5 tips to après like a Steamboat local
March 2, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — What does the perfect ski day look like? Bluebird skies, pockets of untouched powder, unforgettable moments made looking back at the lone tracks through snow, magically twinkling in the sunshine?
A day so memorable must be celebrated properly. Sore legs and rosy cheeks be forgotten, follow the lure of that refreshing beverage or delectable eats calling your name.
Après is an honored tradition, especially here in Steamboat Springs. Not just an afternoon booze-fest, but rather, a time to recount the day's adventures, to let those sink in before transitioning back to reality.
Here's an insider's guide to ensure you get the most out of the timeless ski culture tradition.
Follow the music
There's something about music and après, it just goes together. It could be rocking out with Steamboat favorites, Shawn David Allen and Buffalo Commons, a free show at the Gondola Stage or even a slow jazz serenade.
Local tip: Venues with outdoor stages and seating (especially on warm, sunny afternoons) are the best if you're looking for a raucous good time.
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Give these a try: Slopeside, T Bar, Paramount, Los Locales, Four Points Lodge, Gondola Pub & Grill or the Bear River Bar & Grill.
Local tip: If that's not your thing, and you want more of a jazzy good time, lounges equipped with fancy craft cocktails and comfy couches are awaiting your arrival.
Give these a try: Truffle Pig, Saddles Bar & Grill, The Cabin, Hazie's or Ragnars.
Be prepared and savvy
Depending on where the night may take them, locals are always prepared. Whether it be an all-day affair and into the evening hours, bring the sunnies and maybe a change of comfortable, danceable shoes, too. Warm layers are always a given, especially when the sun sets and temperatures drop.
Pack a kozie, always. Not only does it help to preserve the icy-freshness of your preferred beverage, but it also keeps your hands from getting too cold.
Do as the locals do
For visitors and residents alike, if you look to your right and see a lone skier sipping a drink, strike up a conversation. Could be about the beer, the weather outside or a new run you haven't even thought of exploring. These locals live here for a reason and where to be better than any map or Google search.
Local tip: Be open to new suggestions, who knows you might learn something new.
Steamboat's après experts say…
"A good après starts with a sunset summit beer, followed by a Heavenly Daze to See Me top-to-bottom run ending at the TBar," said Charlie Preston-Townsend, chef de cuisine at Steamboat's "five-star, dive bar," the T Bar.
Once there, he said to grab a seat at the Chef's Table, which guarantees entertaining antics and the inside scoop of what's good to eat that day.
"I always recommend a prosciutto-wrapped asparagus paired with a hot mozzarella as the ultimate après combo ideal for sharing with friends," said Preston-Townsend.
Discover the specialty
Similar to striking up conversations, ask the establishment's bartender what the bar's specialty cocktail or drink is. As much as you might want your usual libation, opt to order something outside that comfort zone. Who knows, it might bring a taste of history with it too.
There's many options to celebrate a great day on the mountain, these are just a few ideas. The best way to find out is to get out, discover and taste the goodness yourself.