Apres-ski Snowmama Style

Posted by Heather on November 19, 2012

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Apres-ski, what does this mean?  It is a French term meaning going out, having drinks, dancing, and socializing after skiing.  It originally was specific in that it happened after the last ski run of the day and one remained in their ski gear.  These days I think it refers to relaxing after a day on the mountain in a much broader sense.  It needn't mean clomping around in your ski boots or sweating in your neck gators.  There are lots of local ski shops selling you perfectly acceptable apres-ski wear.  If you need another reason to add to your winter wardrobe this is the perfect excuse!  Think soft fleeces, alpine inspired sweaters, hats to hide the helmet hair, and fun winter faux fur boots.  

"Here are my tips for making the most of your boots still on, after ski fun, while having tired little ones in tow."

Now that I live in a ski town and most of our ski friends are families rather than single, apres-ski is a little different.  It can mean an evening of grilling and beer while kids have a movie night, s'mores fireside and snow fort building, or hot tub turns with the kids. But, this does not mean the real authentic apres-ski can not be enjoyed mountainside by snowmamas and papas.  It just is different. Here are my tips for making the most of your boots still on, after ski fun, while having tired little ones in tow.

  • Let them eat. Either decide on feeding them dinner or dessert while you relax with beverages.  Dessert can always come first, they are tired and hungry, just feed them.
  • Pack some coloring books, tic tac toe, travel games, or hand them a fully charged phone with game apps.
  • Pick a table with a little extra room for kids to wander yet stay in view.  
  • Is there live music?  Kids love the entertainment. 
  • Did you get a locker while you skied? Stick an ipad or dvd player in it if you think it might do the trick.
  • Give kids a time frame.  Tell them how long you will be staying and stick to it. 
  • Are there other kids? Cozy up to other parents with little ones, let them enjoy the fine art of making friends and conversation.

When you are enjoying Park City Mountain Resort you have some great Apres-ski options. Here they are, enjoy!

  • Legends Bar and Grill: Located on the Plaza Level of Legacy Lodge, incredible food and beautiful atmosphere. 
  • The Corner Store Pub & Grill:  Live music 4-6 days a week and a full bar this is a great place to relax after a long day on the slopes. Indoors or outside on the patio, The Corner Store is the most affordable place to eat and drink you will find on a ski vacation.
  • PayDay Pizza : Located on the 2nd floor of Legacy Lodge it is a great place for dine-in or take-out fresh baked pizzas, spicy wings or warm pretzels.  A great way to relax on the deck of the Legacy Lodge, by the fireplace or to watch a game on the large-screen TV with a cold beer. Open Christmas through March 25th.
  • Baja Cantina: Family restaurant open for lunch, dinner and apres-ski everyday.
  • Pig Pen Saloon: Known for it's delicious grilled burgers, casual atmosphere, and amazing views from the slopeside deck.
  • The Viking Yurt: Plan your apres-ski before you even reach the bottom of the mountain! Located at the intersection of Homerun and Crescent lift.   

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Comment posted by Rene Reed on November 24, 2013 11:18 AM MST

Our 'little tyke' is now 21. Before he got poles he skied with a frozen energy bar in his right had that he gnawed on through the day. It helped prevent those end of the day melt downs. At 21, if he (or my husband) is cranky, I still make sure he eats!! We will visit the Canyons for a week over Christmas and you SnowMamas are still relevant.

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Comment posted by Jennifer Leonti on December 1, 2012 12:01 PM MST

We took your suggestion and headed to Legends! Was a perfect family apres-ski retreat. Thanks ;)

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