The Seven Best Bars in Ski Country
Every local has their favorite watering hole and every ski town has some great ones. While we can’t guarantee that a visit to one of these bars will give you that warm fuzzy, “I’m home, mom” feeling, we can say that if you’re looking for a warm place with cold beer to end up when your day is finished, these fine establishments should be at the top of your list. And if your favorite isn’t here, don’t be shy, let us know by posting your recommendations in the “comments” section below. —Tom Winter
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Despite the kitschy gift shop and the constant influx of pseudo-cowboy Jackson tourists, the Mangy Moose has remained a true locals’ hangout. Maybe because it’s one of the few decent music venues in northern Wyoming. Or maybe it’s just because it’s so close to the mountain you can practically order beers from the tram line.
Nestled at the base of the mountain and located in the hotel of the same name, the Saint Bernard is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. The timeless European feel is complimented by a sunny deck that is the place to be on spring days.
The Silo’s après ski scene is complimented by a full winter calendar of live acts, a killer late night menu, and big screen TVs so you don’t miss the home team in action.
Go-go dancers, killer DJs, and a hopping late night scene make Tommy’s the choice for libations after you’ve gone home and cleaned up. Guaranteed to rock.
Located near Waterville Valley, this craft brewery produces unusual seasonal ales. Their attention to detail and the brewing process has been recognized with a whole slew of medals, not that you’ll care about that after your fourth pint.
It’s finally become a lot easier to enjoy the rustic ambiance of this legendary watering hole located in the Alta Lodge now that Utah as loosened up its drinking laws.
A beer and a slice and another beer, that’s the recipe for happiness at this venerable establishment, frequented by tourists, locals, and Vail’s ski patrol, all of whom enjoy the first draft on the house after a shift on the mountain.