Apres Ski in America

All singing, all dancing American resorts with the best après

Aspen

Ski legend, 4 mountains , As classy as it gets

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  • Celeb spotting
  • Non Skiers
  • Varied ski area

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Jackson Hole

World class skiing, Wild West après, Superb ski school

Great for:

  • Experts
  • Off piste
  • Groups

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Lake Tahoe

Over 20,000 skiable in bound acres, Californian/Neva...

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  • Groups
  • Intermediates
  • Off piste

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Beaver Creek

World class customer service, Purpose built convenience

Great for:

  • Families
  • Luxury
  • Eating out

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Vail

World class resort, 2nd largest ski area ...

Great for:

  • Late season
  • Groups
  • Foodies

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Breckenridge

Huge ski area, Picturesque historic town, Great non-s...

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  • Late season
  • Après ski
  • Groups

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Winter Park

7 interlinked ski areas, Peaceful, authentic town, Ea...

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  • Beginners
  • Families
  • Groups

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Steamboat

Legendary Champagne Powder, Friendly town, Quieter Co...

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  • Families
  • Groups
  • Powder skiers

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Park City

Award winning resort, Dry, plentiful powder, Large an...

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  • Families
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  • Intermediates

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Our cousins across the pond aren’t known to do things by halves, and you can bet your bottom dollar that après ski’s no exception. Centred on great American grub and lots of feel-good atmosphere, the après scene in the States is the perfect wind-down after a day on the hill.

You’ll find the offerings vary from ski town to ski town, which lets you pick a resort that suits your style of relaxing. Whether you’re partying with Paris Hilton in Aspen or swigging Prairie Dew with the cowboys of Jackson Hole, there’s never a dull moment off the slopes here.

USA: Top Ski Resorts for Apres Ski

Long held as the bee’s-knees of U.S. ski towns, luxury’s woven in to the fabric in Aspen, so it’s no surprise that it’s a premiere location for those who love a bit of the good life in their après. The undisputed place to be is the Ajax Tavern – indulge in the decadent house-special truffle fries and a glass or two of sparkling wine on their sunbathed slope-side terrace while watching skiers descend the mountain. This is a town known for it’s A-list attendance, and the 39 Degrees Lounge is where most of the socialites head. No wonder, with its stunning views of the Rockies, chic poolside lounging and modern cocktails.

While the Teton ski village has some super places to eat & drink (most notably the Mangy Moose Saloon), the real fun to be had’s down the valley in Jackson. Wyoming is the heart of cowboy country, so specialises in live Bluegrass music – the Silver Dollar Bar and legendary Million Dollar Cowboy Bar here both regularly have local bands harmoniously strumming banjos and squeaking fiddles... On Sunday nights there’s only one place to be – The Stagecoach Bar. Their house band have played here every Sunday for over forty years and the frontman is ski and snowboard hall of fame member Bill Briggs.

Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Tahoe’s a ski area with two identities. But when it’s apres-o-clock, the 9 resorts under the Tahoe umbrella are far more Sin City than Hollywood - the daily Unbuckle Après party in Heavenly takes place at 9,150 feet and comes with all the trimmings: Drinks deals, dancers and thumping music. Then it’s on to the casinos and bars (the Hard Rock Hotel at South Lake Tahoe has both) to take advantage of Nevada’s 24-hour-drinking laws – the party here quite literally never stops. Keep an eye out for DJ Cat - a roaming snow cat-turned-transformer that opens out at the back to reveal a DJ booth and beast of a sound system…

Beaver Creek tends to go for classy over crazy when the lifts stop churning, and you’ll spend most of your hours off deciding which of the local drinks menus has your new favourite tipple. High-end margaritas at The Dusty Boot are the place to start, followed by small-batch bourbons and fine whiskies at (it’s all in the name) The Whiskey Elk. That’s not to say pluckier après doesn’t exist; Coyote Café’s a Beaver fave for lively beers and no-frills Mexican grub after the ski boots come off. The pinnacle of the refined atmosphere nurtured in this neck of the woods is the Grouse Mountain Grill - a gourmet American bistro-style restaurant in the heart of Beaver Creek, known for its exceptional vintages.

Aspen’s younger sibling in the family of Ritzy Colorado ski resorts, Vail is fast catching up with its big sister. While this Austrian-styled mountain resort’s bars and clubs are every bit as glam as A-town, the real joy here’s in the food, and a long lunch at the highly esteemed on-mountain Game Creek Restaurant has to be among one of the best meals we’ve had all year. Think Five-star American bistro cuisine, award-winning wine lists and access only by snow cat. If you feel the need to get your head out of the clouds a while, The Red Lion is the place: Pub grub, drinks and an upbeat atmosphere that lasts way in to the night, when some of Vail’s more stylish partygoers will start sipping cocktails to the best beats in town at the Samana Lounge.

With over 150 years of history and its more recent boom as a ski town, the home of the winter Dew Tour has racked up more than 70 bars and restaurants. After the lifts have closed, we like to head to T-Bar at the base of Peak 8 – you’ll find it filled to the rafters with Breckenites enjoying beers and snacks and swapping stories from their day on the mountain. The simply named Apres is definitely one to check out, serving the finest from all things craft. Beers, small-batch bourbons and whiskies and their own menu of hand-crafted cocktails, the menu’s in constant flux with fresh new flavours, and they even let you bring along or order in your favourite food to go with your chosen tipple. When night falls, Cecilia’s Martini Bar pumps out music from DJ’s and live bands until the early hours.

While glitz, glam and Rolls Royce resorts are a feast for the eyes, from time to time the heart wants something simpler. Despite its world-class ski area, Winter Park has managed to keep humble, and that’s far from a bad thing! Start off by tucking into the finger-licking-good menu at Club Car or Pepperoni's. Then it's onto Ullr’s Tavern, a hub for young locals, for live music, drinks and pool ‘til 2(am). But if a party’s what you really want from Winter Park, head here for Springtopia: Through the entire month of April the resort celebrates the end of season in style, with free events like on-piste DJ parties and live music.

Known more for champagne powder than champagne showers, time after hitting the hill above this old cowboy town is best spent sipping a cold one with the locals at Carl’s Tavern. Forget about all-night dancing, and trade your headband for a Stetson to relish what Steamboat Spring’s après does best – authentic wild-west bars and unpretentious American nosh. The atmosphere’s just as laid back by the piste, and on a clear day there’s no better place to be than the ‘beach’ in the Slopeside Grill, where locals and visitors get their fill of beer, wings and more beer in the Colorado sunshine.

Park City doesn’t jump off the page as a hotbed of après antics, but where there’s a will there’s a way and this old mining town-turned-ski resort still has some top-notch locations for those looking for a drink (or five). No Name Saloon is one of them (try their famous Buffalo Burger), as is Legends Bar just off the slopes. We could easily spend hours in O'Shucks on Main Street, where their signature Scooby Snacks are marvellously moreish. If you like to don your dancing shoes, Cisero's Bar often has DJ's and themed nights and always has a cracking atmosphere.


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