Insider's Guide to the Après-Ski Lifestyle at Snowbird

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Schussing and shredding around such a large and steep resort as the Bird stirs up an appetite greater than any energy bar or fruit leather can fulfill. So unless you have a crock pot of chili in your backpack (in which case, I salute your innovation), you’ll need to make a mid-day stop. Some favorite Snowbird eateries are only open for après and dinner, so it’s good to know where to look before your hunger levels are too high.

Walk right on past the Snowbird Center’s Forklift, Birdfeeder and Rendezous eateries, which all get busy in the middle of the day. Go down to the lower level of the building, where you’ll find the General Grits grocery store, which boasts more than beer, chips, and pasta sauce: it has a fine deli tucked into the back of the shop. You can select all your favorite sandwich fixings and wait for your name to be called when it’s ready. It’s inexpensive, it’s tasty, and it’s quick.

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At the end of the ski day, when your quads are toast and your toes are crying foul, you have a variety of superb options for après. The picnic tables at the plaza deck just outside the tram entrance fills up with beer-quaffing revelers. Often, there’s a band playing live music. If you’re ready to take the party inside, head downstairs to the Tram Club, a sports bar that fills up daily with resort regulars.

If you’re game to venture further (and possibly spend a bit more), the Cliff Lodge is a very short uphill walk from the Snowbird Center. It’s home to El Chanate, where you can get a darned fine margarita and all the Mexican food your weary body desires. And if you want to really up your game, take the elevator to the Aerie, a gorgeous fine-dining establishment with a wall of windows overlooking Little Cottonwood Canyon. The Aerie offers sushi, cocktails, an extensive wine list, and gastropub fare. It’s the kind of place you might want to pack a clean shirt for.

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A little farther off the beaten path (but well loved because it is), you’ll find the Wildflower Lounge on an upper level of the Iron Blossam lodge. The Wildflower is known for its inexpensive buffalo wing specials, bar, billiards, and informal atmosphere. Which is just the ticket after a big day on the hill. 

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