Awesome Eats + Drinks After a Full Day Skiing
Alta Ski Area, 45 minutes south of Salt Lake International Airport, is the perfect place to spend a winter getaway. Now in its 82nd year of operation and with an average of over 550 annual inches of that pristine Utah snow, Alta is home to a number of lodges, bars, and restaurants to recharge your group after a long day on the lifts. Nothing pairs better than a cold beer and hot food after carving out slopes. So, when you’re planning your next ski trip, consider where you’ll celebrate après ski.
As northern Utahns and regular ski bums, here are the five tried-and-true places we end up at after a great day on the hill. Before we list out the best après in Alta, what is après-ski?
1.the social activities and entertainment following a day’s skiing
So, Valhalla-ish, but with less fighting and even more food. Sign us up! However you and your friends or family spend the day in Alta, relax and refuel at any of these local après spots.
Peruvian Bar, Alta Peruvian Lodge
Nestled in the base of the Wasatch Mountains, the Alta Peruvian Lodge is a retrofitted piece of history turned lodge. The Peruvian offers unique community-style dining—and is a wildly popular wedding destination in the summer. Pull up a chair around the communal table at the Peruvian bar, better known as P-Dog, and enjoy $4 local drafts from breweries like Epic and Uinta. Or opt for a local spirit, a favorite being Beehive Distilling’s Jack Rabbit Gin, pure liquified pine.
Between the live music brought on by local musicians and the friendliest bartenders this side of the Wasatch, you couldn’t pick a better place to be snowed-in than the Peruvian.
The Sitzmark Club, Alta Lodge
The Sitzmark Club is a gem in the family-owned Alta Lodge and has been an iconic Alta watering-hole since 1940. It certainly looks the part: the Sitzmark has such a quintessential ski lodge vibe, you’d almost expect Audrey Hepburn to roll in from a day filming the opening scenes of Charade. Unwind with friends in front of a roaring fire, order a “Party Marg,” and enjoy panoramic views of the mountain while you enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres.
Traveling as a family? Sign up the kiddos for the Alta Lodge Kids’ Club, which is loaded with plenty of après activities to keep your little ones engaged, while you enjoy a drink in the “Sitz” or well-earned massage.
The Gulch Pub, Snowpine
A slice of pesto pizza and a local IPA. A burger and classic Snowpine Cream Soda. Steak Bavette served up with an Alta Old Fashioned made with Sugar House Bourbon. When you want a fresh dining experience, go for the rustic modern stylings of Gulch Pub in the luxurious six-story Snowpine Lodge. It’s the newest, “bestest” of the best après in Alta when it comes to locally sourced ingredients with a mix of exotic and comfort eats and drinks. Some post-ski nights call for a trip to Snowpine’s luxe spa (treat yo’self—we get it). But when you want to retire in style with a Saltfire Fury Kolsch in one hand and a slice of pizza in the other, we can’t think of a better spot than the Gulch.
If you go a little heavy in the Gulch, Snowpine makes a mean brunch to nurse away any lingering headaches.
Goldminer’s Saloon, Goldminer’s Daughter
Whether you’re up for a quick coffee and breakfast in the A.M. or thawing out in front of one of two large fireplaces at the end of a long ski day, Goldminer’s Saloon at the Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge has you covered. Don’t let the campy western name fool you. Goldminer’s offers open mic and trivia nights to make for the family-friendly-best après in Alta. And if the kids weren’t already sold on the place, the specialty nachos and generous slices of pizza should do the trick. I don’t know if you’d call it Chicago-style, but Goldminer’s serves it up thick.
On a sunny afternoon, snag a table on the Goldminer’s spacious patio overlooking the lifts and enjoy a fresh pitcher of your favorite Moab Brewery beer.
Eagle’s Nest Club, Alta’s Rustler Lodge
When life demands the very best après in Alta, you go for the Eagle’s Nest Club cocktail bar in Alta’s Rustler Lodge. This place oozes class. A 360˚ fireplace invites friendly conversation with fellow skiers while local on-tap beers and specialty drinks keep the conversation flowing. Pull up to the marble bar and crack open an Escape to Colorado IPA by Epic Brewing or enjoy a fresh pitcher from Moab Brewery. And the name Eagle’s Nest isn’t just for show; their stunning mountainside view is the perfect accompaniment to your après. Go straight from lift to lodge before sundown for a nice transition to sip in the alpenglow.
Stop by Rustler’s restaurant, too—they are loaded with delicious options like Halibut Fish Tacos and Seared Ahi on Ciabatta that make for a delish recovery lunch.
Keep Calm and Ski On
Wherever you find yourself at the end of the day, you’ve got a lot of choices when it comes to the best après in Alta. Hunger is the best seasoning, but we know you’ll love any of the local haunts we’ve listed above. May your IPA be as crisp as the powder you plowed through earlier that day!