Winter Park resort information & 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 (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.
There are several good nightspots in Fraser, chief among them is the Crooked Creek Saloon (tel: +1 970 726 9250; www.crookedcreeksalooncolorado.com), which is open until 0200 each night and hosts great live bands.
There are more than 40 restaurants in Winter Park 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 (tel: +1 970 726 1442) is a local favourite. It serves the signature Mount Mary Jane sandwich, seafood chowder and other hearty lunchtime staples.
Further out, there are steakhouses, sushi, tapas, delis, Mexican and pizza options. But, for a taste of the Old West, go to Smokin' Moe's Ribhouse and Saloon (tel: +1 970 726 4600; www.smokinmoes.com); this eatery offers an Oklahoma-style barbecue and other traditional regional favourites.
In Fraser, Elevation Pizza (+1 970 726 0066; www.elevationpizzaco.com), which will deliver to your condo in Winter Park too, has a reputation as one of the best purveyors of pizza in the region.