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Steamboat’s Longtime Après-Ski Tradition

All snow-junkies will be familiar with the French term, “après-ski” which captures the coziness of sharing food and drink with friends after a day shredding the slopes. It’s an essential part of every mountainside expedition, guaranteed to warm up your worn out body (and, if you’re feeling adventurous, refuel you for an exhilarating night ski!)

Tucked away in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado is a haven of après-ski treats – Steamboat Springs. This charming ski town is an oasis of elite snowsports activities, exquisite fine dining, and authentic Western hospitality. The local Steamboat Springs community adds a touch of luxury, and a whole heap of mountainside camaraderie, to the après-ski experience. 

The recent multi-million dollar investment into the Steamboat ski resort has elevated the town’s culinary offerings, creating a truly inviting atmosphere for locals and visitors alike. There is no place else in the USA where delicious food and companionship meld so perfectly together.

We invite you to explore our top après-ski options available in Steamboat Springs, where unforgettable memories are made over a refreshing drink and a hot meal. But, read at your own risk, your belly might start to grumble while reading!

The Range Food & Drink Hall

The range food and drink hall interior seating

At the heart of Steamboat Springs’ après-ski scene is The Range Food & Drink Hall. This two-story haven for culinary delights and craft beverages is new to the mountain, as part of Steamboat’s expansion.

Located directly in Steamboat resort’s base area, The Range Food & Drink Hall features four diverse food vendors all under one roof – ideal for groups with differing tastes seeking a crowd-pleasing après-ski spot. Simply find a cozy seat on the lower floor, scan a QR code to order your meal, and pick up your order at the kiosk once it’s complete.

For diners looking to enjoy their meal at a slower pace, the upper floor offers a full-service dining experience with food served at your table. No reservation is required, enabling you to grab an après-ski treat the moment you feel those mountainside hunger pangs!

Ore House at The Pine Grove

Ore house at the pine grove exterior, covered in snow at night

For a taste of the Old West, Ore House at The Pine Grove delivers an authentic Western dining experience with welcoming staff, a warm ambiance, and a salad bar that locals can’t stop talking about! 

From inside a historic barn, dating back to the 1880s, diners can enjoy a relaxed yet sophisticated après-ski experience that will transport you back to simpler times. Fan favorites include slow roasted ribs, succulent pork chops, and surf & turf bowls overflowing with rich seafood.

Almost every menu item offers a gluten free option, as well as a number of delicious vegetarian dishes. With a plateful of good old fashioned grub, cocktails in hand, you and your après-ski companions are guaranteed a grand ol’ time.

T Bar

The t bar exterior, with many people sat at picnic benches

Situated at the base of the Thunderhead lift, is a friendly gathering place where skiers unwind with good beer, breathtaking views, and the camaraderie of like-minded adventure seekers. T Bar is a spot renowned for its bustling après-ski culture, ultra relaxed atmosphere, and belly-warming meals.

Ski up to a picnic bench, park your gear, and choose from a selection of hearty dishes and beers. T Bar offers a robust kids menu with everything from cheese pizza to PB&J, guaranteed to refuel your little snow buddy.

Laundry Kitchen & Cocktails

The bar at laundry kitchen and cocktails

In the historic Soda Creek building, Laundry Kitchen & Cocktails offers a sophisticated après-ski experience where diners can enjoy a shared plate concept. This charming establishment is ideal for those seeking culinary adventure in a luxurious setting.

Each evening, meals are smoked on a different type of wood including applewood, cherry, or mesquite. The contemporary urban interiors create an inviting atmosphere where diners can enjoy a vast wine selection, complemented with whiskeys, tequilas, and house infused spirits.

Truffle Pig

The Truffle Pig exterior sign, with the logo of a dancing pig

Slopeside sophistication reaches new heights at Truffle Pig, where guests sip on craft cocktails next to a crackling fire pit. This decadent après-ski offering is ideal for the refined mountainside adventurer.

This establishment’s dedicated après-ski menu boasts a vast array of warming whiskeys, spirits, beers, and wines. If you’re seeking a light bite, why not try the indulgent truffle pig fries and bacon wrapped dates. Or, for something a little more robust, treat yourself to a ½ pound wagyu beef burger with your choice of toppings and sides.

If the menu wasn’t enticing enough, Truffle Pig is quite literally located on ‘Après Ski Way’ – a delicious name for a road!

Après Burger Bistro

The interior of apres burger bistro, with an exposed brick wall and dining tables

True to its name, this friendly après-ski location is known for its delicious burgers. One Google review even dubbed them the ‘best burgers in Colorado!’

The carefully curated dinner menu at Après Burger Bistro incorporates local, fresh ingredients, guaranteed to fill your belly after an exhilarating day on the mountain. The Angus Beef burger served with hand cut french fries is a much-talked about fan favorite! The kids menu offers simple yet flavorsome dishes for your young companions, with a cookie for dessert included.

Thunderhead Lodge

Thunderhead lodge in the snow, surrounded by skiers

If the hunger pangs strike while up high on the mountain, look no further than Thunderhead Lodge for après-ski with a view. 

The food court is an ideal choice for those looking for a hearty lunch before you head back down the mountain. Diners can choose from a selection of salads, pizzas, burgers, soups and more, within comfortable cafeteria-style seating. Adjacent to the food court is Thunderhead Red’s Bar where après-ski enthusiasts can enjoy cocktails, beers, coffee and snacks accompanied by remarkable views of the mountain.

Thunderhead Lodge is more than just a convenient rest stop as you explore the mountain, it’s a must-go location for all visitors to Steamboat Springs.


Coming soon… The Astrid

A waiter serves a cocktail with a mountain in the background

The much-anticipated arrival of The Astrid will add a touch of luxury to Steamboat’s après-ski tradition. Our rooftop lounge will offer a picturesque setting with indoor and outdoor seating, warming fire pits, and luxurious rooftop hot tubs.

Decadent drinks and opulent après-ski treats will round off your day on the slopes, as you recount your mountainside adventures with friends old and new. We’re in the midst of creating an après-ski haven where stories are shared, and the beauty of the mountains is savored in every moment.

Steamboat Springs is the Home of Après-Ski in Colorado

Thanks to the resort’s multi-million dollar transformation, Steamboat’s après-ski culture is blossoming into a lavish, friendly, and memorable experience for guests and locals alike. From traditional Western eats, to sophisticated cuisines, there’s no place in Colorado with such a broad range of après-ski options.

The après-ski culture in Steamboat Springs is just as essential to the town’s flourishing as the snow. That’s why The Astrid is pioneering a new era of slopeside vacations, where food, family, and adventure converge in one luxurious living experience.

Here at The Astrid, we help foodies like you lay down permanent roots in Steamboat Springs, where you can enjoy year-round access to your favorite culinary experiences. Our exclusive vacation home community guarantees you and your guests ample opportunities to experience high-end dining, white-glove service, and unparalleled luxury, on every trip to Steamboat.

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