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The World’s Best Aprés-Ski Scenes

From sipping champagne alfresco in Aspen to dancing on the bar in Austria, Alex Pasquariello rounds up the top post-slope scenes to hit this winter

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The Oasis in Aspen, Colorado

Leave it to Aspen to introduce the world’s first ski-in, ski-out Champagne bar to the slopes. Starting Presidents’ Day Weekend, this bar on skis will “pop-up” at different scenic vistas on Ajax every weekend and exclusively pour Veuve Clicquot. Done up entirely in the Champagne house’s iconic yellow and blasting tunes from a solar powered sound system, The Oasis might seem like a mirage to those that happen to be sliding by; if you’re jonesing for a snow-chilled sip and can’t find it, follow The Little Nell on Twitter (@TheLittleNell) for clues to its location.

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High West Distillery in Park City, Utah

You can still drink like a prospector at High West Distillery and Saloon, the world’s only ski-in whiskey distillery. Housed in a 100-year-old livery stable just off Park City’s Main Street, High West made its name with award-winning craft whiskeys like its Campfire, American Prairie Reserve and Rendezvous Rye. Sidle up at the bar, made of reclaimed wood from the Great Salt Lake Trestle Bridge of 1904, and order the High West flight for four-ounce pours of High West’s best. This saloon has one thing going that those miners of yore could never have dreamed up: James Beard award-winning pub fare like whiskey cider braised short ribs and pan-seared Utah trout with a roasted cherry and capper berry sauce.

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Mooserwirt and Krazy Kangaruh in St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria

These hills are alive with the sound of Europop starting around three pm, with the party starting right on the slopes of St. Anton’s infamous run No. One, a pub slide almost as legendary as St. Anton’s powdery pistes. This run serves as the main route to the resort vivacious village, presenting you with St. Anton’s classic dilemma: turn left into the Krazy Kangaruh or right into the Mooserwirt? Hit up the former for Jagermeister shots served (or poured down your gullet by a hot waitresses if you prefer) on a sunny deck and the latter for frothy steins of Fohrenburg. The discotheque vibe and packed house makes tabletop dancing in your ski boots inevitable. Beware: Because these bars are mid-mountain, après après here involves another cherished St. Anton ritual, the sloshed slide into the village.

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Flocons de Sel in Megeve, France

It’s such a shame when you simply eat to ski. At Megeve, with its chic resort wrapped around a medieval core, you’ll ski to eat. The crown jewel of the town’s epicurean scene is Flocons de Sel where Chef Emmanuel Renaut has scored three Michelin Stars on the strength on gastronomical grub like polenta with black truffles with ceps and juniper berries and Lake Geneva crayfish with grilled almonds. The setting almost beats the cuisine. Developed by France’s famous Rothchild family in the early 20th century as an answer to Switzerland’s St. Moritz, Megeve has blossomed into one of the world’s most exclusive — and picturesque — ski resorts, thanks to postcard panoramics of Mont Blanc.

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Le P’tit Caribou in Mont Tremblant, Quebec

What’s in a name? They got three letters right at Le P’tit Caribou, Mont Tremblant’s legendary dive bar where beautiful Quebecois and tourists dance into the night and flashing is, well, de rigueur. Cheap pints fuel the party until three a.m., but be sure to fill up on a beaver tail (Tremblant’s famed fried dough pastry, that is) before you roll in, because while the place is ostensibly a bistro, the only food you’re going to find here after dark is popcorn.

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Garibaldi Lift Company in Whistler, British Columbia

Garibaldi Lift Company is not in fact a lift company… although it was once. All you need to know is that locals refer to it as GLC and you’re going to want to get to this perch above the Whistler gondola building early for a comfy seat from which you can catch all the tired-out skiers making their way home down the Lower Olympic trail (you’re bound to catch a yard sale or two—those all-out falls where the skier leaves their skis, poles, goggles and other gear on the hill as they tumble down). Make it a Labatt-soaked après, or keep it (relatively) healthy with the bar’s spicy Caesar—Canada’s version of the Bloody Mary. The pace picks up here after dark when GLC is Whistler’s best venue for live music.

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Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon, British Columbia

High atop Mount Royce in the Monashee foothills above Okanagan Lake, Sparkling Hill Resort radiates light through more than 3.5 million Swarovski crystals ($10 million worth). Sup champagne and unwind at the hotel's centerpiece, the 40,000-square-foot KurSpa. Sore schussers are treated to traditional European treatments, three saunas and three heated saltwater pools, including an outdoor infinity pool overlooking the lake. Start the healing off with Mud and Muscle, which starts with a volcanic mud wrap and is topped off with a deep tissue massage and then wrap your day with a flute of bubbly in the crystal-studded meditation lounge where floor-to-ceiling windows look out over the mountains you just shredded.



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