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5 tips to après ski like a local in Steamboat Springs

A busy afternoon at the base of Steamboat Resort. (Photo by Shannon Lukens)

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the name of Steamboat Resort’s new base area restaurant, Timber & Torch. 

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — What does the perfect ski day look like? Bluebird skies, pockets of untouched powder twinkling in the sunshine and unforgettable memories made with friends.

A day like that should be celebrated, so let your sore legs follow the lure of a refreshing beverage or delectable eats.

Après is a time-honored tradition, especially here in Steamboat Springs. It’s not just an afternoon booze-fest, but rather a time to recount the day’s adventures and let them 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; they just go together. It could be rocking out with Steamboat favorites Shawn David Allen and Buffalo Commons, a free show in Gondola Square or even a slow jazz serenade.

Venues with outdoor stages and seating (especially on sunny afternoons) are best if you’re looking for a raucous good time. Give these a try: Slopeside Grill, T Bar, Paramount, Los Locos, Four Points Lodge, Gondola Pub & Grill or Timber & Torch.

If that’s not your thing, lounges equipped with craft cocktails and comfy couches await your arrival. Give these a try: Truffle Pig, Saddles Bar & Grill, The Cabin, Hazie’s or Ragnar’s.

Be prepared

Depending on where the night may take them, locals are always prepared. For an all-day affair that stretches 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.

Always pack a koozie. Not only does it help to preserve the icy-freshness of your preferred beverage, it also keeps your hands from getting too cold.

Do as the locals do

If you look to your right and see a lone skier sipping a drink, strike up a conversation. It could be about the beer, the weather or a new run you’ve just explored. Locals live here for a reason and are 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

“A good après starts with a sunset summit beer, followed by a Heavenly Daze to See Me top-to-bottom run ending at the T Bar,” 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,” Preston-Townsend said.

Discover the specialty

Similar to striking up conversations, ask the establishment’s bartender about the bar’s specialty cocktail or drink. As much as you might want your usual libation, opt to order something outside your comfort zone.

These are just a few ideas to celebrate a great day on the mountain. Now get out, discover and taste the goodness for yourself.

This story was previously published in the March 2, 2018, Steamboat Pilot & Today. To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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