The time between when the ski lifts close and you hit the sheets can be a blur in most ski towns. It's unavoidable. You have this killer day on the slopes, the adrenaline thumps your brain like a Madonna mix, your friends are all in one place, and the boss is miles away (hopefully). Sure, you can start and end the sesh in your condo hot tub, but why not head to some of these local establishments for an off-the-hook encounter? It's our list of 10 hotspots in cold spots.
What happens in Whistler, stays in Whistler; and you're destined to do something you don't want the folks back home to know about if you ride 'em wild at Buffalo Bills (on the Village Green) on a Friday or Saturday night. The large bar is one of Whistler's oldest establishments. The chronological ages of the guests run from 20-something to 50-something but the emotional age reverts to 18 when the music spins and you gyrate in the dance floor cage.
No need to roam the streets in search of your favorite pastime. Eric's (315 E. Hyman) boasts a three-in-one evening. There's a pool hall with regulation tables, bar/lounge, and The Cigar Bar for the smokers. Don't forget to call the free "tipsy taxi" to pour you back to your room at the end of the night.
Après ski and more, this is a rockin' barn (4763 Killington Rd.). Live music and debauchery carries on way past a skier's bedtime. Plus, it's one of the few resort bars where the women outnumber the men.
Runner Up: Pickle Barrel
Ski over to The Umbrella Bar at Heavenly Resort, gondola down to dinner at the wildly crowded Fire and Ice restaurant, then shake it up in the Montblue Casino Hotel. BLU's two dance floors, pillow-endowed canopy beds, high-priced cover charge, and VIP booths might turn off most skiers. But if you're looking for that "Vegas feel" on your winter vacation, look no more.
Where big names play. Three20South (320 So. Main St.) carries on the rocking tradition of Sherpa and Yeti's but with new owners, better sound, and a bigger stage. This is one of the hippest winter spots for live music on the Front Range.
Talented DJs and live bands 'bring it' into the wee hours in this big-cityesque dance club for the 'be seen' crowd on Bridge Street. Dress to impress; head to the Sandbar if T-shirts and four-season flipflops are more your style.
The place (80 W. Broadway) gets so rowdy for après, the bouncer might let you do a striptease from your table. Return later in the night for live concerts from national touring bands. Make sure you look around. There's actually a real stuffed moose hanging from the ceiling...along with various other paraphernalia from Jackson life.
DJs spin until 3 a.m. in Tremblant's best single's dance bar (3505 Chemin Principal). Party every night of the week with Stop Light, Mardi Gras, Whiteout, Beach, Cowgirl, Ladies Night, and Anything Goes. Club is also known locally as Le Puck.
How many skiers can you cram into a hot, underground club? You'll find out at Cisero's (306 Main St.) after 9 p.m. when the DJs spin or the band plays. There's absolutely nothing pretentious here. You'll mingle with locals and guests wearing everything from cowboy boots to spiked heels.
A lot has changed but a lot has stayed the same since a fire closed Sun Valley's clubbing mainstay in 2008. The western-themed bar (351 Main St., Ketchum) reopened with bigger bathrooms and slicker decor but continues to draw a 20-something crowd of Ketchum regulars, tourists, and Woody Harrelson. Live bands and DJs start late and finish late.
You may have some of your favorites to add to the list. So fire away with your comments.