As darkness falls on the slopes, the après-ski scene starts to heat up.
Last February, Crested Butte Mountain Resort opened approximately 50 acres of skiing in an extreme terrain area known as Teo 2. The area sits within the resort’s current ski area boundary, and, with a new egress road and snow safety work completed, Teo 2 will be ready in time for this winter season.
The new Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks, located at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, makes its debut this ski season. It will feature glass walls, a 35-foot-diameter retractable umbrella roof and a 2,400-square-foot deck for outdoor seating. With 360-degree views, this bar will be one of the most picturesque in Colorado ski country. Menu offerings will include fish tacos, grilled panini sandwiches and gourmet sausages.
The resort’s popular WoodStone Grille has a new look and a new menu, featuring handmade stone-oven pizza, unique pasta dishes, signature grill items and Colorado draft beers. There’s also a new pool table that’s perfect for some friendly competition off the hill. And, at Paradise Cafe, a revamp with local partner Montanya Distillers means there will be some beach lifestyle on the Paradise deck. Look for Hurricanes and Huli Huli ribs.
Where to Stay The Lodge at Mountaineer Square (one bedroom, two bath, from $449 per night), located in the heart of Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s base area, is just steps away from the ski lifts. The king room comes complete with cozy bathrobes and high-definition flat-panel TVs.
From Jan. 21 to 24, join chefs and mixologists as they descend on the slopes of Beaver Creek Resort for the four-day A Weekend of Culinary Excellence, Wine and Celebration at Beaver Creek (events $50 to $200). The fun includes après-ski burgers and beers, a snowshoe gourmet lunch and the finale celebrity-chef ski race and brunch.
The Beaver Creek Women’s Social Tour is a great way for women to enjoy camaraderie on the slopes. Sign up for this two-hour ski tour—led by a woman from the Ski School Ambassador team—and enjoy a fun, relaxing day on the slopes, all while building skill and confidence. The free tour meets at the base of the Centennial Express Lift at 10am and takes place Tuesdays through Fridays.
Where to Stay The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa (one-bedroom condos from $399 per night) recently completed nearly $7 million in renovations to its 230 luxe guest residences, public corridors and the ski-valet facility. Head to the resort’s new hot spot, Parlor 126, for handcrafted cocktails and nightly live music.
Get your best gal pals together this winter season for Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Women’s Ski Week, taking place Feb. 14 to 22. Enjoy tailored ski and snowboard lessons, dubbed Ladies First Ultimate 4 Ski Lessons ($269 for one-day lesson, $852 for three-day lesson), designed for no more than four participants per class. Other highlights of the week include gear demos, Women & Wine Lessons (featuring a half-day ski lesson for women only, with wine pairings at the Living Room), a screening of Pretty Faces (the first ski movie to feature solely women athletes) and more. Women & Wine Lessons, Feb. 18, 1:15pm on Peak 8, $69; Pretty Faces movie, Feb. 20, 8pm, TenMile room in the Village at Breckenridge, free
The nonprofit Breckenridge Creative Arts, known as BRECK Create, has restored a group of historic downtown buildings that now houses artist studios and workshop spaces for hands-on creativity. Check out a metalsmithing demo or sign up for an après-ski painting class. The Arts District also hosts pop-up art shows, concerts and events.
Where to Stay At the base of Breck’s Peak 8 is the posh ski-in/ski-out One Ski Hill Place, a RockResort (one-bedroom condos from $299, two-bedroom condos from $375). Choose from a variety of guest rooms, from studios to four-bedroom condos, all offering upgraded features and amenities. Be sure to check out the spa and the happening après-ski spot, T-Bar.
Sure to cure your ails after a busy day on the hill is Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail’s new bar and lounge called The Remedy. The unique space features custom-made furnishings and light fixtures surrounded by white marble, walnut wood, saddle leather and industrial metal. Try the pre-Prohibition classics and inventive libations while sampling the artisanal flatbreads, small bites, shareable dishes and crudo. The bar also offers small-production bottled beers, an extensive wine list and an impressive whiskey collection.
Where to Stay The hip Sebastian-Vail, A Timbers Resort (rooms from $495 per night), recently unveiled its 84 redesigned guest rooms—all featuring high-end touches like iPod home systems and flat-screen TVs. Be sure to try the Sebastian Signature Hot Chocolate: It begins with a barista pouring hot cocoa over a chocolate sphere that then melts to reveal surprises inside, such as vanilla-Baileys marshmallows, Valrhona Caramélia chocolate crunch pearls and dark chocolate crunch pearls.
New for this ski season, Copper Mountain’s own geo-targeted mobile app—dubbed Sherpa—will feature trail recommendations based on previous skiing and riding habits, so you can explore more of the mountain based on your specific ability level. Sherpa also will track your runs, speed, vertical feet covered and your overall day on the mountain.
Après-ski offerings at Copper Mountain are also on the upswing, with a few new food and drink offerings. A longtime on-hill offering, Flyer’s Soup Shack is now a Waffle Cabin, serving hot Belgian waffles and coffee varieties. Also new this year, the Belgian Bean coffee shop is transforming into a grab-and-go style restaurant. It will feature fish tacos and other Mexican fare, adding a lunch and dinner option in Copper’s Center Village.
Where to Stay Located just a short walk from the West Village base area and the American Flyer chairlift at Center Village, The Cirque (rooms from $250 per night) offers 37 rental condominiums with luxe European decor, fireplaces and full kitchens. The property also features an outdoor pool area with two heated swimming pools, a heated patio and a large hot tub.