8 Sizzling Ski Resort Bars
From bottles of Grand Cru Bordeaux and craft beer to cocktails created by talented barkeeps, the ski scene has had a serious altitude adjustment in epicurean refinement. It’s now an all-inclusive event—whether you pound moguls like a pro or lounge fireside in the lodge—welcoming all once the sun descends upon those snow-topped peaks.
Simply follow the tipple trail map below to find the best new and time-tested party spots this season.
With sweeping views of the Northstar ski resort in Lake Tahoe, Backyard Bar & BBQ fulfills those ravenous, post-ski cravings with hearty St. Louis-style ribs or pulled pork smoked in-house and paired with craft brews like Auburn Alehouse Gold Digger IPA.
Signature Drink: Cure what ails you with the Good Medicine ($16), a blend of Crown Royal, Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlúa, coffee, hot chocolate and whipped cream, served piping hot.
Splurge: Have a post-shred toast during the Champagne Après Ski hour, from 4–5 pm, with a flute of Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial. ($25 per glass)
Insider Secret: The craft beer offerings change weekly, so ask Brian Cammack, barkeep and local beer expert, for his recommendations.
Dates: Now open.
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is located mid-mountain on the Big Easy run.
13031 Ritz Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee, CA 96161 (Photo courtesy The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe)
On the shores of a glacier-fed lake in Whistler, British Columbia, Nita Lake Lodge’s outdoor après lounge and ice bar heats up as the sun begins to set over nearby Whistler Blackcomb. With nightly DJs, crazy cocktails and blazing outdoor fire pit, you’ll always find someone new to swap stories with under the starry sky.
Signature Drink: Made tableside, the Jäger Smokeshow steals the spotlight. Jägermeister, gin, Grand Marnier and Bourbon are smoked in a cloche glass using Jack Daniel’s barrel-wood chips and poured over a large ice cube ($25, serves 2).
Splurge: If you’re a gin lover, another round is in order. With over a dozen types of gin, including Canadian small-batch gins—like Wayward Distillation House’s Unruly Gin—and a bevy of gin cocktails ($12–14), there’s plenty to whet your whistle.
Insider Secret: The Fix Fondue Hut, a new winter addition to the property, serves up housemade, European-style Swiss fondue and fixings.
Dates: Cure Lounge’s après bar opens Saturday through January 3, and on weekends from January through March. Cure’s ice bar opens December 22–January 1. Fix Fondue Hut is open on Mondays through February 29.
Location: The base of Whistler Mountain at the Creekside gondola.
2131 Lake Placid Road, Whistler, BC V0N 1B2, Canada
What better way to celebrate Jackson Hole Resort’s 50th anniversary than a brand-new meeting spot on the mountain? Piste, a swanky new bistro perched at 9,095 feet, champions shared plates and family-style eats paired with wines from Couloir,the award-winning restaurant located above the bistro.
Signature Drink: Sidle up to the bar for the Cowboy Breakfast, featuring Colter’s Run Bourbon, vermouth, maple syrup, bacon bitters and orange.
Insider Secret: The views from Piste are spectacular, especially at sunset. Time your trip to the top of the gondola with sundown.
Dates: Saturday–April 3.
Location: At the top of the Bridger Gondola.
3395 Cody Lane, Teton Village, WY 83025
With its bar tops made of ice and packed snow, this frozen watering hole in Crested Butte Mountain, Colorado is a happening hotspot for warming cocktails. Look for drinks featuring Montanya rum, an award-winning local distillery headquartered in nearby Crested Butte.
Signature drink: Montanya’s Hot Buttered Rum.
Splurge: Embark on an epicurean adventure by taking a snowcat-drawn sleigh to Uley’s Cabin for a special Colorado-inspired five-course dinner. Think braised elk and bison carpaccio ($110 per person).
Insider Secret: Don’t miss the new Umbrella Bar, a glass-walled, yurt-style drinkery with a retractable roof at the top of the Gold Link, Prospect and Painter Boy lifts. Take in the 360-degree views with some gluehwein (German-Austrian-style mulled wine) or one of six Colorado beers like Odell’s Cut Throat Porter or Odell’s IPA.
Dates: Now open for sleigh-ride dinners, available by reservation Wednesday through Saturday evenings.
Location: Directly in front of Uley’s Cabin at the base of Twister Lift. 12 Snowmass Road, Crested Butte, CO, 81224
The sexiest ski spot in the Rockies—if you can find it. Revealing its coordinates via social media, Oasis Bar pops up, via snowcat, in different locations on Aspen Mountain. Serving up Veuve Clicquot Champagne and California caviar, this canary-yellow stand broadcasts clues about its location each weekend via Little Nell’s Twitter and Facebook. New to the “bar” this year are a DJ on select days, games and bites from executive chef Marr Zubrod.
Signature drink: Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin NV Yellow Label Brut Champagne ($17 a glass).
Splurge: You’re on vacation in Aspen. You just conquered a double black. Life is good. Times like these deserve popping open a magnum of Veuve Clicquot Rosé.
Insider Secret: It pays to be social media savvy. Beyond revealing Oasis Bar’s on-the-move locale, Little Nell’s social media accounts also broadcast swag giveaways.
Dates: Opens February 12, weather pending. Available Friday through Sunday through spring.
With cuisine by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and specialty cocktails, this modern mountain lodge at St. Regis Deer Valley is a favorite among in-the-know locals and well-heeled skiers alike. Before snagging a seat by the cozy fireplace on the terrace, stop in the lobby for the nightly sunset Champagne-sabering demonstration, complete with complimentary bubbly.
Signature Drink: Each St. Regis Hotel offers its own signature Bloody Mary. Deer Valley’s 7452 Mary is a blend of its proprietary Bloody Mary mix and High West Distillery’s Vodka 7000, served with a salt rim and wasabi-celery foam.
Splurge: Epitomizing the hardcore shredder’s motto of “go big or go home,” the wine list offers the Leroy 1949 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru for a breezy $9,500. If bubbly is your thing but you’re not ready to commit, sip on a rare by-the-glass treat: Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs ($45).
Insider Secret: Ask for the bartender’s business card before you order a drink. Flip the card over to find their cocktail specialty, ranging from their own creations to classics.
Dates: Open all year.
Location: On the Deer Hollow ski run in Deer Valley Resort.
2300 Deer Valley Drive East, Park City, UT 84060
What do penguins and skiing nightlife have in common? Waldorf Astoria Park City’s 14-foot bar and furnishings made entirely of sculpted ice. And yes, you’ll find Moët’s official mascot, penguins, sculpted from ice peppered through the space and embodying the upcoming ski season’s theme. To fend off the freeze, fur blankets are provided while listening to live music, nibbling on hors d’oeuvres and sipping Champagne.
Signature Drink: Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial Champagne served over ice ($19 by the glass, $90 bottle) and the 9990—a sparking cocktail of vodka, St-Germain and Prosecco ($12), named after the elevation of the highest chairlift at Park City Mountain Resort.
Splurge: Celebrate your mogul maneuvering in style with the Moët Impérial Experience. It includes a bottle of Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial, two ounces of American sturgeon caviar and a dozen oysters ($550).
Inside Secret: Round up your pals for a “shot-ski”—a flight of three mini glasses of Champagne served on a ski-shaped tray ($40).
Dates: Opens Jan. 15 through the remainder of the ski season.
Location: At the Frostwood gondola within Park City Mountain Resort.
345 Lowell Ave., Park City, UT 84060
Photo courtesy Waldorf Astoria Park City
The highest ski resort in the eastern United States, Beech Mountain Resort‘s mile-high bar with its cozy glass roundhouse exemplifies the Cheers vibe. If they don’t know your name yet, the friendly Southern locals will discover it over a cold brew while taking in the views of the Blue Ridge peaks from the sprawling deck.
Signature Drink: Locally brewed Beech Mountain Brewing Co. beers like 5,506’ Pale Ale, Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, and Patroller Porter.
Insider Secret: There’s no quicker way to make friends that doing a shot-ski. Choose a spirit, grab three friends and do a shot simultaneously from glasses affixed to a ski.
Dates: Now open.
Location: At the top of the mountain from the High Speed Quad lift.
1007 Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mountain, NC 28604
- 1Backyard Bar & BBQ
- 2Cure Lounge
- 3Piste Mountain Bistro
- 4The Ice Bar at Uley’s Cabin
- 5Oasis Bar
- 6J & G Grill
- 7Moët Ice Impérial Lounge
- 85506’ Skybar