What is the worst thing about a fantastic ski/snowboard day? Inevitably, it has to end. Now what? This is when Après-ski begins. If done correctly, après can be more fun than a mediocre day on the slopes. Many of us have started après around 4PM only to look at their watch later and see that they’ve completely missed a dinner date and that tomorrow is quickly approaching.
It happened to me again, this time at Jackson Hole. I had grandiose plans to stop by a handful of the popular Après-ski spots in Teton Village on my first day and go back to my favorites on the second and third days. Fortunately, those plans weren’t set in stone. I started at Mangy Moose with a couple friends at around 4:30. The place was packed, but we were able to find a table upstairs, ordered some nachos and a refreshing beverage. We got into conversations at other tables with folks from Baltimore to Birmingham. Many around us enjoyed the ultimate bonding experience of a “shot-ski,” so we decided to join in the festivities. We never made it out of there to try any other après; in fact we stayed there for a great dinner.
The next day’s après was to be the day of seeing the other places. We started at Four Seasons’ Lobby Lounge with Hamachi sashimi, a Surf & Turf roll and an appropriate accompanying beverage. As with the “Moose,” we met people from around the country, had great conversations and made plans to meet for some turns on the slopes. We were able to get out of there for a late dinner in Jackson. Two days into the trip and we only saw 2 Après-ski places, not to worry, we’ll see all the others on our third day!!
We started at Cascade before 4 and akin to Mangy Moose, it was a big crowd. You can see where this is going . . . we met some great people, had some great drinks, ate some great food and never made it to another Après-ski locale that afternoon! This just means that I’ll have to head up to Jackson again soon. Besides being a great ski/snowboard destination, I discovered it was also a great epicurean destination.
- Kevin Kennedy, Destination Expert