Skiing means burning thighs, burning calories, snow, thirst and salt on your rim at après ski, right? I can’t think of a better après ski drink than a salty sweet margarita, in a miniature hot tub-shaped glass. Whether you like your apres ski beer, martini, or margarita – fruity, strong and straight, or coated with enough salt to de-ice your windshield, here are apres ski bars in the East, along with our favorite Mexican joints in the mountains. See our Top Après Ski Bars in the West, Canada and Europe.
Best Après Ski in the East
Killington, Vermont – KBL Umbrella Bar and The Wobbly Barn
Sunday River, Maine – Foggy Goggle or Matterhorn
Stowe, Vermont – The Matterhorn
Stratton, Vermont – Grizzly
Sugarloaf, Maine – Widowmaker, The Bag and Seth Wescott’s The Rack
Okemo Mountain – Sitting Bull and Tom’s Loft Tavern, for families Coleman Brook at Jackson Gore Inn
Burke Mountain, Vermont – The Bear Den at Mid Burke Lodge
Jay Peak, Vermont – Tram Haus Bar
Wildcat, New Hampshire – Wildcat Pub or Tailgating at Tuckermans
Attitash, New Hampshire – Red Parka Pub and Ptarmigan’s at ABL
Bretton Woods – The Rose Lounge at Hotel Mount Washington (subdued but so scenic)
Best Ski Country Margaritas!
In Vermont, The Cactus Café is located on The Mountain Road in Stowe. “Life’s too short to drink cheap tequila!” is your first sign that Cactus Cafe takes its below the border beverages very seriously. With the self-proclaimed largest selection of Tequila in Vermont, the Cactus Café is worth its weight in Cuervo Gold. The après ski atmosphere inside the brick farmhouse on Stowe’s Mountain Road is southwest adobe complete with spicy aromas wafting through the air. Their trademark drink is the “Mansfield Margarita,” but all their margaritas are handmade and generous at 16 ounces – to make you stagger in your ski boots. Accompany your cocktails with classic fajitas, chimichangas, or their signature Cactus kabobs.
Okemo serves mountainside Mexican fare in the base lodge’s Sitting Bull. Okemo is known for its focus on culinary (not to be confused with “ski area food”), and their handmade, hand shaken margaritas are exceptional. For après ski, enjoy macho nachos and chili to compliment your salty drink. Live bands play in The Bull weekends. Next door Tom’s Loft Tavern is local, earthy and fun – sooo not fancy! In Ludlow, Tacos Tacos and Mojos are legendary for their Mexican fare.
At Sugarloaf, The Rack serves Mexican and makes a mean margarita, alogn with yummy BBQ. The Rack is snowboarder Seth Wescott’s place – so its casual and cool.
In Conway, New Hampshire, Café Noche on Main Street is the best little Mexican watering hole in the Mount Washington Valley. After skiing at Cranmore, Attitash, Wildcat, or Black, saddle up to the bar for a “Horny Margarita”. The Café has over 25 varieties of margaritas on the menu to peruse.
Skiers are relaxed but adventurous, so they like to try special drinks, and spicy food in a casual atmosphere. Skiers tend to be fun, happy people, and after a day on the slopes – warm spicy relaxed south west fare is perfect- with a margarita and shaker of salt.
In the Rocky Mountains, we love the après ski ambiance of Aspen, Vail, Steamboat, Copper and Break in Colorado. Park City in Utah has great ski in ski out bars, so does neighboring Deer Valley. Of course the European skiers invented après ski! See our Top Après Ski Bars in the World
See our favorite ski resorts with the best après ski:
Top 10 New England Ski Resorts for Families
Top 10 Western Ski Resorts for Families
Top Canada Ski Resorts for Families
Top European Ski Resorts for Families