Ski Guide 2012: Powder Kegs: Get your Apres Ski on

A long day of skiing can take quite a toll your body. Anyone who's ever dove headfirst down a double-black can attest to this -- you know the deal, where the skis end up in the woods and you end up eating a pile of powder. Some prefer to shake the aches by cozying up next to a warm fireplace, or taking a headfirst dive into the hot tub. But us? We say that stuff is for the birds. Give us a bucket of booze and a dance floor to replace post-mountain hangover with a more literal type of hangover.


Sarge’s Sports Pub And Grub

1. Sarge's Sports Pub And Grub

Admittedly a hike -- nearly five hours -- from our fair city, it's unlikely that you'll be making a day trip to Saddleback. So why not make a night out of it, and get your pub and grub on at a place that actually encourages you to do so in its name? more


2. Matterhorn

Eighteen drafts on tap, live music Friday through Sunday, and a specialty drink known as the Glacier Bowl -- which is basically Maine's equivalent of a Scorpion Bowl, served in a 60-ounce container. more

Sunday River Brewing Company

3. Sunday River Brewing Company

Monday and Wednesday seem to be the days to hole up at the Brewing Company post-shred session -- with 50-cent wings and $1.50 drafts, respectively. more


Truant’s Taverne

1. Truant's Taverne

Featuring bars upstairs and downstairs, this local joint houses a dive-y atmosphere and a robust menu of comfort food that'll keep your pockets fat and your waist size fatter. more

Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery

2. Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery

They brew their own beer. It is delicious as all hell. That is all. more

Coyote Grill

3. Coyote Grill

Coyote Grill stands above the rest of its Waterville competitors -- not just for its hefty dinner and pub menus -- but because it's literally high up in the air, overlooking Mt. Tecumseh, Mt. Osceola, and Snow's Mountain. more


4. Horsefeathers

"Sustenance, merriment, & cheer" proclaims the slogan of this restaurant. No complaints from us. Their specialty half-pound burgers elicit those three emotions from us without fail. more

The Cave at the Mount Washington Resort

5. The Cave at the Mount Washington Resort

Rumors swirl online as to whether this place inspired The Shining. Either way, we remember that one time we got so drunk in this northern New Hampshire haunt that we actually started to see ghosts. more

Fabyan’s Station

6. Fabyan's Station

At one time a train station, the atmosphere alone at Fabyan's reminds you that you're really in New Hampshire. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing is really up to you. more

The Common Man

7. The Common Man

With a handful of locations throughout the Granite State, Common Man Lincoln is our focus, both because its proximity to one of the biggest and baddest mountains around and because of those goddamn delectable crab cakes. more

Gypsy Cafe

8. Gypsy Cafe

Margaritas are the specialty here, and while that doesn't exactly lend itself to winter climes, we heard they make those things with tequila, and we like tequila. more

Paul Bunyan Room on Loon Mountain

9. Paul Bunyan Room on Loon Mountain

Considering that this place is located on the mountain, we're not going to suggest that skiing at dangerously high speeds after a beer or two might be more fun than doing it sober. In fact, that might even be illegal. So we're definitely telling you not to do that . . . more


Wobbly Barn

1. Wobbly Barn

Even if you don't ski, free nachos and live music offered up daily from 4 to 8 pm should be enough to get you up to Killington. more

Pickle Barrel

2. Pickle Barrel

A happy hour featuring $3.50 tallboys, 50-cent wings, and a music lineup featuring some serious nationally touring acts is what sells the Pickle Barrel for us. Plus, we just like the name. more

Snow Barn

3. Snow Barn

Located so close to the base of the mountain, you could potentially tumble down your entire final run and land on a barstool. more

Valley View Saloon

4. Valley View Saloon

The exterior looks like it could've existed in the Old West, and the beer list looks like it exists in our dreams. Our type of place. more

The Alchemist

5. The Alchemist

Not only is Alchemist a pub, but they also operate a cannery only a mile from the eatery where they are "currently focused on brewing one beer perfectly": their Double IPA, cordially referred to as the Heady Topper. Anyone who cares that much about beer is good people in our book. more

The Matterhorn

6. The Matterhorn

Recently named on USA Today's "10 great places for post-ski nightlife" list, the Horn is all class. It boasts a menu featuring gourmet pizzas and sushi, but is also capable of delivering a party atmosphere, with a martini bar regularly offering up live music. more

The Rusty Nail

7. The Rusty Nail

The cocktail menu here is about as long as a chairlift ride to the summit. Plus, the Rusty Nail's relative proximity to Burlington means that there is a serious lineup of diverse music on a near-nightly basis. more

Slide Brook Lodge and Tavern

8. Slide Brook Lodge and Tavern

The Slide Brook Mug Club is a thing. It's sort of like that time we tried to start a beer club, except it isn't just us sitting in our living room getting drunk by ourselves. more

Localfolk Smokehouse

9. Localfolk Smokehouse

A mouthwatering menu featuring hickory-smoked barbecue, Tex-Mex, and 24 beers on draft. more

Hyde Away Inn and Restaurant

10. Hyde Away Inn and Restaurant

Literally constructed on the side of a mountain, the Hyde Away's tavern floor is sloping, as if you just took down one too many microbrews. A burly plate of their generously portioned nachos should help you regain your center of gravity. more

The Castlerock Pub

11. The Castlerock Pub

Located slopeside at Sugarbush, this pub lends itself to midday, between-run beers. The only problem is once you sit down, it's unlikely that you'll ever want to leave. Hello, half-day pass! more

For more skiing, shredding, and partying check out our Ski Guide

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