It’s sort of a long running joke for non-skiers that what you do AFTER skiing (otherwise known as après-ski) is the best part of the day. While those seeking the perfect powder would probably disagree, even the most dedicated skier might change their mind once they try out one of these too-cool-for-ski-school experiences. From caviar pop-ups to cocktails by helicopter, these après-ski offerings might be the best thing to happen to skiing since…well, that other white stuff.
Snowmass Village, Colorado
Skiing with your friends is fun, but skiing with them AND Viceroy Snowmass hotel’s executive chef Will Nolan is something you can brag about to your OTHER friends (you know, the ones you don’t really like). After a day spent with Nolan slope-side, you’ll join him in the kitchen of Nest (Viceroy’s gastro-pub inspired restaurant) as he teaches you how to whip up a well-earned après-ski meal and cocktail that would make Travis Rice jealous.
THE HANDLE BAR AT FOUR SEASONS JACKSON HOLE
Teton Village, Wyoming
After a bluebird day of challenging hills in Jackson Hole, head over to Michael Mina’s Handle Bar at Four Seasons Jackson Hole to stow your gear and grab a different kind of boot. Whether you’re craving a “boot” of beer, a stout float, or a glass of whiskey off one of the most highly curated menus in the region, you might find yourself needing an après-nap before your dinner.
FOUR SEASONS RESORT WHISTLER
Whistler, British Columbia
It doesn’t get bigger than Whistler when it comes to all things skiing. Whistler Blackcomb (located in British Columbia, Canada) is the largest ski resort in North America, host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, and in 2014 SKI Magazine rated it the No. 1 Overall Best Ski Resort. And Four Seasons Whistler just obliterated everything else après-ski by creating a mountain-top heli-dining experience. You fly via helicopter to one of the area’s most renowned glaciers, where Four Seasons chefs meet you to prepare a customized meal and cocktails for you and your ski buds. Do you need to hear more?!
If a friend suggested you go out for sushi and pizza, you’d probably slap them before asking what they were on. If they answered ‘genius pills,’ they’d be right. This classic Stowe, Vermont après-ski locale is a pizza parlor and sushi spot that also offers a martini bar, pool tables, and a DJ. Patrons say it’s not as wild and crazy as it once was, but any bar whose motto is “You can only be young once but you can be immature for ever” can’t be that grown up. Sushi sandwiches forever!
If you get excited over your local taco truck sighting, imagine what you’d do when you stumble (or ski) across the “world’s only” champagne and caviar pop-up bar, created by luxury hotel The Little Nell. Located somewhere on Aspen mountain every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday starting in the spring, you can follow the hotel’s Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts to see where they’re going to be at. We’ll start warming up in the meantime.