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Winter Park après-ski
As the ski day ends, listen out for the steam train whistle that announces Derailer Bar at Winter Park mountain base is ready to serve up après-ski beer and drink specials.
Five Mountain Tavern in the Vintage Hotel (100 Winter Park Drive; tel: 1 800 472 7017; www.vintagehotel.com) at Winter Park mountain base features the Churchill Bar. Here, customers can even see where Winston Churchill burned the bar with his cigar. It serves cold beer, cocktails and hot toddies by the stone firepit on the patio and there's often live music – one of the most unique venues for après-ski in Winter Park.
There are more than 40 restaurants in Winter Park ski resort and the nearby town of Fraser, with eight choices on the mountain or at the base of the slopes alone.
The Club Car restaurant at Mary Jane's base has been a local hangout for many years. It serves a signature Mount Mary Jane sandwich, seafood chowder and other lunchtime staples.
Further out, there are steakhouses, sushi, tapas, delis, Mexican and pizza options. But, for a taste of the Old West, Smokin' Moe's Ribhouse and Saloon (Cooper Creek Square; tel: (970) 726 4600; smokinmoes.com) is the place to go. This eatery offers an Oklahoma-style barbecue and other traditional regional favourites.