After getting in some spring turns, a pint or two at one of Jackson Hole's legendary après ski establishments is a must-do. From live music to the perfect pour of Spaten to accompany a rehash of the day's adventures, it's hard to go wrong with any of the options in the Jackson area. And, while many western wonderlands are looking downright summery these days, Jackson still has a hearty base of snow, and there's plenty of time to have some fun on the slopes before the season wraps up. (This year, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort closes on April 5, and Grand Targhee is scheduled to close on April 19.)
So, for the best après ski in Jackson Hole, here are some great spots where you can grab some friends and a pint or two to toast the wrap-up of the 2014/2015 ski season, while celebrating the arrival of spring.
Après on Mountain at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
One of the best things about Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is the fact that you can après right on the mountain. The resort offers several places up high on the mountain where you can stop for a break and even a drink without having to head all the way down to the base. Be careful not to overindulge, though, as you still have to ski all the way down.
Take a mid-day ski break at Casper Restaurant, also known as “PBR Couloir”, where you can grab a drink along with your lunch. The chili cheese fries and PBR hit the spot after a long day on the hill. Another mid-day option at JHMR is the restaurant selection on top of the Bridger Gondola. If you're headed all the way to to the top of Rendezvous mountain, grab a Nutella waffle and hot chocolate (or a beer) at Corbet's Cabin before skiing down.
Once the lifts stop spinning, head down to the base of JHMR in Teton Village for several après options. A perennial favorite is the legendary Mangy Moose , which has been in business since 1967 and is one of the most well-known watering holes in Jackson. The Moose features live music on tap and an après menu that includes truffle fries, “nuclear” chicken wings, and good ol' chicken and biscuits, with fried chicken, pickled jalapeno, smoked paprika mayo, and homemade buttermilk biscuits.
Another popular spot, the Alpenhof Bar & Bistro offers a German alpine vibe, with old-school ski films often shown on loop as well as mouth-watering fondue. Split a gruyere and emmenthaler cheese fondue and dunk bread cubes, apple slices, and schnitzel; accompany it with a perfect pour of Spaten.
[The Spur](Teton Mountain Lodge) at Teton Mountain Lodge offers the best devils-on-horseback in town, charcuterie boards, hearty sandwiches, and an enormous plate of “Marley nachos” in homage to Bob, with jerk chicken and seasonings. The nachos are “enough to feed a small village”, and that's a dead-on description, so bring a hearty appetite.
If Targhee is your playground for the day, stop by the Trap Bar to indulge your après appetite and tackle a heaping platter of Wydaho nachos. Featuring fried waffle-cut potatoes instead of tortilla chips, these unique nachos add a touch of Idaho flair and are piled high with cheese, jalapenos, black beans, green onions, sour cream, homemade salsa, and more. Grab a Philly Cheese Steak or the “Scottie,” a Sheboygan beer-simmered brat grilled with caramelized onion and beer gravy.
At the base of Snow King (a.k.a. “The Town Hill”), you'll find Hayden's Post Restaurant and Bar inside the Snow King Hotel. Pull up a seat t and enjoy 180-degree views of the mountain, live music, and upscale snacks like chipotle honey barbeque chicken wings, an artisan cheese board, or deviled eggs.
Another nearby option is Lift Restaurant, also at the base of the mountain on Cache Street. Enjoy wood-fired pizzas, a selection of half-pound burgers, and chocolate lava cake for dessert. Eat it from the roof-top seating and patio as the sun sets on a great day of skiing. Just a few blocks away is Snake River Brewing Company on Milward Street, a family-friendly brewery that offers a full menu and a thriving after-ski scene.
It's not just resort skiers who get to enjoy après. After a day of skiing Teton Pass, hit up the Stagecoach Bar , a local institution at the base of the pass in Wilson. The 'Coach features live music on Sundays, disco night on Thursdays, and drinks and food.
If Grand Teton National Park is your backcountry ski scene, be sure to stop by Dornan'sin Moose after the day's adventures. Maybe it's the kiss of the sun or the plate glass windows with unparalleled views of the mountains, but the beer at Dornan's just tastes better. Pair up a pint with one of their delicious wood-fired pizzas and enjoy the extra hours of sunlight.