Skiing in the West

Our favorite places to go skiing, from Tahoe to Telluride--plus some secret tips to take with you to the slopes

Meet Mammoth

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Meet Mammoth: Choose the Après scene
Photo by Gina Sabatella

Choose the après scene

For tiki drinks: A tiki bar in a ski town? Genius. When you step off the gondola, it’s good to know that a pint-size mai tai and a Kahuna Burger are waiting for you under the (indoor) palapa at Lakanuki . $; 6201 Minaret; 760/934-7447.

For a nice Spanish cava: A ski town is lucky to have a wine bar like Petra’s Bistro, with a hearty wine list, apps like baked brie, and couches by a roaring fire. 6080 Minaret; 760/934-3500.

For on-mountain beer and brats: Pull up a seat and a stein by the fire at the Yodler (pictured), a Swiss chalet– style spot at the mountain base. On sunny days, the deck is the money spot. $$; 1 Minaret; 760/ 934-0636.

For a pint and a steak: Whiskey Creek is an old-school Mammoth mainstay, a folksy place where you can have a house-brewed beer in the pub and then sit down to a steak dinner. $$$; 24 Lake Mary Rd.; 760/934-2555.

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