Travel Picks: Top 10 places for apres ski

Fri Mar 4, 2011 12:39pm EST
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - After you've had a day skiing on and off piste in boot-deep fresh snow, you're looking to relax, have a drink or two, get something great to eat and share your adventures with like-minded powder hounds. Online travel advisor ( offers its top 10 apres ski destinations. Reuters does not endorse this list:

1. Banff, Alberta Canada

The crystal blue lake is just one of the beautiful attributes in the ski region around Banff. Once you're done glorifying the frigid sweeps, take to Banff's upper hot springs, which usually stay around 100 degrees F. When hunger sets in, try an upscale meal at the Maple Leaf, or a more traditional eatery like the Saltlick or the Grizzly House.

2. Whistler, British Columbia Canada

Talk about patience. The chef at Wildflower Restaurant at the Fairmont Chateau starts preparing the maple glaze for the cedar planked salmon months before he uses it. It's a must-eat in this apres ski haven, and is processed through 200-liter oak barrels, whisky, maple syrup and must be stirred four times each day. Work up an appetite on the slopes, and head straight to the Fairmont (after you've cleaned up, of course.)

3. Aspen, Colorado United States

In Aspen, a day's worth of rugged skiing precedes an evening of posh apres glitz. At the Sky Hotel 39 Degrees Bar, turn up the heat in its 104-degree hot tub and watch ladies and gentlemen in designer duds strut their stuff. There is also a waterfall, so just consider this a winter pool party with martinis.

4. Cortina, Italy

Called "salotto dei famosi," meaning "the celebrities' living room," Cortina was the A-list European resort where stars like Ingrid Bergman, Brigitte Bardot and Clark Gable went to ski and party at the height of their fame. Revel in their footsteps (or ski tracks) and rub elbows with today's well-to-do. Try Via del Mercato for a selection of over 700 wines, or Blues Bar Lacedel at the base of the Socrapes for something lower-key.   Continued...

<p>A morning view of the Whiskey Jack Lodge at the foot of the ski hills in Lake Louise, Alberta situated in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockie Mountains. December 1, 2009. REUTERS/Andy Clark</p>