7 Extravagant Après-Ski Experiences in the United States

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7 Extravagant Après-Ski Experiences in the United States
After spending a long day out on the slopes, it’s likely that you’ll want to treat yourself. You deserve it, after all. You put up with those kids throwing snowballs from the lift! Those unexpected moguls on that backside run! The rental boots cutting off the circulation in your left pinkie toe! And sometimes, beer and nachos simply aren’t enough to wash away the snow-covered aches of the day. So shrug off that damp coat, kick off your heavy boots, and prepare to indulge; these seven spots around the United States take the après-ski experience to a higher elevation.
By Alina Polishuk, AFAR Contributor
Courtesy of the Montage Deer Valley
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    Deer Valley, UT—Montage Après Lounge
    It’s not difficult to find the Après Lounge and Beach Club at the Montage Deer Valley. Just aim your skis for the bright orange tent at the base of the slopes, and within minutes you’ll be sipping champagne cocktails and snacking on caviar and truffled popcorn. And, although the “Veuve Cliquot” logo that adorns the roof might be a giveaway, Après is not your average tent, either. The inside is decked out with stylishly rustic decor (fur ottomans), silver Veuve bottles, and an inviting fireplace. Because if good champagne isn’t the perfect antidote to a tiring day on the slopes, what is?
    Courtesy of the Montage Deer Valley
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    Aspen, CO—The Oasis
    At one of the priciest ski resorts in North America, more champagne awaits. Like the Après Lounge in Deer Valley, The Oasis in Aspen was also created in partnership with Veuve Cliquot. But unlike the Après Lounge, there isn’t a roof to cover the heads of eager imbibers. That’s because the Oasis is a mobile pop-up bar, and its location changes on the mountain every day. Skiers in the know (aka, the ones who follow the bar on Twitter) just have to look for that signature Veuve orange somewhere on the slopes for tasty snacks, incredible views, and, of course, champagne.
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    Killington, VT—Motor Room Bar
    To access the Motor Room Bar at Killington Ski Resort, guests must first take a ride on a snowcat. For $65 a person, the mountain groomer shuttles everyone up to one of Killington’s original ski lift terminals to experience the solitude of the slopes after closing time. The fee includes transport to and from the bar, a selection of gourmet hor d’oeuvres, a few cocktails, and floor-to-ceiling views of the surrounding terrain in a remarkably intimate setting.
    Courtesy of Killington Ski Resort
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    Northstar, Lake Tahoe, CA—Tōst
    Extravagant doesn’t always mean expensive. On the East Ridge Trail of Northstar California, there’s free champagne every day at 2 p.m. (weather permitting). It’s called Tōst, and it’s neither a bar nor a restaurant. Rather, it’s an outdoor lounge set up specifically for skiers and snowboarders to gather, grab a glass of bubbly, and toast the beauty of the mountains. There’s even cider for the kiddos. Those looking for a more VIP experience can sign up for the $85 Platinum Tōst, which includes private seating, a charcuterie board, and a full bottle of Veuve.
    Photo by @becccccs
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    Beaver Creek Mountains, CO—Bachelors Lounge
    Just down the road from Vail, skiers can warm their bones at the cozy Bachelors Lounge in the Ritz Carlton Bachelors Gulch. Although no smoking jacket is required for entry, the main draw here is the outdoor area and its wide selection of cigars and shisha, which can cost guests anywhere between $17 and $2000. For nonsmokers, the Lounge offers fine spirits and wines, creative cocktails, and signature Vaportinis (vaporized alcohol “drinks”) for those who crave all of the fun and none of the calories.
    Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
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    Jackson Hole, WY—Amangani Resort
    Post-snow fun doesn’t always have to be defined by loud music and overflowing beer steins (or champagne flutes, in this case), and unwinding after a day on the slopes has never looked as good as it does from the heated pool at the Amangani. Just minutes away from Jackson Hole, guests of the hotel can strip off those heavy clothes, hop in, and soak up stunning views of the Snake River and Grand Tetons.
    Photo by @amangani
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    Heavenly, CA—Unbuckle
    Have you ever tried dancing in ski boots? It feels awkward, it looks awkward, but if everyone is doing it, is it really that awkward? At Heavenly Resort’s weekend Unbuckle parties at the Tamarack Lodge, that’s the idea. Skiers and boarders head straight to this midmountain party from their last run at 3:30 p.m., unbuckle their boots (we see what you did there, Heavenly) and boogie with “Heavenly Angel” dancers to live DJ music. The event ends at 5:30 with a golden hour gondola ride back to the base of the mountain. But with those half-priced cocktails from the Tamarack, the party undoubtedly lasts late into the night.
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