Après Ski in Utah? Decidedly Not an Oxymoron

Solitude and Brighton
Justin Cash
EARNING YOUR TURNS: A boarder hikes toward the run of his life—and a rightfully earned après pint at Solitude (courtesy Solitude Resort)

Solitude and Brighton lie in Big Cottonwood Canyon, and each cater largely to families. Not surprisingly, both are limited when it comes to watering holes. Solitude as a resort keeps true to its name: vast, untracked terrain, easy-to-find stashes of deep powder, and nominal lift lines. Afterwards, head to the Thirsty Squirrel, across from the Inn at Solitude in the pedestrian-only village. Salt Lake locals and visitors lodging in this quaint resort-area mingle over beer and cocktails, filling up on a variety of hot appetizers including artichoke and crab dip, decked-out potato skins, and nachos. Watch the games on an array of flat-screen televisions or hit the pool table. The village also has a few notable restaurants, each offering table service—though not exactly a bustling après scene.

Given that lodging at Brighton is very limited, the resort's après options are pretty thin; the mountain mainly attracts locals from the Salt Lake and visitors opting to stay in the city and take advantage of hitting several resorts during their stay. As a result, Brighton offers just one après ski location: Molly Green's. Housed in a rustic, A-frame chalet at the base of the slopes, this is a classic ski-resort-style bar, complete with a moose head over the fireplace. It's the kind of place where the bartenders know all the locals and will quickly make visitors feel equally at home. Greasy, comforting bar food awaits skiers and boarders starting at 11 a.m.

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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