Whether you love powder or corduroy, groomers or trees, one of the best treats after a day on the snow is an après-ski cocktail. SnoCountry.com did some tough research and discovered some of our favorite signature resort cocktails.
At Utah's Deer Valley, the locals love the White Bear at The Brass Tag. “I think this is a great winter drink because it is a cream based drink, which provides a nice rich backdrop for the seasonal flavors,” The Brass Tag Restaurant Manager Josh Hockman told SnoCountry.com. “The Outlaw Distillery Spiced Rum is a bold spiced rum, with notes of clove, allspice and cinnamon. Their distilling method leaves some of the spices in each bottle, making it very robust in its flavors. The Frangelico Liqueur provides a nice nuttiness note to the drink, which continues the pattern of seasonal flavors. Finishing the drink with fresh-grated nutmeg provides a seasonal aroma that the guest will identify with before they taste it.”
The bar manager at Brighton’s Molly Green’s calls the LMC, made with 151 rum, peppermint schnapps, and cocoa and named after the snow cat, the "legitimate mood changer."
The Gluwein has been an Owl Bar winter tradition at Sundance for years that people demand back every winter. The whole bar smells amazing as they create a red and white wine blend heated up and steeped with spices, citrus, and agave.
Snowbasin’s specialty cocktails in the Cinnabar incorporate local spirits, including the Sir Patrick Stewart with New World Oomaw Gin, Mountain West Desolation Cider and a dash of ginger bitters.
Solitude BrewSki was concocted while Bohemian Brewery shared a few beers with Solitude’s food and beverage team. The German-style Pilsner is easy to enjoy on-mountain, without the heavy undertones and body typically associated with winter releases.
Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin serves a Bacon Bloody Mary: bacon infused vodka mixed with secret ingredients and topped off with a strip of bacon on a swizzle stick.
Loveland Ski Area serves the Pine Bough Pale Ale, a beer from Tommyknocker Brewery. It’s specially brewed for the ski area and only available there and at the brewery in Idaho Springs.
Silverton’s Grady’s Bar serves a signature drink, the “Gut Shot,” which is a Red Bull/Vodka with a Jagger shot, chased with a PBR.
Telluride serves The Frenchman’s Farm, which is Bon Vivant’s version of the Bloody Mary. It’s house-made tomato base, Pinnacle Vodka, Duck Bacon and various local pickled vegetables.
Wolf Creek’s Pathfinder Bar serves the YaYa, a specialty drink sure to warm you up, made with Absolut Vanilla vodka, Bailey’s Irish Cream and Hot Chocolate.
At New Hampshire’s Pats Peak, the Skier's Dream, their most popular beverage, mixes Baileys, Kahlua and Amaretto served in hot chocolate or hot coffee topped with whipped cream.
For the holidays, the Rosebrook Bar at Bretton Woods' Omni Mount Washington Hotel serves the Alpine Eggnog, a traditional New England eggnog made with their signature Woodford Reserve Batch II Kentucky Bourbon
At Cannon Mountain long-time bartender Donna blends a homemade Bloody Mary Mix for the Bacon Bloody Mary at the Cannonball Pub, service starting at 10:30 a.m.
You can’t finish a day off at Black Mountain’s Lostbo Pub without warming up with the Snowmaker’s Mark, with hot Cider and Maker’s Mark.