Après-ski

All about the 2017 World Ski & Snowboard Festival 

World Ski & Snowboard Festival 2017

Combine spring skiing and classic end-of-season celebrations, like outdoor concerts and parties, at North America’s No. 1 ski resort with a world-class line-up of filmmakers, photographers and professional ski and snowboard competitions and you’ve got the perfect event for mountain and music enthusiasts. Whistler Blackcomb is once again hosting the World Ski & Snowboard Festival, […]

A serious guide to successful pond skimming 

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If you’ve ever watched a gender-confused gorilla on snow blades glide over—or crash into—an icy pool to the delight of a jubilant crowd, and, thought, “boy, I wish I could be like them,” it’s time you took the plunge (pun intended). For tips on how to receive the most amount of cheers, laughs and high […]

Top ski resorts for closing day events 

World Pond Skimming Championships at Spring Back to Vail

Spring is a bittersweet time of year for us skiers and snowboarders. As the days get longer we’re reminded that winter is coming to a close. In less than a month most North American ski resorts will stop the bullwheel from turning for the season. But don’t fret, there’s still plenty of time to get […]

How to conquer closing day 

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That bittersweet time of year is upon us once again. Closing day marks the end of another awesome winter, which is cause to mourn the passing season and celebrate it. Most resorts host friendly competitions and/or base-area concerts and dance parties—often beer-enhanced. From costumes to throw-back-style skiing, participants in end-of-season revelry also have a range […]

Best apres ski scenes in North America 

Best Apres Ski Jackson Hole, Live Music Jackson Mangy Moose, Mangy Mosoe

After a smile-inducing day on the slopes, nothing can quite put a proper cap on the experience like an authentic, celebratory apres-ski session. Whether you’re looking for a cold, locally crafted brew or libation, live music, friendly locals, finger-licking appetizers or perhaps even a felicitous hot tub encounter, you’ll find just what you seek at […]

Top 2017 spring events at North American ski resorts 

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Winter isn’t over, yet, but our second-favorite season is just around the corner. Soon, it will be time to slather on the Zinka, break out the retro ski gear and celebrate spring! From your hometown hill to top-ten destinations, all ski resorts host spring-skiing celebrations. We know you’re a discerning bunch, so we compiled a list […]

What is gelande quaffing? 

By Morgan Tilton The Ultimate Game for Snow and Beer Lovers Gelande quaffing is a dream-come-true competition for snow-obsessed mountain dwellers and visitors. The annual “sporting” event is a ski and snowboarder’s iteration of the football lover’s Super Bowl—however, the game includes a higher density of beer, fireworks, smoke, wild creatures, party tricks, costumes and […]

Take a moonlit gondola ride at these 7 restaurants 

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By Brianne Shelley for Mountain Reservations What better way to end a long day of skiing and snowboarding than a moonlit gondola ride to an award-winning mountain-top dinner? Take in breathtaking, night-time scenery and enjoy delicious cuisine at these seven resort restaurants. 1. Game Creek Restaurant – Vail Photo: Vail Resorts Hop on the gondola […]

5 reasons why March is the best time to learn to ski 

Buttermilk's Cliff House is a sun-basker's paradise. | Photo: Aspen Snowmass

Photo: Aspen Snowmass As skiers and riders, we know the first time on the snow is a monumental, defining moment. There’s a lot that goes into making your preliminary experience a good one, but the main assurances are having comfortable equipment rentals, an awesome instructor and ideal weather. You can have a good deal of […]

Top U.S. ski resorts for craft beer lovers 

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Showing up on taps across resort towns, craft beers are becoming a staple for après-ski drinks. Hometown breweries are gaining popularity among residents and visitors alike for their quality products and local homage. If your ideal post hoc session stars a local, handcrafted brew in hand, head to these U.S. destinations. Photo: Aspen Brewing Company […]

Best of: Whistler après-ski 

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Off-mountain culture is a critical piece of the whole ski-vacation experience and at its center is après-ski (noun: the social activities and entertainment following a day’s skiing). The beauty of après-ski is that it loosely encapsulates a variety of activities and experiences, which typically range from cold beers, wings and billiards to champagne, fondue and high-end spa treatments. […]

Don’t miss these 15 Steamboat events + experiences 

The 2017 Winterwondergrass will be held in Steamboat Springs on Feb. 23 – 26, 2017. | Photo: Winterwondergrass

While Steamboat’s iconic Champagne Powder® and family-friendly amenities and attractions are certainly a big draw for many ski and snowboard vacationers, it’s not the only thing that seduces the resort’s army of devotees. The resort and historic cowboy town host a collection of annual marquee events—as well as some new events—that keep visitors coming back […]