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How do you and yours prefer to unwind after a day on the slopes? Four Seasons experts from Vail, Jackson Hole, Whistler and Megève weigh in.

Our Essential Après-Ski Guide

From craft cocktails to top chef-created menus, these end-of-day entertainment options suit skiers of all types.

For some skiers, scoring fresh powder heralds a perfect day. Others would prefer tranquil blue skies during their time on the slopes. Then there are those who’d rather skip the action on the hill altogether and jump right to the lively après-ski scene.

At Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler, fun off the slopes might include a visit to the cosy SIDECUT Bar, where guests can nestle in before a roaring fire while Lead Bartender Rob Kharazmi serves up a Black Bear, a cocktail made with black-spiced rum, espresso and maple whiskey and topped with house-made spiced butter rum.

“It’s one of our essential Winter Warmers,” he says. “When you think of winter you think of darker liquors, of spices. It’s also the perfect après drink after a long day on the mountain. It warms you up but also wakes you up.”

And while a drink by the fire might be the traditional après experience, there are a host of other post-run activities likely to appeal not only to cocktail and wine lovers, but also families as well as luxury- and outdoor fun-seekers.

Tubing in Vail

FAMILY FUN

While the adults unwind over Kharazmi’s sweet and savory sips, younger skiers can indulge in fireside s’mores in the courtyard while cavorting with Four Seasons Whistler’s resident pet, Maola, a playful Alaskan Malamute. She’ll happily chase snowballs and help kids make snow angels.

Families at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail can cap off their day with tubing at Adventure Ridge, the Resort’s mountaintop activity center. There, says Concierge Matt Wilson, “all ages are welcome to take in views of the surrounding mountains as they slide down the slope. Afterwards, ride the lift part of the way down for drinks at nearby Bistro 14, in the heart of the Sawatch.”

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole Chief Concierge Hope Maloney suggests Hole Bowl, located downtown: “They offer bowling, air hockey and shuffleboard, along with great food and lively atmosphere,” she says. “Guaranteed fun for all.”

Megeve spa

COUPLES RETREAT

After a long day skiing the French Alps, Four Seasons Resort Megève provides an ideal spot to unwind: a 900-square-metre Spa with a heated indoor-outdoor pool and six treatment rooms. The couples-only Ultimate Suite Experience includes body exfoliation, an algae or mud wrap, a scalp massage and an aromatherapy massage in a private room with a bathtub.

“Afterward,” says Aurore Franquin, the Resort’s Director of Marketing, “guests can unwind in their rooms next to the log fire lit in their in-suite fireplace, prepared every afternoon by a valet.”

Remedy Bar spread

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Hard-core shredders and skiers alike need to refuel after a long day of taxing runs. On Wednesdays at The Handle Bar at Four Seasons Jackson Hole, Head Chef Michael Lishchynsky and celebrity Chef Michael Mina use Japanese techniques and traditional ingredients to create ramen with a West Coast spin. Also on offer: a selection of Japanese beers, togarashi edamame, gochujang fried chicken and fried banana lumpia.

“It brings that big city underground ramen pop-up to a small mountain town,” says Lishchynsky. “You come into what looks like a gastro pub, and then get to the back room where there are Kung Fu movies and old-school hip-hop playing.” Choose from the menu of house-made dim sum and savoury ramen, paired with one of the specialty cocktails.

Those in search of more traditional mountain fare need look no further than The Remedy Bar at Four Seasons Vail. There, hungry skiers can enjoy “Après Game Night,” where hearty foods like elk sliders and venison chili are presented alongside classic board games.

“It’s the perfect way to unwind after a day on the slopes,” says Bar Manager Aaron Rotrovato. “We’ll also be roasting chestnuts by The Remedy’s outdoor fire pits this December. Complete with breathtaking views of Vail Mountain, this complimentary experience is certain to bring back nostalgic childhood memories. Of course, après isn’t complete without live music, which we offer several nights a week.”

Champagne on the mountain top

PEOPLE-WATCHING PARADISE

Four Seasons Jackson Hole will offer weekend guests a taste of Alpine Après with its pop-up Veuve Cliquot Bar, complete with lounge chairs, retro sunglasses and Champagne. Pull up a chair, sip bubbly and watch the last runs of the day. “Located slopeside, it’s the perfect stopping point after a long day on the mountain,” says Alexandre Mazoire, General Manager of Westbank Grill. “World-class skiing, paired with world-class service and bubbles.” We’ll meet you there.

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