True: A stuffed moose hangs from the ceiling. False: Ski patrollers jump off the balcony in attempts to ride the sleigh-pulling beast during their annual Christmas party. This used to happen, but no more. These days the focus is on swilling the custom-brewed Moose Drool beer. 307-733-4913
(Crested Butte, CO)
A weathered A-frame at the base of this Colorado ski area, the Avalanche is a Crested Butte-ician's first choice for a hangover breakfastand a fine place to acquire said hangover. Try the Avalanche Warning, a fruity drink with four types of alcohol. 970-349-7195
A pine-paneled refuge in Utah's Alta Lodge, the Sitzmark Club is as old-school as this no-snowboards ski area. Order the house specialty, a bloody mary. 801-742-3500
(Big Mountain, MT)
With 20 beers on tap, a pool table, and a Wednesday tradition of bestowing a stuffed monkey (with one leg in a cast) on the resort's clod of the week, the 'Stube never lacks for action. Ask for the signature cocktail: Jack & Coke. 406-862-1993
The three-story Wobbly Barn, in central Vermont, shimmies at après-ski time, thanks to its free nacho bar and the Turbo: a pint glass full of Stoli Ohranj, 7Up, and orange juice that's meant to be sucked downfast. 802-422-6171
WEST END TAVERN
Located dead center between the town's two lifts, the new West End draws patrollers and tipplers hankering for Telluride's best margaritas. 970-728-1808R. S.
Rise and Dine
DRAGONFLY CAFÉ & BAKERY, TAOS, NEW MEXICO
Today's Special: red beans and rice with poached eggs, drizzled with basil aioli. 505-737-5859
DUTCH PANCAKE CAFÉ, STOWE, VERMONT
Today's Special: a potato pancake with Vermont cheddar, topped with molasses-like Dutch stroop syrup. 802-253-5530
THE KNEADERY, KETCHUM, IDAHO
Today's Special: Rocky Mountain Benedict with smoked Idaho trout and a cup of joe from Java's Coffeehouse, down the road. 208-726-9462
WINONA'S, STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO
Today's Special: the green-chile-smothered breakfast burrito, followed by a softball-size cinnamon roll. 970-879-2483
On Your Day Off...
VAIL, COLORADO: Vail is to partying what Bode Miller is to racingplenty fast, a little wild, always entertaining. The international race contingent (which boogied here during the 1989 and 1999 Alpine World Championships and various World Cup events) likes pounding schnapps at Pepi's, gorging at chichi restaurants like Sweet Basil and La Tour, and going hard and late at 8150 and other clubs. 877-204-7881, www.vail.com
MONT-TREMBLANT, QUEBEC: This pedestrian-friendly, Paris-flavored village pulls in hip Montrealers, who come to sample the best restaurants of any resort in eastern North America. Save room for Le Scandinave (819-425-5524, www.scandinave.com), an indoor-outdoor spa with multiple pools, baths, and a sauna, which sits on a stone terrace alongside the Du Diable River. 866-836-3030, www.tremblant.com
SQUAW VALLERY, CALIFORNIA: Sinful slot machines are only a snowball toss away, in Stateline, Nevada. Plus, Squaw Valley's 8,200-foot High Camp, in a bowl halfway up the mountain, is a high-altitude circus, with an ice-skating rink, sundecks for stripping down, and, come March, an outdoor swimming pool. 800-403-0206, www.squaw.comP.O.