Après-ski (n. /aep. rei’ski:/)
Whatever your definition might be, it is a special nugget in the day to settle at one of your favorite bars/restaurants and take it all in. For us, we have a few local spots that we always gravitate towards to see our friends and share the stoke of the ski day.
So for those visiting and that want to be in the know, and for those that are new in town, we thought we would take you on an après ski tour in Teton Village to our favorite spots (aka where the locals tend to go) and tell you a few secrets.
Conveniently located at the base of the Aerial Tram and established in 2012, the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram General Store has quickly become a local hot spot. It offers guests a slew of grab-and-go snacks, coffee and espresso drinks, smoothies, ice cream, milk shakes, malts, fun souvenir trinkets and essentials. What you might not know is that there is also a Liquor/cold beer section within.
With a season pass a “man can” of brew comes to $3.40 and you can enjoy it on their patio as you keep an eye on the tram line. It is also a quick stop to grab a six pack for a tip for your ski tech or a thank you to a special lifty.
Open from 7am to 5pm it can even become your après before the après. Also a little known secret, is has the best bathroom on the mountain. Yet say thanks by buying a quick something. It’s worth it.
Just down the way is the famous Mangy Moose Saloon. Since 1967, and ranked “one of the 10 hottest après ski bars in the World” by Forbes traveler, it is a favorite après spot for many and a must see for tourists offering a wide selection of beers and drinks, including a delicious spicy margarita, as well as a killer après ski menu (starting at 2:30pm). The truffle fries in particular hit the spot after a long ski day. They additionally offer live music and a fireplace to warm your chilly toes and you will find any locals there hanging out upstairs.
The spur restaurant and bar is conveniently located in the Teton Mountain Lodge and is one of our favorites. With a mass remodel that re-opened with the 2012-2013 season it is a hot spot for the local character.
Daily drink specials involve $3 local drafts and PBR tall boys. The biggest hit is their sweet potato fries and if you really want to go for it after a powder day, order the 307 fries loaded with braised venison, buffalo gravy and Lark Meadow Farm cheddar cheese.
To Top it off, if you ever see yourself in a situation where you went a little too hard the night before and are suffering from a mass hangover, be sure to make a visit for a bacon bloody mary which is featured on their signature Spur cocktail list.
And now if you ever want to meet us in person along with a slew of locals, here is our other favorite hangout. The famous Village Cafe (formerly the Bear Claw Café) is an underground hot spot. The Village Cafe is where Benny Wilson and the JHAF (Jackson Hole Airforce) would hang out together back in the day. Check out The documentary SWIFT SILENT DEEP that talks about the history of the Airforce.
To top it off, it is also where the sport of Glenade Quaffing was founded. “In 1986, the skis were skinny and the snow was fat, during a 14 foot storm, the infamous underground crew of the Jackson Hole Air Force was going stir crazy in the Bear Claw Café, waiting for the mountain to open. In those days, the bartender would send a freshly filled beer mug sliding down the bar to the patron who ordered it. One fateful night, a beer mug slid off the end of the bar, took air, was caught seconds before a glass shattering catastrophe, and promptly pounded. Gelande Quaffing was born. Apres’ ski competitions followed, testing the unique skills of all who entered, and provided exciting entertainment for all spectators. But somewhere along the way Gelande Quaffing was lost and the après ski spirit forgotten.
20 years later, the site of the original Bear Claw Café won’t let its voice be forgotten. On February 24th, 2008 the Village Cafe hosted the Annual Gelande Quaffing World Championships, and the spirit of the past lives on again at the base of the Big One. This unprecedented event will host entrees from throughout the snowsports industry and remind the world of ski culture’s colorful past.”
Click here to see a video of The Gelande Quaffing World Championships in 2012-
With the original building (now demolished to make room for luxury condos) servicing ski bums for over 50 years, it was a huge upset to see the VC go, yet not to worry, we said goodbye in good fashion.
To our amaze, upon arriving back in Teton Village this winter season, the VC had taken their history down the street to settle in a new location at The Inn at Jackson Hole.
Historical memorabilia was moved over and the party continues with fresh slices, a killer RPK burger, car bombs, tall boys and the shotski is back!
Dom Gagliardi has run the VC since 2000. And not too fret, longtime bartender John Verdon, Jiggy, Heather, Cody, Trish and Josh are back too… and locals are happy to have a (upgraded) dive bar again in the village. To really make an impression on the local crew, ring the bell and treat the whole bar to a shot.
END OF SEASON PARTY
Last but not least, if you are still figuring out when to visit JHMR and are trying to dial down on the best weekend, why not join in for the festivities on closing weekend. It is the largest apres celebration of the entire season.
Jax n’ Lance
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