Ask any skier where the best "après ski" in the West is...and their
eyes are sure to smile with thoughts of crazy post alpine drinking, dancing and
debauchery. While the European Alps is the Mecca for après ski, these Rocky
Mountain places bring a respectable level of fun, music and libation after a
fantastic day on the slopes. Whether its a sun deck with a view of the slopes
you just skied at Telluride, a pitcher of margaritas among ski friends at
a disco bar with a DJ pumping tunes so you can dance in your ski boots while
enjoying a few drinks in Aspen - every après ski bar is unique as are its
locals. We might vote the Trap Bar at Grand Targhee as the best après ski bar
vibe, but we haven't been to them all yet. Many skiers love the Mangy Moose at
the base of Jackson Hole's Tram.
Here are some of our favorites for best après ski including the
aforementioned Trap Bar
at Grand Targhee and the Mangy Moose at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Best Après Ski Places Out West:
39-Degree in Sky Lodge gets rowdy and fun with a DJ and Champagne
flowing and couches by the fire. Limelight Lounge in town has
great après ski deals and live music
Aspen - Little Nell's
J-Bar and Ajax Tavern - two bars next door, one fancy the other local,
take your pick.
Aspen Snowmass - Venga
Venga in Snowmass Mall hangs over the ski slopes with a big deck,
firepits, and outdoor bar with heat lamps; enjoy happy hour drinks, Mexican food
special, plus a live band playing inside.
Aspen Highlands - Cloud 9 is highly scenic and social for a
late lunch, raclette and Veuve Clicquot at the 10,000' chalet. Ale House at
Highlands base village has great après ski, whiskey, and pizza - an eclectic
combo like Aspen.
Beaver Creek - CBar and
Beaver Creek Chophouse are right at the base of The Beav's beautifully
pitched slopes. Ski in, have Champagne on the sun terrace or head inside to the
bar in this inviting space. Enjoy oysters, fancy drinks and the social scene of
sophisticated Beaver Creek skiers. Hopefully you are lodging a few ski boot
steps away at Park Hyatt Beaver
Downtown Breck is classic cowboy town, though its grown much in recent years. We
like Briar Rose, Gold pan Saloon, Modis or Motherlodes on Main Street for great happy hours and après ski.
Steamboat Colorado - Slopeside
Grill is just as the name implies right off the ski trails at
Steamboat's base village with a view of Steamboat's slopes. A great outdoor deck
and a cozy interior rocks for happy hour and après ski, fitting for this cowboy
ski town. This s a great spot for ski in ski out lunch too.
Copper Mountain Colorado -
Jack's If you don't know Jacks, then you are missing Copper's
best après ski, with a big ski slope view deck and live music in Copper Center
Village. Lefty Lucy plays at Happy Hour, drink specials and views of Woodward
Camp's huge half pipe are highlights.
Telluride Colorado - Allred's, New Sheridan Bar, The Peaks
Deck - Allred's atop the gondola has views, brews and Telluride vibe.
Vail Colorado - The Red Lion - in the heart of
Vail village, this old bar rocks, live music, beer flowing, ski boots welcome.
Pepi's is a bit quieter classier with live music on Bridge
Street. See our Top Vail
Après Ski spots
Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana -
Bierstube at the base village of Big Mountain rocks après ski with locals,
liftees, ski patrol and instructors. Go Wednesday night for Frabert - free beer
and the coronation of this week's clod of the ski slopes, but beware of
Schweitzer Mountain, Idaho - Pucci's Pub is
cozy with plenty of Northwest brews on tap and cool ski decor. Taps is
Schweitzer's bigger slopeside bar with weekend bands, but Pucci's is a snow ball
toss to the Snow bus so the locals hang here.
Deer Valley Utah - St Regis Bar at Deer Valley - this
posh hotel has a primo bar for elevated après ski, furry boots and fizzy
Park City Utah - High West Distillery, The Corner Store and
Pig Pen Saloon - miner town après ski institutions.
Park City - High West Distillery in
the historic mining town steps from the slopes and the Town Lift, The Corner Store and
Pig Pen Saloon
Powder Mountain - The Powder Keg
Lodge is old school, authentic and fun after a day cat skiing Powder.
Snowbasin Utah - Cinnabar at Earl's Lodge
is elegant but happening with après ski music
Snowbird/Alta, Utah - The Tram Bar
at Snowbird, Aerie at Cliff Lodge for sushi and a view, or
The Alta Lodge for alpine authenticity