For the best places to get your vertical on and enjoy the ever-important aprés ski outdoors with the sun shining brightly, read on. Spring skiing is finally here.
Aspen is such a see-and-be-seen town that it’s little wonder it really comes alive when mild temperatures move in, making it possible not only to take a selfie at the top of Ajax (part of Aspen Mountain), one of three majestic ski areas, but also to sip a Select Aperitivo Spritz back at the swanky W Hotel’s outdoor rooftop bar—gloves off and sunglasses on, natch.
This is best followed by dinner at French Alpine Bistro or Clark’s (start with oysters; finish with the butterscotch pot de creme). Party at Escobar, an underground bar ensconced in a space that looks like a melange of a 1950’s TWA flight and cool New York City nightclub.
Park City, Utah
Following an epic day traversing Canyons and Park City, or for more upscale energy, Deer Valley famous for its meticulously groomed trails and no-snowboarders policy, it’s generally a good idea to head into town and belly up to the bar at High West Distillery, a popular ski-out spot where patio spots are especially coveted come spring.
Few ski towns in the U.S. are as charming as this quintessential, laid-back Vermont resort. Home to Alchemist Beer, of the beloved Heady Topper IPA, and restaurants, bars, and shops with a distinctly European feel, Stowe also boasts a fantastic array of slopes at ski destination, Stowe Mountain Resort.
Tälta Lodge is the perfect base for shred-inclined skiers and snowboarders; the activity is made imminently more enjoyable when the snow has softened a bit, and you’re not dodging Mansfield Mountain’s (aka, Vermont’s highest peak) icy runs.
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
One of the best things about skiing in British Columbia is the relatively moderate winter temperatures, and come spring, one of North America’s largest ski resorts, Whistler Blackcomb, beckons further. The base village has all the fixings for post-mountain fueling—check out Coast Mountain Brewing for excellent craft beer and Bearfoot Bistro for fancy fare—but we especially love retreating to Nita Lake Lodge for drinks with lake views and a serene spa to set you up for more Whistler Blackcomb adventures.