I’ve experienced my share of après ski after a great day on the slopes. Including the Sky Hotel and J Bar in Aspen, the Corner Store in Park City, the Mangy Moose in Jackson Hole, and the Tram Deck at Snowbird. Tipping back well deserved beers, ordering ridiculously large nachos, and reliving that one perfect powder turn from the day is a staple of every ski trip. I have to say that no après ski scene comes close to Big Sky.
Lets start with the mountain itself. The 4,180 vertical drop of rolling terrain and 6 mile long runs provide endless skiing opportunities. The steeps will test your determination (lack of judgement) and the groomers will make everyone smile. So if at the end if the day you’re not ready for a hot tub then you did something wrong.
The après starts in the village. The open pit wood burning fires provide a unique place to sit down and enjoy your first drink. Grab a local Montana brew or signature cocktail from any of the bars in the village. It offers a truly real western feel unlike any other resort. Next, roll into Whiskey Jacks for an après snack and one of their many beers on tap. Seemed like this was the popular spot where lots of locals grab a drink after skiing. Don’t spend too long socializing because there’s one last stop.
Finally, and this is a must, head over to The Summit hot tub to relax in the alpen glow of the peak. This is the most amazing hot tub I’ve experienced. At first we thought it was their pool…but this enormous hot tub offers ‘pool side’ service with drinks, milk shakes, and food. It’s the only way to après!
I love to après everywhere I go. It’s part of the ski culture in every resort. Big Sky truly has something special that I hope everyone gets to experience. Now that I know how to après up in the mountains of Montana and I can’t wait until its time to make the annual trip again.