As the world’s first and only ski-in gastro distillery, High West Distillery and Saloon makes for a truly one-of-a-kind après-ski experience. The space was originally built in 1914, when it served as a livery stable that serviced mining horses. Afterward, it was a garage until 1942, and then opened as a whiskey distillery and restaurant in 2007.
As soon as you walk into the wooden heritage building, you become immersed in old west culture, with an in-house general store, country music, local bluegrass bands, bottles lining the walls and a mixed scent of wood chips and whiskey.
After a day hitting the slopes at Park City Mountain Resort, powder-enthusiasts can take the lift straight to High West for whiskey-inspired tapas and handcrafted cocktails.
For food, try whiskey-cheese fondue, whiskey-cider braised short ribs or fine chocolates paired with house-made liquors. As for drinks, we recommend the “Dead Man’s Boots,” a concoction of double rye whiskey and tequila with fresh lime and ginger beer, or the “Cochise,” which mixes Silver Oat whiskey with tart grapefruit and lime juice and fresh ginger.
Powder Champagne Ice Lounge
Located in the Waldorf Astoria Park City, in Canyons Resort Village, guests are served Champagne at a 14-foot bar made completely with ice, with intricate ice sculptures and ice furniture adding to the ambiance. When it gets chilly, warm blankets, an outdoor fireplace and a heated socializing area can help you warm up while you nibble on hors d’oeuvres. Additionally, Thursday nights feature live music.
While the outdoor lounge is only open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays you can still enjoy après-ski during the week at the indoor Powder Lounge, where speciality cocktails like the “Maple Spiced Manhattan” and “Dark & Snowy” are served alongside dishes such as authentic French Tartiflette, Rockhill cheese fondue and buffalo chili. Don’t forget to also try a gourmet hot chocolate prepared tableside with fine Valrhona chocolate and customizable infusions like cardamom, cinnamon and liqueurs.
J & G Grill
Consistently rated as one of Park City’s best après-ski venues, J & G Grill takes after-ski drinks to the next level with an array of experiences in a chic setting. While sipping on one of their 900+ wine labels or a handcrafted cocktail (they even make their own sodas!), après-ski enthusiasts can enjoy unobstructed views of the Deer Hollow ski run, as well as Wasatch and Uinta Mountains.
Many guests also enjoy taking in mealtime entertainment at their exhibition kitchen or relaxing on the adjoining outdoor Chef’s Terrace. For those who want to take part in delicious educational offerings, chefs teach guests how to make everything from chocolate-covered fruit kebabs to Bailey’s Double Fudge custard using a huge tank of liquid nitrogen.
Additionally, mixologists guide guests on how to prepare the restaurant’s iconic 7452 Bloody Mary using wasabi, celery espuma and black lava. And each evening at 5:30, they put on a Champagne sabering ritual to help guests learn how to perform the impressive art. Afterward, attendees can enjoy a complimentary glass of Champagne at the Garden of Fire.
Located in SKY Lodge right near the Park City town lift, Sky Blue is a cosmopolitan rooftop bar with an expansive patio, oversized sofas, heated outdoor decks, a fire pit, hot tub and stunning views of Park City’s iconic Main Street and the surrounding Wasatch Mountains. Not only that, but ski-in/ski-out access makes it easy to visit the venue after a day on the slopes.
Open nightly from 5 p.m., après-ski patrons can imbibe with 25 wines by the glass and 55 different bottles of beer. If you get hungry, SKY Lodge also features Tavern, a gastro-pub offering a British-inspired menu with an American culinary twist. The atmosphere is warm and inviting with a communal table, copper bar and fireplace. A menu of artisanal, high-end dishes will leave you intrigued and salivating, with items like truffle mac and cheese, bison cottage pie and a veal and fois gras burger.
Troll Hallen Lounge
Boasting one of the most innovative après-ski menus in Park City, Troll Hallen Lounge, located in the Stein Eriksen Lodge, is a skier’s delight.
From Viking Lift at Deer Valley Resort’s Silver Lake Area, patrons can ski right in. And if the lift stops before you’re ready to leave, the lodge can arrange a 30-minute horse-drawn sleigh ride to get you back to the mountain.
The vibe at Troll Hallen Lounge is warm and welcoming, with a fireplace, copper-topped tables, live entertainment and views of Bald Mountain.
Enjoy innovative nibbles like cheese fondue made with Gruyére & Emmental cheeses with Kirsch and served with Volker’s bread, a wild game chili featuring buffalo, elk, wild boar and spices, and shrimp deviled eggs featuring horseradish cream and Norwegian smoked salmon.
And if you’re in the mood for a seasonally inspired drink, Troll Hallen’s cocktails feature fresh ingredients that vary with the months, like “Stein’s Butterscotch Cocoa,” made with butterscotch liqueur, chocolate Godiva liqueur, hot chocolate and whipped cream, or the “Fig Sidecar” which combines Remy VSOP, fresh lemon juice, Cointreau and fig simple syrup.
What’s your favorite place to apres-ski in Park City, Utah?
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