10 Best Aprés Ski Bars in North America

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10 Best Aprés Ski Bars in North America


Don’t get me wrong, skiing hard, all day, every day, should be the main focus of every ski trip. However, there’s always that one person wondering: “what are we doing next?” No one wants to simply call it a night after skiing all day. Most people, including me, want to go out, and maybe have a few drinks with close friends and family after the lifts close. Aprés Ski, the French term for “after ski,” was coined to satisfy this craving to go out and recap stories from the day and celebrate what the group was able to accomplish. And let’s be honest, is there really a better venue for conversation and entertainment than an awesome bar? I don’t think so! 

Each year, USA Today compiles a “10 Best” list for any topics relating to top attractions, things to see and do, restaurants, and top destinations. Each list’s rankings are based on the reader’s choice and customer reviews, creating a brutally honest list highlighting the public’s favorites from each year. For four years in a row, USA Today has made a list of the 10 Best Aprés Ski Bars in North America. Below is USA Today’s complete list for the highest-ranking bars in 2021:

Double Diamonds Bar

Double Diamonds Logo

PC: Double Diamonds Website

Location: Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Best known for: Lively late-night nightclub scene

The Village Idiot Bar & Grill

Village Idiot Logo
PC: Village Idiot Website

Location: Revelstoke, B.C.

Best known for: Awesome appetizers, pizzas, and local brews. Be prepared to hear a few Eh’s or Don’t ya know’s!!

Clocktower Cellar

Clocktower Cellar Logo
PC: Yelp

Location: Mammoth Lakes, California

Best known for: Insane selection of on-tap drafts and Whiskey

North Pole Bar & Restaurant

Inside of North Pole Bar&Grill
PC: Keweenaw Convention Center & Visitor’s Bureau

Location: Mount Bohemia, Michigan

Best known for: Live music to go along with a draft beer and a french crépe

Iron Furnace Brewing

Iron Furnace Brewing Co. Logo
PC: Facebook

Location: Franconia, New Hampshire

Best known for: Top-tier selection of hoppy beers


Tbar outside
PC: Tripadvisor

Location: Breckenridge, Colorado

Best known for: Amazing location to the Gondola and live DJ on the weekends

Mangy Moose

Mangy Moose Logo
PC: Facebook

Location: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Best known for: Nightly rowdy crowds and signature margaritas

High West Distillery

High West Distillery Logo
PC: High West Distillery Website

Location: Park City, Utah

Best known for: World’s only ski-in-ski-out distillery

Rocky Mountain Underground

Rocky Mountain Underground Breck Logo
PC: RMU Website

Location: Breckenridge, Colorado

Best known for: Unique “concept store” set-up, doubling as a ski retail shop and bar

6th Alley Bar & Grill

6th Alley Logo
PC: Facebook

Location: Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

Best known for: Rotating drafts on tap that showcase 20 local microbrews at a time

Of course, this is a highly contested, maybe even polarizing list. Everyone has their personal favorite and “go-to” bars that are considered the best, yet the person sitting next to you could think the complete opposite. One of my favorite parts about ski trips is seeing how passionate other people get when you ask the question: “What’s your favorite restaurant to grab a drink at?” People’s eyes light up, their voice becomes higher and louder, making it is clear that these bars have been the setting for so many amazing memories over the years. If you want to contribute your favorite ski bar to the Best Aprés Ski Bars of 2022 list, you can learn more about how to contribute to each contest by visiting USA Today’s website

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