Aprés ski can be fun for families. Not just grabbing beers at a base lodge bar while the kids play outside in the snow. Ski resorts have really amped up their after alpine skiing options. Zip lines, snow tubing, ice skating, kids camps with crafts and movies and snacks, are the norm now at the Top 10 Western Ski Resorts for Families.
Rocky Mountain ski resorts offer snow-shoe tours, snowmobiling, terrain parks near the base lodge, and so much more for fun on snow after the lifts stops.
Vail Colorado has the best après ski in the West, and for families – it’s high elevation fun at Adventure Ridge atop the Eagle Bahn gondola. There’s a whole mountain top on-snow park the size of a football field, with snow bikes, kid’s mini snowmobiles to drive around a track, and tubing. Parents can head into the scenic Bistro Fourteen in the lodge for an après ski drink, while the kids keep playing outside. Tuesday’s apps are on specials, and Wine Wednesday is a deal. The Gondola back to Lion’s Head runs till 9pm most nights. In Vail village, the Solaris ice rink is a beautiful place to glide on skates after skiing, and parents can enjoy après ski at Vail Brewing Company just up the stairs with a commanding view of the kids skating and the slopes from the 2nd floor post.
Big Sky Resort in Montana has ziplining, a bungie bounce and a climbing wall in the Village. Also Big Sky’s Summit Hotel, among the best ski hotels in the West, has a huge heated outdoor pool, which is in perfect view from The Carabiner Bar if parents would rather whet their whistle than get wet swimming aprés ski.
Once your kids are grown, and you are ready for some grown up aprés ski… here are our favorites for aprés ski in Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon
Best Après Ski Places in Colorado
Aspen, Colorado – 39-Degrees at Sky Lodge, Limelight Lounge, Little Nell’s J-Bar and Ajax Tavern
Aspen Highlands – Cloud 9 and Ale House
Aspen Snowmass – Venga Venga, Limelight Lounge
Beaver Creek – CBar and Chop House for Champagne and Oysters, not the Rocky Mountain oysters…
Breckenridge – Sevens at Peak 7, Robbie’s at Peak 8. Briar Rose, Ember and Hearthstone for Breck’s best après ski in town
Copper, Colorado – Jack’s at the base of the Superpipe, big deck, live band, happy hour drinks at 9,700′
Steamboat, Colorado – Slopeside is well named, at the base, slope views, a big deck and casual après ski vibe
Telluride, Colorado – Allred’s and New Sheridan Bar and The Peaks Deck
Vail, Colorado – The Red Lion, Pepi’s and Vail Brewing Co – See Vail’s Best Après Ski Bars
In Utah (yes you can après ski & drink in Utah)
Deer Valley, Utah – St Regis Terrace Bar at Deer Valley
Park City – High West Distillery, Corner Store, Pig Pen Saloon
Powder Mountain – The Powder Keg at Timberline Lodge
Snowbasin Utah – Cinnabar at Earl’s Lodge
Snowbird/Alta, Utah – The Tram Bar
Sun Valley, Idaho – River Run Lodge deck and Pioneer Saloon
Mt Bachelor – Twisted River Tavern, Carson’s and The Living Room in the Main Lodge at Sunriver
Bend – Cascade Lakes Brewing Company, Zydeco, Deschutes Brew Pub
Timberline at Mt Hood – The Timberline Lodge