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What’s the Best Après Ski Party Gear?

Even though New Year’s Eve is behind us, you can still use skiing as an excuse to crack open a cold one, either at the local bar or in the parking lot

What’s the Best Après Ski Party Gear?

From water bottles to water boilers, this is the best gear for after a long day on the slopes. Photo: Pascal Gertschen/Flickr

The term might sound pretentious, but all après really means is drinking—or eating or just relaxing—with friends after a long day on the mountain. So even though New Year’s Eve is behind us, you can still use skiing as an excuse to crack open a cold one, either at the local bar or in the parking lot. These six pieces of gear will add to the atmosphere.


Silipint Pint Glass (From $10)

Silipint Outside Apres Ski
  Photo: courtesy of Silipint

Made from food-grade silicon, Silipint Pint Glasses don’t taste like plastic, and they’re a much better option for the parking lot than glass vessels. The microwave- and dishwasher-safe pint glasses are damn near indestructible and come in more than 50 different colors and patterns.


DrinkTanks Stainless-Steel Growler ($70)

DrinkTanks Growler Outside Magazine Apres Ski Ski
  Photo: courtesy of DrinkTanks

You’ll be the coolest host on the mountain when you break out this DrinkTanks Growler and pour craft beer out of it like a mini keg. This is one of the coolest-looking growlers we’ve seen, thanks to its beefy handle, powder coating, and snapping metal lid. That lid, paired with a CO2-powered keg cap, keeps beer fresh for the better part of a week, no matter how many pours you take from it.


Shotz Ski WT-66 Binding and Boot 4-Pack ($75)

Shotz Ski Outside Magazine Apres Ski
  Photo: courtesy of Shotz Ski

Yes, you can superglue shot glasses to an old pair of sticks to make a DIY shot ski, but we prefer the ready-to-drink kit from Shotz Ski. The WT-66 Binding and Boot Four-Pack comes with clear plastic ski boot shot glasses that attach to the ski via colored bindings. Bonus: The glasses are detachable for easy cleaning.


Klean Kanteen Vacuum-Insulated Water Bottle ($30)

Kleen Kanteen Outside Magazine Apres Ski Ski
  Photo: courtesy of Klean Kanteen

Mix a hot toddy before you head to the slopes—drinking it piping hot at the end of a day on the mountain is a delicious, bacchanalian celebration of the power of vacuum sealing. The 20-ounce Klean Kanteen is a durable water bottle that can keep drinks hot for up to six hours and cold for more than 24. 


Jetboil Sumo Cooking System ($140)

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  Photo: courtesy of Jetboil

Want hot drinks but don’t have enough insulated bottle space? This cooking system from the Jetboil Sumo Cooking System can boil enough water for up to six 10-ounce hot toddies—in under five minutes. You just have to pour the whiskey fast enough.


Sierra Designs Men’s Down Moc ($65)

Sierra Designs down moc Outside Apres Ski Ski
  Photo: courtesy of Sierra Designs

Let your dogs breathe after a day in ski boots with the Sierra Designs Down Moc. These slippers are roomy enough to let your toes relax, while the 700-fill down will keep you feet warm in subfreezing temperatures.

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