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Best Après of the 2016-2017 Ski Season
By Misty Milioto | Photo: Adam Larkey Photography | November 21, 2016
Skiing and snowboarding are right up a man’s alley—athleticism, adrenaline and competitive fun all rolled into one exhilarating activity. The 2016-2017 ski season proves to be one of the best yet. Here are our top picks for the best of the season.
Chef Daniel O’Brien (the Top Chef alum behind Washington DC’s Seasonal Pantry) is leading the charge on the farm-to-table experience at the award-winning Breckenridge Distillery (breckenridgedistillery.com) near the famed Breckenridge Ski Resort (breckenridge.com) in Colorado. Here you’ll find bold flavors paired with spirit flights, plus an extensive cocktail menu. O’Brien recommends the Mezzi Rigatoni ($18). Also new at the distillery is an 8,000-square-foot expansion that includes a large barrel house and event space.
Farther along I-70 in Vail, Colo., Four Seasons Resort & Residences Vail (fourseasons.com/vail) is offering an invite-only monthly Black Diamond barbecue to its guests, residence owners and renters. This pop-up barbecue (taking place at either Blue Sky Basin or Northwoods) features menu items like the grilled TJW Dog (which stands for That’s Just Wrong Dog—a Kobe beef hot dog), signature Remedy burgers and the Remedy ribs. Following lunch, guests are invited to ski with the resort’s general manager and other staff members. One-bedroom suites from $3,200, two-bedroom residences from $5,500
Limelight Hotel Aspen (limelighthotels.com/aspen) is offering whiskey flights of the best Colorado bourbons to add a little extra warmth to your après. Head to the Lounge for $14 flights of Stranahan’s Whiskey, Woody Creek Rye Whiskey, Breckenridge Bourbon and Leopold Brothers American Small Batch Whiskey. The hip hotel is also offering its highly popular three-course Beer/Spirit Dinners ($40), each designed to complement a unique beer or spirit that represents the international ski race countries participating in the 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals (which Aspen is hosting). Rooms from $400 per night
Aspen Kitchen (kitchenaspen.com) beckons snow sports fans to the heart of historic downtown Aspen with handcrafted cocktails, small bites and the only après experience on a second-story rooftop terrace, which is also the largest in Aspen. Gather around one of four fire pits (or check out one of the two “hanging tables” suspended at either corner of the terrace) and take in the scenic views of Ajax. If you’re lucky, you may just spot a celebrity or two while you’re there.
Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia is also stepping up its cuisine game this season, including the recently renovated Christine’s on Blackcomb (whistlerblackcomb.com) restaurant. The venue—located in the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain, accessed via the Peak 2 Peak Gondola—redefines fine dining in the region. The menu features contemporary Canadian cuisine (the summer menu included items such as fried baby artichoke, $17, and slow-cooked wild salmon, $28) paired with a curated reserve wine list and handbuilt cocktails.
See more of our coverage of the 2016-2017 Ski Season here: