Downhill skiing originated in Norway, and celebrating with friends afterward was there from the beginning. As skiing spread across Europe, the French invented the phrase “après-ski.” Yet each country with slopes, skiers and riders has shaped après-ski’s meaning to fit its culture.
Here in international Vail, the tradition takes varied forms. Here are five of Vail’s top spots to cap your day on the slopes:
Ending the day at Terra Bistro’s Happy Hour, located in Vail Mountain Lodge, just east of Bridge Street, is another Vail tradition.
Terra’s renowned Happy Hour features appetizers priced from $5, mixed drinks from $4 and specialty cocktails starting at $6. 5 pm – 6 pm Daily. View Happy Hour Menu
Vendetta’s is a local’s hotspot in Vail Village where you’re always sure to find a hopping scene. A modern atmosphere serves up pizza by the slice and other Italian fare. Many TVs offer Sunday afternoon sports. The patio out back is nice on warm days and has a view up the mountain.
End your day at Golden Peak and cross the road to The Fitz in Manor Vail. Its modern interior has views of Gore Creek and the Gore Range beyond. Usually quiet and uncrowded, it offers live music on some afternoons. The french fries and other comfort foods are excellent.
Root & Flower
This elegant yet relaxing wine bar is located in Vail Village, steps off Bridge Street on quieter Wall Street. Featuring over 50 wines, it also offers a menu of New American eats. Learn more.
Los Amigos Deck
The Los Amigos deck is steps from Gondola One in Vail Village. Enjoying a drink there on a sunny afternoon and watching skiers and boarders navigate treacherous Pepi’s Face is a long-standing Vail tradition. As the name indicates, Los Amigos offers Mexican fare.