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Best apres ski in Colorado?

post #1 of 22
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I posted this in the Food/Drink section, but it doesn't seem like anyone spends much time there. I know there's more opinions out there than the 2 I solicited, so here goes:

I'm putting together a list of Best Apres ski spots in Colorado (pretty broad, I know). I have a working list of some of my favorites but would love to hear from others. What's your favorite spot? I'm really trying to get places with skiing/riding soul as opposed to a $20 cover charge, uber-trendy DJ and giant bouncer that hardly speaks English at the door.

Some of my faves:

Slopeside, Steamboat

Endo's, Copper


Silverton yurt

I'm considering adding Last Dollar Saloon, Telle and Garfinkel's in Vail.

Agree, disagree, opinions?
post #2 of 22
I would have to say Shotgun Willie's in Denver is the best place for apres ski.
post #3 of 22
Larkburger in Edwards. I love their truffle fries. They are shoestring fries cooked in truffle oil, so they have a sweetness to it. After cooking they toss them in parsley and garlic. HUMMY.
post #4 of 22
Hate Endos...nothing wrong with the place just way too crowded.
The Yurt at Silverton is pure skiing and is fantastic
Slopeside get crowded but you gotta love the place
Garfinkles, not bad just don't like the new faux-euro village next to it
The Goat - hate keystone but the Goat is great ( hit the place after A-basin)
Last Steep in Crested Butte
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by tom111869 View Post
Larkburger in Edwards. I love their truffle fries. They are shoestring fries cooked in truffle oil, so they have a sweetness to it. After cooking they toss them in parsley and garlic. HUMMY.
Actually, they're not cooked in truffle oil (that would cost far more than anyone is willing to pay) but they're drizzled with it and parsley and parmesan cheese after cooking.

I posted my answers to the thread you posted in the Food and Drink section a few days ago.
post #6 of 22
I like McCoy's at Beaver Creek.

The place is nothing special, but have great live music most days after 3:00 pm - outside in the sun when weather is good.
post #7 of 22
Last run right out of your skis:
Sixth Alley Bar, A-Basin, for that first round thaw your toes and wipe your nose ambiance.
post #8 of 22
Bart & Yetti's & Larkspur in Vail.

Mountain Dragon in Snowmass.

The fire pit at the base of Crested Butte, used to be a Club Med but I'm not sure if it's still there.
post #9 of 22
Zane's Tavern in Aspen.
post #10 of 22
Napping on my couch in Frisco
post #11 of 22
Caribou Club in Aspen!
post #12 of 22
Tommyknocker's in Idaho Springs! Great brew and food!
post #13 of 22
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Tommyknocker's in Idaho Springs! Great brew and food!
I'll salute that.

I'm not totally smitten by the food. But, the beer doesn't get better - fresh and fabulous!
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by COSkiGirl View Post
Actually, they're not cooked in truffle oil (that would cost far more than anyone is willing to pay) but they're drizzled with it and parsley and parmesan cheese after cooking.

I posted my answers to the thread you posted in the Food and Drink section a few days ago.
Thanks for the correction. Can you Fed Ex me some?
post #15 of 22
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I would have to say Shotgun Willie's in Denver is the best place for apres ski.

+1 beau jeauxs pizza in idaho springs is good for food on the way down to the big city.
post #16 of 22
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Thanks for the correction. Can you Fed Ex me some?
Next time I'm in Vail we'll talk.
post #17 of 22
+1 for Zanes, local boys who moved West to make good.

Order the cheesesteak. These guys are from Philly and actually know how to make it correctly.
post #18 of 22
I have always liked Eric's in breck. The wings there are the best I have ever had. The baked ones that is.
post #19 of 22
Couch potatoing in front of the fire in my living room in Frisco, for sure.
post #20 of 22
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I have always liked Eric's in breck. The wings there are the best I have ever had. The baked ones that is.
Pizza is pretty good too. One of my favorites in Breck.
post #21 of 22

Not to hijack this thread...

...but high end Mahogany Rail skiing is fine, and I've done a bunch of that, but IMHO, it's in the Low Rent district that Colorado apres ski really shines, to whit:

The Present

The Wedge Room, Loveland. Daily draft beer specials (including Other Than Coors...), you can order a great Club Sandwich for less than $7, watch the Broncos on one tube and new age boarders hucking off cliffs in Alaska, and rub shoulders with locals who ski in buckskin jackets and Daniel Boone hats...on tele bindings mounted on 217 DH boards. One of the (ahem) little known back stories on the Wedge Room, which has been around since God was in short pants, is that back in the late 80s (I think), The Author used to go skating over in Keystone...for starters...with the remarkably well endowed Head Bartender of the Wedge Room...until her husband got wise...

The Alpenhorn Bar, Eldora. Another knotty pine special, replete with el cheap-o on tap beers, munchies like bread bowl chili, and the Broncos (of course) on TV every Sunday. This is where the phrase "beer league racing" was born. I used to regularly compete in the Nighthawks Wednesday night races until one night after I won the B Division...which meant, of course, I had to buy pitchers for all of my running buddies...and almost slid off the Shelf Road on my way home to wherever it was I lived at the time.

Anywhere in Leadville, Colorado. We have a Masters DH/Super G weekend at Ski Cooper every January...run, predictably, in temperatures only the local husky teams could love, and which require straight Toko blue with some extreme cold powder to keep from walking down the hill...but the real road trip is the annual Leadville Town Downhill, run on the same course. It's a team event (details supplied on request), but what's also cool is that it's usually the same weekend as the Leadville stop on the skijoring circuit (we're downhill racers, which means we're Alpine Heroes, but we're a bunch of lightweights compared to those whackos), you can get in a sled dog ride after a day of DH training, and you can stuff yourself and drink a garbage pail's worth of Margaritas at The Grill for less than a tankful of gas...for a party of 4...or, for the same price, eat the best prime rib on Colorado at Quincy's...or, for even less, pound down a pitcher and some unbelievable burgers at Rosies...and still have plenty of $$$$ left over for a great down home breakfast at the ski area the next morning.

So that ought to cover the present...watch this space, where your Intrepid Reporter will next describe the, um, ambiance of the Great Dive Bars of Summit County in the 70s and 80s...
post #22 of 22
i am more interested what bars have a good happy hour special near the mountain....ie killington has a few places that have free wings during happy hour...if it s free its me
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