Après Ski in Utah? Decidedly Not an Oxymoron

Forget what you’ve heard about grabbing a post-slopes pint or cocktail in the Mormon State. Let us introduce you to the rules of the game and guide you to the best spots.
WINTER SUNBATHING: McHenry’s Beach, mid-mountain at Deer Valley (image courtesy, Deer Valley Resort)
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Keep in mind, après means after. To earn that libation, pick from these Utah ski resorts.

The secret of Utah's famed abundant powder has been out since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games were held in Salt Lake City. But the fact that alcohol is just as widespread in the notoriously conservative state, however, is not as widely known. Utah locals may know that grabbing a post-powder drink is as common as carving fresh tracks after a storm, but visitors the Salt Lake-region resorts are often left puzzled in their efforts to imbibe.

Well, that's about to change. Your guide? A Park City local transplanted six years ago from New York City, where she'd nostalgically clung to what she believed would be her final cosmo before she left the city for the mountains.

First a few basics:

At both bars and restaurants you can order full-strength bottled beer (draft beer is 3.2 percent alcohol in Utah, as are most domestic bottled beers), and all mixed drinks and cocktails contain only 1.5 ounces of booze—on the mouths of each bottle you'll see the electronic volume regulator that records data and reports back to the state. But you can order a sidecar, another one-ounce shot that accompanies the drink, and pour it in (this is the Utah version of a double). Also, at restaurants you cannot have more than one drink in front of you at a time, and you must order a food item after three drinks (appetizers qualify)—but this latter rule isn't always strictly enforced; sometimes just the intention of ordering food qualifies.

Now, on to the good stuff...

Published: 18 Jan 2008 | Last Updated: 7 Nov 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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