Just Off the Lift
Not long ago, drinking slopeside at a ski resort meant a selection of two beers and a well-used shot ski. But resorts are finally opening on-mountain bars with epic views and great beer. Telluride's Gorrono Ranch has a massive outdoor deck that, when the sun is shining at least, is ideal for sipping Telluride Brewing beers while taking in 14,252-foot Mount Wilson. Even more stunning are the views at Big Blue View Bar, Homewood Mountain Resort's mid-mountain outpost, which is perched 7,100 feet above Lake Tahoe ("Big Blue"), where you can sip Outlaw Milk Stouts from the Great Basin Brewing Company, Nevada's oldest. And then there's The Ice Bar at Uley's Cabin, at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, which serves Colorado craft brews atop an outdoor bar quite literally made of ice.