5 ski bars you have to go to before you die

Ski bars are magical places.

One part watering hole, one part town hall, ski bars are what form the true fabric of America’s ski towns. They’re a place where everyone in town can come together to reconnect, laugh, and lie through their teeth about their own skiing abilities (Side note: No, nobody at the bar wants to watch your season edit on your cracked iPhone screen).

So, in order to help you seek out the best places to wet your beak while skiing the nation’s most iconic ski locales, we’ve compiled a list of the five best ski bars you absolutely need to stop by before you’re six feet under.

The Stagecoach Bar, Jackson Hole

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Bluegrass and cold beer go together like peanut butter and jelly. Photo: Courtesy of the Stagecoach

Do you like history lessons? What about cheap beer? Country dancing to bluegrass (after copious amounts of said cheap beer)?

If you answered yes to one or all three of these questions, you should stop by the Stagecoach Bar located just a few minutes away from Jackson Hole in Wilson, Wyoming.

The 74-year-old bar has been the place for locals and tourists alike to kickback and relax for as long as anyone in the town can remember. While it’s great to visit any night of the week, the best time to stop by is on Sundays, when the iconic Bill Briggs presides over the Stagecoach Band.

Every week, the 84-year-old Briggs (who was the first person to ever ski down the Grand Teton) and his band pump out kickass bluegrass music while Briggs regales the crowds with stories of the skiing days of yore.

The Matterhorn Bar and Grill, Stowe

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The Matterhorn is the liveliest ski bar you’ll find in Vermont. Photo: Courtesy of The Matterhorn

Located just off the access road to Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe, Vermont, The Matterhorn has consistently garnered praise as being one of the best ski bars in the United States, and it’s well-deserved.

Recently voted as the top ski bar in the nation by USA Today readers, the Matterhorn’s motto of “you can be young once, but you can be immature forever,” holds true to its Northern Vermont flavor. Wonderfully eclectic, the bar specializes in sushi and pizza, and offers live music on most nights.

If you really want to enjoy the bar, ski down the four-mile Bruce hiking trail off the back side of Stowe’s quad lift (carefully labeled with a “no skiing” sign). While the bottom part of the trail is roughly a mile-long catwalk, it drops you off right at the backdoor of the bar, and no beer tastes as good as one after a mile-long catwalk.

No Name Saloon and Grill, Park City

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Bars with antler chandeliers immediately gain 100 percent more street cred. Photo: Courtesy of No Name Saloon

As the oldest bar in beautiful Park City, Utah the owners of No Name Saloon proudly boast they’ve been “helping people forget their names since 1903.” Who said Utahans don’t know how to have fun?

Decked out in the standard Western ski bar decor (they have a chandelier made out of antlers), the No Name features a heated outdoor patio with heated benches (nobody likes frozen buns) that allows you to take in spectacular sights of one of America’s most scenic ski towns.

Plus they have shuffleboard. Everybody loves shuffleboard.

Gold Pan Saloon, Breckenridge

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Any bar that survived Prohibition is a fine choice for Apres ski. Photo: Courtesy of the Gold Pan Saloon

Here’s a fun fact about the Gold Pan Saloon, located about two miles from the lodge for the Breckenridge Ski Resort: It has been in continuous operation since 1879.

“But wait,” you might be saying, if you paid attention in history class growing up. “What about Prohibition? Wasn’t there a period from roughly 1920-1933 during which serving booze in the United States was illegal?”

The answer is yes, but as legend has it, the Gold Pan Saloon chose to conveniently ignore that little thing called the Eighteenth Amendment. Instead, the bar, which at the time catered to miners in the Wild West, essentially told the federal government, “If you want our beer, we dare you to try to take it.”

Amazingly, the gambit worked, and the feds stayed far away from the bar. Today, you can still experience the warmness and hospitality they showed to the 19th century miners.

Le Chamois and the Loft Bar, Squaw Valley

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Cheap beer is the best beer. Photo: Courtesy of Le Chamois

Located at the base of the Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Olympic Valley, California, the deck at Le Chamois offers the gorgeous scenery you would expect from a slope-side bar. What they also offer, perhaps more unexpectedly, is a group of killer deals that will make your jaw drop.

While you’ll find many a slope side bar peddling $6 domestic drafts under the auspice of it being a “deal,” Le Chamois eschews that in favor of actually saving you cash on your post-ski drinks.

Our advice: Purchase the Buddy Pass. For $60, the pass is good for 20 pints of Budweiser.

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