Park City, UT: Its close proximity to the Salt Lake City airport, not to mention three major ski areas (Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley and the Canyons) brings singles from all over the country. That, and a dozen fun bars, a dozen more restaurants and one major, celebrity-infused dance club make the nightlife hot stuff. You may also catch U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding, and biathlon, luge and bobsled athletes out on the town. And by the way, they’re hot stuff, too.
Some Main Street highlights:
For solid live music from emerging artists, head to the Side Car and Downstairs Bar: Former U.S. Ski Team downhiller Bryon Friedman frequently plays both venues.
For dancing: Hit Harry O’s or the Star Bar, which has $1 drinks on Fridays.
For cheap eats (popular with the local singles): $2 Taco Tuesdays at Windy Ridge Café.
For a more upscale crowd: Check out the Sunday brunch at the Stein Ericksen Lodge, up at Deer Valley.
For yoga: You want to meet singles, right? Visit the Shop yoga studio. Classes are donation-based, the floor is heated, and the locals—guys and girls—are working it out post-ski and board session.
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The wet winters bring everyone inside for hard-core après ski. Of course, the proximity to Vancouver, where folks are somehow oddly and extraordinarily attractive doesn’t hurt! The Garibaldi Lift Bar and Grill in Whistler Village and Merlin’s in Blackcomb are two popular après ski haunts. Get there during next year’s Olympics and you’re sure to meet folks from all over the world.
The skiing. Duh! Plus, several of the chairlifts have hoods, which keep you dry and allow for quieter canoodling.
For dancing: The Savage Beagle is classic for attracting the young, beautiful set.
For pool and grub: The Longhorn Saloon and Grill has solid pub fare, packed pool tables and a heated outdoor patio.
For the more upscale set: The Mallard Lounge and Terrace, located in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler has that cozy, romantic library feel that transcends time. That and a full menu of solid scotches, cognacs and martinis.
Jackson Hole, WY: Don’t let its remote location fool you: This town is happening. The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar and Mangy Moose are classic hot spots and the locals are super friendly. The legendary ski terrain also doesn’t hurt! Corbet’s Couloir, often touted as America’s Scariest Ski Slope is the stuff freeride dreams are made of.
Some more highlights:
For the upscale singles: The Koshu Wine Bar might be tiny, but it offers hundreds of bottles of wine. There’s also an Asian-inspired menu for the hungry.
For pool, locals and beer on tap: The Log Cabin Saloon looks just like it sounds. Two levels feature pool and beer on each one.
For sushi: Nikai has it going on. On Fridays, saki and DJ-music flows into the wee hours.
For micro-brews: The Snake River Brewing Company might expose you to some more tourists, as bottles of the Zonker Stout and Snake River Pale Ale make worthy souvenirs.
photo: Jackson Hole
Winter Park, CO: Forbes has often voted Denver the Best U.S. City for Singles, and since Winter Park is a mere hour and a half drive away, a lot of those singles head over to hit the slopes. Weeknights tend to be mellow, but the weekends are hopping.
Mary Jane—the mountain, that is! Often bumped up, MJ features some of the toughest terrain at Winter Park. If you’re the adventurous type, you’re likely to meet your match—or at least make some friends, there.
For a mellow good time: Tipper’s Tavern, at the Vintage Hotel. They have lots of lagers and items you can’t find anywhere else—like fried Twinkies.
For ribs and beer: Smokin’ Moe’s Ribhouse and Saloon is a locals’ and tourist favorite. Hearty fare sates heavy skiing appetites.
photo: Winter Park Rentals
Mammoth, CA: This So-Cal ski spot is less than six hours from L.A., so you’ll get the hot So-Cal crowd. The Lakanuki is the premiere hot spot. If you go there on a weekend night during ski season, you would thinks Henneseys in Manhattan Beach just loaned them all their regulars. A lot of folks favor the Yodler Bar, which is also a local’s favorite. The terrain is spectacular, and the snow lasts well into summer. Plus, if you can read the sign above, there’s major high-altitude skiing. You’re definitely not in Kansas. If you like your skiing with suds for several months a year, this is the place to be.
For early après ski live music: Tusks Bar has it going on until 5 P.M. On sunny days, the deck can’t be beat for mingling.
For an easy hang-out: Whiskey Creek has a fun ambience if you’re up for some solid pub fare, live music and cocktails.
Killington, VT: Singles from New York, New Jersey and Boston flock to Killington for its large swath of terrain and solid live music scene. (The bands skew towards alternative, so you may go home learning about some new labels.)
Some hangout highlights:
For hot wings and hot locals: Casey’s Caboose is one good time. The beer flows, and the caboose seating (double-decker style) makes sitting around fun.
For seriously good music: Check out the Pickle Barrel. Four bars and two stages make for one serious entertainment venue, tucked away in them there Vermont hills.
photo: the rusty.com
Lake Tahoe, CA: Whether its proximity to San Francisco or Reno is to blame, Tahoe is known for attracting an equal number of men and women. Which is good. Singles head to the Auld Dubliner for good old Irish suds and you may catch some pro freeriders at the Plaza Bar in Squaw Valley.
Damn, the skiing: KT-22 made Squaw Valley famous with its epic terrain. It also made men out of U.S. Ski Team stars Marco Sullivan and Jonny Moseley.
For gambling: Well, there are those casinos, if you want to try to meet singles, there. Harrah’s Lake Tahoe is classic.
Breckenridge, CO: The town runs along a strip—lined with plenty of bars and restaurants. There’s a fun, colorful vibe, and Denver singles willing to drive the two and a quarter hours are well rewarded. The Maggie and the Quandary Grill are popular après ski spots, and Cecelia’s is known for its dancing.
For specialty beer and sports: Check out Downstairs at Eric’s. The locals’ classic features over 100 types of bottled beer and TV’s to watch your favorite games. Of course, the pub also serves up 20 different beers on tap.
For cheap fun: Jake’s Dive Bar serves up $2 shots and $2 pints of PBR, a ski town classic.
photo: Breckenridge Resort
Vail, CO: Sure, it’s sort of a highway town, but the legendary resort tends to attract a lot of single out-of-town skiers. Locals are outdoorsy, mellow and welcoming, so if you visit, you’re in for a good time. (Beaver Creek is also just up the road, so be sure to take the bus up one night for swankier company. The Coyote Cafe is always happening, and is the place to be during the Bird of Prey World Cup.)
For dancing…and a stripper pole: The Ski Bar runs hip music and tends to lure attractive clientele.
For a dive bar: Moe’s Original Bar B Que has a casual crowd and cheap après ski eats.
For live music: Head to the Samana Lounge. Sometimes DJ’s rule the tunes, but the bar venue is still known to bring in live acts. U.S. Ski Team alum Bryon Friedman has played there.
Sugarloaf, ME: The cold Maine resort attracts singles from Portland and Boston, and though there’s not much of a town at the base of the mountain, it’s lively enough to entertain. Actually, for Portland residents especially, Sugarloaf is where it’s at on weekends. The mountain resort sports some of the best skiing on the east coast.
For good food, music and memorabilia: Seth Wescott, 2006 Olympic Snowboardcross gold medalist owns and runs the Rack, which has a full bar, delicious menu and live music. That and the ambience, which you can’t get anywhere else: Wescott decorated the joint with his own medals, bibs and old ski paraphernalia. The Rack is the place to be.
Photos: The Rack