Elevate Your Après Ski Experience

A Guide to Aprés Ski in Jackson Hole and Big Sky

As the sun dips behind the jagged peaks and the chill of the evening sets in, it's time to trade your ski boots for something more comfortable and indulge in one of skiing culture's most cherished traditions—après ski. However, there is no hard and fast rule for when aprés ski begins; it generally starts after your “last” run of the day. (Pro tip: don’t call it your last run. It’s said to be bad luck.) Whether you've been shredding the slopes in Jackson Hole, or carving through powder in Big Sky, there's no shortage of post-ski delights awaiting you. Let's dive into the ultimate guide to après ski in these iconic Rocky Mountain regions.

What is Après Ski?

Après ski, derived from the French term meaning "after skiing," is more than just a way to relax after a day on the mountain—it's a celebration of camaraderie, adventure, and the exhilaration of the slopes. It's about unwinding with friends, sharing stories of epic runs, and indulging in delicious food and drinks. The atmosphere can range from cozy and comfortable to lively and upscale.

Big Sky, Montana

Umbrella Bar

Step into an European-inspired après ski experience nestled in Mountain Village. Embrace the breathtaking 360-degree views from the all-glass enclosure as you savor a draft beer or a craft cocktail, all while enjoying the view of Big Sky’s Lone Peak. Situated beside the Summit Hotel, this newly opened umbrella bar offers a perfect blend of al fresco après on sunny spring days and a cozy, intimate atmosphere for a mid-winter respite.

Tips Up 

Nestled in the heart of Big Sky Resort, Tips Up in the Wilson Hotel is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Offering a laid-back atmosphere and stunning views of Lone Peak, this spot is perfect for enjoying a cold beer or cocktail after a day on the slopes.

Montana Jack 

With its rustic charm and welcoming vibe, Montana Jack is a popular après ski destination in Big Sky. Relax in this family-friendly taphouse setting by the fireplace with a drink in hand, or indulge in hearty comfort food while reminiscing about your day on the mountain.

La Grande Après at Backcast in the Montage

Indulge in a culinary journey at La Grande Après, located in the luxurious Montage Big Sky resort. With its elegant ambiance and innovative menu featuring locally sourced ingredients, this upscale restaurant is a must-visit for foodies.

Everett’s 8800 

Indulge in an unforgettable dining experience at Everett’s 8800. Perched atop Andesite Mountain, this mountaintop restaurant boasts gourmet cuisine and sweeping views of Big Sky Resort. With its romantic ambiance and breathtaking vistas, it's the ideal spot for a post-ski rendezvous.

Jackson Hole, WY

The Mangy Moose

Nestled in the heart of Teton Village, The Mangy Moose is a legendary après ski spot known for its energetic atmosphere and live music. Whether you're enjoying a cold beer on the outdoor deck or dancing to the tunes of local bands, The Mangy Moose is the place to see and be seen after a day on the slopes.


After a day on the mountain, refuel with a visit to Sidewinders. Try out the special aprés menu and enjoy the kid-friendly game room. This local favorite serves up delicious comfort food classics with a creative twist, making it the perfect spot for the whole family to satisfy their après ski cravings.

The Handle Bar at the Four Seasons Resort

For those seeking a more upscale après ski experience, look no further than the Handle Bar at the Four Seasons Resort. Situated slopeside, this chic bar offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains, handcrafted cocktails, and gourmet snacks—the perfect way to unwind in style.

Million Dollar Cowboy Bar

It wouldn’t be a true trip to Jackson without experiencing a little Wild West charm at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. After hitting the slopes, grab a drink and saddle up on their iconic stools. With live music adding to the ambiance, this iconic saloon offers the perfect blend of ski culture and Western hospitality, making it a must-visit après ski destination.

The Fashion

ski outfit perfect for on the slopes or for aprés ski

Après ski isn't just about the food and drinks, it's also an opportunity to showcase your mountain chic style. It is perfectly acceptable to aprés in your ski attire, or to opt for a quick change into fewer layers. Embrace the latest trends in outdoor fashion with pieces from Luxe Society Active, where functionality meets style in perfect harmony. From sleek ski jackets to cozy knit sweaters and stylish base layers, Luxe Society Active offers a curated selection of apparel designed to keep you looking and feeling your best après ski.

For those opting to stay in their ski attire, layering is key to achieving both warmth and style. Pair your favorite ski pants with a chic thermal top and a trendy puffer jacket for a look that effortlessly transitions from the slopes to the après ski scene. Complete the ensemble with a cozy beanie and a pair of fashionable snow boots.

If you prefer to change into something a bit more refined, consider swapping your ski gear for après ski fashion that exudes sophistication. Opt for a cozy cashmere sweater from Meridian paired with fitted jeans or leggings, topped off with a statement coat or chic parka. Accessorize with a trendy scarf, stylish boots, and a fashionable beanie to complete the look.

Make a statement on and off the slopes, showcasing your mountain chic style and leaving a lasting impression at your next après ski gathering.

Après Ski and Stay In

A woman enjoying a cocktail at her vacation rental

After an exhilarating day on the slopes, why not enjoy the après ski experience in the comfort of your lodge, hotel, or home? Slip into plush slippers or a toasty hot tub, cozy up by a crackling fire or enjoy a home cooked meal, and indulge in a glass of bubbly or hot toddy with a toast to your skiing triumphs.

Take the time to reflect on the day's adventures, sharing stories and laughter with friends or loved ones. Whether you're watching a classic ski film, playing board games, or simply relishing in the tranquility of the evening, embrace the luxury of après ski and stay in. Visit our Stay Page for the perfect aprés ski lodging.

Après ski is an essential part of the skiing experience, offering a chance to relax, unwind, and revel in the camaraderie of fellow snow enthusiasts. Whether you're savoring gourmet cuisine in Jackson Hole, enjoying a cold brew in Big Sky, or kicking back at home with a warm cocktail, there's no wrong way to après ski in these iconic Rocky Mountain destinations. Cheers to another unforgettable day on the mountain!


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