of coffee, toffee, and dark chocolate. Photo from RoughStock Montana Whiskey

4. Woody Creek Distillers

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60 Sunset Drive
Basalt, CO 81621
The killer green construction and design isn't the only reason to visit this boutique producer, although Colorado beetle kill pine and copper German make for stylish sipping. Rather, the owners have their own farm (they grow the potatoes for their stellar vodka, for starters), and what they don't' grow is locally sourced. Savor gin made with local juniper, and bourbon and whiskey made with Olathe corn. Photo from Woody Creek Distillers

5. Montanya Distillers

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130 Elk Avenue
Crested Butte, CO 81224
(970) 799-3206
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Step into this vast working distillery and tasting room, and belly up to the bar for complimentary pours of the crisp, clean Platino Light Rum, or the exceptionally smooth, smoky Oro Dark Rum. They also offer cocktails. Photo from Montanya Distillers

6. Two Guns Distillery

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401 Harrison
Leadville, CO 80461
Two Guns Distillery draws on Leadville's rich mining history to produce only two kinds of liquor: moonshine and whiskey. The cocktails are dangerously good and the locals have already embraced this new spot in the historic center. Photo from Two Guns Distillery

7. Breckenridge Distillery

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1925 Airport Rd
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(970) 547-9759
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Bourbon, vodka, and bitters are just a few of the elixirs produced at the "world's highest distillery (9600 feet)" which uses local snowmelt for its proofing. You can pop by the distillery for a free tour, or hit the downtown tasting room; the high-octane vodka's minerality is said to provide one of the few "vodka terroirs" in existence. Photo from Breckenridge Distillery

8. Green Mountain Distillers

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192 Thomas Lane
Stowe, VT 05672
Green Mountain makes hand-crafted organic spirits in one of the best ski towns in the northeast. The vodka and the gin are good, but check out the maple liqueur for some local flavor. There's no tasting room so email or call to schedule a tour. Photo from Green Mountain Organic Vodka

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1. Bendistillery

19330 Pinehurst Road, Bend, OR 97701
Bend Distillery makes award-winning gin and four different types of vodka, but the best is Crater Lake Vodka. It's made with Cascade Mountain water and filtered 10 times through charcoal, crushed lava rock, and oak. This smooth vodka will melt away all your ski aches and pains. Photo from Bendistillery
19330 Pinehurst Road
Bend, OR 97701

2. High West Distillery

703 Park Ave., Park City, UT 84060
Rye rules at the nation's only ski-in distillery. Choose from a selection of five different styles, ranging from blends to a 21-year, oak barrel aged. Photo from Barrett Doran Photography on High West Distillery's Facebook Page
703 Park Ave.
Park City, UT 84060

3. Roughstock Distillery

81211 Gallatin Rd, Ste A, Bozeman, MT 59718
100% Montana-made rye whiskey, made with pure malt, spring wheat, sweet corn, or straight rye. A standout is the single-barrel-aged Black Label, a heady blend of dark berry fruit with notes of coffee, toffee, and dark chocolate. Photo from RoughStock Montana Whiskey
81211 Gallatin Rd, Ste A
Bozeman, MT 59718

4. Woody Creek Distillers

60 Sunset Drive, Basalt, CO 81621
The killer green construction and design isn't the only reason to visit this boutique producer, although Colorado beetle kill pine and copper German make for stylish sipping. Rather, the owners have their own farm (they grow the potatoes for their stellar vodka, for starters), and what they don't' grow is locally sourced. Savor gin made with local juniper, and bourbon and whiskey made with Olathe corn. Photo from Woody Creek Distillers
60 Sunset Drive
Basalt, CO 81621

5. Montanya Distillers

130 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte, CO 81224
Step into this vast working distillery and tasting room, and belly up to the bar for complimentary pours of the crisp, clean Platino Light Rum, or the exceptionally smooth, smoky Oro Dark Rum. They also offer cocktails. Photo from Montanya Distillers
130 Elk Avenue
Crested Butte, CO 81224

6. Two Guns Distillery

401 Harrison, Leadville, CO 80461
Two Guns Distillery draws on Leadville's rich mining history to produce only two kinds of liquor: moonshine and whiskey. The cocktails are dangerously good and the locals have already embraced this new spot in the historic center. Photo from Two Guns Distillery
401 Harrison
Leadville, CO 80461

7. Breckenridge Distillery

1925 Airport Rd, Breckenridge, CO 80424
Bourbon, vodka, and bitters are just a few of the elixirs produced at the "world's highest distillery (9600 feet)" which uses local snowmelt for its proofing. You can pop by the distillery for a free tour, or hit the downtown tasting room; the high-octane vodka's minerality is said to provide one of the few "vodka terroirs" in existence. Photo from Breckenridge Distillery
1925 Airport Rd
Breckenridge, CO 80424

8. Green Mountain Distillers

192 Thomas Lane, Stowe, VT 05672
Green Mountain makes hand-crafted organic spirits in one of the best ski towns in the northeast. The vodka and the gin are good, but check out the maple liqueur for some local flavor. There's no tasting room so email or call to schedule a tour. Photo from Green Mountain Organic Vodka
192 Thomas Lane
Stowe, VT 05672