Whether you're racing down Laramie Bowl at 3:40 p.m. trying to catch that last Sublette chair of the day or you called it a day at 1 p.m. and got a head start, relaxing at your favorite après-ski hangout is a crucial part of the ski day experience. Talk your legs into making the push for "one more run" while letting your mind drift towards the nachos, cocktails, music and fun soon to come at the après-ski scene in Jackson Hole.
Where To Go?
While après at Jackson Hole ultimately revolves around a few of Teton Village's legendary epicenters in particular, there are a handful of great options with their own type of scene come, oh, about 2:30 in the afternoon. If you're in it for the long haul, you'll probably find yourself at the famous Mangy Moose eventually, but we love to start off by relaxing with a snack or drink at these other Teton Village locales.
Starting uphill to downhill—in case that makes après easier should you choose to link a few stops together—these are the spots we love:
- Nick Wilson's Cowboy Cafe. Built into the Tram dock with a deck and picnic tables basically underneath the Tram's cables, this place is surrounded by skiing vibes. The positive energy from the Tram line coils around Nick Wilson's and inside you'll find a relaxed cafeteria style dining arrangement and full bar. Any good après afternoon will spill onto the porch, where locals and visitors alike will be sharing popular dishes like nachos and signature tempura style "portobello fries." In March, the Music Under the Tram Series makes Nick's the No. 1 place to be at 3 p.m.
- The Bistro at the Alpenhof. Up the exterior wooden stairs of the Alpenhof you'll find a Swiss-alpine style bar and restaurant with a distinctly Bavarian beer selection and menu. A quieter place to grab a table—except when the live bands are keeping the beat—the Alpenhof is Jackson's only spot to order fondue. When the lifts stop turning, the Alpenhof bar area fills quickly with chatter and satisfied stories of the day's ski conquests.
- The Mangy Moose. Downhill, past the Tram and Teton Village Sports, lies Jackson Hole's most famous après-ski establishment, the 50-year-old Mangy Moose. Named to countless lists of the best après-ski bars in the world, the Mangy Moose needs little introduction as a piece of the Jackson Hole skiing experience. Skiers all across the world have their own story about that time at the Mangy Moose, and each one of them starts off by telling how much it snowed the night before. Stop by for the live bands, the food, a drink, or even something from the market downstairs.
Bar Enoteca. A new small plate bar and après experience in Teton Village, located inside Hotel Terra next to the newly remodeled lobby with easy slopeside access directly from the Village Commons. The vibrant atmosphere is perfect for weary skiers!
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Après-Ski With Kids
Make no mistake, après-ski in Jackson Hole is a family activity!
The open flow of Teton Village helps with this, too, as adult beverages can be carried around legally and there's plenty of open space for kids to play safely and families to roam from spot to spot. In particular, if you're looking for a smaller snack than most menu offerings, The General Store is stocked with candy, snacks, milkshakes, smoothies and all the post-skiing goodness a kid might need.
For a kid-centric après, grab some sleds at JH Sports or the Four Seasons ski valet and let 'em rip on the slopes near the Teewinot lift. Sledding up here might need a pinch more supervision so just be alert for Snowcats and other machinery moving around to wrap up the ski day. They all are loud and beep, so not to worry too much. Also, make sure you're sledding after 4 p.m. so no skiers are coming through. The fire pits and seating along the Four Seasons lobby lounge and Handle Bar are right alongside and make for a good family après base camp.
The porch at Nick Wilson's provides a good site to hang out while keeping an eye on kids in the Village Commons Courtyard. It has snow sculptures and a new ice skating rink and really provides kids with an outdoor après scene of their own.
Relax at the Spa
Sometimes there's nothing better than a combination of ski day and spa day. Luckily, if you share this sentiment, Teton Village boasts several world class spas for après-ski swimming, massage, or other treatments.
Dinner is Après, Too!
Fortunately, some of the very best restaurants in Jackson Hole are right in Teton Village to make your après-ski experience complete. We know that a full day of skiing (OK, or skiing and spa-ing) can make one pretty ravenous, so these are some of our favorite restaurants to take care of that in Teton Village.
Traveler Tip: It's no big secret that these restaurants are awesome. During holiday periods make sure to call (way) ahead if you'd like a specific time. That said, if it's just a last minute idea don't hesitate to walk in and try for a table, especially at the early dinner hours. They try hard to accommodate.
- The Spur. Mentioned above, you really can't go wrong with the great food at the Spur for either après-ski or dinner, and it's obviously not unusual to combine the two. Treading the line between casual and elegant, the Spur has something everyone will like and a yummy focus on locally sourced ingredients. The Spur bar was also recently named "The Best Place to Après" by Ski Magazine.
- The Handle Bar. Also mentioned earlier for their deck and great après-ski location, the Handle Bar in the Four Seasons is a chef Michael Mina creation. Their calling card is an "American Pub with a modern twist," and trust us, the twists are usually both clever and delicious at once.
- Il Villaggio Osteria. A touch more upscale, us skiers are lucky to have Osteria in Teton Village. The best Italian food around (in Wyoming?), Osteria's house-made pasta, salumi bar and curated wine list are all highlights. Watch the snow pile up outside as the wood pizza oven and exciting din of conversation warm the room.
- Teton Thai. A Jackson institution, Teton Thai is located in a small building out by the Ranch Lot. Take a refreshing 5-minute walk after overheating on après-ski drinks, or jump on the red shuttle bus in front of the Tram. Locals love Teton Thai takeout if a table isn't available promptly. There's really nothing like great Thai food on a winter's night.
- Old Yellowstone Garage. Located slopeside, this new eatery in the Village features regionally inspired cuisine with Italian influences and an outstanding selection of wines, all under the guidance of award-winning Executive Chef Paulie O’Connor.
- The Mangy Moose. This authentic Western steakhouse is ideal for families, offering reasonably priced meals. A casual atmosphere marked by a decidedly eclectic décor hanging from the ceiling and walls, the eatery features a diverse menu of items locally sourced as much as possible. Entrees range from native trout and prime rib (a popular item), to elk, bison and a quinoa creation. Appetizers run the gamut from classic Buffalo wings to the sensationally creative Farmer's Daughter Fries: sweet potato fries, vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and sea salt.
The Last Word
In Jackson Hole, the ski day doesn't end with the incredible skiing and snowboarding. The lifts may close at 4 p.m.—if only to give our legs a break—but the experience goes on.
There are few places on earth more exciting to be than Teton Village on those special nights when a big storm comes rolling in from the southwest and the restaurants and bars come alive with the thrilling buzz of expectation for the next morning's powdery adventures. So with all these fantastic options, the hardest part is remembering not to stay out too late; tomorrow could be the best skiing of your life!