Although the tradition of “apres-ski” doesn’t seem to need a season (well besides ski season, of course), spring skiing seems to lend itself to festive post ski day celebrations. Especially when we’ve got sunny Steamboat Springs skies, craft beers, and outdoor firepits!
You can make it your mission to check out all of the fantastic venues, or get comfy on one particular bar stool and be a regular, if only for just a week. There’s plenty of variety from swanky spots to brews with views …
Check out a few of our faves below…
On the Steamboat Ski Mountain
Sunset Happy Hour at Thunderhead
This is a fun treat – just on Thursday nights through the end of ski season (then beginning again in the height of the summer). Ride the gondola for $5 and enjoy cocktails and live music at 9100 feet above sea level. Recommended for the over 21 crowd only. The fun starts at 5pm and last call is at 9pm.
Bud Light Rocks the Boat
These concerts are on Saturdays throughout the spring during ski season. Shows usually start around 3pm. Grab a brew at the deck of the Bear River Bar – or in one of the red adirondack chairs adjacent to the music stage. Or boogie in your ski boots right by the stage.
Simply Steamboat Tip: The best show of the season is set for closing day, Sunday April 13 instead of the usual Saturday concert), G. Love and Special Sauce. Don’t miss this crazy fun concert complete with costumes and ski area shenanigans.
Truffle Pig’s apres-ski attraction is their sophisticated fire pit on the terrace looking out at the ski mountain. Heat lamps keep you toasty as the sun goes down if you don’t have a seat around the fire. They’ve got great local live music Thursdays – Sundays, our favorite musician is Todd Musselman. Musselman’s music pairs awfully well with the fabulous truffle pig mussels (of course)!
Slopeside is the quintessential apres-ski spot for the casual crowd. Kids can play in the snow, while parents hang out on the “beach”. The novelty outdoor ice bar serves up cold beer and the brick oven pizzas are the perfect belly filler. Slopeside has an outdoor stage and frequent music in the apres-ski hours all season long. Just ski on by and see who is playing. They seem to have an endless supply of white chairs and the beach gets bigger and bigger as the afternoon progresses. And Slopeside has the added bonus of the late-night happy hour. You could really buck the apres-ski tradition and try night skiing, then enjoy your apres-ski time after dark!
If Slopeside is a tad chaotic, head on over to the Paramount, they have AMAZING food, all kinds of delicious chocolatey delights and beer, wine and cocktails. Their outdoor tables are in close proximity to the Slopeside scene, but just far enough away to give a little bit of breathing room. We can’t recommend the Paramount highly enough. They aren’t open for dinner, so if you didn’t hit them up for breakfast or lunch during your stay, definitely stop by for some apres-ski action.
Now you’re going to want to change out of your ski gear if you’re headed downtown. Apres-ski turns into happy hour somewhere along highway 40 between the ski mountain and downtown. But don’t let that deter you. The proprietors downtown have enticing deals to get you in their doors early, so take advantage.
Mahogany Ridge is located downtown, but was affectionately named for the actual bar inside of the Stoker Restaurant on the mountain. Locals at the Stoker would joke and say that they skied “Mahogany Ridge” when in actuality they might have just put back a beer or two at the bar on top of the gondola. Despite its namesake, Mahogany Ridge is in a league of its own. Its food is amazing and everything pairs beautifully with the micro beers that they brew on site. They also have other cocktails and wine, but a glass of Mahogany’s Alpenglow is a must sip – especially when paired with the homemade Bavarian pretzel served with porter and mustard. Get there early, happy hour is short and sweet and the place fills up very quickly. You can’t beat their happy hour prices.
Simply Steamboat Tip: Mahogany Ridge kicks off an additional late-night happy hour from 10pm to midnight!
We love The Laundry. The cocktails are infused and are almost too good going down the hatch. The menu is meant for sharing and the hip atmosphere is conducive to letting your taste buds be a bit adventurous. They’ve got progressive happy hour specials, as the clock ticks on, the drinks get progressively more expensive. But they’re all made and mixed by passionate pros and are well worth the price, whatever the time is.
This upscale tavern is a nice cross between family friendly with an emphasis on pleasing adult palates. They’ve got $.50 wings during their happy hour that are way better than anything related to a buffalo. Wash them down with a nice selection of craft brews or copper cupped cocktails.
Old Town Pub
This classic landmark downtown pub has a new owner and a welcoming new layout. The menu has been revamped and the classic “Boat’s Best Burger” remains. The 100-year old “stand up” cowboy bar is a perfect spot to swap tales and hear about the time (not too long ago), when a horse and rider cruised into happy hour. Their recommendation, Cowboys, leave ‘yer ride, outside.
Looking for a different kind of apres-ski activity? Browse the boutiques downtown, take the kids to the water slides at the downtown Old Town Hot Springs Pool, drive up to the scenic Strawberry Park Hot Springs or head out to Saddle Back Ranch for some serious snow tubing.
Or there’s always the option to snuggle up in your Simply Steamboat hideaway, trading in your ski boots for your slippers and getting your legs rested and ready for another amazing ski day, again tomorrow!