Posted on 16 Dec 2022

3 Best Ways to Après Ski in Colorado This Winter

There is more than one way to après ski. Why not après ski your own way this winter?  

What exactly is après ski, you say? Officially, it is French for ‘after ski’. Unofficially, it’s when we get together and celebrate the day’s fun on the slopes with some libations and great company.  

The thought of après ski might bring to mind a raucous crowd at a packed bar with loud music – but there are so many other options. Après ski at its heart is simply how you decide to wind down after an amazing day on the mountain. Letting your mind and body process the turns of the day. But at the heart of it all, it's the company you choose to share it with.

We want to share the 3 ways that we love to après ski in Colorado... 

3 Best Ways to Après Ski in Colorado

1. Slopeside Bar

One way to do it is to ski straight to the pub and belly up at the bar. Each resort has its own jovial options for grabbing a post-powder drink slopeside. There is no planning involved, just red-faced friends fresh off the slopes. Enjoy a drink with some locals and tourists alike. 

A Steamboat favorite:

TBar Slopeside Apres Ski in Steamboat Springs

TBar - Directly off of Right-o-Way, hang out on the large patio with tons of chairs and views of the trails. Cheap PBRs and great conversations await.




A Breckenridge favorite:

TBar Slopeside Apres Ski in Breckenridge

TBar - (yes, another one!) At the base of Peak 8 in One Ski Hill Place and just a few steps from the BreckConnect Gondola, this is the perfect spot to meet up with the whole crew after a day of making some turns.




A Vail favorite:

Garfinkel's Slopeside Apres Ski in Vail

Garfinkel's - Head straight here at the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola for a celebratory apres ski after a perfect day on the slopes of Vail Resort. 




A Beaver Creek favorite:

CBar Slopeside Apres Ski in Beaver Creek

C-Bar - This slopeside favorite in Beaver Creek has live music and great eats at the base of the Centennial Chair.





2. Hot Tub

Our personal favorite is to high-tail it back to your Moving Mountains luxury vacation home rental in the shuttle, shed your layers, and sink into your private hot tub. There's nothing quite like the magic of a hot tub surrounded by snow in the mountain air after spending the day making turns. Top it off with your favorite beer, wine, or cocktail and you've reached nirvana. (As a Moving Mountains guest, let our Guest Services team help stock your home with these essentials before arriving.)

A Steamboat favorite: Hot tub at Borough House

Hot Tub at Borough House in Steamboat Springs

A Breckenridge favorite: Hot tub at Lone Wolf Lodge

Hot tub at Lone Wolf Lodge in Breckenridge

A Vail / Beaver Creek favorite: Hot tub at Wilton House

Hot tub at Wilton House in Cordillera

3. Fire Pit

Another crowd favorite is enjoying après ski around a fire pit. The combination of a toasty fire and a core-warming cocktail sounds almost too good to be true. Where do you find said fire pit? Great question! Our ski resorts have some great communal fire pits, some restaurants, or back at your vacation rental! Many of our Moving Mountains homes feature your own fire pit (or fireplace!)

A Steamboat favorite: Firepit at Time Flys Lodge                                        

Firepit at Time Flys Lodge in Steamboat Springs

A Breckenridge favorite: Firepit at Epic Retreat   

Fire pit at Epic Retreat in Breckenridge

A Vail / Beaver Creek favorite: Firepit at Excelsior Lodge

Fire pit at Excelsior Lodge in Beaver Creek

However you decide to apres ski, make it your way! We'd love to host you and your family this winter in one of our Colorado ski resort locations of Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek and Vail. 


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