Top 10 Ski Resorts with a Nightlife

Aspen Nightlife Ski Resorts

Whether it’s the singles scene, the fine cuisine, the quiet cocktail-inspired conversation, or the romantic sunsets, that make a ski trip special, the best ski resorts have a lot more going on than, well, just plain skiing. Check out these top 10 ski resorts with a nightlife and remember, don't wear yourself out on the powder – sometimes the best memories are made off the slopes.

1. Aspen 

The stars worth seeing in Aspen aren’t up in the night sky; they’re sitting right next to you at the bar! It’s hard to match the magical thrill of an afternoon on the slopes, but after-hours Aspen does just that. Even if you’re not a millionaire or news maker, you’ll fit in just fine sharing your adventurous and embarrassing moments on the mountain with new and old friends at the pub. 

2. Killington

It's rare that world-class skiing is complemented by an equally classy dining and night-out-on-the-town experience. Maybe it’s the renowned food or the always lively conversation that keeps skiers from calling it a night in Killington, but this Vermont resort impresses social butterflies and alpine athletes alike. No trip to Killington is complete without dropping by the Wobbling Bar for great music and food.

3. Park City

While it requires a private club membership (worth about five bucks) to enjoy Utah’s best nightlife, it’s easy to fall in love with this laid-back mountain town. Both relaxed and posh, Park City offers guests a natural scenery that’s as vibrant as its nightlife. The food’s always good but the crowds fluctuate throughout the year – if you’re hoping for some privacy, don’t come during the Sundance Film Festival!

Harrah's Casino Heavenly Lake Tahoe

4. Heavenly Lake Tahoe

If you're a snowboarder who loves to do tricks on the slopes, why not continue your risk taking at night, in a warm casino? The Heavenly Lake Tahoe resort sits on the border of California and Nevada, so gambling is right at your fingertips. The Lakeside Inn Casino and Harrah’s Casino are favorite hang-out spots, but for some fresh air and your pick of the hottest clubs and bars in Tahoe, take a walk down the legendary Blue Avenue.

5. Telluride

In this Colorado ski town, you’ll have no trouble finding a pub for a much-needed energy boost after a long, draining day on the mountain. Even though most of the local bars are a good bet, make sure to pop your head into the Fly Me to the Moon Saloon and treat your ears to quality live music.

6. Whistler-Blackcomb

When the sun goes down at Whistler, it’s not time to rest your head… it’s time to head into town! The Garibaldi Lift Company, Merlin’s, Garfunkel’s, and a number of other charming pubs and memorable meeting spots litter the area, so skiers who manage to stay awake after the slopes close are in for a fun, well-rounded vacation.  

Mont Tremblant Ski Resort Nightlife

7. Mont Tremblant

You’ll feel like a European in this cozy Canadian resort and indeed, knowing a few French words comes in handy. From swanky to casual venues, Mont Tremblant has everything the après-ski crowds want, but often for a hefty price. 

8. Hunter Mountain

If you’ve come to Hunter Mountain just to get your ski on, you’ve come to the wrong place. Sure, the powder is respectable and may be ideal for your gang, but Hunter Mountain is a lot more than skiing. New York City is only a two-hour drive away, so the area's flooded with active New Yorkers who want to get away to the city and still play in the snow.

9. Mammoth Mountain

If you crave the Los Angeles vibe, try Mammoth Mountain, one of California’s premier ski resorts. The place to go is the Yodler, but you’ll wait in line to get a seat and be seen here. Meet up with your buddies anywhere, though – Southern California’s most energetic residents routinely get the party started all over the Mammoth Mountain area.

10. Steamboat Springs

In spring, it’s decidedly mellow at this Colorado resort. But in the winter, expect crowds mingling and listening to live music at the Tugboat or partying downtown at the Tap. 

 

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Photo by Tracy Byrnes.

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