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Where to Après-Ski at Ski Resorts Across California

Great Places for Après-ski

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Kicking back after you kick off your boots is a snow-country tradition, and there’s plenty of post-slopes fun at California’s top alpine resorts. Have a beer or warm up with an Irish coffee, dance, toast handmade marshmallows around a fire ring, go tubing, or dine in high-country splendor. Après-ski California style isn’t exclusive: you’re welcome to hang out even if you haven’t had a workout on the mountain.

There’s Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows’s lively base village, for instance, which boasts an open-air bar where you can enjoy a gorgeous view of Squaw’s KT-22, the famous 2,000-foot peak. Or, take in the family-oriented après scene at Northstar California, with its central ice rink and plentiful spots to sit back and enjoy a hot cocoa. For a more adult vibe, there’s Heavenly; the nightlife options on the mountain and around South Lake Tahoe are many and varied.

Après hangouts at smaller resorts such as Sierra-at-Tahoe and Homewood are more intimate; roast s’mores by a fire pit or enjoy a hearty meal. If you prefer a more gradual shift to full-on relaxation, Mammoth Mountain offers moonlight tubing runs, which are the perfect activity after a few craft beers from the local Mammoth Brewing Company. And down in the Inland Empire, at Bear Mountain, a favorite après-ski pastime is to strap on a pair of snowshoes and go for a walk through the magical San Bernardino Mountains. Read on to learn more about where to après in style; locations are listed north to south.

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