In your opinion of course... where is the best Apres-Ski spot, and what is your preferred drink (you know the one that gives you "the most interesting man in the world" persona?
Best Apres- Ski?
I propose that people should be banned from starting these threads/conversations without bringing something new to the conversation. In fact, forget "best" and just focus on a post-skiing watering hole that maybe we haven't read in every Skiing "Best of XX Season" list every year, always.
Otherwise, we are forever destined to get some rehashed version of Whistler/Killington/Tahoe/Jackson Hole. Puke.
I could care less about bars, but do enjoy drinking a beer on a deck overlooking the mountains. And if there's a firepit, more the better.
Okay, I should put my money where my mouth is. My favorite spots from either side of the country. Neither is any kind of apres hot spot and you'd never find them on any "best of" list. Which is part of why I like them.
Between Snowbasin and Ogden, there's a place called "The Oaks" in Ogden Canyon. It's shoved right up against the river and mountainside. In the summer it has a nice deck outside and hosts bands on the weekend. I'd imagine you could grab a beer inside and sit out there in the winter if you were inclined, but I'm not positive because I haven't done it. The place is always packed on the weekends; the food is solid and the location is great. Just a simple bar and grill, but a fun place to stop at.
In New York, on the way to the Thruway from Belleayre Mountain, there used to be a little German restaurant. Not sure if it's still there or under the same management, but when I was there ('03 maybe?), they offered something like four or five courses for a set price. I love German food and love eating at random restaurants in the middle of nowhere, and the big, multi-course meal was the perfect thing to stop for after not eating anything since breakfast (I try to skip lunch to have more time on the mountain). A Spaten is also a nice way to wind down after a day of riding.
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I hugely recommend Morzine and Avoriaz. It has a cool vibe and a great social scene...the Tremple has a great Apres Ski party every week and the type of people that go to Morzine are a little older, up for a laugh and damn right crazy!! the skiing is awesome too... much better than some of the more well know resorts such as Val d'Isere.