Party Hard and Safe


Every night is party night in ski towns. If you decide to partake in the good life, check out these five spots, which combine happening party scenes with pedestrian villages and free shuttle systems to get you back to your hotel in one piece.

ASPEN A free shuttle system within the town of Aspen runs until 2 am. The area's "Tipsy Taxi" program also lets bartenders call for a free taxi for over-imbibed patrons. Best apres-ski Ajax Tavern at base of Aspen Mountain. Best nighttime spots Eric's Bar and Red Onion. Best late-night boogie The Tippler on Tuesday for Seventies night.

VAIL Free buses run from East to West Vail until 2 am. Best apres-ski Los Amigos, slopeside in Vail Village, or Garfinkel's in Lionshead. Best nighttime spots The Club and The Red Lion. Best late-night boogie Club Chelsea and Nick's.

WHISTLER/BLACKCOMB A free shuttle in the pedestrian village at the base of each mountain runs from 7am until 1 am. Best apres-ski Garibaldi Lift Company at Whistler, Merlins at Blackcomb. Best nighttime spots Maxx Fish and Amsterdam Cafe. Best late-night boogie Tommy Africa's.

KILLINGTON A free shuttle runs from the mountain to the bottom of the access road from 7 am until 6:30 pm. Best apres-ski Charity's. Best nighttime spots The Pickle Barrel. Best late-night boogie The Wobbly Barn for live entertainment.