After an invigorating day on the slopes, who doesn’t love a good après-ski drink or bite? Each of these hotels takes the tradition to a whole new level, with fun activities and tasty tipples.
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe has a “marshmologist” on hand every evening leading the Art of the S’more program. The whole family learns how to roast the perfect marshmallow, and adults can enjoy the delicious S’moretini. On the other side of Lake Tahoe, newcomer Basecamp (pictured) offers its guests plenty of beer pairing options, including beer and beef stew, as well as the extremely popular beer and croute au fromage (a hearty Swiss dish of melted cheese over toast). Yes please.
The Osprey at Beaver Creek has an extensive, hand-picked wine list, but best of all it offers “Cookie Time.” Each day, the resort’s chefs serve warm, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies to hungry skiers, who consume 500,000 annually!
In Aspen, the St. Regis’s bar offers several winter-themed beverages. Try the Treacle Toddy, a winter adaptation of the Treacle cocktail created by the legendary London bartender Dick Bradsell. Its hot apple cider, Don Q Anejo rum, and maple syrup are sure to warm both body and soul after a cold day skiing.
If warming up isn’t on your to do list, there are the “Fun with Liquid Nitrogen” classes at the St. Regis, Deer Valley. Chefs from the hotel’s Jean-Georges Vongerichten J&G Grill teach willing attendees how to make chocolate covered strawberries and various ice cream flavors using the super-cold nitrogen. After the class, guests converge at the resort’s Garden of Fire for spectacular sunset views of the Wasatch Mountains and for the nightly champagne sabering ritual. A complimentary glass of champagne is included, of course.
Of course the US isn’t the only place to love après ski traditions. The Mallard Lounge and Terrace at British Columbia's Fairmont Chateau Whistler is the perfect place to relax after a long day of skiing. It offers live music every evening, plus a large menu of inventive cocktails and drinks. The Polar Bear Alpine Warmer, with Kahlúa, Bailey’s, Grand Marnier, hot chocolate, a sugar rim, and whipped cream sounds like the perfect end to a perfect day in the Canadian Rockies.
Did we miss some? What are your favorite après ski traditions?
Peter Schlesinger is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.