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Spring Après Ski at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

As temperatures have begun to approach 50 degrees and the sunshine remains bright late into the day, après ski at Jackson Hole evolves. No longer forced to move into a bar to keep warm after you come off the slopes, during the weekends the area under the tram becomes a full on Spring Break party.

This weekend marks the beginning of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Music Under the Tram series. Every Saturday (starting this Saturday, March 10) until closing weekend, there will be a live band at the base of the tram dock. The band, which changes each week, starts at 3:30pm. Nick Wilson’s has built a snow bar so that you may have easy access to those well earned beers while dancing in your ski boots. Local’s tip: the base area is actually on overlapping private properties. All of the properties have their own liquor licenses so you may bring your own beer and save some cash. There are two liquor stores at the ski resort: there is one in the basement of the Mangy Moose called the Mangy Moose Cellars & Grocery and the second is the Teton Village Market, located across the main parking lot with an attached gas station. To save the most money, buy your booze in town, the liquor stores in Teton Village mark up the goods.

While waiting for the day to wind down and the music to start up at the base, head over to Casper Restaurant. This on-mountain restaurant has a deck as well as many outdoor picnic tables, arranged to perfect your goggle tan. The deck gets plenty of sun and the view of the rest of the mountain is rather easy on the eyes. Casper has a semi-full bar with a few beers on tap and your basic hard alcohols. They have a variety of specialty drinks that hit the spot. The Bloody Mary is a local favorite. New this year, Casper offers a variety of Jello shots. From Rum and Coke, Washington Apple to Lemon Meringue and Key Lime Pie these Jello shots are a work of art! The shots are 1 for $2 or 3 for $5. Clearly buying in bulk is the way to go. Just make sure that you don’t drink too much, it is an on-mountain restaurant after all, so you must ski down after imbibing.

I suggest that you take advantage of the sunshine and warm weather while you can. As the snow softens, the skiing gets more leisurely, no longer having to battle long lift lines for fresh powder. It’s a nice shift and the weather provides a glimpse of the summer to come after a long winter.

March 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm Leave a comment

Jackson Hole Après Ski

Depending on the day, I go skiing just so that I can have an après ski. I take a few runs and then call it a day, my craving for a frosty beverage overwhelming my desire to ski. I know that I am not the only one who does this. When the skiing isn’t that great, sometimes you just want to be surround yourself with a great après ski atmosphere: everyone clunking around in ski boots, beer in hand, crushing some nachos or wings. There are many places in Teton Village to après ski (yes, après ski is a verb, at least according to me), and, depending on your mood, each one of these place may be just what you need after a long (or short) day on the hill.

Cascade

The atmosphere: Crowded at times, sit down and hang out with your buddies

Hands down, Cascade, located on the ground floor of Teton Mountain Lodge, is my favorite place to après. I may be biased because I used to work there, but their buffalo sliders  and nachos are so good! Somehow they manage to make sure that every chip has cheesy nacho goodness on it. Their specialty drinks are delicious, especially their spicy margarita (try it in passion fruit or blood orange!) and Orange Crush. Unfortunately, at $9 a pop, their large (served in a pint glass!) alcoholic concoctions can add up quickly.

Mangy Moose

The atmosphere: Loud, après ski party with live music on occasion

Not necessarily family friendly, the Mangy Moose (bar, not the restaurant) is where you go when you are looking for a lively après; one that may segue into an exciting night. With a variety of beers on tap and two bars, one upstairs and one large one downstairs, the Moose can accommodate a crowd. But sometimes that’s exactly what it attracts: a crowd. Depending on the afternoon you may find yourself fighting over a table and getting stepped on by someone who has had too much to drink. The eclectic decorations, such as a moose hanging from the ceiling and signs decorating the walls makes this a great après ski spot. The Moose is also an awesome concert venue, providing entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.

Casper Lodge

Atmosphere: Outdoor deck for socializing and soaking in the sun, a party

Located on the mountain, some may argue that drinking and skiing is a bad idea. They are absolutely correct. But it is hard to resist temptation, come spring when the outside deck is filled with as many pitchers of beers and spicy Bloody Mary’s as people. Compared to any other après ski venue, the atmosphere of this mid-mountain bar is unparallelled. Why? The views are gorgeous, the sun is stronger and the booze may be as well! If you don’t want to sit outside there is a large fireplace in the lodge with a couch and comfy chairs surrounding it. When I am chilled to the bone my favorite thing to do is sit on the hearth with my back to the fire and sip on a Faceplant: hot chocolate with Baileys, Kahlua and Gold Schlagger. Just make sure you don’t drink too much because it is a mid-mountain bar. Luckily, the trails to the bottom from the Casper Lodge are all greens and blues, but still, it’s not the best idea to get absolutely hammered and then attempt to ski down.

During the springtime Jackson Hole Mountain Resort hosts Tram Jam, which is live music under the tram from 3:30 to 5. I will let you in on a little known secret: in Teton Village it is virtually impossible to get an open container fine. Since all of the restaurants and hotels properties abut each other and they all have liquor licenses, you are legally allowed to walk around with a beer outside. So during tram jam I suggest that you go to the liquor store, located under the Mangy Moose, and buy yourself a six pack to enjoy.

I hope that you have found this post helpful. Just remember: drink responsibly and never drink and drive. The START Bus is a great option if you are looking to get back to the town of Jackson. We even have a bus stop on site (Pearl and Jackson), so there is no excuse to drink and drive! Now get out there, ski your butt off and enjoy après skiing in Jackson Hole.

January 13, 2012 at 12:15 am 1 comment

Wrapping up the Ski Season at Jackson Hole

Powder days are great, but there is something about spring skiing that I just love. Maybe it’s how you can leisurely ski without worrying about how many powder laps you get on the Tram before you have to go back to work. Or maybe it is being able to enjoy sitting on a chairlift, soaking in the sun, instead hunkering down and doing battle with 10 degree weather and 30 mph winds. My favorite part of spring skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is being able to sit on the Casper deck, have a beer and watch skiers glide by. It almost feels downright tropical (when you replace the beach with a ski hill of course). After a long brutal winter, sunshine and beer on the Casper deck is the cure to anyone’s blues. Unfortunately, this winter I only got one opportunity to enjoy a beer on the Casper deck, and it was short lived. This spring has graced us with only one beautiful spring ski day: gaper day.

What is Gaper day you might ask? Short for Gaper’s Fools Day, every April 1 the locals of Jackson Hole dig out their finest retro ski attire and hit the slopes. Daffys and spread eagles are encouraged to accompany the hoards of one pieces, rear entry boots, and skate skis. This day is all about acting silly and having a good time. If you happen to be at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort on an April Fools Day make sure that you head over to “Thunder,” the bump run under the Thunder lift in the afternoon. Ridiculousness ensues as locals build a small kicker and take turns showing off their retro moves. Meanwhile, crowds of people drink PBRs and cheer them on. After the lifts close everyone heads down to “Music Under the Tram.” If you don’t ski, you should make a point to walk by the tram in the afternoon and take in the scene. Tons of people, most still in their ski boots, socialize, commenting on their friend’s getup’s, expressing a bit of one-piece envy. Luckily, my mother provided me with her old one piece from the mid-80s so I fit right in.

Closing day at the mountain is very similar to Gaper day, but the costumes are even more original. This year I witnessed a piece of pizza from the Village Cafe, Big Bird, Tiger, lots of princesses, and tons of men dressed in suits. Sadly, this year closing day was 10 degrees and snowing. However, to my surprise, it did not slow anyone down. Lots of people were rocking out to music under the tram until 7pm. At which point, live music started at many venues around town. The day after the mountain closed Jackson put away their 80s attire and resumed normal life. However, Targhee’s closing day is this coming Sunday, we will have to see how they compete with Jackson Hole’s closing day. Something tells me that it won’t be as exciting, but we shall see..

April 5, 2011 at 10:16 pm 1 comment

Making the Most of Your Jackson Vacation

This past week I had friends from college come visit. They arrived in Jackson on Wednesday and hit the ground running. You’ll find that if you are a twenty something year old visiting Jackson that you may need a vacation from your vacation when you return home. At least that’s how my friends felt when I sent them on their way yesterday morning, weary and sore. If you want to truly experience Jackson and you are in your twenties, you will find that the local population is quite hard to keep up with. Between the whiskey, powder, steeps, discos, hikes, and PBRs there is little time for sleep.

We start on Wednesday with Whiskey Wednesday at Cutty’s in town. What’s not to like about cheap whiskey and dancing music? It all sounds well and good until you need to get up at 8am and head to the mountain the catch the first tram at 9. Oh, and if it’s a powder day, I’d recommend getting there around 8 or so if you are looking for first tracks. The locals are a brutal breed who have grown accustomed to getting their coffee and bagel and sitting in the tram line reading the Jackson Hole Daily hours before opening just to be able to get first tracks down the mountain.

Now Thursday night brings a new challenge. Tommy’s trivia night, starting at 6pm at Cascade will get your brain working overtime. After eating some delicious sliders for dinner with a side of pomme frittes with truffle aioli it is time to head to disco night at the Stagecoach in Wilson. Here you will find a gaggle of locals looking to get down until the early morn. Thursday night is ladies night, so ladies get a free drink at the bar.

Friday morning comes too soon and it’s back to the mountain. After a hard day at the slopes head to the Mangy Moose for some apres ski. Fridays nights in town are more open ended, you can have dinner at the Snake River Brew Pub and wander around town. Perhaps duck your head into the famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar and sit on the saddles. Or go play shuffle board or pool at the Town Square Tavern.

A local favorite is late night happy hour at the Cadillac with 2 for 1 drinks from 10 to 12pm on Friday and Saturday nights. If you miss the late night happy hour, the Cadillac has happy hour daily from 5 to 7pm. Be sure to order a Billy’s Burger for dinner to accompany the impressive number of drinks.

Saturday it’s back to the mountain, perhaps a hike up the Headwall or the Crags just to make sure that you exhaust your body thoroughly before you jump on the plane home. After skiing until your legs are jello head into Cascade for a heaping plate of nachos. Served between 3 and 5:30pm, make sure to wash them down with a blood orange or passion fruit spicy margarita. This deliciousness may create a temporary food baby, but it is well worth it.

To finish your trip on a high note, Sunday morning brunch at Nora’s, Bubba’s, or Pearl Street Bagels will do the trick. Nora’s has delicious options like huevos rancheros, eggs and trout, or chicken fried steak and eggs. Bubba’s have plenty of options, including biscuits and gravy, omelets, and a variety of breakfast meats. Pearl Street Bagels have excellent espresso drinks as well as great tasting bagels. Ask for ones that are still warm since they do not toast their bagels.

And there you have it. If you are looking to make the most of your vacation and are willing to sacrifice sleep and a little bit of your sanity, it is all worth it in the end.

January 10, 2011 at 6:50 pm 1 comment


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