Best Après-Ski Bar (2017)


When the sun goes down and the lifts shut down for the day, bars and restaurants in ski towns across North America fill up with skiers and snowboarders looking for a good time with good friends. These top top après-ski bars offer top notch food, drink and atmosphere–a perfect setting to close out a perfect day on the snow. 

  • The Snorting Elk Cellar

    The Snorting Elk Cellar
    Crystal Mountain, Wash.

    Easily one of the best après-ski spots in the Pacific Northwest, The Snorting Elk Cellar is situated 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

  • Matterhorn Ski Bar

    Matterhorn Ski Bar
    Newry, Maine

    The Matterhorn Ski Bar in Maine was inspired by the great ski bars of the world, including one at the base of Matterhorn mountain in Switzerland. This New England favorite keeps Sunday River skiers and snowboarders coming back for its pizza, beer and live rock music.
    Photo courtesy of Matterhorn Ski Bar / Facebook

  • Le Chamois & Loft Bar

    Le Chamois & 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 $80.
    Photo courtesy of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

  • The Limelight

    The Limelight
    Aspen, Colo.

    This new seven-days-per-week après spot in Aspen has quickly become a popular option to end a day on the mountain, thanks to its live music, pizzas and drink specials.
    Photo courtesy of Preferred Hotels & Resorts

  • The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin

    The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin
    Crested Butte, Colo.

    Housed in an old miner's cabin off of Elk Ave. in Crested Butte, The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin mixes up creative cocktails, served alongside small plates (salted caramel corn, house-made pretzels with beer cheese, roasted rosemary spiced nuts and chocolate fondue for dessert) in an intimate, cozy setting.
    Photo courtesy of Chelsea Nesvig / Flickr

  • 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

  • Aspen Brewing Company

    Aspen Brewing Company
    Aspen, Colo.

    A passion for craft beer and the mountain lifestyle inspired the founding of Aspen Brewing Company in 2008. Today the brewery, situated on restaurant row above Over Easy, invites skiers and riders to #DrinkTheView out on the deck with a pint of local beer in hand.
    Photo courtesy of Aspen Brewing Company

  • Goldminer's Saloon

    Goldminer's Saloon
    Alta, Utah

    A sizable menu of draught and bottled craft beers complements the menu of pizza and pub grub at Goldminer's Saloon in Alta. Situated within the Goldminer's Daughter Lodge, this upstairs dining room features a fireplace, pool table and plenty of comfy couches.
    Photo courtesy of Goldminer's Daughter Lodge / Facebook

  • The Bavarian Lodge

    The Bavarian Lodge
    Taos, N.M.

    The European-inspired Bavarian Lodge at Taos Ski Valley in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains has everything you'd want from a German biergarten, including lederhosen-clad staff. beer steins, a sundeck and a menu of hearty Bavarian fare. Its location at the base of Kachina Peak means the views are as good as the food.
    Photo courtesy of The Bavarian Lodge

  • Garibaldi Lift Company

    Garibaldi Lift Company
    Whistler, B.C.

    Situated above the Whistler Gondola building with views of Whistler Mountain slopes, Garibaldi Lift Company (GLB) features an all-seasons patio packed with hungry skiers by day, and live music, DJs and a late-night party inside after the sun goes down.
    Photo courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb

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 daily for their favorites.

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

  1. The Snorting Elk Cellar - Crystal Mountain, Wash.
  2. Matterhorn Ski Bar - Newry, Maine
  3. Le Chamois & Loft Bar - Squaw Valley, Calif.
  4. The Limelight - Aspen, Colo.
  5. The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin - Crested Butte, Colo.
  6. Wobbly Barn - Killington, Vt.
  7. Aspen Brewing Company - Aspen, Colo.
  8. Goldminer's Saloon - Alta, Utah
  9. The Bavarian Lodge - Taos, N.M.
  10. Garibaldi Lift Company - Whistler, B.C.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Wendy Clinch ( and Kristen Lummis (The Brave Ski Mom) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of the North American ski scene.

Congratulations to all these winter watering holes!

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