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Best Apres-Ski Spots For Chilling Out (or Warming Up)

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Le Chamois in Squaw Valley, California

Skiers and snowboarders may not always get along on the mountain, but they can usually find one issue to agree on: the importance of having somewhere cool to go at the end of the day when the lifts close. Whether it’s for apres ski or apres snowboard, winter warriors need a place to get their drink on — even if that beverage is just hot chocolate, although it’s more likely to be beer.

That’s why for the Apres by CK Bradley giveaway contest, we asked “where is your favorite place for apres-ski?” While there could only be one contest winner, there were a lot of winning suggestions, and the best apres-ski spots are listed here. One bar boasts such a following that there are tons of YouTube videos on it (two of which are featured below).

Basebox Lodge in Mad River Glen, VT, from Mara Gorman of Mother of All Trips: No need to waste any time getting to the apres-ski festivities — just ski down the mountain and hang out in the main lodge!

Jozo’s Original Apres in Blue Mountain, Ontario, from Dave and Deb of The Planet D: This fun bar is located in what was Blue Mountain’s original lodge, and is now Blue Mountain Inn (and has recently undergone a major renovation).

Krazy Kanguruh (aka Crazy Kangaroo), St. Anton, Austria, from Stuart Flerlage: This mid-mountain bar is so legendary that there are tons of YouTube videos filmed there Check them out at the bottom of the post!

La Pause bar in Val Thorens, France, from Libby : Located in the lobby of Le Portillo Hotel , this is a favorite spot for locals and snowmobilers taking a break. She suggests you savor a genepi or a vin chaud.

Le Chamois in Squaw Valley, CA, from Kate Y. K. Brennan: Open since 1969, this legendary Squaw Valley bar/restaurant is known for its lively scene, vintage ski memorabilia and delicious pizza.

The outdoor hot tub at Limelight Lodge in Aspen, CO, from Sarah Sekula: Soak up the atmosphere of downtown Aspen while you soak in the hot tub at this contemporary yet homey hotel.

Monkey Bar in Chamonix, France, from John Williams of Eurapart: Chamonix is known for its nightlife, yet the Monkey still manages to stand out with its live music nightly during ski season, happy hour deals and late-night DJs.

The outdoor hot tub of Silverthorne Recreation Center in Silverthone, Co., from Ed Wetschler of Tripatini: Visitors can pay a daily fee to access these top-notch facilities.

Sunnyside, Lake Tahoe, CA from Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip: Located right on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, the views are gorgeous. She recommends you try the hot chocolate and peppermint schnapps.

Krazy Kangaroo Video: The Tame Version

Krazy Kangaroo Video: The Wild Version

And what are my favorite apres-ski spots? I like Sidecar in Park City, the terrace at the St. Regis in Deer Valley, and the MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge.

One Response to Best Apres-Ski Spots For Chilling Out (or Warming Up)

  1. Danee Gilmartin
    Twitter: museumchick
    March 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    I don’t ski so much anymore so I don’t know any current good places but I would say anyplace with spiked hot chocolate would be my favorite apres-ski spot!
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