There are very few mountain-town traditions as well established as sharing a drink and some nosh at the end of a great day of skiing or riding. Rehashing the day’s victories (and defeats) over a drink caps the day and launches the transition to a food and cocktail-fueled evening.
And while Jackson Hole Mountain Resort skiers can’t get enough of the Mangy Moose (and why should they?!) there’s a whole world of après ski spots just waiting to be discovered. When you’re ready to unbuckle your ski boots and join the revelry, make your way to one of the area’s best après ski spots — from a slopeside perch at the base of Snow King to a local hideout on the Idaho side of Teton Pass.
Teton Village, Wyoming
If you’re spending your day on Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, make a point to drop by the Alpenhof in Alpenhof Lodge just north of the tram. Inside you’ll find live music, group tables, and the shared après tradition of fondue and “wurst,” which will turn any ski bum into a traditional Austrian “lokal.” It’s the perfect place to hang after a drink at the Mangy Moose.
Need a refreshment after skating at Trail Creek Ranch or climbing Glory Bowl for a backcountry run? The Stagecoach Bar at the bottom of Teton Pass is an old classic. Order a cold one (no fancy drinks with flowers or herb-infused liquors here), then pick up a plate of truffle fries or tacos at the Streetfood walk-up counter.
If you end up on the Idaho side of Teton Pass, drop by the legendary Knotty Pine, which serves up great eats (Kansas City-style BBQ anyone?) and drinks. Come with a posse so you can test out “The Pignic,” a meal that includes over three pounds of BBQ and all the fixins’ and feeds four to six hungry skiers. Bonus: If your après runs long, you might catch some live music.
Enjoying Grand Teton National Park? No trip to the GTNP is complete without a stop at the Spur Bar at Dornan’s in Moose. With massive Teton-facing windows, you can tip your chair back and enjoy the view while sipping on a après bloody Mary (made with a local-favorite, house-made mix). For sustenance, order a pizza from The Pizza & Pasta Co. adjacent to the bar.
STILLWEST BREWERY & GRILL
If you find yourself sampling Snow King’s new lifts and terrain this winter, make a point to head across the street to StillWest Brewery & Grill. On a sunny afternoon, the mountain-facing patio seating is unbeatable — and their brews are hard to top year-round. Sample an on-site brewed craft beer and order from the small plates menu as you watch skiers descend.
WEST SIDE YARD
The recently reimagined West Side Yard (which has a hatchet throwing cage), has all the makings of a great après spot. The full bar features local and regional brews alongside craft cocktails with names like Glory Lap and Bushwacker Sloshie. The appetizer menu will quickly dispel any hunger pains, or you can indulge in an early dinner — we recommend their Adult Mac & Cheese with pork belly.