Winter is synonymous with skiing. Throw on your long underwear, hit the fresh powder, and take a mid day break for some drinks at our favorite après ski bars to hit this winter.
Unbuckle, Heavenly Mountain Resort, CA
After wrapping up your day on the slopes of South Lake Tahoe, have a cocktail at Unbuckle. Enjoy live DJs and half priced drinks at 9,150 feet. The best part: riding the gondola back down the mountain over the moonlit lake. This is a view you don’t want to miss.
Minturn Saloon, Vail, CO
If there is one thing that can bring down your ski experience, it’s the lines. In one of the most popular ski destinations in the world, Vail is always packed, on and off the slopes. The Minturn Saloon is located down the Minturn Mile, a famous out-of-bounds trail that takes you through the woods into the town of Minturn. Advanced skiers should make the trek to this local legend for the margarita pitchers.
The Foggy Goggle, Sunday River, ME
Sunday River is widely known as one of the very best ski resorts on the East Coast. After finishing off your daunting run on White Heat, head to the Foggy Goggle to get some real Maine flavor. Warm up while taking in the views of the slopes on the third floor of the South Ridge lodge. Enjoy the live bands with their famous lobster mac & cheese and “The Goggle Grogg,” a 32 oz. bucket filled with delicious rum punch.
The Cirque at Pine Marten Lodge, Mt Bachelor Ski Resort, OR
Located in the Deschutes National Forest, Mt. Bachelor is widely considered to be one of the most scenic and beautiful ski resorts in the country. Pop off the skis at the top of the chairlift and warm up at The Cirque, the highest-elevation restaurant in Oregon. Featuring twenty local brews on tap as well as a lengthy warm cocktail menu, this is the place to take in the mountain views.
General Stark’s Pub & Grill, Mad River, Glen, VT
Hanging mugs of regulars on the walls and a huge stone fireplace are only two of the things that make this local pub a great place to enjoy the Mad River Glen atmosphere. Chat up the locals about the historic mountain and enjoy a Vermont microbrew if you’re a skier, no snowboarders allowed.
After enjoying a day on the slopes, rest up those legs and take in a brew at one of these après ski destinations. Cheers.