The only thing better than sipping a margarita outside by a fire pit after a fresh powder run in the snow, is well, drinking them al fresco during March and April when it’s warmer spring skiing weather. You can usually score deals on ski travel, lodging and grub during the late skiing months — making it a great time to head to the slopes.
Whether you're east or west coast bound, there’s an après ski spot on our list for you to cross off — and the perfect place to stay nearby.
1. Park City, Utah
With four options for breakfast, lunch, and après afternoons, you could easily move into Deer Valley Resort for the weekend and never leave. Try Royal Street Café for the best people watching during happy hour and definitely order the spiked hot chocolate (Bailey’s Irish Cream, Pinnacle Whipped Vodka, steamed milk and chocolate stick) or the RSC Blueberry Mojito (muddled mint and lime, Bacardi Superior Rum, RSC lemonade, blueberries and Myers’s Rum).
A short drive away is the Veuve Clicquot Yurt at the Montage. No, but seriously: there’s no better place to après ski than inside a bright yellow champagne igloo that’s furnished in chic decor by ski apparel company Gorsuch. Once you tire of that (if ever) you can venture over to Daly’s Pub for a round of bowling with your drinks or the swanky Vista Lounge and Terrace for the most scenic views of Park City; and if you haven’t had your fill by then, Yama Sushi is right next door and has some of the freshest raw fish — and creative cocktails — in the area.
2. Park City, Utah
Where to Stay: Wyndham Vacation Rentals
Getting a vacation rental is a smart way to go in ski towns like Park City. This house, available to book on Wyndham Vacation Rentals, has incredible views and sleeps about a billion of your closest ski buddies. You could actually bring your entire familia along thanks to several floors and private, tucked-away bedrooms. It also comes equipped with the ever-important après-ski jacuzzi.
3. Stowe, Vermont
Where to Après Ski: The Roost
After a full day on the mountain, there’s one main spot everyone in the area goes to congregate and that’s The Roost. In this modern indoor-outdoor lobby bar with metal beams and wood-burning fires, you can sample VT’s famous Heady Topper beer, grab a casual bite with friends, try your hand on the shuffleboard table, or set up camp near the outside fire pit...under a pergola. Basically, you'll never want to leave.
4. Stowe, Vermont
Where to Stay: Topnotch
The AAA Four-Diamond property is set on 120 acres of land at the foot of Mount Mansfield and its boutique-meets-cozy vibe makes it the perfect place to retreat for a weekend. Thanks to a recent $15 million dollar renovation, you will find amenities such as a 35,000 square-foot world-class spa (that offers the best post-slopes massage around), a tennis center with indoor/outdoor courts and some of the top pros in the country, plus indoor/outdoor pools and jacuzzis with sweeping mountain views.
When you’re not relaxing at the spa or mingling with the locals at The Roost, you can also visit their award-winning bistro restaurant, Flannel, for breakfast or dinner. Signature dishes include: Flannel Hash (beets, potatoes, corned beef, runny eggs and toast), Fig and Farro Salad (Mission figs, citrus mascarpone, toasted farro, pine nuts, arugula prosciutto powder and balsamic reduction), and Sweet Potato Gnocchi (house-made gnocchi, spinach, bleu cheese fondue and Vermont maple sage drizzle).
5. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Where to Après Ski: Handle Bar at the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole
Begin with libations on the patio at hot spot Ascent Lounge, to take in the awe-inspiring peaks while it’s beginning to warm up outside, before moving over to their beer hall option, The Handle Bar, for a wide selection of American and International beers and whiskies. Just make sure you order the Handle Bar Pretzel (cheese dip, sea salt, Amish butter) and the elk chili nachos with melty cheese before leaving — you earned it on that black diamond earlier.
6. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Where to Stay: The Spa Suites at Rustic Inn
Stay directly on the mountain at The Four Seasons if you want to partake in their beyond awesome concierge ski service, or pamper yourself at The Spa Suites at the Rustic Inn, which allows you to live the luxe life in the best way possible. Enhanced breakfast options, nightly turn-down service, and a dedicated butler are all part of the perks, as are the large soaking tubs in the suites — the ultimate way to wind down after an adventurous day. The Rustic Inn is also just a short drive to the U.S.'s first national park — Yellowstone — and their on-location bistro offers seasonal menus, an extensive wine list, and over-the-top decor (think plush rugs, tribal prints, leather club chairs, and antler accents everywhere). You’ll want to visit just for a photo opp alone!
7. Grand Targhee
Where to Après Ski: Branding Iron Grill
For amazing skiing on the back side of the Grand Tetons, try Grand Targhee, a neighboring mountain to Teton Village that’s about an hour or so from Jackson Hole — but feels worlds away. Not only is it more casual (and affordable) than a lot of its peers on this list, it has a handful of après ski options like The Branding Iron Grill and The Trap Bar & Grill. Specialty cocktails and lots of open-air decks facing the mountain await you.
8. Grand Targhee
Where to Stay: Fireside Jackson Hole
Imagine a group of modern, Scandinavian-like cabins nestled in the middle of the wilderness and you’ve got Fireside Inn. About an hour away from Grand Targhee in Wilson, WY, it’s a great way to be close to the resort, but also enjoy everything neighboring Jackson Hole has to offer. (There’s also a hotel at the base of Grand Targhee mountain if you're cool with more casual, rustic accommodations.) As for reservation recommendations, try Q Roadhouse and its amazing craft beer brewed in house by Roadhouse Brewing Co, Pearl Street Bagels for a delicious breakfast on the way to the slopes, fine dining with incredible views at Granary, and top-notch sushi at Sudachi.
9. Aspen, Colorado
Where to Après Ski: The Little Nell
As the only five-star Aspen hotel with ski-in, ski-out access to the mountain, you can’t come here with paying a visit. It also has the most notorious après party scene that takes bougie, over-the-top Aspen day drinking to the next level. Sip classic beverages at The Bar at element 47, reward yourself after a hard day on the mountain with live music and DJs from 4-7 p.m. daily at Chair 9, or follow The Little Nell’s social channels to see the surprise location of the pop-up champagne and caviar bar flowing each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
10. Aspen, Colorado
Where to Stay: The St. Regis Aspen
Aside from having a prime location in town and close to all the spring skiing action, you can also take part in a variety of warm weather activities at the St. Regis like mountain biking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and golfing. In your room, you’ll be surrounded by leather beds and desks designed by Ralph Lauren, cushy bath robes and Remède bath amenities.
No trip here is complete without a meal at Chefs Club. You’ll also want to dine at Shadow Mountain Lodge or The Portal @ TQD and taste both the local and global cuisines, with highlights including: Colorado Bass, a Spanish Sausage Skillet, and Tiramisu in a Box.