With winter’s arrival, we enter the celebratory season of après-skiing. From fireside hot toddies to craft beers and hearty plates, shopping for cold weather wardrobes and later, a soothing massage before heading out for a nightcap, there’s something for everyone. Whether you hit the slopes or the town, below are our favorite snow lover activities.
In between runs down the mountain, the Mile High City offers a healthy dose of après ski. Lace up your skates for a spin on Skyline Park’s ice rink or take a brisk walk inside the wintry Washington Park. Warm up with a cup of joe at either locally-loved ink! Coffee or Pig Train Coffee. The Winter Brew Fest celebrates Colorado’s finest craft beers alongside live music. And, on the topic of tunes, the 6th Annual Winter on the Rocks at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre offers a snazzy lineup. Later, return to the cheery Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver, with an evening sip at Panzano.
When it’s 30-below, Midwest Mountaineering is known for its ample gear selection and friendly outdoor experts. After you brave the elements, bliss out with a signature massage at LifeSpa and Salon (or enjoy the dry sauna and steam room), or sit around the Kimpton Grand Hotel’s toasty lobby fire. Of course, caffeine enthusiasts will find steamy cups at Peace Coffee (weekdays only) or Spyhouse. For beer, drop by Fulton Beer Taproom or Tilia for an array of craft beers that pair well with salty French fries (and tasty “fry” sauce). Revolution Wines touts free vino tastings and chef-selected cheese boards. The buzzy Union Restaurant has a seasonal sprawl of American cuisine. As the night winds down, the Six15 Room serves chic sips, or slip into the Marvel Bar, an unmarked speakeasy with avant-garde cocktails and whiskeys.
Salt Lake City
While Utah is known for its famed light powder at the beloved Deer Valley and Park City Mountain, Salt Lake City remains a grand hub for all things après-ski. For a ski-in, ski-out whiskey experience, visit the High West Distillery and Saloon.
Later, sip a flat white at the minimalist Nobrow or visit the nearby Publik for an array of breads and drip coffee. The tea-savvy will enjoy premium selections at Tea Grotto, then find a cozy reading nook at King’s English or listen to indie music at The Urban Lounge. Come evening, nab a seat in our warmly-lit Vault Bar for craft cocktails or sneak into your room at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City for cozy rest.
Thanks to its ideal location, a weekend jaunt from Sacramento to the snowy Tahoe slopes has never been easier. Before climbing the interstate, gear up with skiing and snowboarding essentials from the A-frame, 37-year-old Land Park Ski and Sports. Post-ski, warm up with sips beneath the bright lights of Temple Coffee.
At the end of the day go for a stretch or deep tissue massage at the Capital Athletic Club – and coming soon, you’ll be able to rest up at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel. Wake up and repeat for the perfect winter holiday.