Best Après-Ski Bar (2016)


After a long day on the slopes, there's nothing quite like sitting down with good friends and cold (or hot) drinks for an evening of après-ski revelry. USA TODAY 10Best readers have voted these 10 ski town bars as the best in North America for après-ski action.

  • The Matterhorn

    The Matterhorn
    Stowe, Vt.

    Stowe's liveliest après-ski destination, The Matterhorn, has a bit of an identity crisis in a good way. Part pizza parlor and part sushi bar, The Horn transforms into quite the party scene at the end of a powder-filled day on the slopes. Pool tables, live music and riverside location add to the appeal.
    Photo courtesy of The Matterhorn

  • No Name Saloon & Grill

    No Name Saloon & Grill
    Park City, Utah

    Park City's oldest – and arguably most popular – bar is the No Name Saloon. Opened in 1903, this Main Street watering hole offers shuffleboard, a fireplace, impressive whiskey menu, buffalo burgers, cold beers and a heated patio with excellent Park City views.
    Photo courtesy of TIM DILLON

  • The Rack BBQ

    The Rack BBQ
    Sugarloaf, Maine

    Located about a mile from Sugarloaf Mountain, the aprés party at The Rack includes slow-roasted BBQ, beer specials, live music and a lively roadhouse setting. Oh, and it's owned by pro snowboarder Seth Wescott, so you know you're in good hands.
    Photo courtesy of The Rack BBQ

  • High West Distillery and Saloon

    High West Distillery and Saloon
    Park City, Utah

    While a craft distillery might not immediately scream après-ski, High West Distillery and Saloon gets the job done. This Park City ski-in saloon and restaurant (and the only ski-in gastro-distillery on the planet) sits right at the base of Quittin' Time run inside two repurposed historical buildings. High West also has the distinction of being Utah's oldest distillery, in operation since the 1870s.
    Photo courtesy of Douglas Barnes Photography

  • The Snorting Elk Cellar

    The Snorting Elk Cellar
    Crystal Mountain, Wash.

    Easily one of the best après-ski bars in the Pacific Northwest, The Snorting Elk Cellar is housed in the cellar of a Bavarian-style lodge near Crystal Mountain. A hot drink menu is complemented by 18 locally-crafted draft beers, all poured next to a warming, roaring fire.
    Photo courtesy of Crystal Mountain Hotels

  • Garibaldi Lift Co.

    Garibaldi Lift Co.
    Whistler, B.C.

    Skiers with après on the mind in Whistler often find themselves at Garibaldi Lift Co., located just above the Whistler Gondola building overlooking the slopes of this favorite B.C. mountain. Kid-friendly during the day, GLC turns into Whistler's party place come sundown. For a bit of local flavor, order a Caesar – Canada's tasty version of a Bloody Mary.
    Photo courtesy of Garibaldi Lift Company

  • Peruvian Bar

    Peruvian Bar
    Alta, Utah

    Alta's Peruvian Bar is often packed with a combination of skiers, boarders and taxidermy animals. The bar deck features two hot tubs and a heated pool, while après-ski means appetizers and shotskis. Come on Sundays for live music.
    Photo courtesy of Alta Peruvian Lodge

  • Mangy Moose

    Mangy Moose
    Teton Village, Wyo.

    Opened in 1967 at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the Mangy Moose has become one of North America's most famous après spots, thanks to its live music, spicy margaritas, low-key atmosphere and often rowdy crowds.
    Photo courtesy of Mangy Moose Saloon

  • Le Chamois & The Loft Bar

    Le Chamois & The Loft Bar
    Squaw Valley, Calif.

    Squaw Valley's Le Chamois & The Loft Bar helped pave the way for the après-ski scene in North America. California sunshine, comfort food (think pizza and chicken wings) and budget-friendly beers make this a Tahoe-area favorite. Thirsty groups of friends can take advantage of the Buddy Pass, which includes 20 pints of Budweiser for $60.
    Photo courtesy of Squaw Valley Resort

  • Wobbly Barn

    Wobbly Barn
    Killington, Vt.

    Built from repurposed New England barns, the Wobbly Barn in Killington has been serving hungry and thirsty skiers since it first opened in 1963. Part steakhouse and part nightclub, the Wobbly is fun all around, and they even offer a free shuttle up and down Killington Road on ski season weekends.
    Photo courtesy of Wobbly Barn

The top 10 winners in the category Best Après-Ski Bar are as follows:

  1. The Matterhorn - Stowe, Vt.
  2. No Name Saloon & Grill - Park City, Utah
  3. The Rack BBQ - Sugarloaf, Maine
  4. High West Distillery and Saloon - Park City, Utah
  5. The Snorting Elk Cellar - Crystal Mountain, Wash.
  6. Garibaldi Lift Co. - Whistler, B.C.
  7. Peruvian Bar - Alta, Utah
  8. Mangy Moose - Teton Village, Wyo.
  9. Le Chamois & The Loft Bar - Squaw Valley, Calif.
  10. Wobbly Barn - Killington, Vt.

Additional nominees in the category of Best Après-Ski Bar include Ajax Tavern, The Bag and Kettle, Bavarian Lodge, The Beach, Garfinkel's, Gold Pan Saloon, Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, Montanya Distillers and Unbuckle Apres Party.

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners.

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