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Exclusive Quaffin': Personal Mugs, Limited Membership, Cheaper Brews At Resort Mug Clubs

Sierra-Tahoe-Brews Anytime, any place means a cold brew at any U.S. ski and snowboard resort. (Sierra-at-Tahoe/Facebook)

A cold beer after a day on the slopes has been a tradition for a long, long time at ski and snowboard resorts. Now, with brewers brewing near most resorts, the connection has strengthened and produced a plethora of personalized “mug clubs” at resort bars.

First come, first served rules, and shelf space limits member roles. But the wait to get a mug heightens the prestige. Here's SnoCountry's informal survey of Mug Clubs at winter resorts.

Fill up the first brew of the season in your own mug at Loon. (Paul Bunyan Room/Facebook)

Loon Mountain doles out a limited number of mugs for $75 a season in the Paul Bunyan Room of the Octagon Lodge. Get first fill-up, hat and private party.

Mugs at Mount Snow are custom-crafted by a local artisan (Mount Snow/jeremyayerspotter)

At Mount Snow, there's a waiting list for the Bullwheel Mug Club, because only 101 handmade mugs by local potter Jeremy Ayers qualify for the club quaffing at the Bullwheel bar in Summit Lodge.

Packed with beer taps and personalized mugs at Matterhorn Ski Bar at Sunday River. (Matterhorn Ski Bar/Facebook)

The Matterhorn Ski Bar at Maine's Sunday River charges $50 to fill a personalized mug all season for $4.25. Membership includes reduced drink prices, savings card, Matterhorn schwag, and free entry to music shows.

Basement bar Pepp's is always packed at end of powder day at Mary Jane. (Winter Park/Facebook)

Local fav Pepp's at the base of Mary Jane at Winter Park has 2,800 glass mugs – all purchased by club members – and three taps. Claimed to be largest mug club in Colorado, the bar has a “retirement ledge” for dormant mug owners; if they show up again, the mugs move to the active shelf.

California is fully-on mug clubs. At Sierra-at-Tahoe, the Sierra Pub Club in the main base lodge means happy-hour prices all day for brews in Pub Club Mugs. Limited supply means sign up early or get on waiting list.

Shredders enjoy a beer at mug-club headquarters Ten Mile Barrel Club at Copper (Copper Mountain/Facebook)

Bragging rights come with Copper Mountain's exclusive mug club at the Ten Mile Tavern. For $40, you have dibs on one of only 50 mugs for the season. Drink Ten Mile Barrel brews and get a buck off all season. 






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