Bar Gyu+, Niseko, Japan
Niseko, Japan’s top ski resort with excellent off-piste skiing, is also home to a cozy retro bar, hidden away in Hirafu village—keep an eye out for the quirky entrance, a vintage vending machine door. It offers a full selection of Japanese whiskies plus tasty cocktails created at a bar made of Kurumi, a type of Japanese walnut. The atmosphere is mellow, helped along by a jazz-heavy playlist and picture-perfect views to the surrounding snow banks.
Photograph courtesy of Glen Claydon Photography
Kulm Country Club, St. Moritz, Switzerland
For a thoroughly stylish après-ski, the newly opened Kulm Country Club in St. Moritz includes a bar decorated with vintage bobsleighs, skis, and Alpine memorabilia. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a terrace make the most of the Engadine Valley’s beautiful mountain views. The club is part of Norman Foster’s sympathetic restoration of the historic Ice Pavilion, originally built in 1905.
Photograph courtesy of Kulm Hotel St. Moritz
Hotel Severin’s Alpine Retreat, Lech, Austria
With interiors that combine Tyrolean wood and stone, and original Lichtenstein artwork on the walls, the restaurant and bar at Hotel Severin’s Alpine Retreat takes traditional mountain chalet décor and gives it a contemporary spin. It’s a beautiful spot to enjoy après-ski drinks and award-winning dishes created by Executive Chef Stephan Kriegelstein. The luxury nine-suite boutique resort (there’s also an eight-person apartment for larger parties), opened in December 2016, and includes a spa and pool.
Photograph courtesy of Tom Kohler Internationale Fotografie
Hotel Jerome, Aspen, Colorado
This Victorian red brick hotel in downtown Aspen has two après ski spots. J-Bar is a popular watering hole with an original Chippendale Chinoiserie bar and comfy leather seats. The former haunt of Hunter S. Thomson, it has a casual, fun atmosphere. Alternatively, gather for relaxed drinks on the sofas arranged around the fireplace in the elegant Living Room lobby bar, subtly lit with chandeliers and decorated with paintings and animal trophies.
Photograph courtesy of Hotel Jerome
Mountain Terrace, The St. Regis Deer Valley, Park City, Utah
A 40-foot-long fire garden keeps the St. Regis Deer Valley’s Mountain Terrace toasty. A view of the Deer Hollow run also makes it a perfect perch for the après-ski crowd, who snack on dishes from Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s J&G Grill. Consider ordering the hotel’s signature cocktail, the 7525, a Bloody Mary named after the bar’s elevation, topped with wasabi and celery espuma, and rimmed with black lava salt.
Photograph courtesy of The St. Regis Deer Valley.