For après-ski, the deck at Squatters is the place to be.
For après-ski, the deck at this restaurant is the place to be. It’s home to handcrafted microbrews including Chasing Tail Golden Ale and Provo Girl Pilsner, as well as tasty pub fare such as ahi tacos and bourbon burgers.
Touted as the oldest operating saloon in Utah (it was built in 1879), the Star shoots straight, serving burgers and beer only. The Star Burger, topped with cheese, grilled onions and Polish sausage, is a mouthful. Wash it down with a Wasatch, Squatter, or Uinta microbrew. Throw a collector 45 on the juke, and don’t forget to give Buck, the resident stuffed St. Bernard, a scratch behind the ears. Located 15 minutes from Snowbasin.
This English-style pub knows its beer: 21 specialty kegs and casks on tap (Double Diamond, Old Speckled Hen and Caffrey’s Irish Amber, to name a few), plus 150 different bitters, stouts, bocks, lambics, and ciders in an on-site beer cellar. Add an award-winning wine list and 75 single malts, served alongside steak-and-kidney pie or fish and chips, and you get one of the East’s best local haunts. Located two minutes from Stowe Mountain Resort. Stowe, Vermont | englandinn.com
“Fresh” and “dogs” (lime margaritas and Flying Dog microbrews, respectively) sail over the carved wood bar to everyone from old-timers in overalls to Aspen’s couture crowd. (this was Hunter S. Thompson’s hangout.) But a no-credit card no-reservations policy evens the field. Try a famous Limousin beef burger and nachos “works,” dripping with cheese, vegetarian chorizo and fresh jalapenos. Located 10 minutes from Aspen. Woody Creek, Colorado | 970.923.4585 | woodycreektavern.com
How can you go wrong in a place where Kiefer Sutherland once joined Aussie rockers the Waifs onstage for a round of "Mustang Sally"? Besides, even if the former Lost Boy doesn't show, the drinks are always strong and the botties always shaking. whistlerblackcomb.com. Photo courtesy of Garibaldi Lift Co.
In the middle of the action at the base of Whistler, Garibaldi is a three-ring circus of suds, skiers, and “sex cheese.” Yes, the variation on cheese fondue is a must-try while enjoying a margarita on GLC’s huge three-sided patio. Whistler, British Columbia | whistlerblackcomb.com
The biggest (and arguably best) place to grab some grub on the mountain is Gorrono Ranch. Located underneath the Village Express (Lift 4) this expansive restaurant could be a resort in and of itself. With a huge deck called "The Beach," a small stage, a firepit, and bloody marys, there really is no reason to leave.
After a morning in the trees, sun and sip on the deck of Gorrono Ranch, a.k.a. “the beach.” Located mid-mountain under Lift 4, it was once a 19th-century Basque shepherding hut. The sheep are long gone, but skiers flock here for pork green chili or a brat—fine accompaniments to a Fat Tire microbrew and views of the Wilson. Telluride, Colorado | tellurideresort.com
Families can’t go wrong here. A great barn of a place decorated with owner Roger Beaudoin’s finds, many from his travels and climbing expeditions. Shoot pool, watch ski flicks and fill up on hearty steaks, seafood, and brick-oven pizzas. There’s even a kids’ menu and, on weekend nights, family entertainment from 6 to 8 p.m. On most nights you can even get your skis tuned while you eat—for just $10. Sunday River, Maine | 207.824.6836 | matterhornskibar.com
Try a Powder Hound omelet stuffed with mushrooms, scallions, and cheese. It comes with house fries and cinnamon toast; the Kashmir green tea chai lattes complements it well. Roomy booths give you space to lay out trail maps and plan your ski day. Park City, Utah | 435.649.5686
Because it's never too early for ribs. Or too late for Bloody Marys.
A half-rack of hickory smoked baby-back ribs with two eggs, hash browns and a homemade biscuit topped with gravy. And because it’s never too early for ribs, order a bloody mary with a shot of BBQ sauce. Sit at the counter and dish with the locals. Aspen, Colorado | 970.925.2313 | hickoryhouseribs.com