Jackson Hole’s Best Après Ski Spots
The first rule of après skiing? You don’t have to ski to après ski! But of course, if you do, you can better appreciate the heaping plate of nachos topped with jerk chicken at The Spur. Teton Village still has a couple of hard-drinking spots you’ll want to hit if you’re on a guy’s trip, looking to party hard and eat wonderfully greasy slices of pizza, but, like the ski resort itself, the Village’s après ski scene has diversified over the last several years. There’s Thai, wood-fired pizzas topped with house-made charcuterie, sushi, and Michael Mina’s take on falafel (the Handle Bar). If you’re staying in the town of Jackson, you have a twenty minute drive between you and your après ski, but some visitors think the $8 burgers at the bar at Local on the Town Square or the Zonker Stout and chicken pasta at Snake River Brewery are worth the wait.
The Mangy Moose is one of the oldest après ski spots in the village and it’s still one of the most popular for its giant servings of simple fare and—perhaps more so—its cute, young waitresses and beer specials. This isn’t a place for fancy cocktails but there are often local musicians playing many afternoons.
When you’ve outgrown the frat-house atmosphere of the Moose or want a fancy cocktail, good beer, the best après ski food in the Village, and the friendliest waiters and waitresses—all without an attitude—head for The Spur on the ground floor of Teton Mountain Lodge to skiers’ right of the tram.
Amazingly, in its bare bones, temporary location inside The Inn at Jackson Hole, the VC is much nicer than it was in its original spot, which was demolished in October 2013. Locals miss the cramped basement space, but still flock to the new place to for cheap slices of pizza and PBR.
Of course pot stickers are the perfect après ski food! In the Ranch Parking Lot rather than the actual base area, Teton Thai also makes great cocktails, so its tiny space is often standing room only. Want to sit? When the weather’s nice, Teton Thai has one of the best decks around.
Want to après ski but don’t want to have to scream at your friends to talk? Inside the Four Seasons, Ascent Lounge serves sushi rolls—one even topped with buffalo Carpaccio—as you relax on a couch or in an armchair. Try to snag a seat in front of the double-sided fireplace.