Cuzzins Bar & Grill Wins Best Après-Ski Bar
Mangy Moose Restaurant & Saloon, Garibaldi Lift Company, The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin and Aspen Brewing Co. in top five
A perfect day on the slopes ends with great drinks, great food and great friends. That's what North America's top après-ski bars are all about. We asked a panel of ski and snowboarding experts to nominate their favorite post-slope watering holes, and for the past four weeks, our readers have been voting for their favorites.
Cuzzins Bar & Grill (West Dover, Vt.)
For après-ski at Vermont's Mount Snow, skiers head to Cuzzins Bar & Grill. This bar and restaurant pours a great selection of microbrews to the sounds of live music on weekends. Located in the Main Base Lodge, Cuzzins also serves a large menu of comfort foods, including sandwiches, burgers, salads, wraps and soups. Photo courtesy of Mount Snow
Mangy Moose Restaurant & Saloon (Jackson Hole, 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 Bob Woodall
Garibaldi Lift Company (Whistler, B.C.)
is one of those places with a split personality. By day, it's a busy and popular stop for hungry skiers who are in a rush to get back on the mountain. (It is, after all, situated right atop the Whistler gondola station.) Once night settles, however, the place takes on an all together different ambience, becoming a happening nightspot. For a bit of local flavor, order a Caesar – Canada's tasty version of a Bloody Mary. Photo courtesy of Paul Morrison / Whistler Blackcomb
The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin (Crested Butte, Colo.)
Après ski takes a turn for the chic at The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin in Crested Butte. This quaint and cozy lounge located inside an old miners cabin mixes up inventive cocktails from house-infused liquors, served alongside small plates, like salted caramel corn, house-made pretzels with beer cheese, roasted rosemary spiced nuts and chocolate fondue for dessert. Photo courtesy of Chelsea Nesvig / Flickr
Aspen Brewing Co. (Aspen, Colo.)
Aspen Brewing Company's hashtag is #DrinkTheView, and anyone who sits out on the deck with a pint of local beer in hand will know why. Situated on restaurant row above Over Easy, the brewery always has a fantastic selection of brews on tap, including seasonal and barrel-aged varieties. Photo courtesy of Aspen Brewing Company
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 (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
Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro (Aspen, Colo.)
Located at the top of Cloud Nine lift in Aspen Highlands, this ski-in, ski-out restaurant serves European favorites, like fondue, raclette and apple strudel, paired with an extensive wine list. The south-facing deck turns up the après ski volume with ski boot dance parties, champagne chilled in fresh-shoveled snow and a general welcoming atmosphere. Photo courtesy of Aspen Snowmass / Flickr
No Name Saloon & Grill (Park City, Utah)
Park City's oldest (and arguably most popular) bar is the No Name Saloon & Grill. 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
Apple's Bar & Grill (Ketchum, Idaho)
Situated at the base of Baldy Mountain near Warm Springs Lodge, Apple's is Ketchum's go-to for après action. Plastered with ski posters, this local Sun Valley favorite enjoys excellent views of the slopes and a spacious outdoor patio for those sunny spring days. Photo courtesy of Apple's Bar & Grill / Facebook
The top 10 winners in the category Best Après-Ski Bar are as follows:
- Cuzzins Bar & Grill - West Dover, Vt.
- Mangy Moose Restaurant & Saloon - Jackson Hole, Wyo.
- Garibaldi Lift Company - Whistler, B.C.
- The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin - Crested Butte, Colo.
- Aspen Brewing Co. - Aspen, Colo.
- Le Chamois & the Loft Bar - Squaw Valley, Calif.
- Wobbly Barn - Killington, Vt.
- Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro - Aspen, Colo.
- No Name Saloon & Grill - Park City, Utah
- Apple’s Bar & Grill - Ketchum, Idaho
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Wendy Clinch (TheSkiDiva), Lyndell Keating (Powderhounds), Kristen Lummis (The Brave Ski Mom), Nate Musson (The Not Snowboarding Podcast) and Mark Warner (Low Pressure Podcast: The Podcast for Skiers) were chosen based on their skiing and snowboarding expertise.
Other nominated bars included The Ditch on 40 in Winter Park, High West Distillery in Park City, The Matterhorn Ski Bar in Newry, New Belgium Ranger Station in Snowmass, Peruvian Bar in Alta, Porcupine Pub & Grille in Salt Lake City, The Rack BBQ in Sugarloaf Spedelli's in Salt Lake City and Whistling Post in Skykomish.
Congratulations to all our winning après-ski spots!