Q:

Where Should I Ski for Spring Break?

My college roommates and I are planning a last-minute spring break ski trip, but we don’t know where to go yet. Which resort has the après ski scene for the college or post-college crowd? It has to be somewhere in North America, preferably out West.

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Nothing like a beer with some bros after a day on the snow.    Photo: Eric Fahrner/Shutterstock

A:

Where to go for a college skiing spring break depends on what kind of experience you want. Do you want to party? I mean, it is spring break. If you're looking for the best combination of skiing and nighttime hijinks, here are your three best options.

Mammoth Mountain, California
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Breckenridge, Colorado

Ski Spring Break: Mammoth

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Mammoth Mountain.   Photo: Vivian Fung/Shutterstock

What’s great about Mammoth in the Sierra Nevada is that it’s just close enough to Southern California to lure the fit, health-crazy-but-party-loving people who live there, but far enough away that mostly only hard-core skiers make the six-hour drive.

APRES: For many years, the Yodler Bar used to be the nightlife nexus at Mammoth. Now the place for people in the know is the upstairs bar during happy hour at Whiskey Creek Mountain Bistro, where Mammoth Brewing Company beers are concocted.

Ski Spring Break: Jackson Hole

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming.   Photo: Traveling Runes/Flickr

Ski bums and snowboarders with fat trust funds gravitate to Aspen, Colorado, after college graduation. The ones who need to work for a living gravitate to Jackson—and they sure love to let off steam in the evenings. For that reason, there’s no better party scene in the West than here.

APRES: Look no further than the Mangy Moose Restaurant Saloon in the resort’s Teton Village. Even locals party here, where pitchers of beer are relatively affordable and live music blares from the stage Sundays through Thursdays after 9:30 p.m.

Ski Spring Break: Breckenridge

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Breckenridge Ski Resort.   Photo: TechWizard/Shutterstock

Breckenridge is less hip, and more hippie—in a good way. The college and post-grad crowds that come to this classic, old, mining town in the mountains leave their pretentions behind to snowboard, ski, and have a good time.

APRES: The Motherloaded Tavern in town is always hopping at night, thanks to its slate of ever-rotating drink specials, weekend live music, $3 Whiskey Wednesdays, and Trivia Tuesdays.

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