Trollhallen: If you're skiing Deer Valley and need a break, pop in to Stein Eriksen Lodge to soak in the classic Euro-style pub setting. You don't have to be an Olympian to enjoy a perfect Irish coffee by the crackling fire. Yes, the prices are elevated but so is the experience—and the wild game chili.
The Spur: There's always an open seat and a solid burger waiting for you at this Main Street mainstay. Now serving a house whiskey made by Alpine Distillery.
The Cabin: Later in the evening, turn it up at this ski-town club and sip on the famous Elkupine, made with High West double rye, American prairie bourbon, lemon and bitters, with an Absinth rinse.
Silver Star: For the morning after—or your mid-day ski brunch—look no further than this award-winning local's secret and its spicy Bloody Mary.
Salt Lake City
White Horse: Salt Lake City has been waiting a long time for a bar like this: For grownups. No college-crowd dive, a place with roomy banquettes for a crowd; two-tops for intimate conversations, or social tables for sharing tapas—with friends or strangers. Killer food, expert bartenders. (Get a little wilder at sister restaurant Whiskey Street, next door.)
Bodega/The Rest: Disguised as a market, hiding a speakeasy, hiding a restaurant. A new bucket list hot spot in the SLC underground.
Water Witch: Hard to say it better than they themselves: "Spirits (some rare), Wine, Good Beer, and Foofy Snacks. No cocktail list to burn your eyes and harsh your chi, only your whimsy and darkest desires." A labor of love and neighborhood favorite.
Snowbird: The Aerie, Cliff Lodge: The view is the draw here, of snow falling and cats grooming. Impressive wine list. Try the "Mountain Love," Hendrick's gin, lime juice, simple syrup, rose water, bitters, cucumber ribbon and pinch of salt.
Alta: Sitzmark, Alta Lodge: Classic ski lodge bar with warm fireplaces, incredible views and good company. One of the very best on-mountain après ski spots in Utah.
Hearth on 25th: Known for fire-roasted fare and upscale comfort food, cocktails are also the thing, like the maple Old Fashioned.