10 Best Apres Ski Activities in California

By Susan Brown

10 Best Apres Ski Activities in California

After a long and fulfilling day on the slopes, it's time to explore all the other things the area has to offer. Relish the exhilaration of the day with a bite to eat, your favorite drink, or maybe even a trip to the spa. Next time you're in California for a ski trip, check out these great apres activities.

The Mill at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort, Mammoth, CA

You’ll be off of your skis, but not quite off the mountain at this fun post-schussing hang out. At the base of the infamous Stump Alley run near Chair 2, this favorite spot is famous for their barbecue and smoked tri-tip sandwiches. Comfy lounge chairs make relaxing easy. Sit outside by the fire pits for some al fresco dining and drinking.

Slopeside Speakeasy at Big Bear Mountain Ski Resort, Big Bear Valley, CA

A large outdoor patio is just the right spot for people-watching after a day of fun on the mountain. Located at the base of Chair 2, it’s an easily accessible spot to kick off your skis and put your boots up. Known for its burgers, homemade pizzas, full bar, and great views—this is the place to be after getting off the slopes! Kick back, either inside or on the outdoor patio, relax, and enjoy the view.

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North Pole Tubing Park, Mountain High, Wrightwood, CA

Give your downhill skiing legs a break and sit awhile as you slide down the lanes at this tubing park, the largest in Southern California. No special skills required to have a blast as you fly down the hill. Tubes are provided. Afterwards, take a break inside the lodge where a roaring fire and a cup of hot chocolate takes the chill off.

The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, Truckee, CA

After a long day on the slopes at one of Lake Tahoe’s many mountains, the body will need a little help recovering. Soothe your sore muscles with the 80-minute Apres Ski Recovery: a "tension-relieving treatment which includes a take home soothing balm for joints and muscles." Services also include detox treatments, facials, beauty treatments, saunas, whirlpools, and more. 

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Tamarack Lodge at Heavenly Ski Resort, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Don’t wear yourself out on the slopes, because the apres activities at the Tamarack Lodge are high-energy and sure to wow you. You’ll be impressed with the live performances, DJs spinning all night long, hand crafted drinks, the delicious menu that ranges from light snacks to hearty meals, and more. The party never stops here, but when you want to, a moonlit Gondola ride down the mountain will cap off the evening.

Grover Hot Springs State Park, Markleeville, CA

Soaking in therapeutic pool after a day full of skiing is a gift your body will thank you for. Not far from Kirkwood Ski Resort is this pool complex that has Hot Spring Pools open year-round. The pools are generally open every day, even when it’s raining or snowing. Your sore muscles will definitely feel relieved.

Wanderlust Yoga Studio at Squaw Valley, Olympic Valley, CA

Regain your center and balance at this serene studio with a class that encourages taking a deep breath and relaxing the entire body through simple postures. The studio, in the village, has large windows that offer breathtaking views of the mountain. Classes include Vinyasa Flow, YinYasa, Apres Ski Restorative classes, amongst others. Teachers focus on creating a healthy mind, body and spirit.

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Historic Downtown Truckee, Truckee, CA

After a day of skiing at Tahoe Donner Ski Resort, spend a little time exploring this downtown area. The town came into being thanks to the railroad and the gold rush, but is perhaps most famous for its proximity to Donner Lake and the infamous Donner Party disaster. There’s plenty to see and do with a diverse selection of places to eat and drink, a vibrant nightlife, plus shopping, museums and historic landmarks to investigate.

The Ice Skating Rink at Northstar California Resort, Truckee, CA

Sharpen a different set of edges and lace up a pair of ice skates for a spin around this 9,000-square-foot rink. Or, sit an enjoy a hot toddy or hot mulled cider around the fire pits and watch as skaters perform their best toe loop or axel jump. S’mores kits, available for sale in the evenings, are a fun way to cap the day spent shredding at Northstar (https://www.northstarcalifornia.com/). Free for all, skates available to rent.

June Lake Brewing, June Lake, CA

Sit outside on the patio and catch the late afternoon sun while enjoying a flight of hand-crafted beer at this local brewery. Skiing June Mountain Ski Area is hard work, so recovery is all about relaxing and this is the place to do it. Nearly a dozen beers are available on tap. If you’re hungry, Ohanas 395 is a food truck right next door with Hawaiian soul food that will blow your mind. 

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