Your season pass to the best Colorado après-ski

November 8, 2017 / Colorado

For ski enthusiasts, there’s no better feeling than unloading your ski gear and nestling into a mountain bar after a long day on the slopes. Fortunately, the après-ski scene in Colorado is just as epic as the famous resorts you’ll spend the day shredding down. However, when you’re navigating through a ski town the last thing you want to think about is your vehicle, which is why UberSKI can take you to and from the following breweries and restaurants with all of your ski gear in tow, including racks for your sticks and board.

What to do after a day on the slopes of Colorado

1. Minturn Saloon                 

It doesn’t get much better than skiing directly to the bar, which is what you can do when you go “off-piste” from Vail Mountain and take the Minturn Mile down to this historic saloon. Once you get there you’ll experience the oldest restaurant in Vail Valley and are sure to be among locals and tourists alike. You can access the Minturn Mile from the top of chairs 3 or 7, head out of bounds, and turn on the “Lost Boy” trail. Don’t forget that once you’re out of bounds you’re in unpatrolled terrain so ride with caution. Afterward, hop in an UberSKI and head back to your ski-house

Where: 146 N. Main Street, Minturn, CO
When: Bar opens at 3:00pm, dining Room opens at 5pm

2. Garfinkles

Located in Lionheads Village in Vail, Garfinkles has been creating memorable après moments since 1993. At this classic ski town bar/grill, be sure to take some time to admire the photos on the walls that tell stories from events and patrons of the past. When you’re ready for a bite to eat you’ll find a traditional bar menu with a full bar. If you’re lucky to find yourself at Garfinkles on a sunny day, don’t miss the outside deck, by far the best place to throw back a cold one in Vail.

Where: 536 E Lionshead Circle, Vail, CO
When: Mon – Sun, 11am – midnight

3. The Red Lion

No matter where you come down Vail Mountain you can head to the heart of Vail Village and straight to The Red Lion. Known for their live music and upscale American food, this bar and restaurant has been serving up satisfied Vail skiers since 1962.

Where: 304 Bridge Street, Vail, CO
When: Mon – Sun, 11am – close

4. Downstairs at Eric’s

If you’re hitting Breckenridge with the family then don’t miss Downstairs at Eric’s where parents can unwind at the bar and kids can unwind on vintage arcade games. The smell of delicious pizza will immediately peak your senses as you enter this après pub located a block from downtown. If you’re a sports fan there’s plenty of TVs to catch a game. Make sure to take a moment to look at the variety of signs hanging around the restaurant that represents the businesses that have paved the history of Breckenridge.    

Where: 111 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO
When: Open daily at 11am with a full menu until 10:30pm

5. Breckenridge Brewery

Craft beers in a winter wonderland anyone? Breckenridge Brewery is where it all began and this après brewery does not disappoint. Located on the south end of Main St., a quick UberSKI ride will have you enjoying brews in the third-oldest craft brewery in the state. There are plenty of beers to choose from so we’d opt for a flight of tastings so you can try as many as possible. Get to the brewery between 3-6pm and you’ll catch happy hour!

Where: 2920 Brewery Lane, Littleton, CO
When: Mon – Sun, 11am – close

6. Belly Up Aspen

Located a short UberSKI ride from Aspen resort, you’ll find this renowned concert venue that hosts world-class DJs all winter long. You never know who you’ll run into at Belly Up Aspen but with two full bars and an open seating policy, you’ll want to hunker down for the night at this spot.

Where: 450 S Galena St, Aspen, CO
When: Club is open 7 days a week unless otherwise noted

7. Ajax Tavern

From Gondola to tavern is how this indoor/outdoor mountainside hub does après. Ajax Tavern embodies everything you imagine when you think of après-ski, a laid-back yet glamorous setting, mountainside patio, and the perfect place to watch people come down the mountain while you indulge in delicious food and drinks. Why wait until the end of the day to enjoy this gem? You can ski in and out throughout the day, then UberSKI back to your car.

Where: 685 E. Durante Ave, Aspen, CO
When: Closed for lunch and dinner, reopening Nov 21. Can visit Element 47 in the meantime.

8. Dillon Dam Brewery

After a day skiing Keystone, you won’t want to miss this award-winning brewery and one of the largest brewpubs in the nation. Located about seven miles from Keystone Resort in the small town of Dillon, the Dillon Dam Brewery serves up handcrafted beer alongside a traditional bar-style menu. The brewery has happy hour every day from 3-6pm, so you’re sure to have a DAM good time.

Where: 100 Little Dam Street, Dillon, CO
When: Mon – Thu, 11:30am – 11:30pm; Fri – Sat; 11:00am – midnight; Sun, 11:00am – 11:30pm

9. T Bar at Steamboat

You won’t have to travel far to hit this après-ski destination located at the base of Steamboat Resort. You can slide up to this ski-in-ski-out bar from Right-O-Way/BC Ski-way on your way down from the base of Thunderhead lift, or from mid-station on the Christie 6 pack. If you’re already off the slopes, a quick UberSKI ride can get you there, plus you’ll skip the $10 parking fee.

Where: 2045 Ski Time Square Drive, Steamboat Springs, CO
When: Kitchen open 11am – 6pm, bar “closes when the party is over”

10. Winter Park Pub

Winter Park Resort may not be as well-known as some of its Colorado neighboring resorts, but you can still have an epic day shredding the gnar and spend the evening at Winter Park Pub, offering the best nightlife in town. Located in a typical quaint ski town, this neighborhood bar will have you mingling with the locals and hearing about the traditions of this destination, founded by a couple of ski bums looking for a place to hang out after a long day on the slopes.

Where: 78260 US Highway 40, Winter Park, CO
When: Mon – Sun, 3pm – midnight

Winter is coming, and these après-ski destinations are ready to serve you. If you plan on hitting the slopes, be sure to take advantage of the variety of restaurants, bars, and breweries located across Colorado. Make your trips to and from these spots easier with UberSKI so all you have to worry about is having a good time.