Best Après-Ski Bar: Double Diamonds Bar in Steamboat Springs wins reader vote

Winning après-ski hotspot is known for its dance floor and affordable drinks

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 10 après-ski bars offer top notch food, drink and atmosphere–a perfect setting to close out a perfect day on the snow. 

  • Double Diamonds Bar
    Steamboat Springs, Colo.

    A true late night party spot in Steamboat Springs, Double Diamonds Bar is known for mixing some of the least expensive après-ski drinks in town. Brats and sandwiches satisfy hunger, and there’s a dance floor, perfect for late night antics just across the street from the mountain base shuttle stop.
    Photo courtesy of Creative//Werd and GTR Photography

  • The Village Idiot Bar & Grill
    Revelstoke, B.C.

    Unapologetically Canadian, The Village Idiot Bar & Grill in Revelstoke invites toque-wearing skiers and snowboarders to pull up a chair for pizza, beer, pub fare and live music. The patio is perfect for people watching over a drink in the heart of town.
    Photo courtesy of Keri Knapp / The Village Idiot Bar & Grill

  • The Gold Pan Saloon
    Breckenridge, Colo.

    The Gold Pan Saloon, Breckenridge's historic watering hole, has been serving thirsty mountain-goers since 1879, but these days it's skiers and boarders who pass through The Pan's swinging doors rather than gold miners. Besides après specials, The Pan also serves a mean breakfast.
    Photo courtesy of Gold Pan Saloon

  • The 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

  • New Belgium Ranger Station
    Snowmass, Colo.

    After a day on the Snowmass slopes, tired legs can rest over a cold Colorado beer at the New Belgium Ranger Station inside the Westin Snowmass. There's a full menu of warming food that includes an option for making your own s'mores at the firepit outside.
    Photo courtesy of New Belgium Ranger Station

  • 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

  • General Stark's Pub
    Mad River Glen, Vt.

    During the winter months, skiers in the know head to General Stark’s Pub after a day on the mountain at Mad River Glen. The menu features a sizable list of Vermont micro brews, as well as pub fare. Saturday night parties and live music most afternoons make General Stark’s among the liveliest watering holes around.
    Photo courtesy of General Stark's Pub

  • 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

  • Garfinkel's
    Vail, Colo.

    Located in Vail's Lionshead Village, Garfinkel's attracts skiers and snowboarders with its American fare, sizable patio, long beer list and infamous shot wheel. Garf's, as the locals call it, sits above the Eagle Bahn Gondola and offers some of the best happy hour deals in town.
    Photo courtesy of Garfinkel's

  • Peruvian Bar
    Alta, Utah

    Alta's Peruvian Bar, known by the locals as the P Dog, 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

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

  1. Double Diamonds Bar - Steamboat Springs, Colo.
  2. The Village Idiot Bar & Grill - Revelstoke, B.C.
  3. The Gold Pan Saloon - Breckenridge, Colo.
  4. The Wobbly Barn - Killington, Vt.
  5. New Belgium Ranger Station - Snowmass, Colo.
  6. The Snorting Elk Cellar - Crystal Mountain, Wash.
  7. General Stark's Pub - Mad River Glen, Vt.
  8. The Bavarian Lodge - Taos, N.M.
  9. Garfinkel's - Vail, Colo.
  10. Peruvian Bar - Alta, Utah

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Wendy Clinch (TheSkiDiva.com), Lyndell Keating (Powderhounds) and Kristen Lummis (braveskimom.com) were chosen for their knowledge of the ski and snowboarding industry.

Congratulations to all these winning bars.

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