Let's face it, après ski often conjures up images of crowded bars, overflowing mugs and questionable dance moves. But what if you're craving a post-shred session that doesn't involve a headache by morning? Fear not, snow bunnies and powder hounds, because there's a whole world of après ski fun waiting to be explored beyond the barstool!
Forget the crowded base bars, it's time to venture away from the obvious. In this blog post, we drop into a new wave of après ski adventure that awaits in mountain resorts across America! Time to ditch the hangover. Let's embrace these unforgettable non-drinking activities that are the best unique après ski activities beyond the bar.
Unleash Your Inner Rock Star With Live Music
Photo Credit: The Mangy Mooose Instagram
- Jackson Hole, Wyoming: Yes, The Mangy Moose is a bar, and an iconic one at that. They've been getting loose at the Moose since 1967, but it doesn't always have to involve alcohol. If you are into live music the Mangy Moose is your spot. Catch local bands belting out rowdy tunes and share stories as tall as the Tetons while sipping warm apple cider by the crackling fireplace. Bonus points for rocking some of our après ski gear!
- Park City, Utah: Looking to amp up your après ski in Park City with some live tunes? Look no further than The Spur! This local legend is thrumming with live music every single night, no exceptions. Think of it as your own personal après ski concert, happening right there as you unwind from your day on the slopes.
- And the best part? The Spur doesn't just play one genre. They crank up the volume on a diverse mix of music, from toe-tapping country and soulful blues to head-banging rock and toe-stomping bluegrass. There's something for everyone to groove to!
Embrace Your Inner Game Master
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- Mount Snow, Vermont: Unleash your inner bowler (and competitive streak) at North Star Bowl. This isn't just your average bowling alley. This historic bowling alley offers candle-pin bowling, which is far more popular in Northern New England and Canada than in other areas of the U.S. It's far more fun too. Imagine skee ball meets bowling. The ball is smaller, the pins are thinner and you get three chances per frame instead of two. It's an unexpected challenge and a blast all in one. Photo Credit: Seven Springs Resort Instagram
- Seven Springs Resort, Pennsylvania: Seven Springs earned the moniker "A Cruise Ship in the Mountains" for good reason. It has everything you could ever possibly want at one resort and then some. This includes a bowling alley (of the regular variety), mini golf, a game room and also a hatchet-throwing house. Whether you're a seasoned lumberjack or a complete novice, the Foggy Goggle Axe House caters to all skill levels. So go ahead and unleash your inner Viking, you'll enjoy every minute of it.
Shopping 'Til You Drop in Park City and Vail
- Park City, Utah: Main Street Park City transforms into a winter wonderland after dark. Browse for local memorabilia at Dugins West, grab a coffee and peruse the store for unique literary finds at Atticus or find the perfect western attire at Burns Cowboy Shop. The twinkling lights and festive vibe will make you forget all about those aching quads.Photo Credit: Vail Resort Instagram
- Vail, Colorado: Step into a winter wonderland at Vail Village. Luxurious boutiques like Gorsuch and Moncler whisper of après elegance, while local shops like 8150 Ski Shop offer all kinds of mountain goodies for the whole family. Bonus points for taking a break and ice skating in Solaris Plaza and indulging in a hot chocolate afterward.
Rest and Relaxation (Because You Earned It)
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- The Spa at Spruce Peak, Stowe, Vt: Instead of clinking glasses, let expert hands knead away your aches and swap ski stories for the gentle gurgle of the outdoor hot tubs. Imagine sinking into a maple sugar scrub, emerging with skin as smooth as Vermont powder, then swapping tales of epic runs beside a crackling fireplace in the Sanctuary Lounge. With its rustic charm, mountain views, and treatments inspired by the local landscape, the Spa at Spruce Peak is the ultimate après-ski indulgence that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready to tackle tomorrow's slopes. Photo Credit: The Spa at Whiteface Lodge Instagram
- The Spa at Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, NY: Melt away stress at the Spa at Whiteface Lodge. This mountain oasis offers more than just massages; it's a holistic après-ski experience that allows you to truly unwind, reconnect with nature, and savor the unique charm of the Adirondacks. It's the perfect way to trade the typical bar scene for an unforgettable wintertime escape. Consider their spa escape package for a seamless après-ski experience – spa treatment, access to spa amenities and breakfast all in one!
How to Make the Best Out of Your Unique Après Ski Experiences
- Fuel Up Before the Fun: Even if you're skipping the bar, most resorts offer delicious après ski options. Grab a hearty burrito in Canyons Village in Park City, savor a slice of warm apple pie at a Vermont country store or share a poutine feast in Canada. Your body will thank you!
- Get Creative: Don't be afraid to venture beyond the beaten path! Challenge your friends to a snowball Olympics in Vail, build a snow sculpture masterpiece in Killington or join a guided stargazing expedition in Breckenridge. The possibilities are endless!
This winter it's time to swap the predictable for the unforgettable. From fiery karaoke battles to serene spa escapes, your après ski adventure across America awaits. Explore, reconnect and create memories that will last long after the snow melts. Now get out there, embrace the mountains, and discover your own unique après ski experiences.
If you are headed to any one of these non-alcoholic activities, be sure to wear the proper après ski attire like our Après Ski Fleece Sweatshirt.
Whether you are shopping on Main, axe throwing at The Foggy Goggle or jamming to live music at The Mangy Moose, the Après Ski Fleece Sweatshirt is a classically comfortable option to own your experience.