For après-ski fare, stop by this restaurant at the Sky Hotel, where everyone from ski instructors to the visiting “it” crowd sips Botox martinis (Stoli Raspberry, cranberry juice, and Red Bull) and nibbles mini chile rellenos in the mod but cozy lounge, by the pool, or in the hot tub. Aspen, Colorado | 970.925.6760 | skyhotel.com
Wildflour Bakery hosts Peet’s coffee, fresh-made bagels, blue-ribbon sandwiches, and the best damn cookies anywhere. All for just about the cheapest prices in Squaw. There’s one at High Camp at the top of the tram and one in the base lodge. Buy a Cookie Pass to get the best deals. http://wildfloursquaw.com/squaw; (530) 583-1963
The most family oriented restaurant in the Beaver Creek village, the Blue Moose specializes in kid-friendly pizza and every table is covered with paper to encourage coloring. Luckily, they also have a well-stocked bar to keep adults happy. A Vail location opened recently in Lionshead village.
Fast food with a fine dining background, Larkburger is an offshoot of Thomas Salamunovich’s Larkspur restaurant in Vail. The menu is small, just a few varieties of burger, fries, and milkshakes, but everything is high quality, and made with all-natural and organic ingredients. Don’t miss the truffle and parmesan fries. They’ve expanded into Denver and other major Colorado cities, but the original location, in Edwards, is right at the base of Arrowhead. Larkburger.com; (970) 926-9336
You might have to fight through a two-deep crowd of locals to put your order in, but Avon’s version of Cheers serves up the best pizza in the Beaver Creek area. The wait can be monumental, up to two hours on a busy winter night, and they don’t take reservations, but the Cabo pizza, with shrimp, jalapenos, and cilantro, is worth it.
This bar has happy hour every day form 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and again at 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. What more could you wish for?
If you’re in the market for fish and chips during your vacation to Sun Valley, The Cellar Pub in Ketchum, Idaho, is your best bet. Try out the lamb sliders during the pub’s daily happy hour from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The restaurant is family friendly with a casual atmosphere: the perfect place to hangout and meet up with friends after a long day on the hill. For night owls, the bar has a late night happy hour from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., so you can play shuffleboard well into the night.
This bar and grill is known for their fresh-cut fries, which they slice every day and serve until 10:00 p.m.
The “turkey-veg” sandwich at Lefty’s is as popular as their burgers, which is saying a lot. They serve beer and wine everyday from 11:30 a.m. until midnight, and you can get an order of fresh-cut fries until 10:00 p.m. The casual atmosphere is entertaining for all ages: kids can play video games while dad watches the game after a long day of skiing. In the summer, the deck is where it’s at to get a good meal at a reasonable price. Ketchum, Idaho | 208.726.2744
This bar, located on the "Northshore" of Sun Valley, is largely a local favorite.
Apple’s is locally owned and loved for it’s casual, ski-boot-friendly atmosphere. Known for their killer burgers, they’ve got an Idaho Lava Lake lamb burger that will replenish your energy after a grueling day. Locals and tourists alike come down to the “Northshore” of Sun Valley at 4:00 p.m. for the après-ski deals: fish tacos and beer is a favorite. They’re located near the best skiing on the mountain, and they offer some of the best food on the mountain to match. Ketchum, Idaho | 208.309.1014 | applesbarandgrill.com
Named after the greek goddess of epicurian delights, this intimate dining spot is located on Ski Run Boulevard, which is home to numerous other shops and restaurants. Heavenly is known for it’s wild nightlife, but relax in one of the neighboring motel’s hot tubs before dining- when the owner purchased the building for Nephele's, he also snapped up the motel next door. Call (530) 544-8130 for a reservation.
Located in one of Ogden's oldest buildings, this bistro is worth the trip to town after skiing at Snowbasin.
American and European influences combine to create a delicious, eclectic menu inside one of the town’s oldest buildings (circa 1888). Ask for a seat in the light-filled garden room and try the chocolate-rubbed ribeye. Finish with the fuzzy peaches—lightly fried peach halves topped with ice cream. Ogden, Utah | 801.394.1614 | bistro258.blogspot.com